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3:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

For Lara, It's Teamwork And Ideas That Count

  As a Democrat living and working in a Republican-leaning community in southern New Mexico, 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne “Rocky” Lara says she’s developed a knack for working well with political opponents.

Lara, a 39-year-old family law attorney from Carlsbad, said that kind of collaborative attitude is an essential for Congress these days.

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Local Viewpoints
3:44 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

A Great Discussion About Immigration

Panelists were, l-r: Ali Noorani (Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum), U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, and International Bank of Commerce Executive Vice President Eddie Aldrete. Moderator, at end, was the Tribune's Julian Aguilar.

  

  We had a great conversation about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, from the perspective of welcoming immigrants, at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday.

I believe, and I think the majority of Americans do as well, that the perspective of welcoming rather than shunning immigrants, is both humane and practical.

During the panel, we discussed at length the critical role that immigrants have and continue to play in our nation’s economy.

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Local Viewpoints
3:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

King: Martinez Sticks To Scripted Comments During Forum

  Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor Gary King today wasted no time correcting Governor Martinez about the misrepresentations contained in one of her latest campaign attack ads.  King told a crowd of several hundred that Martinez forgot to mention that it was his office that put the ‘Casanova Con Man’ in prison, that his agents went to the east coast to arrest him, and his prosecutors who convicted him.

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Regional
3:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Texas District Temporarily Bans Seven Books

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  A Texas school district has temporarily removed seven books from classroom-use after parents complained about them.

Some parents complained to the Highland Park school district about the novels because of sex scenes and references to rape, abuse and abortion.

The district's superintendent Dawson Orr says the books will be reviewed by committees of parents, teachers and students. Orr says the process could take months.

One book that will be reviewed is "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls.

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Regional
3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

SpaceX Breaks Ground On Texas Rocket Launch Site

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.

Musk was joined Monday by Gov. Rick Perry and other officials as SpaceX broke ground at the state's southernmost tip.

The ceremony marked the start of construction of the $85 million site at Boca Chica Beach, east of Brownsville, where commercial satellites will be launched.

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Regional
3:17 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

El Paso Woman Dies After Accident During Flood

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman in El Paso after torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile battered West Texas.  Rainfall amounts across Texas in the past week have ranged from 2 inches to as much as 14 inches. The greatest amount was recorded over a four-day period in a community about 70 miles southeast of Lubbock.

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Election 2014
8:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

UPDATE: Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off At Forum

 

Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King disagreed over the economy and schools in their first appearance together at a candidate forum in New Mexico's race for governor.

King criticized Martinez for presiding over the "worst economy in the country," and said New Mexico has lagged behind other states in job growth.

Martinez jabbed at King for supporting tax increases to balance the budget two decades when he served in the Legislature.

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Regional
8:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

24 Spend Night In Carlsbad Shelter Due To Flooding

 

Some Carlsbad residents spent the night in a shelter because of Pecos River flooding that is now receding.

Red Cross spokeswoman Beverly Allen says 24 people took refuge at a shelter at Carlsbad High School.

Eddy County emergency center spokesman Kenny Rayroux says the problem stems from flooding of the Pecos River that runs through Carlsbad.

However, Rayroux says the river crested early Monday morning and is now receding.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Goodman: Bardwell, Rawson Present Clear Choice In District 3 County Commission Race

      I live in District 3, where the County Commission candidates are Beth Bardwell and Ben Rawson.  Karen Perez ably represented us, but had to quit because her professional work situation changed. 

This race presents a clear choice.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

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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Local Viewpoints
3:45 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Overseas Ballots In Bernalillo County Mailed By Deadline

  Despite a number of hurdles due to legal action and problematic ballot design processes overseen by the Secretary of State's office, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office successfully mailed ballots to overseas and military voters yesterday, meeting the federal deadline for sending those ballots to voters who had already applied before the deadline.

 

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Regional
2:06 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Las Cruces Area Prisoner Cuts Himself With Razor

  A man who was about to be sentenced for a murder conviction cut himself with a razor blade and had to be forcibly removed from a court holding cell and rushed to a hospital.

An investigation is being conducted into how 38-year-old Dominic Martin Montoya obtained the razor that he used to cut his arms and neck on Friday.

Montoya was supposed to be sentenced Friday for his murder conviction in the 2006 killing of 29-year-old Adam Avalos, then a fellow detainee at the Dona Ana County Detention Center, with a jail-issued razor.

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Regional
2:05 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Albuquerque Workers Fighting Pay Raise Imposed By City

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry
Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

  More than 2,000 Albuquerque municipal employees say a proposed pay raise by the city would come at the cost of an unapproved contract.

KOAT-TV reports that representatives for more than 2,000 workers have filed a temporary restraining order against the city.

Mayor Richard Berry's administration announced earlier this month a 3 percent pay hike following an impasse with union locals representing workers.

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Regional
2:03 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Lead In 60-Year-Old Santa Fe Case May Fizzle

  Investigators say several bone fragments are looking less likely to be connected a Santa Fe woman who disappeared more than 60 years ago.

Police said Thursday a lab in Texas determined that all but one of four fragments came from an animal.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says the lab will continue testing the last bone.

Police found the fragments in March in the garage of a home that once belonged to the husband of 26-year-old Inez Garcia.

Garcia was last seen in the early morning of Nov. 6, 1952 by her sister when the two were at a downtown bar.

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Regional
2:01 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Carlsbad Caverns Closed Due To Flooding

  Carlsbad Caverns will remain closed because of hazardous road conditions caused by recent flooding.

National Park Service officials say crews are working Sunday to clear debris on a road brought in by high water.

The park has been closed since Thursday.

Southeastern New Mexico has been experiencing flooding the last few days as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Odile.

The New Mexico National Guard on Saturday rescued 40 oilfield workers stranded by floodwater on a county road near Artesia.

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Regional
7:19 am
Sun September 21, 2014

In Depth: NMSU Falls To UNM 38-35

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The NM State Aggies fell to 2-2 on the season after losing the Rio Grande Rivalry 38-35 to the New Mexico Lobos, now 1-2 on the season, Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, N.M.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

White House Honors Latino Educators--"Champions Of Change"

  WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM, the White House will honor local "Champions of Change" who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans. These Champions have distinguished themselves by devoting their time and energy to creating opportunities for young people to succeed, particularly in low-income communities.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Long Range Transportation Plan Input Sought In Las Cruces

 

  The future of roads, streets and trails is the subject of upcoming meetings specifically asking for public input from residents of Las Cruces and surrounding areas so they have an opportunity to make an impact on planning decisions.

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Local Viewpoints
3:49 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Duran: Bernalillo And Santa Fe County Clerks Must Send Out Ballots To Military On Time

SANTA FE—The Office of the Secretary of State has informed both the Bernalillo and Santa Fe County Clerks that they must comply with federal and state law—and ensure that ballots go out to servicemen and women today, Saturday, September 20.

Both county commissions and both county clerks know what is at stake, and they know exactly how many ballots need to be mailed tomorrow,” said Secretary of State Dianna Duran, “the latest count we have is that 124 ballots need to be mailed by Bernalillo County and 48 by Santa Fe County.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

NMSU Alumnus Promoted To Colonel In Pinning Ceremony

  A pinning ceremony to acknowledge the promotion of United States Army Reserve Col. Richard Delgado Jr. – a New Mexico State University alumnus – will take place at the Fort Bayard Forgotten Veteran Memorial at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Col. Delgado’s official pinning was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, California, by the Commanding General, Major Gen. Megan Tatu. 

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Regional
9:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

UPDATE: Suspect Shot And Killed After Las Cruces Standoff

Credit twitter.com/Las Cruces Sun News

  The Las Cruces Sun News reports an armed man was shot and killed by police after a nearly seven-hour standoff. The confrontation came after a 60-mile pursuit on Interstate 10.  The newspaper identifies the man as 33 year old William Smith of El Paso.

New Mexico State Police chased the man's vehicle from the Deming area Friday morning.

Las Cruces police stopped the vehicle in a mostly residential area when it got off the freeway about a mile southwest of downtown.

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PUENTES
5:59 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

When Hunger Hits Home

September is Hunger Action Month

  September 19, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba, Jr.; 2012 alumni of Leadership Las Cruces. His advice for students to succeed is to “listen” and “get involved.”

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Regional
4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bizarre Multi-Vehicle Crash In Las Cruces

A bizarre series of events Friday morning resulted in the crash of a motorcycle, and the collision of an automobile with a bicyclist who was airlifted to an El Paso hospital in critical condition.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Las Cruces Police were called to Missouri Avenue near Gladys Drive where officers located an injured bicyclist and motorcyclist. The 36-year-old bicyclist was initially treated at the scene and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso with a serious head injury.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Heinrich: Congress Should Limit Authorization For Use Of Military Force Against ISIL

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after voting to prevent a government shutdown and to allow President Obama to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters in the effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

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Regional
1:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Higher Unemployment Rate In Texas, Still Below National Average

Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the rate increased from the 5.1 percent recorded in June and July.

The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent.

Through the course of the year, Texas employers have added 395,200 nonfarm jobs to their payrolls.

Professional and business services added about 8,700 positions in August, while education and health services added 7,500 that month.

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Regional
1:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Dona Ana County Warns Of Flood Cleanup Scams

    

  Following heavy rainfall that drenched most of Doña Ana County this past week, county officials remind residents to be cautious about companies offering low-cost cleanup services or solicitors for flood-related charities.

            Financial contributions should only be made to the American Red Cross, or any other organization that can provide proper credentials with a photo ID. Anyone who suspects a scammer should contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and report as much information on the person soliciting services or funds.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Standoff In Las Cruces

Credit twitter.com/Las Cruces Sun News

  

Las Cruces Police are continuing to assist New Mexico State Police with a high risk traffic stop on Avenida de Mesilla.

At around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, New Mexico State Police asked LCPD for assistance with a vehicle that was eastbound on I-10 and refusing to stop for their officers.

The vehicle ultimately exited I-10 at Avenida de Mesilla and began heading eastbound where it was stopped by police between Valley Drive and Main Street. The man who was driving has remained inside the car and is refusing to cooperate with police.

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Regional
1:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Nearly $200 Million In Losses For Dallas Pension Fund

  Officials say bad real estate investments have cost the retirement fund for Dallas police officers and firefighters almost $200 million.

The Dallas Morning News reports the failed investments include a luxury resort and vineyard in California, luxury homes in Hawaii and large tracts of land in Arizona and Idaho. The investments began in 2005.

The fund's board listened to a presentation about the $196 million in losses by its staffers and a fund consultant on Thursday. Nearly half of the losses were recognized on the fund's 2013 books completed this summer.

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Local Viewpoints
11:46 am
Fri September 19, 2014

King Campaign: False Claims In New Martinez TV Ad

Credit Office of the Governor

  In releasing copies of Martinez emails, Attorney General Gary King was complying with a legitimate news media request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act, not playing politics, as falsely claimed in a recent TV ad.  Martinez clearly wanted him to protect her from potential repercussions by breaking New Mexico open records law.  AG King had no role in “publicizing” the governor’s emails...the media was entitled to do so.   The emails in question were delivered to the AG’s Office, the office did not seek them out from any source.

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Regional
8:21 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nuke Dump Cleanup Plans Still Under Review

Credit Department of Energy

Officials working to reopen the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say their recovery plan is under review.

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