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11:46 am
Fri September 19, 2014

King Campaign: False Claims In New Martinez TV Ad

Credit Office of the Governor

  In releasing copies of Martinez emails, Attorney General Gary King was complying with a legitimate news media request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act, not playing politics, as falsely claimed in a recent TV ad.  Martinez clearly wanted him to protect her from potential repercussions by breaking New Mexico open records law.  AG King had no role in “publicizing” the governor’s emails...the media was entitled to do so.   The emails in question were delivered to the AG’s Office, the office did not seek them out from any source.

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Regional
8:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nuke Dump Cleanup Plans Still Under Review

Credit Department of Energy

Officials working to reopen the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.

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Regional
8:16 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Clovis Police Officer Investigated After Traffic Stop

Clovis police have launched an internal investigation following a YouTube video of an officer slamming a handcuffed man into the asphalt during a traffic stop.

The Clovis New Journal reports the officer from the Aug. 3 stop was placed on limited duty this week and is under an internal investigation for use of force. Clovis police did not identify the officer.

According to the YouTube video, the officer is seen throwing to the ground a handcuffed 26-year-old Jorge Corona after Corona told the officer he didn't even ask for his name.

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Regional
8:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Justices To Consider Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court is to consider an elections dispute involving two counties that want to poll their voters in the November general election about lowering penalties for marijuana possession.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Friday hearing on whether state law allows nonbinding ballot questions.

Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties have approved ballot measures to survey their voters whether they support decriminalizing marijuana. Bernalillo County also wants to ask voters about a possible tax for mental health services.

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Election 2014
6:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 36 Challenger Andy Nunez

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Election 2014
6:15 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 36 State Representative Phillip Archuleta

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SPONCODE=HARCH
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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Promote, Not Suppress, The Vote

  Now that Labor Day has passed, campaign season is in full swing. However, instead of making it easier to vote, the state's leadership has made it more difficult. Consequently, there are several issues that impact voters this year.

Texas ranked a dismal 49th in the nation in voter turnout for the 2012 general election. For the 2010 general election, we were dead last. In large part, this is due to the fact that our state ranked 42nd in voter registration in 2010, with only 61.6 percent of eligible voters reporting they were registered to vote that year.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NMSU Announces Tailgating Procedures For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

  The fight for in-state bragging rights will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium when New Mexico State University hosts the University of New Mexico in the annual football game. NMSU has announced modified tailgating procedures for fans attending the game.

For the UNM game only, fans will be allowed to park RVs in lot 30 (east Pan American Center parking lot) starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. All vehicles, including RVs, must be parked within parking stalls as marked.

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Arts/Life
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New Exhibit Opening At NMSU Las Cruces Museum

  O’odham Himdag: Weaving a Way of Life features forty baskets from the University Museum collection representing works created by historic and contemporary Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Tohono O’odham (Papago) weavers of central and southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The O’odham Himdag, or desert people’s lifeways, encompasses cultural knowledge, values, and beliefs, all which are woven into each basket.

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Local Viewpoints
5:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Child Advocates See Poll As "Call To Action"

  ALBUQUERQUE—Invest in Kids NOW!, a coalition of more than 40 groups, released the following statement in response to the polling in today’s Albuquerque Journal that shows significant support for funding early childhood care and learning services from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.

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Local Viewpoints
5:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King Campaign: Martinez Policies Responsible For Rise In New Mexico Poverty

In just the last two years of Susana Martinez's "bold changes," nearly 22,000 more people in New Mexico are living in poverty.  Census figures out today show slightly more than one in five of our people suffering from hunger and being homeless.  Nationally, this puts New Mexico second-highest in the rate of people living in poverty.  But instead of working to help New Mexico's poor break the cycle of poverty, in the past few days, Martinez was busy courting rich campaign donors in California and Texas, where she was born.

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Regional
5:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

$10,000 Reward In Las Cruces Robberies

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores are offering a $9,000 reward and an additional $1,000 is available from Crime Stoppers for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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Regional
5:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Plan To Protect Albuquerque Groundwater

  The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept groundwater contamination from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill.

The plan released Wednesday is aimed at stopping contamination before it can reach Albuquerque municipal drinking water wells.

Under the plan, eight new cleanup wells will be operating by August 2016.

But a top Air Force official acknowledged that the first of the wells will not be installed until mid-2015, missing a December deadline to get that phase of the work completed.

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Regional
5:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Poll: 66 Percent Support Tapping New Mexico Permanent Fund

A new poll says nearly two-thirds of New Mexico likely voters believe the state should tap its $14 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood programs.

The poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal found 66 percent said they would support tapping the permanent fund. The fund currently pays out hundreds of millions of dollars each year for New Mexico K-12 and higher education programs.

Twenty-four percent of voters said they opposed tapping the fund for more money for early childhood programs.

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Regional
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

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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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