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Public Comment Period Ends On Proposed Nuke Dump Expansion

Sep 21, 2018

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The public comments period has ended on a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports critics, however, are accusing the state Environment Department of rushing the approval process.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's top academic official says "hard decisions" loom due to a steeper-than-expected drop in student enrollment.

The Albuquerque Journal reports interim Provost Richard Wood announced in an email this week that the university's main campus enrollment dropped 7 percent this fall. That means the school would make $9.7 million less than projected in tuition and fees.

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Your Weekend Pulse

Sep 21, 2018

  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.

 

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $3.2 million federal grant has been awarded to construct a state veterans' cemetery in the northern New Mexico town of Angel Fire.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, on Wednesday announced approval of funding for the cemetery through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Udall says the facility will make it easier for many veterans to visit the gravesites of loved ones. Angel Fire is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest national cemetery in Santa Fe.

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Sep 20, 2018


 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month sparking popular rumors of alien visitors appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation.

A search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces last week shows that the FBI began investigating after a wireless signal at the Sunspot Solar Observatory, located in the Lincoln National Forest, accessed child porn multiple times since January.

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor of New Mexico drew sharp distinctions Wednesday about approaches to the statewide minimum wage, funding for public education and oil industry regulation — but they acknowledged one similarity: Neither has ever smoked pot.

In a televised debate — the first of the general election campaign allowing direct interaction between candidates — Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Congressman Steve Pearce both denied using marijuana, but clashed on legislation concerning recreational use.

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Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, a new grassroots movement formed. It’s called Indivisible, and it has thousands of chapters all over the United States. The founders, former congressional staffers, studied how Tea Party members blocked much of President Obama’s agenda. They created a manual for progressives, encouraging them to use similar tactics to resist President Trump. Now, as the midterm elections draw near, their work is evolving.

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  Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged.

The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June. That number represents about 13 percent of all unaccompanied children the administration moved out of shelters and foster homes during that time.

WNMU Cultural Affairs Announces Fall Concerts, Events

Sep 19, 2018

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Cultural Affairs fall season is packed with seven concerts, two artist lectures and exhibits, a documentary film, and one exotic visual performance. WNMU Cultural Affairs will be continuing its President’s Chamber Music Series and the Edwina Milner Women in the Arts lecture series this fall through this spring.

From throwback bands like Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles to high-energy performances like SIRO A — Techno Circus, the WNMU Cultural Affairs fall lineup appeals to families and to university students.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – After analyzing customer traffic at all El Paso Electric (EPE) customer service locations, EPE will be closing the customer service office located at 1201 South Solano Drive in Las Cruces after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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Health Officials: First Cases Of Flu Season Reported In New Mexico

Sep 19, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first cases of the flu season have been reported in New Mexico.

State Department of Health officials say all three persons who got the flu live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

The three are ages 8, 11 and 13.

Health officials say the exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

They recommend that everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot annually.

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Feds Increase Funding To Fight Assaults On Native American Women

Sep 19, 2018

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said.

National Parties Fund Attack Ads For District Two U.S. House Race

Sep 19, 2018
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The national Democratic and Republican parties are jumping into a bellwether congressional race in southern New Mexico that may determine which party controls the U.S. House.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee each have purchased attack ads this week in a race for the open U.S. House seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

New Mexico Bighorn Sheep Face Relocation Near Alamogordo

Sep 19, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials are hoping to relocate 40 to 60 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced this week the agency would expand the desert bighorn's range and numerically increase its statewide population.

  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.

A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states.

El Paso's Wyler Tramway Closes

Sep 18, 2018
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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso's landmark Wyler Aerial Tramway, which has carried passengers to the peak of the Franklin Mountains for the past six decades, has been closed to public use indefinitely.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Tuesday that it has closed the Wyler Aerial Tramway after an engineering study found that the 2,400-foot-long, single-span cable tram with no support towers had exceeded its life expectancy.

GO Bond D on November ballot to build, renovate NMSU facilities

Sep 18, 2018

 More than $31 million in capital outlay projects will be on the ballot for the New Mexico State University system as part of over $128 million in proposed general obligation bonds for aging buildings at universities and colleges across the state. The funding is part of the General Obligation Bond D for higher education projects. 

There is no tax increase associated with these bonds.

This week on Newsmakers, Fred Martino sits down for an in depth interview with New Mexico State University President Dr. John Floros. 

New Mexico State University faculty and Las Cruces community members are planning a series of seminars on climate change, including the physical processes, and effects on humanity and biological systems.

NMSU geology professor Reed Burgette is part of the New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series (NMSUCCESS) planning committee, which has organized experts from around the country for the once-a-month seminars, which will take place at either the Rio Grande Theatre or a lecture hall at NMSU through spring 2019.

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