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6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Space X At ISPCS 2014

SpaceX is one of the companies working with Spaceport America to bring Commercial Space Flights to New Mexico. They were at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space to give an update on where their company is headed.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

G.O. Bond C On New Mexico's Ballot

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  More than $25 million in capital outlay projects are on the ballot for New Mexico State University campuses as part of the $169 million in proposed general obligation bonds that help pay for major projects across the state, including renovating university facilities. 

There is no tax increase associated with GO Bond C.

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Regional
4:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NMSU’s Yearbooks Now Available Online

The New Mexico State University Library has completed the digital archiving of 85 years of yearbook editions, which can be viewed online via the NMSU Library webpage. 

The online collection includes full text and images dating back to 1907. Its digitization allows for indexed searches of past NMSU students, faculty and staff. 

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Regional
3:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

OSU Sues NMSU Over Pistol-Packing Mascot

Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU's mascot is "confusingly similar" to OSU's Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."

OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930.

In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement.

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Regional
3:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Woman Foils Burglary Try, Fires Shots As Man Flees

City of Deming, NM
Credit cityofdeming.org

Authorities say a 71-year-old New Mexico woman thwarted a burglary attempt but may have gone too far by shooting as a man fled the scene.

The Luna County Sheriff's Office says a man who'd parked in her neighbor's driveway Monday said he was checking on phone service but grabbed her phone to keep her from calling 911.

The woman fired a revolver as the man fled, but Undersheriff Arturo Baeza says the man and his car weren't hit.

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Regional
3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Albuquerque Man Accused Of Brass Fittings Thefts

A man has been arrested in Albuquerque for allegedly stealing more than $34,000 in brass fittings used to attach fire trucks to water supplies.

Albuquerque police say 30-year-old Joseph Ross was taken into custody Tuesday night.

They say Ross was wanted on two felony warrants for the theft.

Police say the thefts compromised public safety by impeding the fire department's ability to refill their water supply on the pumper trucks.

Police say Ross was interviewed by detectives and linked to additional property crimes.

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Regional
3:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Navajo Man Gets Decade In Prison In Child's Death

A Navajo man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Mervin Ervin Charley also was ordered Wednesday to be on two years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

Charley was arrested in January on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

He was accused of killing a 2-year-old child on May 30, 2013. Details weren't immediately available.

Charley pleaded guilty in the case three months ago.

Regional
9:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Parents Opting Their Kids Out Of Standardized Tests

Credit Simon Thompson

The New Mexico Public Education Department overhaul has been targeted at raising standards. But some critics say the bar may have been raised too high and too quickly. As a result some parents are opting their children out of state mandated tests.

Volunteering as a teacher assistant in her daughters’ classrooms over the past 11 years  Magaret Sanchez Maes has been able to get an insider’s look at public education.

“I have seen the magic that happens in the classroom, magic. It is awesome because I got to see it everyday. ” she says

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Regional
8:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

State On Track To Surpass FY2014 Oil, Gas Audits

The State Land Office has collected more than $3 million in additional revenue from a Texas oil company following an audit of its operations in southeastern New Mexico.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the assessment of Apache Corp.'s production in Lea County turned up royalties going back to January 2009.

The recent audit is among the nearly 40 reviews done by the agency since the beginning of July. The agency has brought in an additional $4 million in revenue so far this fiscal year, putting it on track to collect more than it did the previous year.

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Regional
8:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Mexico Rule Changing Fracking Water Reuse Eyed

State environmental regulators are considering a proposed rule that would allow the reuse of produced water in oilfield drilling operations.

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin told Hobbs News-Sun this week that the department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new rule that could help cut fresh water consumption by industry.

The draft of that rule is expected sometime this month.

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Election 2014
8:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Auditor Race Matches Senate Majority Whip Vs. Ex-Dem

State Sen. Tim Keller is going head-to-head against Republican lawyer Robert Aragon in a state auditor race that has brought out "Breaking Bad" references, charges of unpaid taxes and a barking dog.

The Harvard Business School-educated Keller, currently the Senate majority whip, is promising to uncover an estimated $900 million of unspent public money and redirect it to state programs.

Aragon, a former Democrat state lawmaker from a storied New Mexico political family, is vowing to attack waste and examine state settlements.

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Regional
8:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

State Officials Still Processing Back Pay For Workers

New Mexico officials continue to struggle to provide court-ordered back pay to thousands of current or retired state employees.

State Personnel Office attorney Randi Johnson says only 4,200 checks have been mailed to the approximately 10,000 workers owed back pay under a June 2013 court ruling.

Gov. Susana Martinez told the Santa Fe New Mexican last month that most checks would be mailed in September and others more difficult to calculate would be sent in early October.

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Regional
7:56 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Officials To Brief Lawmakers On Ebola Preparedness

State officials are to brief legislators on whether New Mexico is prepared to handle a potential case of Ebola or other public health emergency.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Gregory Myers are among the officials scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon at a legislative committee hearing.

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Regional
7:54 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Customs Agents Seize Marijuana At Border

Federal authorities have arrested a West Texas man who they say tried to cross the U.S. border with nearly 150 pounds of marijuana hidden in his car bumper.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the 25-year-old from El Paso was arrested over the weekend at the Paso Del Norte Bridge while entering Texas from Mexico. They say a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the stash and officers performed an X-ray scan.

Seventy five bundles of the drug were recovered from the vehicle.

No charges were reported.

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Regional
7:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Albuquerque Begins Meetings On Police Dept.

Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that city officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Virgin Galactic At ISPCS 2014

Many are anxious to see when Virgin Galactic will begin their commercial flights to space. CEO George Whitesides was at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight last week to give an update on the company.

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Regional
3:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Work On Key Spaceport Road May Start In Summer

Credit spaceportamerica.com

Officials say an improved southern New Mexico road to Spaceport America is slated to be under construction by next summer.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County officials told lawmakers Monday the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the environmental impact of the road proposal. Officials also told lawmakers during a committee meeting the decision on the road could come in April.

Supporter of the taxpayer-funded Spaceport have said a paved southern route is crucial for county residents and businesses to benefit economically from the project.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines In September

New Mexico's unemployment rate declined in September as the state's economy added thousands of jobs.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the nonfarm unemployment rate in September was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in August and 6.9 percent in September 2013.

The department reports that the economy added 6,400 jobs in September, the largest increase in 13 months.

Gains in seven economic sectors offset losses in five others, while employment was unchanged in one sector.

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Regional
3:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Zoo Boosts Security After Tasmanian Devil's Death

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo
Credit cabq.gov

The killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at a New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Albuquerque Journal 

reports that the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is adding more guards and surveillance cameras following the death of the animal named Jasper at the zoo last week.

An examination concluded that Jasper died from a fractured skull and brain trauma. A piece of asphalt was found nearby.

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Regional
3:23 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Forecasters: September Was A Good Month For NM

The numbers are in and forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say September was a good month for New Mexico.

The state received 190 percent of its average rainfall last month. In all, an average of more than 3 inches fell across the state.

While last September ranked as the seventh wettest on record, state and federal officials said Tuesday during a monthly meeting that long-term drought is still a problem in New Mexico and that soil moistures have yet to recover.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Belen Woman Pleads Guilty To A Bank Fraud Charge

A Belen woman has pleaded guilty to a federal bank fraud charge and will have to pay more than $118,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Louisa Gabaldon entered into a plea agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gabaldon was indicted in August 2013 and charged with 12 counts of bank fraud.

The indictment alleged that from January 2004 through July 2010, Gabaldon engaged in an illegal scheme to defraud the Belen Railroad Employees Credit Union by making fraudulent withdrawal of funds from accounts belonging to her employer's customers.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

State Police: Tome Man Accused Of DWI For 6th Time

Authorities in New Mexico say a Tome man has been arrested on suspicion of DWI for the sixth time.

State Police say 60-year-old Michael Perea was pulled over on State Road 47 near Belen for failing to maintain his vehicle's lane of travel.

The officer who made the traffic stop detected an odor of alcohol on Perea's breath along with blood-shot, watery eyes and slurred speech.

Perea admitted to drinking four beers earlier.

Authorities say a breath test showed Perea had a blood-alcohol level of at least .16 percent and was arrested.

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Regional
12:25 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines In September

Credit New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

New Mexico's unemployment rate declined in September as the state's economy added thousands of jobs.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the nonfarm unemployment rate in September was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in August and 6.9 percent in September 2013.

The department reports that the economy added 6,400 jobs in September, the largest increase in 13 months.

Gains in seven economic sectors offset losses in five others, while employment was unchanged in one sector.

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Regional
8:21 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Spaceport America at ISPCS 2014

The International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight was held in Las Cruces, last week.

Christine Anderson gave the audience a quiz at ISPCS to help teach them the lessons she has learned as Executive Director of the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport.

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Regional
8:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Police: El Paso Officer Shot, Hospitalized

El Paso police are searching for a man who they say shot an officer.

Police say a man shot the officer Monday night. The officer was taken to area hospital and his condition is unclear.

They haven't released the officer's identity or other information about the shooting.

Witnesses tell KVIA-TV and KTSM-TV that the officer had pulled over a car when a person in another car passed and fired several gunshots.

No arrests have been reported.

Information from: KVIA-TV and KTSM-TV.

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Regional
8:13 am
Tue October 21, 2014

WNMU, Cuidad Juarez School Sign Agreement

Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with a Ciudad Juarez school to allow students from Mexico study at the university's language institute.

The agreement with Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez signed last week opens the Silver City school to 30 students from Mexico in November. They will take intensive English immersion four-week courses.

Another 50 students are scheduled to enroll in classes in June.

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Regional
8:12 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New Mexico GOP Hopes To Win Legislative Majority

Democrats have controlled the New Mexico House for the past 60 years, but the political landscape is giving Republicans hope for a breakthrough in the general election.

Republicans need a net gain of three seats to take control of the 70-member House. There are at least 10 competitive races, with Democrats and Republicans each holding five of those seats.

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Regional
8:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Reward Offered In Death Of Albuquerque Zoo Animal

Credit https://www.facebook.com/abqbiopark

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of anybody involved in the killing at the Albuquerque zoo of a rare animal from Australia.

The Albuquerque Journal also reports that the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is ramping up its security with guards and surveillance cameras in the wake of the killing of a Tasmanian devil named Jasper at the zoo last week.

The animal was one of four Tasmanian devils on loan to the Albuquerque zoo from Healesville Sanctuary in Australia.

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Regional
4:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff's Office Warns Of Phone Scam

Credit Dona Ana County Sheriff

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a recent telephone scam that attempts to collect money for bogus warrants.

            About a dozen victims have reported the scam to the sheriff’s office in the last week. The victims all report the same nature of the call: a person falsely identifies themselves as a member of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, telling the victim that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest. In order to clear the warrant, the victim is told to deposit money into a Pay Pal account.

 

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Regional
4:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Man Suspected Of Striking Two Officers

Adam Wayne Schmidt
Credit Las Cruces Police

A man suspected of striking two Las Cruces Police officers has been charged with a pair of felonies.

Adam Wayne Schmidt, 30, is charged with two counts of battery upon a peace officer and one count of resisting an officer. The battery charges are fourth-degree felony offenses.

At around 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a fight between three men on the 1100 block of east Montana Avenue. Officers spoke with neighbors who described what they saw but no fight was observed by police.

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