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8:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Mexico Officials Asked To Restore Hours At Border

New Mexico senators are asking Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. to work with his country's customs agency to restore their operating hours at the Santa Teresa port of entry.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter Friday to Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora.

Both lawmakers say they "respectfully request" that Mora reach out to the Mexican Federal Customs Agency about operating 12 hours a day.

Mexico's Tax Administration began reducing hours in all its customs offices along the U.S. border July 4.

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8:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract Offer

Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.

Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.

Hospital spokeswoman Arturo Delgado says managers are disappointed by the vote. Union local President Fonda Osborn says the union wants to return to the bargaining table.

Staffing issues are a major issue in the dispute.

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2:12 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

"Go Teacher" Ecuador Scholar Program at NMSU

The "Go Teacher" program is in its third year at New Mexico State University. The goal of the program is to teach English Language fluency and English language teaching methodologies to Ecuadorian English teachers. The scholars spend seven months taking classes at New Mexico State University, while also discovering the culture of New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border region.

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1:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Scammer Impersonates U.S. Marshal In New Mexico

  Authorities say someone is impersonating serving with the U.S. Marshals Service to defraud people in New Mexico of money.

The U.S. Marshals Service initially received several reports Thursday that someone is pretending to be a member and calling Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents.

Victims say the caller asks victims to pay a fine by credit card or send money for a loved one who is incarcerated.

Another victim reported the caller saying back taxes and fines needed to be paid immediately over the telephone.

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1:53 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Santa Fe Forest Plan Upheld By Court

   Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

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1:52 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawsuits May Seal Important Facts About Fertilizer Plant Disaster

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case.

The agreements OK'd by state District Judge Jim Meyer were requested by attorneys involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits. The result is that lawyers can label as confidential virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial.

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1:51 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Texas Couple Gives Tribute Flag To Marine's Mother

A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.

Lanie and Walter Brown gave the flag Saturday to Patsy Maciel before a small crowd gathered at the grave of Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel in the northern Houston suburb of Humble.

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1:50 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Houston Teacher Starting Pay Of About $50,000 Drawing Out Of State Educators

  North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move and teach in Texas.

The Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in Charlotte on Friday, following similar events in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Teachers say the Houston offer, with a starting salary of more than $49,000, is enticing, especially for young teachers.

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1:47 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Detox Service Could End At Farmington Facility

  A detox service at a Farmington recovery facility that serves the Four Corners region as well as the Navajo Nation could come to an end.

The Four Winds Recovery Center may have to cease offering a protective custody detox service to make up for a 54 percent drop in county funding.

Center director Jolene Schneider said Thursday that it's only a matter of time before the center will have to stop providing the detox program.

San Juan County commissioners last month approved cuts to its health care assistance program.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Mexican Winter League Games To Be Played In El Paso

  EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso Chihuahuas present the first-ever Mexican Baseball Fiesta to be held on September 28th and 29th at Southwest University Park. Game times are at 3:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively. The Fiesta will feature two teams from Mexico, Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán, members of the Pacific League of Mexico.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

NMSU Names New Dean For Honors College

  New Mexico State University has selected Miriam Chaiken, a distinguished achievement professor and academic department head of the NMSU Anthropology Department, as the next dean of its Honors College.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Aging Department Recognizes Senior Olympians

(Santa Fe) – New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is congratulating the more than 1,100 athletes who competed in the 36th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics in Roswell.

Each of the competitors has an inspiring story to share.

Colleen Burns from McIntosh has been competing in New Mexico’s Senior Olympics for more than 15 years. Burns, who is 64, and her 91-year-old mother Mary Kirsling both competed in this year’s events.

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PUENTES
10:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Saving Tortugas "A" Mountain

Tortugas "A" Mountain from Aggie Memorial.

  July 25, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Coordinator for ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition), Kari Bachman, to tell us about an effort to save Tortugas Mountain from being developed. Also called “A” Mountain, Tortugas Mountain is at the entrance of “The Organ Mountains,” our newest National Monument recently proclaimed by President Barak Obama.

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2:41 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Official: Court Ruling Should Not Affect New Mexico Health Insurance Subsidies

Credit NM Department of Health

  A state health insurance exchange official says a recent federal court ruling shouldn't prevent New Mexicans from qualifying for premium subsidies.

New Mexico Health Connections CEO Martin Hickey told fellow board members Friday that New Mexico is considered a state-based exchange by federal health officials.

Federal appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings about subsidies, with one deciding that subsidies are available only in states running their own exchange. About three dozen states rely on the federal online system.

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2:38 pm
Fri July 25, 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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12:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plague Activity Continuing In New Mexico

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health and the Department of Game and Fish report continuing instances of plague in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance, and Santa Fe counties. Two animals, a mountain lion and a small raccoon-like mammal called a coati, from the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood recently died from complications due to plague. The infected animals both died within the last few weeks.

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11:49 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Mexico HPV Vaccine Coverage Above National Average

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that coverage levels for the three vaccines routinely recommended for adolescent boys and girls increased in 2013.

Those three recommended vaccines are:  Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine.

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10:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lifetime Drops "Reality" Show On Texas Mortuary...Yes, They Have Run Out Of "Reality" Show Ideas

The Lifetime TV network says it dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were charged with corpse abuse.

Lifetime announced in June it would produce a show called "Good Grief" about the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The show was due to air July 23.

Lifetime Networks vice president Les Eisner says the show "has not and will not air on Lifetime." The Associated Press left messages for Eisner seeking further comment Friday.

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10:54 am
Fri July 25, 2014

FBI Arrests Dallas County Commissioner

Federal authorities have charged a longtime Dallas County commissioner with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of certain projects.

John Wiley Price and three other individuals are in custody Friday after being charged in a 13-count indictment. They are set to make initial court appearances Friday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña said at a news conference that during a decade-long scheme, two political consultants provided Price with $950,000 in money, cars and land.

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10:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

El Paso Baseball Team Celebrates Latino History With Special Jersey

  EL PASO, Texas – In honor of El Paso’s rich Hispanic culture and tradition, the El Paso Chihuahuas will celebrate Latino Heritage Night presented by Pepsi and Telemundo on Friday. First pitch against the Fresno Grizzlies (San Francisco Giants) is slated for 7:05 p.m.

The Chihuahuas will wear specially made black jerseys that feature green sleeves, a red stripe down the sides and the emblem “Los Chihuahuas” across the chest.

The first 2,000 fans with paid admission will receive a Southwest University Park replica.

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10:23 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Immunization Clinic In Las Cruces

  (Las Cruces) – The New Mexico Department of Health announces back-to-school immunizations are available at its West Las Cruces Immunization Center, 1850 Cooper Loop, Building A by appointment only.

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9:07 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fighter Relieved He Won't Be Charged In Stabbing

A professional mixed martial artist says prosecutors' decision to not charge him in the fatal stabbing of an intruder at his New Mexico home is a relief.

The District Attorney's office in Las Cruces announced Thursday that an investigation did not produce evidence to prove that Joseph Torrez killed 25-year-old Sal Garces on Jan. 1 without legal justification.

Sheriff's officials have said Torrez fatally stabbed Garces after Garces and other people forced their way into Torrez's home.

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9:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Navajo Leaders Meet With Albuquerque Mayor On Homeless Killings

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he has directed police to thoroughly investigate last weekend's brutal slaying of two homeless Navajo men as a possible hate crime.

Berry met with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and other tribal leaders Thursday. He says data the city has collected as part of its efforts to fight homelessness shows Native Americans are on the streets longer than other populations and are more likely to be victimized. He says he and Shelly have agreed to work together to figure out why, and find solutions.

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9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Video: Swat Officers Told Suspect To Drop Gun

A newly released video shows Albuquerque SWAT officers yelling at an armed man several times to drop his gun before he was fatally shot.

Videos made public Thursday showed two tactical officers running after a fleeing 33-year-old Jeremy Joe Robertson before at least two shots are heard. Another video shows what police say is a witness who was held at gunpoint by Robertson prior to his encounter with officers.

Albuquerque police said the ATF was seeking to take Robertson into custody when Albuquerque officers Anthony Sedler and Ramon Ornelas shot him Tuesday.

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8:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Decision Looms On New Mexico Insurance Exchange

Credit NM Department of Health

New Mexico is trying to decide whether to continue using a federal online system to enroll individuals in health insurance plans.

The state's health insurance exchange governing board meets Friday in Santa Fe. Vice chairman Jason Sandel said he expects a decision on how to handle an upcoming round of enrollment that starts in November.

The exchange serves as a marketplace for buying medical coverage.

New Mexico has been using a federally operated exchange to determine eligibility and enroll individuals, but technical problems plagued the start-up last year.

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8:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Environmentalists Sue Feds Over Rio Grande Flow For Fish

A lawsuit filed by environmentalists accuses federal agencies of breaking promises and failing to provide Rio Grande flows needed to protect two endangered species of fish.

WildEarth Guardians filed the suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque against the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers over protection for the silvery minnow and the Southwestern willow flycatcher.

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8:42 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Report: Most STEM College Graduates Not Working In STEM Jobs

According to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, college students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM degrees have a greater chance of finding employment after graduation, but not necessarily in their field of study.

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2:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Colorado Urged To Fight Rio Grande Water Change

  A southern Colorado water district says the state should fight a conservation group's push to force Colorado to change the way it sends water to New Mexico in the Rio Grande.

Rio Grande Water Conservation District attorney David Robbins says Colorado is fulfilling its obligations under the 1939 Rio Grande Compact that governs the river's use.

WildEarth Guardians wants Colorado to change the timing of its water diversions from the river.

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2:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

New Mexico Public School Grades: Some Improvement, But More "D" And "F" Grades

  State officials say the overwhelming majority of New Mexico's public schools improved or maintained their performance grade this year.  But nearly two-fifths of schools received a "D" or "F", about the same percentage as those receiving an "A" or "B".

There were 332 schools with grades of A or B. That's exceeded the 323 receiving a D or F.

The number of schools receiving a D or F increased by nearly 7 percent from last year while those getting A or B grew by about 8 percent. Schools getting a C dropped by 18 percent.

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2:32 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Schwab To Open El Paso Operations Center With 445 Jobs

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Charles Schwab Corp. is getting nearly $6 million in incentives from Texas to open an El Paso operations center and increase its presence in Austin, creating more than 1,200 jobs.

Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday that the financial services company's Austin expansion will create 823 jobs and should generate $210 million in capital investment over the next decade.

The governor's signature Texas Enterprise Fund offered $4.5 million to seal the deal.

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