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9:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood Watch

Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.

The storms could lead to flood and possibly bring hail. Forecasters say the areas also may see strong winds up to 50 mph.

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9:52 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Santa Fe Eyes Wooing 'The Bachelor' To Town

The city of Santa Fe is trying to get its hands on the "The Bachelor" and it may shell out some money for the mission.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.

Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Department of Tourism has already agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort.

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Regional
9:50 am
Tue July 29, 2014

King Says He Will Ask Court To Decide Donation Issue

A campaign finance case involving the New Mexico's race for governor is apparently headed to the state Supreme Court

Democratic nominee and current Attorney General Gary King says he'll ask the justices to decide whether he has to return certain donations as Secretary of State Diana Duran contends.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the issue centers on the timing of the contributions. They were made weeks after the June 3 primary election, and Duran contends that contributions for the primary election cycle cannot be accepted after that election.

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Regional
7:52 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Scrutinize Costs Of Beefed Up Border

A legislative committee is scrutinizing the more-than-$5 million a week Texas spends on beefed-up security along the Mexican border amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.

The special Texas House committee on border operations meets Tuesday after the state announced it was spending an extra $1.2 million per week on border security.

That "operational surge" means more helicopters, armed boats and police troopers — but exactly how it's being spent hasn't been made public.

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Regional
7:49 am
Tue July 29, 2014

New Mexico Tax Holiday Starts Friday For Shoppers

New Mexico's annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.

Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.

The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.

No tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, including tablets; and computer hardware costing no more than $500, including printers.

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Regional
7:43 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Man Arrested After New Mexico Capitol Evacuated

A 48-year-old man has been arrested following the evacuation of the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe after a caller allegedly threatened to kill himself there and blow up the building.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the building was closed Monday afternoon after being evacuated. Normal operations resume Tuesday.

Gutierrez said officers arrested 48-year-old Matthew Pacheco Monday night at a drug store in Taos, which is about 55 miles north of Santa Fe.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Retiree Health Care Agency Proposes Solvency Plan

Taxpayers and public employees would chip in more money over three years under a proposal to improve the finances of a program providing health care for retired state and local government workers.

The Retiree Health Care Authority executive director Mark Tyndall said Monday the Legislature will be asked to approve the proposal when it convenes in January.

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Regional
3:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To Threat

Authorities evacuated the New Mexico Capitol after a male caller threatened to kill himself in the building.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the evacuation was ordered around 12:30 p.m. Monday. He says police know the identity of the caller, but haven't been able to locate him.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez says the governor's office had received a series of calls from someone threating suicide. Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says the evacuation was ordered after an initial investigation by law enforcement found the threat to be credible.

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Regional
3:08 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

"Dig" To Film In New Mexico

Credit nmfilm.com

  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis, announced today that the Universal Cable Productions television event series "Dig," premiering on USA Network this fall, starring Jason Isaacs (Awake) and Anne Heche (Save Me), will be partially filmed in New Mexico.

 

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3:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Settlement Requires Feds To Review Pesticide Impacts

The Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement today requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to analyze the impacts of five common pesticides on endangered wildlife across the nation. The pesticides up for review — carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl — have all been found to be toxic to wildlife and may pose a health risk to humans. 

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Regional
1:23 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Parts Of New Mexico See Record Rainfall

Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico have seen record rainfall and forecasters say more is coming.

The National Weather Service says Raton was hit with four inches of rain and Mosquero received close to five inches over a 24 hour period beginning Sunday. Officials say those are likely new daily rainfall records for those northern New Mexico communities.

Santa Fe also reported seeing up to two inches of rain across the metro area.

More severe weather in the state is expected this week, bringing the possibility of flooding and dangerous road conditions.

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Regional
1:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Man Gets 22.5-Year Sentence In Death Of 2-Year-Old

A Farmington-area man has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison on convictions stemming from the beating death of a 2-year-old boy left in his care.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Jason Yazzie of Fruitland was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque in the Aug. 2, 2013 death of the boy identified in court documents only as "KB."

Yazzie pleaded guilty on April 28 to charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Regional
1:18 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

More Hospitals To Test Newborns For Heart Defects

More New Mexico hospitals are about to start screening all newborns for a type of heart disease.

State health officials say some hospitals already test for a group of heart defects that cause severe, life-threatening symptoms but that others will start doing so Friday.

That's a result of legislation enacted earlier this year. Health Secretary Retta Ward says it's important because some of the defects may not be apparent early on but the infants need life-saving interventions quickly.

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Regional
1:17 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Gun Rule

A federal appeals court has upheld the government's right to demand that gun dealers in Southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semi-automatic rifles within five days.

The 10th U.S Circuit Court of appeals said it was siding with other appellate courts in affirming a lower court's decision in favor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Regional
1:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Mexico Capitol Evacuated Due To 'Threat'

Authorities have evacuated the New Mexico Capitol due to an unspecified "threat."

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the evacuation Monday was ordered around 12:30 p.m. after two threatening phone calls were made by a male caller. Gutierrez says he didn't know the nature of the threat but one call came to the office of Gov. Susana Martinez and another was made to another office.

He says the caller did not make a threat to an individual but to the Capitol.

It was not known if Martinez was in the building at the time the calls were made.

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Regional
12:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Doña Ana County Approved For Foreign Trade Zone Status

Doña Ana County now has the status as a foreign trade zone.  The County has been designated as Foreign-Trade Zone No. 197. The status provides an opportunity for the county to attract new manufacturing jobs to any part of the county.

In a press release, Doña Ana County Manager Chuck B. McMahon said, “The benefit of the designation is that it allows new companies that locate within Doña Ana County to secure Foreign-Trade Zone Status for warehousing and distribution operations within approximately 30 days from the time an application is accepted for filing.”

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Regional
8:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Overtime For Santa Fe Police Fell During Five Day Work Week

Santa Fe police say overtime costs fell significantly when officers worked five days a week, a schedule that has since been reversed by the current police chief.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that records show overtime payments dropped by 15 percent.

According to records, the department shelled out $1 million in overtime in 2010.

That figure decreased to $842,000 in 2011, after former Chief Ray Rael changed officers' schedules from five to four-day work weeks. The costs have remained steady since.

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Regional
8:29 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Proposed West Texas Shelter To Be Largest In U.S. To Hold Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.

A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October.

But with 3,500 beds, the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge southeast of El Paso would be far larger than other shelters. One that recently opened in McAllen holds about 1,000 children.

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Regional
8:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New Mexico Senators Ask Mexican Officials To Restore Hours At Border

US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

    

New Mexico senators are asking Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. to work with his country's customs agency to restore their operating hours at the Santa Teresa port of entry.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter Friday to Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora.

Both lawmakers say they "respectfully request" that Mora reach out to the Mexican Federal Customs Agency about operating 12 hours a day.

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Regional
8:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract Offer

Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.

Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.

Hospital spokeswoman Arturo Delgado says managers are disappointed by the vote. Union local President Fonda Osborn says the union wants to return to the bargaining table.

Staffing issues are a major issue in the dispute.

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Regional
2:12 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

"Go Teacher" Ecuador Scholar Program at NMSU

The "Go Teacher" program is in its third year at New Mexico State University. The goal of the program is to teach English Language fluency and English language teaching methodologies to Ecuadorian English teachers. The scholars spend seven months taking classes at New Mexico State University, while also discovering the culture of New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border region.

Regional
1:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Scammer Impersonates U.S. Marshal In New Mexico

  Authorities say someone is impersonating serving with the U.S. Marshals Service to defraud people in New Mexico of money.

The U.S. Marshals Service initially received several reports Thursday that someone is pretending to be a member and calling Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents.

Victims say the caller asks victims to pay a fine by credit card or send money for a loved one who is incarcerated.

Another victim reported the caller saying back taxes and fines needed to be paid immediately over the telephone.

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Regional
1:53 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Santa Fe Forest Plan Upheld By Court

   Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawsuits May Seal Important Facts About Fertilizer Plant Disaster

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case.

The agreements OK'd by state District Judge Jim Meyer were requested by attorneys involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits. The result is that lawyers can label as confidential virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial.

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Regional
1:51 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Texas Couple Gives Tribute Flag To Marine's Mother

A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.

Lanie and Walter Brown gave the flag Saturday to Patsy Maciel before a small crowd gathered at the grave of Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel in the northern Houston suburb of Humble.

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Regional
1:50 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Houston Teacher Starting Pay Of About $50,000 Drawing Out Of State Educators

  North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move and teach in Texas.

The Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in Charlotte on Friday, following similar events in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Teachers say the Houston offer, with a starting salary of more than $49,000, is enticing, especially for young teachers.

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Regional
1:47 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Detox Service Could End At Farmington Facility

  A detox service at a Farmington recovery facility that serves the Four Corners region as well as the Navajo Nation could come to an end.

The Four Winds Recovery Center may have to cease offering a protective custody detox service to make up for a 54 percent drop in county funding.

Center director Jolene Schneider said Thursday that it's only a matter of time before the center will have to stop providing the detox program.

San Juan County commissioners last month approved cuts to its health care assistance program.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Mexican Winter League Games To Be Played In El Paso

  EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso Chihuahuas present the first-ever Mexican Baseball Fiesta to be held on September 28th and 29th at Southwest University Park. Game times are at 3:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively. The Fiesta will feature two teams from Mexico, Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán, members of the Pacific League of Mexico.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

NMSU Names New Dean For Honors College

  New Mexico State University has selected Miriam Chaiken, a distinguished achievement professor and academic department head of the NMSU Anthropology Department, as the next dean of its Honors College.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Aging Department Recognizes Senior Olympians

(Santa Fe) – New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is congratulating the more than 1,100 athletes who competed in the 36th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics in Roswell.

Each of the competitors has an inspiring story to share.

Colleen Burns from McIntosh has been competing in New Mexico’s Senior Olympics for more than 15 years. Burns, who is 64, and her 91-year-old mother Mary Kirsling both competed in this year’s events.

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