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8:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Report To Outline Concerns From Espanola Shooting

The Rio Arriba Community Health Council is set to release a report citing inadequate behavioral health and gun policies it says led to Espanola police shooting a teenager armed with a cap gun.

The council is expected to unveil the report Thursday at a Legislative Behavioral Health Subcommittee at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola.

Authorities say 16-year-old Victor Villalpando was shot by two Espanola officers June 8 after he called 911 using a different name. Police say he reported that the suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself.

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8:05 am
Thu July 24, 2014

New Mexico Tribe Proposes Ending Gambling Payments

Pojoaque Pueblo has proposed a gambling compact to the federal government that would allow the tribe to stop revenue sharing payments to the state.

The Interior Department has asked Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King to comment on Pojoaque's proposals for casino gambling on tribal lands north of Santa Fe.

The pueblo's compact with the state expires in mid-2015. The tribe is seeking a new compact through a procedure that would allow the Interior secretary to decide terms of a gambling agreement.

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8:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Six Mexican Grey Wolves Released In Gila

Credit facebook.com/usfws

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has released six more Mexican wolves into the Gila Wilderness as part of its 15-year-effort to reintroduce the endangered predator to the Southwest.

Officials say the wolves were driven from the service's wolf sanctuary in Sevilleta to the Gila Cliff Dwellings on Monday night, then packed into the wilderness for release on Tuesday.

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Regional
8:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Navajo Judge Orders Joint Trial In Slush Fund Case

A Navajo Nation judge has ruled that tribal council President Johnny Naize and four current or former council delegates will stand trial together on bribery charges stemming from alleged improper use of a discretionary fund.

The Daily Times reports that District Judge Carol Perry's ruling Tuesday grants a motion by the special prosecutor in the cases of Naize, Delegate David L. Tom and former delegates George Arthur, Leonard Teller and Ernest D. Yazzie Jr..

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7:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

NMSU Creates Company To Manage, Develop Assets

New Mexico State University is creating a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation to manage and develop the Las Cruces-based university's land, property and water assets.

According to the university, all of the Aggie Development Corp.'s net revenue will be contributed to the university, and NMSU President Garrey Carruthers says creating the corporation will make it easier for NMSU to produce revenue from its assets..

The corporation's seven-member board of directors will include regents, university administrators and two people from outside the university.

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Regional
5:27 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

213 Citations Issued In Las Cruces Traffic Enforcement Effort

  Officers from Las Cruces Police, New Mexico State University Police, New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department combined to issue 213 citations and make three arrests today during a four hour traffic operation held along El Paseo Road.

Of the 213 citations, 49 went to drivers who made an improper turn. Many improper turns occur when a driver fails to maintain the immediate first lane of traffic after a turn.

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Regional
2:28 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NMSU Creates Nonprofit To Devleop New Revenue Streams

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  New Mexico State University’s Board of Regents approved the creation of Aggie Development Corporation during their regular meeting July 23. The newly formed corporation will allow NMSU to better manage and develop its land, property and water assets.

“The creation of Aggie Development Corporation allows New Mexico State University to operate in a more business-like manner when we look to develop our assets,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “This makes it easier for us to turn some of our fiscal assets into revenue streams for the university.”

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Regional
1:23 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

House GOP Leader Wants President To Support Changing Bush-Era Law

  House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.

In a letter to the president Wednesday, Boehner writes that it is hard to see how Congress can make progress without strong White House support for such reforms.

Boehner points to mixed White House messages about a 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush that's emerged as a sticking point on the border crisis.

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Regional
1:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Navajo Nation Seeks Meeting On Murders Of Homeless Men

  The president of the Navajo Nation is asking for a meeting with Albuquerque officials about the brutal beatings of two homeless men, who he says were members of the Navajo Nation.

President Ben Shelly says he is appalled by the attack on his people.

But police and prosecutors say they have no evidence the men were targeted because of their race. And neither police nor the medical examiner have confirmed the men's identifications.

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Regional
1:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Texas Brush Control Program Draws Opponents

  A Texas board will decide next week how to hand out millions of dollars from a state program that aims to boost water supplies by clearing branches and shrubs.

The State Soil and Water Conservation Board will decide Monday how to disburse the money.

The mission of the water supply enhancement program is to save water by clearing shrubs and trees that use it up.

The program has drawn opposition from environmentalists, property owners and academics. They say the program is misguided and will lead to large-scale soil erosion and no extra water.

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Local Viewpoints
10:48 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fish Only Found In New Mexico And Arizona Gains Endangered Species Protection

Credit USFWS

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed decisions for protection of 757imperiled species across the country, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the Zuni bluehead sucker under the Endangered Species Act.

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Local Viewpoints
10:41 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Rodríguez On Williams Institute's Report On The Economic Impact Of Same-Sex Marriage In Texas

  Today, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law issued a report on the economic impact of legalizing same-sex marriage in Texas, and the results are substantial. According to the report, over the next three years, same-sex marriages in Texas would:

·         Inject $181.6 million into our state's economy;

·         Generate $14.8 million in sales tax revenue; and

·         Create between 523 and 1,570 new jobs.

These economic benefits are primarily a result of wedding spending and out-of-state guest spending.

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Regional
10:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Career Readiness Boot Camp Coming To Las Cruces

  The City of Las Cruces is partnering with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) and Doña Ana Community College (DACC) to host a free “Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp” Wednesday, July 30, at the DACC Gadsden Campus, 1700 East O’Hara Road in Anthony, NM.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration beginning with 7:30 a.m. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

The boot camp will provide job seekers training on landing interviews, demonstrating workplace do’s and don’ts, and highlighting proper workplace etiquette.

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Regional
9:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Work On I-10 Interchange Near Las Cruces Slows

A project to rebuild an Interstate 10 interchange south of Las Cruces is running into problems that could delay completion.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that pile-driving for reconstruction of the Mesquite interchange has run into problems, putting the work schedule in question.

That portion of the construction project had been set to be done in last August.

However, New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman Bridget Spedalieri says the department can't update its estimated completion date until the steel piles are driven to the proper elevation.

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Regional
8:22 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shoot, Kill Wanted Suspect

Albuquerque police fatally shot an armed suspect wanted by federal authorities Tuesday after a foot chase that temporarily shut down parts of the city, officials said.

Deputy Police Chief William Roseman told reporters that two officers shot Jeremy Joe Robertson, 33, after he fled plain-clothed officers at a gas station. Albuquerque police had been called to help with an investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, police said.

At least two shots were fired, and the man died at the scene, Roseman said.

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8:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lawmaker Suggests Revamping Film Incentive Cap

A state legislator says New Mexico should consider lifting a cap on film production tax incentives.

Senate Democratic Whip Tim Keller of Albuquerque said the incentives to attract film and TV production are cost effective based on a newly released study performed by an independent consulting firm.

The study found film production spending had generated nearly 15,900 jobs and economic output of $1.5 billion over nearly five years.

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Regional
8:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Deportations

House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants.

The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate.

A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn't include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Mexico Medicinal Cannabis Producers Say Reforms Need To Address Access and Security Issues

Mandy Denson is the Co-owner of Compassionate Distributors dispensary, Ruidoso- she says the New Mexico medicinal program needs to be more conscious of challenges posed by federal prohibition.
Credit Simon Thompson

Mandy Denson co-owns Compassionate Distributors dispensary in Ruidoso. She says when medicinal marijuana was approved in New Mexico and dispensaries started setting up shop they were mainly in the northern part of the state.

“Our portion of the state in southeastern New Mexico is very poor I grew up in Roswell so I am familiar with the general demographics ". She says.

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Regional
10:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Suspect Shot And Killed By Albuquerque Police

Albuquerque police fatally shot an armed suspect wanted by federal authorities Tuesday after a foot chase that temporarily shut down parts of the city, officials said.

Deputy Police Chief William Roseman told reporters that two officers shot Jeremy Joe Robertson, 33, after he fled plain-clothed officers at a gas station. Albuquerque police had been called to help with an investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, police said.

At least two shots were fired, and the man died at the scene, Roseman said.

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Local Viewpoints
5:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Diocese: Local Donations Should Cease At This Time

Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

  Bishop Cantú,, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, would like to thank the many volunteers, and donors that came forward in support of our humanitarian outreach program, entitled Project Oak Tree. Today, we ask that all donations (monetary and goods) and volunteers cease until further notice.  We do not anticipate having any refugees this week, and the donations we have received have been sufficient for the time being.

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Local Viewpoints
5:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pearce Introduces New Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Monument Legislation

 Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2) has introduced the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Corrections Act.

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Regional
4:43 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man For Knife Injury To Mother

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of using a knife to attack his mother during an argument Monday evening.

Anthony Jaramillo, 24, of the 1500 block of La Fonda Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, July 21, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation at Jaramillo’s home. Detectives learned that Jaramillo’s mother had gone to his residence to see her grandson.

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Local Viewpoints
4:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mexico Economic Development Department: Study Supports State Film Incentives

Credit nmfilm.com

  Santa Fe - Today, the New Mexico Film Office released the final Phase 1 report of a study on the economic impact of the state's film incentive program.

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Regional
4:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Championship Marathon Course Certified As 2016 United States Olympic Trials Qualifier

LAS CRUCES, NM - Dust off your running shoes and rinse out your favorite wine glass for the inaugural Run Then Wine Marathon September 20, 2014 in Las Cruces. 

 

The 26.2 mile race begins at 6:30 a.m., with men and women competing for cash prizes (must be USATF member to collect cash prize) of $500.00 for 1st Prize, $300 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd place.

 

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Local Viewpoints
4:02 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Heinrich Meets With VA Secretary Nominee

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Nominee Robert McDonald in his Washington D.C. office yesterday where they discussed ways to improve veteran care and address systemic problems at the VA.

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Regional
4:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Charged With Stabbing Boyfriend

  Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of stabbing her boyfriend following a heated argument this past weekend.

Genevieve M. Reyes, 34, of the 1300 block of Gladys Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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Regional
7:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Arizona Senators Renew Call To Quickly Deport Kids

Arizona's two U.S. senators are commending the Border Patrol amid news a massive Nogales facility will no longer be receiving immigrant children.

U.S. Sen. John McCain and Jeff Flake said in a joint statement Monday that agents provided good humanitarian relief and both renewed calls to pass legislation aimed at quickly deporting children.

Under a bill sponsored by the two senators, human smugglers would face harsher penalties and the number of immigration judges would increase.

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Regional
7:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

FAA Gives OK On Belen Airport Runway

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light on a new runway for Belen's Alexander Municipal Airport.

The approval means the bidding process for construction can begin for the $4 million project.

Airport manager Robert Uecker says the runway is needed because the current runway can't be used when the wind blows in from the west.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen says the runway will bring a much needed economic boost to Valencia County.

Regional
7:52 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Santa Fe Hospital Preparing For Possible Walkout

Contract talks are continuing but Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center says it's preparing to keep operating in the event of a possible strike by nurses and technicians at the Santa Fe hospital.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a union that represents the workers presented the hospital with a strike notice Monday after workers voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal.

The notice says a work stoppage is possible if a new contract isn't ratified before July 31. That's when the current contract expires.

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