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Trump Targets New Mexico With Rally Amid Protests Before His Arrival

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Donald Trump lost New Mexico by 8 percentage points in 2016. Last year, his party lost a House seat and the governor's mansion. Last week, a congressional candidate went viral by taunting the president by name in an ad.

Still, Trump is headed to New Mexico on Monday for a campaign rally that is making some politicos scratch their heads.

Recycling Alone Won't Cut It...We Are Drowning In Plastic

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Plastics have made our lives simpler, easier, and cheaper. Yet, the price the planet may pay for these conveniences may last a lot longer than the quick use of a disposable fork with your fast food delivery, or the single-use disposable water or soda bottle we have all become accustomed to.

“Even at our facility, the sheer amount of plastic we receive daily is staggering,” said Patrick Peck, director of South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), partner to the City of Las Cruces in managing the disposal of solid waste.

See A Water Line Break In Las Cruces? Report It By Phone

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Water leaks are a daily reality for any city. Over decades, underground water pipes age and can corrode in the soil and suddenly there’s a puddle of water in the middle of a neighborhood street or a spewing geyser holding up traffic at a main intersection.

There are four different levels of assessment for these types of water leaks for Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) and the public is a critical partner in alerting LCU by calling Emergency Dispatch at (575) 526-0500.

San Diego State runs over New Mexico State 31-10

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Chance Bell and Jordan Byrd each ran for over 100 yards to lead San Diego State to a 31-10 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

Byrd had a pair of short-yardage touchdown runs and finished with 128 yards on 22 carries. Bell added 116 yards, and had an 18-yard TD run with 11 minutes left to cap the scoring.

New Mexico State fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage, and Ryan Agnew tossed a 2-yard pass to Daniel Bellinger two plays later for the Aztecs (3-0). Agnew was 16-of-25 passing for 106 yards.

  Ruidoso, NM- Friday night at about 6:48 p.m., New Mexico State Police investigated a passenger vehicle that had crashed into a restaurant in Ruidoso, NM in Lincoln County.


The Initial investigation indicated a 2002 Honda, driven by a seventy-year-old female of Ruidoso, NM was attempting to leave the parking lot of the Farleys Restaurant located at 1200 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso. For reasons still under investigation the Honda accelerated and drove forward into the restaurant where it struck three patrons who were inside.  Tammy Lynn Ford (58) of Clovis, NM sustained fatal injuries and she was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of Medical Investigator.  A fifty-eight-year-old male sustained injuries believed to be life-threatening and he was airlifted to a hospital.  The third person struck by the Honda, a seventy-five-year-old female, sustained injuries believed to be non-life threatening.  She was transported to a local hospital.   The driver of the Honda was uninjured in the crash. 


Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and seatbelts appear to have not been properly used. The driver’s name of the Honda will not be released at this time due to no charges filed. The name of the victims involved will also not be released by State Police.  New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit assisted in the investigation.  This crash is still under investigation.  No additional information is available.

Virtual reality used to highlight uranium contamination

Sep 14, 2019

  GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination.

The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979 uranium mill spill, Gallup Independent reports .

The project started four years ago after Washington, D.C.-based nuclear policy program manager Lovely Umayam met Navajo activist Sunny Dooley at an event in Santa Fe.

New Mexico National Guard soldiers deploy to Poland

Sep 14, 2019

  RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Members of a New Mexico Army National Guard medical unit are deploying to Poland.

Officials said a yellow ribbon ceremony was planned Saturday in Rio Rancho for about 65 soldiers with the 1209th Medical Support Company.

They will be in Poland for about nine months and will be providing medical support to U.S. military units stationed in the area as part Operation Atlantic Resolve.

GOP House candidate under fire for old anti-Trump posts

Sep 14, 2019
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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican U.S. House candidate running for an important seat in southern New Mexico is facing criticism for old social media posts attacking Donald Trump, including one where she wrote the wealthy real estate mogul was "unworthy of the office" of the president.

Fugitive ex-priest sentenced to 30 years in sex abuse case

Sep 13, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base.

In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said it was the worst case of child sex abuse she has handled over the course of 26 years.

At one point, the judge demanded that 81-year-old defendant Arthur Perrault look a woman in the eyes as she testified about being abused by him.

Albuquerque police: 5 people dead after multiple shootings

Sep 13, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico's largest city scrambled Friday to piece together what sparked separate shootings that killed five people and wounded six others as the mayor acknowledged that elected leaders and residents were tired of the violence that has plagued parts of Albuquerque.

There were no immediate arrests in Thursday night's shootings. Investigators didn't immediately determine whether there was any connection between the shootings that Deputy Police Chief Harold Medina called "senseless acts" during a news conference early Friday.

Double Fatal Crash on New Mexico Highway 26 in Dona Ana County

Sep 13, 2019

Dona Ana County, NM– On Thursday at about 2:11 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a double fatal crash involving two vehicles on NM Highway 26, near Mile Post 44, west of Hatch, NM.  

The initial investigation indicated a 2008 Chrysler driven by Jerry Douglas Livingston (76) of Tucson, AZ was traveling east on NM Highway 26.  For unknown reasons the Chrysler crossed over the center line, into oncoming traffic of the westbound lane and struck the left side of a Commercial Motor Vehicle’s trailer that was traveling west.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental regulators are teaming up with New Mexico State University to study how waste water from the booming oil and gas industry can be treated and reused.

State officials announced the formation of a new consortium Thursday. The group is charged with filling in scientific gaps and researching technological solutions for dealing with what's known in the oilfield as produced water.

Some oil companies already have been reusing the waste water in their operations to cut down on fresh water use.

Vow to ban assault weapons gives O'Rourke debate breakout

Sep 13, 2019
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  WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments anyway, there was a sense of what people once called "Beto-mania."

Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke delivered a debate performance on Thursday in Houston that at times reminded a national audience why he became a Democratic star last year — even as he lost a Senate race.

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Digging Deep For A Las Cruces Road Project

Sep 13, 2019

“People complain that they don’t see us out working, except what they can’t see from their car is that we’re working deep in a trench,” explained Ryan Tafoya, New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One project manager for the Valley Drive construction. He said, “Just because you see the trucks standing still, doesn’t mean there’s not a whole group of us in the trench installing storm drains and underground utility pipes.”

Your Weekend Pulse

Sep 13, 2019

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New Mexico moving to crack down on unpaid wage claims

Sep 12, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A popular New Mexico restaurant was the first business to be targeted Thursday in a state and local push to enforce wage laws.

Officials said they were suing Hacienda Del Rio and its owners over allegations that the Albuquerque eatery violated state law and city ordinances.

The case was prompted by dozens of complaints over the past two years. Officials accused the business of failing to pay for overtime worked, taking unlawful payroll deductions and giving workers bad checks.

Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack

Sep 12, 2019
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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced.

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead in the border city, District Attorney Jaime Esparza said. El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Crusius, who remains jailed without bond.

Public WiFi Now Available In Downtown Las Cruces

Sep 12, 2019

The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department today announced the launch of a new outdoor public Wifi network at the Plaza de Las Cruces accessible to all users at no cost. The City hopes to encourage more downtown visits and longer visits to the Plaza.

New Mexico preps for Trump after past rallies sparked unrest

Sep 12, 2019
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  RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico law enforcement agencies are prepping for an upcoming President Donald Trump rally three years after previous ones sparked turmoil in Albuquerque.

Police say they will be prepared Monday for the Trump event in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho as protesters vow to step up acts of civil disobedience and demonstrations.

Police say several law enforcement agencies will help with security at the Santa Ana Star Center.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico task force examining the regulatory options for legalizing recreational marijuana has opposed state-run marijuana stores, officials said.

The Cannabis Legalization Working Group initiated by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham endorsed the idea of a traditional licensing system in a Tuesday meeting at Albuquerque City Hall, officials said. That means companies would be permitted to grow and sell marijuana, and operate its stores.

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Dr. Debra Peters is a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jornada Experimental Range north of Las Cruces.

Peters said desert landscapes have changed in the past­–and that can help us understand how climate change may impact vegetation.

Peters said a process called desertification turned the Jornada del Muerto more desert-like over the course of a century.

The Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Board of Directors announces they have hired Steve Ruwoldt as DAAC’s new Executive Director effective October 1, 2019.  Ruwoldt recently left Memorial Medical Center after serving seven years as the Chief Operating Officer.   Here is a statement from DAAC:

The Board welcomes Steve’s extensive managerial and organizational skills along with his desire to remain in Las Cruces and give back to the community.   According to Dan Lere, DAAC Board President, “We’re excited to have someone with Steve’s enthusiasm and experience in this position, and we’re looking forward to having him take the organization to the next level.”

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Sep 11, 2019

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  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has put on hold a ruling that blocked a Trump administration policy that would prevent migrants from seeking asylum along the entire southwest border.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay Tuesday that put the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar on hold for now.

That means the administration's asylum policy is blocked in the border states of California and Arizona but not in New Mexico and Texas.

High School Equivalency Classes Coming To Las Cruces

Sep 11, 2019

  Have you been thinking about getting your General Equivalency Diploma (GED)? Don’t wait any longer. Classes, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., begin Sept. 24, 2019. Registration is not required. Participants will have access to free coaching and materials. There’s no better time to get started.

Anyone who wants information before beginning classes, can go to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., to discuss options that will work for them. Information will be shared about the GED and HiSET (High School Equivalency) tests that are available for achieving a high school equivalency diploma. This is a great opportunity to get the support you need to reach your goal.


Las Cruces Legend: Late NMSU historian’s archive donated to museum

Sep 11, 2019
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Clarence Fielder, history professor emeritus at New Mexico State University and teacher in Las Cruces Public Schools for more than 50 years who died in 2015 was a much-loved educator. He was also a passionate preservation advocate who led restoration efforts for Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.), the first African American Church in Las Cruces.