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8:50 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Tribal Businessman Upsets Former Navajo President In Race

Russell Begaye easily beat a former Navajo Nation president Tuesday for the top post on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Begaye led Joe Shirley Jr. by about 10,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

Begaye's victory came nearly five months after the original election was scuttled amid court battles sparked by a candidate's ability to speak fluent Navajo.

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Regional
8:45 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mexico Has 31st Straight Month Of Over-Year Job Gains

Officials say New Mexico has notched its 31st consecutive month of over-the-year employment growth in March.

The Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday that New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month. That's down from 6.8 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

Between March 2014 and March 2015, education and health services added 4,400 jobs, or 3.5 percent. This is up slightly from last month's gain and accounted for just over 30 percent of total over-the-year gross job gains.

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Online EXTRA
5:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Spring Into Good Health Fair Friday In Las Cruces

  (LAS CRUCES) The New Mexico Office of Border Health, in cooperation with New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the United States –Mexico Border Health Commission, will host the 2nd Annual Spring Into Good Health a Community Health and Resource Fair Friday, April 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office, 1170 N. Solano Dr.

The free event brings together dozens of agencies and community resources to aid residents seeking self-improvement opportunities.

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Regional
4:49 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mexico Tech Tests Rocket Design At Spaceport America

  

  Spaceport America, NM – Spaceport officials announced the April 18th launch of the New Mexico Tech Rocket Design Team’s experimental rocket. The nearly ten-foot-long experimental rocket was designed and built by the students in the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Mexico Tech. The launch took place from Spaceport America's Vertical Launch Area. The student rocket lifted off at 8:03 am (MDT), which was within the dedicated launch window, and flight data indicates the rocket attained its predicted 11,500-foot altitude.

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Local Viewpoints
9:51 am
Tue April 21, 2015

San Antonio Shame: Mayor Calls LGBT Protections a “Waste of Time”

Credit City of San Antonio

  Taking part in a “faith forum” for mayoral candidates on Sunday, Mayor Ivy Taylor of San Antonio, Texas attacked a recently-enacted non-discrimination ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) city employees and contractors from discrimination. 

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Regional
9:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

New USDA Office To Be Dedicated Thursday In Las Cruces

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today, he will help dedicate USDA Rural Development’s new office located at 760 Stern Drive in Las Cruces.

The open house is being held to let the public know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved its Service Center to this location.  Also, the open house will be used as an opportunity to have the public come by and learn the details about the various programs offered by Rural Development including:

·       Business development

·       Community projects

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Local Viewpoints
8:58 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Transparency and the 2015 Legislative Session

  From New Mexico In Depth (NMID):

Editor's note: NMID recently asked columnists who wrote for our Januarylegislative guide to summarize how, in their opinion, transparency and openness fared during the recently-ended 60-day session in Santa Fe. This is the first of several columns.  

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Regional
8:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Former Las Cruces Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Federal Prison For Child Porn Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Abel Michael Quiroz, 27, a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent who resides in Las Cruces, N.M., Quiroz was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court to 30 months in prison for his child pornography conviction.  Quiroz will be on supervised release for five years after completing his prison sentence.  He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

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Regional
8:26 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Experts Say Las Cruces Snake Sightings Probably Not Mojaves

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

Snake experts are skeptical of claims that deadly Mojave rattlesnakes have been seen around Las Cruces recently.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Humane Society of Southern New Mexico President Frank Bryce says people are probably seeing Western diamondback rattlesnakes.

Bryce said the more common diamondbacks are hard to distinguish from their Mojave cousins unless inspected up close.

Diamondbacks are bigger and darker, but both snakes are often found on the edge of populated areas and blend in well with the surroundings.

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Regional
11:17 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces City Council Votes Down Rezoning Proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives

In a 7-0 vote, Las Cruces City Councilors rejected a rezoning proposal at Tashiro and Valley Drives that would have changed the zoning from agricultural to commercial. Many people at the meeting had concerns about the possibility of more big- box stores coming to the city.

Almost 30 people at the Council meeting spoke out against the rezoning proposal, most saying they didn’t want to see another big-box grocery store in the community. Lucas Herndon, President of the Green Chamber of Commerce in Las Cruces, says this project would hurt local business.

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Regional
5:54 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Border Security Bill Without Immigrant Crackdowns

A sweeping border security package that is a priority of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has passed the Senate without divisive immigrant crackdowns.

Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell said Monday he wouldn't allow contentious "sanctuary cities" or anti-Texas DREAM Act proposals to be tacked onto the main border security bill that now moves closer to Abbott's desk.

"Sanctuary cities" has become Republican shorthand to describe local governments that forbid police from asking about a person's immigration status.

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Online EXTRA
5:50 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Branigan Library Offers 24/7 Online Tutoring, Career Planning Help

  Branigan Memorial Library users can now get help from tutors, career coaches and study guides for free, through Brainfuse, an online education portal. The New Mexico State Library purchased a statewide subscription that allows people to use Brainfuse via public, college and K-12 school libraries. The program offers one-to-one tutoring, study skills-building, and career assistance through its HelpNow™ and JobNow™ services. All tutors have at least a four-year college degree and submit to a thorough selection and training process. All services are available in English and Spanish.

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Online EXTRA
5:47 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

"War On Everyone" Is Filming In New Mexico

Credit Reprisal Films

  Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today the award-winning writer-director John Michael McDonagh's jet-black action-comedy "War on Everyone" has started principal photography in Albuquerque, NM. The film is produced by Chris Clark ("Calvary," "The Guard," "Johnny English Reborn") and Flora Fernandez Marengo ("Calvary," "The Guard," "The Betrayal") for Reprisal Films, in conjunction with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films with the support of the BFI Film Fund.

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Regional
5:38 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Las Cruces Robbery Suspect Charged

  Las Cruces Police charged a man suspected of stealing a jacket and baseball cap from a teenage bicyclist early Saturday evening.

Dominic A. Nieto, 19, who has addresses in Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, N.M., is charged with one count of robbery.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the area of Richard Drive and Jody Drive where a 14-year-old boy claimed he was robbed by a man who was in a silver Honda sedan.

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Local Viewpoints
5:31 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Rodriguez Blasts Texas School Voucher Plan; Votes Against Senate Bill

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – SB 4, the Texas school voucher bill that would divert money from public to private schools, passed the Senate floor today. State Sen. José Rodríguez voted against the bill, after his amendment to require that private schools receiving public funds are held to the same standards as public schools was not accepted.

His statement is as follows:

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Regional
5:29 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Herb Torres, Lou And Mary Henson Recognized With Aggie Cornerstone Award

The College of Education recognized three honorees at this year’s Aggie Cornerstone Awards. Pictured from left, College of Education Dean Michael Morehead, Herb Torres, Mary and Lou Henson, and New Mexico State University Provost Dan Howard. (Courtesy photo)

  Former New Mexico State University men’s basketball head coach Lou Henson and his wife, Mary Henson, and New Mexico educator Herb Torres were honored earlier this month with the NMSU College of Education’s Aggie Cornerstone Award. 

The award, which was established in 2012, recognizes excellence in education and individuals who have made a significant impact on New Mexico children and families. The honorees were recognized at a banquet on April 9 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon April 20, 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
6:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Local Leader Urges Lawmakers To Take Closer Look At New Mexico Poverty

Jardin de los Ninos

  Audrey Hartley is the Executive Director of Jardin de los Ninos, a local non-profit organization based in Las Cruces whose mission is to assist homeless children and their families. Hartley discussed her experiences relating to the recent Annie E. Casey Foundation report that found New Mexico ranking 49th in the nation in terms of child well-being.  

Hartley is disappointed with the statistic and points out the hard work that Jardin de los Ninos and other organizations put forth to help New Mexico families in poverty.  

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Regional
4:47 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Appeal Expected In Navajo Election Delay

The Navajo Nation's elections director says he plans to appeal a court decision that said officials couldn't move forward with Tuesday's belated tribal presidential contest.

Elections director Edison Wauneka says officials don't believe that Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry had the power to overturn a tribal Supreme Court order that called for the election to be held Tuesday.

Perry ruled the law is clear that a referendum vote on language requirements for the presidency must be held before Navajos choose their next leader.

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Regional
11:53 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Living Here: Wayne Suggs

Credit facebook.com/Wayne Suggs

  In this installment of Living Here we are introduced to the work of Las Cruces photographer Wayne Suggs. We go out on a photo shoot with Wayne and he tells us about some of his pictures and his philosophy as a photographic artist.

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Regional
11:41 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Bill Allen, President/CEO-Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce

  Fred Martino interviews Bill Allen, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.  They discuss a variety of issues affecting local business, including an increase in the Dona Ana County gross receipts tax and an increase in the Las Cruces minimum wage.

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Local Viewpoints
11:33 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Goodman: We All Have An Interest In Keeping Newspapers Alive

 

  Sound-off callers complain that subscription prices have risen; and friends and acquaintances have told me either "We don't read the Sun-News!" (as if only the New York Times would do) or "We only take the paper these days for your column."

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Regional
11:32 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Experts Say Texas Pursuit Policy Needs Updating

Experts say the Texas Department of Public Safety's policy regarding vehicle pursuits is out of step with evolving national standards.

A review of data by the Austin American-Statesman concluded Texas motorcycle pursuits are especially high-risk.

According to DPS figures, seven motorcyclists died during high-speed chases between 2006 and 2010, a fatality rate three times greater than that of other motorists.

In 2012, a trooper ended a pursuit of a man on a motorcycle that reached speeds of 130 mph after shooting and injuring the man from his vehicle.

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Regional
3:49 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

In Depth: Dueling Tax Cuts And Much More In Texas

The Senate has approved its budget featuring $4-plus billion in property tax cuts. The House is advancing its plan spending slightly more on Texas' first-ever sales tax reduction.

As both chambers speed toward a tax-cut showdown that could leave the roughly $210-billion state budget in limbo, could Gov. Greg Abbott step in?

No. At least not yet.

Abbott has declined to take sides, saying only that the Legislature should settle on a blend of tax cuts worth "$4 billion or more" by the end of the legislative session June 1.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Texas Vet Fired, Investigated In Cat Death

A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her job and authorities are looking into whether animal cruelty charges should be pursued against her after she's shown in a Facebook posting holding a feral cat she says she killed with a bow and arrow.

Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says the image is disturbing and it's the "kind of stuff that shouldn't happen in our society."

He says the results of his department's investigation will be turned over to the county's district attorney for possible charges.

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Regional
3:45 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

A "Safe Zone" For Craigslist Customers In New Mexico

A police department on the outskirts of New Mexico's largest city is opening up its lobby and parking lot as a safe zone for Craigslist transactions.

Los Lunas police are joining departments across the country that are looking to prevent crime and give residents a sense of safety by offering up areas that are under 24-hour surveillance, well lit and surrounded by law enforcement.

From Connecticut's capital to counties in Colorado and cities in Florida, police and sheriff's departments have been offering up their lots as safe sites.

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Regional
3:44 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Arrest Of Cartel Leader Sparks Border Gun Battles

Authorities say the arrest of the man who headed the once powerful Gulf Cartel sparked the gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles that left at least three people dead near Mexico's border with the United States.

The arrested leader was identified as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes, who stepped into the cartel's leadership vacuum as the group was steadily losing influence with the arrests of key members.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Blue Bell Working To Get Past Contamination Problem

Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, experts said, but they say it will take a lot of work and a lot of money.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria bacteria linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died.

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Regional
9:19 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Hearing Examiner Rejects PNM Rate Hike; Decision Now Goes To PRC

Credit pnm.com

A plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise rates has been rejected by a state hearing examiner.

The finding came Friday after environmentalists and others accused Public Service Co. of New Mexico of failing to provide state regulators with enough information to justify a proposed 12 percent rate increase.

The groups, in recent filings with the state Public Regulation Commission, had said PNM's application was incomplete and offered no explanation for some of the expenses the utility expects in future years.

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Intermezzo
5:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Classical, jazz and more in La Catrina Quartet concert on Sunday

Daniel Vega-Albela, a founding member of La Catrina Quartet
Credit L

A rarely-heard piece of music for string quartet and tuba by jazz composer and musician Manny Albam is on the program this Sunday in a concert performed by La Catrina Quartet and tuba professor James Shearer. The group has performed Albam’s “Quintet for Tuba and Strings” before, but wanted to perform it for an audience again in advance of recording it. Violinist Daniel Vega-Albela came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the concert, providing background on the Albam piece, as well as an early string trio by Beethoven and the famous String Quartet by Maurice Ravel.

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