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  Las Cruces police are investigating what appears to be a homicide that occurred Tuesday afternoon at a home on Desert Rose Court.

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, police were dispatched to a home on the 250 block of Desert Rose Court. Officers arrived to find a man in his early 30s deceased from a gun shot wound.

Police do not have any suspects in custody and do not believe the community is in danger. 

Police are still investigating and are asking for anyone with information to call Las Cruces police at (575) 526-0795. 

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man who fell from a luxury suite at a university sports arena in Albuquerque onto concrete stairs below has been awarded $144,000 under a state-negotiated settlement.

During a basketball game in December 2016 at the University of New Mexico, Eduardo Bracamonte Jr. fell while making his way to a seat and his momentum carried him over a short wall. The university denies wrongdoing and had no immediate comment Monday. Bracamonte landed feet-first, shattering bones in his foot and ankle in a fall witnessed by his son.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 13,000 absentee and early ballots have been cast in local elections that will determine the next mayors of New Mexico’s largest city as well as its state capital, with two weeks remaining before Election Day.

The secretary of state’s office on Tuesday released its first tally of voter participation in the consolidated Nov. 2 election for local government offices including school boards and bond initiatives that influence local tax rates. More than 25,000 absentee ballots have been requested.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Amazon is eying the airport of New Mexico’s most populous city as the site for construction of a new cargo facility. Albuquerque City Council members on Monday formally proposed a lease agreement for Seattle-based Amazon to build a 30,750-square-foot cargo facility at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

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UPDATE: CANCEL AMBER ALERT – Chaparral, NM – Izrael Martinez has been located and is safe. For inquiries, please contact the Otero County Sheriff’s Office.

Chaparral, NM - The following is information for the distribution of an Amber Alert from the Otero County Sheriff’s Office.  For details, please contact the Otero County Sheriff’s Office at (575) 437-2210 

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Izrael Martinez, a four-year-old Hispanic male, three feet tall, weighing approximately thirty-five pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Izrael was last seen at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Dinosaurs Home Daycare located at 336 Ralph Street in Chaparral, NM.  Izrael was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and orange sneakers. He was taken from Dinosaurs Home Daycare by his non-custodial mother Renee Garcia a forty-year-old Hispanic female. She is five-foot-one inch tall, weighing one hundred fifty-five pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. 

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 517 additional COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths. As of today, there are 350 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early voting is underway across New Mexico towns, and education funding is on the ballot virtually everywhere.

School districts are seeking to renew property taxes to pay for school buildings, computers and air ventilation systems. That's despite an influx this year of $900 million in federal pandemic aid. Ventilation upgrades are on virtually all school district wish lists after state authorities mandated improved systems. Denser air filters can remove virus particles from the air but often require expensive machinery.

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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base in eastern New Mexico for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

The chemicals can be toxic to humans and animals. The state Environment Department said Monday that neither of two PFAS contaminants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established health advisories for were detected in the samples collected during the study. However, other types of PFAS compounds were found at very low levels in some wells.

I-10 Closures Start Thursday Night

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ANTHONY – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One along with AUI, Inc. (Contractor) will continue a bridge replacement project in Anthony.

Beginning Thursday, October 21, I-10 eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. for bridge deck placement.

During these closures, traffic will be detoured through the on – off ramps at milepost 162 (NM 404). Daily contractor hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Traffic control will remain in place 24/7.

A profile of Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District and a look at the push for more young voters. Fred Martino talks with Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin about upcoming elections, voter suppression, and much more.  

 

Update: Superfund Project In Las Cruces

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Many residents routinely visit the Harty Athletic Complex, the BMX bike track, or the skate park off Hadley Avenue. Maybe a few have wondered what is beyond the recreational areas, the building on the hill with two tanks. For those curious, those tanks are attached to the co-owned City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County Griggs-Walnut Groundwater Plume Superfund remediation project, which is operated and managed by Las Cruces Utilities. The project just completed its 9th Anniversary, where visitors could come out to an open house to see how LCU cleans contaminated groundwater daily.

Water leaks aren’t always obvious. When an unfortunate leak is underground or not in an obvious location, it’s the consumption of water that alerts Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) to a possible leak. LCU employees then reach out to the customers – residential, commercial, and industrial. One customer that was recently alerted was Las Cruces City Manager Ifo Pili.

For him, the leak was in his laundry room. Water went down the drain without anyone noticing. At least, anyone at his house. “It would have never created a puddle that we would have noticed,” said Pili. “I’m grateful that the program worked as it should and that my family was alerted to the excess water consumption.”

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Vito DiBari

An original public art project is being commissioned for the new Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley facility, which is set to open its doors in the fall of 2022.

Out of 139 submissions, the City Art Board recommended artist Vito DiBari’s concept art for city approval. The Las Cruces City Council voted unanimously to authorize the estimated $68,000 project, which is being supported through GO Bond funding.

In an artist statement read by City Art Program Coordinator Ceci Vasconcellos, DiBari highlighted how the steel sculpture will incorporate laser cut patterns and feature animals cared for by the ASCMV.

Earthquake activity has increased dramatically in southern New Mexico likely due to injection wells in the Permian Basin. These are used to store wastewater that comes is produced during oil and gas drilling. Jerry Redfern covers the industry here for Capital & Main and he broke that story.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Minority rights groups are suing Texas over proposed new voting maps that they say thwart the political strength of the state's booming Latino population.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court comes even before the Texas Legislature has given final passage to maps that sort the state's 30 million residents into new political districts for the next decade. Texas added nearly 4 million people over the last decade. More than half of those new residents are Latino.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 1,895 additional COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths. As of today, there are 300 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  Meng Zhou, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering, is the New Mexico State University lead on a collaborative three-state project aimed to address the challenges associated with carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere and ocean due to technological advances over the past century driven by the use of carbon-rich fossil fuels. The result of global emissions presents an historic threat to the ecosystem and life on our planet, as well as an historic economic opportunity to develop methods to capture and utilize carbon dioxide.

  With a significant emphasis on student retention and social mobility opportunities, New Mexico State University has earned improved standings in multiple national rankings.  
 
NMSU President John Floros praises the university’s faculty and staff for focusing on student success initiatives.
 
“We have made significant progress, and credit should go to the tireless efforts from our faculty and staff, department heads, deans and all of our university leaders who have supported our LEADS 2025 strategic goals,” he said.

New Mexico enacts crisis standards of care

Oct 18, 2021

SANTA FE - Today, the New Mexico Department of Health announced the enactment of Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) for the state’s health care system.

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous, ongoing, and unsustainable strain on the state’s health care system. In particular, the volume of COVID-19 patients - almost all of whom are unvaccinated - have exacerbated existing staffing and other resource shortages. 

What does Crisis Standards of Care mean for patients and providers?

Hospitals and providers are already faced with difficult choices about who gets care. Now, under CSC, facilities statewide will use a more standardized and equitable procedure for making those decisions. In addition, before a facility reaches this point, they must temporarily suspend non-medically-necessary procedures.

Las Cruces Man Held On Murder Charges

Oct 18, 2021

Jimmy Levi Rogers, 29, of Las Cruces was held without Bond in Third District Court.  Aguilera is charged with 1 open count of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Tampering with Evidence and Conspiracy to Commit (Tampering with Evidence).  District Court Judge Driggers found Rogers to be Dangerous, and that no Release Conditions will reasonably protect the safety of the community. Rogers will remain in the Doña Ana County Detention Center awaiting trial.  Third Judicial Attorney Bryan Gelecki represented the state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s constitutionality plays out in the courts.

The administration has also taken the unusual step of telling the justices they could grant the Texas law full review and decide its fate this term. No court has yet reached a decision on the constitutionality of the Texas law, and the Supreme Court rarely grants such requests.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is poised to become the latest and most populous state to tighten restrictions on transgender athletes in public high school sports.

State lawmakers on Sunday approved a measure that requires athletes to play on teams that align with the gender listed on their original birth certificate instead of their current gender identity. The bill pushed by the Legislature’s Republican majority now goes to GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man convicted of killing a decorated Army veteran at an Albuquerque ATM in 2016 will get a new trial.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Matthew Chavez in a ruling earlier this month. A jury found Chavez guilty in 2018 of second-degree murder and lesser charges in 24-year-old Tyler Lackey’s death. He was sentenced to more than 23 years.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s mother, longtime civil servant Mary Toya, has died.

Officials with the Interior Department confirmed Toya’s passing Saturday but didn’t immediately release her age or cause of death. Interior spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said in a statement the department is celebrating Toya’s long life and is grateful for her “25 years of service to Native students as a member of the Interior team within Indian Affairs.” Toya also was a U.S. Navy veteran.


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