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Border Patrol Agent Killed In Van Horn, Texas

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas: President Donald Trump says those responsible for the death one U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and the serious injury of another will be brought to justice. The president made the comment on Twitter Sunday night amid a series of unrelated tweets. He also reiterated his call for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico. Details about how the agents were injured have not been released....

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Pearce Introduces Bill To Prevent Back Pay For Bergdahl

Nov 15, 2017

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce today introduced a bill to prohibit the Army from providing Bowe Bergdahl with back pay and special compensation after deserting his post in 2009.

Powell Ends Bid For New Mexico State Land Office

Nov 15, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Ray Powell is ending his bid for New Mexico land commissioner after finding out he has a rare auto-immune condition that affects the communication between nerves and muscles.

Powell made the announcement Wednesday on social media, saying there's a good probability he can live an active life with treatment but that if he were elected, he wouldn't be able to sustain the intense effort required by the office.

Powell has endorsed Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, a state lawmaker from Los Alamos.

Warrant Issued For Hatch Man Accused Of Molesting Teen

Nov 15, 2017

A Doña Ana County Magistrate Court judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a 68-year-old Hatch man who is accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s granddaughter.

   The incident happened Tuesday morning off Bianes Road in Hatch. The 15-year-old victim told detectives that Patricio Rivera walked into the room where she was sleeping after her grandmother left for a doctor’s appointment.

Teen Girl May Be In Danger

Nov 15, 2017

A 15-year-old Hatch girl who disappeared over the weekend could be in danger, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives who have been looking for her since Saturday.

The family of Jasmin Gutierrez said they woke early Saturday morning and found a note, allegedly from Jasmin, saying she was being forced to leave with her 17-year-old boyfriend, Jose Lopez. If she didn’t comply, according to the note, Lopez would harm her family.

Jose Lopez also goes by “Che.” Neither Lopez nor Gutierrez has had any communication with their families since Saturday. 

Parties Pledge New Thinking To Solve Interstate Water Fight

Nov 15, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in southern New Mexico, water policy experts, lawyers and others are all working behind the scenes to craft possible solutions that could help to end a lengthy battle with Texas over management of the Rio Grande.

The case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and all sides say the stakes are high given uncertainty about the future sustainability of water supplies throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office, Las Cruces city officials and agricultural interests provided state lawmakers with an update Tuesday.

Texas Man Gets New Mexico Prison Term For Heroin Trafficking

Nov 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for heroin trafficking in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Eleodoro Sanchez of Canutillo also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

Sanchez pleaded guilty in the case in March.

Authorities say Sanchez was a member of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park that was targeted by an investigation led by federal drug agents.

Albuquerque Man Gets 77-Month Prison Term For Bank Robbery

Nov 15, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for bank robbery.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Randy Lovett was sentenced Wednesday to a 77-month sentence followed by three years of supervised release.

Lovett was arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a Bank of America branch in Albuquerque on April 19.

According to the complaint, Lovett handed a bank teller a note in which he claimed to have a gun and demanded cash in $50 and $100 bills.

Ex Sandia Labs Employee Indicted On Fraud, Money Laundering

Nov 15, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former Sandia National Laboratories worker used her position and created a phony company to defraud the facility of more than $2 million.

A federal grand jury indicted 55-year-old Carla Sena of Albuquerque on Wednesday on 11 counts including wire fraud, major fraud against the U.S. and money laundering.

Most of the lab's work involves research, development and maintenance of nuclear weapons.

A former procurement officer, Sena was tasked in 2010 with overseeing the bidding for a $2.3 million contract for moving services.

Ironhorse Resources Buys 1200+ Acres In Santa Teresa

Nov 15, 2017
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Santa Teresa, NM — Today, Ironhorse Resources, Inc. announced the purchase of 1,244 acres in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The Santa Teresa region, located on New Mexico’s border with Mexico, has been one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the Southwest.

Las Cruces Meeting To Discuss Soledad Canyon Road Project

Nov 15, 2017
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·        5:30PM to 7:30PM

·        Presentation to begin at 6:00PM

·        Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division and Doña Ana County will be hosting a public meeting on November 28, 2017 for the Soledad Canyon Road Improvement Project.

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Goodman: A Look Back A Year After The 2016 Election

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Commentary: After a full year, it seems fair to say that Donald Trump has been even worse than we expected.

It's not just the special counsel investigation, abandoning the Paris Accord on climate, and his ludicrous effort to resuscitate the coal industry. Nor is it the deep harm he's doing our judiciary, our environment, and consumer protection.

Drain The Swamp: Eliminate The Corporate Income Tax

Nov 17, 2017

Commentary: The recently announced Republican sponsored tax plan calls for reducing corporate income tax rate from 39% to 20%. This rate cut is the single most costly provision of the tax proposal, and for this reason, has become a lightning rod for critics of the tax proposal. But while many are critical of the provision as being too generous to corporations, I argue that it doesn’t go far enough. We should repeal the corporate income tax outright. Just get rid of it.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a multi-trillion dollar tax plan that funds tax breaks for the wealthiest and corporations on the backs of students and working families. The bill, championed by Republican leaders, eliminates a popular tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250. The bill also expands a tax loophole for the wealthiest to pay for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C.  Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rául M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement in response to passage of the House Republican tax plan that deeply benefits the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on millions of working class Americans.

DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce for his support of the GOP tax scam that would give his well-connected friends a tax break while forcing New Mexicans to foot the bill. Pearce, who is also running for the Republican nomination for governor, voted for HR 1 a bill that would give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking important benefits away from everyday New Mexicans.

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