A Helping Hand For Paying Las Cruces Utility Bills

Oct 3, 2018

If you look at your current utility bill and know you will have problems paying – please don’t wait until it’s “past due”. Come talk to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Customer Service – two locations – NOW to see what help is available. LCU has several options that can help you manage your bills before they come due.

Las Cruces Library System Plans "Amnesty Week"

Oct 3, 2018

Amnesty Week at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will be October 21 through October 27, 2018.

Darren Phillips, NMSU

The National Science Foundation recently announced its first research awards under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. In addition to 31 projects awarded to community colleges and universities across the country, a $2.6 million, five-year grant will fund a first-if-its-kind HSI Resource Hub at New Mexico State University, in collaboration with Dona Ana Community College and California State University-Northridge. 

The owner of a tobacco shop suspected of selling spice has been indicted on a felony count of distribution and the shop itself has shuttered its doors.

Eduardo Daniel Diaz, 34, of the 1300 block of Witt Drive, is charged with one count of distribution of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, a fourth-degree felony.

ALBUQUERQUE – Guy Bell, 29, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in prison for his conviction on drug trafficking and firearms charges.  Bell will be on supervised release for six years after completing his prison sentence.

Elizabeth Miller / New Mexico In Depth

  A campaign fundraising letter that public land commissioner candidate Patrick Lyons sent ranchers who lease land from the State Land Office is raising legal and ethical questions a month before voters decide whether to return him to the job he held for eight years.

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order instructing the state’s boards, commissions and agencies to implement reforms that will make it easier for New Mexicans to become licensed and find jobs, reduce the burden of occupational licensing on military families and job-seekers who move to New Mexico and aid those with a criminal records in finding gainful employment.

Navajo High Court Hears Appeal On Presidential Term Limits

Oct 3, 2018


WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation's high court is set to hear an appeal on presidential term limits.

Vincent Yazzie contends Joe Shirley Jr. should be removed from the ballot because he already has served two terms as tribal president.

Yazzie's election grievance was dismissed as untimely and for failure to state an election code violation. The former presidential hopeful appealed.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state lawmaker convicted of drunken driving is set to face sentencing before a New Mexico judge Wednesday as she seeks re-election in November.

A judge last week found Rep. Monica Youngblood guilty of aggravated drunken driving after a short bench trial.

The three-term Albuquerque Republican was arrested in May on suspicion of aggravated DWI during a checkpoint stop where she told an officer she was a state lawmaker who advocated for police.

NM Lawmaker Announces Plans For Gun Safety Legislation

Oct 3, 2018
Democratic Rep. Linda Trujillo


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker is drafting gun safety legislation that would penalize adults for unlocked guns that fall into the hands a minor, leading to injury or death.

Democratic Rep. Linda Trujillo announced Tuesday at a public school board meeting in Santa Fe that she plans to sponsor a child access prevention bill during the 2019 legislative session.

New Mexico currently has no law specifically requiring gun owners to prevent access to firearms by children.


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Rubel: Higher Education Funding Should Be Restored With Plan For Entire System

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Former NMSU Chancellor Dr. Garrey Carruthers

Commentary: New Mexico voters have an unprecedented chance to send an important message this November that New Mexico takes corruption seriously and will hold government officials, candidates, and contractors accountable when they cross ethical boundaries and violate the law.  As former statewide elected officials, we wince every time we see the state tarnished by poor national rankings for good government and ethics, and worry that the perception of corruption is costing us business and opportunities, discouraging civic participation and decreasing voter turnout.  New Mexico is one of only six states that does not have a statewide ethics commission.

Las Cruces Should Adopt Electric Vehicles, Part II

Oct 9, 2018

Commentary: The 2018 National Drive Electric Week (#NDEW2018) took place during September 8-16, 2018. There were 322 events in various cities in the USA and Canada. Las Cruces was on the map of events, with a workshop held at the Southwest Environmental Center. September 8, 2018, was the day chosen for that event, because it coincided with nationwide actions in preparation for the Global Climate Action Summit (#GCAS2018) on September 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

Examining The Replacement For NAFTA

Oct 8, 2018

Commentary: And then there were three again. On September 30, Canada and the U.S. announced that they had come to an agreement on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On August 27, the U.S. and Mexico announced that they had come to terms on their end of the renegotiations, and it was feared that Canada would not join, thereby rendering NAFTA a two-nation agreement. The U.S. and Mexico agreed on a renewable 16-year agreement that will be reviewed in six-year increments. North American content in vehicles produced in the NAFTA region was raised from 62.5 percent to 75 percent. The agreed-upon points also include a provision that 45 percent of the content of pickup trucks and 40 percent of the content of light trucks would be built by employees earning more than $16 per hour.

Commentary:  In 1946, after 14 years of Democratic control of both the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government, Republicans campaigned on the two-word slogan “had enough?”  Over seventy years later, the slogan seems odd because it came after Democratic government led the recovery from the Republican-induced Great Depression and achieved victory on two fronts, Europe and Asia, in the Second World War.  But the Greatest Generation got tired of sacrifices for the good of the country.  Republicans succeeded in winning control of Congress for the next two years, 1947-1949.

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