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9:39 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Achaeologists Call On Feds To Protect Chaco Canyon Area

Credit National Park Service

Archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation are calling on the U.S. Interior Department to protect the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development.

Nearly 30 archaeologists sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday to highlight their concerns. It comes a day after Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall toured the area in northwestern New Mexico.

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7:26 am
Tue June 30, 2015

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Plans To Expand Overtime Protections

 

“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages... We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they’ve earned.”

– President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

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Regional
7:06 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Road To Spaceport America Hits Snag Due To Planning Error

Credit spaceportamerica.com

Officials say start of construction on an improved southern New Mexico road to Spaceport America will be delayed around three months thanks to a planning error.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County staff told commissioners last week surveying work for the proposed construction didn't align with a corridor that was studied as part of a key environmental review.

County Engineer Robert Armijo says he didn't know why that happened but staff has to redesign the roadway to match the corridor.

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Regional
6:38 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Texas Leads Multistate Suit Against EPA Over Water Rule

Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water.

In a separate case filed Monday, 13 states are also seeking to have the rule overturned.

The May rule would greatly expand federal authority under the Clean Air Act over the bodies of water the EPA can legally regulate, restoring protections to tributaries and wetlands.

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Regional
6:34 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Authorities ID Boy Scout Who Died In New Mexico Flash Flood

Authorities have released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood on a northern New Mexico camping trip with his troop.

New Mexico State Police announced Monday that the victim was 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California.

Police say Brock was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch.

Floodwaters came through North Ponil Canyon where they were camping around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The water over-ran their camp site, taking four boys down the canyon.

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary Connor At Chaco Canyon

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall thanked U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor for joining him at Chaco Culture National Historical Park to learn more about the region's sensitive archaeological sites as Interior Department officials make decisions about future oil and gas leasing in the area. Connor's visit was in response to Udall’s letter asking the Department of the Interior to send a top-level official to New Mexico.

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Regional
4:28 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Pearce Statement On Supreme Court Decision Rejecting EPA Emissions Rules

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to consider cost before issuing burdensome 2012 emissions regulations on power plants.  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on the 5-4 decision:

 

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Regional
3:52 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

DOE Names Acting Field Office Manager At Nuclear Repository

The U.S. Department of Energy has named one of its longtime employees as the acting director of the field office that oversees the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository.

Dana Bryson is replacing Joe Franco, who recently took another job with the agency at the Hanford site in Washington.

The department says Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and has served as the deputy manager of the Carlsbad Field Office since 2013.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Ex-Las Cruces Police Officers Arraigned

Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia were arraigned in the Third Judicial District Court today. Both former officers are facing a charge of Aggravated Battery for what took place in a holding cell on December 23, 2014 involving Ross Flynn.

 

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Local Viewpoints
3:37 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

The Latino Community Has Spoken, Trump Is Out!

Today, hundreds of thousands of Latinos and non-Latinos cheer NBC Universal and its parent company Comcast for severing their relationship with Donald Trump for his bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant. NBC Universal/Comcast, to its credit, moved to disassociate itself from a man who has either failed to realize or to accept that hate speech against any and all communities will no longer be tolerated. 

 

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Regional
7:19 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Texas Attorney General: State Workers Can Deny Marriage Licenses

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine.

But he says "numerous lawyers" stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one.

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Local Viewpoints
7:15 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Rodriguez: Texas Attorney General Should Not Tell Public Servants They Can Break The Law

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Austin - State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Paxton's contention that elected officials in Texas are not bound by the U.S. Constitution:

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Local Viewpoints
5:25 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Goodman: With Pope Francis, We Are Watching Something Remarkable

  Prince Myshkin, protagonist of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, is an “idiot” because he takes the words of Jesus quite literally, not realizing (as the mature adults around them do) that such sentiments are all very well in their place but not to be acted upon. 

 

Pope Francis seems a little that way. In a traditional situation where the Pope displays his humility, Pope Francis chose to do so with juvenile delinquents in a jail; and rather than any ceremonial washing, he chose to kneel down and give their feet a good washing. Clearly he didn’t get it at all!

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Regional
11:19 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NM Files For Health Exchange Premium Increase

A major insurer on the New Mexico health exchange is not budging from a proposal to raise its premiums for some customers by more than 50 percent.

The Albuquerque Journal reported  Friday that Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico filed a request for a 51.6 percent increase with the state insurance office.

The exchange offers plans by five different insurance companies.

Three are asking to boost premiums between 2 and 17 percent, depending on the plan.

But CHRISTUS Health Plan, however, is not seeking any increase.

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Regional
11:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Judge Won't Block Santa Fe County Tax

A tax hike in the cities of Santa Fe and Espanola appears more likely to take effect this week.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a judge late last week denied both cities' request for a temporary restraining order halting the tax increase.

However, First District Judge Sarah Singleton allowed a lawsuit initiated by the cities against Santa Fe County to move forward.

The cities are suing the county over a decision to raise its gross-receipts tax by one-eighth of a percentage point, a move that is supposed to start Wednesday.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun June 28, 2015

NMSU Professor Says Water Restrictions May Be In New Mexico's Future

  On May 5, California approved a 25 percent cut on water use in urban areas in an effort to conserve water after four years of intense drought. With these historic water restrictions, could New Mexico face the same future?

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Dacia Sedillo named NMSU’s Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dacia Sedillo has been named the associate vice president for enrollment management at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Dacia Sedillo has been named associate vice president for enrollment management at New Mexico State University. NMSU’s university admissions, university financial aid and scholarship services and university registrar’s offices will report to Sedillo. 

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Regional
11:18 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Albuquerque Police Investigating Fatal Drive-By Shooting

Albuquerque police are searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting that has left a juvenile victim dead.

Police spokesman Fred Duran says officers responded shortly after 10 p.m. Friday to reports of shots fired in the northeast part of town.

Responding officers found a juvenile-age victim with a single gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a hospital but later died.

Duran says the young victim's identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin and because of the victim's age.

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Regional
10:40 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Albuquerque Man Shot And Killed In Driveway

Police say an Albuquerque man may have been confronting a group breaking into cars and homes when he was fatally shot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officers found the 59-year-old homeowner dead in his driveway early Friday in the city's Northeast Heights neighborhood.

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says several suspects broke into at least five vehicles.

Tixier says investigators think the victim went to confront them.

He says another man in his 80s was shot at but was unharmed.

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PUENTES
9:24 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Old-Fashioned Storytelling

Grits Wrangler, Loni Todoroki & Douglas Jackson at KRWG FM studios.

 June 26, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Storytellers of Las Cruces members: Douglas Jackson, Loni Todoroki and Grits Wrangler to talk to us about one of the oldest forms of communication, storytelling.

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Regional
8:12 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

3 In El Paso Get Prison For Gang-Related Sex Trafficking

A third man linked to a West Texas gang and sex trafficking has been sentenced to federal prison.

Emmanual Lockhart was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. He was convicted in El Paso of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in the ring that also operated in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.

Richard Gray was sentenced to three concurrent life prison terms Thursday. Gray was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of persons, sex trafficking of children and sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. He received 10 years for transportation for prostitution.

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Regional
3:59 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

The Latest In Texas: Abbott's Office Says Memo Not Discriminatory

Texas Governor Greg Abbot
Credit http://gov.texas.gov/

A Timeline

4:10 p.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott's office says the governor's directive that ordered state agencies not to reprimand those who deny benefits to gay couples does not condone discrimination.

Abbott spokesman John Wittman says the order issued earlier Friday does not authorize state agencies to deny benefits to same-sex couples. He says it only ensures that people doing business with the state cannot be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.

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Regional
3:53 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Pearce: Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Ignores The Will Of The People

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which addressed the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.

 

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Regional
3:44 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexico Business Boss 'Optimistic' About Boost In Funding

Secretary Of Economic Development, Jon Barela
Credit gonm.biz

New Mexico's top economic development official says the state's decision this year to pour millions of dollars into wooing businesses and spurring job creation isn't being taken lightly.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela told lawmakers during a meeting Friday that his office is crafting policies to ensure that the money is spent wisely and that the program is transparent.

Barela says proving the state is getting a return from its investments under the Local Economic Development Act — or LEDA — will be key.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexico AG Disputes Campaign Finance Violations

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says incorrect allegations about his own campaign finances show there are flaws in the state's reporting process.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Balderas said Thursday he is worried some candidates may be on the end of wrongful accusations by the Secretary of State's Office.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran told Balderas this week that he submitted three late campaign finance reports a few years ago.

But Balderas said she was wrong about two of the reports.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To 12 Wire Fraud Charges

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 54-year-old Joseph Lawler of Peoria pleaded guilty to all 12 counts of a superseding indictment.

It alleged Lawler defrauded investors out of at least $288,000 between August 2010 and July 2014.

Prosecutors say Lawler got others to create a company that purported to provide investment services.

He also got others to open four accounts for the company at a bank in Farmington, New Mexico and one at a Phoenix bank.

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Regional
3:30 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

New Mexicans Call On Congress To Protect Their Public Lands And Recreation Opportunities

From national parks like Chaco Canyon to handball courts in Albuquerque, many open spaces in American have been made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This critical funding for conservation is set to expire in just 100 days unless Congress acts quickly.

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Regional
2:03 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

NM Democratic Chair Haaland Statement On Marriage Equality

New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland and Somáh
Credit New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland

Today, New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Deb Haaland released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality across the US:

 

“As the mother of a lesbian daughter, I am thrilled to know that her future is free from barriers to marry whomever she wishes. Somáh came out to me as a senior in high school and since that time she has advocated for acceptance of this fundamental right. I share this victory with her. Love wins!

 

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Regional
1:56 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Udall, Nelson Urge FTC To Investigate Concussion Prevention Claims Used To Sell Soccer Headgear

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potentially misleading safety claims used to sell soccer headgear. The FTC enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Moore Fire Update

There was very little activity on the Moore Fire in the Gila Wilderness Thursday. The lightning-caused fire is reported as 4,000 acres with 107 personnel assigned. The fire continued to burn slowly in large fuels near the perimeter as light rain fell during the day.   

Today, crews will continue to monitor and improve boundary management lines around the fire.  With the predicted increase in moisture for the weekend, decreasing the size of the organization is in the planning stages.   

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