Doña Ana County man in jail after trying to light his mother on fire

Doña Ana County authorities said a man is accused of setting his wheelchair bounded mother with gasoline and trying to set her on fire.
Doña Ana County sheriff’s officials said 27 year old Johnny Jimenez is in jail without bond on suspicion of one felony count of attempted aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon.
The woman said her son got mad at her after she asked him for help to cook dinner to celebrate her 63rd birthday Monday.
She said her son slammed her head into the washing machine, causing her to fall out of her wheelchair.
He then allegedly poured gasoline on her and unsuccessfully tried to ignite the fluid with a lighter.

A new Bill could create early-education agency in New Mexico

New Mexico legislators are looking at the creation of a new state agency to oversee early childhood education and other services for preschool aged children in the state.
Democratic state Senator Michael Padilla of Albuquerque on Tuesday announced a bill that would create a new Cabinet level department focused on the needs of children before kindergarten including at home intervention services.
Democratic Governor elect Michelle Lujan Grisham campaigned on pledges to provide universal access to preschool to better prepare children for elementary school and improve childhood wellbeing. Padilla says an Early Childhood Education and Care Department is needed to provide consistency and accountability to those efforts.
Lawmakers are confronting a court order to provide more public education resources to help students from low income and minority families. Padilla’s bill reserves an assistant secretary position for a Native American community representative.

 

Guatemalan 7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies

A seven years old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.
According to Customs and Border Protections records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about 10 p.m. Dec. 6 south of Lordsburg, N.M., as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.
More than eight hours later, the child began having seizures at 6:25 a.m., CBP records show. Emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, and according to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”
After a helicopter flight to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, the child went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” according to the agency. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” CBP said.

 

32 people arrested during faith march at San Diego border

More than 30 people, mostly faith leaders, were arrested Monday as part of a peaceful demonstration in which some participants purposefully resisted officials’ orders to move away from the border barrier.
A group between 300 and 400 people, many faith and community leaders from across the country, marched down the beach to the southwest corner of the U.S. in Border Field State Park to call for protection for migrants and the right to seek asylum.
Border Patrol spokesman Eduardo Olmos said 31 people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing by the Federal Protective Service and one was arrested by the Border Patrol on suspicion of assaulting an agent.
The event, held on International Human Rights Day, kicked off a week of nationwide demonstrations with the message “Love knows no borders” that will last until International Migrants Day next Tuesday.

 

Migrant caravan heads toward U.S border

The Central American caravan of migrants decided to depart Mexico City on Friday and head toward the city of Tijuana in the State of Baja California, choosing the longer but likely safer route to The United States border, caravan organizers said.
The decision was made late Thursday in a Mexico City stadium where approximately 5,000 migrants have spent the past few days and nights resting, receiving medical attention and debating how to proceed to their next stop. It came right after caravan representatives met with officials from the local United Nations office and demanded buses to take them to the border. However, caravan coordinator Milton Benitez told the migrants that they were still waiting for a response. Later on he said to local Press the officials had offered them buses for women and children, but organizers demanded that they be for everyone. United Nations representatives couldn’t be reached.
Roberto Valdovinos, who is working as a liaison between migrants and the press, said Friday morning that a 750 member contingent had left the stadium to continue their journey to Tijuana.
A few migrants from Cortes, Honduras, said they couldn’t take staying at the sports complex any longer because they are sick from the cold and humidity.
Later on Hector Wilfredo Rosales, a 46-year-old electrician from Olancho, Honduras, who was traveling with his 16-year-old son in law said: “There will be no buses” “They have lied to us a few times, but we will walk like we have done until today.”
Mexico City is over 600 miles from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas, and a previous caravan in the spring opted for the longer route to Tijuana in the far northwest, across from San Diego. That caravan steadily diminishes to about 200 people by the time it reached the border.

California fires: Malibu homes burn as death toll climbs

Thousands of people had to evacuate their homes after a raging wildfire razed 18,000 acres in Butte County in northern California. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed reports that the evacuees had to leave their vehicles as they fled the scene. “We are putting them in other vehicles with space. We are working very hard to get people out. The message I want to send is if you can evacuate, you need to evacuate. ”
Paradise is a city of some 27,000 people 180 miles northeast of San Francisco, and the Governor has ordered its immediate evacuation. The sheriff’s office is posting evacuation information in real time on its website. The California Highway Patrol indicated that Highway 70 is closed, so they called on drivers who must transit through the area to take alternative roads.
Shary Bernacett, a resident of the area, said the fire came near the Feather River Hospital located 3 miles from a mobile home park where she and her husband tried to evacuate people. Bernacett said she and her husband “knocked on doors, shouted and shouted” to alert as many residents of 53 mobile homes and recreational vehicles as possible to leave the area while authorities ordered the area evacuated. The Death toll is on the rise.

Michelle Lujan Grisham Democratic Elected Governor for New Mexico

On late Tuesday, New Mexico voters elected the first Democratic Latina governor in the United States. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who made a name for herself as one of President Donald Trumps’ strongest critics on immigration, beat Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, a conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus.
Lujan Grisham’s historic win flips New Mexico’s governor’s mansion from red to blue for the first time since 2002. The 58-year-old lawyer from Los Alamos will replace Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who also made history in 2010 when she became the first Latina governor ever elected in the United States.

History of the State of New Mexico

Colonized by Spain, the land that is now New Mexico became U.S. territory as part oft he Gadsen Purchase in 1853, though New Mexico did not become a U.S. state until 1912. During World War II, New Mexico was the site of the top-secret Manhattan Project, in which top U.S. scientists raced to create the first atomic bomb, which was tested at the Trinity Bomb site, near Alamagordo, on July 16, 1945. In 1947, Roswell, New Mexico, became a topic of speculation about extraterrestrial life when a local farmer discovered unidentified debris on his property, which some believed was the remains of a crashed alien spacecraft. Visitors to New Mexico frequent attractions like the Very Large Array telescope in Socorro and the historic city of Santa Fe, which artist Georgia O’Keeffe famously called home.

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New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico state fair stared in 1938, as a small event that brought together people in the area.  As legislation was approved for the space, the fair is currently located on 236 acres in the heart of Albuquerque, the Expo grounds are lined with beautiful trees and charming, historical buildings. It’s easily accessible with five entrances and lots of parking spaces. During the fair, thousand of public and private events are held from horse shows to hockey games, concerts and company picnics.State fair

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