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  HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district has apologized because administrative staff asked a high school student to remove a U.S. flag from his car on Veterans Day.

Hobbs Municipal Schools said on the district’s Facebook page that the school’s staff was acting under a policy instituted “due to past incidents” barring students from flying flags of any kind on their vehicles. 

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers have met with New Mexico United officials to talk about the possibility of building a new soccer stadium in Albuquerque.

President and CEO of New Mexico United LLC Peter Trevisani and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Rael in Albuquerque discussed a potential arena with the Economic and Rural Development Committee officials Thursday.

United needs room to grow after it led the league in merchandise sales and attendance with more than 12,600 people each game, Trevisani said.

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The 15-cent increase is based on a cost-of-living adjustment tied to the Consumer Price Index.

Economist Dr. Manuel Reyes-Loya from the Hibbs Institute for Business and Economic Research at the University of Texas at Tyler presented the study to City Council at a recent work session.

The analysis simulated the economic impact of CPI indexing from 2020 to 2022. 

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The New Mexico State Police has provided more details about the officer-inolved shooting in which a Las Cruces man later died from his injuries:

On November 1, 2019, at about 7:15 a.m., New Mexico State Police Officer Jantzen Duran conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Malibu for traveling 106 mph in a 60-mph zone on US 70, near mile marker 209, west of Alamogordo, New Mexico. 

During the traffic stop, the male driver, identified as Benjamin Diaz (22) of Las Cruces, NM pulled over onto the left shoulder of the median of US70. After Officer Duran identified Diaz, he returned to the driver’s side of his police vehicle to issue Diaz a traffic citation. Diaz exited his vehicle and ran toward Duran’s police vehicle. Officer Duran gave verbal commands for Diaz to stay at the front of his police vehicle. Diaz refused and attacked Officer Duran with a folding box cutter. During the physical altercation, Diaz stabbed at Officer Duran’s chest. Officer Duran feared for his life, drew his department issued sidearm and fired once at Diaz, striking him. Diaz and Officer Duran fell to the ground and Diaz attempted to disarm Officer Duran. Officer Duran was able to gain control of Diaz and handcuffed him.

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Police are conducting an enforcement operation issuing citations to drivers of all-terrain vehicles and off-highway recreational vehicles who are in violation of the current City of Las Cruces ordinance.

Whether the vehicle is licensed or not, Las Cruces City Ordinance prohibits the operation of off-highway motor vehicles on any public access road, paved street or highway. Off-highway motor vehicles include ATVs, 4-wheelers, side-by-sides and dirt bikes.

Four NMSU Las Cruces students selected as Fulbright winners

Nov 15, 2019

Four students from New Mexico State University were named 2019 Fulbright winners, the most NMSU has produced in a year so far. The students received the prestigious recognition following a record year for Fulbright applicants from NMSU.

A 20-year-old man and four juveniles are suspected in a string of auto burglaries committed Wednesday evening and Las Cruces police are trying to reunite some of the stolen property with their rightful owners.

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins 79-63 Over Southern

Nov 15, 2019

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Trevelin Queen scored 20 points, including three 3-pointers, Ivan Aurrecoechea added 19 points, and New Mexico State beat Southern 79-63 on Thursday night.

Shawn Williams hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points for New Mexico State.

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Las Cruces Recycling Bins Being Inspected By Employees

Nov 15, 2019

A watchful neighborhood dog follows South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) employees checking blue bins placed curbside for pickup on Encino Avenue. The employees made it just before the Friedman Recycling truck arrived to empty the recycling bins.

US forest chief, Governor Lujan Grisham sign stewardship pact

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico’s governor signed an agreement on Thursday aimed at strengthening relations as they work to represent diverse interests concerning natural resources on public forest lands.

New Mexico became the ninth state to sign a so-called shared stewardship agreement, as Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham met at the base of a mountain basin that safeguards urban water supplies for the state capital.

El Paso Walmart reopens

Nov 14, 2019

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Customers returned to the Walmart in El Paso that had been closed since a gunman killed 22 people there in August.

About 50 shoppers lined up to enter the renovated Walmart. They streamed past dozens of sheriff's deputies, security guards and store employees.

Walmart didn’t have a guard in the store on the day of the mass shooting. Since then, the retail giant has quietly hired off-duty officers to work at all of its area stores.

The move comes amid ongoing lawsuits over store safety.

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  The University of Texas System Board of Regents today approved $70 million in funding for a major new facility at The University of Texas at El Paso that will house its growing research and teaching program in additive manufacturing. The funding also will improve UTEP’s test facilities for rocket engines and drones currently located in East El Paso County.  Here is a statement from UTEP:

 

“El Paso/Juárez is the fourth largest manufacturing region in North America,” UTEP President Heather Wilson said. “The support of the Regents for this project will help us educate the next generation of engineers and expand the research we are doing in advanced manufacturing.”

 

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Stabbing Wife to Death Now Jailed

Nov 14, 2019

The man suspected of stabbing his wife to death and attempting suicide Saturday evening has been released from the hospital and is now booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Juan Lopez-Banos, 44, of the 3100 block of Posada Court, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in Saturday’s death of his wife, 41-year-old Amberly Busby Lopez.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal forecasters say drilling in the United States is expected to drive global crude oil production through 2020.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration offered some details on the forecast Wednesday. Industry officials are expecting New Mexico to close 2019 as a record-setting year.

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association’s Robert McEntyre said producers are poised to top 300 million barrels for the year and daily production levels could reach 1 million barrels before 2020.

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The Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed in a shooting back in August reopens today. The store has been renovated, and a memorial is under construction at the site. Mallory Falk of member station KERA has this story.

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of legislators delved into the uncertain market economics of legalizing recreational marijuana and thorny concerns about public health on Wednesday, in a prelude to a rapid-fire legislative session that could open the doors to recreational cannabis in New Mexico.

A legalization work group assembled by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pitching an oversight system that would limit state and local taxes on recreational marijuana to roughly 17% and license producers for as little as $500 a month with additional per-plant fees.

New Mexico issues warning as vaping illnesses increase

Nov 13, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say three more cases of severe lung injury related to the use of e-cigarettes for vaping have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in New Mexico to 20.

The state Health Department announced the additional cases Wednesday.

In all, more than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March, many of them teenagers and young adults, and at least 40 people have died.

Thirteen of New Mexico’s patients have required hospitalization in intensive care units.

The man found critically injured last week on west Madrid Avenue has died and Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons responsible for his death.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, a passerby called 911 after finding a man on the roadway near the 200 block of west Madrid Avenue near Alameda Boulevard. Las Cruces police and fire responded to find the man unresponsive and suffering from severe trauma to his head.

The man was identified as 44-year-old Tom Henry Croy.

New Mexico State University’s Climate Change Education Seminar Series (NMSUCCESS) continues with a closer look at how art can be used to engage the public about environmental threats in the Rio Grande region. The next lecture is part of the “Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande” schedule of events in November including workshops, presentations and exhibits related to climate change.

Suspect Arrested in Las Cruces Shooting Death

Nov 13, 2019

Las Cruces police have arrested the man suspected in Monday afternoon’s shooting death of 33-year-old Isaiah Lara on south Telshor Boulevard.

Isaac Joe Vargas, 42, of the 900 block of Walker Trail in Dona Ana, N.M., is charged with a first-degree felony count of murder.

  Yet another U.S. magazine has rated the City of Las Cruces as one of the nation’s best run cities.  Here is a statement from the city:

American City & County Magazine has ranked Las Cruces the sixth best-run U.S. city. The magazine’s ranking of the top 10 cities is based on information gathered by Wallethub.com, who in July 2019 also ranked Las Cruces as the sixth best run city. Wallethub.com has rated Las Cruces as one of the best run U.S. cities in each of the past three years.

 

Williams scores 19 to lift UTEP over New Mexico State 65-50

Nov 13, 2019

  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Bryson Williams scored 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting as UTEP topped New Mexico State 65-50 on Tuesday night.

Jordan Lathon had 13 points for UTEP (2-0), which made 23 of 49 shots (47-.

Trevelin Queen had 21 points for the Aggies (1-1), who were held to 37-% shooting and converted just two of 11 free throws. Terrell Brown added 10 points.

The Miners scored 22 points off 16 Aggies turnovers and owned a 34-28 edge in points in the paint despite being outrebounded, 39-33.

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state officials want to spend an additional $8 million to ensure residents are not left out of the 2020 Census.

Population-studies expert Robert Rhatigan of the University of New Mexico told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that state finance and workforce officials still fear an undercount that could reduce federal spending in New Mexico by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Young people who have been arrested in New Mexico often have to wait for weeks or months before a judge hears their case. But the number of juvenile detention facilities has shrunk by about half since 2015, so more youth are being detained far from home. County officials say that’s a strain on the criminal justice system and it puts young people at risk.

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