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Scientists in New Mexico reveal new dinosaur species | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 16, 2018
The 11-foot-long, three-quarter-ton plant eater was named Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii.        
Oñate students host Christmas party for Community of Hope families | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 16, 2018
Each child received a complete outfit — socks underwear, pants and shirt — as well as a gift. Parents received a gift as well.        
Las Cruces Library Offers Free Video Relay Service for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | KRWG
KRWG | December 16, 2018
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, working with ZVRS and the New Mexico Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a free, publicly available video relay service for the deaf and hard of hearing. The video relay service (VRS) caller uses a video display, br...
NMSU regents lower GPA standard for student leadership scholarships | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
Regents adjusted requirements for a scholarship assisting students who serve in campus government after discussing its fiscal and personal impacts.        
Utilities employees help deliver Christmas magic | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
Las Cruces Utilities employees volunteered their time at the annual tree lighting at the Plaza de Las Cruces.        
NMSU associate professor gets $1.1 million research grant | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
A flow cytometer is an instrument that measures cells very rapidly while simultaneously evaluating cellular features.        
In New Mexico, more state workers left jobs than were hired by the state | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
More rank-and-file New Mexico state employees left their jobs than were hired by the state for the third consecutive year.        
El Paso Electric website delves into electric cars | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
El Paso Electric created the website and claims it's the region's first utility-led website dedicated to electric vehicles.        
Mobile children’s museum sets out to build young brains | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
Our intention is to create a museum where touching, holding and playing teaches each person about themselves and the world around them.        
Arson suspected in deadly Sunland Park mobile home fire | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
Marisa Muñoz, 8, was found dead inside the home and two other children were critically injured in the blaze.        
New program makes it easier for city employees to help | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
This program will allow all city of Las Cruces employees the ability to give to their favorite cause through the payroll deduction program.        
Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms | KRWG
KRWG | December 15, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move. The House is taking an extended five-day weekend, returning W...
Doña Ana County begins work to assist in 2020 Census | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 15, 2018
About 50 Doña Ana County residents, staff members and community stakeholders met Friday morning with U.S. Census officials.        
Jury rules for former lab official in lawsuit over ouster | KRWG
KRWG | December 15, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory official pushed out of his job amid controversy over his service on an electric co-op's board has won a jury verdict against the lab's former management company. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jurors on Friday awarded approximate...
Italian scientist eyes plant growth at nuclear repository | KRWG
KRWG | December 15, 2018
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The unique geology at the United States' only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean. Scientist Maurizo Tomasi of Rome, Italy, journeyed to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad to conduct research last week due to...
Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village | KRWG
KRWG | December 15, 2018
SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding...
Police issue 36 tickets in two-hour operation | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
The operation began about 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, near Lohman Avenue and Foothills Road, and was in response to numerous traffic complaints        
Pecan farmer offers $1K for info leading to arrest of nut thieves | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Four suspects were captured on video stealing pecans from a Las Cruces-area pecan shed.        
New Mexico Supreme Court: Private and religious schools can get state-funded textbooks | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
The court rejected claims that a program that used public funds to provide textbooks to private and religious schools violates the state constitution.        
Michelle Lujan Grisham begins Cabinet appointments | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Cabinet secretaries at three major agencies.        
Two big safety awards for the SCSWA | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
At the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) Transfer Station, the same sign hangs in the breakroom, in the observation deck, and in the restroom: “Work safely today, remember someone expects you home tonight.” Those are not just signs; it’s a culture of safety that’s been created at t...
Yvette Herrell and GOP do not rule out election challenge in U.S. House race | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Facebook posts by Yvette Herrell's campaign and local Republicans hold out the possibility of an election challenge in congressional race.        
Does your child need a new bed? Enter this holiday giveaway | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Revolution 120 and Ashley Furniture will be providing new twin beds to 20 families in the area.        
Medicaid Program Will Cost New Mexico $63 Million More Next Year | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Medicaid program will cost state taxpayers an additional $63 million next year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the federal government is scaling back the share it pays to cover many New Mexican residents under the health insurance program. The federal governmen...
Candlelight vigil held for DWI and homicide victim families | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
The 18th annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope for DWI and Homicide Victim Families was held Saturday, Dec. 8        
WSMR to put roadblock on U.S. 70 on Monday | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
The roadblock will be located at Red Block (atop St. Augustine's pass) Mile Marker 164 and Yellow Block (White Sands National Monument) Mile Marker 200        
Santa Teresa Middle School earns national award | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
The National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students.        
New Mexico crime lab clears rape kit backlog, governor says | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Gov. Susana Martinez says the state crime lab has cleared its backlog of nearly 1,400 rape kits ahead of schedule.        
Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Names First Cabinet Selections | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Cabinet secretaries at three major agencies that oversee state finances, Medicaid and subsidized nutrition programs, and the regulation of energy and mining industries. Lujan Grisham on Friday emphasized co...
Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham To Name First Cabinet Selections | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to name the first of her appointees as she builds her executive cabinet in preparation for taking over the state's top post in January. The Democrat has scheduled a news conference Friday at the State Capitol. Lujan Gri...
Harvester shakes pecan tree | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Many pecan farmers use equipment to harvest their orchards. The process starts with shaking trees.        
Surveillance camera captures pecan thieves | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 14, 2018
Four suspects are seen entering a pecan shed recently        
NM Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of textbook loan program | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today ruled that the state constitution allows the use of taxpayer money to provide non-religious textbooks to students in private schools, both secular and religious. In a divided decision, three justices of the state’s highest court concluded that a Publ...
Las Cruces Area Hit By E-Mail Scam | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
Doña Ana County has been made aware of scam emails sent to various constituents recently. Although the messages did not come from the county, the “From” address mimicked a Doña Ana County address. “Please know that it is very easy for scammers to send emails with false “From” addresses,...
US says 7-year-old who died in custody had not appeared ill | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration officials on Friday defended their actions in the detention of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died two days after she and her father were taken into custody along a remote stretch of the U.S. border. The girl, identified by a Guatemalan official as Jackeline Ca...
7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than...
El Paso Electric Launches Region’s First Utility-Led Electric Vehicle Website | KRWG
KRWG | December 14, 2018
El Paso, Texas – El Paso Electric (EPE) officially unveils the region’s first utility-led electric vehicle (EV) website ( www.epelectric.com/ev ), which can be used as a resource for anyone interested in purchasing or learning more about the growing, sustainable form of transportation. “El Pas...
Learning the Ins and Outs  of Las Cruces Utilities | KRWG
KRWG | December 13, 2018
The City of Las Cruces hosts the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) twice a year to provide first-hand information about city services and programs, to encourage greater engagement and connection with City government and various departments. Each weekly class visits a different department, and th...
Rio Grande ruling challenged as drought persists | KRWG
KRWG | December 13, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways as it flows through New Mexico's most populated region. They say the state's top water manager needs to do more to reduce use...
Doña Ana 2019 calendars to go on sale | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
The calendars depict scenes from the village and cost $10.        
Doña Ana County manager awarded $20K pay raise | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to OK contract changes for County Manager Fernando Macias.        
Road rage? Here's what to do if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
The Las Cruces Police Department suggests following these tips to avoid a road rage situation.        
New Mexico will pay $63M more for Medicaid next year | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
The federal government covered 93 percent of costs this year but will pay 90 percent in the budget year that begins in July.        
Free Lunar Viewing Event October 20 | KRWG
KRWG | December 13, 2018
Once a year, everyone on Earth is invited to join together and learn about our planets nearest neighbor, the Moon. This year, the New Mexico Museum of Space History, in conjunction with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night, will be hosting Moon Over the Museum on Saturday, October 20. This ...
Authors to give presentation on OMDP book | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
Devon Fletcher and David Soules will give a talk about their book 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 18 at the Southwest Environmental Center.        
Girl killed in mobile home fire in Sunland Park | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
A fire destroyed a mobile home and claimed the life of a child early Thursday morning.        
Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached space during test flight | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
“Space is Virgin territory!” Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said to the pilots. The tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high.        
ACTion Programs for Animals seeks items for new thrift store | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
ACTion Programs for Animals is seeking donations of items for the Second Chance Thrift Shop, which it plans to open at its new building        
Barnes & Noble holds annual Polar Express story time | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
The Polar Express was in full swing with theater students from Las Cruces High School performing at the event for their book fair Friday, Dec. 7.        
Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018 | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | December 13, 2018
Five wolves were found dead in New Mexico in November, bringing the total for the year to 17.