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Doña Ana Crisis Triage Center Provides Mental Health Services

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with R.I. International Doña Ana Crisis Triage Center Clinical Director, Jess Spohn, and Program Director, Karina Diaz about their services that Doña Ana County contracted with R.I. International to provide and train the staff for the Center. The Doña Ana Crisis Triage Center is a 24/7/365 days a year facility that provides a safe space for individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance use crisis. Located at 1850B Copper Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88005; 575-449-8149; riinternational.com; donaanacounty.org.
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Walmart giving funds to Children’s Museum project

LAS CRUCES - Ngage New Mexico recently received support from three local Walmart stores — Rinconada, Walton and Valley — and the Las Cruces Sam’s Club in the form of four grants from Walmart, each contributing donations to advance the preparation and launch of the ¡Vamos Ninos! Mobile Children’s Museum. Walmart Foundation is committed to creating impact, and vital to this commitment is a strong belief that we are better together, according to an agency news release.
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Support state's proposal for increasing education funds

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) believes that education is the foundation for a strong and viable representative democracy. The League supports public education which incorporates principles of educational equity, multicultural, multilingual education, and policies to ensure the highest level of academic achievement for all students.
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Pay increases for teachers will help, but public needs to advocate for education

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVSNM) believes that education is the foundation for a strong and viable representative democracy. The League supports public education which incorporates principles of educational equity, multicultural, multilingual education, and policies to ensure the highest level of academic achievement for all students. Many...
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Prison gang member sentenced to life in prison for murder

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –Angel DeLeon, 43, of Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court to life in prison for murder. A federal jury convicted DeLeon on Sept. 16. According to court records, DeLeon, along with Joe Lawrence Gallegos, 52, and Edward Troup, 50, killed another inmate, identified as “FC,” in the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility (“SNMCF”) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico on March 26, 2001, by using a cord from a laundry bag to strangle him. Another inmate, identified in court records as “RG,” was also killed by strangulation at SNMCF on that same date. The killings were carried out on the orders of Billy “Wild Bill” Garcia, 66, of Albuquerque, acting in his capacity as a leader of the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (SNM) prison gang.
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Mayor earns master’s in business administration

Mayor Ken Miyagishima graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor of business administration in 1985. “I always felt like I needed to get my MBA, but I started my insurance business in 1985. I had no time back then,” Miyagishima said on Facebook. He received his master of business administration this November from the University of Texas at El Paso. “Why not NMSU?” Miyagishima asked on Facebook. “Because they do not have an executive MBA program that meets on the weekends for 18 months.” Miyagishima has been mayor of Las Cruces since 2007. He served six years as a city councilor before being elected mayor and served eight years on the Doña Ana County Commission before being elected to city council.
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Giving back to the community

Electronic Caregiver President Joe Baffoe delivers a $2,500 donation check to Casa de Peregrinos (CdP) emergency food program Executive Director Lorenzo Alba to help feed the hungry this holiday season. Because of the rising cost of food, the Hope for the Holidays Thanksgiving food distribution will be incredibly impactful this year. CdP plans to provide about 4,000 food boxes throughout Doña Ana County.
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New Mexico Senate passes broadband, highway spending bill

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate has passed a spending proposal that would allocate some $500 million in federal funds to internet infrastructure, highways and other projects. It now goes back to the House. The funding could accelerate the development of high-speed internet in New...
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Gerrymandering Comes To New Mexico

Commentary: Democrats in the state Legislature were able to tilt the playing field to their side this year for the first time in three decades, and they have taken full advantage of it. The last two times our state has gone through the redistricting process that happens every 10 years...
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VIDEO: Moped rider slams into Dona Ana County sheriff's vehicle

DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (KFOX14/CBS4) — Dash cam shows a crash involving Doña Ana County sheriff's deputy and moped rider that happened in November. Video shows deputy Raymundo Maynes heading W. Pichacho Avenue and merging left at the intersection of Motel Drive before a moped rider wrecks head-on into the deputy's vehicle on November 1.

Las Cruces man accused of distributing child porn via Snapchat

LAS CRUCES - Federal agents arrested a Las Cruces man after they said he produced and distributed child pornography via a social media app. Sean Patrick Fosler, 28, was charged with one count of production of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. He was arrested on Dec. 4, after investigators from the Homeland Security Investigations said he photographed a 6-year-old girl and family member performing sexually explicit acts.
LAS CRUCES, NM

Vado man picks up fourth child sexual assault case in two years. A judge decides tomorrow if he should wait in jail.

LAS CRUCES - A Vado man awaiting trial on three child sexual assault cases was arrested again last week after a preteen family member came forward with allegations. The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office arrested Ricardo Sandoval, 29, on Dec. 9, and charged him with one count of false imprisonment, two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, and one count of aggravated indecent exposure all stemming from an incident in 2016.
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