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3:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Police Investigate Rollover Crash That Injured Four Children

 

  A crash-reconstruction team with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single-vehicle rollover that ejected a five-year-old boy and injured three other children shortly after 6 p.m. Monday night.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Holman Road and Barksdale Loop, where the 31-year-old female driver said her car went off the road before it rolled multiple times.

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2:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Rep. O'Rourke Pushes Bill To Boost Air Service To El Paso

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Economic development leaders say El Paso needs more non-stop flights. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is pushing legislation designed to boost air service to the region.
Posted: 11/25/2014 12:04:07 PM MST U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, has introduced a new bill that should help boost El Paso International Airport's chances of providing more non-stop flights and other expanded services. In announcing the bill today, O'Rourke said he worked with U.S. Rep.
Regional
2:00 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Tragedy In El Paso: 40 Year Old AP Reporter Dies

Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

Llorca's sister, Maria Jimena Llorca, says her brother collapsed at his home Monday. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending.

While a political writer for El Periodico de Guatemala newspaper, Llorca was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

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Regional
1:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lapel Cameras Coming To Roswell Police

Roswell police are set to become the latest law enforcement agency to require all officers to wear lapel cameras.

The department this week is putting in the final bid on 60 cameras.

Officials say the cameras will be required to record every traffic stop and every call. The agency could start using them next month.

Officers can either wear the camera on sunglasses or collars.

The cameras are part of a $235,000 capital outlay project.

The department also plans to train the district attorney's office and area judges on the cameras.

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Arts/Life
11:15 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sierra County Announces Holiday Events

SIERRA COUNTY, NM—Hillsboro, New Mexico in Sierra County along with other “ghost towns” and cities there are bringing the spirit of the holidays to Southern New Mexico with several celebrations including “Christmas in the Foothills,” “Old Fashioned Christmas” and a “Luminaria Beachwalk,” to name a few, beginning on Dec. 6, 2014.

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Regional
11:13 am
Tue November 25, 2014

BLM Releases Environmental Assessment On Running Parts Of SunZia Electric Line Underground

  Santa Fe, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it is seeking public input on an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes mitigation efforts proposed by the Department of Defense (DOD) to place three segments of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line Project underground to address overlap with military readiness and operations near White Sands Missile Range.  The BLM has reached a preliminary Finding of No New Significant Impact (FONNSI) on the DOD proposal.

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Regional
8:32 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 People Shot Has Died

Albuquerque police say two people were shot and that one of them has died.

Details of the Monday evening incident in southeastern Albuquerque are sketchy but police the second person was receiving medical treatment.

Police also said they didn't have anybody in custody.

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Regional
8:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Prosecutor Weighs Santa Fe Police Shooting Case

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A southeastern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether two Santa Fe police officers will face any charges in the nonfatal shooting of a motorist.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks says she expects to decide on possible charges by early next year.

The case was handed off to Hicks by Santa Fe District Attorney Angel "Spence" Pacheco after a grand jury concluded that the shooting of an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face wasn't justified.

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Regional
8:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Navajo College To Get Funds For Distance Learning

A distance learning initiative at Navajo Technical University will be getting a boost of more than $447,000 from the federal government.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Monday that the university would be receiving the funds, which are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

The goal is to counteract high unemployment and poverty on the Navajo Nation.

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Regional
8:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Irrigation District Names New Chief Executive

The Bureau of Reclamation's top official in New Mexico will have a new job starting next year.

Mike Hamman will serve as the next chief engineer and chief executive of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. His appointment was announced Monday by the irrigation district.

Hamman has more than three decades of engineering and water resources management experience.

As area manager at the Bureau of Reclamation, he has overseen the operation of diversion dams and reservoirs, water modeling and accounting projects and has helped implement endangered species programs.

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Regional
8:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Participating In Highway 40 Campaign

New Mexico is participating in a multi-state campaign to make travel on Interstate 40 safer over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

According to the State Police, that agency, the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police and the state Department of Transportation will join law enforcement agencies in seven other states participating in the campaign.

It's called the "Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities."

The campaign increases patrols along I-40 over 12-hour periods on Wednesday and Sunday -- the holiday period's busiest travel days.

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Regional
8:20 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Police: Plane Crash At Las Cruces Airport Kills El Paso Man

New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing a Texas man who was the pilot.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez says the single-seat, propeller-driven aircraft went down about 1:15 p.m. Monday.

He says the pilot was 29-year-old Lawrence Francis of El Paso, Texas.

Francis died at the crash scene from his injuries.

According to witness' statements, police say the plane's engine was cutting in and out prior to the crash.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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Regional
8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Gov. Martinez Visits Mexican Boy Who Had Massive Tumor

Credit Office of the Governor

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had pieces of a massive tumor removed and who drew international attention got a surprise visit in recovery.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano on Monday a week after he underwent an 11-hour surgery.

Doctors at University of New Mexico Hospital say they removed a significant portion of a watermelon-sized tumor but the boy still faces months of treatment.

Officials say the boy is recovering in an intensive care unit.

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Regional
8:17 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mexico Scientist Sentenced In Stolen Research Case

A former scientist at Sandia Corp. accused of taking government property to China has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico announced Jianyu Huang's sentence Monday.

Huang, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in 2012 on a six-count indictment charging him with misusing government resources and equipment to conduct research for Chinese institutions. He ended up pleading guilty in August to charges that he made false statements to investigators and transported stolen property.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Las Cruces City Council Discusses Possible Minimum Wage Exemptions

City Council met during a work session to discuss Fair Labor Standards Act Exemptions. Samantha Sonner has more on what the councilor’s discussed.

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Local Viewpoints
6:16 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Interstate Stream Commission Votes In Favor of a Sustainable Water Future for Southwest New Mexico

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voted in a public meeting today to support water conservation projects, rural communities and the environment in Southwestern New Mexico through the Arizona Water Settlement Act (AWSA). The Commission’s recommendation includes municipal water conservation, capturing and saving flood waters for future use, and effluent reuse in the Luna, Grant, Catron and Hildago County areas. New Mexico has no financial obligation at this time.

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Local Viewpoints
4:12 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Goodman: Recall The Recall In Las Cruces

  We'd all like a more civil and cooperative local government.  We're neighbors, members of a community, and we ought not to ape the Washington gridlock.

   How?

   First, we need to be able to talk with each other – and listen to each other.  We should learn to make clear that in rejecting someone's argument we don't reject him or her – and to recognize that disagreeing with us doesn't make someone an implacable enemy.  Few people, if any, are purely evil, and neither wanting a living wage for workers nor believing we can't afford to pay a living wage sounds evil.

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Local Viewpoints
4:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Pearce Applauds Gila River Diversion

  Today, the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) voted to accept $128 million in federal funding to claim 14,000 acre feet of water from the Gila River. Under the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004, the State of New Mexico has the legal right to claim the water and take the funds by December 31, 2014.

 

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Local Viewpoints
3:08 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Advocates: New Plan Gives Mexican Wolves More Room, But Also Subjects Them To More Traps, Bullets

SILVER CITY, N.M.— A new federal plan for managing endangered Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest would expand the areas where wolves could be released and roam, including farther south, east and west in both Arizona and New Mexico. But the plan, released today by the U.S.

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Regional
3:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

EPA: Texas Plants Must Spend $2 Billion To Cut Emissions

  Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.

The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposal would cut about 230,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions each year.

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Regional
2:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Commission Votes To Divert The Gila River

Credit NMFO

New Mexico's most powerful water planning commission has voted to take advantage of federal funding to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila River.

The Interstate Stream Commission also decided during a meeting Monday in Albuquerque that some of the money will go toward other projects aimed at stretching the drought-stricken region's water supplies.

The commission's vote comes after more than 200 meetings, volumes of public comment and a lawsuit that challenged the transparency of the planning process.

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Regional
2:15 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

UPDATE: Fatal Crash At Las Cruces Airport

New Mexico State Police says a plane has crashed at the Las Cruces Airport, killing the pilot, the only person in the plane.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez said the single-occupant plane went down Monday and one man has died.

Gutierrez says he also did not know the cause of the crash.

No further details were available.

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Regional
1:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

UPDATE: NMSU Graduate Named Next Athletics Director

Mario Moccia has been appointed New Mexico State University’s new Director of Athletics. Moccia, an NMSU graduate, has served as Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University since 2006. 

As part of his contract, Moccia will make $240,000 per year, plus incentives.

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Regional
11:36 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico And Texas Among States Asking Court To Strike Down Maryland Gun Control

Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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Regional
7:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Lawmakers Want $50 Million Into State Development Fund

Lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez are asking that millions of dollars be added to a state fund in the hope of creating more jobs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the legislative Jobs Council is recommending that $50 million be earmarked for a state "closing fund" in the coming year.

That sum is more than triple the $15 million appropriated this year.

Lawmakers say closing funds in other states are much bigger and give them an edge in courting businesses and developing jobs.

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Regional
7:52 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico Commission To Make Gila River Decision

Credit NMFO

New Mexico's most powerful water planning commission is set to vote Monday on how to manage the state's share of the Gila River.

The Interstate Stream Commission's vote comes after more than 200 meetings and complaints about transparency.

The commission is facing a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to accept federal funds to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila.

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Regional
7:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico House Democrats Elect Leadership

New Mexico House Democrats have chosen a new leader now that they'll be the minority in that legislative chamber.

Democratic representatives over the weekend elected Rep. Brian Egolf (EE'-golf) of Santa Fe to serve as the House minority leader when the Legislature begins his 2015 session on Jan. 20.

Egolf defeated three other candidates to win election on the first ballot Saturday as House Democrats reorganized after the Nov. 4 election saw Republicans win a majority of the House.

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Regional
6:36 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Las Cruces Shooting Suspect Charged With Two Counts Of Attempted Murder

  The man suspected in Sunday morning’s shooting that injured two others has been charged.  Philip Curtis Zaman, 23, of Cochiti Lake, N.M., is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The charges are second-degree felonies.

The two shooting victims, ages 22 and 23, were transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

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Regional
11:44 am
Sun November 23, 2014

911 Not Called For An Hour In Fatal Chemical Plant Incident

  Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent Texas chemical leak were trapped inside the pesticide plant for an hour before 911 was called, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.

The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

But it also contained at least some methyl isocyanate. That's the same chemical that escaped a Bhopal, India, pesticide plant in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people in the world's worst industrial accident.

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Regional
11:42 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Two UNM Students Killed In Collision With Stolen Truck

  University of New Mexico officials say two students were killed and two other students injured in a collision involving a stolen truck.

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson confirmed Sunday that all four people riding in a sedan that was T-boned in a Friday night crash were current students.

According to a criminal complaint, Briana Hillard, who was driving the sedan, died at the scene. Matthew Grant underwent surgery but was pronounced dead.

Police say Julia Thompson and Joseph Mendoza remain in critical condition.

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