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5:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Suspected Metal Thieves Hurt By Explosion

Authorities say two people stealing scrap metal on federally-managed land in southern New Mexico were injured when an item they picked up detonated.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House says a group was loading unexploded ordnance at McGregor Range near Chaparral on Saturday afternoon when a shell detonated in their vehicle.

House says two females were taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

Two men who were there were uninjured.

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12:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Las Cruces House Fire Under Investigation

The Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished a fire Friday evening in a south Las Cruces residence.

 

Firefighters responded to a house on the 4800 block of Vista Cuesta Ave. shortly after 8:00 pm.  First arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof.  Crews located the fire in the attic and quickly brought it under control.

 

The occupants of the residence evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and a dollar amount of the loss has not been determined.

 

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11:57 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Virgin Galactic Hires Former NASA Pilot

  Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky as pilot.

Stucky will join Virgin Galactic’s commercial flight team responsible for flying WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo: Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and pilots Frederick ‘CJ’ Sturckow, Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci, and Todd ‘Leif’ Ericson, who is also Virgin Galactic’s Safety and Testing Vice President. His first day with Virgin Galactic is February 2.

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Regional
8:09 am
Sat January 24, 2015

New Mexico Tribes Discuss Proposed Gambling Compact

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  Native American leaders from a handful of tribes are seeking support for a new gambling compact negotiated with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

The proposed agreement comes after years of discussions. It will require the approval of the state Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department.

The proposal would cover gambling operations by the Jicarilla Apache, the Mescalero Apache, the pueblos of Acoma and Jemez and the Navajo Nation. The current compact expires later this year.

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Regional
7:42 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Border Patrol Shoots, Kills Man Who Drives Through El Paso Border Checkpoint

  The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent's shout of "Gun!" led to the fatal shooting of a motorist who drove through a West Texas inspection checkpoint without stopping.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Friday about the shooting. The agency said it happened around 5 p.m. Thursday, after a motorist pulled into the inspection lane at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

The statement says the man failed to stop, prompting a 30-mile pursuit by Border Patrol agents.

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Regional
4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Trial Date Set For Ex-Santa Fe Officer Accused Of Killing Partner In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces---A hearing to modify conditions of release for Tai Chan; ex-Santa Fe County Deputy, was heard by Judge Fernando Macias in the Third Judicial District Court today.  A trial date of September 28, 2015 was also set.

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3:59 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Film "TRUTH" To Premiere In Las Cruces And Silver City

As movie-going Americans, we hold certain truths to be self-evident. Government cover-ups and youthful curiosity rarely go hand in hand. New Mexico is a land filled with untold mysteries. Ebola, EV-D68, West Nile, SARS – If one disease doesn’t get you, another probably will. Combine these complex elements and you’ve got a chilling new feature from PRC Productions that isn’t afraid to reveal the TRUTH.

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Local Viewpoints
3:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Pearce: SunZia Decision Endangers The Nation

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  On Saturday, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell is expected to sign the record of decision (ROD), approving the construction of the SunZia transmission line (SunZia).  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.-2) issued the following statement in response:

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Regional
3:52 pm
Fri January 23, 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
12:13 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Mexico Campus Closed Over Gang Threats

  A university campus in northern Mexico has been closed for more than a week due to threats and attempted extortion by gangsters.

The Universidad Valle de Mexico campus in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, has about 700 students enrolled. It is part of the network of the U.S.-based Laureate International Universities, which runs educational institutions in over 20 countries.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Texas Boom Continues-Jobless Rate Drops To 4.6%

  The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.6 percent in December for a fourth straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to a November jobless rate of 4.9 percent.

The December statewide jobless figure was the lowest since May 2008 and compares to 6.0 percent unemployment a year earlier.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who was inaugurated Tuesday, says the Texas history of strengthening job growth equates to more opportunity for all Texans.

The nationwide unemployment rate last month hit a six-year low at 5.6 percent.

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Regional
12:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

In Depth: Army Says Fort Hood Lacked System To ID Threat Of Rampage

  Fort Hood officials say there were no clear warning signs before a soldier went on a rampage last April that left four dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday.

There was no indication that Spc. Ivan Lopez would go on a two-block shooting spree before killing himself on April 2, the report concluded. It also said the chain of command would have had difficulty recognizing any personal problems leading up to the attack, because risk assessment relies on self-reporting and Lopez had been dishonest with his supervisors.

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Regional
11:27 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Drone Crashes At Holloman

An MQ-1 Predator, similar to this one, was part of runway excursion at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. today. The aircraft was taking part in a regularly scheduled training mission. The MQ-1 is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. The MQ-1&apos;s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets.

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- An unmanned MQ-1 Predator was part of a runway excursion at approximately 8 a.m. Friday.  The aircraft is assigned to the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is part of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Flying Training Unit, and was taking part in a regularly scheduled training mission.

No one was injured and no private property was damaged. There is no threat to the Holloman population and the airfield remains open.

A board will be convened to investigate the cause of the accident.

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Regional
8:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico GOP House Speaker Tripp 'Never Expected' Spot

A California-born jeweler who only ran for a statehouse seat because he couldn't find another candidate is hoping to make his mark as New Mexico's first Republican House Speaker in 60 years.

Don Tripp of Socorro was elected this week as the new top leader in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Tripp told The Associated Press he never expected to have the position.

The 68-year-old lawmaker says he's focused on passing a series of measures aimed at improving New Mexico's economy and educational system.

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Regional
8:17 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico Senator Wants To Modernize Telecom Law

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A state senator has introduced legislation aimed at modernizing New Mexico's 30-year-old telecommunications law.

Sen. Majority Whip Michael Padilla says his bill would create a level playing field when it comes to regulation.

By freeing up large carriers from outdated rules, he says the measure would also encourage more investment in broadband and high-speed wireless communications.

Similar legislation failed last year, but Padilla says he and other lawmakers met with stakeholders to resolve some of the issues.

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Regional
8:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

New Mexico State Veterans' Home In Line For Federal Funding

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The State Veterans' Home in south-central New Mexico is in line to receive nearly $16 million in federal funds for an expansion project.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the conditional funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday. They say the Veterans' Home still needs to meet certain conditions to receive the funds.

The money would go toward a new 59-bed facility and a rehabilitation area.

The plans also call for 39 beds for Alzheimer's patients.

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Regional
8:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Train Route In Northern NM Not Allocated Funds

New Mexico lawmakers have not allocated funding for the upkeep of tracks along a historic passenger train route through northern New Mexico.

That puts the state at risk of losing the Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train route. The train stops in Raton, Las Vegas and Lamy.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that neither Republican Gov. Susana Martinez nor the Legislative Finance Committee have sought to allocate the estimated $4 million a year it will cost to maintain the route over the next decade.

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Regional
6:45 am
Fri January 23, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 5 Preview: Edward Frank

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Regional
10:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Groups Withdraw Support Of PNM Power Plant Proposal

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

Western Resource Advocates notified state regulators in a filing Thursday it could no longer support the plan.

The group was one of several organizations that signed off on a settlement agreement last October to back the plan to replace the electricity that would be lost by the closure of two units at San Juan.

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Regional
10:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Man Accused In 2006 Murder Extradited From Mexico

  Las Cruces, NM – Today, the U.S. Marshals Service booked wanted alleged murderer Eduardo Estrada-Garcia in a Dona Ana County jail after extraditing him from Mexico. The Border Violence Division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office worked with the U.S. Marshals Service, the United States Department of Justice and the Mexican government to bring Estrada-Garcia back to New Mexico to face an open count of murder for the alleged 2006 brutal murder of a Chaparral, New Mexico woman.

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PUENTES
9:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

A Symbol Used in Ancient Cultures

Carlos Aceves at KRWG FM studios.

  January 23, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local Author and Retired Educator, Carlos Aceves. He has a Master’s in Educational Psychology and has presented at universities and education conferences throughout the United States. He is also developed the Xinachtli Project, an indigenous based, multi-language pedagogy, for the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, Texas.

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Regional
4:41 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Alleged Dispute, Murder Of Girlfriend

  A 23-year-old Las Cruces man is in jail after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies discovered his girlfriend’s lifeless body Wednesday night inside the couple’s Doña Ana home.

Corey Franklin reportedly went to the Las Cruces Police Department just before 7 p.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at his house in the 1400 block of Eclipse.

During questioning, Franklin changed his story and told the officer the incident was actually a domestic dispute between him and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Graciela Hernandez.   

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4:16 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Over 43,000 New Mexicans Enroll For Coverage From Health Insurance Exchange

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  Following the second Open Enrollment deadline, 43,054 New Mexicans selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) as of Jan. 16, 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Regional
4:11 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

VIDEO: Heinrich Outlines Objections To Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, delivered a speech on the Senate floor today in opposition to legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

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12:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Announce Additional Funding For State Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has approved $15.6 million conditional funding for the New Mexico State Veterans' Home in Truth or Consequences to construct a new 59 bed facility. The construction and expansion project includes 39 Alzheimer’s beds, a 20 bed Skilled Nursing Unit, a new rehabilitation section for inpatient and outpatient services, and a new pool.

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12:46 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Consumer Group Calls On McDonald's: Help Save Antibiotics

Albuquerque, NM — The state consumer group New Mexico PIRG launched a national campaign today asking McDonald’s to stop the purchase of meat raised with antibiotics. As one of the largest purchasers of beef, pork and chicken in the United States, such a commitment from McDonald’s would help tackle the growing public health crisis of antibiotic resistance. 

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Regional
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outside Team To Release UNM Sexual Assault Report

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An outside team of experts plans to release its findings following a review of the campus culture on sexual assault at the University of New Mexico.

Team leader Jill Pilgrim and Dean of Students Tomas Aguirre are expected to discuss the findings during a presentation Thursday.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was launching an investigation into the university's handling of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students.

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Regional
9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Regional
9:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Workers Discover Ceiling Damage At Nuke Repository

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Officials say a small portion of the ceiling at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico has collapsed.

The U.S. Energy Department's Carlsbad Field Office says the damage was spotted by geotechnical workers during an inspection last week. The office announced the finding Wednesday, saying it highlighted the need for workers to continue with roof bolting operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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Regional
9:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Await New Revenue Forecast

Oil prices continue to drop and that's making New Mexico lawmakers a little uneasy as they prepare to hammer out a state budget for the next fiscal year.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat John Arthur Smith of Deming, joked during the floor session Wednesday that his committee wouldn't meet until the price of oil starts to rise.

On Thursday, the panel is scheduled to hear from state finance officials.

The 60-day legislative session began Tuesday and the big assignment for lawmakers will be approving a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan.

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