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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the number of public school teachers in New Mexico rating highly effective or better has increased.

The New Mexico Public Education Department on Monday released the latest results under the much-debated teacher evaluation system that showed 34.2 percent of teachers last year earned "highly effective" or "exemplary" ratings.

That's a 2 percentage point from the previous year.

Overall, around 75 percent of New Mexico teachers were graded as effective or better when it comes to their success in the classroom.

Public Invited to Community Meetings on Forest Plan Revision

Sep 9, 2018

The Lincoln National Forest invites the public to attend a community meeting about their effort to revise their Forest Plan. The revised Forest Plan will describe the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next 15 years.

NMSU Career Services to host 34th annual Career Expo

Sep 9, 2018

With 130 employers registered, New Mexico State University students and alumni along with community members can attend the 34th annual Career Expo Fair Sept. 18-19. NMSU Career Services hosts the two-day event that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Corbett Center Student Union third floor ballrooms. 

The University of Texas at El Paso, with a consortium of more than 40 other institutions and organizations from the public and private sector, is at the forefront of a national effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who participate in computing.

Eric LoPresti, “Four Corners,” watercolor and gouache on paper. (Courtesy photo)

New York City-based artist Eric LoPresti will have a solo exhibition at New Mexico State University Art Gallery, with an opening reception from 6–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. 

This exhibition examines the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Comprised of oil paintings, large-format watercolors, digital works and a multi-channel video (a new medium for the artist), “Superbloom” will be accompanied by a series of performances. 

Las Cruces Recycling Rate Hike Takes Effect

Sep 9, 2018

Community recycling programs across the U.S. are scrambling to decrease contamination levels and thereby increase the quality of recyclable materials. New options are also being used to educate recyclers to reduce contaminants before blue bins reach the curb.

Patrick Peck, Director, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), explains, “The fee increase approved in March by the SCSWA Board has been postponed as long as possible, but we finally had to implement it on September 1st.”

Las Cruces Utilities Warns of Possible Scam

Sep 9, 2018

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), the department that provides gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste service to the Las Cruces area, is advising that an unknown person may be calling customers requesting payment for their utility bills. The person or persons making these calls are not associated with LCU. 

A resident and customer alerted LCU about a suspicious phone call advising him to call a specific phone number with area code 505, and instructed him to pay with a credit/debit card otherwise his services will be disconnected within 24 hours.

Immigrant families struggling with trauma of separation

Sep 8, 2018

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 6-year-old immigrant boy sobs at the school bus stop in suburban Maryland and begs his mother to promise she will not disappear again.

A toddler in Honduras wakes up screaming and searches for the government social worker who cared for him for several months. Other children duck or hide their faces when they see a uniformed officer.

GOP candidate draws fire over remarks on opponent's heritage

Sep 7, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in New Mexico is drawing criticism for questioning her Democratic opponent's Native American heritage over her immigration views and because she wasn't "raised on a reservation."

During an on-air interview Thursday with Fox & Friends , Janice Arnold-Jones appeared to dismiss host Ainsley Earhardt's assertion that Deb Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, could become the nation's first Native American woman in Congress.

SunZia Transmission Project Rejected By PRC

Sep 7, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Developers behind a proposed $2 billion high-voltage power line that would funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets will have to make another run at getting needed approvals from regulators in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject the proposed location of the lines, finding that the application by the SunZia lacked information needed to determine the project's environmental impact on communities it would span.

Mother’s Boyfriend Suspected in Las Cruces Toddler’s Death

Sep 7, 2018

Police have arrested the man suspected in Thursday morning’s death of a 2-year-old girl on Mars Avenue.

Lalo Anthony Castrillo IV, 23, of 2200 Mars Avenue, is charged with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in death. The charge is a first-degree felony.

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Sylvia Ulloa with New Mexico In Depth has been covering child well-being in New Mexico and early childhood education. Ulloa has also reported recently on rural education in the state. She talks about what she has learned on In Focus from KRWG Public Media. 

New Program: Inspection Of Las Cruces Recycling Bins

Sep 7, 2018

Community recycling programs across the U.S. are scrambling to decrease contamination levels and thereby increase the quality of recyclable materials. New options are also being used to educate recyclers to reduce contaminants before blue bins reach the curb.

Patrick Peck, Director, South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA), explains, “The fee increase approved in March by the SCSWA Board has been postponed as long as possible, but we finally have to implement it on September 1st.”

Your Weekend Pulse

Sep 7, 2018

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Crossroads City Derby presents Jocks v Nerds, Movie in the Park presents Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and Wheels and Gears Show at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch.

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Alamogordo Superintendent Resigns after High School Gets 'F'

Sep 7, 2018

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo Superintendent Adrianne Salas has stepped down amid pressure following two schools receiving "F'' grades from New Mexico.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports Salas submitted her resignation on Wednesday to the Alamogordo Public Schools board during a special meeting.

Her resignation came after Alamogordo High School and Oregon Elementary recently received F grades from the state Public Education Department.

Conservation group takes aim at GOP candidate for governor

Sep 6, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political fund for environmental conservation causes in New Mexico plans to devote $500,000 to highlighting financial ties between Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce's and the oil and natural gas industries, starting with local television ads this week.

Teri Sanchez and James Stewart

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to review the Court of Appeals decision to uphold the district court decision to hold Teri Lee Sanchez in custody until trial, without bond. Her co-defendant, James Stewart, is also being held without bond pending trial.

New Mexico Dog ‘RezQue’ Operation Saves 30+ Dogs Near Highway

Sep 6, 2018

  Only one year ago, three dogs were living on a property within the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Today, that number has rapidly multiplied resulting in approximately 30 dogs facing life-threatening obstacles from conservation officers and oncoming traffic on US 70.

 

AG Balderas Indicts County Commissioner on Corruption Charges

Sep 6, 2018
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Española, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a Rio Arriba County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Barney Trujillo, on 3 felony counts of Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract and 1 felony count of Campaign Contribution Disclosure and Prohibition.

“Public school funds should be used on the needs of students,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “I will continue to bring charges against candidates and officials who fail to serve our communities by pursuing or failing to disclose improper financial interests.”

UPDATE: Las Cruces Patriot Day Ceremony Set for Tuesday

Sep 6, 2018

The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University will commemorate the 17-year anniversary of 9/11 with a Patriot Day Ceremony to be held Tuesday morning on campus.

Las Cruces Police Investigating Death of Toddler

Sep 6, 2018

Las Cruces police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was unresponsive when taken to a local hospital Thursday morning.

The toddler was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center about 3 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. She was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

The cause of the girl’s death is unknown at this time.

Investigators are interviewing the girl’s relatives and potential witnesses. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made as the investigation is ongoing.

Information from Las Cruces Police

Columbia Elementary Students Relocated Due to Discovery of Mold

Sep 6, 2018

 

LAS CRUCES — After consulting with experts at Southwest Hazard Control and Sun City Analytical, Las Cruces Public Schools has decided to relocate students who attend Columbia Elementary School to address issues with mold and air quality.

Las Cruces Police ID Driver in July 14 Hit-and-Run Crash

Sep 6, 2018

Las Cruces police have identified and charged the driver suspected in the July 14 hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on west Picacho Avenue.

Dennis H. Porter Jr., 39, of the 1800 block of west Picacho Avenue, has been charged with a third-degree felony count of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident that caused great bodily harm and a fourth-degree felony count of tampering with evidence. Porter is also charged with a misdemeanor count of failure to give information and render aid.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commenatry: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 6, 2018) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after an announcement from Trump Administration that it is preparing to circumvent limits on the government's detainment of child migrants:

"If this Administration thinks treating children and families humanely is too much to ask, then Secretary Nielsen should do the honorable thing and resign. They need to get real and stop looking for cruel shortcuts that tear families apart.

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Rate decreases coming to New Mexico health exchange

Sep 5, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Average rates for purchasing health insurance will decrease by about 1 percent on New Mexico's subsidized health care exchange in 2019, in a shift from choices a year ago.

State insurance regulators say changes in rates for consumer premiums on the federally subsidized marketplace range from a decrease of 24 percent to an increase of 6 percent.

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