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9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Prosecutor Wants Sheriff's Office Declared Vacant

A court is being asked to declare that the office of a northern New Mexico sheriff is vacant because he was convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was convicted Friday of pulling his gun on a driver and violating the driver's civil rights.

Rodella's attorney has said Rodella won't resign, and District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco on Tuesday asked the state District Court to declare that Rodella's position automatically became vacant upon his conviction.

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Regional
9:07 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Mexico Hopes 'Singing Road' Curbs Speeding

New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.

Tigress Productions is creating a 'singing road' between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.

There are only a few such 'singing roads' in the world.

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Regional
9:04 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Ranchers Ask Court To Block Fencing To Aid Mouse

New Mexico ranchers are asking a federal judge to block the Forest Service from fencing off riparian areas in two national forests to protect the habitat of a tiny mouse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the requested temporary restraining order would apply to fencing in the Lincoln and Santa Fe national forests.

The request was filed by the same individual ranchers and groups which previously filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

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Regional
9:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Governor Wins Challenge Over Green Building Codes

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal challenge over her administration's repeal of "green" building standards implemented when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor.

The state Court of Appeals last week upheld a decision by the state Construction Industries Commission to revamp building codes.

The court had set aside a commission attempt in 2011 to overhaul the Richardson administration's building requirements for energy efficiency.

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Regional
8:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

A Unique Partnership In Doña Ana County Helps Students Complete Their Education

In Southern New Mexico, a unique partnership between a local public school district and a District Attorney’s Office is taking on truancy.   It’s preparing students to not only complete the GED test, but also giving them the resources to prepare for life afterwards. 

On a weekday morning, a few high school students are waiting for their teacher to arrive.  But there are no school bells sounding outside of this classroom. These students are attending a truancy school in the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.   

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Regional
8:32 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Burglaries Spike In Central Dona Ana County Neighborhoods

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say they have seen a growing trend in the number of reported burglaries since July in certain Doña Ana County communities, and are warning residents to take precautions that could prevent them from becoming a victim of a crime.  According to the reports, the number of burglaries has nearly tripled in Districts 2 and 4, compared to other districts patrolled by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.  District 2 includes North Valley communities such as Doña Ana, Fairacres, Shalem Colony and Picacho Hills, which are located west of Interstate 25 between R

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Regional
8:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sexual Assault Victims File Suit Against New Mexico Halfway House, Super 8 Motel Owner

Three former residents of an Alamogordo halfway house have filed suit against the owners and managers of New Life Recovery House for Women and the Alamogordo Super 8 Motel, on the grounds that Super 8 franchisee Vimal Chevdawala and New Life “house mother” Cindy Hannan conspired to force the women to endure sexual assault in order to stay out of prison.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Long Range Transportation Plan Seeks Public Input

 

 People don’t usually wonder about how they are going to be getting to work or the store five years from now, but that is the job of the Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization. They have been seeking public input on their long term plan Transport 2040.

 

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Regional
3:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawsuit: NM Man With Schizophrenia Falsely Held

An Albuquerque man struggling with mental illness is suing a northern New Mexico county and police officers over a 2013 arrest, claiming they violated his right to preach.

Attorneys for Elijah Dominguez filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week against Colfax County and Raton police officers stemming from the 22-year-old's arrest at a Denny's.

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Regional
3:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Man Sought In New Mexico Killing Caught In Phoenix

A man sought in a killing and sexual assault in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was apprehended after being seen riding a bike in Phoenix.

The U.S. Marshals Service says deputy marshals conducting surveillance on an apartment complex in west-central Phoenix while looking for 31-year-old Carmel Gutierrez spotted him Sunday while he was riding a bike.

Gutierrez fled but was arrested nearby by Phoenix police officers.

Gutierrez was sought in the Aug. 14 beating death of Mary Ellen Gutierrez, whose body was found covered by a rug in a vacant lot.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ex-Police Sergeant Convicted Of Careless Driving

Albuquerque Police Department
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The trial of a former Albuquerque police sergeant in a criminal case stemming from a 2013 off-duty accident that killed a 21-year-old woman has ended with a guilty verdict.

However, District Court jurors on Tuesday convicted Adams Casaus of careless driving but not vehicular homicide as he was charged.

The jurors began deliberating Monday after lawyers gave closing arguments. The trial lasted a week.

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Regional
3:04 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Chief: Officer's Words In Shooting 'Unacceptable'

Albuquerque police chief says an officer using foul language and calling a suspect he later fatally shot a "lunatic" on a recording is "completely unacceptable."

Chief Gorden Eden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used an expletive to describe a 38-year-old man struggling with mental illness.

Authorities say Sandy was one of two officers who shot James Boyd following an hours-long standoff in the Sandia foothills in March. That shooting later sparked a violent protest in Albuquerque and an FBI investigation.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

The U.S. Department of Energy says it's committed to cleaning up and resuming operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico by early 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.

The details were included in a recovery plan released Tuesday by the department. The plan outlines what needs to be done to safely decontaminate the underground facility.

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Regional
2:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

NM State Fish Not In Danger Of Extinction

Federal biologists say there's no danger of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout going extinct now or in the foreseeable future.

The finding announced Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a blow to environmentalists' efforts to get the fish added to the list of endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity argues that the trout are gone from nearly 90 percent of their range in New Mexico and Colorado and that populations are declining.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawyer: Report On Erased Emails Could Clear Client

A former Sunland Park mayor-elect's lawyer says new evidence stemming from a report on emails reportedly erased by a prosecutor's office could clear the lawyer's client.

Daniel Salinas won a 2012 mayoral race but was prevented from taking office after he was charged with extortion for allegedly secretly recording his opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

Salinas awaits trial on charges of extortion and other crimes, but a judge on Monday granted a three-month extension.

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Regional
1:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

92 Citations Issued In Highway 70 Traffic Operation

Officers from Las Cruces Police, New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department combined to issue 92 citations in less than three hours Tuesday morning during a special traffic operation along U.S. Highway 70.Of the 92 citations, 52 went to drivers who were exceeding the posted speed limit. Another 17 citations were issued to drivers who could not show proof of valid insurance.The remaining citations were issued for various traffic infractions.Tuesday morning’s traffic operation was held from approximately 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Regional
1:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Heinrich Welcomes New Missile Defense Work Coming To New Mexico

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced today that IEC-SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in Albuquerque. The contracts are part of a $149 million contract awarded to Raytheon by Rafael for the Iron Dome Weapon short-range rocket defense system.  

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Regional
10:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Superintendents Still Dealing With Changes To State Education

Deming public schools.
Credit Simon Thompson

New Mexico school superintendents are dealing with the implementation of state standards handed down by the public education department. It’s not an easy job,  Dr Dan Lere was recently appointed as superintendent of Deming Public Schools.

He says compared to other school districts where he’s worked in Colorado and Wisconsin, New Mexico government has taken a much more active role in how education is delivered.

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Regional
9:05 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Blue Cross Tells Some Customers They Must Shift

A major insurer is telling thousands of New Mexico residents that they'll have to select new plans for individual health care coverage.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico last week sent a letter to customers now covered by individual insurance plans that don't meet the federal health care law's standards.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the move will coverage for approximately 30,000 people Jan. 1. That includes 13,000 people whose plans had been grandfathered because they were in place before the law was enacted in 2010.

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Regional
9:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

'Bless Me, Ultima' Novelist Anaya To Be Honored

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The godfather of contemporary Chicano literature has been chosen as the 2nd ever inductee into the Albuquerque Wall of Fame.

Author Rudolfo Anaya is scheduled to be honored Tuesday at the Alvarado Transportation Center.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says Anaya is receiving a Wall of Fame nod because his descriptive narratives opened up Albuquerque and New Mexico to the world.

Anaya was born in Pastura, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa.

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Regional
8:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

$1 Million In Federal Funding To Promote N.M. Agriculture

New Mexico State University and other organizations will be sharing in federal funding that will help farmers and ranchers market their products and make them more competitive.

More than $538,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go toward organizations that work to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers and support rural communities.

One of the groups, Delicious New Mexico, will receive $100,000 to provide outreach, marketing, training and technical assistance to improve and expand the Espanola Food Hub.

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Regional
8:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

King Responds To Apparent Destruction Of Emails At Doña Ana County DA's Office

The New Mexico Attorney General's office says it's taking over an investigation into the apparent destruction of emails and other electronic records within the Dona Ana County District Attorney's office.

New Mexico Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Monday it appears the disappearance of the information was not a simple clerical error, but the planned destruction of state records.

King left the news conference before answering any questions.

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Election 2014
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Mexico State University Hosts "Great Debate"

 

 

Political Groups at New Mexico State University tried to encourage more students to be involved in local politics by holding a “Great Debate” to argue their political philosophies.

 

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Road Improvements To Be Discussed At Public Meeting

  Doña Ana County District 3 Commissioner Benjamin Rawson, along with several Doña Ana County staff members, will host a public meeting to discuss proposed roadway improvements along Baylor Canyon Road and Dripping Springs Road.

Representatives with the Bureau of Land Management will also be at the meeting to provide preliminary information on the project, and to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Organ Fire Station, 5816 Third Street in Organ.

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Regional
4:39 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Researchers Trying To Estimate Cancer Cases That May Be Related Trinity Test

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Researchers from the National Cancer Institute are trying to estimate the number of past and present cancer cases in New Mexico that may be related to the U.S. government's testing of the first atomic bomb.

The test occurred on July 16, 1945, over a remote stretch of desert in southern New Mexico.

The researchers have just wrapped up a trip to the state. They spent time last week conducting in-depth interviews with several residents to learn more about the lifestyles and diets of people living in New Mexico around the time of the atomic detonation at the Trinity Site.

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Regional
4:34 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Las Cruces Police Capture Burglary Suspects After High Speed Chase

Chavez, Rafael

  The suspects in two Sunday morning burglaries led police on a high speed pursuit on interstate highways before being detained by police.

Andrew Montoya, 21, Emanuel Luna, 24, and 20-year-old Rafael Chavez each face two counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of conspiracy for the incident that was reported at around 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

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Regional
4:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Drunk Driver Arrested For Attempting To Steal Car

  An Anthony, N.M. man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a party and then attempting to drive away while he was reportedly intoxicated.

            Just after midnight, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 900 block of Starlight Lane in Anthony after a man reported that Edgar Gutierrez, 31, walked up to his residence and got into a parked vehicle.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Navajo Leader Resigns

  The head of the Navajo Nation's legislative branch has resigned a day before he is to plead guilty in a criminal case.

Johnny Naize's resignation Monday ends his nearly four years as speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and 16 years as a tribal lawmaker.

The council already had stripped Naize of his administrative duties after he was charged with bribery and conspiracy in an investigation into the use of tribal funds.

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Local Viewpoints
12:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NEA New Mexico Files Lawsuit, Asks Court To End Illegal Teacher Evaluation Process

The National Education Association – New Mexico has filed a lawsuit charging that Governor Martinez, State Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera, and the Public Education Department have overstepped their authority in implementing a statewide teacher evaluation process in violation of existing state law.

The suit asks the state courts to declare the state-imposed evaluation system unlawful and to enjoin the New Mexico Public Education Department from implementing their system.

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Regional
11:51 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Super PAC Enters NM Attorney General Race

Hector Balderas
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A Democratic super PAC booked at least $345,350 in TV ads aimed at the New Mexico attorney general’s race last week.

In fact, the Committee for Justice and Fairness is outspending the two candidates by nearly $100,000. So far, Democrat Hector Balderas is spending $133,415 and Republican Susan Riedel $120,144 in their race to replace Democrat Gary King, who is running for governor.

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