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Teaching With "Touch-A-Truck" In Las Cruces

Sep 10, 2019

This year, instead of just getting close enough to touch, kids coming to the 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck event at Camino Real Middle School on a Saturday morning were able to climb inside and honk the horn of the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) vactor truck.

NMSU stabilizes enrollment, posts increase in system headcount

Sep 10, 2019
NMSU-Darren Phillips

The New Mexico State University system has posted an increase in overall student enrollment numbers – the first such increase since 2010. The NMSU system includes its campuses in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and around Doña Ana County.

“We are very pleased with these topline results, and it clearly shows NMSU has stabilized enrollment and is poised for sustained growth,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “It’s exciting to see so many students and their parents responding to NMSU’s strong appeal. In conversations with new students we consistently hear that they come here because they want a top-tier education with a highly diverse student body at one of the lowest costs in the nation. It’s a great time to be an NMSU Aggie.”

For fall 2019, the NMSU system’s unduplicated headcount was 24,041. NMSU’s Las Cruces campus had a total student headcount of 14,298 up from 2018. In addition, enrollment for NMSU’s Graduate School was also up, reversing a multiple year decline. Notably, NMSU’s community college enrollment also saw year-over-year increases particularly on the Doña Ana and Carlsbad campuses.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat intends to force a vote to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.

That's according to prepared remarks Tuesday by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who says the vote would give lawmakers a chance to block Trump "from stealing military funding from their states to foot the bill for an expensive and ineffective wall he promised Mexico would pay for."

Green chile farmers say labor shortage hurting harvest

Sep 10, 2019

  HATCH, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is in the height of green chile harvest season, but farmers say a labor shortage is hurting them.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports green chile farmers say the shortage of workers this season is causing farms to lose some crops to weeds and other elements.

Hatch farmer Alonso Grajeda says the labor shortage also is allowing workers to pick and choose where to work and to demand higher wages.

Michael Hernandez

In a region as thirsty as southern New Mexico, every gallon counts. To ensure drinking water stays safe and wastewater is treated properly, Las Cruces Utilities unveiled its new Water Quality Laboratory located on West Amador Avenue.

Utility officials say the roughly $4 million facility is about five times larger than the City’s existing test site and is designed to meet green building ratings.

Water Quality Lab Manager Luis Guerra has worked for the City for more than a dozen years. He said the extra space allows the lab to keep meeting safety standards and run more tests if needed.

Emails: Albuquerque spent $1.6M on canceled Mexico flights

Sep 9, 2019

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque spent nearly $1.6 million to promote a Mexico-based airline that had promised — then canceled — regular international flights and city officials raced behind the scenes to unsuccessfully save the direct service amid uncertainty from the Mexican company, documents revealed.

  A new study shows for the first time that even in the absence of nicotine, vaping directly impairs lung function and the body’s ability to ward off infections. A UNM College of Pharmacy scientist played a key role in the landmark research.

The finding, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, comes amid a wave of mysterious vaping-related illnesses (and at least two reported deaths) and growing concern about the rapid spread of e-cigarette use among young people.

NMSU ranks as national top tier university

Sep 9, 2019
NMSU-Darren Phillips

According to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2020 National Universities rankings, New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university for the seventh time in the last eight years.

“Although it’s great be recognized as a top tier institution, our goal is to become one of the best in the country when it comes to student success and social mobility, research and creativity, and community engagement,” said NMSU President John Floros. “The implementation of our new strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, will assure that we improve in all these categories in the years ahead.”

This year, NMSU is tied for 263 with Old Dominion University, University of Alabama-Huntsville and others. NMSU ranks 134 in top public schools, tied for 134 in undergraduate engineering programs and tied for 195 in undergraduate business programs. Additionally, NMSU ranks tied for 119 for top performers on social mobility, a new category, and 189 in ethnic diversity.

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury in Las Cruces, N.M., returned an indictment on August 21, 2019, charging three Las Cruces residents, Martin Peña Astorga, 53, Jessie Adel Dunlap, 34, and Alejandra Gomez, 31, with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other offenses in an alleged distribution scheme involving shipments of large quantities of drugs by mail.

Astorga and Dunlap made their initial appearances in federal court on August 30, 2019.  Gomez is currently in law enforcement custody awaiting transfer to New Mexico for her initial appearance. 

UNM Faculty To Hold Union Vote In October

Sep 9, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The provost of New Mexico's largest university says he is against a faculty union and is warning against its creation,

The Albuquerque Journal reports University of New Mexico Provost James Paul Holloway in a campus memo emailed Thursday said while he doesn't have a vote in the matter, he doesn't think a union would be in the best interests of the university.

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Goodman: Thoughts On Trump's Hurricane Of Controversy

11 hours ago
Peter Goodman

  Commentary: As we age and our cognitive abilities diminish, often it's not the mistakes we make but our overreactions to them that really give us away.

 

Like Donald Trump getting confused about where Alabama was. No big deal. I laughed; but I also wondered if I could still fill in all the state-names in the right spots on the wordless maps Southwest Airlines used to have on napkins. I guessed I could, taking my time; but if someone else couldn't, so what?

 

But the Donald couldn't just laugh and shake his head and correct himself.

What Does The End Of Libor Mean?

Sep 14, 2019

Commentary: Like many, I have a personal interest in the ups and downs of the London Interbank Offer Rate, so called Libor, as my flexible rate mortgage is tied to it. If Libor is up, then so is my rate; if Libor is down, so to does my rate go down.

The problem is that Libor is about to go away. My mortgage, along with $400 trillion worth of other debt pegged to Libor, are about to become orphaned. Affected contracts include derivatives, business loans, and corporate bonds. Much of this Libor-linked debt has inadequate fallback provisions, creating uncertainty. No one knows what the ultimate solution will be.

NMFO

Commentary: The Grant County Commission today passed a resolution to support federal legislation that would protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and their tributaries as wild and scenic. The vote comes after a groundswell of support from Tribes, sportsmen, veterans, small business owners, faith and civic organizations, local municipalities and governments, and outdoor recreation and conservation organizations. Local community expressed their appreciation for the commission’s support of this important designation.

Democrats Demand Trump Administration End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

Sep 11, 2019

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 23 of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its “Remain in Mexico” policy, deceptively named by the Trump administration as the Migrant Protection Protocols. The “Remain in Mexico” policy blocks asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they wait for their court hearings, forcing them to remain Mexico for extended periods of time, often under dangerous circumstances.

  


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