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Monday Business Watch

Sep 30, 2019


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Sep 30, 2019


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Sep 30, 2019


Team to study historic inscriptions at New Mexico ruins

Sep 29, 2019
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  AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado historian is leading a team to survey inscriptions left by settlers and others on the ceilings of 900-year-old ruins in northwestern New Mexico.

Las Cruces Ranked Choice Voting

Sep 29, 2019

Ranked Choice Voting – The Basics

Las Cruces voters will elect a Mayor, City Councilors in Districts 1, 2, 4 and Presiding Municipal Judge using Ranked Choice Voting, or RCV.

Las Cruces Utilities Hosts Community Conversations

Sep 29, 2019

It’s the end of the day and it’s time to pay the utility bill. For many, that means a trip to Las Cruces City Hall, and for the next week, residents can hear more about the Solid Waste Rate Review and proposed rate increase. A question will also be posed to them: Is it better that it’s phased-in at a $1 monthly increase per year for two years, or would the “full cost” increase of $2 per month in solid waste rates be better all at once?

Las Cruces Utilities: Always On-Call for Emergencies

Sep 29, 2019

After he answered the 1:00 a.m. phone call from the serviceman at the scene on Thursday, September 5th…Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Water Production Supervisor, Vince Castillo, headed out in the middle of the night to E. University Avenue. Water was gushing onto the wide road, one of the main arteries of the city.

The call had first come through 24-hour Utilities Emergency Dispatch at (575) 526-0500. Any Las Cruces resident can call Emergency Dispatch if they suspect any type of Utilities emergency.

Judge blocks extension of fast-track deportations nationwide

Sep 28, 2019

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's move to vastly extend authority of immigration officers to deport people without allowing them to appear before judges, the third legal setback for its immigration agenda in one day.

The policy, which was announced in July but hasn't yet been enforced, would allow fast-track deportations to apply to anyone in the country illegally for less than two years. Now, they are largely limited to people arrested almost immediately after crossing the Mexican border.

Fresno State beats New Mexico State 30-17

Sep 28, 2019

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Jalen Cropper ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, Wylan Free caught two interceptions and Fresno State beat New Mexico State 30-17 on Saturday night.

Cropper had a 79-yard TD run early in the second quarter to make it 14-0. Free returned his first interception 91 yards to make it 24-0 for the Bulldogs (2-2) with a minute left in the first half.

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The right to vote is a liberty many take for granted—especially young people.

While turnout rates among voters 18 to 29 increased more than any other age group in the 2018 midterms, the 36 percent participation rate was still the lowest among all ages.

To boost those numbers, members of student government at New Mexico State University signed up new voters as part of National Voter Registration Day. The nationwide campaign prompted more than 800,000 people to register in 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Omil Cotto, 33, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 15 years (180 months) in prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Las Cruces Man Suspected of Possessing, Manufacturing Child Porn

Sep 27, 2019

Police have arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of having and manufacturing numerous images of child pornography, and investigators believe the suspect may have taken photos of victims locally.

Raymond Pacheco, 28, of the 300 block of Jasper Drive in the Las Brisas Mobile Home Park, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Four of the counts are second-degree felonies for manufacturing sexually explicit material while one count is a fourth-degree felony for possession of such material.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. District Court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest over concern about a threatened owl.

"We have some elderly people that we have been serving for decades and they totally rely on this wood and on us, and it's causing me to panic wondering if I'm going to be able to keep these senior citizens warm, these widows," said Della Barrone, an owner of Olguin's Sawmill in Taos, New Mexico.

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Sep 27, 2019


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Sep 27, 2019


Your Weekend Pulse

Sep 27, 2019

KRWG News speaks with editors from the Pulse section at the Las Cruces Sun News.  Get ready for weekend events and much more every Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. .  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

Newsmakers 1125: The Best of Living Here - Historic Places

Sep 26, 2019

Input Needed on Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance

Sep 26, 2019

 

Residents of Las Cruces can help guide the emerging historic preservation program for the City of Las Cruces! The City’s Community Development department is asking the public to review a draft historic preservation ordinance which, once adopted, will help protect and promote those buildings and sites in our community that tell our story.

  Newborns who have been exposed to opioid drugs in the womb routinely receive medical treatment to help them overcome withdrawal symptoms, but no one knows for sure whether their prenatal exposure might harm their health later in life.

Now, University of New Mexico researchers are joining in a large multi-site study to explore the long-term impact of prenatal opioid exposure on children’s brain, cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional development.

 Today, the College of Education at The University of Texas at El Paso and community leaders unveiled the Miner Teacher Residency Program, a full-year teacher placement designed to boost the readiness of aspiring teachers to better serve diverse students throughout the El Paso region.  Here is a statement from UTEP:

 

KRWG's Gardening Confidential 2019 Fall Edition

Sep 26, 2019

Time now for KRWG's Gardening Confidential - the fall edition. This is a two hour show jammed packed with questions, answers and tips on gardening in the desert with host Edmundo Resendez and Jeff Anderson, Agriculture Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University   

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Eve Adams, New Mexico State University Regents professor and co-interim head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the College of Education, has received a $906,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to help increase and improve behavioral health services along the U.S.-Mexico border, including services focused on substance and opioid-use disorders.

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Sep 26, 2019


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Sep 26, 2019


NM Senators: Tariffs Hurting New Mexico Pecan Farmers

Sep 26, 2019

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's U.S. Senators want the Trump administration to defend the state's pecan growers from tariffs during ongoing trade negotiations with India.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall recently signed on to a bipartisan letter from 12 Senators urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to negotiate a lift of a trade barrier.

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The Electoral College has resulted in five elections in which the candidate with fewer votes became president. That includes George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016.

Efforts to abolish the Electoral College have been gaining public support. Dr. Paul Finkelman is president of Gratz College in Philadelphia. The history professor spoke about the issue at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Finkelman said the Electoral College was explicitly designed to protect slavery. Citing debate notes from the Constitutional Convention, Finkelman said Virginia delegate James Madison proposed the Electoral College so Southern states could include slaves in the tally.

New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering is part of a team that was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy five-year, $100 million grant to create the Energy-Water Desalination Hub to address water security issues.

Las Cruces Area County Detention Center Gets New Director

Sep 25, 2019

Doña Ana County Manager Fernando R. Macias announced the appointment of Daniel Peters as Director of the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

In this role, Peters will be in charge of the entire detention center facility. He brings broad experience in public service and as an independent consultant to private prison corporations. 

Most recently, Peters was warden at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility for the New Mexico Corrections Department in Las Cruces.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Sep 25, 2019

Every week, KRWG News provides a preview of the stories in The Las Cruces Bulletin.  The region's home page is only possible with your support.  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

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