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Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack

Sep 12, 2019
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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced.

Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead in the border city, District Attorney Jaime Esparza said. El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Crusius, who remains jailed without bond.

Public WiFi Now Available In Downtown Las Cruces

Sep 12, 2019

The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department today announced the launch of a new outdoor public Wifi network at the Plaza de Las Cruces accessible to all users at no cost. The City hopes to encourage more downtown visits and longer visits to the Plaza.

New Mexico preps for Trump after past rallies sparked unrest

Sep 12, 2019
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  RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico law enforcement agencies are prepping for an upcoming President Donald Trump rally three years after previous ones sparked turmoil in Albuquerque.

Police say they will be prepared Monday for the Trump event in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho as protesters vow to step up acts of civil disobedience and demonstrations.

Police say several law enforcement agencies will help with security at the Santa Ana Star Center.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico task force examining the regulatory options for legalizing recreational marijuana has opposed state-run marijuana stores, officials said.

The Cannabis Legalization Working Group initiated by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham endorsed the idea of a traditional licensing system in a Tuesday meeting at Albuquerque City Hall, officials said. That means companies would be permitted to grow and sell marijuana, and operate its stores.

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Dr. Debra Peters is a research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Jornada Experimental Range north of Las Cruces.

Peters said desert landscapes have changed in the past­–and that can help us understand how climate change may impact vegetation.

Peters said a process called desertification turned the Jornada del Muerto more desert-like over the course of a century.

The Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Board of Directors announces they have hired Steve Ruwoldt as DAAC’s new Executive Director effective October 1, 2019.  Ruwoldt recently left Memorial Medical Center after serving seven years as the Chief Operating Officer.   Here is a statement from DAAC:

The Board welcomes Steve’s extensive managerial and organizational skills along with his desire to remain in Las Cruces and give back to the community.   According to Dan Lere, DAAC Board President, “We’re excited to have someone with Steve’s enthusiasm and experience in this position, and we’re looking forward to having him take the organization to the next level.”

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Sep 11, 2019

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  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has put on hold a ruling that blocked a Trump administration policy that would prevent migrants from seeking asylum along the entire southwest border.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay Tuesday that put the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar on hold for now.

That means the administration's asylum policy is blocked in the border states of California and Arizona but not in New Mexico and Texas.

High School Equivalency Classes Coming To Las Cruces

Sep 11, 2019

  Have you been thinking about getting your General Equivalency Diploma (GED)? Don’t wait any longer. Classes, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., begin Sept. 24, 2019. Registration is not required. Participants will have access to free coaching and materials. There’s no better time to get started.

Anyone who wants information before beginning classes, can go to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., to discuss options that will work for them. Information will be shared about the GED and HiSET (High School Equivalency) tests that are available for achieving a high school equivalency diploma. This is a great opportunity to get the support you need to reach your goal.


Las Cruces Legend: Late NMSU historian’s archive donated to museum

Sep 11, 2019
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Clarence Fielder, history professor emeritus at New Mexico State University and teacher in Las Cruces Public Schools for more than 50 years who died in 2015 was a much-loved educator. He was also a passionate preservation advocate who led restoration efforts for Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.), the first African American Church in Las Cruces.

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Sep 11, 2019

New Mexico developing plans to address ozone pollution

Sep 11, 2019
Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental officials are working on plans to address ozone pollution as a number of counties are pushing the limit set by federal regulators.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that a monitor near Navajo Lake in northwestern New Mexico has met the ozone limit of 70 parts per billion set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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UPDATE: Shooting Involving Carlsbad Police Department

Sep 10, 2019

Carlsbad, NM - On August 29, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Carlsbad Police Department (CPD).

On August 29, 2019 at about 10:05 a.m., CPD Detectives were investigating a homicide and were looking for Randall Gamboa Jr. (16) of Carlsbad, NM. CPD Detectives went to the Woodside Village Apartment Complex located at 601 N. 5th in Carlsbad to locate Gamboa but did not make contact with him. As detectives conducted surveillance at the apartment complex, they saw Gamboa walking toward the apartment complex. When CPD detective Patrick Byrant made contact with Gamboa, Gamboa was asked for his name and date of birth.  Gamboa gave Detective Bryant a false name and date of birth.  When Gamboa was asked for his social security number, Gamboa did not provide one.  At that time, Gamboa pulled out a black semi auto pistol from his waistband and brandished it toward Detective Bryant.  Detective Bryant yelled “no”, “stop”, drew his department issued weapon and fired at Gamboa, striking him.

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  Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Cultural Affairs fall 2019 season is packed with events from live entertainment to exhibit openings and lectures.

WNMU Cultural Affairs will be continuing the President’s Chamber Music Series and the Edwina & Charles Milner Women in the Arts Lecture Series, and it will offer an evening of caroling and activities called Christmas Under the Stars for the first time.

“We continue to cast a wider and wider net to seek out unique cultural offerings to present to the university community and the community at large. We are excited about the breadth of this season with acts hailing from the Louisiana Bayou to the Hebie Province in China and all points all along the way,” WNMU Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs Faye McCalmont said.


Teaching With "Touch-A-Truck" In Las Cruces

Sep 10, 2019

This year, instead of just getting close enough to touch, kids coming to the 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck event at Camino Real Middle School on a Saturday morning were able to climb inside and honk the horn of the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) vactor truck.

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Sep 10, 2019

NMSU stabilizes enrollment, posts increase in system headcount

Sep 10, 2019
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The New Mexico State University system has posted an increase in overall student enrollment numbers – the first such increase since 2010. The NMSU system includes its campuses in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Grants and around Doña Ana County.

“We are very pleased with these topline results, and it clearly shows NMSU has stabilized enrollment and is poised for sustained growth,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “It’s exciting to see so many students and their parents responding to NMSU’s strong appeal. In conversations with new students we consistently hear that they come here because they want a top-tier education with a highly diverse student body at one of the lowest costs in the nation. It’s a great time to be an NMSU Aggie.”

For fall 2019, the NMSU system’s unduplicated headcount was 24,041. NMSU’s Las Cruces campus had a total student headcount of 14,298 up from 2018. In addition, enrollment for NMSU’s Graduate School was also up, reversing a multiple year decline. Notably, NMSU’s community college enrollment also saw year-over-year increases particularly on the Doña Ana and Carlsbad campuses.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat intends to force a vote to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.

That's according to prepared remarks Tuesday by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who says the vote would give lawmakers a chance to block Trump "from stealing military funding from their states to foot the bill for an expensive and ineffective wall he promised Mexico would pay for."

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Green chile farmers say labor shortage hurting harvest

Sep 10, 2019

  HATCH, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is in the height of green chile harvest season, but farmers say a labor shortage is hurting them.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports green chile farmers say the shortage of workers this season is causing farms to lose some crops to weeds and other elements.

Hatch farmer Alonso Grajeda says the labor shortage also is allowing workers to pick and choose where to work and to demand higher wages.

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In a region as thirsty as southern New Mexico, every gallon counts. To ensure drinking water stays safe and wastewater is treated properly, Las Cruces Utilities unveiled its new Water Quality Laboratory located on West Amador Avenue.

Utility officials say the roughly $4 million facility is about five times larger than the City’s existing test site and is designed to meet green building ratings.

Water Quality Lab Manager Luis Guerra has worked for the City for more than a dozen years. He said the extra space allows the lab to keep meeting safety standards and run more tests if needed.

Emails: Albuquerque spent $1.6M on canceled Mexico flights

Sep 9, 2019

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque spent nearly $1.6 million to promote a Mexico-based airline that had promised — then canceled — regular international flights and city officials raced behind the scenes to unsuccessfully save the direct service amid uncertainty from the Mexican company, documents revealed.

  A new study shows for the first time that even in the absence of nicotine, vaping directly impairs lung function and the body’s ability to ward off infections. A UNM College of Pharmacy scientist played a key role in the landmark research.

The finding, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, comes amid a wave of mysterious vaping-related illnesses (and at least two reported deaths) and growing concern about the rapid spread of e-cigarette use among young people.

NMSU ranks as national top tier university

Sep 9, 2019
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According to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2020 National Universities rankings, New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university for the seventh time in the last eight years.

“Although it’s great be recognized as a top tier institution, our goal is to become one of the best in the country when it comes to student success and social mobility, research and creativity, and community engagement,” said NMSU President John Floros. “The implementation of our new strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, will assure that we improve in all these categories in the years ahead.”

This year, NMSU is tied for 263 with Old Dominion University, University of Alabama-Huntsville and others. NMSU ranks 134 in top public schools, tied for 134 in undergraduate engineering programs and tied for 195 in undergraduate business programs. Additionally, NMSU ranks tied for 119 for top performers on social mobility, a new category, and 189 in ethnic diversity.

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury in Las Cruces, N.M., returned an indictment on August 21, 2019, charging three Las Cruces residents, Martin Peña Astorga, 53, Jessie Adel Dunlap, 34, and Alejandra Gomez, 31, with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other offenses in an alleged distribution scheme involving shipments of large quantities of drugs by mail.

Astorga and Dunlap made their initial appearances in federal court on August 30, 2019.  Gomez is currently in law enforcement custody awaiting transfer to New Mexico for her initial appearance.