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9:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

More Immigrants Deported From New Mexico Detention Center

Officials say more Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said one plane Friday took the immigrants from Artesia to Honduras and another flight sent the women and children to Guatemala and El Salvador.

ICE officials say more of the 600 or so women and children at the Artesia center are scheduled to return to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon.

The deportations are part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Regional
3:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Plans To Establish A "Free Speech Task Force"

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In a memo issued today by NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers, NMSU announced the formation of a "free speech task force."

Here is the full text of the memo:

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Regional
3:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Student Designs Water Filters To Be Used In Mexico

Joshua Gomez, NMSU chemical engineering sophomore, designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. At the Border Partners Facility, residents of Puerto Palomas learn how the filter works and how to put the filter together. (Courtesy photo by Erin Ward)

  New Mexico State University chemical engineering sophomore Joshua Gomez designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Puerto Palomas is located just south of Columbus, New Mexico. Water supplies in both Palomas and Columbus are drawn from the same arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated aquifer. While Columbus has installed a reverse osmosis system to provide all residents clean water, Palomas’ water supply is only disinfected with chlorine.

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Regional
3:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Major Drop In Minors Crossing Border

  The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Second Plague Case Of 2014 In New Mexico

  A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.

The Department of Health says testing has confirmed that a hospitalized 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County had plague.

An environmental investigation will take place at the woman's home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.

The first case of plague in New Mexico this year was reported in April. It involved a 57-year-old man from Torrance County. He's still recovering.

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Regional
11:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Police Look For Suspects Who Stole NMSU Golf Cart

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of two men suspected of stealing a golf cart from an academic building at New Mexico State University.

NMSU police learned that during the early-morning hours of Saturday, July 12, two men entered the courtyard of O’Donnell Hall and stole a golf cart belonging to the Learning Resource Center. Evidence from the courtyard indicates the men damaged the golf cart as they drove it through a pedestrian gate on the west side of O’Donnell Hall.

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Regional
8:29 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Migration Spotlights Mexican 'Coyote' Smugglers

Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers.

Smugglers, known as "coyotes," say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes north.

Judging by the dramatic increase in the number of minors apprehended in the United States in recent months, it seems the human smuggling business from Central America is booming.

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Regional
8:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

UPDATE: $5 Million Bond For Three Teens Held In Albuquerque Homeless Killings

Three Albuquerque teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition have been ordered held on $5 million bonds.

Police say they are also investigating claims by one of the teens that the trio had been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months.

Prosecutors requested $1 million bond for each of the three during initial appearances Monday, but Metropolitan Court Judge Linda Rogers set bond at $5 million. She cited the gravity of the alleged crimes and the suspects' potential to flee.

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Regional
8:25 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Report: Visitor Spending Up At New Mexico National Parks

Credit facebook.com/nationalparkservice

A new report shows visitors and spending were up last year in national parks across New Mexico.

The analysis released Friday by the National Park Service shows more than 1.5 million people visited the state's 13 national parks in 2013, spending $83.2 million and supporting 1,136 jobs in the state.

Sue Masica, director of the Park Service's Intermountain Region, says the report confirms that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

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Regional
7:49 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Organ Monument Designation Key Factor In ETA's Denial Of Commercial Zoning Near Tortugas Mountain

Outdoors man and local resident Duane Mosley anxiously awaits the Extra Territorial Zoning Authorities decision on proposed commercial development near the base of Tortugas Mountain
Credit Simon Thompson

Tortugas Mountain is a site of cultural significance for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tortugas Pueblo congregation, who climb the mountain in an annual pilgrimage to honor the Virgin Mary.  But it’s also an important place for local residents like Duane Mosley who go to the mountain to unwind, hike, and watch the sunset and the stars at night.

“It has always been a special place for me” he says “Eating the mesquite beans and watching lizards crawl around on the rocks it is something that brings me back to my center” he says.

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Regional
11:56 am
Sun July 20, 2014

FBI: Scams Aimed At Families Of Child Immigrants

Federal authorities are warning the public about fraud schemes aimed at exploiting relatives of unaccompanied children who've recently entered the United States.

San Antonio-based FBI officials say in a statement that perpetrators have demanded payments from family members, claiming the monetary payments will cover processing and travel expenses needed to allow the children to be reunited with their families.

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Regional
11:52 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Navajos Struggle To Get Birth Certificates

Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation say getting a birth certificate to access retirement and health benefits has been a struggle under Arizona's strict regulations.

Most residents born before the 1970s were commonly delivered at home without any hospital-issued certificate.

Many of those residents today can obtain a "delayed birth certificate," but not without proper documentation.

Officials say sometimes as many as six documents are required in Arizona.

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Regional
12:52 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Navajo Leader On Paid Leave Files Appeal

  The speaker of the Navajo Nation Council is appealing a judge's decision that kept him away from his administrative duties.

The Navajo Nation Council placed Johnny Naize on paid administrative leave months after he was charged with bribery and conspiracy in a criminal case. Naize has pleaded not guilty.

Naize challenged his colleagues' decision, saying it was invalid and denied him due process.

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Regional
12:47 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Martinez Tours Migrant Detention Facility

Credit Office of the Governor

   New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says hundreds of detained immigrants represent the humanitarian consequence of false beliefs that anyone can stay in the U.S.

The Roswell Daily Record reports Martinez made the remarks Saturday afternoon after touring a temporary detention facility in Artesia.

Martinez says the facility is "no place for young mothers and babies."

However, she praised medical staff for caring for immigrants who were severely dehydrated from their journey.

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PUENTES
5:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Sagrado - A Sacred Homeland

Dr. Spencer Herrera with his new book at the KRWG FM studios.

  July 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Dr. Spencer R. Herrera, New Mexico State University Associate Professor of Spanish. He recently co-authored a book – Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, with poet, Levi Romero and photographer, Robert Kaiser.

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Local Viewpoints
4:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Civil Rights And Media Groups To FCC: Reclassify Internet Service Providers As Common Carriers

 

WASHINGTON - On Friday, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of more than 50 civil rights, human rights, community-based and media organizations in support of strong Net Neutrality rules that protect the digital rights of communities of color.

 

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Regional
4:04 pm
Fri July 18, 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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Regional
1:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Cruz Making Saturday Border Trip

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  Sen. Ted Cruz is traveling to the Texas-Mexico border for a firsthand look at a surge of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the U.S.

Saturday's visit to a Customs and Border Patrol facility in McAllen will be the tea party darling's third trip to his state's southern border since taking office last year. It's the first trip for Cruz since the influx of young immigrants became a national issue.

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Regional
12:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Las Cruces Man Charged With Using Sword To Kill Mother

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of using a sword to kill his mother early Friday morning.  Joshua J. Hunt. 35, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a possible homicide at 5855 Organ Peak Drive. Officers arrived and were met by Hunt who appeared to be waiting for officers just outside the home. Hunt was taken into custody without further incident.

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Regional
9:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Felons Charged With Using Gun In Las Cruces Assault

  Las Cruces Police arrested a pair of convicted felons suspected of using a stolen firearm during a late-night assault at a local motel.

Robert N. Sprague, 23, and Thomas Michael Bowyer, 22, are both charged with one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, violating terms of probation and conspiracy. Sprague also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

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Regional
8:07 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Santa Fe Police Hand Out Food Bags To Homeless

Santa Fe Police Department
Credit santafenm.gov

Santa Fe police are trying to make connections with members of the northern New Mexico city's homeless populations through their stomachs.

Four officers in the Police Department's community relations unit spent an hour Thursday handing out 40 food bags to homeless people in the downtown area.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that police want to meet some of the homeless, hear their stories and learn of any possible mental illnesses before they have other interaction with them.

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Regional
8:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana 

program.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.

One would have instituted criminal background checks for patients approved to grow their own marijuana. The other would reduce the number of marijuana plants allowed for personal consumption.

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Regional
7:58 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Former Detention Officer Indicted On Drug Charge

A newly unsealed indictment charges a former Bernalillo County jail detention officer with a drug crime.

Lucas Segura of Los Luna appeared in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday on a heroin trafficking charge.

At the time of the alleged offense on April 1, the 22-year-old worked at Metropolitan Detention Center.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says Segura also faces related state charges alleging drug trafficking.

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Regional
7:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

10-Year-Old Boy To Become Honorary Police Officer

Make A Wish New Mexico
Credit newmexico.wish.org

A 10-year-old boy is being sworn in as Albuquerque's newest police officer.

In partnership with Make-A-Wish New Mexico, the department Friday will grant Andrew Martines's dream of becoming a SWAT officer.

Martines will receive his uniform, ID badge and be sworn in by Chief Gorden Eden. Then he will be briefed on the fictional "Sunday Morning Bandit" that has been terrorizing Albuquerque.

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Regional
7:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Governor Appoints Insurance Exchange Board Member

The leader of New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer has been named to a board governing the state's health insurance exchange.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley was appointed to the board by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Shipley succeeds Lovelace Health Plan CEO Ben Slocum, whose term had expired.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently acquired Lovelace's commercial insurance business and Medicare customers.

Shipley's term expires June 30, 2016.

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Regional
7:26 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Mexico Senators Push For New State VA Director

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

New Mexico's two senators are urging Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to hire a permanent director for Albuquerque's VA hospital.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a letter Thursday the hiring is needed in order to gain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling.

The letter comes as the VA deals with a national outcry over reports of long delays for treatment and medical appointments and of veterans dying while on waiting lists.

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Regional
7:24 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Shiprock Woman Pleads Guilty In Fatal Accident

A Shiprock woman could face a lengthy prison term when she's sentenced in connection with a fatal accident.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 29-year-old Samantha Deal pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and assault charges in federal court in Albuquerque.

According to prosecutors, Deal was driving while under the influence of alcohol in San Juan County when the February 2013 accident occurred, killing a woman and seriously injuring two other people.

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Regional
7:22 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Veterans Affairs Chief To Visit El Paso Facility

Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson
Credit va.gov

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is visiting El Paso's VA medical center to meet with officials and discuss how to improve veterans' access to health care.

During his Friday visit, Gibson will meet with the VA Health Care System leadership, employees and others to hear about the problems they still face.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, says he hopes to set goals with Gibson to improve veteran's access to health care.

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Regional
6:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Recent News Of New Manufacturing Jobs Brings Hope To Mesilla Valley

Recently, the announcement of Franco Whole Foods soon occupying a West Amador warehouse may signal movement for more well-paying manufacturing jobs heading to town.

The company will be moving into the city’s fourth district where City Councilor, Nathan Small serves. Small says he has been working to bring more manufacturing jobs to the city. He says that special incentives offered through state and city government helped lure Franco Whole Foods to the area.

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