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11:33 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Goodman: Thoughts On Tuesday's School Board Elections

  There's a school-board election set for Tuesday, February 3rd.

   Is anybody still reading? 

   I hope so.  Whom we choose is important – even if we don't have kid or grandkids in the Las Cruces Public School System.  Not only do these folks decide how to spend a bunch of public money, they help determine the educational climate here, which has a bearing on business and quality of life for everyone.

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Regional
11:20 am
Sun February 1, 2015

In Depth: Texas Legislature Issues To Watch

Hubbub surrounding proposals to allow open carry of handguns has overshadowed another bill that could spark an equally large battle but actually appears to be on a faster track to becoming law: campus carry.

A proposal allowing students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry firearms in college classrooms and buildings has 19 co-sponsors in the Senate, enough to bring it a full floor vote. New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has already referred the bill to committee, likely clearing the way for its swift passage through the full chamber.

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Regional
11:20 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Flying Star Files For Chapter 11

  An Albuquerque-based restaurant chain has closed some of its locations and is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The owners of Flying Star Cafe closed restaurants in Bernalillo and Santa Fe on Friday amid an outstanding debt of more than $6 million.

Husband and wife Jean and Mark Bernstein own the 28-year-old company.

Jean Bernstein says between 40 and 45 jobs have been lost due to the closures. But some of those employees will be transferred to another location.

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Regional
11:15 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Hunting Group's Arizona Convention Draws Fire Over Coyotes

Credit Courtesy: State of Texas

A hunting group accused by advocates of holding coyote "killing contests" is coming to southern Arizona.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the group called Predator Masters is holding a convention in the Tucson area Thursday through Saturday.

Animal protection advocates say the group's previous conventions have included daily predator hunts that amount to an "indiscriminate slaughter" of coyotes. Advocate Greg Hale says a Predator Masters hunt in New Mexico last year left nearly 40 coyote carcasses strewn out and rotting.

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Regional
4:15 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Martinez Pushes Small Business Tax Cut

Gov. Susana Martinez is pushing legislation that would let small business owners deduct their business income from personal income taxes.  Martinez and state Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes announced the proposal Saturday in Albuquerque. They say the targeted tax relief will help small businesses that are just getting off the ground.

Under the bill, small business owners with less than $200,000 in taxable income and less than $350,000 in total net business income would be eligible.

Martinez says the legislation would allow entrepreneurs to expand and hire more workers.

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Regional
4:13 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Border Patrol Names Man Shot To Death After Eluding Checkpoint

The FBI has identified a 25-year-old as the man Border Patrol agents shot and killed after he drove through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping.

FBI Special Agent Michael Martinez says Tiano Meton was fatally shot Jan. 22 after leading authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 10. Martinez said other information about Meton, including his hometown, was being withheld because the shooting remains under investigation.

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Regional
1:08 pm
Sat January 31, 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
12:17 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

"Open Carry" Gun Debate Turns Wild In Texas

The Texas gun debate has gone wild, wild west.

Many thought a bill to allow the open carry of handguns would be a slam dunk for the Republican majority in the Legislature. But the opening weeks of the session have seen the issue turned into a tempest.

It began with a videotaped confrontation between gun owners and a state lawmaker who later was given a state security detail. Then a call for installing panic buttons in legislative offices. Guns were also made and displayed at the Capitol gates.

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Regional
12:17 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Air Force Instructor Gets 20 Years In Prison For Rapes

A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The jury sentenced Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Silva on Friday, a day after finding him guilty in a 2007 rape of a woman in Wyoming and a recruit in 1995. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison without parole.

Silva had been charged with raping three women. He was found not guilty in a rape that prosecutors said occurred in North Carolina in the early 1990s.

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Regional
12:16 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

In Depth: The Week In Texas Politics

Here's a look at who else had a tough week in Texas politics — and who fared better.

WHO'S UP

Border Security Proponents

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Regional
12:07 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

DeLay: Perry Hurt By Indictment

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he can relate to the fallout of an indictment that now dogs Rick Perry as the ex-Texas governor mulls a GOP presidential bid.

DeLay told a legal seminar Saturday in Houston that Perry may downplay the effect of a felony abuse of power indictment in Travis County. But DeLay says his experience shows an indictment has political legs, makes people shy away and influences financial donors.

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Regional
12:03 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

15-Year-Old Texas Boy Accused Of Murdering Mother

Corpus Christi police say a 15-year-old boy faces a juvenile murder charge after his mother was found slain in her home.

Police say the boy was arrested Saturday on a murder warrant and moved from a hospital to a juvenile detention center. The youth was treated for injuries sustained prior to being detained by officers and was under police guard while hospitalized.

Cdmr. Michael Alanis says autopsy results are pending on the 45-year-old woman. Her body was discovered Thursday after a neighbor contacted police to report a foul odor.

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Regional
12:00 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Leaves Behind Heavy Smoke Damage

The Las Cruces Fire Department responded to the 1900 block of Carlyle Drive for a structure fire.

 

Las Cruces Firefighters were dispatched just after 1 a.m. Saturday to home fire.  The first arriving fire crew witnessed heavy smoke and flames coming from a bedroom window.  Fire crews attacked the fire and had it extinguished within minutes.  All residents had evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews.  

 

Regional
5:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Drunk Driver Charged With Killing Best Friend

  Las Cruces—Estevan Herrera was indicted on January 29, 2014 on 8 counts which included, Homicide by Vehicle (Driving While Under the Influence) Homicide by Vehicle (Reckless), Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Great Bodily Harm or Death), Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, Reckless Driving, No Seat Belts, Negligent Use of a Deadly Weapon (Intoxication), Failure to Give Information and Render Aid, Failure to Give Immediate Notice of Accidents.

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Regional
4:25 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Man Sentenced To 39 Years For Murder

  Las Cruces---Today in district court, Leonard Telles was sentenced to 39 years for his conviction of 2nd Degree Murder, First Degree Kidnapping and Tampering with Evidence for the beating death of Jerome Saiz in November 2013.

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Regional
4:22 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

NMSU Regents Approve Land Lease For Possible Future Campus Hotel

  SANTA FE – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a land lease for Aggie Development Incorporated during their regular meeting in Santa Fe Jan. 30. Aggie Development allows NMSU to better manage and develop its assets. The lease will allow Aggie Development to pursue a third-party to develop a hotel property on the NMSU campus. 

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Intermezzo
3:50 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Julian Gargiulo brings his “Piano Conversations” to Las Cruces

Julian Gargiulo calls his concerts “Piano Conversations” because in addition to playing music, he picks up the microphone and verbally interacts with the audience, sometimes bringing them up to the stage and always entertaining them. “You should come expecting to have a good time and to be interacting with everything that is going on,” Gargiulo says in this phone interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin, while he was in an airport between flights.

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Regional
1:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

High Speed Pursuit In Las Cruces Ends With Arrest And Near Tragedy

  A driver suspected of running a stop sign in Sonoma Ranch Thursday led a Las Cruces Police officer on a pursuit before attempting to hide the vehicle in his family’s garage.

Nicholas Newell, 23, is charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer. Newell also faces the possibility of being charged with multiple traffic offenses.

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Local Viewpoints
12:59 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Sanchez: Governor’s Reports About Benefits Of "Right To Work" Are False

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM –Emails revealing that Governor Susana Martinez’s top political strategists began planning to create misinformation on a key state policy three years ago in order to gain political advantage today drew sharp criticism from Senate Majority Leader Michael S.

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Local Viewpoints
12:53 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Group Denounces Republican Vote To Remove Driver's Licenses From Undocumented Immigrants

  Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, denounced the dangerous and shameful actions by Republican members of the House Safety and Civil Affairs to move forward two recycled proposals that would take drivers' licenses away from the immigrant parents of up to 100,000 children in New Mexico.

 

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Online EXTRA
12:40 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Think New Mexico Again Recognized Among Top Think Tanks

  For the third year in a row, Think New Mexico has been recognized as one of the top think tanks in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program. The recognition came in TTCSP’s eighth annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” which TTCSP describes as “the gold standard for think tanks around the world.”

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Regional
12:30 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Appointed To Innovate ABQ Board Of Directors

  SANTA FE – This week, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez was appointed to the Innovate ABQ, Inc. Board of Directors by the University of New Mexico (UNM) Board of Regents.

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Local Viewpoints
12:30 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Heinrich: Strengthen Overtime Protections For New Mexico Workers

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined a group of 26 senators in supporting updating overtime rules to ensure more middle-class workers are paid fairly for overtime hours. In a letter to President Obama, the senators urged the administration to increase the income threshold to $56,680 per year to strengthen overtime protections for millions more middle-class workers. The current annual salary threshold to receive time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours is $23,660 impacting a mere 11 percent of salaried workers nationwide.

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Regional
10:57 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Las Cruces Police Investigate Shooting

Las Cruces Police are investigating a shooting that injured a 38-year-old man.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to Memorial Medical Center where a 38-year-old man was suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Police learned that someone transported the man to the hospital and left before providing information to medical personnel.

The 38-year-old man was stabilized at MMC before being airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He remains hospitalized in critical condition Friday morning.

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Regional
8:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Balloon Crew Nearing North America Matches Duration Record

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

The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a duration record as they approach North America, marking another historic day for the team that's already set a distance record.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia marked another milestone early Friday when they hit 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds in the air in a traditional gas balloon.

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Regional
8:06 am
Fri January 30, 2015

George P. Bush Headlines Texas Capitol 'School Choice' Rally

Credit George P. Bush - Photo from texasgop.org

New Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is leading a "school choice" rally supporting calls to expand voucher programs and charter schools statewide.

Organizers say Friday's gathering outside the Texas Capitol will be the largest of its kind in recent memory.

Bush served on the board of one of Texas' top charter-school operators, and his office oversees the nation's largest educational endowment.

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Regional
8:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Difficult Driving Conditions Reported On Some NM Highways

Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.

Other highways in the Las Vegas area also have difficult driving conditions.

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Regional
7:54 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A.G. Balderas Offers Investigation Update After Releasing Behavioral Health Audit

Credit Hector Balderas

The New Mexico Attorney General on Thursday announced the release of a 2013 Behavioral Health Services Audit and said that his office is hoping to complete an investigation into the providers within six to eight months. 

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday announced the release of a redacted version of a 2013 Behavioral Health Services Audit and also gave an update on a current investigation into the providers.

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7:39 am
Fri January 30, 2015

New Mexico Immigrant License Repeal Effort Passes First Hurdle

An effort to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses has cleared its first hurdle despite a comparison to the Holocaust.

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines Thursday to move along the GOP-led proposal aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws.

But Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, an Albuquerque Democrat, said the effort reminded her of stories from the Holocaust and warned it would create more divisions in New Mexico.

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Regional
7:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Former EL Paso Schools Official Gets Probation

A federal judge has sentenced a former El Paso Independent School District administrator to five years of probation and fined her $5,000 for her role in a scheme to artificially inflate test scores.

The El Paso Times reports Myrna Gamboa cried before and during her Thursday sentencing. Gamboa, who pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to defraud the U.S., told the judge she wanted to apologize for her actions.

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