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12:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Thefts Raise Security Concerns At Los Alamos

  Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.

The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab's campus in northern New Mexico.

Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.

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12:04 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Transcript: President Obama's Statement On Cuba Policy Changes

  STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

ON CUBA POLICY CHANGES

 

Cabinet Room

12:01 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:   Good afternoon.  Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.

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11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Lawmaker Dies

  Phillip Archuleta, a New Mexico state lawmaker and a longtime labor and civil rights advocate, has died.

The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County says Archuleta died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 65.

Friends say Archuleta had been in a Las Cruces hospital for around a week and recently had a leg amputated.

The Las Cruces Democrat was elected to the New Mexico House in 2012 after defeating Andy Nunez and Mike Tellez. His District 36 seat in southern New Mexico covered a large portion of Dona Ana County.

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10:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Transcript: Secretary Of State Kerry Statement On Cuba Policy Changes

  I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an "imprisoned island.”

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba.  Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba.

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10:23 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Udall: Now Is The Time To End The Failed Embargo Against Cuba

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  U.S. Senator Tom Udall released a statement today on the President’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009.  In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

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Regional
8:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police: No Charges In Fatal Shooting

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Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

Police say the intruder had broken into the home Tuesday shortly after trying to break into a neighbor's house and then running off.

Police didn't release the dead man's name.

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Regional
8:47 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Person Shot During Bernalillo County Traffic Stop

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Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says a person was shot during an Albuquerque-area traffic stop conducted by a sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff Dan Houston says the person shot was sent to a hospital while the deputy was not injured in the late Tuesday night incident.

The sheriff would not say whether the wounded person was shot by the deputy or whether the person who was shot had a weapon.

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Regional
8:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Challenger In Land Race Still Ahead After Recount

New Mexico officials say results of a statewide recount still show Republican Aubrey Dunn ahead of Democratic incumbent Ray Powell in the race for state land commissioner.

The Secretary of State's Office says results of the recount finished Tuesday night show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race.

Dunn's margin in the recount results is smaller than in original election results. Those results had Dunn ahead by 704 votes.

The original margin was so small it triggered an automatic recount under state law.

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Regional
8:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Oil Division To Get New Director

New Mexico's Oil Conservation Division will be getting a new director at the start of the year.

The state announced the appointment of David Catanach earlier this week. He'll be filling the position left vacant by the recent retirement of Jami Bailey.

Catanach has worked as a regulatory consultant in the private sector for the past several years. Before that, he worked for the division as a field inspector and later as a petroleum engineering specialist and a hearing examiner.

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Regional
8:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Another N.M. Immigrant Drivers Licenses Repeal Effort Begins

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

Previously, similar repeal measures have failed through Gov. Susana Martinez says she would have signed the legislation.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Is Treated Wastewater The Future Of Irrigation?

Bernd Leinauer, third from left, attended the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization summit in Rome to discuss his solutions to using effluent water. (Courtesy Photo)

  In June, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and extension turfgrass specialist, and Elena Sevostianova, post-doctoral research associate, were approached by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and travelled to Rome, Italy, after their research on effluent water was published and garnered the attention of the scientific community worldwide.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NMSU Students Partner With Local Hotel To Help The Homeless

New Mexico State University Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management student Danielle Leininger unloads a box of shampoos and soaps that is being donated to the Gospel Rescue Mission by the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

  Students in New Mexico State University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program have been learning that success in their business is measured in more than profits, and giving back to their community makes sense in more ways than one.

The students have partnered with the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites to help turn useful hotel items that might otherwise be discarded into valuable donations to the Gospel Rescue Mission, which provides shelter services to homeless and near-homeless individuals in Las Cruces.

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Regional
2:52 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Wife Testifies Former Judge Fatally Shot Three For Revenge

  The estranged wife of a former Texas justice of the peace has testified that her husband fatally shot a district attorney, his wife and a senior prosecutor.

Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse (HAS'-ee).

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Regional
2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Man Gets 23.5 Years For Alamogordo Home Invasion

  A man who was 17 years old at the time of a southern New Mexico home invasion in which a woman was beaten while sleeping has been sentenced to 23.5 years in prison.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 18-year-old Rey Arias was sentenced Monday by District Judge James W. Counts.

A jury convicted Arias of kidnapping, aggravated burglary and other charges in the March 2013 invasion of the 58-year-old victim's home in Chaparral.

The woman had previously hired Arias to do yard work. She was locked in the bathroom after being beaten.

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Regional
2:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Mexico Racing Panel Concerned With Enforcement Backlog

  Regulators who oversee New Mexico's horse racing industry are grappling with a significant enforcement backlog after adopting tougher sanctions and boosting testing for illicit drugs.

Racing Commission Director Vince Mares told members of the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday it could take until mid-2016 for the panel to clear its backlog of cases against owners and trainers accused of violating state racing and doping rules.

Mares says the bottleneck comes when cases are challenged in court, a process that can take a year.

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Regional
2:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Confirms President's Immigration Nominee

A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The 55-39 vote Tuesday elevates Sarah Saldana, now the U.S. attorney in Dallas, to lead the $6 billion federal agency that enforces federal border control, trade and immigration laws.

Saldana had claimed strong support among Republicans when she was nominated earlier this year, but that changed after Obama took executive actions to grant work permits to millions in the U.S. illegally.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Federal Judge: President's Immigration Action Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of the Constitution. Schwab issued his opinion Tuesday in a criminal case involving an immigrant here illegally from Honduras.

The administration has said the new policy does not apply to criminal cases.

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8:43 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New Mexico Court Tells Judge She Must Step Down

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The state Supreme Court says a District Court judge for three northern New Mexico counties must step down after losing a retention election.

The justices ruled unanimously Monday that the election results stand and that Judge Sheri Raphaelson must give up her judicial post ion Dec. 31.

Raphaelson serves in a judicial district comprised of Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties, and she primarily hears cases in Tierra Amarilla.

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8:41 am
Tue December 16, 2014

22 Fugitives Arrested During New Mexico Operation

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Federal authorities say a law enforcement task force made 22 arrests during a fugitive-apprehension operation in northwestern New Mexico last weekend.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the task force attempted to serve more than 60 state and federal warrants during the two-day operation.

According to the Marshals Service, all of those sought are violent fugitives and three of those arrested are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Others face charges for robbery, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and sex offenses.

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8:36 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Obama Administration Urges Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Immigration

The Obama administration is urging dismissal of a lawsuit that would dismantle the president's immigration program, an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The case was brought by an Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who contends that President Barack Obama's program serves as a magnet for more illegal entries into the U.S. Arpaio says the new arrivals will commit crimes and thus burden his law enforcement resources.

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8:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Court Clears Way For Dairy Hearings In Roswell

A hearing on proposed changes to the way New Mexico's dairy industry deals with wastewater will be held in Roswell after all.

The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld an earlier decision by the Water Quality Control Commission to hold the hearing in southeastern New Mexico. State officials say about 90 percent of dairies are located in the region.

Environmental groups had argued that state law required the technical hearing to be in Santa Fe.

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Regional
8:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Gallup Diocese Gives 'Credibly Accused Clergy' List

The Diocese of Gallup has released a list of "credibly accused clergy" linked to decades-old sex abuse cases in New Mexico and Arizona.

The list released Monday includes 31 priests and one lay teacher assigned to parishes from the 1950s to last year.

Gallup Diocese Bishop James Wall says he was making the new list public to protect children and in the spirit of transparency.

In a statement, Wall apologized for the actions of those who committed "these terrible acts."

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Regional
8:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Pueblo, Feds Appealing Ruling On Gambling Compact

The federal government and a northern New Mexico tribe are appealing a judge's ruling in the tribe's dispute with the state over a proposed new gambling compact.

The Interior Department and the Pojoaque Pueblo last week filed notices that they're appealing U.S. District Judge James Parker's October rulin that stopped the department from approving a compact for the pueblo without the state's consent.

The pueblo and Gov. Susana Martinez's administration have failed to agree on a compact to replace one set to expire in mid-2015.

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Regional
8:24 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Review: N.M. Agency Overwhelmed By Relief Requests

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Internal reports, emails, audits and interviews show relief aid for New Mexico communities affected by fires and flooding was slowed by dysfunction within the state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a review of records shows the agency was overwhelmed by even relatively modest requests for relief.

Officials in San Miguel County say it took nearly a year after torrential rains forced a disaster declaration that the department came out to assess the damage from 2013. Heavy rain in September then caused more damage.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

NMSU Researchers Collaborate On Massive Bird Research Study

The red-throated bee-eater is among the 48 groups of birds whose genome was sequenced and studied. It is representative of a group of many diverse but closely related land birds including songbirds, parrots, and all the birds of prey. NMSU biology professor Peter Houde took this photograph in July 2013 on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. (Photo courtesy Peter Houde)

  A New Mexico State University professor and a graduate student are part of an international collaboration among more than 200 researchers in sequencing the DNA of all major groups of birds. It is the first study of its kind, resulting in the release of dozens of publications in special issues of several premier scientific journals.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Major Federal Funding Fuels NMSU-Led Research

Chemistry professor Jeffrey Arterburn speaks about the INBRE program during a Scholarly Excellence Rally at O'Donnell Hall. (NMSU Photo)

  The New Mexico IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, which fosters biomedical- and community-based research excellence in the state of New Mexico, has received renewed funding from the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) of more than $18 million over the next five years. 

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Regional
9:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Late Night Shooting Lands Las Cruces Man In Jail

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of firing a handgun at a pedestrian late Sunday evening.

Robert L. Barnett, 45, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

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Regional
9:23 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Hit And Run Crash In Las Cruces Injures Twin Teenage Girls

  Las Cruces Police are investigating a Monday afternoon hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls who were walking across the roadway in a designated crosswalk.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, police were dispatched to Picacho Avenue, just west of Melendres Street, where two 16-year-old girls – twins – were struck by a pickup. One of the girls was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso while the other was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.

The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

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Regional
3:05 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

NMSU To Host Conference To Promote STEM Careers For Girls

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  New Mexico State University is the first of several locations throughout the state to host an “Expanding Your Horizons” conference for girls in grades 5-10 next year. The event will provide hands-on training in science and computing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Science Hall on the Las Cruces campus.

The Network for Women in Science & Engineering is helping to sponsor the conferences across New Mexico.

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