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1:49 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Las Cruces Library Will Be Closed For One Week In August...For Cleaning

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will temporarily close Monday, Aug 10, through Friday, Aug 14.

But when the library’s doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 15, it will feel, look, and smell like a new library! That’s because approximately 180,000 books, 15,000 DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, along with nearly 19,500 linear feet of shelving, will have received a much needed cleaning.

The overall cleaning will include carpeting and tile throughout the building, clean and wax the computer lab and children’s craft room, plus new paint in the magazine/newspaper reading room.

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1:40 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

In Depth: New Research Reveals Trends Behind America's Growing Heroin Epidemic

  Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes. In addition, nearly all people who use heroin also use multiple other substances, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Local Viewpoints
10:26 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Town Hall Planned To Address Proposed Changes To New Mexico Food Stamp Program

Credit Office of the Governor

  Albuquerque, NM - Community groups are organizing a Town Hall on July 8th, 2015, as a forum to voice opposition to Governor Martinez’s plans to limit food assistance to parents, teenagers, and adults over 50 who cannot find employment. On May 29th, the State released a proposed regulation requiring work activities as a condition for many New Mexicans to receive food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, uses federal funds to provide food assistance to families who qualify.

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9:29 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Depth: Obama Administration Promotes Solar Power For Low And Moderate Income Americans

  The Obama Administration is committed to addressing climate change, promoting clean energy, and creating good paying jobs.  That is why the Administration is announcing a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce. 

 

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6:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

White Sands National Monument Will Host a Mexican Craft Show and Sale This Weekend

Credit White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM – On Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th White Sands National Monument and Western National Parks Association will host a Mexican Arts Show and Sale in the visitor center courtyard from 10 am to 5 pm.

Vendors will have items for sale that highlight Mexico’s rich culture and beautifully expressed through intricate and extraordinary Mata Ortiz pottery, whimsical Oaxacan wood carvings, and vibrant Zapotec rugs from Northern Chihuahua and Oaxaca Mexico.  Visitors will discover a wide array of handmade items from Mexico for sale including museum quality pieces.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Young Riders Saddle Up For The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo

Group photo of youth competing in annual 4-H Dona Ana County Rodeo. (NMSU photo provided by Teresa Dean)

  The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo, held July 11-12 at the Southern NM State Fairgrounds, draws in youth from throughout the state for their shot at a first place prize. The rodeo is open to 4-H members and is free for spectators. 

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Regional
5:42 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Mom Who Fled Police With Van Of Kids Accepts Plea Deal In Taos Case

A plea deal has been reached in the 2013 case of a woman who was fired at by a New Mexico State Police officer as she fled from police in a van full of children.

The reports the state reached the deal with 40-year-old Oriana Farrell Monday. The details of the deal are to be disclosed next Monday, when her trial had been scheduled to start.

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Regional
5:32 am
Tue July 7, 2015

State Police: Alcohol Suspected In Deadly Holiday Crash

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

State police investigators have released more details about a deadly Fourth of July crash along an eastern New Mexico highway.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon on U.S. 54 south of Santa Rosa.

Police say a Chevy pickup was headed north when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Nissan SUV driven by 29-year-old Oscar Sigala Huerta of Santa Fe. Huerta was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, 56-year-old Jose Pacheco of Vaughn, and his passenger were injured and taken to Guadalupe County Hospital.

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4:24 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

FOG Annouces Dixon First Amendment Award Winners

(ALBUQUERQUE) - Four New Mexicans have been selected by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) to receive the organization's top honor for open government - the Dixon First Amendment Award.  

Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state's sunshine laws.

 

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4:22 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

White House Report: Giving Every Child A Fair Shot

  America’s educators, students and families have produced historic progress in student outcomes across the nation in recent years, including reaching the highest high school graduation rate and lowest dropout rates in our history, and narrowing achievement and graduation gaps. States and districts that have led the way on school reform – including Tennessee, Kentucky, District of Columbia, and Denver – are seeing meaningful gains in student achievement. 

 

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Regional
4:17 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Man Sought In Las Cruces Sav-O-Mat Robbery

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of committing an armed robbery Sunday at a local convenience store.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, July 5, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Sav-O-Mat convenience store at 920 El Paseo Rd. Officers learned that a masked man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

The man obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the store. No injuries were reported.

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Regional
4:16 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

NMSU Researcher Finds Disease-causing Bacteria In Pistachio Trees

  In November 2013, Jennifer Randall, New Mexico State University plant pathology professor, was contacted by pistachio growers in California and Arizona wanting her to look at their oddly shaped trees.

Randall traveled to California to inspect the pistachio trees. Instead of growing lean and tall, they were stunted and bushy with twisted roots, which in Arizona, resulted in three-year-old trees being lifted by the wind. 

“These trees were abnormal. We used the term ‘Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome’ to describe these trees,” Randall said.

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Regional
4:14 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Janitor Employed By Las Cruces Elementary School Arrested On Federal Child Porn Charges

  ALBUQUERQUE – David Anaya Garcia, 31, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested on July 2, 2015, on federal child pornography charges.  Garcia made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today.  He remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing, both of which currently are scheduled for later this week.

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Regional
12:36 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Teens Accused Of Homeless Killings Could Be Tried As Adults

The state's high court could decide whether teens charged alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios with beating two homeless men to death will be tried as adults.

Second Judicial District Judge Briana Zamora is letting defense lawyers for the two minors challenge the state's serious youthful offender law before the New Mexico Supreme Court ahead of the October trial.

Zamora issued an opinion disagreeing with defense lawyers' arguments that the statute violates a guarantee for equal protection under New Mexico's constitution.

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Regional
12:35 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

San Juan College Goes Smoke-Free

San Juan College is phasing out its few remaining smoking areas as it moves toward becoming a completely tobacco-free campus by 2020.

The college has been tightening rules since April 2013, when lawmakers dedicated a memorial and asked educators to push for policies that reduce on-campus smoking.

Vice president for student services Dave Eppich says health and trash are both concerns when it comes to tobacco use. A task force with members including students and nursing program staff has been compiling best practices from across the country to implement the policy change.

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Regional
12:34 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Gay Texas Couple Granted Marriage License After Filing Federal Lawsuit

A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license.

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week.

The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat. The city is southwest of Fort Worth.

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Regional
8:53 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Albuquerque Firefighters Recieve 1,000 Fireworks Calls

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Albuquerque firefighters responded to nearly 1,000 calls about possible illegal fireworks over Fourth of July weekend.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that department spokeswoman Melissa Romero in an email reported that the department received more than 200 calls on Friday, more than 600 on July Fourth and about 150 calls on Sunday.

This year's total was less than last year, which brought in about 1,200 calls about fireworks.

This year, the department also issued 22 citations for illegal fireworks, up from last year when they issued 19.

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Regional
8:38 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Program Offers Food Stamp Recipients More At NM Farmers' Markets

Credit https://www.facebook.com/LasCrucesMarket

Food stamp recipients now get double their money at New Mexico farmers' markets.

People who belong to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can scan $20 from their benefits cards at participating markets to get another $20 in spending.

According to the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association, the USDA awarded $100,000 for the program last month.

State lawmakers appropriated $400,000 toward the program last week.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon July 6, 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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Local Viewpoints
11:04 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Goodman: Electric Utilities Often Clinging To The Past

  Thinking about El Paso Electric, it helps to step back and contemplate the situation of electrical utilities generally.

 

These utilities are granted a monopoly on a valuable commodity, they're regulated by the states. Most function under somewhat backward laws that enable them to profit only by buying or building things, which often pressures them to solve problems in otherwise unnecessarily inefficient and (for us) expensive ways.

 

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Regional
3:35 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas AG Breaks State Law; Fills Jobs Without Posting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton's successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general's office. Five others came from former Gov. Rick Perry's office, and four more worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Controversy Over Martinez Appointment

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The New Mexico governor's reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers' questions about whether Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday.

The announcement prompted State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, to say the governor "has it out for" public defenders and the accused who can't afford an attorney.

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Regional
3:30 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Man Charged With Killing Rio Rancho Officer Now Accused Of Attacking Jail Guard

A man charged with killing a Rio Rancho police officer is accused of assaulting a jail guard.

KOB-TV reported Saturday that Metropolitan Detention Center officials say Andrew Romero has been charged with assault by a prisoner for allegedly trying to head butt an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, Romero refused to leave a segregation unit's recreation yard cage.

Staff members allege he refused to cooperate despite verbal commands and was subdued with a stun gun and cuffed.

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Regional
12:22 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

State Police: Man Killed In Crash Near Truth Or Consequences

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

New Mexico State Police say a man has died after his car rolled over north of Truth or Consequences.

Authorities say 46-year-old Brent R. Bason, of Hillsboro, was driving a Ford pickup truck northbound on Interstate 25 late Thursday when the crash occurred.

They say the pickup left the right shoulder of the roadway and then rolled.

Bason was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

The Office of the Medical Investigator pronounced him dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is still under investigation.

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Regional
9:22 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Democrat Files Complaint Against AG

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

A Texas Democrat has filed a complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton accusing the Republican of instructing county clerks to "break the law" over gay marriage.

Glen Maxey, a former state legislator, wrote to the State Bar of Texas accusing Paxton of violating rules of professional conduct set out for lawyers.

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Regional
9:17 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Federal Training Center In Artesia Hiring Amid Strike

A company contracted to maintain the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia is seeking to replace 50 striking workers.

The Omni Corp. is recruiting people for several positions as the labor dispute enters a second week.

A union representing the workers claims the training facility is already feeling the effects of the strike with unsanitary bathrooms, overflowing trash and dirty training areas.

The full-time and part-time positions that need filling include janitorial services, grounds maintenance, carpenters and warehouse personnel.

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Regional
9:15 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas Wants Its Gold Back Inside State Borders

Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve.

Texas has decided to keep its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold. That's not just gold futures, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. It's currently stored at a New York bank.

The Legislature's decision to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives who are suspicious of national government.

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Regional
9:14 am
Sat July 4, 2015

Immigrant Children Struggle To Stay, Adapt

At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card under a program for abused and abandoned children, Joshua's lawyer says he has been classified as an enforcement priority by government lawyers.

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Regional
3:26 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Santa Fe Commission Delays Vote On $40M Hospital Expansion

Santa Fe officials are delaying a vote on whether to allow a proposed expansion of a hospital that is one of the city's largest private employers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe Planning Commission decided Thursday to postpone the vote on the $40 million expansion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center until August.

The plan calls for a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story hospital wing that would house more private rooms.

Area residents say they are worried about the increased traffic and construction noise the project would generate.

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Regional
3:24 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Car Crash Near Deming

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Louisiana has died in a single-vehicle crash near Deming.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded Friday shortly before 12:30 a.m. to the crash scene on Interstate 10 east of Deming.

According to investigators, a car driven by 26-year-old Charles Preece, of Berwick, Louisiana, was heading eastbound on the interstate when it struck a guardrail.

The vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its top.

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