Stealing From Jesus? Stolen 'Jesus Balloon' Items Returned

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Albuquerque police say someone stole from Jesus — but the items have been recovered.

Authorities said Friday that officers returned propane tanks and two stolen hot air balloon burners belonging to the "Jesus Balloon."

Authorities made the connection after posting pictures of the stolen goods on social media hoping to find the owner. Officers found the items last month in a stolen trailer.

Senator: EPA Overstepping Authority In Efforts To Protect Groundwater

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Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its authority by proposing extensive standards to protect groundwater from uranium mining.

The EPA seeks to update federal regulations to account for how nearly all uranium produced in the U.S. now comes from in-situ mining rather than conventional mining.

In-situ mining involves pumping a solution underground to dissolve minerals, then pumping out of the ground a solution containing uranium. In-situ mining in Wyoming accounts for over half of U.S. uranium production.

Udall Statement On Decision To End Train And Equip Program In Syria

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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed news that the Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels. Last week, Udall, along with U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), called on U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan to end the Syria Train and Equip Program.

Pearce: End The Oil Export Ban

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement on H.R. 702, a Bill to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions, which passed the House today by a vote of 261-159:

Unusual Ringtail Behavior Prompted Closure At Caverns

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An unusually friendly ringtail caused park officials to shut down the natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the normally shy, nocturnal animal was approaching visitors near the cave entrance around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Carlsbad Caverns Public Affairs Specialist Valerie Gohlke says officials felt it would be best to close the natural entrance until the ringtail moved on.

She says the animal was captured Wednesday afternoon and will be examined by a veterinarian.

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, visited the U.S. Forest Service Fire Desk and Incident Command Center to receive a briefing from U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell on the agency's wildfire suppression efforts and work to protect vital water resources. Senator Heinrich discussed the need to protect, restore, and improve the health of watersheds in our national forests and the urgency for wildfire funding reform.

City Community Gardeners Win at Southern New Mexico State Fair!

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Ryan Schrader

  Ryan Schrader, 7, won a best in show, first place ribbon, a medal and a cash award for a pumpkin he grew at the Gomez Community Garden.

Nathan Schrader, age 5, Ryan‘s brother, won a first place ribbon, second place best in show, a medal and a cash award for a watermelon he grew at the Gomez Community Garden.

  Silver City, NM – The public is invited to an art opening called “JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders”, opening Friday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the McCray Gallery.

The exhibit features work by artists from Juarez who have been literally and conceptually dragged across borders.

Martinez Announces 11 New Jobs in Silver City

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 Silver City, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary announced the expansion of Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery in Silver City. The expansion will result in 11 production jobs.

"New Mexico continues to improve its business environment, which helps local manufacturers like Little Toad Creek expand and create new jobs," Secretary Barela said. "Governor Martinez and I congratulate Little Toad Creek as they partner with the state to diversify and grow the economy." 

New Mexico Grants Approval For Xcel Solar Purchase

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New Mexico utility regulators have cleared the way for Xcel Energy to buy solar power from two generating stations that will be built near Roswell.

Xcel announced Thursday that the state Public Regulation Commission approved the purchase of 140 megawatts of solar capacity from NextEra Energy Resources, which is developing the two solar farms.

Officials say the solar farms will be the largest in New Mexico to date.

Another Councilor In Sunland Park Arrested

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Another councilor in a troubled New Mexico border city is facing legal troubles.

Authorities say Sunland Park City Councilor Daniel De Los Santos was arrested Saturday for allegedly providing beer to two 19-year-olds, including his girlfriend. A criminal complaint says the 22-year-old De Los Santos is facing two counts of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

It was not known if De Los Santos had an attorney.

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It has become a staple of the New Mexico news cycle; companies creating new jobs using state economic development incentives. But how often do you hear about these same companies going out of business? According to Gallup more than 50% of new companies in the U.S. close within 5 years. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez vetoed an attempt by the legislature to bring accountability to state incentive programs.

Groups Urge Feds To Release More Mexican Wolves

Oct 8, 2015

More than three dozen environmental groups are asking the federal government to release at least five packs of Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico to bolster the genetics of the endangered predators.

The groups sent a letter Thursday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.

New Mexico wildlife officials declined to issue permits to the Fish and Wildlife Service for releases earlier this year in the Gila National Forest.

Albuquerque Man Is Convicted On Carjacking, Firearms Charges

Oct 8, 2015

A federal jury has convicted an Albuquerque man on carjacking and firearms charges.

Prosecutors say jurors deliberated about four hours Thursday before finding 30-year-old Kevin Folse guilty Thursday following a four-day trial.

Folse was indicted in the case in July. He remains in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing, which hasn't been scheduled.

According to a criminal complaint, Folse was driving a stolen vehicle on June 30 and allegedly tried to run down an Albuquerque police officer who jumped out of the way.

Voice Of The Public - District 2 Forum

Oct 8, 2015

  On Voice of the Public, Councilman Greg Smith and challenger Philip Van Veen answered questions during the live call-in show with Anthony Moreno hosting. Both Smith and Van Veen are running for District 2 in Las Cruces. 

NMSU Ranks As One of The 40 Best College Farms In The Country

Oct 8, 2015

  With nearly 95,000 acres devoted to the study of farming, ranching and forestry, New Mexico State University and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have been honored as one of the 40 best college farms in America, according to College Ranker. 

Renowned Tango Trio to Perform Free Concert at NMSU

Oct 8, 2015

  For ten years, the Piazzolla da Camera Trio has dedicated itself to the performance of the works of late Argentine modern tango master Astor Piazzolla. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, this ensemble will bring the sounds of the Buenos Aires cityscape to the New Mexico State University Atkinson Recital Hall. 

Heinrich Statement On Gun Violence Prevention

Oct 8, 2015
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the need for bipartisan, commonsense solutions to reduce gun violence in America:

"It is no secret that I am a passionate outdoorsman, hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment.  It is my firmly held belief that law-abiding citizens should be able to own firearms for both sport and self-defense.  That is not a political statement, it is simply who I am. 

Officials To Celebrate Valles Caldera's Transition

Oct 8, 2015

State, federal and tribal officials will be gathering this weekend to mark the official transition of Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be joined by members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, Native American leaders and other local officials for a celebration at the preserve Saturday.

Valles Caldera is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds.

The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes' and tribal organizations' efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants.

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be distributed over the next five years to Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos pueblos, as well as the Ramah Navajo School Board, First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, the Five Sandoval Pueblos and Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council.

'Better Call Saul' Locations Now Part Of 'Breaking Bad' Tours

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A company that gives tours around Albuquerque of sites from AMC-TV's "Breaking Bad" is now including spots from spinoff "Better Call Saul."

Breaking Bad RV Tours recently announced it was including "Better Call Saul" locations on its regular three-hour, $75 tours. More than 20 sites are part of the tours showing locations from both AMC-TV shows that were filmed around Albuquerque.

The company is one of many giving similar Albuquerque tours thanks to the popularity of both shows.

Albuquerque Indian School Transfer Bill Heads To President Obama

Oct 8, 2015

Legislation that would place property adjacent to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in trust for 19 New Mexico pueblos has cleared its final congressional hurdle.

The bill was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The four tracts of land covered by the bill used to encompass the former Albuquerque Indian School.

Judge To Consider Request To Push Back Hearing On Duran Case

Oct 8, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

It will be up to a state district judge to decide if embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran's legal team will get more time to mount a defense.

Judge T. Glenn Ellington will consider a motion filed by Duran's attorney during a hearing Thursday morning in Santa Fe.

Defense attorney Erlinda Johnson made the request last month, saying she needed time to review information provided by the attorney general's office that include more than 3,000 pages of documents and hours of audio interviews.

Ruling: State Can't Take Action Against Tribe's Casino Vendors

Oct 8, 2015
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State gaming officials are being prevented from taking any action against the businesses that contract with a northern New Mexico tribe.

A federal judge Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction for the Pojoaque Pueblo, which operates two casinos north of Santa Fe.

The tribe complained to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office last month, accusing the state Gaming Control Board of illegally holding a July 15 closed-door meeting on their gaming activities.

Mistrial Declared After Day Two Of Las Cruces Child Abuse Case

Oct 8, 2015

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Las Cruces man accused in the 2012 death of a 21-month-old boy.

Prosecutors say one juror failed to appear for the second day of the trial Wednesday and two others were excused.

Defense lawyers exercised the defendant's right to have 12 jurors present and the court had to declare a mistrial.

Prosecutors say they still want to try Dustin Castillo in the case. He's facing two counts of child abuse resulting in death.

UPDATE: Package At NMSU "Rendered Safe," Streets Reopen

Oct 8, 2015

UPDATE from NMSU Police: The device has been rendered safe, and streets near the Center for the Arts have reopened.  Explosive detection canine teams are conducting safety sweeps of nearby buildings. Once those sweeps are complete, more information will be provided.

People head to La Fiesta Bakery looking for a donut or an empanada… But now that pastry comes with a side of politics.

“What I’m asking people,” Ortega said. “The reason I’m obviously running is because I believe the city needs a change. What we need to do is make sure everyone gets out there and votes, that’s the only way for change to happen.”

Gina Montoya Ortega owns La Fiesta Bakery with her husband Ray, and now she is taking a stab at public office, running for Mayor of Las Cruces.


  Early voting is underway for the City of Las Cruces, Nov. 3, municipal election. The races include: mayor, council districts 1, 2 and 4, and presiding municipal court judge. Early voting takes place only at the City Clerk’s office located at 700 N. Main Street in City Hall.

Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez was a member of the opening plenary panel of the Summit on Worker Voice held today, October 7, 2015 at the White House. The Summit, hosted by President Barak Obama, examined how working Americans can more fully share in our country’s growing economic prosperity. Most working men and women know what the latest data shows, the recession might be over but prosperity is not trickling down to the middle class. This is leading to widening income inequality and workers believing they have no voice at their workplace.