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9:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Mexico Under Flash Flood Watch As Storm Moves

Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.

The storm system's center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously level by wildfires.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.

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Regional
9:04 am
Thu September 18, 2014

55 Indicted In El Paso Gang Investigation

Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion.

Federal officials in El Paso on Wednesday announced that 20 people believed connected to the Barrio Azteca gang face charges.

Authorities say 35 others face state charges of organized crime as part of the multi-agency investigation. Officials say six people facing federal charges and nine facing state charges remain at large.

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Regional
9:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Navajo High Court To Hear Case On Language Fluency

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a case challenging a presidential candidate's ability to speak Navajo.

The candidates are required under tribal law to speak Navajo fluently and understand it.

Dale Tsosie contends that Chris Deschene lied about being fluent when he entered the race to preside over the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Deschene says fluency is a matter of opinion and that his language skills are progressing.

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Regional
8:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Funding To Boost Training For Alzheimer's Care

Training for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will be getting a boost thanks to $100,000 in state funding.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding Wednesday. She says the investment will triple the number of Alzheimer's caregivers in New Mexico.

About 50 new teachers are expected to complete a seven-week course offered through the Alzheimer's Association. The course focuses on practical strategies for caregiving and helps decrease caregiver stress.

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Regional
8:58 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Marijuana Ballot Dispute Before Federal Judge

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-NM

A federal court is to consider whether it will referee a legal fight over New Mexico's largest county trying to place nonbinding questions over marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon in a dispute between Bernalillo County and Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

The county has approved advisory ballot questions to ask voters whether they support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana and favor a tax for mental health services.

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Regional
8:56 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Census Data Shows Poverty Rate Rises In New Mexico

Credit census.gov

A New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show New Mexico has the nation's second-highest percentage of people living in poverty.

Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012.

The national rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.

Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2013 with 24 percent of that state's residents living in poverty.

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Regional
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Critics: Democratic Process Denied In Las Cruces Minimum Wage Debate

The Las Cruces City council voted 4-to-3 to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. But the new wage law won’t necessarily be enacted. Some say the council majority is subverting the democratic process to keep the minimum wage from increasing that quickly.

State legislators passed a bill to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage to $8.50 in 2013, a bill Governor Susana Martinez vetoed. And despite calls by President Obama to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 Congress has failed to act. For local group CAFÉ, Communities in Action and Faith that was a call to action.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Candidates Will Be Able To Campaign At NMSU For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  Candidates for political office will be permitted to campaign at New Mexico State University during the tailgate activities ahead of the Aggie-Lobo football game Saturday, Sept. 20. NMSU President Garrey Carruthers spoke with the state Democratic chair and the local Republican chair about the idea earlier this month.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

NMSU Faculty Partner With Community To Launch Parent Library At Las Cruces School

New Mexico State University College of Education faculty, from left, Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge worked with Eunice Zemek, Title I coordinator at Central Elementary School, to launch a Parent Library Zone at the school. (NMSU photo by Julie M. Hughes)

  For Central Elementary School parents, taking their children to school each morning now includes the chance to grab a book or magazine from a new Parent Library Zone launched this year.

The idea for the new literacy opportunity was presented to the school by New Mexico State University College of Education faculty Mary Fahrenbruck and David Rutledge, based on a national initiative called the Little Free Library.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Exhibit Reception Friday At NMSU University Museum

A Quiet Moment, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, 1995/2009. Photo by Tony O'Brien. Selenium-toned silver gelatin print. Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors, No. HP.2009.52.02.

  After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment for Life magazine in 1989, photojournalist Tony O’Brien sought solace and perspective at Christ in the Desert Monastery. During his year-long residency, O’Brien was granted rare access to traditions dating back to the Middle Ages. O’Brien’s camera became an instrument of contemplation and spiritual healing, his reverent photographs reflecting, as well, the harsh beauty and austerity of the monastic life.

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Local Viewpoints
5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pearce: Funding Was Important To Begin Operations To Stop ISIS

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution proposed by the House to fund the government until Dec. 11.

“Managing the country two to three months at a time is no way to operate. Typically, I vote against partial-year funding bills,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This would not be acceptable in small business, in our homes or our states. However, today’s resolution included the funding to begin military operations to counter the ISIS threat. Therefore, I felt compelled to support the measure.”

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Local Viewpoints
4:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bringing New Mexico Values To Congress

  As I travel across southern New Mexico and talk with folks in every corner of the district, the sentiment is the same everywhere I go: they are fed up with Congress and its dysfunction. The constant bickering and partisanship in Washington is leaving southern New Mexico in its wake.

It’s clear that Congress could use a dose of southern New Mexican values.

I’m a fifth-generation New Mexican. I come from a typical southern New Mexican family.

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Regional
4:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Perry Blasts Mexico Border "Failure"

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  In a sharp criticism of Mexico's "failure" on immigration and crime policies, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has invited President Enrique Pena Nieto to visit his state and observe law enforcement efforts on the U.S. side of the border.

Pena Nieto recently criticized Perry's highly-publicized deployment of National Guard troops to the border as "unpleasant" and "reprehensible."

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Regional
4:29 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Woman Sentenced To Prison In Alamogordo Killing

  The last of three people convicted in the 2011 killing of a woman outside a Burger King in Alamogordo has been sentenced to life in prison and an additional 26 years.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that District Judge James W. Counts sentenced Alexias Torres on Tuesday on convictions of first-degree murder and other crimes stemming from the killing of 33-year-old Shavon Twitty.

Fellow defendant Jonathan Montoya confessed to firing the fatal shots, although he said he had only intended to fire a warning shot. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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Regional
4:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Taxi Group Sues To Stop Uber And Lyft In New Mexico

  A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law. However, the two companies have continued to operate.

Unlike traditional taxi businesses, Lyft and Uber use smart-phone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

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Regional
7:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm Brings More Rain To The Area

 

Flash flood watches are in effect for most of New Mexico as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile move through the state and are expected to bring heavy rain throughout the week.

Weather radar shows large storm clusters over the state Wednesday morning, generally moving the southwest toward the northeast.

Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for 2 to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions.

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Regional
7:51 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hobbs Lab Now Capable Of Firearms Forensic Testing

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says its laboratory in Hobbs is now capable of doing forensic analysis on firearms.

The lab can also test cartridge cases, make bullet comparisons, restore serial numbers and do other examinations related to firearms.

Agency officials say the lab's new capabilities will mirror those offered in Santa Fe and will help expedite cases around the state that involve firearms.

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Regional
7:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Fall Enrollment Down

New Mexico State University says fall enrollment is down more than 5 percent from the previous year.

The university released the numbers Tuesday. They show nearly 26,700 students enrolled throughout the NMSU system as of Sept. 5.

At the Las Cruces campus, more than 15,800 students were enrolled for the fall. That represents a 5.6 percent decrease from 2013.

The vice president for student affairs and enrollment, Bernadette Montoya, says the university had several large classes early during the economic downturn and those students are now leaving with degrees.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Coyotes And Kit Foxes At White Sands National Monument

A curious coyote discovers one of the cameras used in NMSU’s study to determine whether kit foxes are in harm’s way. (NMSU photo provided by Gary Roemer)

  Take a stroll through the unique gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument and you might come across paw prints belonging to a kit fox or coyote.

These two predators coexist in an extreme form of competition called intraguild predation. When two predators compete for the same prey, the larger often kills and may even consume the smaller predator. This is a phenomenon familiar with sharks, spiders, hyenas and many other animals. In this case, the coyote is the predator of the kit fox.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Mexico To Get Share Of Tropical Storm Odile

Heavy rains are expected to strike the state this week thanks to remnants of Tropical Storm Odile.

The National Weather Service said severe weather from the Odile will move across most of northern and central New Mexico bringing possible flooding and thunderstorms

Flash flood watches already are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains. Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Prodded By Farmington, Post Office Gets A Cleanup

After a year of prodding by Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts and a citation, the weeds outside the post office have been pulled and the trash is also gone.

As a result, The Daily Times reports that the city has dropped the petty misdemeanor citation it issued the postmaster this summer because of the building's appearance.

Back in June, yellow grass grew up through gravel and trash hung in bushes outside the building, which had broken light boxes, peeling paint and heaved-up sections of sidewalk.

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Regional
1:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fire Stations Stocked With Sandbags As Rains Continue

The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags over the next several days as the remnants of Hurricane Odile soak the county.             The Emergency Operations Center has not been activated, and no major flooding issues have been reported. Crews in various county departments are monitoring historic trouble spots in case a coordinated response becomes necessary.             Because of limited availability, distribution of sandbags will be limited to 10 per residence or business.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Teen Suspected Of Vandalizing Middle School

Lynn Middle School Vandalism
Credit LCPD

Las Cruces Police have charged a 13-year-old boy suspected in a weekend vandalism spree at the middle school he attends.

The teenage boy was charged with one count of criminal damage to property. Police believe several other young individuals participated in the vandalism but they have yet to be identified.

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Election 2014
7:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Gov. Martinez Has Fundraiser In Texas

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Texas to raise money for her re-election campaign.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said Martinez held a fundraiser on Monday in Midland, a West Texas community in the oil-producing Permian Basin.

The governor's campaign will pay for her travel costs.

Sanchez said Martinez was in California on Saturday for a Republican Governors Association conference at Newport Coast and she returned to New Mexico the next day. The association is to cover Martinez's travel expenses.

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Regional
7:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Family In Fed Firearms Case Eyes High Court Help

Three New Mexico family members convicted of making false statements connected to a firearms sting want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case.

The Las Cruces Suns-New reports that defense attorneys for Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese have petition that highest court in the nation after a federal appeals court denied them a new trial.

A jury convicted the three in August 2012 of making false statements on federal firearms-sales forms. They were acquitted of most of the charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

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Regional
7:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts Of New Mexico

Flash flood watches are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains.

The National Weather Service says subtropical moisture will continue to increase on Tuesday, allowing slow-moving thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

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Regional
11:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Will Hear Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico's largest county can put nonbinding questions about marijuana penalties and taxes on the November general election.

The state Supreme Court on Monday scheduled a hearing Sept. 23 in a legal challenge by Bernalillo County.

The court also issued an order to stop ballots from being finalized while the case is pending.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran decided last week that advisory questions, like ones proposed by two counties, can't be placed on the ballot.

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Regional
4:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal to combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender, failed to clear a procedural hurdle. 

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Regional
3:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

King Loses Third Campaign Manager

  Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King's campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.

Keith Breitbach was King's third campaign manager.

King announced the resignation on Monday and in a statement thanked Breitbach for the "positive impact" he had on the campaign.

Breitbach said in an interview he "no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign."

He acknowledged that King's campaign faced difficulty because it's struggled to raise money and has been outspent 4-to-1 by Martinez since July.

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Regional
3:02 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

"Election Fest" Saturday In Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and the Doña Ana County Republican Party, will host “Election Fest: A Celebration of Democracy” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Young Park in Las Cruces from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Coordinators with the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections say the family-friendly gathering will feature live music, food, amusement park rides and free laser tag.

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