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US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

6 hours ago
Lake Mead At The Hoover Dam / AZPM

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

They're not going to make it — at least not in time for upcoming meetings in Las Vegas involving representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government, officials say.

Traces of Spanish conquistador said found at New Mexico site

6 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ongoing metal detector survey of the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo has uncovered evidence that Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado explored the area, officials in New Mexico announced recently.

The survey of the area recently uncovered the first evidence that places Coronado's group there in the form of copper arrow points from crossbows, lead musket balls, chain mail fragments and other artifacts, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

Las Cruces: Our Water Future Is Safe

6 hours ago

Despite drought, a lawsuit, the irrigation needs of local agriculture, and our growing population – the water future of the City of Las Cruces (City) is secure.

You probably know our region has been in a drought for at least the past 15 years. You know water levels behind Elephant Butte Dam are very low, which limits the water flowing down the Rio Grande and available for irrigation of farm fields.

Man arrested in Texas after telling kids Santa isn't real

18 hours ago
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  DALLAS (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old protester who told children Santa Claus is not real has been arrested for trespassing at a North Texas church.

Aaron Urbanski was arrested Saturday after authorities were called to a church in Cleburne, which was hosting a breakfast with Santa event. Police say they found three people demonstrating outside the church after responding to a trespassing complaint.

New Mexico Republican Party selects Pearce as next chairman

18 hours ago

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party's next chairman will be U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who didn't run for re-election in order to make what proved to be an unsuccessful try for governor.

Current GOP Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi announced that the party's state central committee selected Pearce "by an overwhelming margin" while meeting Saturday in Albuquerque.

Businessman John Rockwell also sought the party's top leadership post.

Lawson leads No. 2 Kansas past New Mexico State 63-60

18 hours ago

  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 2 Kansas got past New Mexico State 63-60 in the Jayhawk Shootout on Saturday night.

The Jayhawks' offense stalled after a hot start in their first game without injured center Udoka Azubuike, going scoreless for over five minutes in the first half. But they put it together late, as Lawson's layup with just under four minutes left gave them their first lead since the first half.

Well-known comedian, film and television star George Lopez will receive the “Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award” during the 2019 annual Las Cruces International Film Festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces Feb. 20-24.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University will graduate nearly 300 of its students this fall. Of those, 200 graduates will walk across the Fine Arts Center Theatre stage during the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. They will receive their diplomas then shake hands with WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard and with newly elected Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico Howie Morales, who is an alum and WNMU’s fall commencement speaker.

Newsmakers 1028 - NMSU Learning in Germany

Dec 7, 2018

More than 1,200 New Mexico State University students are projected to participate in the fall commencement ceremony. 

Commencement weekend will begin the evening of Friday, Dec. 7, with a hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m.

A four-hour water outage on Valley Drive from Hadley Avenue to Picacho Avenue is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.

Once service is restored, water could be discolored due to iron, manganese and calcium deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, City officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

Las Cruces Police Warn of Possible Card Skimming Devices in Area

Dec 7, 2018

Las Cruces police want area residents to be on the lookout for credit and debit card skimming devices that appear to be more prevalent in New Mexico.

A card skimming device can be attached to an ATM or the card reader on a fuel dispenser head. It can be used to capture information from the debit or credit card that’s inserted or swiped. Perpetrators use the information illegally collected to make purchases or withdraw money from the customer’s account.

November border arrests jump to highest in Trump presidency

Dec 7, 2018

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border jumped 78 percent in November from a year earlier to the highest level in Donald Trump's presidency, with families and children accounting for a majority for a third straight month.

The numbers are the latest sign that people who cross the border illegally are increasingly families and children traveling alone, a trend that began several years ago but has accelerated since summer.

Bull's eye on US' Permian Basin as oil prices rise

Dec 7, 2018
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation's richest and most prolific oil and natural gas regions.

Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessmentThursday that shows portions of the Permian Basin could hold even more promise.

UNM Men's Basketball Coach Apologizes For Pre-Game Fight At NMSU

Dec 7, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico head coach Paul Weir is apologizing for the actions of some of his players before the start of Tuesday's matchup against in-state rival New Mexico State.

Weir in a statement issued Thursday said he was extremely disappointed and wanted to apologize to everyone at the state's flagship university and at NMSU.

He says he was embarrassed and described the behavior as unsportsmanlike.

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Dec 7, 2018

A recent report by Truth In Accounting ranks New Mexico low when it comes to financial transparency. Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO of Truth In Accounting shares why the state scored one of the lowest in the country. 

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Dec 7, 2018

Engineering Students see Future Selves in action at Las Cruces Utilities

Dec 7, 2018

The sun is setting, but New Mexico State University (NMSU) engineering students learn that the need for water flowing to customers continues through the night. For those students, a trip to Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) demonstrates clearly that the water system must be up and running 24-hours a day, and in case of a utility emergency, emergency response must be available all hours of the day and night.

Your Weekend Pulse

Dec 7, 2018

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Long-Serving GOP State Senator From Southeastern NM Retiring

Dec 6, 2018


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Carroll Leavell of Jal is retiring after more than two decades in the New Mexico Legislature.

Leavell told the Hobbs News-Sun that he decided to step aside due to health reasons. He says he fought cancer for more than two years and while it's under control, the aftermath has been difficult.

State Racing Commission To Rule On New Horse Racetrack And Casino

Dec 6, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico racing regulators are set to decide if they will issue the state's sixth and final license for a horse racetrack and casino.

The New Mexico Racing Commission on Thursday also could name the winning bid for the final license despite objections from New Mexico five existing "racinos."

Under the state's compacts with casino-operating tribes, only six racinos are allowed in New Mexico. The five existing racinos are in Hobbs, Ruidoso, Farmington, Albuquerque, and Sunland Park.

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Dec 6, 2018

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Dec 6, 2018

Michael Hernandez

Donors came together for a benefit at the downtown El Paso Community Foundation room featuring a discussion with six leading authors about their new books, immigration and border relations.

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Dec 5, 2018


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Las Cruces Town Hall To Focus On Family Caregiving

Dec 5, 2018

A town hall meeting on Monday will focus on family caregiving.  The event will be held at Centennial High School in Las Cruces from 2 to 3 in the afternoon. The rapidly aging population has made this a major issue for New Mexico and the entire nation. 

To learn more, Fred Martino spoke with Tommy Hernandez, the public policy director for the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico.

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Dec 5, 2018

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Dec 5, 2018