Roswell man convicted of 2016 Las Cruces murder

2 hours ago

LAS CRUCES – Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio on Tuesday announced that Rudolfo A. Martinez, 37, was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2016 stabbing death of Christopher S. Wray. 

D’Antonio and Assistant District Attorney Kelly Herson prosecuted the case for the state. The jury returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for two hours.

University of New Mexico group recommends raising tuition

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  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico's budget proposal recommends raising tuition next year to cover costs for campus safety measures and employee raises.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that the budget proposal includes a 2.5 percent tuition increase and a 2.39 percent increase in student fees.

Officials say it would give many employees their first raise in four years.

New Mexico State University rodeo head coach Logan Corbett and his team headed west and competed at the University of Arizona’s rodeo March 17, in Tucson, Arizona. The team won three events, barrel racing, bull riding and bareback riding.

“This weekend was a win for us considering it showed us where we’re weak and what to work on,” Corbett said. “With two weeks to strengthen our weaknesses, I have no doubt we’ll come into our home rodeo with a fresh outlook and confident attitude.”

Heinrich Welcomes Approval Of Sagamore Wind Project In Roosevelt County

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Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, welcomed the approval of Xcel Energy’s 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, highlighting the impact it will have to the local economy.

Las Cruces Man Sentenced To 15+ Years For Meth Conviction

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 ALBUQUERQUE – Ricky Joe Garcia, 53, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 184 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction and a supervised release violation.

Pearce Celebrates PRC Approval Of Largest New Mexico Wind Energy Project

6 hours ago
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Congressman Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) approved the Sagamore wind project in Roosevelt County by a unanimous vote:

  The University of New Mexico School of Medicine ranks 20th in the U.S. in its Primary Care Curriculum (PCC) in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2019,” on newsstands now.

New Mexico State University’s Nepalese Students' Association will hold its 10th annual international conference on March 31, titled “Transforming Lives Through Technology and Empowerment.”

The conference provides the opportunity for students from a number of universities across the United States to share their research, perspectives and practices. It also creates networking opportunities. 

Relationship-building, global perspectives and international engagement are just three of the goals Rod McSherry has in mind as interim associate provost for International and Border Programs at New Mexico State University.

Although McSherry has been on the NMSU staff since 2015, his loyalty to the university goes back to his undergrad days as an animal science major at NMSU.

NMSU criminal justice honor society takes top awards at conference

10 hours ago

New Mexico State University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal-justice honor society, won a number of awards at their national conference in New Orleans, Feb. 15-17, 2018.

Andrea Joseph, college professor in NMSU’s Criminal Justice Department, is the chapter’s faculty adviser.

“Alpha Phi Sigma has over 400 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada,” Joseph said.

NMSU’s chapter has been active since 1987 and Joseph has been its adviser since 2010.


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Gun Safety IS The Will Of The People

Mar 20, 2018
Michael Hernandez

Commentary: Attention Randy Lynch: Your March 8 column (Las Cruces Sun News) raises every hackle I have. You criticize, actually you insult the Las Cruces City Councilors, for bringing and voting on resolutions on which they are wasting time and which show they don't understand what their job is. According to you, “Our City Council ignores the concept of representing the will of the people who put them in office...” I wonder.

Fighting to Preserve our Conservation Legacy

Mar 20, 2018

Commentary: In December 2017, President Trump attacked our national monuments, and by extension declared war our natural, cultural, and historic heritage. His announcement triggered the largest reduction of protected lands in American history, which decimated the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.

Louise Slaughter Was a Champion of the People

Mar 19, 2018

Commentary: Like so many of my fellow Rochesterians, I will remember Louise Slaughter for her commitment to the underdogs, outcasts, disadvantaged, victims and survivors. When so many of her colleagues were casting votes to get rich, gain power, or hide from their mistakes, Slaughter used the best information available to speak on behalf of the voiceless in society. Her votes were for the immigrants, minorities, children, elderly, ill and wounded. When others in politics were looking to use their power for themselves, Slaughter used it to help women, veterans, and the environment.

Friendship is a good model for healthy civic life

Mar 18, 2018

Commentary: My city held municipal elections last week, and this spectacle was felt more patriotic to me than the nauseous catastrophe of federal politics.

The candidates were people you might see at the grocery store. They had little need to raise money. The influence of what the founders called “factions,” the political parties and committees that deploy attack ads and divide people, is less pronounced here in town. A local election gives residents an opportunity to think about our city as an “us” and exert some civic participation.

Goodman: The War Comes Home

Mar 18, 2018
peter goodman

Commentary: This morning, I'll just reflect on pickleball. And people. And PTSD.

Most mornings I play pickleball. Pickleball looks like tennis, mostly doubles, played on a court about one-quarter the size of a tennis court with short-handled rackets and what looks like a wiffleball. If you played basketball daily until 61, then couldn't, then got some new body parts, you might try pickleball.

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