Authorities keep distance, yet work with armed border group

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  SUNLAND PARK, New Mexico (AP) — Authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border have distanced themselves from an armed civilian group that detains asylum-seeking families, but the United Constitutional Patriots have never been shy about saying they work with Border Patrol agents.

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An alleged battery at the Doña Ana County Detention Center is under investigation.

The incident, which reportedly occurred just after 9 p.m. on Monday, April 22, involved a federal detainee who was being held on behalf of the U.S. Marshals. The alleged victim has been identified as 69-year-old Larry Hopkins.

   Hopkins was given medical attention for non life-threatening injuries. He was transferred out of the Doña Ana County Detention Center under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday.  

  A team of New Mexico State University graduate students and Environmental Engineering Professors Nirmala Khandan and Pei Xu are developing a novel water treatment process that could render municipal wastewater into drinking water and at the same time produce algal biomass for biofuel and fertilizer.

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) is leading an effort with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (NM-03) calling  for a federal investigation into armed militia groups along the southwest border.  Here is a statement from the office of Rep. Haaland:

The Representatives wrote a letter to Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Way, urging the bureau to look into the group’s operations and whether there has been coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

“It is important that no individual or organization impede a person’s legal right to seek asylum in the United States,” Haaland, Escobar, and Luján wrote in the letter. “The FBI must immediately launch an investigation into this unlawful conduct.”

Candidate Announces Run For Las Cruces City Council District 2

19 hours ago

Tessa Stuve announced she is a candidate for Las Cruces City Council District 2. Here is a statement from her campaign:

“I want to make sure that as Las Cruces continues to grow all communities are well represented and well served. District 2 is very diverse, the neighborhoods are filled with families of many different cultures, age groups, income, and education levels. All constituents deserve to have their opinions and concerns heard with compassion and gravity.”

Prescription Drug Take-back Event Saturday in Las Cruces

19 hours ago

Las Cruces police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other area law enforcement agencies are hosting a prescription drug take-back event Saturday at several locations.

Playwright, NMSU professor Mark Medoff dies at 79

19 hours ago

After more than 50 years as an NMSU professor, filmmaker and community leader, Mark Medoff passed away Tuesday, April 23. He was 79. 

A Distinguished Achievement Professor at NMSU, Medoff has written more than 30 plays, many of which premiered in Las Cruces. He founded NMSU’s Creative Media Institute and garnered numerous awards for his work including a Tony award for his play “Children of a Lesser God,” which which enjoyed a Broadway revival last year.

Silver City Report

21 hours ago

Time for the latest news from Silver City with Silver City Daily Press and Independent reporters Geoffrey Plant and C.P. Thompson.

This week: The Gila Regional Medical Center is losing budget funding due to state policy changes, a petition to annex Ridge Road Mobile Park is withdrawn, an update on a 33-year-old women who went missing from Gila Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Unit, and Silver Consolidated School officials met with community members about Cliff Schools.

New Mexico invests millions to bolster census participation

Apr 23, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico launched a multimillion-dollar effort Tuesday to ensure an accurate census count of its heavily Hispanic and Native American population, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the census should inquire about citizenship.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order that draws on her Cabinet, advocacy groups and tribal liaisons to encourage participation in the upcoming census.


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New Mexican Women Endorse Ben Ray Luján for Senate

Apr 23, 2019

Commentary: Today, nearly 300 New Mexicans announced their support of Congressman Ben Ray Luján for Senate. The women include local leaders, activists, teachers, health care professionals, retirees, and everyday New Mexicans who've said they are inspired by Luján's progressive vision for the state. Additionally, U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) announced their endorsement of Lujan last week.

"I've known Ben Ray for years, and he has always been a leader that steps up for New Mexicans. As a native son, raised on a small family farm, Ben Ray understands that hard work and a commitment to community is what our families deserve. I am proud to support his candidacy because I know he'll continue to bring those values to his work every day and fight hardest for our right to health care, education, and women's reproductive freedom," said Diane Denish, the former Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico.  


  Commentary: In all my years of local government reporting, I’ve never seen a new leader make a better first impression than Greg Ewing when he was hired as superintendent of the Las Cruces school district in December of 2016.


For months leading up to his hiring, the school board had been locked in a bitter struggle with then-Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who at one point threatened to take over control of the district.

Stan Rounds, the superintendent at that time, made the mistake of trying to appease both sides.

Board members were looking for a full-throated advocate, and found one in Ewing. He forcefully stood up for the district, and eloquently defended its teachers.


Perhaps that’s why, more than two years later, school board member Terrie Dallman is still referring to him as “a breath of fresh air.”


Delaying Border Commerce Is Hurting The Entire Nation

Apr 22, 2019

Commentary; Waves of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border have prompted the Department of Homeland Security to temporarily assign Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at the southern ports of entry to the Border Patrol. Their new role is not necessarily the traditional duties of watching the border and conducting interdiction - rather, they are being reassigned mostly to process migrants who are giving themselves up at ports of entry to seek asylum, and to transport these migrants to and from medical checkups and holding houses.

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Commentary: It's great to be home. 

To step outside to the mild weather and relative quiet of Las Cruces in April, hear the familiar chabbling of the hens, and reassure the cat that we still love him. (Yeah, I invented “chabbling” to suggest babbling, chattering, and occasional squabbling.) 

Everything suddenly seems simple. It helps that I was away from Facebook and most email for a week. 


 Commentary: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico sent a letter to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas asking them to investigate an armed vigilante group currently engaged in the unlawful detention of hundreds of migrants near New Mexico’s southern border.

Excerpted from the letter:

“Two nights ago, on April 16, 2019, an armed fascist militia organization describing itself as the United Constitutional Patriots arrested nearly three hundred people seeking safety in the United States, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico. Other videos appear to show arrests in the past few hours.[1] The vigilante members of the organization, including Jim Benvie, who posted videos and photographs[2] of the unlawful arrests to social media, are not police or law enforcement and they have no authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States. Their actions undermine the legitimate efforts of our state’s law enforcement officials to keep New Mexico families safe and they erode community trust. The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law. This has no place in our state: we cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum. We urge you to immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct.” 

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