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Police: Christmas party for county employees turned violent

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a Christmas party for county employees in New Mexico turned violent after an attendee punched a deputy in the nose and struck a radio dispatcher.

Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Master Plan Public Survey

3 hours ago

Residents, property owners, and businesses owners are invited to participate in an online public survey regarding access to park land and recreational programs. Responses will be used as part of an assessment of municipal park land and facilities, and to identify long-range goals for the development and enhancement of the City’s park system as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan update initiative.

Alamogordo NOW

4 hours ago

SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

 

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator is gathering donated soccer balls as Christmas gifts for the more than 2,000 migrant teens being held a tent city in Tornillo, Texas.

KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports Texas Sen. Jose Rodríguez has launched a soccer ball donation drive for the migrant teens after working out an agreement with federal immigration authorities.

 

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A couple is facing charges after authorities say a 3-year-old shot an 8-month-old girl in the face while the couple was in a motel shower.

Police say Shayanne Nelson and Tyrell Bitsilly were at a motel Saturday in Gallup, New Mexico, when Nelson's child found a gun and accidentally fired it, hitting the baby.

According to a criminal complaint, the 18-year-old Nelson says she didn't know a gun was in the room and it may have been left by a prior occupant.

Alzheimer's Association New Mexico Chapter

Democratic State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, who won re-election in District 37 in November, has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease.

She said she and her husband took care of her mother-in-law who had severe dementia and died at 94.

El Paso Electric Pursues Solar Project With NMSU Las Cruces

Dec 10, 2018
File / KRWG

El Paso Electric (EPE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to explore the feasibility to develop a utility-scale solar and energy storage project that "could supply power to the university as well as provide students and faculty a unique power distribution and generation laboratory for educational and research purposes."  Here is a statement from EPE:

To properly determine the viability of this project, EPE issued a request for proposal (RFP) today to receive quotes for the construction of a solar facility up to three megawatts in size and include energy storage.

All interested bidders are encouraged to visit epelectric.com or click here for the full details of the RFP.  All proposals are due by February 5, 2019.

A Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for this project is subject to approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

What if local schools could provide low-income students and families with a whole range of support services, from dental exams to monthly groceries? The City of Las Cruces and Las Cruces Public Schools are teaming up to offer more services by expanding the city’s Community Schools program.

New Mexico Revises Requirements For Obtaining Driving Credentials

Dec 10, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has issued new rules that will ease identification requirements for people who want driving credentials or an alternate ID card.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Motor Vehicle Division on Friday announced applicants for driving authorization cards won't need to provide a Social Security card or two forms of identification.

The MVD will also accept a broader range of documents as proof of age and identity.

Monday Business Watch

Dec 10, 2018


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Lujan Grisham Establishes First Ever Economic Development Broadband Grant Program

4 hours ago
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: As a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement after the Committee moved to advance the Farm Bill to the Floor for consideration.

"I am proud to support this Farm Bill that advances the interests of New Mexican families, farmers, and ranchers for years to come," Rep. Lujan Grisham said. "It was an honor to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect SNAP, support New Mexico Land Grants and Acequias, strengthen conservation and water management programs, promote Tribal sovereignty, and establish the first ever broadband grant program in a Farm Bill.   This broadband program, modeled after legislation I introduced, will help transform the economies of rural areas in New Mexico.  High-speed internet has revolutionized every aspect of the U.S. economy, including education, health care, and agriculture. Expanding broadband access will grow New Mexico's economy, create jobs, boost wages, improve health outcomes, support small business growth, help our students learn, increase crop yields, and so much more.

2019: An Opportunity To Put Students First In New Mexico

21 hours ago
Betty Patterson-President-NEA New Mexico

Commentary: For decades, our State government has failed to provide our students with the education they need and deserve, creating some of the worst racial and economic inequalities for educational achievement in the country. Sweeping changes must be made.  In a landmark court decision, a judge ruled that New Mexico is violating the constitutional rights of students to a sufficient education (Yazzie/Martinez case). The court ruled that the state must provide funding sufficient so that every New Mexico student can have an equal opportunity to succeed, no matter a student’s personal, family or community circumstances, or the state’s other needs.  The court also highlighted a severe teacher shortage in our state.

Commentary: One of the best things about living in New Mexico is the abundance of great natural beauty and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it’s the view from just about any rural highway or one of the many state and national parks and forests, New Mexico boasts some of the most beautiful land in the nation. It is a heritage that all proud New Mexicans want to protect for future generations, a pride woven into our culture. The preservation of our public lands is a sacred trust, but it’s being made more difficult by the inaction of Congress.

Report Proposes a Way to Save Rio Grande Fishes

Dec 10, 2018
nm.audubon.org

Commentary: The Rio Grande in Southern New Mexico has experienced the loss of up to two-thirds of its native fish species due to a century of dam-building, channel-straightening, and diversion of its flows for agriculture. The Southwest Environmental Center recently released a report that proposes novel solutions for restoring native fish and a path forward for redressing this historical injustice.

“For too long, we’ve tolerated management that has ignored the needs of the many species of plants and animals that depend upon a healthy river,” Kevin Bixby, executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center said. “Our report proposes concrete steps that can be taken today to recover some of the amazing native fishes that were once found in the Rio Grande.”

New Mexico Demands Trump and ICE Stop Illegal Rule that Would Harm Immigrant Families

Dec 10, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Commentary: Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring co-authored comments to a proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule change that violates federal law and will result in unfair discrimination against underserved immigrant families. The so called "public charge" rule change will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to determine whether immigrant families who seek lawful status in the United States may need any form of government assistance, and if so, allow ICE to deny their application.

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