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Dec 4, 2019

The Santa Fean Magazine's future in doubt amid layoffs(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe-based Bella Media and its flagship publication, the Santa Fean, are in flux following massive layoffs. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the future of the nearly half-century-old, bi-monthly magazine is in doubt as planned editions have been put on hold.


New Mexico State to keep football head coach Doug Martin(Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com)LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State athletics director Mario Moccia says Aggies head coach Doug Martin will return for his eighth season. Moccia told the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday he believes Martin will get the Aggies back in a bowl game despite the team's 2-10 record this season.


New Mexico governor to attend capitol tree lighting ceremonySANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be among those in Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. This year's tree traveled over 1,500 miles (2414 kilometers) from the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. It's a 60-foot (18-meter) blue spruce that will be adorned with thousands of ornaments made by New Mexico school children and community members.


New Mexico state income outpaces expectationsSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income for New Mexico is exceeding expectations set out by agency economists. A revenue tracking report from the Legislature on Tuesday showed state general fund income of $8 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That is $85 million higher than a recent forecast from state economists. Income for July and August also outpaced expectations. The state has increased teacher salaries and spending on roadway construction.


Asylum seekers jam US border crossings to evade Trump policyPHOENIX (AP) — For months, asylum seekers have been prohibited from filing claims at U.S. border crossings under a much-criticized Trump administration policy. Now some are sprinting down vehicle lanes or renting cars to try to make it inside the U.S. Officials say the migrants' efforts are causing traffic delays at Arizona crossings, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials barricading car lanes for legal entries to the U.S. from Mexico. Drivers waited up to five hours over the Thanksgiving weekend.


Trial set for New Mexico man charged with killing his family(Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com)ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A jury trial for a New Mexico man charged with the shooting deaths of his wife and four daughters has been scheduled for early next year. The Roswell Daily Record reported 38-year-old Juan David Villegas-Hernandez is scheduled to go on trial in Roswell beginning Feb. 18. Villegas-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and four counts of intentional abuse of a child resulting in death. Police say Villegas-Hernandez shot his family inside their home in June 2016.


$12.7M dam project aimed at protecting New Mexico villageHATCH, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a $12.7 million project to protect the village of Hatch from flooding. Dona Ana County flood control officials and the federal agency will sign an agreement next week to move ahead with design and construction of a dam in lower Spring Canyon.


Albuquerque, university approve development financing planALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has approved a resolution enabling a new tax financing plan that could result in commercial development around the University of New Mexico. A non-binding resolution passed by the council enables negotiations to create a Tax Increment Development District. Officials say the financing mechanism would allow developers to build around the university's athletic venues and Science & Technology Park and receive reimbursement through city sales or property tax.