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5:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Man Serving Life Term For Murder Dies In New Mexico Prison

A man serving a life sentence in the 1986 murder of a University of New Mexico student has died in prison.

State Department of Corrections officials say 74-year-old Johnny Zinn died last week. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Zinn had been housed at the long-term care unit of the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Zinn was convicted of first-degree murder and 18 other charges in the death of Linda Lee Daniels.

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5:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Pueblo Official Pleads Guilty In Embezzlement Case

A former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Bruce Sanchez entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to two counts from a 2012 indictment that accused him and a co-defendant of embezzling at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state's 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque Indian School property.

Sanchez was governor of Santa Ana Pueblo between 1999 and 2010 and was a prominent figure in statewide Indian affairs.

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5:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Historic Santa Fe Building Designated As National Treasure

New Mexico Palace of Governors
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The Palace of the Governors is already billed as one of the oldest continuously occupied public buildings in the United States.

Now, the adobe structure bordering Santa Fe's historic plaza is being named as a national treasure.

The official announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation was made Wednesday afternoon. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, cultural affairs officials and history buffs were in attendance.

Built in 1610, the palace is now part of the state history museum.

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Regional
5:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

New Mexico Senator Introduces Flat Tax Bill

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to do away with most taxes and replace them with up to a 2 percent flat tax on most things people buy.

Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington introduced legislation Wednesday that calls for a 1 percent tax on gross receipts for the state, a ½ percent for counties and a ½ percent for cities.

He first floated the idea of a flat tax for the state two years ago.

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12:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Josh Grider Performs In Las Cruces On Valentine's Day

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with a special Valentine’s Day performance by hometown boy-turned-country western crooner Josh Grider. The AMP recording artist will spend an intimate evening sharing songs and stories from his near 10-year career as a band leader and songwriter in the trenches of the Red Dirt Music Scene – a career that has included five number one songs on the Texas Country Music Charts, five full length albums and two EPs.

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Regional
12:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

In Depth: Former Los Alamos National Lab Scientist Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

  ALBUQUERQUE – Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

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Local Viewpoints
12:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Goodman: Marriage Equality Should Be Law In Every State

I think “Marriage Equality” will be law throughout the U.S. later this year.          

   The U.S. Supreme Court has been heading that way since 2003, when it prohibited  a Texas law against consensual gay sex in Lawrence v. Texas.  (Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent that after Lawrence, there was no basis for denying same-sex couples the right to marry.)  In 2013 it tossed out federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.  In each opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the Court, wrote of gay people's dignity and equality. 

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12:29 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Heinrich, Udall Urge McConnell To Pass Homeland Security Bill Without Targeting DREAMers

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  In a letter, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including two Independents calling for a DHS funding bill without extraneous policy riders attached.  The letter also noted that the President would veto any piece of legislation that would limit his discretion on immigration matters. 
  

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Regional
12:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Winners Of The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase

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  New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis today announced the winners of the 2015 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place January 24 - 25 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.  The following winners were announced in eight categories:

 

Best Animation Category: "Number Two" - Director Michelle Catalanotto, Albuquerque, TRT 3 min.  Two solitary forest creatures prove how far they would go for friendship.

 

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12:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Health Insurance Exchange Events Planned For Las Cruces

  BeWellNM, the official state marketplace for New Mexicans to shop, buy, and compare health plans, will be hosting two, public informational events in Las Cruces. These free events will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the changes in federal law affecting health insurance and health care, the various plans offered on the exchange, and subsidies or tax credits for which they may be eligible.  There will also be assistance provided to help with individual enrollment.  The deadline to enroll in an exchange-based health plan for 2015 is February 15. 

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Regional
12:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Deming Woman Pleads Guilty To Meth Charges

Sylvia Grado, 31, of Deming, N.M., pled guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Governor Of Santa Ana Pueblo Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement, Tax Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A former Governor of Santa Ana Pueblo and a real estate consultant pleaded guilty this morning to federal embezzlement and tax charges arising out of a scheme to embezzle approximately $3,575,000.00 from the Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation (IPFDC), an Indian tribal organization formed by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico for the purpose of developing land that once had been the site of the Albuquerque Indian School.

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Regional
12:09 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Las Cruces Police Operation Nets 24 Tickets On Sonoma Ranch Boulevard

  Las Cruces Police issued 24 citations in two hours Wednesday morning during a special traffic operation held along Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

Of the 24 citations written during the operation, 14 were issued to drivers who failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Calle Jitas and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. Another seven citations were issued to motorists who were unable to provide proof of insurance or registration.

The remaining citations were issued for other traffic infractions.

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Regional
10:05 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Review Finds Los Alamos Lapses On Keeping Information Classified

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Federal investigators say a Los Alamos National Laboratory misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a review by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General found that an official at the bomb-building lab didn't adequately protect classified information in six instances.

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Regional
9:57 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill Would Create Alert System For Certain Missing People

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A New Mexico lawmaker is proposing legislation that would create a notification system for law enforcement when a person with severe physical, mental or developmental disabilities goes missing.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria introduced the Brittany Alert legislation on Tuesday.

The Albuquerque Democrat says he named the legislation after Brittany Redford-Gonzales, a developmentally disabled 25-year-old woman who disappeared for nearly three weeks. She was finally found 200 miles from home.

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Regional
9:53 am
Wed January 28, 2015

New Mexico Bill Would Limit Smoking With Kids Around

Rep. Jeff Steinborn

Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

With all the research related to the dangers of second hand smoke, Steinborn says smoking with a child strapped in the back seat really amounts to a form of child abuse.

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Regional
9:27 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Affidavit: Convicted Ex-Sheriff Still Under Investigation

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A northern New Mexico sheriff recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison remains under investigation in another case.

A new public affidavit says an FBI agent concluded that "probably cause" exist that former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella participated in extortion related to a traffic dismissal program.

Under the program, investigators say Rodella offered dismissal of traffic citations in exchange for donations to a scholarship find.

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Regional
9:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Gov. Martinez To Talk Drought At Regional Forum

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez knows firsthand the effects dry conditions can have on agriculture, economic development and even tourism since New Mexico is marching into its fifth straight year of what's expected to be severe drought.

Martinez is scheduled to give the opening remarks Wednesday at the Western Governors' Drought Forum in Santa Fe.

The focus of the two-day event will be on how dry conditions have affected recreation and tourism around the West. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of the discussion.

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Regional
6:45 am
Wed January 28, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Paul Garcia

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11:01 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Search For Armed Suspect Who Eluded Border Patrol Checkpoint

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team was called out just after 5 p.m. Tuesday after a man – reportedly armed – eluded a Border Patrol checkpoint north of Las Cruces.

Deputies engaged in a high-speed pursuit with the man, said to have been driving a black car. The man exited at Hatch and drove westbound until the road ended, where he reportedly abandoned his vehicle.

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Regional
6:06 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets Five Years In Federal Prison For Illegal Firearms Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Justin E. Clark, 22, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 63 months in federal prison for violating the federal firearms laws.  Clark will be on supervised release for 3 years after completing his term of incarceration.

  

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Regional
5:14 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mexico Jobless Drops To 6.1 Percent In December

New Mexico's unemployment rate dipped for a second straight month.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Monday that that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.1 percent.

That's down from 6.4 percent in November and down from 6.6 percent in December 2013.

The department says the state's economy added 13,500 jobs during the year between December 2014 and December 2013, making it the one of the greatest year-over-year monthly increase since the Great Recession.

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Regional
5:11 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Head Of New Mexico Child Welfare Agency Lists Priorities

New Mexico lawmakers want the new head of the state's child welfare agency to ensure federal dollars for services are used by the state rather than be returned. 

Members of a Senate panel challenged Monique Jacobson, the incoming secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, during a meeting Tuesday.

Jacobson outlined her top priorities for the agency, including tightening internal financial controls, improving communication with law enforcement and expanding services aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Main Street Closure Wednesday In Las Cruces

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation along with G. Sandoval Construction continues with roadway reconstruction along US 70/North Main. The contractor will be conducting minor paving operations which will require a full closure of US 70/N. Main within the work zone (mile marker 148-149).

The closure will be begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday January 28, 2015, and should have all work completed, with detour traffic control devices lifted by 4:00 am Thursday January 29. 

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Local Viewpoints
1:13 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Hynes: Spaceport America Requires Support From New Mexico

  The state legislature has been in session for two weeks now. Reports are coming from Santa Fe  about southern New Mexico.  More debate is occurring about the future of our spaceport.  Establishing a new industry like commercial space transportation requires demand for its products and services. Commercial products of the commercial space transportation industry include new launch vehicles, satellites and their related technologies. A new industry also requires leaders who are commitment and have the ability to articulate and advocate.

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1:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Education Unions Announce Santa Fe March And Rally

  Albuquerque – The American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) and the National Education Association – New Mexico (NEA-NM) will unite for a Moral Monday March and Rally in Santa Fe Monday, February 16, 2015.   

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Regional
1:08 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets Probation For Possession Of Counterfeit Postage Stamps

  James H. Clark, Jr., 62, of Las Cruces was sentenced in Las Cruces federal court for possession with intent to use forged and counterfeited postage meter stamps.  Clark was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay $365,827.00 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

Clark, the owner and operator of a business selling books through internet websites, was indicted on Feb. 19, 2014, and charged with possession with intent to use forged and counterfeited postage meter stamps.  He pled guilty to the indictment on April 10, 2014.

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Regional
1:06 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

I-25/Missouri Bridge Project Scheduled To Begin First Week of February

  Las Cruces – The I-25/Missouri Bridge project is scheduled to start the first week of February 2015, which will consist of bridge reconstruction, and roadway realignments for Missouri Ave, Triviz Drive and Don Roser Drive.

The cost of this project is $15.6 million and is expected to be completed by late March of 2016.  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be working with FNF Construction and the City of Las Cruces throughout the duration of this project.

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Regional
1:04 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

NMSU Takes Steps To Streamline Research Processes

Electrical engineering professor Steve Stochaj poses for a photograph outside his office. Stochaj’s research interests center around particle astrophysics including solar particles. Stochaj said the new Research Tab is easy to navigate and greatly reduces the administrative burden associated with funded research activities. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Landing a significant grant is challenging enough in a time of shrinking state and federal funds available for even the most important research projects. Even when a researcher at New Mexico State University is able to line up a great idea with a willing funding agency, the challenge may just be starting.

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12:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still At Risk Of Extinction

  The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today shows a modest population rebound from last year’s lowest-ever count of 34 million butterflies, but is still the second lowest population count since surveys began in 1993. The population was expected to be up this winter due to favorable spring and summer weather conditions in the monarch’s U.S. and Canadian breeding areas, as butterfly populations fluctuate widely with changing weather.

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