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Las Cruces Utilities Uses Audio Technology To Find Leaking Water

Jan 12, 2020

You might have seen them on your street, two Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) leak detection technicians wearing large headphones, likely close together and moving slowly while examining handheld readers. It’s the LCU water leak detection crew, Elexis Davalos and Luis Gonzalez, listening for water leaks throughout the LCU water system.

“This is a hand-held ground microphone,” explains Davalos, “and when listening in, you can hear a very faint hiss. We’ve had to train our ears in the last few months to listen for leaks.”

Brown carries New Mexico St. past Kansas City 74-71

Jan 11, 2020

  Terrell Brown scored 18 points, Ivan Aurrecoechea added nine, including a go-ahead layup, and New Mexico State beat UMKC 74-71 to win its sixth straight. Aurrecoechea's layup made it 56-54 with 6:39 left and sparked a 15-3 run that included three straight 3-pointers, but UMKC closed to 74-71 on Rob Whitfield's layup with three seconds to go. The Kangaroos' Marvin Nesbitt Jr. got a steal but missed a jumper at the buzzer. Jabari Rice scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made six assists for the Aggies (12-6, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference). Trevelin Queen added 16 points and six rebounds. Jordan Giles scored 16 points and Whitfield added 14 for the Kangaroos (9-9, 2-2), who trailed 42-33 at halftime. Jashire Hardnett and Nesbitt scored 13 apiece and Nesbitt had seven rebounds.

  As part of a fiber optics project along the Roadrunner Parkway corridor, Roadrunner Parkway will have a temporary lane closure for 10 minutes on Tuesday, January 14 for a cable crossing. The crossing will take place 500 feet north of the Camino Coyote Lane intersection.


Crews will work only from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. leaving the rest of the day free of construction activity. The temporary lane closures work will not go into effect until after the morning rush hour and will be removed before the afternoon rush hour. The shoulder work will not affect RoadRUNNER Transit routes.

New Wayfinding Signs Installed at Las Cruces City Hall

Jan 11, 2020

Visitors to City Hall will now find the facility easier to navigate following the installation of new wayfinding signs in the lobby.

“The signs indicate the location of some of the most commonly sought offices and sections on the ground floor of City Hall,” said Interim City Manager Bill Studer.

Signs have been installed above City Council Chambers and the main entrance to the Community Development Department where business licenses and building permits can be obtained. New signs also show the way to Las Cruces Utilities offices where payments are accepted, and utility account assistance is provided.

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will be working with Wasser & Wasser Inc. to remove and replace 14 trees from Country Club Estates Park, 2800 Spitz St. The trees marked for removal are in various stages of decline and some have been deemed hazardous. The work is scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. 

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.

Las Cruces N.M. – Today, bringing attention to the needs of New Mexico’s rural communities prior to the upcoming legislative session, Representative Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) is riding to the Roundhouse on an “Outside the I” bike tour of southeast and eastern New Mexico.   Here is a statement from the New Mexico House Democrats:  The tour will last seven days beginning in Las Cruces, with planned stops in the communities of Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Roswell, Vaughn, Clines Corners, Galisteo and commencing on the steps of the Roundhouse. During her ride, the Representative will be live streaming via Facebook and Instagram from as many locations as possible while speaking to the disconnectedness rural communities feel from their state government in Santa Fe.

Health officials: Screening more pregnant women for syphilis

Jan 10, 2020

  New Mexico health officials are ordering physicians and other medical professionals to step up screening of pregnant women for syphilis. The state Department of Health says an order issued Friday is intended to prevent prevent congenital syphilis. That's a disease that occurs when a mother with sexually transmitted syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that congenital syphilis has increased annually in the US since 2012. Under the order, medical professionals must test all pregnant women in their first and third trimesters and again at delivery. 

New Mexico health officials report first child flu death

Jan 10, 2020

  Health officials in New Mexico have confirmed the first death of a child due to the flu this season. The state Health Department says the 1-year-old boy was from Roosevelt County. Officials have recorded a total of 52 pneumonia and flu-related deaths since the start of the season in October. The health department is warning that flu is still spreading in all regions of the state and that peak activity hasn't been reached. The agency says this season is already unusual for how early the illness became widespread and vaccinations are recommended.

Career Fair Coming To NMSU Las Cruces

Jan 10, 2020
Darren Phillips, NMSU

With more than 100 employers registered, New Mexico State University students and alumni along with community members can attend the 15th annual Career Connections Fair Feb. 4-5. NMSU Career Services will host the two-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union throughout the third floor.

NMSU Men's Basketball Wins Over Chicago State 93-54

Jan 10, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)-Trevelin Queen posted 17 points and six rebounds as New Mexico State rolled past Chicago State 93-54. 

Queen shot 4 for 6 from deep. Ivan Aurrecoechea had 14 points and eight rebounds for New Mexico State (11-6, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference), which earned its fifth straight win.

Jabari Rice added 14 points. Shawn Williams had 11 points for the hosts. Xavier Johnson had 14 points for the Cougars (4-14, 0-3), whose losing streak reached eight games.

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  Lou Ferrigno, the actor in the CBS television series “The Incredible Hulk,” is slated to become a sheriff's deputy in New Mexico.  Socorro County Sheriff William Armijo is scheduled to deputize Ferrigno next week at a special ceremony. Officials say Ferrigno will bring decades of law enforcement experience to the department and be instrumental in recruiting for the department and the county. The 68-year-old Ferrigno has served as a reserve sheriff’s deputy in Los Angeles County and a member of the volunteer sheriff posse in Maricopa County, Arizona. Ferrigno played the Hulk in the 1970s television series. 

Torres Small Votes For War Powers Resolution

Jan 9, 2020

Representative Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) issued the following statement after voting in favor of a Concurrent Resolution re-affirming Congress’s Constitutional role in authorizing prolonged military conflict and requiring any President to consult with Congress about military engagement with Iran moving forward:  

“The events of the last week have highlighted the weight of Congress’ responsibility to the American people and responsibility to my constituents like few others. I continue to appreciate the President’s public statements outlining a potential for continued de-escalation with Iran. Today’s bipartisan vote sets us on a course for Constitutionally required collaboration between the President and Congress, so we can face continued tensions with Iran. The consequences of a prolonged military conflict are a responsibility we must bear together.”

NMSU seeks participants for parental wellness program

Jan 9, 2020

Researchers from the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University are recruiting couples to participate in a parental wellness program as part of a year-long study.

The program, “And Baby Makes Three,” seeks to help parents adjust to life with newborn babies.

SANTA FE — Today, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources. The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.  Here is a statement from NMED:

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects. Thereafter, certain entities with groundwater discharge permits began monitoring for and disclosing the presence of these chemicals.

Las Cruces Museum To Showcase “Endangered Monuments”

Jan 9, 2020
Dr. Samuel Fee

Join us Friday, January 24 through April 4, 2020 for Endangered Monuments, a series of conservation photographs by Dr. Samuel Fee. His photographs of national monuments throughout the southwestern U.S. capture the timeless beauty found in America’s public lands. It is his hope that by engaging viewers with visually arresting images of public lands that the exhibit will inspire greater interest in conserving the unique beauty of national monuments.

Single Vehicle Fatal Rollover Crash in Grant County

Jan 9, 2020

  Grant County- On January 8, 2020 at about 1:50 p.m., the New Mexico State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal rollover crash on US180, near milepost 76, west of Cliff, NM.


Recently, Congress approved 12 weeks of parental leave for federal employees and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham did the same for state employees under the purview of the Governor’s office.

Now, others are pointing out the need for parental leave, including Las Cruces Public Schools educator Wendy Graham, who shared her story at this week’s school board meeting.

A number of local entities in New Mexico recently adopted parental leave policies.

In 2019, the city of Albuquerque adopted a policy offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave for city employees.

And the University of New Mexico approved a policy that offers up to four weeks of paid parental leave for workers there.

Upgrades To Multi-Use Path Along Soledad Canyon Road Nearly Complete

Jan 9, 2020
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The Doña Ana County Engineering /Road Department is nearly finished with upgrades to a multi-use path along Soledad Canyon Road, connecting Dripping Springs Road to the Soledad Canyon Day Use area at the base of the Organ Mountains.  Here is a statement from the County:

“I thank all the area residents for your support and working with us to ensure that the multi-use path along Soledad Canyon Road is a project we can all be proud of for years to come,” said Dist. 3 Doña Ana County Commissioner Shannon Reynolds.  “Providing a safe path for cyclists and pedestrians along Soledad Canyon Road will allow for greater access for everyone to enjoy our enviable weather and take full advantage of its many uses.”

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  The mayor of the northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas has resigned two weeks after she was indicted on charges of bribery and accepting kickbacks. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron announced the decision in a letter read Wednesday at a City Council work session. City officials say Gurulé-Girón had previously said she would not run for reelection. Prosecutors say Gurule-Giron was charged in December with six felonies related to abuse of power, bid rigging and offering and receiving bribes.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Jan 9, 2020

Jess Williams, Managing Editor with the Las Cruces Bulletin shares a preview of the latest issue. This week: A postal worker retires after nearly 6 decades of service, an area State Representative cycles to Santa Fe for the legislative session, and a local Chile Company is making news. 

Sierra County Sheriff Speaks Out Against Proposed Red Flag Law

Jan 9, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)- Sheriffs across across much of New Mexico are opposed to a legislative proposal from Democratic lawmakers that would allow police or relatives to petition a court to temporarily take away guns from people who might harm themselves or others. 

Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton says the New Mexico Sheriffs' Association wants to ensure due process protections remain in place for gun owners and that no compromise has been reached with state lawmakers drafting “red-flag” legislation for the session that begins Jan. 21.

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