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Could Las Cruces Support Its Own Recycling Facility?

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Las Cruces, at the southern end of New Mexico, has been steadily “recycling” for years. One decade ago we implemented “single stream” recycling so consumers could conveniently drop all accepted materials into one blue curbside bin, with every-other-week pickup transporting it right from your curb to the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) transfer station. What could be easier, right?

There, the recycled materials are transferred into 18-wheel trucks and hauled 40 miles to Friedman Recycling in El Paso – the only recycling processor within 250 miles of Las Cruces. There the recyclables are sorted, separated, and baled for shipment to other facilities – some in the U.S., some in China. There, the raw recycled materials arrive and are made into new products and shipped to store shelves, potentially around the globe.

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A nationwide group of faith leaders congregated outside the Otero County Processing Center in Chaparral to protest reportedly poor conditions, mistreatment and deaths of detainees in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Roughly 50 people including pastors, activists and community members stood in a lot located between the ICE facility and Otero County prison to demonstrate. They gave testimonials, sang and prayed.

“We don't want this to be what describes and what shows our community. Our community is more than this," Joseph Hill, pastor of the Lordsburg Assembly church, said.

Former Los Alamos Scientist Pleads Guilty In Case Involving China

Jan 24, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Turab Lookman, 67, of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and a former scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque today to a charge of making a false statement to a government investigator about his involvement in the Thousand Talents Program, an initiative by the Chinese government to recruit people with access to and knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property.

Las Cruces Country Club Estates Park Tree Replacements

Jan 24, 2020

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will remove and replace 14 trees at Country Club Estates Park, 2800 Spitz St. beginning Friday, Jan. 31. The trees marked for removal are in various states of decline and some have been deemed hazardous. 

Replacement trees, as well as additional trees, will be planted after the old trees are removed. Newly planted trees will be better suited to beautify the park and provide more shade. Planting is scheduled to be completed before the end of the winter planting season.

Dems pick Whitmer, Escobar for Trump State of Union response

Jan 24, 2020
Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Rep. Veronica Escobar of El Paso will deliver the Spanish-language response. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement Friday. They praised Whitmer for her efforts to ensure clean drinking water in communities across Michigan, which was scarred by the 2014 water crisis in Flint. Escobar attended a protest rally in August ahead of Trump's visit to the city after a mass shooting at a Walmart killed 22 people. Police said the gunman specifically targeted Mexicans.

New Mexico State University suspends fraternity over hazing

Jan 24, 2020
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  New Mexico State University has suspended a fraternity for five years after a student was injured in a shooting during an initiation event. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Kappa Sigma fraternity held the November event at a campground in Cloudcroft. One member has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and negligent use of a deadly weapon while intoxicated. He told investigators he did not know the .40 caliber handgun was loaded when he shot the other student's leg. Officials say Kappa Sigma's New Mexico State charter has been revoked and the organization banned from campus through 2024. 

Preliminary Data: Record Pecan Production In New Mexico

Jan 24, 2020
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LAS CRUCES – Estimates show that New Mexico’s utilized pecan production in 2019 reached a record high 96.6 million pounds, up 6% from the utilized production of 91.1 million pounds in 2018. The preliminary data was included in the Jan. 23 Pecan Production report released by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Here is a statement from NMDA:

The pecan harvest will not be complete until late February, at which time USDA-NASS will collect final crop data. The final crop production figures are scheduled to be released May 5.

Las Cruces Police Seek To ID Suspect In Sushi Restaurant Burglary

Jan 24, 2020

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that helps police identify the man suspected in the 2019 burglary of a sushi restaurant.

During the early-morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 30, a man broke into the Sushi Freak restaurant at 2808 N. Telshor Blvd. After gaining entry, the suspect stole a laptop computer and several tablet computers.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect as he walked through the restaurant. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes.

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Jan 24, 2020


Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Las Cruces, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter and will be held Tuesday, February 25 from 2:00-3:00pm.  The event will be hosted at Crossroads Home Care, 189 Howard Pl., Las Cruces, NM 88011.  The class is free and open to all citizens of Las Cruces and surrounding communities.

This week, Newmakers looks at efforts to repeal the New Mexico tax on Social Security income and we visit the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces.  

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)-New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by young people. 

Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would expand enforcement of the age limit on tobacco sales by requiring licenses for retailers.

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The New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center will continue to partner with Las Cruces Public Schools to provide extended learning time after-school programs.

New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced on House Floor

Jan 24, 2020

House Bill 160, the Cannabis Regulation Act, sponsored by Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) to legalize and regulate the sale of cannabis products in New Mexico was introduced on the House floor Thursday.  Here is a statement from the New Mexico House Democrats:

House Bill 160 creates a responsible and tightly regulated system of approved licensees as developed by the state Regulation and Licensing Department and, if passed, would grant the commercial sale of cannabis beginning in 2022.

“At the core of this legislation are the principles of social equity and local entrepreneurship,” said Representative Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque). “The governor is absolutely correct when she says this will be a new frontier of our economy. As we look to diversify revenue and economic activity in the state, this industry is going to open enormous opportunities, creating jobs and generating revenue for critical services and economic development.” 

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

  SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary James Kenney released the following statements on Thursday decrying President Trump’s decision to roll back Clean Water Act protections nationwide, including over a majority of New Mexico’s waterways. Earlier today, the federal administration finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, redefining the “Waters of the U.S.”​:

“Trump’s new rule is an absolute disaster for the state’s water resources,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “No other natural resource in New Mexico has greater significance to our people than our water: environmentally, culturally, economically, recreationally. Stripping federal protections from our rivers and streams is an affront to all who call New Mexico home. My administration is committed to protecting New Mexico’s precious waters and will consider all legal options to prevent this rule from going into effect. This is far from over.”

“New Eyes on New Mexico” Opening In Las Cruces

Jan 23, 2020

New Eyes on New Mexico, a solo exhibit featuring artwork by Victoria Chick that features the landscapes of southern New Mexico, will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. Friday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, March, 21.

Chick’s paintings explore frequently overlooked areas in the region where forgotten elements of past lives can be found; ghost towns, abandoned settlements and homesteads.

Acting Secretary of the Navy to Speak at Free El Paso Lecture

Jan 23, 2020

  Thomas B. Modly, the Acting Secretary of the Navy, will be the guest speaker at a Centennial Lecture at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Room 106 of the Undergraduate Learning Center on The University of Texas at El Paso campus.

 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

The ancient adage - “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – is being applied to a new statewide program.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science successfully introduced the Seed to Supper program last year and has plans to expand in 2020.

Your Legislators: State Senator John Arthur Smith

Jan 23, 2020


Las Cruces Student Suspected of Threatening Phone Call

Jan 23, 2020

A 13-year-old boy suspected of making a threatening phone call that briefly put a local middle school on lockdown has been charged with the crime.

The boy, whose identity will not be released because of his age, was identified by police and taken into custody before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. He has been charged with making a threat that interfered with the school.

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A proposal would force New Mexico state government to immediately disclose financial settlements that resolve accusations of wrongdoing by state officials. It also would do away with a system that keeps those records sealed for at least six months. 

The proposal comes amid concerns that the current system led to secretive, unjustified payouts during the prior administration of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Jan 23, 2020


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico has opted for a new teacher candidate exam system that will mean a higher price tag for those taking the test for the first time.

Information from the state Public Education Department shows that the change will cost teacher candidates up to $50 more for required assessments at the get-go.

But officials tell the Albuquerque Journal that the new system will provide more support to test takers and retakes will be free.

Under the previous testing platform, a candidate would pay full price for a second go at the exam.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A researcher at New Mexico State University has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health for her work on antibiotic resistance.

The university says professor Paola Mera will use the five-year grant for equipment and manpower that will be aimed at identifying new targets that can help others design new antibiotics so the growth of resistant bacteria can be controlled.

Netflix exceeds spending targets in New Mexico

Jan 22, 2020

  SANTA FE, N.M. - One year after signing an agreement to open its first U.S. Production hub in New Mexico, Netflix has spent more than $150 million in the state, utilized more than 2,000 production vendors, and hired over 1,600 cast and crew members, Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes and Netflix announced today.  Here is a statement from the department:

Netflix, based in Los Gatos, CA, signed the agreement to purchase Albuquerque Studios in January 2019 and promised $1 billion in production spending over the next 10 years in exchange for economic development assistance from the State of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque.

Additionally, Netflix will be partnering with the state and NBCUniversal to launch a training program for below-the-line production jobs to serve New Mexico’s growing industry. Netflix and NBCUniversal have pledged to each donate $55,000 a year over the next decade to support the program.

Silver City Report

Jan 22, 2020


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