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6:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: New Mexico's Checkbook Is $100 Million Out Of Balance, Maybe More

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.

Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.

However, state Auditor Tim Keller says the difference could be hundreds of millions of dollars.

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6:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Martinez Announces Nomination To NMSU Board Of Regents, Other Boards And Commissions

Credit Office of the Governor

  Santa Fe — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a number of appointments and nominations.

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5:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico To Tackle Campaign Spending Bill

A New Mexico Senate Democrat and a House Republican plan to co-sponsor legislation to define the relationship between candidates and political action committees when it comes to campaign finance.

Similar bills have failed in previous years but Sen. Peter Wirth said Monday he is hopeful of passage this year because of bipartisan support. The Santa Fe Democrat said the bill will be introduced following a review by the New Mexico Secretary of State. Republican James Smith of Sandia Park will be the sponsoring the measure in the House.

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4:43 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico Appeals Court Hears Assisted Suicide Case

Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have a right to end their lives?

That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers from a terminally ill woman.

The case involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

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Regional
4:38 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Names Of 2 Who Died In San Acacia Home Released By Police

Authorities have released the names of two people found dead in a San Acacia house after a fire last week.

New Mexico State Police said Monday that the victims were 59-year-old Anthony Romo and 89-year-old Vera Churn, both from Socorro.

Their relationship isn't immediately clear.

The remains of the two were found after the blaze north of Socorro was extinguished Wednesday morning.

Police investigators said earlier that the fire was electrical and it likely was started by two space heaters that were plugged into one circuit.

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4:35 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Charge

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a heroin trafficking charge and is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 59-year-old David Mendez Bojorquez, of Phoenix, entered his plea Monday.

Mendez Bojorquez was arrested last Dec. 8 at a bus station in Albuquerque.

Federal drug agents and task force officers executed a federal search warrant on Mendez Bojorquez' suitcase and say they found a package containing more than a kilogram of heroin.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheriff's Department No Longer In Charge Of Animal Control And Code Enforcement

  Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has moved Animal Control and Codes enforcement from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department to the Doña Ana County Community Development Department.

The move — which became effective today — was coordinated with the cooperation and approval of Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique ‘Kiki’ Vigil.

The move will not affect the ability of the officers in the field to enforce all relevant county ordinances, but it will allow them to work with the Zoning Codes personnel who have long been under the umbrella of Community Development.

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3:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus Releases Agenda

  Austin - Leaders of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) and the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus (MALC), along with grassroots, business, and subject matter leaders from Latino/a communities across Texas, announced the results of a year-long effort to identify policy priorities in five key areas.

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Local Viewpoints
2:48 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Commends California Supreme Court For Policy On Boy Scouts

  WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, commended the California Supreme Court for barring judges from non-profit youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against LGBT people - mirroring new standards HRC will require Fortune 500 to meet in its annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

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Regional
8:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico State Police: Suspect Shot During Store Robbery

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Authorities say a northern New Mexico convenience store owner shot and wounded a Santa Fe man during an armed robbery.

According to the New Mexico State Police, the incident occurred Saturday in San Jose, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas.

A State Police statement says store owner Glen Post shot 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero with a handgun after Romero allegedly threatened people in the store with a rifle, took the cash drawer and shot at Post.

State Police arrested the wounded man and found a stolen vehicle near the store.

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Regional
8:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Mission Control: Balloon Crew Streaking Over The Pacific

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

Mission control for a helium-filled balloon says the craft carrying an international team is past the one-quarter mark as they fly eastward across the western Pacific Ocean in a bid to break two major records en route from North America from Japan.

Pilots Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off in the Two Eagles balloon from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time. That was Saturday afternoon at mission control in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Regional
8:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Has Running Water Again

Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials say water has been restored after freezing temperatures damaged a crucial pipe line.

Officials say all park services are up and running and there are no water restrictions thanks to an interim bypass pipeline.

According to park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke, the 4-inch bypass pipeline temporarily replaces 7,000 feet of broken pipeline.

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Regional
6:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 4 Preview: Paul Blevins

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6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Senator Bill Soules Hosts Town Hall

New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules held a town Hall at Onate High School to find out what people in Las Cruces were most concerned about during the upcoming legislative session.

Much of the conversation at the town hall centered on a single topic, and Senator Bill Soules says it is the concern he hears most often.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

NMSU Professor Shares Experience On Organic Certification Process

  In October, the Student Research and Education Gardens at New Mexico State University were awarded an Organic Transitions grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The process took researchers including, Mark Uchanski, NMSU professor of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, three years. 

Uchanski shares the lessons learned as well as the future benefits.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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Regional
1:40 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Federal Officials Participate In New Mexico Pharmacists' Association Meeting

  ALBUQUERQUE – Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA participated in the New Mexico Pharmacists' Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting held this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the purpose of educating the Association’s membership about how prescription drug trafficking and abuse contributes to New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic and enlisting their support in combating the epidemic.

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Regional
11:59 am
Sun January 25, 2015

VIDEO: New Mexico Capital Outlay Process

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11:54 am
Sun January 25, 2015

House Majority May Give New Mexico GOP The Advantage In Passing Bills

With their takeover of leadership in the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, Republicans likely improve their chances of passing legislation.

Before the session started on Tuesday, House Republicans were nearly equal with their Democratic counterparts in terms of the number of bills they pre-filed through Jan. 16.

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Regional
11:08 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Protestors Target Perry And Christie Over Immigration Issues

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Protesters targeted Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.

The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom Forum by six people chanting, "If you become president, will you deport our families?"

The six young adults claimed to be children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Police escorted them from the auditorium.

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11:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

In Depth: Issues To Watch In Texas Legislature

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

New Gov. Greg Abbott skipped the annual Texas Right to Life march and rally at the state Capitol on Saturday — a favorite event of his predecessor Rick Perry— but sent his wife Cecilia, the state's first Hispanic first lady.

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Regional
10:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Beef Prices Rise...But So Does Demand

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years.

Choice beef retail prices averaged about $6.31 per pound in December. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that is up 0.1 percent from November's previous record high and 17.7 percent higher than a year ago

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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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Regional
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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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

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  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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