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5:09 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pearce: Funding Was Important To Begin Operations To Stop ISIS

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution proposed by the House to fund the government until Dec. 11.

“Managing the country two to three months at a time is no way to operate. Typically, I vote against partial-year funding bills,” said Congressman Steve Pearce. “This would not be acceptable in small business, in our homes or our states. However, today’s resolution included the funding to begin military operations to counter the ISIS threat. Therefore, I felt compelled to support the measure.”

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Local Viewpoints
4:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bringing New Mexico Values To Congress

  As I travel across southern New Mexico and talk with folks in every corner of the district, the sentiment is the same everywhere I go: they are fed up with Congress and its dysfunction. The constant bickering and partisanship in Washington is leaving southern New Mexico in its wake.

It’s clear that Congress could use a dose of southern New Mexican values.

I’m a fifth-generation New Mexican. I come from a typical southern New Mexican family.

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Regional
4:30 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Perry Blasts Mexico Border "Failure"

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  In a sharp criticism of Mexico's "failure" on immigration and crime policies, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has invited President Enrique Pena Nieto to visit his state and observe law enforcement efforts on the U.S. side of the border.

Pena Nieto recently criticized Perry's highly-publicized deployment of National Guard troops to the border as "unpleasant" and "reprehensible."

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Regional
4:29 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Woman Sentenced To Prison In Alamogordo Killing

  The last of three people convicted in the 2011 killing of a woman outside a Burger King in Alamogordo has been sentenced to life in prison and an additional 26 years.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that District Judge James W. Counts sentenced Alexias Torres on Tuesday on convictions of first-degree murder and other crimes stemming from the killing of 33-year-old Shavon Twitty.

Fellow defendant Jonathan Montoya confessed to firing the fatal shots, although he said he had only intended to fire a warning shot. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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Regional
4:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Taxi Group Sues To Stop Uber And Lyft In New Mexico

  A group of taxi and limousine operators has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop ride-sharing services from operating in New Mexico.

The Public Regulation Commission which regulates taxis and limos previously ruled that Lyft and Uber were in violation of state law. However, the two companies have continued to operate.

Unlike traditional taxi businesses, Lyft and Uber use smart-phone programs to connect people seeking rides with people who have cars.

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Regional
7:55 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm Brings More Rain To The Area

 

Flash flood watches are in effect for most of New Mexico as remnants from Tropical Storm Odile move through the state and are expected to bring heavy rain throughout the week.

Weather radar shows large storm clusters over the state Wednesday morning, generally moving the southwest toward the northeast.

Five-day National Weather Service forecasts call for 2 to 5 inches in southern New Mexico, with up to 8 inches in the southwestern and south-central mountain regions.

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Regional
7:51 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Hobbs Lab Now Capable Of Firearms Forensic Testing

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says its laboratory in Hobbs is now capable of doing forensic analysis on firearms.

The lab can also test cartridge cases, make bullet comparisons, restore serial numbers and do other examinations related to firearms.

Agency officials say the lab's new capabilities will mirror those offered in Santa Fe and will help expedite cases around the state that involve firearms.

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Regional
7:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Fall Enrollment Down

New Mexico State University says fall enrollment is down more than 5 percent from the previous year.

The university released the numbers Tuesday. They show nearly 26,700 students enrolled throughout the NMSU system as of Sept. 5.

At the Las Cruces campus, more than 15,800 students were enrolled for the fall. That represents a 5.6 percent decrease from 2013.

The vice president for student affairs and enrollment, Bernadette Montoya, says the university had several large classes early during the economic downturn and those students are now leaving with degrees.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NMSU Researchers Study Coyotes And Kit Foxes At White Sands National Monument

A curious coyote discovers one of the cameras used in NMSU’s study to determine whether kit foxes are in harm’s way. (NMSU photo provided by Gary Roemer)

  Take a stroll through the unique gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument and you might come across paw prints belonging to a kit fox or coyote.

These two predators coexist in an extreme form of competition called intraguild predation. When two predators compete for the same prey, the larger often kills and may even consume the smaller predator. This is a phenomenon familiar with sharks, spiders, hyenas and many other animals. In this case, the coyote is the predator of the kit fox.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Mexico To Get Share Of Tropical Storm Odile

Heavy rains are expected to strike the state this week thanks to remnants of Tropical Storm Odile.

The National Weather Service said severe weather from the Odile will move across most of northern and central New Mexico bringing possible flooding and thunderstorms

Flash flood watches already are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains. Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Prodded By Farmington, Post Office Gets A Cleanup

After a year of prodding by Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts and a citation, the weeds outside the post office have been pulled and the trash is also gone.

As a result, The Daily Times reports that the city has dropped the petty misdemeanor citation it issued the postmaster this summer because of the building's appearance.

Back in June, yellow grass grew up through gravel and trash hung in bushes outside the building, which had broken light boxes, peeling paint and heaved-up sections of sidewalk.

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Regional
1:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fire Stations Stocked With Sandbags As Rains Continue

The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags over the next several days as the remnants of Hurricane Odile soak the county.             The Emergency Operations Center has not been activated, and no major flooding issues have been reported. Crews in various county departments are monitoring historic trouble spots in case a coordinated response becomes necessary.             Because of limited availability, distribution of sandbags will be limited to 10 per residence or business.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Teen Suspected Of Vandalizing Middle School

Lynn Middle School Vandalism
Credit LCPD

Las Cruces Police have charged a 13-year-old boy suspected in a weekend vandalism spree at the middle school he attends.

The teenage boy was charged with one count of criminal damage to property. Police believe several other young individuals participated in the vandalism but they have yet to be identified.

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Election 2014
7:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Gov. Martinez Has Fundraiser In Texas

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Texas to raise money for her re-election campaign.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said Martinez held a fundraiser on Monday in Midland, a West Texas community in the oil-producing Permian Basin.

The governor's campaign will pay for her travel costs.

Sanchez said Martinez was in California on Saturday for a Republican Governors Association conference at Newport Coast and she returned to New Mexico the next day. The association is to cover Martinez's travel expenses.

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Regional
7:54 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Family In Fed Firearms Case Eyes High Court Help

Three New Mexico family members convicted of making false statements connected to a firearms sting want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case.

The Las Cruces Suns-New reports that defense attorneys for Rick Reese, his wife Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese have petition that highest court in the nation after a federal appeals court denied them a new trial.

A jury convicted the three in August 2012 of making false statements on federal firearms-sales forms. They were acquitted of most of the charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

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Regional
7:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts Of New Mexico

Flash flood watches are in effect through Tuesday evening in parts of northern and central New Mexico along the Rio Grande and in the state's southwest mountains.

The National Weather Service says subtropical moisture will continue to increase on Tuesday, allowing slow-moving thunderstorms to develop during the afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say the storms will be capable of producing 1 to 3 inches of rain during short periods, creating the threat of flash flooding.

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Regional
11:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Will Hear Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court will consider whether New Mexico's largest county can put nonbinding questions about marijuana penalties and taxes on the November general election.

The state Supreme Court on Monday scheduled a hearing Sept. 23 in a legal challenge by Bernalillo County.

The court also issued an order to stop ballots from being finalized while the case is pending.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran decided last week that advisory questions, like ones proposed by two counties, can't be placed on the ballot.

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Regional
4:07 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal to combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender, failed to clear a procedural hurdle. 

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Regional
3:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

King Loses Third Campaign Manager

  Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King's campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.

Keith Breitbach was King's third campaign manager.

King announced the resignation on Monday and in a statement thanked Breitbach for the "positive impact" he had on the campaign.

Breitbach said in an interview he "no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign."

He acknowledged that King's campaign faced difficulty because it's struggled to raise money and has been outspent 4-to-1 by Martinez since July.

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Regional
3:02 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

"Election Fest" Saturday In Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and the Doña Ana County Republican Party, will host “Election Fest: A Celebration of Democracy” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Young Park in Las Cruces from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Coordinators with the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections say the family-friendly gathering will feature live music, food, amusement park rides and free laser tag.

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Regional
1:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Tuesday Morning

  Two roadblocks are scheduled for Highway 70 on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The first block will be set at 7:20 a.m. and will be lifted at 8:20 a.m.
The roadblock will be reset at 8:30 a.m. for approximately one hour.

Roadblocks will be at Red Block (top of St. Augustine Pass) and Yellow Block (located at the White Sands National Monument  Headquarters). Las Cruces Gate and Nike Avenue are affected.

Roadblocks are subject to change without notice. Please call 575-678-1178 for updated roadblock information.

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Regional
1:33 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Child Abuse Charges After 4-Month-Old Tests Positive For Meth

  Las Cruces---Jose Nino was indicted on September 11, 2014 on (1) count of Abuse of a Child for the events that took place on July 16-July 18, 2014 which resulted in his 4 month old testing positive for methamphetamine.

While the child’s mother tested negative for drugs she stated that the defendant had lost a baggie of methamphetamine in the home and she suspected he and his brother had smoked it in the child’s presence.

Four adults, including the parents, and 2 other children resided in the home at the time.

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Regional
11:31 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cruz In South Carolina Raising Money For GOP

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is back in South Carolina to help raise money for the state Republican Party's election efforts.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is the featured speaker at a GOP luncheon Monday in Columbia.

A ticket for lunch only is $40. Getting a photo with Cruz bumps the price to $100. The money is going toward the Republican Party's get-out-the-vote efforts this fall.

It's Cruz' fourth visit to this early primary state since last May, when he addressed the annual state GOP dinner.

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Regional
11:21 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Houston Doctor Charged With Poisoning Her Lover

  Prosecutors say a 43-year-old breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center had a "fatal attraction" to a fellow physician who rejected her, prompting her to poison her lover by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol.

The chemical is a common additive in automotive antifreeze but also is used by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center labs where Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo and another cancer researcher and doctor, George Blumenschein, both worked.

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Regional
11:19 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Texas Growth Has Not Reduced Inequality

  The energy boom and millions of new consumers have propelled revenue growth in Texas to nearly twice the national average. Yet, a Standard & Poor's report shows income inequality is putting a brake on the pace of expansion.

The report released Monday suggests the gains flowing to the top 1 percent around the U.S. come at a broader cost to society. That's because the affluent tend to save more of their income, and states such as Texas won't see much of it going toward sales tax.

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Regional
8:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Climate Change Threatens New Mexico Birds

 

A National Audubon Society study says 50 bird species in New Mexico are being threatened by climate change.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday that the study says New Mexico birds at risk include the Bullock's oriole, the prairie falcon, the pinyon jay and the mallard duck.

The national study looked at 40 years of climate data and bird records from the U.S. Geological Survey. It says more than half of 588 North American bird species will face population decline or move into uncharted territory over the next 60 years.

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Regional
8:18 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman Dies 8 Months After Beating

Albuquerque police say a woman allegedly beaten by her husband in a domestic violence case that resulted in responding officers getting injured has died.   

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says Renee Tafoya never regained consciousness after the January attack and died from her injuries Sunday.

Police say 41-year-old Anthony Abeyta attacked Sgt. Ferris Simmons and Sgt. Paul Judd when they arrested him the day of the incident.

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Regional
8:13 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Arraignment For New Mexico Sheriff

A northern New Mexico sheriff facing a new federal indictment stemming from an off-duty traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was arraigned Monday on deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm connected to a case that authorities say left a motorist injured.

The indictment by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque filed last week nullifies a previous indictment.

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Regional
8:12 am
Mon September 15, 2014

More Police To Patrol New Mexico State Fair

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

    

State police say there will be an increased law enforcement presence at the New Mexico State Fair.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Kevin Bruno tells KRQE-TV that more officers are patrolling the fairgrounds this year.

Albuquerque police will also be using high-tech camera trailers throughout the area. The cameras stream images to a Real Time Crime Center, where officers can search for missing children or any instigators.

Authorities say nearly 200 people were either cited or arrested during last year's fair.

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Regional
11:13 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Guilty Plea In Ruidoso Attack Could Net 41 Years In Prison

  A man accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing a Ruidoso McDonald's worker in the head two years ago has pleaded guilty to several charges related to the attack.  42-year-old Kenneth Kaulay entered his plea in Carrizozo.

Kaulay, of Mescalero, is pleading guilty to felony charges of kidnapping, attempting to commit first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated stalking.

Prosecutors say the female victim was leaving McDonald's in 2012 when she was attacked in a nearby wooded area.

They say Kaulay also fractured her skull, leaving some permanent paralysis.

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