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3:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Officials: Dead Chickens Left At NM Cemetery

Authorities say dead chickens and pigeons are being left at a New Mexico cemetery.

Bernalillo County officials told KRQE-TV that Animal Care Services reported at least eigh

t mysterious cases where the dead birds have been left at an Albuquerque South Valley cemetery over the last year and a half.

Animal Care Services spokesman Larry Gallegos says he birds in bags and boxes appeared to have been killed humanly. But he says since the acts appear to be part of a religious ceremony, the person leaving the dead animals likely won't face charges.

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Regional
3:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Santa Fe Police: Wanted Man Arrested At Motel

Santa Fe police have arrested a 33-year-old man accused of attempting to ram a police car while trying to avoid arrest during a pursuit.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says Robert Pacheco was arrested early Monday morning after police received information he was hiding out a hotel.

Espinoza says officers were attempting to detain Pacheco on an outstanding warrant last Wednesday when the attempted ramming to place.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

VA Hospital In Albuquerque To Operate Fewer Beds

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Credit albuquerque.va.gov

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is reducing the number of inpatient beds at its Albuquerque hospital by 20 percent due to a nationwide nursing shortage.

The department says the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center is limiting its inpatient beds to 120, down from 150.

The department says the reduction of the number of beds in multiple wards addresses concerns regarding patient safety and quality of care.

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Regional
3:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

El Paso Police Shoot, Kill Man Brandishing Gun

Police have shot and killed a reportedly armed man outside a hotel in east El Paso.

The El Paso Times reports that an employee at the Quality Inn on Montana Avenue reported being threatened by a man with a gun outside the hotel around 5 a.m. Monday.

Police spokesman Mike Baranyay said responding officers were also threatened by the same man. They eventually shot him.

The man, who has not been identified, died at the scene.

The incident is still being investigated, and few details were immediately available.

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Regional
3:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Fall Colors Dot Arizona, New Mexico Landscapes

From the snow-dusted peaks of northern Arizona's San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed mountainsides of New Mexico, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here.

Forest officials say colors are at their peak in the high country around Flagstaff, along the Mogollon Rim and on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson.

In New Mexico, some spots are already past their peak thanks to cooler temperatures but other areas are beginning to pop with splashes of yellow, red and orange as the aspens, oak and cottonwoods change color.

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Regional
3:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New Mexico Prisons On Lockdown In Contraband Hunt

New Mexico Department of Corrections
Credit corrections.state.nm.us

New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a lockdown of the state's 11 prisons as part of an unannounced hunt for contraband.

The department announced the lockdown Monday and said staff would search every housing unit and review conditions of buildings.

Marcantel says the lockdown was part of periodic reviews aimed at safety and reducing recidivism rates.

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Regional
8:11 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Efforts To Create A Firewise Designation in Black Forest, Ruidoso

After the Little Bear Fire in 2012, areas in Ruidoso realized they needed to protect themselves from future disasters and formed the Little Bear Forest reform coalition.

After working with the organization and doing research, One man decided to lead an effort to do more

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Regional
8:05 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Inequality Presents Major Inhibitor To Economic Development For Las Cruces

Leslie Belt, a transplant from Austin TX works minimum wage jobs in Las Cruces.
Credit Simon Thompson

Income inequality has been on the rise nationally and in New Mexico for the last 40 years. Economists say it’s a drag on growth and opportunity that the federal government needs to address. But as Simon Thompson reports….cities like Las Cruces are already looking for ways to address the issue.

New Mexuci State University economics professor Jim Peach says the growing income inequality and
a vanishing middle class has had a dramatic affect on the economy both nationally and in New Mexico. 

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Regional
7:57 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Texas Begins Early Voting With Photo ID Law Intact

Early voting is starting in Texas and elections officials will enforce voter ID after the U.S. Supreme Court let the contested law remain in place.

Polls open Monday and early voting runs through Oct. 31. This will be the highest-turnout election in Texas under a strict voter ID measure that a federal judge this month found unconstitutional.

But the Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to still require one of seven forms of photo identification. The court offered no explanation for its decision.

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Regional
7:55 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Mexico Invests $1.1 Million In Preservation

A near record number of grants awarded by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division resulted in more than $1.1 million being invested in preservation projects this year.

The division says work was completed in September on 16 projects around the state. That work was paid for with more than $300,000 in grants earlier this year. Communities invested another $735,000 in matching funds and labor.

The projects ranged from stabilizing 1,000-year-old ruins in northwestern New Mexico to rebuilding Santo Domingo Trading Post's 1880 warehouse façade.

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Regional
7:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Couple Sentenced In N.M. Embezzlement Case

    

A former New Mexico couple has been sentenced to five years of supervisory probation after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion charges in a case that involved the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from an Albuquerque family business.

State authorities say 37-year-old Antoinette Greenlee and her husband, 48-year-old James Greenlee Jr., were sentenced last week.

In addition to probation, they must pay restitution to the woman's father for embezzling money from his construction materials business.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grant Will Fund Study Of Public Policy Health Impacts

  EL PASO—The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will be leading the development of a health impact assessment (HIA) program for the border region.  It’s a tool to look at the potential health impacts of proposed infrastructure improvements or policy changes.  UTEP’s program will focus on water, sanitation, and public transportation. 

UTEP received a grant of $250,000 from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts based in Washington, DC, to develop the program. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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Regional
6:28 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas GOP Closing In On Another Election Day Sweep

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

The biggest shakeup of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away.

As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next governor, George P. Bush is poised to win his political debut and Democrats remain longshots to break a 20-year losing streak in statewide races.

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Regional
6:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Teen Stabbed To Death During Las Cruces-Area House Party

            

              Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fight between several people at a house party north of Las Cruces that ended in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy.

            According to statements given to investigators, an 18-year-old man posted a message on Facebook last week that he was hosting a party at his house in the 5200 block of Bravo Road on Saturday while his mother was out of town.

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Regional
5:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

New Mexico Tribe Can't Get Gambling Compact

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  A federal judge has ruled against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.

U. S. District Judge James Parker on Friday invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it's failed to negotiate a compact with the state.

Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera says the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.

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Regional
5:18 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Texas Using Immigration Screening While Others Pull Back

While more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are pulling back from a screening program for immigrants as criticism mounts that it may be unconstitutional, the program continues to be used in all Texas counties.

The Houston Chronicle reports that under the program, jailers submit the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail to the Homeland Security Department to run through an immigration database. Upon a match, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can file "detainer requests" with local law enforcement agencies.

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Regional
5:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Sick Woman At Dallas Train Station Prompts Scare

A woman fell ill at a Dallas train station and prompted a brief scare as Ebola fears are running high. But officials say she didn't appear to have any contact with Ebola patients and is not on disease watch lists.

She is being treated by Dallas Fire Rescue at White Rock Station. Authorities are inspecting the train and platform and will clean the facility.

Judge Clay Jenkins says the woman indicated that she lives the apartment complex where Duncan resided, but apparently had no contact with him.

Regional
5:12 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Death Investigation At Albuquerque Zoo

  Authorities are investigating the death of one of four Tasmanian devils loaned to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo by an Australian group.

The animal, named Jasper, was provided to the facility last year by the Healesville Sanctuary in Australia as part of an effort to start a breeding program for the endangered species.

The devils' population on the island of Tasmania south of the Australian mainland has been decimated by a form of cancer.

Jasper was discovered dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday.

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PUENTES
9:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Comezón: an itch; a longing; or a small town in NM

Denise Chavez at the KRWG FM studios. 2014

October 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local performance writer, playwright, teacher and cultural activist, Denise Chavez. She is also the director of the longest-running book festival in New Mexico, the Border Book Festival. Her Hispanic heritage has roots in Far West Texas with her Mother, Delfina Rede-Faver-Chavez, and in Las Cruces with her Father, Epifanio E. Chavez.

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Regional
4:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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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Regional
3:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Inmate Attacked While Officers Slept

  A New Mexico inmate says he was attacked by 10 other prisoners while two on-duty state Corrections Department officers slept.   34-year-old Beau Musacco filed a lawsuit this week stemming the alleged attack in May 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Musacco was suffered a collapsed lung during the assault but didn't receive medical care after repeated requests.

Musacco is serving two life terms for gunning down two Albuquerque women on New Year's Day in 2007.

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Regional
7:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In Revenue

 The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office is working with the private sector, Native American tribes and federal agencies to boost the economic return of trust land through leases, renewable energy development and other projects.

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Regional
7:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

42 Arrested In Undercover New Mexico Drug String

Authorities say more than 40 people in southern New Mexico have been arrested in connection with an eight-month undercover drug sting.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News that 42 people were taken into custody on various drug-related offenses this week from a multi-agency operation.

House says most were arrested for trafficking or distribution of drugs ranging from marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. He says others were arrested for conspiracy to traffic or distribute drugs.

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Regional
7:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Student Enrollment Jumps In New Mexico Oil Region

Credit lovington.org

 School districts in the heart of New Mexico's oil boom region are reporting record student enrollment.

Lovington Municipal School District said it had a student enrollment of nearly 3,800 students on its 40th day — the highest spike in enrollment in the district's history.

And Hobbs Superintendent T.J. Parks says the total enrollment in his district was nearly 10,000 students on Sept. 16. That's 500 more students accounted for than on the same day last year.

The jump comes as Lea County continues to see an economic boom for oil and gas.

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Regional
7:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

UPDATE: Las Cruces Crash Proves Fatal

The 18-year-old woman killed in Thursday afternoon’s two-vehicle crash on University Avenue has been identified as Jo Anna Aurora Rincon of Las Cruces.

Rincon was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger of a white Dodge pickup driven by 18-year-old Benjamin Buntain. Other passengers of the pickup were Ryan Feeback, 23, Alexis Holden, 18, and 20-year-old Nicholas Owings.

Feeback, Buntain, Holden and Owings were all transported to UMC following the crash and remain there Friday morning. Feeback is listed in critical condition at UMC.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation District 5 Commissioner Ben Hall

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Dist. 5 Challenger Sandy Jones

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PUENTES
5:59 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NMSU Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.N.

Dr. Ruben Zamora at KRWG FM studios.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Ruben Zamora. In August he was appointed to the United Nations after serving as the Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States since April 2013. Ironically, 30 years earlier, he was prohibited from even entering the country. Prior to studying law at the University of El Salvador, he was in the seminary for a while; and later received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Essex in England.

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Intermezzo
5:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

On the balance beam: A conversation with violinist Lindsay Deutsch

Violinist Lindsay Deutsch
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Concert soloist Lindsay Deutsch likens playing the violin to being a gymnast on a balance beam who is asked to “cry, or also get very angry, or be very joyful,” without falling off. In this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, Deutsch talks about the challenge of keeping the music fresh and new, despite hundreds of hours of practice time, and her particular interest in awakening a love of classical music in young people-- through concerts and a special web page for kids. She was in Las Cruces to perform with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein.

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