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Sep 12, 2018

Residents In Northern NM Compound Case Indicted On Federal Charges

Sep 12, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five residents of a ramshackle desert compound in New Mexico are scheduled for arraignments and detention hearings after being indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms and conspiracy charges.

Federal prosecutors say the group was preparing for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions at the time of their arrests last month.

Jany Leveille, 35; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40; Hujrah Wahhaj, 37; Subhanah Wahhaj, 35; and Lucas Morton, 40, are scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman's death.

The Navajo Nation sued the federal government and the city of Winslow in March on behalf of Loreal Tsingine's daughter.

Authorities say Tsingine posed a threat to now former Winslow police Officer Austin Shipley when he killed her in March 2016.

Early Data Shows Traffic Deaths Spiked In New Mexico In August

Sep 12, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people.

Preliminary data compiled by the state Transportation Department and the University of New Mexico shows more than 40 people died on the state's roadways last month. That's more than any previous month this year and more than the same month in 2016 and 2017.

New Mexico High Court Weighs Automated One-Party Voting

Sep 12, 2018


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether voters should be allowed to select candidates from a particular party in all races by marking a single ballot box.

The court was scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday in a request to prohibit straight-party voting on November ballots.

Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced plans to provide a straight-party option for the first time since 2010. Democrats dominate voter registration rolls statewide.

Amanda López Askin

The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 along party lines to appoint Dr. Amanda López Askin as the next county clerk.

NMSU continues to rank as national top tier university

Sep 11, 2018

New Mexico State University has been recognized as a top tier university for the sixth time in the last seven years according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2019 National Universities rankings. 

“This recognition reflects NMSU’s continued status as one of the best universities in the country,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “Our focus on the top-level priorities of improving student success, elevating research and creativity and amplifying our outreach and economic development will help us improve our scores well into the future.”

Living Here - Leasburg Dam State Park

Sep 11, 2018

Silver City, NM – The Western New Mexico University Cultural Affairs fall season kicks off with a concert by Americana trio Red Molly on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

The 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.

 By a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners chose Amanda Lopez Askin as the next Doña Ana County clerk.

   Askin will resign her position with the New Mexico Department of Health to assume the duties of county clerk, and her swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled soon.

County Bus Service In The Las Cruces Area Reaches New High

Sep 11, 2018


Las Cruces, New Mexico-Usage of bus service has reach a new high in the region.  Here is a statement from the South Central Regional Transit District (SCRTD):  Ridership of the bus services of continues to climb with August 2018 ridership exceeding 3315 trips on the agency’s five bus routes and is approaching 30,000 trips for the year.

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Sep 11, 2018

Michelle Lujan Grisham


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham is collecting campaign cash from cannabis companies in the countdown to the November general election.

Campaign finance filings released Monday night show several contributions from the state's burgeoning medical cannabis sector to the congresswoman and candidate for governor since July 1, totaling more than $20,000.

Eastern New Mexico University Sees Steady Enrollment

Sep 11, 2018
Eastern New Mexico University


PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Eastern New Mexico University say the school has recorded the second highest enrollment in its 84-year history with fall enrollment coming in just slightly behind last year's numbers.

Total enrollment topped 6,015, compared to 6,027 for the same semester last year. Graduate enrollment dropped by 119 students to 1,309 this fall and undergraduate student numbers rose to a record 4,706.

Since 2000, enrollment has grown by nearly 70 percent.

State Officials Plan Checkpoints During Hunting Season

Sep 11, 2018


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during the fall hunting season to collect harvest data and to look for violations.

The department said Monday that officers will also be checking for compliance with state off-highway motor vehicle laws and to make sure people hauling firewood have wood-cutting permits.

As a result of the checkpoints, the public may encounter minor delays.

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Sep 11, 2018

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Sep 11, 2018

Stampede Facility / Sunland Park

New Mexico is short on jobs. One way it’s trying to address that is attracting companies to the state. Sometimes that means giving them financial incentives to move or expand here. That’s part of how New Mexico swayed Stampede Meat - a meat processing and production company - to open a new plant here.

Pearce stockpiles cash in governor race

Sep 10, 2018
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The campaign for governor of New Mexico by Republican Congressman Steve Pearce has taken in $750,000 since July 1 in new contributions and transfers from a congressional campaign account.

Pearce's campaign announced Monday that it had stockpiled $1.9 million in cash as of Sept. 3.

Pearce is competing with Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in the November general election to replace Gov. Susana Martinez, who cannot run for re-election to a third consecutive term.

NMSU leads southwest region alliance in new NSF initiative

Sep 10, 2018

New Mexico State University is among a handful of universities across the country to receive grants that represent the next major step for the National Science Foundation INCLUDES program – the development of a national network of alliances to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by broadening participation in those disciplines.

Proposal seeks to boost gas well density in New Mexico basin

Sep 10, 2018
Eunice, NM wastewater site serving oil/gas industry / New Mexico State Land Office

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Houston-based oil and gas company wants New Mexico regulators to double the density of wells allowed in two counties, saying it will result in the capture of more natural gas.

The request involving San Juan and Rio Arriba counties comes as an oil and gas boom has helped to refuel state coffers and power a record-breaking lease sale in the Permian Basin in the southeastern part of the state that promises nearly a half-billion dollars more in revenues for New Mexico.

UNM rejects request for 'proper burial' of fetal tissue

Sep 10, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico official declined an anti-abortion group's request for a "proper burial" for fetal tissue samples stored at the school for research.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tara and Bud Shaver, of Abortion Free New Mexico, asked Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, to transfer 72 "aborted baby remains" to an Albuquerque mortuary "so that they may receive a proper burial."

New Mexico candidates report on fundraising efforts

Sep 10, 2018
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico says she has raised an additional $1.9 million in campaign funds since July 1.

Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday said her campaign has about $1.3 million in cash on hand amid a spree of spending on television advertising ahead of the November general election. Complete campaign-finance filings were not immediately available.

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Sep 10, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

Mallory Falk



Congressman Beto O’Rourke has been seemingly everywhere lately. Campaigning across Texas. Blowing up on the internet, with a video defending NFL players’ right to kneel during the National Anthem. Even making a guest appearance on the Ellen Show. But will all this attention translate to votes? O’Rourke has drawn large crowds at town halls across Texas, including in his hometown, El Paso. That city is solidly blue, but it also has low voter turnout. Will O’Rourke’s bid for Senate bring more local voters to the polls?

Monday Business Watch

Sep 10, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and, Algernon D’Ammassa, business reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance gave their annual report, Reclaim Wellness celebrates its second anniversary, Clubstore Outlet is closing, and Tiffany’s Pizza is listed for sale.     

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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.