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8:07 am
Fri August 29, 2014

FBI Offering Reward In Attack On Iraqi Woman

The FBI is offering a reward in a case involving a man who assaulted and robbed an Iraqi Catholic refugee in Albuquerque and yelled obscenities about Muslims.

The agency announced Thursday it will offer a $2,000 reward for the capture of a suspect who stole $20,000 in gold during the violent home invasion in June.

Authorities say the assailant forced his way into the home of Seham Jaber, shouting nasty remarks about Muslims and punched her in the head and stomach. Investigators say the intruder then tore up her family's citizenship papers.

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8:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Bans Drones

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park has adopted the ban on drones.

Officials say anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the park's boundaries could face fines and possible jail time.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis directed all parks in June to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircraft that are often used to take photos and videos.

Southwest national parks like Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Canyon and Zion have recently put bans in place.

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8:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Appoints Chair To Native American Homelessness Task Force

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has appointed Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's former chief of staff to chair the city's new Native American Homelessness Task Force.

Berry says Sherrick Roanhorse joins the task force with extensive knowledge of Native American affairs. In addition to his role with Shelly, Roanhorse has worked as a policy analyst for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and as and a government and legislative affairs specialist with the Navajo Nation in Washington, D.C. He currently works in the state government affairs office of PNM.

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8:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bernalillo County Changes Policy On Immigration Checks

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New Mexico's most populous county no longer will keep inmates in jail while their immigration status is being checked if there's no order to keep them in custody once they've posted bail.

Bernalillo County officials say the new policy means the county won't keep inmates confined at the Metropolitan Detention Center merely on the basis of a request from immigration authorities.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, County Attorney Randy Autio said the policy change is a result of court cases around the country.

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7:10 am
Fri August 29, 2014

N.M. Democratic, Republican Party Chairs Discuss Opening Primary Elections To Independents

Low turnout in New Mexico Primary Elections and a lawsuit have people talking about opening up the state’s primaries to independent voters. 

New Mexico’s Democratic Chair supports the change….but the Republican chair is opposed.

With only 20 percent of voters turning out in the last primary election, there are calls for opening up the state’s closed primary to include independent voters.

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6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Major Honors For NMSU Media Productions Team

Students work together in the Learning Games Lab. (photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico State University Media Productions team, responsible for projects with more than 40 universities, agencies and nonprofit groups nationwide, has recently received multiple awards for interactive media programs.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New Mexico Voices For Children Joins Fight Against New Mexico Food Stamp Changes

  ALBUQUERQUE—Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, will submit the following statement to Secretary Squier regarding the proposed work requirement change for recipients of SNAP (food stamp) benefits at the hearing on Friday, August 29:

Dear Secretary Squier:

I am writing to urge you to stop plans to reinstate work requirements for recipients of SNAP benefits. There are several reasons I believe this plan would be detrimental to New Mexico:

·         New Mexico has the highest rate of child hunger in the nation.

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6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Park Renaming Dedication Today In Rincon

  District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner Leticia Duarte-Benavidez will emcee the dedication of Doña Ana County’s newly renamed V. Dale Antreasian Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the northern Doña Ana County community of Rincon.

   The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Aug. 12 to name the park after Antreasian, who lived and worked in the Rincon area for more than 20 years, and was the manager of the Rincon Water Association and was also a Doña Ana County wastewater system operator in Rincon and Salem for more than 10 years.

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Local Viewpoints
2:09 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Rodriguez: Stop Fighting Constitutional School Funding

  State Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by District Judge John Dietz, in which he held that Texas’ school finance system was inequitable and inefficient, inadequate, and created a de facto state property tax:

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Regional
12:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fatal Crash In Las Cruces

A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Lohman Avenue has claimed the life of an 84-year-old woman.

At around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a crash on the 2001 block of east Lohman Avenue. The 84-year-old driver of one of the vehicles was critically injured in the crash. She was rushed to MountainView Regional Medical Center but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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11:42 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Las Cruces Plane Crash Victims Identified

New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.  New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix at a low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

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11:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Las Cruces Armed Robbery

Las Cruces Police are investigating an early Thursday morning armed robbery at a sandwich shop on University Avenue.

At around 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at the Jimmy John’s store at 901 E. University Ave. Police learned that two men, both armed with guns, entered the business, ordered employees to the floor and demanded money.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash and left out of the store’s north entrance. No shots were fired and no injuries reported.

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10:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Drones Banned At Carlsbad Caverns

  CARLSBAD, New Mexico - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones” are banned from many national parks across the U.S., including Carlsbad Caverns.

Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park have adopted the ban.  Anyone caught using model airplanes, quadcopters or other types of drones within the park’s boundaries could face fines and possible jail time.

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7:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

State Police: Bloomfield Police Fatally Shot Man

Authorities say Bloomfield police have fatally shot a man following a report of a domestic dispute involving a possible suicidal man.

They say the man was shot Wednesday and died after he was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Michah Doering says two Bloomfield police officers responded to a domestic call around 10:15 a.m. and were confronted with a suspect with a deadly weapon.

Police say the reason for the shots being fired still is being investigated.

Regional
7:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Weapons Smuggler Gets Almost Eight-Year Prison Term

A South Texas man has been sentenced to almost 8 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge for trying to smuggle weapons to Mexico's Zeta drug cartel.

A U.S. Attorney's statement says Richard John Medina received the 93-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Laredo. A federal agent testified Wednesday that Medina had smuggled firearms and grenades into Mexico for the Zetas.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana ordered the 40-year-old Laredo man to remain in custody pending transfer to a federal prison.

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7:05 am
Thu August 28, 2014

World War Two Albuquerque Vet's Family Gets Lost Medals

The family of a late World War II Albuquerque veteran who had lost his service medals has received replacements.

KOB-TV reports that the New Mexico National Guard presented the family of George Ayala a Bronze Star and five additional combat medals during a ceremony in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Ayala's daughter, Georgia Brown, says after her father died in 2012, she found documents indicating his eligibility for service medals.

Ayala joined the United States Army and served in the Philippines and Japan during World War II as a private first class.

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7:03 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Santa Fe Council Votes To Decriminalize Pot

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The Santa Fe City Council has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

City officials said in a news release that the council voted 5-4 Wednesday night to approve the pot ordinance

The measure makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. It had been a criminal misdemeanor.

Activists had submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

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6:59 am
Thu August 28, 2014

New Mexico Winery Gets Federal Grant For Chile Wine

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A New Mexico winery has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal government to expand production of its chile-infused wines.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the funding during a visit to St. Clair Winery in Deming on Wednesday.

With the funding, the New Mexico Democrat said the winery will be able to boost revenues and grow its customer base for its chile-infused line of wines by reimbursing production, marketing and distribution costs.

The winery's chile wines are made using hot peppers from the Hatch Valley in southern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

International Studies Office Opens At WNMU

Pictured are four international students that arrived this summer. From left to right they are Nemorio Rodriguez, Brazil; Enrique Ruiz, Spain; Igor Moreira, Brazil; and Lara Villarmea, Spain.

  Silver City, NM – A recent push by foreign countries to send students to study abroad has helped galvanize efforts at Western New Mexico University to expand services to international students.

The new Office of International Studies opened this fall semester with a purpose to facilitate registration to WNMU by international students and provide support services for these students.

Currently at least 19 countries are represented by WNMU’s student population and Dr. Alexandra Neves, professor and director for the new office, hopes to see that number increase.

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5:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

In Depth: 250 Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Los Lunas

  Los Lunas - Today Governor Susana Martinez announced that family-owned manufacturing company Accurate will bring 250 new jobs to Los Lunas, paying between $18 and $30 per hour.

 

 

"We are proud to help local, family-owned companies like Accurate grow and expand in New Mexico," said Governor Martinez. "Businesses like this are the backbone of our continuing efforts to diversify our economy so that our families and communities can succeed."

 

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5:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

No NCAA Sanctions On UNM Soccer Team

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  The NCAA says it won't impose sanctions on the University of New Mexico women's soccer team over hazing.

KOB-TV reports that the governing body said Wednesday it leaves all allegation of hazing for schools to address.

Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women's soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.

The soccer team later apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

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4:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Activists Protest Police Shooting Contest In Albuquerque

Activists say they want a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque canceled, especially after the city has been under scrutiny for police excess force.

Advocates held a rally Wednesday in downtown Albuquerque to call for the event's cancellation.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

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4:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Reward Grows To $10,000 In Armed Robberies, Shooting

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores have pitched in $9,000 on top of the $1,000 reward Crime Stoppers is offering for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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4:52 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Udall: Grant Will Help Deming Winery Expand

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  DEMING, N.M. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, visited the St. Clair Winery in Deming and announced a $50,000 grant to help expand production of its Hatch chile-infused wines and support New Mexico's agricultural industry, which is creating jobs in Luna County. The funding will help the winery to boost revenues and grow its customer base for its chile-infusted line of wines by reimbursing production, marketing and distribution costs. “St.

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4:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Man Arrested In "Spice" Influenced Stabbing

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Las Cruces man late Tuesday night after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times while under the influence of spice.

According to investigators, Benjamin Ziehl, 29, was enraged over infidelity issues with his girlfriend when he became combative, grabbed a knife, and allegedly began to stab the woman multiple times in her face.

The woman was escaped and flagged down a passer-by for help. Sheriff’s deputies located Ziehl, at a home in the 7500 block of El Centro, and took him into custody.

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12:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Las Cruces Man Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat At NMSU

A Las Cruces man has been arrested for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.

Federal authorities took 19-year-old Zachary Hess into custody Monday and charged him with making a threat online.

According to unsealed documents, authorities say Hess threatened a mass shooting at NMSU during an anonymous online chat four days after a mass shooting near a college in Isla Vista, California, that left seven people dead.

Investigators say an anonymous chatter snapped a screen shot of Hess' message and posted it the NMSU Facebook page.

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12:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NMSU Police Department Celebrates K-9 With Retirement Ceremony

  The New Mexico State University Police Department is hosting a retirement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at the department’s headquarters to honor K-9 officer Raven. She is one of three K-9’s with NMSUPD to specialize in explosive detection.

A Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd cross, Raven has worked with the NMSUPD for three years, and she inspected buildings and venues across campus including Aggie Memorial Stadium and Pan American Center. She also has been a regional asset and assisted with bomb threats in Dona Ana County.

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8:21 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UNM Gets Grant To Study Rise In Rural Hepatitis C

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $1.3 million grant to study the rise of Hepatitis C infections in rural New Mexico.

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is experiencing a disproportionate rise in infections, largely among young adults in rural areas. She says the research is crucial to developing long-term solutions for prevention, early detection and treatment.

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8:20 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Inventory: New Mexico Piñon, Juniper Trees Are Growing

The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of pinon and juniper trees.

A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres.

The inventory also shows pinon woodlands that are old enough to produce harvest-worthy quantities of pine nuts occupy about 8 million acres in New Mexico.

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8:16 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Santa Fe Council To Consider Pot Measure

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

Activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says she is not sure if it will fit on an already crowded general election ballot.

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