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8:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Bill Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AP, Gov. Martinez Settle Open Records Case

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed that monthly reports detailing the spending of security officers relates to public business and falls under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

That is according to a settlement between Martinez and The Associated Press. The parties filed papers on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the AP.

The news organization sued the governor in 2013 for refusing to release records about her work and travel schedules, cellphone calls and the expenses of her security detail.

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8:09 am
Wed March 4, 2015

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill To Eradicate Bullying

The New Mexico Senate has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.

The bill approved unanimously Tuesday calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools, colleges and communities.

The Carlos Vigil Memorial Act would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that "warrants a state response."

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Regional
8:05 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Chope's Town Cafe And Bar Gets State Designation

Today, Chope’s Town Café and Bar in the rural community of La Mesa may be a off the beaten path, but for much of the twentieth century this locally owned café and bar was considered by many as the social hub of Southern Dona Ana County.

The social and historical significance of this local business helped turn a New Mexico State University student project into a year-long effort Chope’s Town Café and Bar on the National Register of Historic Places.

Addison Warner, now an NMSU graduate has been working on this project with his partner, NMSU student Norma Hartell.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Researcher's Patented Tech Could Cut CO2 Emissions

New Mexico State University chemical engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni holds up a vial of metal-organic frameworks he developed in his laboratory on campus. Khazeni worked with the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at Arrowhead Center to obtain a provisional patent for the technology, which captures atmospheric carbon dioxide. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A new provisionally patented technology from a New Mexico State University researcher could revolutionize carbon dioxide capture and have a significant impact on reducing pollution worldwide.

The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center is working to protect and commercialize the technology, which was developed by chemical and materials engineering doctoral candidate Nasser Khazeni.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NMSU Students Compete In Campus Conservation Nationals

  

  Students at New Mexico State University are trying to reduce energy and water use as part of a national competition.  Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest electricity and water reduction competition…with more than 175 schools competing this year.  Organizers include the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

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Local Viewpoints
9:45 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Senate Committee Approves Gila River Bill

Credit NMFO

  Santa Fe, NM – After lengthy debate, the Senate Conservation Committee voted to pass the committee substitute for SB455 and SB452 out of the Conservation Committee. The bills will go to the Senate Judiciary Committee next.  The committee substitute combined the two transparency bills originally introduced by Sen. Sander Rue and Sen. Joseph Cervantes to require the Interstate Stream Commission to disclose basic facts about the proposed Gila River diversion and establish requirements for a transparent public process.

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Regional
5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Doña Ana County Manager Recommends GRT Tax Increase

The Doña Ana County Commission received their latest budget projections for 2016, and currently there is a budget shortfall. Suggestions for more items in need of funding in the county could impact their decision on whether or not to increase the Hold Harmless GRT Tax.

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Regional
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced For New Mexico Meth Conviction

  ALBQUERQUE – Alejandro Carrillo, 38, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 46 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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Regional
3:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Venice Is Calling! NMSU Professor Receives NEH Fellowship

NMSU history professor Elizabeth Horodowich will travel to Venice this summer to complete her book. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A New Mexico State University professor has received a prestigious grant to spend her sabbatical completing her manuscript “Armchair Travelers and the Venetian Discovery of the New World.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Elizabeth Horodowich, a history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $50,000 fellowship to work on her book. While on sabbatical, she will finish the research she has been doing in Venice, Florence, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago. 

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Regional
2:56 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Student Art Show Announced, Reception On Friday

  More than 100 pieces of new, original student artwork from the Las Cruces, Gadsden and Hatch Public Schools have been installed in the first-floor corridors of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. The exhibit includes paintings, etchings, photographs and drawings. The artists range in age from elementary students to high schoolers.

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Regional
2:40 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Texas GOP Wades Into Education Battle

Credit Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Top Republicans clamoring for "school choice" voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor presented a package of bills Tuesday. They include a plan to issue A-F grades for individual public schools, plus expanded online learning.

Some proposals link teacher evaluations to pay raises and allow parents to petition to close failing public schools after just two years, instead of the current five.

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Regional
2:38 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Couple Gets Engaged, Then Stranded Atop Sandia Peak

An ecstatic New Mexico couple who got engaged on top of Sandia Peak had to curtail their celebrations after getting stuck for hours because of high winds.

Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan of Corrales took the tram up the mountaintop early Sunday evening.

After taking happy engagement photos, the couple were told that they had to wait for the 40-mph wind to die down before they could return.

Jay Blackwood, the assistant manager of the Sandia Peak Tram, says around 140 people were stranded for about four hours.

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Regional
2:37 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mexico Solitary Confinement Reform Passes Panel

A New Mexico House panel has passed a solitary confinement reform proposal with no recommendation a week after a heated exchange sparked by a Democratic member ended a meeting.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 6-0 on Tuesday to move along a measure that would ban the use of solitary confinement on juveniles and inmates suffering from mental illness.

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Regional
2:36 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Deming Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Meth Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Matthew Peña, 29, of Deming, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to ten years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

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2:32 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Senator José Rodríguez Files Bills To Support Downtown Development In El Paso

Credit Senator José Rodríguez

  Senator José Rodríguez and Representatives Joe Pickett, Marisa Márquez, and Cesar Blanco have filed three pieces of legislation designed to encourage development in Downtown El Paso. 

The package of bills, SB 583/HB 1754, SB 597/HB 1742, and SB 598/HB 1991, would allow the City to add municipally-owned land to economic incentive packages, entitle the City to a 10-year rebate of taxes collected on certain hotel projects, and make clear that private land can be included in public-private partnerships proposals received by the city, respectively. 

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2:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Rio Grande Foundation Releases Upgraded “Freedom Index” Legislative Tracking Tool for 2015 Session

Credit Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  (Albuquerque) As the New Mexico Legislature moves into its final weeks and several important floor votes have been taken, the Rio Grande Foundation is launching an updated and easier-to-use “Freedom Index” legislative tracking tool. The goal of this tool is to review legislation impacting freedom in our state.

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Local Viewpoints
11:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Heinrich Reaction To Netanyahu: U.S. Cannot Abandon Negotiations With Iran

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress today:

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Regional
8:20 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Southeastern New Mexico Highway Ranks High On Needed Improvement

A new study says a busy a highway in southeastern New Mexico's oil region ranks high on a state list of highways needing repairs.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that a new study by a national transportation research group found U.S. 82 to be the highway in greatest need of an overhaul in the state.

U.S. 82 in Lea and Eddy counties sees a high volume of traffic due to the oil industry in the region.

The number one ranked U.S. 82 project, which involves expanding the roadway into four lanes with frontage roads, is estimated to cost $180 million.

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Regional
8:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Utility Regulators To Hear Public On Power Plant Proposal

New Mexico utility regulators plan a two-part meeting Wednesday for the public to comment on Public Service Co. of New Mexico's proposal to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant near Farmington.

The Public Regulation Commission scheduled afternoon and evening sessions in the Farmington council chambers on PNM's proposal to shut down two units of the San Juan Generating Station.

The commission is holding a public comment period after finishing evidentiary hearings on Jan. 27 before it makes a final decision.

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Regional
8:15 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Unlicensed Dentist In Santa Fe Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

An unlicensed dentist who worked on the teeth of numerous people in Santa Fe is going to prison.

State District Court Judge Glenn Ellington on Monday sentenced Mexican national Eliver Kestler to six years in prison after calling him a "one-man health hazard" to the people of Santa Fe.

Prosecutor Peter Valencia told Ellington that Kestler preyed on the disadvantaged, didn't use gloves or anesthesia while working on patients and carried his tools in a dirty toolbox.

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Regional
8:12 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Deadline Looms For States To Respond In Immigration Suit

A deadline is nearing for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of the orders.

The states have until Tuesday to submit court documents detailing why U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas should not lift a preliminary injunction.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

950 Las Cruces Students Walk Out On PARCC Test

About 100 Mayfield High School Students walked out on the PARCC test in protest.
Credit Simon Thompson

Nearly one thousand Las Cruces students staged a walkout Monday protesting the increasing number and intensity of high stakes tests. They say an overemphasis on testing is ruining their education.

Students at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces walked out to protest a new standardized test being administered throughout New Mexico.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, known as the PARCC test.

About 100 students walked out at Mayfield. And 950 throughout the Las Cruces Public Schools.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

NMSU Composting Worm Bins Project Brings Students, Community Together

The Cooperative Extension Services at New Mexico State University partnered with two elementary schools in Hidalgo county to set up worm bins and teach students life science, gardening and composting, integrating as many activities and subjects as possible. (Courtesy Photo)

  The Cooperative Extension Services at New Mexico State University recognize the importance of teaching newer and older generations the importance of sustainability as part of their Extension outreach efforts. 

John R. Allen, program director of the Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service, partnered with two elementary schools to set up a composting worm bin, which students kindergarten to fourth-grade have to care for and use as a learning tool.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Udall Promotes Legislation To Address Child Well-Being

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Senator Udall brought attention to the Saving Our Next Generation…or SONG…Act during a recent conference call with reporters.  Udall introduced the bill…which is designed to increase access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

"Children are our future workforce," Udall said. "We must break the vicious cycle of poverty. The first step is to invest in child well-being."

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Regional
9:51 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Students Aren't The Only Ones Concerned With PARCC Testing

The New Las Cruces School Board Members were sworn into office, the same day close to 950 students around the district walked out of class. New member Ed Frank taught math for 39 years, and he says changes need to be made to standardized testing.

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Local Viewpoints
7:49 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Albuquerque High And West Mesa High Students Protest Hold Second Walkout/Protest Tuesday

For the second straight day, a group of parents, students and community members are walking out in protest of the PARCC Exams. The group is protesting because they feel the PARCC exams are harmful to public education and they want the test removed from graduation requirements.

“The PARCC exam is not an accurate measurement of ability and the test takes valuable time and money out of the classroom,” says Albuquerque High Senior and organizer Janelle Astorga.

“Our education is not for sale, we are more than a score!” says another student and organizer, Maya Quiñones.

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5:02 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Heinrich Announces Growing Support For Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) today announced 12 new Republican and Democratic cosponsors to the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.

The Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, which Senator Heinrich introduced last month with Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), includes a broad array of bipartisan measures to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

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Regional
11:25 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Thursday Water Outage In Las Cruces East Mesa Neighborhood

  There will be a water outage on Moonlight Ridge Arc between Lookout Ridge Drive and Twilight Ridge Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, for water delivery infrastructure repairs.

Once water service is restored, residents in the Lookout Ridge area may notice discolored water due to mineral deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, the City recommends waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

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9:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Albuquerque Students Produce Video To Protest Standardized Testing

This video was produced by students at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque.  On YouTube, they wrote, "As we prepare to take the first PARCC exam we wanted to remind everyone that behind every test score is a child. It is so important to remember that we are far more than a test score."

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