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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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Regional
8:16 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Clovis Police Officer Investigated After Traffic Stop

Clovis police have launched an internal investigation following a YouTube video of an officer slamming a handcuffed man into the asphalt during a traffic stop.

The Clovis New Journal reports the officer from the Aug. 3 stop was placed on limited duty this week and is under an internal investigation for use of force. Clovis police did not identify the officer.

According to the YouTube video, the officer is seen throwing to the ground a handcuffed 26-year-old Jorge Corona after Corona told the officer he didn't even ask for his name.

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Regional
8:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

State Justices To Consider Marijuana Ballot Case

The state Supreme Court is to consider an elections dispute involving two counties that want to poll their voters in the November general election about lowering penalties for marijuana possession.

The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Friday hearing on whether state law allows nonbinding ballot questions.

Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties have approved ballot measures to survey their voters whether they support decriminalizing marijuana. Bernalillo County also wants to ask voters about a possible tax for mental health services.

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Election 2014
6:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 36 Challenger Andy Nunez

Credit http://www.villageofhatch.org/local_government/note_from_mayor

    

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Election 2014
6:15 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 36 State Representative Phillip Archuleta

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SPONCODE=HARCH
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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Promote, Not Suppress, The Vote

  Now that Labor Day has passed, campaign season is in full swing. However, instead of making it easier to vote, the state's leadership has made it more difficult. Consequently, there are several issues that impact voters this year.

Texas ranked a dismal 49th in the nation in voter turnout for the 2012 general election. For the 2010 general election, we were dead last. In large part, this is due to the fact that our state ranked 42nd in voter registration in 2010, with only 61.6 percent of eligible voters reporting they were registered to vote that year.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

NMSU Announces Tailgating Procedures For Aggie-Lobo Football Game

  The fight for in-state bragging rights will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Aggie Memorial Stadium when New Mexico State University hosts the University of New Mexico in the annual football game. NMSU has announced modified tailgating procedures for fans attending the game.

For the UNM game only, fans will be allowed to park RVs in lot 30 (east Pan American Center parking lot) starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. All vehicles, including RVs, must be parked within parking stalls as marked.

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Arts/Life
6:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

New Exhibit Opening At NMSU Las Cruces Museum

  O’odham Himdag: Weaving a Way of Life features forty baskets from the University Museum collection representing works created by historic and contemporary Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Tohono O’odham (Papago) weavers of central and southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The O’odham Himdag, or desert people’s lifeways, encompasses cultural knowledge, values, and beliefs, all which are woven into each basket.

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Local Viewpoints
5:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Child Advocates See Poll As "Call To Action"

  ALBUQUERQUE—Invest in Kids NOW!, a coalition of more than 40 groups, released the following statement in response to the polling in today’s Albuquerque Journal that shows significant support for funding early childhood care and learning services from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.

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Local Viewpoints
5:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

King Campaign: Martinez Policies Responsible For Rise In New Mexico Poverty

In just the last two years of Susana Martinez's "bold changes," nearly 22,000 more people in New Mexico are living in poverty.  Census figures out today show slightly more than one in five of our people suffering from hunger and being homeless.  Nationally, this puts New Mexico second-highest in the rate of people living in poverty.  But instead of working to help New Mexico's poor break the cycle of poverty, in the past few days, Martinez was busy courting rich campaign donors in California and Texas, where she was born.

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Regional
5:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

$10,000 Reward In Las Cruces Robberies

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores are offering a $9,000 reward and an additional $1,000 is available from Crime Stoppers for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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Regional
5:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Plan To Protect Albuquerque Groundwater

  The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept groundwater contamination from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill.

The plan released Wednesday is aimed at stopping contamination before it can reach Albuquerque municipal drinking water wells.

Under the plan, eight new cleanup wells will be operating by August 2016.

But a top Air Force official acknowledged that the first of the wells will not be installed until mid-2015, missing a December deadline to get that phase of the work completed.

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Regional
5:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Poll: 66 Percent Support Tapping New Mexico Permanent Fund

A new poll says nearly two-thirds of New Mexico likely voters believe the state should tap its $14 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood programs.

The poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal found 66 percent said they would support tapping the permanent fund. The fund currently pays out hundreds of millions of dollars each year for New Mexico K-12 and higher education programs.

Twenty-four percent of voters said they opposed tapping the fund for more money for early childhood programs.

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Regional
9:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Mexico Under Flash Flood Watch As Storm Moves

Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.

The storm system's center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously level by wildfires.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.

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Regional
9:04 am
Thu September 18, 2014

55 Indicted In El Paso Gang Investigation

Investigators say 55 suspected gang members and associates in far West Texas have been indicted on charges including murder, drug dealing and extortion.

Federal officials in El Paso on Wednesday announced that 20 people believed connected to the Barrio Azteca gang face charges.

Authorities say 35 others face state charges of organized crime as part of the multi-agency investigation. Officials say six people facing federal charges and nine facing state charges remain at large.

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Regional
9:02 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Navajo High Court To Hear Case On Language Fluency

The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a case challenging a presidential candidate's ability to speak Navajo.

The candidates are required under tribal law to speak Navajo fluently and understand it.

Dale Tsosie contends that Chris Deschene lied about being fluent when he entered the race to preside over the country's largest American Indian reservation.

Deschene says fluency is a matter of opinion and that his language skills are progressing.

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