The effort to incorporate Santa Teresa was halted after the Doña Ana County Commission determined the proponents of the incorporation haven’t met all of the legal steps needed to continue.

Santa Teresa Incorporation efforts were complicated because the area proposed for incorporation is within 5 miles of the city of Sunland Park, because of that Santa Teresa is considered an urbanized territory of the city of Sunland Park.

The Doña Ana County Commission approved a 1- year contract for County Manager Julia Brown.

KRWG asked Commissioner Ben Rawson if the extension should be considered a vote of confidence in the County Manager.

“I think the fact that it was a one-year contract says plenty,” Rawson said.

Commissioner Billy Garret says he hopes to see significant improvements.

Not Guilty Plea In Albuquerque Policeman's Shooting Death

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An ex-convict accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer last month has pleaded not guilty to violating federal firearm laws.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Davon Lymon was arraigned in federal court Tuesday.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury last week and remains in federal custody pending trial.

Lymon was arrested several hours after Officer Daniel Webster was shot multiple times during an Oct. 21 traffic stop outside a pharmacy.

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Voluntary Manslaughter

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A Sanostee man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault charges and could be facing a 15-year sentence in a New Mexico federal prison.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Roderick Talk entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in Albuquerque.

Talk was arrested in June and charged in a criminal complaint with killing a man in New Mexico's San Juan County on May 30.

Prosecutors say Talk and the victim argued while drinking and that led to a fatal assault.

Talk also was accused of trying to injure the victim's nephew with a pickup truck on the Navajo Nation.

WATCH: Chamber Economic Forum

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  The Chamber Economic Forum airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KRWG-TV. 

The program included a conversation on income inequality and ways to address the challenge.

Economists from New Mexico State University cited a number of ideas, including investments in infrastructure and education.

December Events At Rio Grande Theatre

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         Wednesday, December 2

Early Christmas                                                                                                7 pm 

  The newly established Veterans Theater presents its very first Early Christmas play and gift swap. Bring wrapped homemade gifts or give the gift of 1 to 5 hours of service. Doors open at 6pm, show begins promptly at 7pm. Free and open to the public. For more information email or visit

Friday, December 4

  The Internal Revenue Service, state revenue departments and the tax industry today released the first in a series of special tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.

The first of the Security Awareness Tax Tip series provides seven ways people can protect their computers, which takes on added importance as people prepare for the holidays and the 2016 tax season approaches. A new tip will be available each Monday through the start of the tax season in January.

Las Cruces Sets Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The City of Las Cruces’ annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Albert Johnson Park, corner of Picacho Avenue and north Main Street.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima will lead the public in the lighting ceremony at approximately 6 p.m. A performance by the Picacho Middle School Choir will begin the event and snacks, beverages and candy canes will be provided.

Planned Water Outage In Las Cruces

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Residents and business along Sixth Street from Wilson Avenue to the north dead end; West Ethel Avenue from north Fifth Street to Sixth Street; and Palmer Road from North Fifth Street to Sixth Street, will experience a water outage between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, while construction crews cap an existing water main. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. 

  Conrad Vasquez Salazar 43, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on conspiracy and firearms charges.  Salazar also was ordered to pay $111,018.05 in restitution to the victim of his criminal conduct.

Salazar’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya.

  FCA US LLC has announced the national rollout of its Degrees@Work program and the newly developed Degrees@Work Family offering with Strayer University designed to provide a no-cost, no-debt college degree to participating FCA US dealership employees and their immediate family members.

FCA US is not only the first and only company in the automotive industry to offer the programs; it’s also the first U.S. company of any type to provide a no-cost, no-debt college degree to both employees and their immediate families.

Former State Worker Pleads Guilty In Food Stamp Fraud Case

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A former New Mexico Human Services Department worker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program.

Joseph Martin Padilla pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud Monday in federal court in Albuquerque under a plea agreement that prosecutors said requires him to pay just over $181,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the 34-year-old Albuquerque resident also faces a prison term when he is sentenced.

Depositions: Superintendent Investigated After Complaints

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As Albuquerque news outlets fight for records pertaining to the resignation of Albuquerque Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks, depositions show he was investigated after a number of complaints.

Brooks resigned from the post in August after the board bought out the last two years of his contract.

House Democrats Outline Campaign Finance Reforms

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House Democratic leaders are rolling out their proposals for reforming New Mexico's scandal-plagued campaign finance reporting system.

They also want to create an independent ethics commission and revamp a pension forfeiture law aimed at corrupt elected officials.

Democrats outlined their plans during a news conference outside the secretary of state's office in Santa Fe on Tuesday.

The announcement comes just a month after Dianna Duran tendered her resignation as the state's top elections official and pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges.

Report: Food Tax Could be Detrimental to Health of Low-income New Mexicans

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  Commentary:  Reinstating a tax on the sale of food for consumption at home could harm the health of New Mexicans who are already food insecure—meaning they don’t always have enough to eat. And while the revenue generated from a tax on food could be used to mitigate some of the damage the tax would do, the report finds that it is unlikely governments would spend the new revenue toward that end.

Response To Terrorism Should Be Bravery, Not Oppression

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Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

  COMMENTARY: Last week, a Virginia mayor used WWII Japanese-American concentration camps as an argument against taking Syrian refugees. Then Donald Trump said as president he would implement a database of all U.S. Muslims, regardless of their involvement in any crime.

  Commentary:   This week most of us will celebrate Thanksgiving, perhaps with the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes, and since we live in New Mexico there might also be tamales, capirotada, perhaps cranberries laced with local pecans.


SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans about “Making Home Affordable” Program

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  Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert to warn New Mexicans about a dangerous new scam preying on New Mexicans who are having trouble paying their mortgages.

“Do not pay Ocwen mortgage payments by Moneygram in response to 'Making Home Affordable' offer letters or calls,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This is a scam and if you receive one of these letters or calls please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General at505-222-9100.”

A former employee of the Income Support Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department has entered a guilty plea to defrauding the federal food stamp program.  Joseph Martin Padilla, 34, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty in federal court yesterday under a plea agreement that requires him to pay $181,398.76 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  At sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled, Padilla faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison.


New Mexico Catholic Bishops say they are praying for state lawmakers to come to an agreement on a "fair" two-tier compromise regarding New Mexico driver's licenses.

The bishops said in a statement Monday they hoped a proposed compromise will continue to allow immigrants suspected of being in the illegally to obtain licenses and make the state compliant under the federal REAL ID act.

State lawmakers are expected in January to begin work on revising a state law that grants New Mexico driver's licenses to immigrants regardless of status.

New Mexico Catholic Bishops: Support Syrian Refugees

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  New Mexico Catholic bishops are urging state residents to write letters to President Barack Obama in support of expanding U.S. resettlement efforts of Syrian refugees.

The church leaders said in a statement Monday that they are joining the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling Catholics to pray for refugees.

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester, Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu and Gallup Bishop James Wall also asked parishioners to call members of Congress to support needed development aid for refugee host countries.

New Mexico To Temporarily Lock Down State Prisons

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New Mexico's 11 state-run prisons will be on lockdown for a few days while staff member search for banned items.

The New Mexican reports that New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel ordered the lockdown, which began Monday morning. Visitors will not be allowed at the prisons until the lockdown is complete, but prison officials say it should be over before Thanksgiving.

Marcantel said in a statement that the unannounced lockdowns help the corrections department examine its security, operations and prison conditions.

When La Clinica De Familia took over mental health services from La Frontera just over three months ago, different community organizations promised to check in on the transition to make sure La Clinica de Familia was able to handle the takeover. A Behavioral Health Forum was held Monday to do just that.

On August 1st, La Clinica De Familia took over mental health services from La Frontera, the second transition of mental health services in Dona Ana County in less than three years. CEO of La Clinica de Familia Suzan Martinez de Gonzalez says the transition was smooth.

The Coin of Discovery

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 Commentary:  The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein's field equations on the General Theory of Relativity. There are celebrations across the globe to mark this centennial event. Science is cooler these days than it has been for a while. Like Einstein, many bright and curious people don’t have complicated laboratories to work in. And, I believe there are many people who are like Einstein in another crucial way. Their questions don’t get answered by existing knowledge.

Heinrich: Damming Or Diverting The Gila River Is Not A Water Resources Solution

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Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, made the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity (CAP Entity) that initiates a process to thoroughly evaluate the full range of proposed water management alternatives for the upper region of the Gila River and examine their impacts and costs. 

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Attempts To Block Medicaid Funding

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Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Monday the lawsuit aims to protect health care access for 13,500 patients statewide.

Texas moved to strip Medicaid funding after accusing Planned Parenthood of scheduling abortions in a way that would best procure fetal tissue for medical research.

Albuquerque Man Arrested After Death Of Live-In Girlfriend

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Police in Albuquerque say a man is in custody in connection with the death of his live-in girlfriend.

They say 36-year-old Micah Criswell was re-arrested in the case Monday.

Police say 34-year-old Tannis Johnson was found unconscious at a home last Saturday and rushed to an Albuquerque hospital.

Violent crimes detectives say Criswell had an on-again, off-again relationship with Johnson and allegedly had a heated argument with her that night.

Muslim Texas Student Sues For $15 Million Over Clock Incident

Nov 23, 2015

Attorneys for the 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school say he was publicly mistreated and deserves $15 million.

A law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed sent letters Monday demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District. The letters also threaten lawsuits and seek written apologies.

Ahmed took his clock to school in September, and an educator thought it could be a bomb. Ahmed was arrested but never charged. He was suspended from school.

Udall Statement On NM Unit Agreement

Nov 23, 2015
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the Secretary of the Interior's decision to further evaluate the impacts and costs of any potential New Mexico Unit Agreement to the Central Arizona Project:

NMSU researchers witness first accelerator-born neutrinos

Nov 23, 2015

  One hundred billion ghostly subatomic particles pass unnoticed through the tip of your finger every second. Chances are you’ll never see a neutrino, unless you’re a physicist.

Last month, physicists from New Mexico State University were among scientists to see the first neutrinos in the MicroBooNE particle detector at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago.