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12:10 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Goodman: Troubling Questions In Dona Ana County Government

  Last week's column discussed the message sent the County Commission by the jury in Stewart v Dona Aña County. Rejecting testimony from HR Director Debra Weir and former county officials Sue Padilla and John Caldwell, the jury awarded $1.45 million to Stewart, whom Weir fired from her County position. Jurors were so appalled by the county officials' conduct that some hugged Stewart after the trial and thanked her for fighting. Stewart's lawyer stated in closing that Weir had to go.

 

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4:23 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Clovis Man Indicted In 2002 Murder

A Clovis man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in a 2002 shooting case.

Prosecutors say a Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted 33-year-old David Gutierrez Jr. in the death of Jose Valverde.

They say Valverde was found in a boxcar that he used as his residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the face.

A homicide investigation was opened by Clovis police.

They say witnesses began to come forward with new information about the unsolved murder case, which ultimately gave police enough information to secure an arrest warrant for Gutierrez.

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4:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

  

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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4:08 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Albuquerque Police ID Fatally Shot Kidnapping Suspect

Police have identified a kidnapping suspect who was fatally shot by officers in Albuquerque.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said Saturday that 33-year-old Rafael Molina Jr. was killed trying to evade a traffic stop Friday.

A witness called 911 after seeing Molina allegedly force a woman he was arguing with into an SUV. The woman was able to escape the vehicle shortly after.

Officers tried to stop Molina at Edith Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and then shots were fired.

Molina was pronounced dead at the scene.

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4:05 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Flooding Halts Rail Runner Service

Flash flooding has led to the suspension of all Rail Runner train service this weekend.

Transportation officials say that flash flooding washed out tracks north of Algodones on Friday evening.

They say about 100 feet of track on the bridge at Arroyo Maria Chavez are impacted.

Rio Metro Regional Transit District spokeswoman Augusta Meyers says crews are working to re-stabilize the tracks so commuter service can resume Monday.

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4:04 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Feds: Action Taken To Fix Mistakenly Awarded Work Permits

The U.S. Justice Department says problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold.

Prosecutors detailed the corrective action in court documents filed Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court if the problems weren't fixed.

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3:55 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Texas Woman Who Killed Two Daughters Released From Program

A Texas appeals court has ruled that a mother found guilty of drowning her two young daughters by reason of insanity 11 years ago no longer must participate in court-ordered mental health services.

Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 3- and 5-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their Plano home. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004.

Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright ruled that Diaz, who now goes by Lisa Ann Trevino, had been off medication since 2008 and no longer needed supervision.

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3:27 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Date For Reopening Nuke Dump In New Mexico Being Pushed Back

Credit wipp.energy.gov

Officials at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico say the target date for reopening is being pushed back.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since a February 2014 radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum.

The target date for resuming waste emplacement operations was March 2016.

But officials said Friday that the date "is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues."

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3:23 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Business Owner Denies Agency Gave It Preferential Treatment

Credit tax.newmexico.gov

The owner of a Bernalillo-based business at the center of a state investigation denies it received preferential treatment from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the name of Harold's Grading and Trucking was discernible on a 2014 email released by the Department of Taxation and Revenue to media outlets last week.

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3:02 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

One-Millionth Fan Expected to Attend a Chihuahuas Game This Weekend

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – In just their second season the Chihuahuas will welcome their one-millionth guest through the gates of Southwest University Park on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of this homestand.

 

As of today, the Chihuahuas have drawn 988,546 guests at Southwest University Park for 121 games. The Chihuahuas need 11,454 to reach the historic mark.

 

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1:48 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Meal-Deliverer Honored For Freeing Child From Locked Car

Albuquerque officials are honoring a city employee for rescuing a child from a locked car.

Department of Senior Affairs meal-delivery driver David Gallegos on Friday was honored as employee of the week.

Officials say Gallegos was working his route June 4 when saw a woman frantically yelling for help because she'd accidentally locked her 3-year-old granddaughter in her car along with the keys.

Gallegos obtained a hanger, a screwdriver and a piece of wood from a custodian. He used them to pry open the door enough to fish out the car keys and free the child.

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1:46 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Drivers Killed In Fiery Crash

New Mexico State Police say two motorists were killed in a fiery collision involving three vehicles.

According to state police, the accident occurred late Wednesday on U.S. 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

An initial investigation indicates a pickup traveling westbound drove into the eastbound lane, colliding with a car and a tractor-trailer rig.

The car and the pickup caught fire and both drivers were killed, while the big rig's driver was not injured.

Identities weren't released.

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12:20 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

NMSU College of Education Dean Inducted Into NMCEL Hall of Fame

NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead poses with his New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame induction award with Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 outreach for the NMSU College of Education Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, a leadership association representing more than 15 educational leadership organizations, recently inducted New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead into the NMCEL Hall of Fame.

The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to students and educators in New Mexico. Because of Morehead’s advocacy and collaborative work for schools and educators, NMCEL selected him for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

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8:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Bernallilo County District Attorney's Son Arrested In Third Shoplifting Case

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-District-Attorney/140293404114?ref=hl

A New Mexico district attorney's son is once again facing charges in a shoplifting case.

Justin Koch was arrested Wednesday night and charged with larceny and attempting to evade police in connection with two calculators that were taken from a Wal-Mart store.

The son of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has been arrested twice before on similar charges.

His bond was set at $1,000.

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8:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man Convicted In 2011 Killing Of Albuquerque Resident

A Bernalillo County jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of an Albuquerque resident.

Prosecutors say Jeff Moody also was found guilty Wednesday of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

They say Moody could be facing up to a 30-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 4 including 12 years as habitual offender enhancement time.

Moody was 51 when he was arrested and accused of killing Anthony Todacheenie at the victim's home in May 2011.

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8:16 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza Joins Task Force

Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Lisa Edgar recently named Espinoza to the task force after the group's summer meeting.

The group says the initiative is a response to the transformative changes in the telecommunications sector. In addition, the group wants to examine how state can respond to various federal laws.

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4:20 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico Mothers Urged To Breastfeed

There is probably no job more challenging, more time consuming or important than being a parent.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH)  this next week are taking on a cause that makes a huge difference in the health of babies and their mothers – that of breastfeeding.

The department’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinics around the state will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the international celebration held annually, August 1-7.  The celebration encourages breastfeeding, which improves the health of babies and mothers around the world.

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4:17 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Las Cruces Public Health Office Hosts Got Shots? Protect Tots! Immunization Clinic

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a three-day back-to-school immunization clinic on Thursday, August 6th, Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cineport 10 Movie Theatre at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.  The immunization clinic is open to the public and immunizations will be administered at no cost. All parents have to do is bring a copy of their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card, if they have one.

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3:57 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

University of New Mexico Revamps Its New Student Orientation

The University of New Mexico has revamped its new student orientation to better reach students with a message about sexual misconduct.

Over the summer, incoming freshmen will spend a couple of days on campus learning the ropes on topics like advisement, financial responsibility, sexual assault and alcohol literacy.

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12:52 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Killed In Crash Of Small Plane

Authorities say two men from New Mexico and Utah were killed when a single-engine plane crashed in the vicinity of the airport in Truth or Consequences.

State Police said New Mexico Game and Fish Department officers spotted the wreckage Wednesday.

Police say the plane was registered to one of the victims, 48-year-old David Reasor of La Luz, New Mexico. The other victim was identified as 37-year-old Jason Robert Glenn of Layton, Utah.

State Police say it appears the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, but it's unclear when it went down.

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12:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico Dems Eye Changes After Historic Losses In 2014

Democratic Party Of New Mexico
Credit dpnm.net

New Mexico Democrats are hoping a new executive director and chairwoman will steer the once-dominate party back into power after historic losses in 2014.

The party announced this week it has selected Colorado attorney Joe Kabourek (kah-BOOR' ehk) as its executive director and officials plan on embarking on statewide tour to speak to "dispirited" activists.

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11:25 am
Thu July 30, 2015

NMSU’s Anderson Earns National Achievement Award For New Mexico

NMSU Extension Agent Jeff Anderson, left, attaches a rain gutter to a water collection system during a Rainwater Harvesting and Roof Reliant Landscaping workshop in Las Cruces. (Photo by Darrell Pehr)

  Jeff Anderson, an agronomy and horticulture agent for New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, received the National Achievement Award during the National Association of County Agricultural Agents earlier this month.

“It was a great honor for me to accept this recognition for the service to my community, especially because this is a highly competitive award,” Anderson said. “Only one award is given for the entire state of New Mexico.”

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11:18 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Fire Stations Stocked With Sandbags As Flooding Continues

Credit imagebase.net

  With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to eight sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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10:48 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Suspect In Las Cruces Domestic Assault Arrested

  Jesus Garcia, the 21-year-old man suspected of physically assaulting his girlfriend and forcing her to nearly crash during a rolling domestic on Tuesday, turned himself in to police last night.

Garcia, of the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property. Officers detained Garcia Wednesday evening when he arrived at the Las Cruces Police Department to turn himself in.

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7:53 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Albuquerque Police: Second Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Albuquerque police say two carjacking suspects now are in custody.

A man who holed up in a tire shop for hours was arrested Wednesday evening.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint and officers spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills.

That prompted a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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6:00 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic who is reporting on the latest Silver City School Board news.  

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6:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

In Depth: Suspect Shot And Killed Near Las Cruces Motel

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), attempted to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday on an allegedly armed and dangerous man who was wanted on charges related to an ongoing domestic violence investigation.  After a brief confrontation, the armed man was subsequently shot and killed after he attempted to escape from the window of a motel room.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Pearce: Short Term Highway Patch "Questionable"

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Surface Transportation Act (H.R. 3236) another short-term extension which also contained unrelated provisions involving the Veterans Choice program. Following his vote against the bundled bill, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

 

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1:36 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Rain Stymies Drought In About Half Of New Mexico

More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen.

The Albuquerque Journal reports drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent compared to 1 percent currently.

Socorro County extension agent Jessica Smith says calves are fat and cattle are "fat and sassy." While grateful for the rainfall, she said producers aren't counting on the drought being over for good.

The new numbers were discussed Tuesday during a drought monitoring work group session.

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1:33 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 Carjacking Suspects Surrenders

Albuquerque police say one of two carjacking suspects who holed up in tire shop has surrendered and that officers are trying to get the other to also give up.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint, and police spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills, prompting a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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