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2:18 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Controversy Over The New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System Continues.

Credit Simon Thompson

 

As part of a locally negotiated contract, teachers in the Las Cruces Public Schools are allowed ten sick days and two personal days. But following pressure from the New Mexico Public Education Department- during the last school year. Las Cruces teachers were marked down on their evaluations for taking any more than two days off.   One Las Cruces teacher recently told the school board how this policy affected her evaluation. 

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Regional
9:35 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Albuquerque Mayor Removes Confederate Flag From Old Town

Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

An early version of the Confederate flag that had flown above Old Town Albuquerque for decades has been taken down.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry decided to remove the flag Monday after meeting last week with black leaders.

Berry says the city still will mark its role in the Civil War by keeping replica cannons and plaques that accurately describe the "Skirmish of Albuquerque" when Confederate and Union soldiers exchanged artillery fire.

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9:33 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

FBI: 3 devices Found At New Mexico Power Plant Not Dangerous

Credit Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

The FBI says three "suspicious devices" found at the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington are not dangerous.

An FBI spokesman says agents and Farmington police secured the area Monday and analyzed the items.

According to investigators, the steel pipe devices were each 6 inches in length and capped on both ends.

But the FBI says nothing was inside the pipes so they were not explosive.

They say there's also no indication that the devices are related to the ones that exploded Sunday outside two churches in Las Cruces.

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Local Viewpoints
9:04 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Pearce Blasts President Obama's Clean Power Plan

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new, existing, modified and reconstructed power plants. Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the Administration’s Clean Power Plan:

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Regional
8:57 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Three Teens Charged In Las Cruces Murder Plead Not Guilty

  Las Cruces---Three of the four suspects involved in a Las Cruces area shooting on July 31, 2015 which resulted in the death of Jaycob Alba, 17, were arraigned before Magistrate Court Judge Beverly Singleman.

All the suspects have been charged with one count each of the following: first-degree murder, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling causing personal injury and tampering with evidence.

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Local Viewpoints
4:26 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Udall Votes To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall voted against an effort to cut off life-saving health care services for women in New Mexico by de-funding Planned Parenthood. He issued the following statement:

"Planned Parenthood provides critical health care and preventive services, such as cancer screenings and tests, for women and men, many of whom do not have access to services elsewhere. I'm not going to allow this life-saving care to be cut off for thousands in New Mexico.

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1:38 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

New Mexico Animals To Be Featured In Exhibit At Las Cruces Museum

  LAS CRUCES – From the earliest pre-historic cave paintings and rock art to the present, artists have long found inspiration for their work in animals. For Las Cruces artist Collette Marie, the animals of New Mexico not only provide inspiration – but they carry a spiritual meaning as well.

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1:32 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Martinez Announces Funding For New Mexico Highway Projects

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the funding of several key, large-scale highway infrastructure projects in New Mexico. The projects will be funded, in part, by a $45 million infusion of state infrastructure dollars that the Governor fought hard to secure, and which were approved during the recent special legislative session.

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Regional
1:31 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

NMSU Robotics Camp Challenges Las Cruces Students

Logan Campbell gives his robot a trial run at the Advanced Summer Robotics Camp hosted by the New Mexico State University College of Engineering this July. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques)

  Elias Borchert, a seventh grader at Vista Middle School, leaned over his robot as he tried to figure out why the machine is not making a 180-degree turn as he programmed it to do.

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Regional
7:50 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Former Homeless Veteran And NMSU Alum Helps Other Veterans Find Jobs

Credit Robin Rollins

Last month, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that the city had joined a handful of others across the nation by having zero homeless veterans.

In 2014, The United States Housing and Urban Development Department estimated that on any given night just under 50,000 homeless veterans are on the streets in the United States, and between 2013 and 2014 there was an 11 percent decrease in homelessness among veterans, and a decline by 33 percent from 2009 to 2014.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon August 3, 2015

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
2:37 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

No Rush To Defend Indicted Texas Attorney General

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

Republican leaders in Texas are not rushing to the defense of Attorney General Ken Paxton before he's expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges.

A grand jury indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday near Paxton's home in suburban Dallas. Special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers have been investigating Paxton for months over allegations that he misled investors before become the state's top law enforcement officer.

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Local Viewpoints
12:10 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Goodman: Troubling Questions In Dona Ana County Government

  Last week's column discussed the message sent the County Commission by the jury in Stewart v Dona Aña County. Rejecting testimony from HR Director Debra Weir and former county officials Sue Padilla and John Caldwell, the jury awarded $1.45 million to Stewart, whom Weir fired from her County position. Jurors were so appalled by the county officials' conduct that some hugged Stewart after the trial and thanked her for fighting. Stewart's lawyer stated in closing that Weir had to go.

 

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Regional
4:23 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Clovis Man Indicted In 2002 Murder

A Clovis man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in a 2002 shooting case.

Prosecutors say a Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted 33-year-old David Gutierrez Jr. in the death of Jose Valverde.

They say Valverde was found in a boxcar that he used as his residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the face.

A homicide investigation was opened by Clovis police.

They say witnesses began to come forward with new information about the unsolved murder case, which ultimately gave police enough information to secure an arrest warrant for Gutierrez.

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Regional
4:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

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
4:08 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Albuquerque Police ID Fatally Shot Kidnapping Suspect

Police have identified a kidnapping suspect who was fatally shot by officers in Albuquerque.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said Saturday that 33-year-old Rafael Molina Jr. was killed trying to evade a traffic stop Friday.

A witness called 911 after seeing Molina allegedly force a woman he was arguing with into an SUV. The woman was able to escape the vehicle shortly after.

Officers tried to stop Molina at Edith Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and then shots were fired.

Molina was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Regional
4:05 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Flooding Halts Rail Runner Service

Flash flooding has led to the suspension of all Rail Runner train service this weekend.

Transportation officials say that flash flooding washed out tracks north of Algodones on Friday evening.

They say about 100 feet of track on the bridge at Arroyo Maria Chavez are impacted.

Rio Metro Regional Transit District spokeswoman Augusta Meyers says crews are working to re-stabilize the tracks so commuter service can resume Monday.

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Regional
4:04 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Feds: Action Taken To Fix Mistakenly Awarded Work Permits

The U.S. Justice Department says problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold.

Prosecutors detailed the corrective action in court documents filed Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court if the problems weren't fixed.

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Regional
3:55 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Texas Woman Who Killed Two Daughters Released From Program

A Texas appeals court has ruled that a mother found guilty of drowning her two young daughters by reason of insanity 11 years ago no longer must participate in court-ordered mental health services.

Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 3- and 5-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their Plano home. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004.

Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright ruled that Diaz, who now goes by Lisa Ann Trevino, had been off medication since 2008 and no longer needed supervision.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Date For Reopening Nuke Dump In New Mexico Being Pushed Back

Credit wipp.energy.gov

Officials at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico say the target date for reopening is being pushed back.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since a February 2014 radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum.

The target date for resuming waste emplacement operations was March 2016.

But officials said Friday that the date "is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues."

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Regional
3:23 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Business Owner Denies Agency Gave It Preferential Treatment

Credit tax.newmexico.gov

The owner of a Bernalillo-based business at the center of a state investigation denies it received preferential treatment from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the name of Harold's Grading and Trucking was discernible on a 2014 email released by the Department of Taxation and Revenue to media outlets last week.

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3:02 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

One-Millionth Fan Expected to Attend a Chihuahuas Game This Weekend

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – In just their second season the Chihuahuas will welcome their one-millionth guest through the gates of Southwest University Park on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of this homestand.

 

As of today, the Chihuahuas have drawn 988,546 guests at Southwest University Park for 121 games. The Chihuahuas need 11,454 to reach the historic mark.

 

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Regional
1:48 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Meal-Deliverer Honored For Freeing Child From Locked Car

Albuquerque officials are honoring a city employee for rescuing a child from a locked car.

Department of Senior Affairs meal-delivery driver David Gallegos on Friday was honored as employee of the week.

Officials say Gallegos was working his route June 4 when saw a woman frantically yelling for help because she'd accidentally locked her 3-year-old granddaughter in her car along with the keys.

Gallegos obtained a hanger, a screwdriver and a piece of wood from a custodian. He used them to pry open the door enough to fish out the car keys and free the child.

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1:46 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Drivers Killed In Fiery Crash

New Mexico State Police say two motorists were killed in a fiery collision involving three vehicles.

According to state police, the accident occurred late Wednesday on U.S. 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

An initial investigation indicates a pickup traveling westbound drove into the eastbound lane, colliding with a car and a tractor-trailer rig.

The car and the pickup caught fire and both drivers were killed, while the big rig's driver was not injured.

Identities weren't released.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

NMSU College of Education Dean Inducted Into NMCEL Hall of Fame

NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead poses with his New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame induction award with Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 outreach for the NMSU College of Education Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, a leadership association representing more than 15 educational leadership organizations, recently inducted New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead into the NMCEL Hall of Fame.

The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to students and educators in New Mexico. Because of Morehead’s advocacy and collaborative work for schools and educators, NMCEL selected him for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

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Regional
8:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Bernallilo County District Attorney's Son Arrested In Third Shoplifting Case

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A New Mexico district attorney's son is once again facing charges in a shoplifting case.

Justin Koch was arrested Wednesday night and charged with larceny and attempting to evade police in connection with two calculators that were taken from a Wal-Mart store.

The son of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has been arrested twice before on similar charges.

His bond was set at $1,000.

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Regional
8:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man Convicted In 2011 Killing Of Albuquerque Resident

A Bernalillo County jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of an Albuquerque resident.

Prosecutors say Jeff Moody also was found guilty Wednesday of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

They say Moody could be facing up to a 30-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 4 including 12 years as habitual offender enhancement time.

Moody was 51 when he was arrested and accused of killing Anthony Todacheenie at the victim's home in May 2011.

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Regional
8:16 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza Joins Task Force

Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Lisa Edgar recently named Espinoza to the task force after the group's summer meeting.

The group says the initiative is a response to the transformative changes in the telecommunications sector. In addition, the group wants to examine how state can respond to various federal laws.

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4:20 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico Mothers Urged To Breastfeed

There is probably no job more challenging, more time consuming or important than being a parent.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH)  this next week are taking on a cause that makes a huge difference in the health of babies and their mothers – that of breastfeeding.

The department’s Women Infants and Children (WIC) clinics around the state will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the international celebration held annually, August 1-7.  The celebration encourages breastfeeding, which improves the health of babies and mothers around the world.

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Regional
4:17 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Las Cruces Public Health Office Hosts Got Shots? Protect Tots! Immunization Clinic

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a three-day back-to-school immunization clinic on Thursday, August 6th, Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cineport 10 Movie Theatre at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.  The immunization clinic is open to the public and immunizations will be administered at no cost. All parents have to do is bring a copy of their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card, if they have one.

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