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Powerful Earthquake Devastates Central Mexico, Leaving Over 200 Dead

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday Mexico's civil defense agency has raised the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake. Officials say 226 people have died — more than half in the capital Mexico City. Updated at 11:10 p.m. ET Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, and dozens collapsed, sending clouds of dust skyward. Residents, who just hours before had...

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Ex-Electrical Engineer At Los Alamos Gets Prison In Tax Case

8 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former electrical engineer who worked at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory for almost 30 years has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Darryl Gutierrez of Santa Fe also was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $174,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Gutierrez was indicted in November 2015 on one count of obstructing and impeding the due administration of the internal revenue laws and 10 counts of making and subscribing false tax returns.

Giant Antennas In New Mexico Search For Cosmic Discoveries

9 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Employing an array of giant telescopes positioned in the New Mexico desert, astronomers have started a massive surveying project aimed at producing the most detailed view ever made of such a large portion of space using radio waves emitted from throughout the Milky Way and beyond.

AP Analysis: 7 Albuquerque Officers Earned $124K Or More

9 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven Albuquerque beat police officers were among the city's top 25 salary earners last year and made more than the mayor thanks to overtime, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of the city of Albuquerque's top earners.

The review found that the seven first class police officers, or beat cops, patrolling New Mexico's largest city took in a salary of at least $124,000 in 2016. By contrasts, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry earned $104,000.

Police: Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Artesia Man

9 hours ago

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Artesia say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man following an argument over alleged stolen property.

Artesia police say 25-year-old Ruben Lopez was arrested Tuesday without incident.

They say 34-year-old Ronald McLean was shot once in the head around 9 p.m. Monday.

Police say they are continuing to obtain testimony from witnesses of the shooting.

It was unclear Tuesday if Lopez has a lawyer yet.

Science Teaching Guidelines Trigger Criticism In New Mexico

9 hours ago

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and educators raised new objections Tuesday to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate "fluctuations."

The New Mexico Public Education Department has suggested several custom additions and deletions as it moves forward with adopting a set of science standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences.

Police: Shooting Followed Attempted Abduction, Pursuit

9 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was killed by Rio Rancho police last month is accused of trying to abduct a Wal-Mart employee before leading officers on a chase in which he rammed other vehicles.

Authorities on Tuesday released more details about the Aug. 22 shooting, saying the events began to unfold outside the store that morning when the female employee was taken at gunpoint from her car. The woman and the suspect struggled over the gun and shots were fired.

College Students To Work On Trails At Carlsbad Caverns

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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A group of college students will be working over the next three months to improve trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The park announced its partnership with the Student Conservation Association on Monday, saying the five-member trail crew will be clearing overgrown vegetation, installing trail markers and building cairns.

The crew will focus on Yucca and Juniper Ridge trails as well as trails in Rattlesnake and Slaughter canyons.

As part of the program, the students will camp in tents and live on small stipends.

Lawmakers Call For Lower Tariffs On Pecan Exports To India

15 hours ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter recently to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, saying the high tariffs are affecting American farmers and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers.

Gov. Martinez’s Twisting Of Science Is Dangerous And Bad For Education

16 hours ago

Commentary: Last week, New Mexico’s Public Education Department released proposed science standards that would scrub climate change and even the age of the Earth from our schools’ curriculum, while introducing assignments to boost the oil and gas industry.

In response, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman issued the below statement:

Alamogordo NOW

18 hours ago

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Managing Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, the city of Alamogordo has proclaimed this week to be Constitutional Week and the 49th Medical Support commander has been arrested for child pornography.    

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Under The Stars Of Las Cruces, I'm Home

Sep 17, 2017
peter goodman

  We thoroughly enjoyed the Las Cruces Symphony's “Pops under the Stars.” 

Beforehand, I visited with several elected officials, with people I've fought beside or against over various issues, and with folks I've known nearly five decades. So many are damned decent people!

Then the music starts. Capturing us. Lonnie Klein is an animated conductor, and seems a skillful one. Visiting vocalist Diane Penning sounds even better than last year. 

Richard Kadzis

Commentary:  Jack Kerouac published On the Road 60 years ago (September 5) to rave reviews, including by The New York Times, which predicted that the autobiographical novel would become to the Beat Generation what Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" meant to the Lost Generation.

Pearce Supports Federal Land Access Bill

Sep 15, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: The House Natural Resources Subcommittee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act.

Pearce Again Votes Against Public Lands Protection

Sep 15, 2017

Commentary: LAS CRUCES – This week, Representative Steve Pearce once again voted against protecting our public lands. An amendment that would have kept public lands from being transferred to private ownership was killed thanks to the help of Pearce and public land seizure proponents in the House.

State Engineer Tom Blaine and EBID Board President Robert Faubion

Commentary: In opening remarks at a joint open house held September 7 in Las Cruces by the Office of the State Engineer and Elephant Butte Irrigation District, State Engineer Tom Blaine commented, “This was the first time in over 18 years that the entire state has been out of the drought condition.”

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