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Couple donates 12 trees to NMSU campus to honor storytellers of the area | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 23, 2019
The Cedars of Lebanon trees, which are approximately 20 feet high right now, will reach a height of 120 feet.        
Las Cruces woman inspires legislation after pension horror story | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 23, 2019
A New Mexico legislator this week introduced a bill to remedy an issue leading to spouses of state higher education employees being denied pensions.        
Las Cruces gamers invent four new computer games | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 23, 2019
The theme for this year’s Game Jam was, “Home, what does it mean to you?”        
Burrell College opens new BioSciences Research Laboratory | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 23, 2019
The BioSciences Research Laboratory is equipped to support research in areas of cell and molecular biology, microbiology and protein chemistry.        
New grants help pay for tire disposal in Doña Ana County | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 23, 2019
Illegal dumping — including dumped tires — is not only an obvious eyesore, but it also poses environmental and public health issues.        
A look at the New Mexico House-approved $7B state spending plan | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
The $7 billion general fund budget proposal would increase annual state spending by nearly $700 million, or about 11 percent.        
Annual NMSU/Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival Feb. 26 and 27 | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
The Music Department at NMSU will host the ninth annual NMSU/Warner Hutchison Contemporary Arts Festival Feb. 26 and 27.        
Late-night snow possible in Las Cruces; snow-packed, icy roads near Lordsburg | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
New Mexico's Bootheel has seen snow Friday.        
PED head Karen Trujillo addresses rhetoric around teaching | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
The native New Mexican addressed the rhetoric around teaching — the very reasons she was told to jump ship.        
Groundwater contamination devastates New Mexico dairy — and threatens public health | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
A Clovis, New Mexico, dairy farmer is planning to exterminate all 4,000 of his cows — one of the best herds in Curry County’s booming dairy industry.        
Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
Virgin Galactic is working toward commercial operations that will take passengers on supersonic thrill rides to the lower reaches of space.        
The Confrontation Superhighway | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
"Despite everything good that can be said of the Internet, there is no denying that it is also a vehicle for harassment and spreading hatred."        
Authorities: New Mexico man died after being run over by his pickup | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a 20-year-old Anthony man who appears to have been accidentally run over in his driveway.        
New Mexico school shooting suspect questioned 11 months ago | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
“Ever since my dad got a gun from his friend something tells me I should shoot up my school and I don’t want to but I keep fighting it.”        
3 things you don't want to miss at the 2019 Las Cruces Film Festival | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 22, 2019
The 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival kicks off tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., and there are plenty of events you don't want to miss.        
Walmart stabbing suspect allegedly stabbed wife weeks ago | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
A Las Cruces man who is accused of stabbing his wife earlier this month has been arrested again — this time for allegedly stabbing a Walmart employee.        
New Mexico House GOP budget calls for fewer raises, would give every person $200 | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
New Mexico House Republican lawmakers said their budget proposal would not require any tax increases and would give every person in the state $200.        
Lisa Carlson brings “found object” jewelry making to Las Cruces Arts Fair | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Carlson designs earrings, brooches, and necklaces out of re-cycled “found objects”, like antique buttons, crystals, and vintage beads.        
Early childhood education department bill advances | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Senate Bill 22 would consolidate programs spread among several agencies, including the Public Education Department and CYFD.        
City seeks to break away from county on ambulance service | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Alarmed by slow responses and a lack of paramedics on ambulances, Las Cruces wants to break away from the county to manage its own ambulance services.        
George Lopez speaks to NMSU students at the Corbett Center about his life and career | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Actor, comedian George Lopez spoke to New Mexico State University students Thursday as part of the 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival        
Report: New Mexico's rough roads take toll on vehicles, drivers' pockets | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
A group calculated the condition of New Mexico roads cost an average of $769 a year for drivers around the state.        
Resident celebrates 84th birthday | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Wally Hill of Las Cruces celebrated his 84th birthday Friday, Feb. 8.        
New Mexico Senate backs lottery changes | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
Backers say the proposal, Senate Bill 283, could give the lottery more flexibility and, eventually, lead to bigger prizes being offered.        
Video shows bystanders detaining stabbing suspect at Valley Walmart | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
A person was stabbed during an altercation inside Walmart, prompting bystanders to chase down and detain the suspect.        
Bystanders detain stabbing suspect at Las Cruces Walmart | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 21, 2019
A person was stabbed during an altercation inside Walmart, prompting bystanders to chase down and detain the suspect.        
School board votes to demolish and rebuild Columbia Elementary | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Superintendent weighs in on what to do about an elementary school closed due to severe mold.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
A weather system swept cold air, clouds and snow flurries into Las Cruces on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.        
Christmas tree for US. Capitol to come from New Mexico this year | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
The tree will be cut from the Carson National Forest just outside of Taos.        
ATV carrying two children, mother collides with truck in Santa Teresa | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Two people were taken to an El Paso hospital in the incident.        
Moratorium on new charter schools passes first hurdle | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Some parents and charter school administrators testified that putting the brakes on would limit options for families.        
Free public Wi-Fi to be available on the plaza this summer | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Residents and visitors should be able to access free Wi-Fi on the Plaza de Las Cruces in downtown Las Cruces by July.        
George Lopez to attend film screenings, speak at NMSU | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Actor and comedian George Lopez will be attending a screening of his film "The River Runs Red" tonight at 7 p.m. at Allen Theaters Cineport 10.        
Five things to do in and around Las Cruces | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
There are plenty of things to do this weekend from a benefit concert to a celebrity panel at the 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival.        
Billiards tournament winners at Munson Center | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
John Arsola won the Munson Center’s monthly 8-ball billiards tournament held on Wednesday, Jan. 30.        
The district is rebuilding Columbia Elementary School. Here's what we know | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
The school district approved the superintendent's plan to replace the Columbia Elementary school building. Here's what we know so far.        
N.M. bill would make voter registration automatic when getting a driver's license | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
House Bill 84 would revise voter-registration procedures at MVD offices, making it opt-out rather than opt-in.        
New Mexico House considers same-day voter registration | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Under current state law, voter registration closes 28 days before Election Day.        
Edward James Olmos dishes out on his faves | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Edward James Olmos said he's enjoyed his in Las Cruces and looks forward to more visits in the future.        
Edward James Olmos honored at Las Cruces film fest | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
Academy Award-nominated actor Edward James Olmos was honored opening night of the 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival Tuesday evening.        
Long live rock at the annual Gem & Mineral Show at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
The Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show is coming to the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24.        
3 things you don't want to miss at the 2019 Las Cruces Arts Fair | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 20, 2019
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s Las Cruces Arts Fair is returning for the ninth year to the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, March 1-3,        
State budget proposal would raise New Mexico teacher salaries 6 percent | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Republicans are against the measure saying the bill raises state spending too far, too fast.        
Voters approved four GO bond initiatives last year; what are the project time lines? | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Progress on $35.6 million in GO bond projects approved by Las Cruces voters in August is now starting.        
Bill advances for no-cost contraceptives in New Mexico | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Bill sponsor Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque casts access to contraception as a “family issue.”        
New Mexico Senate OKs medical cannabis at schools | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
The bill's sponsor said it addresses the problem of students choosing between going to school every day and taking their medicine.        
New Mexico GOP clown bill asking money for ‘circus arts’ | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
The Democratic proposal seeks to allocate $100,000 for “circus arts” education in New Mexico.        
High school teacher selected for prestigious fellowship program | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
A teacher at the New America School-Las Cruces, has been selected to join the 2019 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship.        
See student-built robots fight it out at Vex competition | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
NMSU hosted 50 teams of elementary, middle- and high-school students for annual robotics competition.        
Robots fight it out at Vex competition in Las Cruces | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
A robot built by a team of students from Arrowhead Park Early College High School competes in the state competition at NMSU on Feb. 16, 2019.        
Snow flurries make an appearance in Las Cruces | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
The city is seeing a brush with wintry weather this week.        
Las Cruces sees snow flurries | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Las Cruces is seeing some wintry weather on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.        
City Manager Stuart Ed receives contract extension, pay increase | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Las Cruces City Manager Stuart Ed oversees 1,642 full-time equivalent positions and an adopted budget of $390,857,495.        
Former employee sues city over firing | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 19, 2019
Allegations against Las Cruces City Manager Stuart Ed that surfaced last year have now resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the city.        
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
Forty teams took part in a competition to battle against each other with robots they designed, built and programmed from identical VEX Robotics kits.        
New Mexico to sue President Trump over national emergency declaration for border wall | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
AG Hector Balderas and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that New Mexico will join with other states in suing to block Donald Trump’s effort.        
NMSU Alumni Association awards includes new category | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
Starting this year, the NMSU Alumni Association will award its first-ever Young Alumni Service Award.        
NMSU early childhood education online master’s program ranked among best in the country | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
The website www.onlinemasters.com also found the NMSU program to be among the most advanced studies.        
Order of the Eastern Star collects over 300 cereal boxes for food pantry | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
This 376 boxes of cereal will supply over 2,000 servings to those needing assistance in Dona Aña County.        
New Mexico school shooting: Teen involved detained for mental health evaluation | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
A state district judge rejected on Monday a request from a defense attorney to release the 16-year-old suspect.        
National Weather Service issues hazardous weather outlook for southern New Mexico | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 18, 2019
Windy, cold weather is in the forecast. The weather system could even bring snow to the Mesilla Valley.        
Amador Health Center: Our arms are open to all | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 17, 2019
At Amador Health Center, we provide more than a dose of good medicine to people who come to us for care.        
NMSU researchers work to restore fire-damaged forests | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 17, 2019
Catastrophic wildfires in the Southwest in recent years have impacted approximately 118,000 acres of federal forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona.        
Chaplain Jeff Turkot achieves professional status certification | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 17, 2019
Jeff Turkot has attained the distinction of board-certified chaplain and will be honored on June 20.        
City of Las Cruces water and gas meters going high-tech | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
Instead of a meter reader coming to your home or business, the meter sends a signal to a receiver high on a nearby utility pole        
NM lawmakers block proposal to increase royalty rates on oil and gas on state land | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
The bill would have raised the cap on royalty rates from 20 percent to 25 percent for the most productive oil and gas leases.        
'Revolving door': High turnover in District 5 Commission seat roils residents | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
Residents of northern Doña Ana County will soon have their fourth county commissioner in a year, adding to the feeling that their needs are ignored.        
How a missing form prevented a widow from claiming her husband's pension | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
After her husband died suddenly, a Las Cruces woman awoke to a nightmare, unable to claim a pension she needed.        
4-H program turning elementary school’s grade around | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
The result has been a decrease in behavioral issues, increase in school attendance, improvement in student subject proficiency and increase in school-wide scores.        
New Mexico House approves more spending from state trust | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
Opponents of the plan fear erosion of state's permanent fund.        
Open government advocates blast NM Senate ethics bill | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 16, 2019
Under Senate proposal, New Mexico's new ethics commission would operate largely in secret.        
Nonprofit seeks volunteers to aid injured wildlife | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation is seeking volunteers from southern New Mexico to help assist with injured animals.        
New Mexico delegation reacts to border security deal, Trump's emergency declaration | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
The all-Democratic congressional delegation from New Mexico rejected claims of a national emergency at the border.        
Weck's confirms Las Cruces location will be former Dublin's pub | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
The chain of New Mexico breakfast and lunch restaurants confirmed rumors it will open a Las Cruces location at the former Dublin's pub.        
Sunland Park Fire Department receives recognition for services | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
The Sunland Park Fire Department receives recognition for their services from the Edgemont Homeowners Association.        
New Mexico AG: Science will be key in Rio Grande fight | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
“We’re fighting about less and less water,” the AG said. “As a sovereign state, we have a right to the complete science and accounting of the water.”        
Update: Teen girls located | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
The Las Cruces Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two missing and endangered teens.        
City proposal to create film incentive program collapses | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
A city of Las Cruces plan to create a local film incentive program, designed to entice filmmakers to make movies here, has fallen apart.        
New Mexico legislation moves to close loophole on gun background checks | Las Cruces Sun
Las Cruces Sun | February 15, 2019
With Thursday’s vote, the House and Senate have approved similar background-check bills and still must agree on one to send to the governor.