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Nov 12, 2019


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Nov 12, 2019


U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) announced legislation to officially designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Las Cruces as the “Las Cruces Bataan Memorial Clinic.”  Here is a statement from the office of Senator Udall:

The legislation would commemorate the over 1,800 New Mexico National Guardsmen and the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments who defended U.S. military allies in the Philippines after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. New Mexico National Guardsmen, many of whom were Hispanic Americans, were sent to the Philippines as part of the 515th and 200th Coast Artillery Regiments. Over the next four months, thousands of U.S. and Filipino forces defended the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor, delaying the Japanese offensive in the Pacific and changing the momentum of the war.

NMSU Research and Creativity Week In Las Cruces

Nov 11, 2019

To encourage collaboration across campus and celebrate the scholarly research and creative activity of faculty, staff and students, New Mexico State University will host Research and Creativity Week Nov. 11-15. Events are open to the public.

More than 60 events will be held on campus, and will include keynote addresses, highlighted faculty talks, posters presentations, media installations, performances and musical events, presentations of film, theater and the arts along with professional development opportunities.

Environment Officials: More Wells Needed To Measure Uranium Plumes

Nov 11, 2019

 

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental officials say more wells are needed to measure uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico.

The Gallup Independent reports the state Environment Department is asking federal authorities to collaborate with the state to ensure accurate measurement of a plume of uranium contamination leaving the Bluewater Disposal Site.

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Nov 11, 2019


In Depth: After push from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine

Nov 11, 2019
Energy Secretary Rick Perry

  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president.

Las Cruces Police Investigating Murder and Attempted Suicide

Nov 10, 2019

Las Cruces Police are currently investigating a domestic dispute that led to a murder and an attempted suicide.

At around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at the 3100 block of Posada Court.  Inside the residence, police found a woman dead from stab wounds and a male alive with a knife to his chest.

The victim is identified as Amberly Lopez, 41, and the suspect is identified as Juan Lopez-Banos, 44.

Officers were able to render aid to Lopez-Banos and take him into custody.  Lopez-Banos was charged with murder and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Las Cruces Utilities Launches Fast Alerts

Nov 10, 2019

Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has a new tool in the toolbox to alert customers to utilities-related outages in your neighborhood or place of business. Whether it’s an emergency repair or a planned outage, that means no surprises, like walking in the door, turning on the tap and realizing the water is off in your neighborhood!

AP FACT CHECK: False statements abound on impeachment

Nov 9, 2019

  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand for more than a week: "Read the transcript!"

"Just read the transcript."

"Can't we read English?"

"Just read the Transcript, everything else is made up garbage."

"READ THE TRANSCRIPT!"

People have read the transcript , though, and that's why President Donald Trump has an impeachment problem.

Ole Miss dominates winless New Mexico State 41-3

Nov 9, 2019

  OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Matt Luke can't help but smile when he discusses the development and performance of his freshman class, especially at the skill positions.

Ole Miss freshmen Snoop Conner, Jerrion Ealy and quarterback John Rhys Plumlee combined to rush for five touchdowns Saturday as the Rebels defeated New Mexico State 41-3.

"Plumlee made plays consistently and managed the game well," Luke said. "He's still got some plays he can make, but it's fun to see our freshman running backs making plays for us."

For 30-somethings, stakes are high over future of DACA

Nov 9, 2019

  PHOENIX (AP) — Karina Ruiz's life is deeply rooted in Phoenix. She has three children and two grandkids, a side gig selling houses, frantic days rushing kids off to school and activities, a busy work schedule filled with meetings.

The 35-year-old knows that little of this would be possible without her enrollment in a program dating back to the Obama administration that allows immigrants brought here as children to work and protects them from deportation.

Film probes history of Native Americans in the US military

Nov 9, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Before Chuck Boers joined the U.S. Army, the Lipan Apache member was given his family's eagle feathers. The feathers had been carried by his great-great-great-grandfather on his rifle when he was an Apache scout.

They also were carried by relatives who fought in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In 2004, Boers had the feathers with him during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. "I felt like I had my family with me to protect me," he said.

"The Warrior Tradition," a new film set to air on KRWG-TV Monday at 8pm, examines the complex history of Native Americans in the U.S. military since World War I and how their service transformed the lives for Native Americans from various tribes. Through interviews with veterans and using archival footage, the documentary probes the complicated relationship Native Americans had with military service and how they used it to press for civil rights.

Proposal to end school lunch shaming moves ahead

Nov 9, 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

  BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A federal proposal designed to prevent lunch shaming has moved ahead thanks to a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico added an amendment to a funding bill that would ban schools from singling out children because their parents or guardians haven't paid school lunch bills. The proposal would also encourage schools to find new ways that shield children from such embarrassment.

Collins says the funding bill passed the Senate by a wide margin recently.

What Do You Know About Las Cruces Utilities?

Nov 8, 2019

Among the usual active bustle of the Saturday Farmer’s Market in downtown, there was a different booth: Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) was seeking face-to-face responses to a Customer Survey. The booth was manned by students from New Mexico State University’s Chi Epsilon, an engineering honors group. The students could not only hand out the English/Spanish surveys; they could also help on the fly with questions or surprises that the public might have.

Coping With Construction In Las Cruces

Nov 8, 2019

Just outside his office door, Craig Bullock has been watching the finishing touches of paint go up on his new “Valley Homes” sign on Valley Drive. He’s nestled in between Oakwood Homes and Solitaire Homes, but says his business is focused on a slightly different market - making sure that those who want a space of their own can afford to start making their dream a reality.

Apache Point ranked No. 2 among U.S. college observatories

Nov 8, 2019
Photo by Dan Long

Apache Point Observatory, operated by New Mexico State University and owned by the Astrophysical Research Consortium, is ranked second by Collegerank.net among the top 35 college observatories in the country for 2019.
“APO rests on the talents, innovation, commitment and vision of some pretty great astronomers,” said Mark Klaene, director of operations at Apache Point for more than 10 years.

Ribbon Cutting for the Kelly Street Project in Silver City

Nov 8, 2019
Photo by Jay Hemphill

Silver City MainStreet invites the community to a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11 am at the corner of Kelly Street and Bullard. The ribbon cutting will introduce and celebrate the project that activates the Kelly Street dead-end into an entrance to the Big Ditch Park.

Las Cruces Downtown Parking Restrictions

Nov 8, 2019

City of Las Cruces Codes Enforcement is reminding motorists about the Main Street parking restrictions in Downtown Las Cruces.

Given the variety of festivities and closures associated with the upcoming Veteran’s Day Holiday, City of Las Cruces Codes Enforcement is reminding motorists to be aware of the weekend parking restrictions along Main Street. Signs are posted along Main Street Downtown to indicate when parking is allowed and when it is prohibited.

Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade is Saturday

Nov 8, 2019

The 25th annual Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in downtown Las Cruces.

The parade will stage at the corner of Main Street and Lohman Avenue, travel north on Main Street to the roundabout near City Hall, and continue south on Water Street back to the staging area.

The theme for this year’s parade is “Honoring our Greatest Generation,” which coincides with the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.

RoadRUNNER Transit will host a Fare Free Day on Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

“RoadRUNNER Transit is proud to honor veterans who have faithfully served our country and give back to our community in our own small way,” said Mike Bartholomew, Transit Administrator.

RoadRUNNER Transit hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There is no service on Sunday.

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Ballot error casts doubt on college's plan to reopen campus

Nov 8, 2019

  TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Election officials are trying to figure out what to do about a ballot mix up that may have spoiled Northern New Mexico College's effort to reopen a campus.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a property tax proposal that was supposed to be decided by voters didn't appear on the ballot in two precincts in Taos County as required. It appeared as planned in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.

GOP daughter of key Democrat to run for state Senate

Nov 8, 2019
Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The daughter of Democratic New Mexico Senate president pro tem is running for a state Senate seat as a Republican, and her mom isn't supporting her.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports former state racing commissioner Susan Vescovo said this week she plans to challenge Democratic state Sen. Liz Stefanics of Cerrillos primarily over abortion rights.

Weekend Pulse

Nov 8, 2019


Michael Hernandez

From medical marijuana to hemp crafts, the versatility of the cannabis plant was on display at the first Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo.

More than 20 vendors set up shop in the Las Cruces Convention Center selling CBD oils, tinctures, pain relief creams—even dog treats.

New Mexico’s medical cannabis program has nearly 80,000 patients and is estimated to grow to 100,000 by 2021. That’s according to a work group report on marijuana legalization issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office in October 2019.

Wife of Espanola city councilman is convicted of voter fraud

Nov 7, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of Espanola City Councilor Robert Seeds has been found guilty of tampering in the 2016 election in which her husband won a District 4 seat by two votes.

A Rio Arriba County jury on Thursday convicted Laura Seeds on five counts of felony voter fraud.

She was found guilty of two counts of making false statements relative to the municipal election code, one count of conspiracy to violate the election code and two counts of unlawful possession of another's absentee ballot.

Police are asking for the public’s help in determining how a 44-year-old man was severely injured Wednesday evening.

About 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, a passerby called 911 after seeing a man on the roadway near the 200 block of west Madrid Avenue near Alameda Boulevard. Las Cruces police and fire responded to find the man unresponsive and suffering from severe trauma to his head.

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