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Dozens Killed In Attack On Protest March Of Minority Hazara Community In Kabul

An attack on a protest march by Afghanistan's minority Hazara community in Kabul has killed dozens of people.Afghan authorities said that at least 80 people were killed and 231 were injured in the attack, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq news agency. The purported claim was reported by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites. It says two of the group's fighters detonated explosive belts...
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  The suspect in the fatal shooting of four adults in Bastrop, Texas is dead.

Bastrop County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Adams quotes officers at the scene as saying the apartment complex where the shooting took place is now secure.

No details were immediately available about the motive for the shooting.

Adams said officers received a call about the attack at 6:13 p.m.

In addition to the four dead, a child was taken from the scene to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Survey: Fewer Teens Drinking Alcohol, Smoking In New Mexico

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A recent state survey has found that New Mexico teenagers are consuming less alcohol as well as smoking fewer cigarettes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey has determined binge-drinking has declined by half of what it once was. Cigarette use has also dropped, but the survey found that decline is offset but an uptick in the use of electronic cigarettes and hookahs.

Woman Sentenced To 18 Years In Toddler's Death In Albuquerque

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A woman has been sentenced to 18 years in the death of an Albuquerque toddler and will likely be deported after serving time.

A judge issued the sentence Friday after Lizy Portillo pleaded no contest to child abuse resulting in death and conspiracy to commit child abuse.

According to the plea agreement, the Mexico native will be forced to serve nine years for the conspiracy charge if she is found back in the U.S.

Prosecutors say Portillo's husband, Christopher Garcia, threw 14-month-old Isaac Arevalos in March 2015 with such force that the child hit the ceiling.

$5K Reward For Info On Owl's Shooting Death Near Santa Fe

16 hours ago

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a burrowing owl near Santa Fe.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the case.

The owl was found dead on the Caja del Rio Plateau just days after being photographed on June 27 with its mate.

Authorities say the bird was missing a leg and X-rays showed shrapnel in the animal's wing and shoulder.

A species of mosquito that is capable of transmitting the Zika virus has been found in a fourth New Mexico county.

Health officials announced Thursday that one of the two types of mosquitoes capable of spreading the Zika virus was trapped in Roosevelt County, located on New Mexico's eastern border. Zika carriers have also been found in Dona Ana, Eddy and Chaves counties.

Researchers plan to place mosquito traps in 24 of New Mexico's 33 counties this summer in order to help health officials plan for the possibility of a local Zika outbreak.

Morales calls for DA involved in traffic stop to step down

Jul 22, 2016
Senator Howie Morales

A New Mexico lawmaker is calling for the resignation of a district attorney who was allowed to leave without taking a field sobriety test despite police believing she was intoxicated.

Grant County District Attorney Francesca Estevez was pulled over on June 11 in Silver City on suspicion of drunken driving after someone reported a vehicle driving erratically. Police officers pulled Estevez over and let her go after a two hour traffic stop. The officers did not conduct a field sobriety test.

New Mexico's Jobless Rate Unchanged At 6.2 Percent

Jul 22, 2016

  New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a 6.2 percent in June, unchanged from May and down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the state's economy lost 2,400 jobs since May but added 14,000 jobs compared with June 2015.

Bernalillo County is the state's most populous county. Its June unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

The two counties with the highest employment rates in June were Luna County at 11.5 percent and McKinley County at 10.1 percent.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws

Jul 22, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Richard Isaac Quezada, 33, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty in federal court to violating the federal firearms laws.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Quezada will be sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

  Teddy Barber, a scientist and community volunteer, will be the next Hall of Fame inductee at White Sands Missile Range. Barber’s nomination package singles out his outstanding work as a physicist with the Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory, his work to assist handicapped employees at White Sands, and his volunteer efforts with the Boy Scouts and his church in Las Cruces.  He was a well-rounded individual who made a lasting impact at work and in the community.

JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

  Santa Fe – New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee, based out of San Juan County, New Mexico, will meet Monday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the San Juan Community College Student Center-SUNS Room which is accessible through the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

 

 

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Is Gary Johnson a Fiscal Conservative?

Jul 22, 2016

 Commentary: Donald Trump tried hard to consolidate his “base” in Cleveland. Nonetheless, fiscally-conservative Republicans, many of whom are concerned about the rhetoric and likely policy proposals of their party's standard-bearer, may be looking for viable alternatives.

Former New Mexico governor and current Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is likely their only alternative (assuming that disaffected Trump supporters don't shift to Hillary Clinton).

Uniting Black and Blue Lives is the Only Way Forward

Jul 22, 2016

  Commentary: We are not all having the same conversation about police. In our attempts to engage the topic, we tend to look at the police in distinct ways.

Think Outside The Can

Jul 20, 2016

Commentary:  Where do you go when there is no place left to go? NASA has a great idea. Join them in Space. This week NASA asked us, fellow tax payers, to consider what we would you do if NASA made a port available for you to connect to the International Space Station (ISS).  This is a big thought experiment. Have you been dreaming about a second home in Alaska? I’m dreaming about it right now. Heat waves make me a delirious. But this is the real thing. NASA has a place for new tenants on the space station.  Think about what it would be like. It’s a thought experiment for now.

  Commentary:  Federal Magistrate Carmen Garza entered proposed findings Friday that the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) be held in contempt for failure to comply with multiple Court Orders and federal law concerning administration of food and medical assistance to eligible families.  Judge Garza found that “it is apparent that HSD and its officials have not exhibited the leadership, oversight, or coordination necessary to implement the Court Orders." Judge recommended the appointment of a Special Master with expertise in food and medical assistance be appointed to facilitate HSD

  Commentary:  The first stage of the local minimum-wage hike has not created the disaster opponents predicted.

The petition-mandated ordinance called for an initial raise from New Mexico's $7.50 to $8.40, then in two more stages to $10.10. To soften the impact on businesses, the Las Cruces City Council stretched out the process, so that the minimum wage rises again in January 2017, then to $10.10 January 1, 2019. 

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