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Another busy week of news, and we have you covered.

We begin with a new Las Cruces program to provide at-home COVID-19 vaccination for people with mobility issues.

We have the region’s in-depth report on how the pandemic has reduced crucial cross-border employment.

Plus…an update on efforts to finally make immigration reform a reality.

Finally, we conclude our six-part series on New Mexico’s rural heritage.  This week, New Mexicans go to war...reflections on World War II, Vietnam, and Korea.

Las Cruces Great American Cleanup Set for Saturday, April 17

Mar 25, 2021

  The Great American Cleanup is a call-to-action to engage more volunteers and participants in public space cleanup, beautification and recycling events conducted by Keep America Beautiful affiliates and participating organizations nationwide. Once an individual becomes a Great American Cleanup volunteer with their local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, our goal is that they will be inspired to take that experience home to organize a similar, smaller-scale event in their own neighborhood.

Las Cruces Rollover Crash Injures Driver of Cement Mixer Truck

Mar 25, 2021

  The driver of a cement mixer truck was injured and transported to a local hospital Thursday morning after his vehicle rolled near Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.
The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at the intersection of Garden Sage Way and Sage Springs Drive. Las Cruces firefighters and an American Medical Response crew tended to the driver who was transported to Mountainview Regional Medical Center.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

City of Las Cruces Names Jason Smith as Fire Chief

Mar 25, 2021

The City of Las Cruces administration announced it has selected Jason Smith as the City's next Fire Chief.

Smith joined the Las Cruces Fire Department in 2002 as member of the 22nd Fire Academy and has served the City for more than 18 years. Smith began his career as a Firefighter, promoted to the positions of Driver, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief. In his Fire/EMS training, Smith became a certified paramedic in 2006 in the first paramedic class the Las Cruces Fire Department had ever sponsored. This is one of the reasons why Smith is committed to providing Advanced Life Support at Las Cruces Fire Department.

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Mar 25, 2021

Resources For New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week

Mar 25, 2021

  SANTA FE, NM – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham proclaims March 28 through April 3, 2021, as Wildfire Awareness Week in New Mexico. The risk for catastrophic wildfires is exceptionally high due to significant drought across New Mexico and the Southwest. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division is joining its local, state, federal, and tribal partners in encouraging New Mexicans to remember that wildfire preparedness is year-round and it’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires.

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is preparing to relax restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the spread of COVID-19 wanes and more people get vaccinated. Aging and Long Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez announced the new guidelines Wednesday.

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico residents who live downwind from the site of the world’s first atomic blast are among those seeking compensation from the U.S. government following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. A congressional subcommittee took testimony Wednesday about who should be eligible for payouts. Some lawmakers and residents from western states have been urging Congress to expand a compensation program for years, and advocates say the latest push takes on added weight because it's set to expire next year. Some say their communities have been plagued by cancer, birth defects and stillbirths.

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Mar 25, 2021

Highway 70 Scheduled To Be Closed This Morning At 7:40

Mar 25, 2021

Highway 70 is scheduled to be closed this morning at  7:40 for approximately one hour.

The roadblocks for this closure are scheduled to be located at the top of San Augustin Pass at mile marker 164 and at the entrance to White Sands National Park at mile marker 200. 

The Las Cruces Gate, Owen Road and Nike Avenue are also scheduled to be affected. 

Roadblocks are subject to change without notice. 

Information from: White Sands Missile Range. 

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An international credit rating agency says the New Mexico teachers pension fund isn't taking in enough money to pay educators when they retire. Moody's says a funding bill for pensions approved by the Legislature last week wouldn't eliminate a growing gap between what the pension collects and what it is expected to pay teachers in the future. Moody’s estimates that the pension needs to collect an additional 5% of payroll. It also says a drop in interest rates is hurting the pension's conservative investments. If the bill is signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the state will pay for a slight increase in employer contributions to the fund.

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 218 additional COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths. Today's number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Mexico is unavailable due to a disruption in reporting. As of today, there are 172,954 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning March 24, with 13 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise Level and 10 at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk. The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.

Ten counties are at the Yellow Level as of March 24. None are at the Red Level, signifying the highest risk.

Seventeen counties advanced to a less restrictive level since the most recent biweekly map update.

This week, Newsmakers features Eileen VanWie, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico and Rebecca Courtney from the GFWC Progress Club of Las Cruces to discuss the installation of a National "Votes for Women" trail marker in Pioneer Women's Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  

Dzaki Sukarno

Dzaki Sukarno is no stranger to failure. As a young Las Cruces musician, he remembers nervously preparing for local performances, scared of the public’s reaction.

“I remember standing up on stage, freaking out, forgetting lyrics and just stopping in the middle of the performance,” Sukarno said. “Going to sing at the farmers market, just the local farmers market, and being so nervous, being timid, not projecting my voice because I was like, ‘What are people going to think?’”

The 20-year-old has come a long way from those first timid performances, a contestant on this season of American Idol. Sukarno says it’s his failures that have helped him to hone his craft, giving him the courage to pursue his dream.

Sun Bowl Stadium / UTEP

  EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso will host two in-person Commencement ceremonies at Sun Bowl Stadium in May for all graduates of the Class of 2020 and the 2021 spring and summer candidates.

The ceremonies will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15. Friday’s ceremony will recognize bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates and candidates in the colleges of Business Administration, Education and Liberal Arts. Saturday’s ceremony will honor graduates and candidates in the colleges of Engineering, Health Sciences and Science, and the schools of Nursing and Pharmacy.

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the three people aboard a single-engine plane suffered minor injuries when it crashed Wednesday south of Lordsburg in southwestern New Mexico.

Cause of the crash at 1:30 a.m. was under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration which said the plane was on a flight from Fort Stockton, Texas, to Tucson, Arizona. No identities were released and no additional information was immediately available.

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Mar 24, 2021

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health’s (NMDOH) Tuberculosis Program commemorates World TB Day with an update on the progress our state is making with treating and eliminating tuberculosis (TB) disease.

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Mar 24, 2021

Silver City Report

Mar 24, 2021

  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 174 additional COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths. As of today, there are 127 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.

  Las Cruces, NM – On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and the Dona Ana County Officer Involved Incident Taskforce was contacted to investigate an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of East Hadley Avenue and North Campo Street in Las Cruces involving the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD).

Lubbock County Sheriff's Office - Larry Lee Harris

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — An Arizona man is accused of forcing off the road a National Guard convoy that was transporting COVID-19 vaccines in West Texas and then holding 11 guard members at gunpoint.

Authorities say 66-year-old Larry Harris, of Wilcox, Arizona, told police that he stopped three vans because he believed people inside them had kidnapped a woman and child. None of the National Guard members were injured.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is becoming the most populous state to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all adults.

That's more than a month before President Joe Biden’s goal of making the shots available to anyone who wants one by May 1. The announcement by state health officials Tuesday adds Texas to the rapidly growing list of states that are making the vaccine available to all adults.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of New Mexico was blanketed by winter weather warnings and advisories as forecasters warned that snow in mountains and rain in valleys could make driving conditions hazardous in some areas Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to produce strong canyon winds with blowing snow in the Albuquerque area and potentially damaging winds in the Rio Grande Valley. Forecasts called for moderate to heavy snowfall in much of northern and central New Mexico through Wednesday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Legislature is asserting its budgetary authority over $1.6 billion in new federal aid that dwarfs year-to-year spending adjustments, setting an agenda for economic recovery that Gov. Lujan Grisham can challenge only with her veto pen.

Legislators want to replenish the state’s unemployment fund, bail out public museums and historic sites and endow the state’s lottery scholarship with $100 million. Some states are only beginning to sort out spending priorities for federal funds.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State utility regulators say New Mexico in late April will start a six-month transition period to prepare telephone callers for when they’ll have to include an area code when making local calls.

Starting April 24, callers can start using 10-digit dialing for telephone calls within the state. The Public Regulation Commission said the permissive transition period will lead up to Oct. 24 when 10-digit dialing will become mandatory.

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Mar 23, 2021