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Las Cruces board selects Ramos as school superintendent

Jun. 02, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Interim Superintendent Ralph Ramos has been chosen as permanent superintendent of the Las Cruces public school system, filling a vacancy created by the Feb. 25 death of Superintendent Karen Trujillo. The Board of Education selected Ramos on a 4-1...

Alamogordo woman indicted for murder in 2017 homicide

Jun. 01, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo woman has been indicted for murder in the 2017 death of man whose body was found in a Mesilla ditch. The Third Judicial District Attorney's office announced Tuesday a grand jury in Dona Ana County indicted Bryanna Terry with...

Lawyer: Las Cruces resident denies threatening to kill Biden

May. 27, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A defense lawyer for a New Mexico man accused of threatening to kill President Joe Biden says texts the man sent were taken out of context and were “simply political expression." According to court records, 39-year-old John Benjamin Thornton...

Ex-labor official says safety threats prompted resignation

May. 20, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former leader of the state Workforce Solutions Department that oversees unemployment benefits said Thursday his resignation in April was linked to threatening messages and incidents at the agency and elsewhere. In a string of Twiter posts,...

24 hikers rescued in New Mexico's Organ Mountains

May. 17, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a group of 24 hikers who became separated, disoriented and stranded in the Organ Mountains were rescued by the Las Cruces Fire Department and other law enforcement officers. The hiking group from El Paso, Texas, was trying what...

In-person graduations planned amid New Mexico vaccine push

May. 12, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A year after holding only drive-thru graduations, the school district for New Mexico's second most populous city has scheduled in-person graduation ceremonies at the district's soccer stadium for its six high schools over two days later this month. ...

GOP convention moved to Texas to avoid coronavirus rules

May. 11, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party is moving their three-day convention and retreat this weekend to Amarillo, Texas, citing speakers' concerns over New Mexico's COVID-19 restrictions. Mass gatherings in New Mexico are limited to 150 people or less...

Many Las Cruces municipal employees back to in-person work

May. 08, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Many municipal employees of New Mexico's second most populous city who have worked remotely during the pandemic are back at their regular work sites. Most city workers were deemed essential and worked on site during the pandemic, but up to 40% of...

New Mexico schools begin to spend $1.5 billion pandemic aid

Apr. 29, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials have started to spend about $1.5 in pandemic relief aid set aside for them by the federal government. Around 4% or $60 million of the anticipated windfall to school districts has actually been spent, as officials...

Man arrested after girlfriend's kids give note to bus driver

Apr. 27, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence-related charges after his girlfriend asked her children to give their school bus driver a note saying she was in danger, police said Tuesday. The bus driver called 911 after being...