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9:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge Orders Fast Track For N.M. Water Panel Dispute

A judge on Thursday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

That order was based on allegations by a former director who claims the body conducted meetings without proper public notice or behind closed doors.

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Regional
9:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Language Fluency Case Back Before Navajo Court

The Navajo Nation's highest court is taking up a request Friday to hold election officials in contempt for not removing a disqualified candidate from the ballot.

The Supreme Court issued an order last week to postpone Tuesday's presidential election and reprint ballots without Chris Deschene's name. Deschene was disqualified from the race after refusing to show he met a requirement to speak fluent Navajo.

Deschene says he unfairly was singled out to demonstrate his speaking skills.

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Election 2014
9:16 am
Fri October 31, 2014

PRC Race Pits GOP Incumbent Vs. Ex-Commissioner

The only contested seat on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is pitting a Republican incumbent against a former Democratic commissioner who was once the panel's chairman.

Ben Hall is seeking re-election to his District 5 seat on the powerful commission that regulates public utilities, telecommunications and insurance companies. He is facing a challenge from Democrat Sandy Jones.

Hall, a Ruidoso businessman, said he would continue to work to simplify commission rules and regulations and to reorganize the agency.

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Regional
9:14 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Federal Agents Rescue Immigrant Lost In Desert

Border Patrol agents rescued a man who got lost in the southwestern New Mexico desert after crossing the border illegally from Mexico.

The Border Patrol says the rescue was performed Wednesday after Luna County authorities received a 911 call from the man, who said he was lost, in distress and needed help.

Agents used his cell-phone signal to identify a search area, and Customs and Border Protection helicopters then were sent to search for the man.

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Election 2014
9:11 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Super PAC's Pour Money Into New Mexico Races

Democratic and Republican super PACs have pumped more than $1 million this month into New Mexico's legislative and other state office races.

The political action committees can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently advocate the election or defeat of candidates.

According to the latest finance reports, the Democratic group Patriot Majority New Mexico spent almost $892,000 from Oct. 7 through Tuesday. That included $360,000 on radio and television ads, $108,000 on mailings and more than $300,000 given to other groups supporting Democrats.

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Election 2014
9:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidates Face Complaints

Candidates in a heated Secretary of State race are facing dueling complaints.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Republican incumbent Dianna Duran, is facing a complaint she used a government website to attack Duran. The complaint filed earlier this month by Sandia Park resident Carolyn Freeman says the disputed material was later taken down.

Oliver's campaign manager Alan Packman called the complaint a "complete fabrication."

The Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review board is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

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Election 2014
9:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Secretary Of State Candidates Face Complaints

Candidates in a heated Secretary of State race are facing dueling complaints.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Republican incumbent Dianna Duran, is facing a complaint she used a government website to attack Duran. The complaint filed earlier this month by Sandia Park resident Carolyn Freeman says the disputed material was later taken down.

Oliver's campaign manager Alan Packman called the complaint a "complete fabrication."

The Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review board is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, Former Prosecutor And Judge Susan Riedel

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Election 2014
6:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

KRWG Election 2014: N.M. Attorney General Candidate, State Auditor Hector Balderas

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Disabled El Paso Veteran Receives Home

When Veteran’s return home it can be difficult for them to find work, proper health care, and even a place to live. But the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and Bank of America are working to change that.

55-year old William Chasten, a retired US Army Sgt. 1st class has never owned a home, until now.

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Intermezzo
5:57 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

New Horizons Orchestra presents an “Afternoon at the Opera”

Maestra Marianna Gabbi, conductor of the New Horizons Orchestra in Las Cruces.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Opera music presents unique challenges not just for the singers but also for the orchestra, and the members of the community-based New Horizons Orchestra have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s “An Afternoon at the Opera,” says conductor Dr. Marianna Gabbi. “There will be beautiful moments -- like life!” she promises in this interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin. The program includes music by Rossini, Wagner, Bizet and Strauss, including solo arias sung by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Sanchez, a NMSU graduate who recently joined the Houston Grand Opera.

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Regional
4:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

BLM Announces Brush Treatments Throughout Southwestern New Mexico

  Las Cruces ‒ Beginning around November 1, 2014, and continuing for approximately three weeks, the Sierra and Otero Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts will treat approximately 39,000 acres of creosote and tarbush.  Treatments will occur on BLM public lands, State trust lands and private lands throughout Sierra, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties. 

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Local Viewpoints
4:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Peter Goodman: Weh Is Way Out Of Line

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

      

          The time-worn phrase “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels” might be Allen Weh's motto.

This post concerns Weh's dishonest and despicable mailer attacking Tom Udall's patriotism.

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Regional
11:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Chihuahuas Bark At The Park Voted Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year

  EL PASO – It started with a jersey that took the nation by storm. The jersey, featuring the face of a Chihuahua dog, kicked off the Bark at the Park festivities, a promotion that saved a life, raised money and brought national, regional and local attention to pet owner education.

It was announced on Thursday, that the Chihuahuas Bark at the Park won Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year in their inaugural season. Bark at the Park has been done before, but the Chihuahuas took it over the top. 

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Regional
11:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Charges Dismissed Against Former Athletic Director

Prosecutors are dropping a criminal case against a former Albuquerque high school athletic director who was accused of planting drug paraphernalia in a coach's office to frame him.

KRQE-TV reports that prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss charges against Tom Knauber, the former athletic director of Sandia High School.

Prosecutors and defense attorney Jason Bowles both said surveillance video that showed Knauber entering coach Alvin Broussard's office with something in his hands didn't prove that Knauber actually planted drug paraphernalia.

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Local Viewpoints
11:32 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Udall Campaign: Allen Weh Subject Of Election Law Complaint For Alleged Use Of Corporate Jet

  Over the last several months, multimillionaire CEO Allen Weh has been the beneficiary of thousands of dollars in illegal corporate campaign contributions – in the form of charter flights from his own company, CSI Aviation. Now those illegal contributions are the subject of a formal federal election law complaint.

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Local Viewpoints
11:22 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Sandy Jones: PRC Is Vital To New Mexico's Economic Health

  The number one issue facing Southern and Southwest New Mexico is jobs and economic opportunity.  The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) is vitally important to the economic health of our region.  The PRC makes decisions every week that affect our economy, from encouraging new investment in innovative businesses wanting to come to New Mexico to helping or hindering existing businesses.  I’m Sandy Jones and as your PRC Commissioner I always looked at how our decisions will affect jobs.  Can we create new opportunity; can we open the doors to new ideas and new ways of doing business?  I was

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Local Viewpoints
11:19 am
Thu October 30, 2014

King: Martinez Food Stamp Changes "Cruel"

  Gary King says his opponent is now taking aim at New Mexico’s poorest citizens with her latest edict that will result in 80,000 people being disqualified from receiving state aid for food.

“It is draconian, arrogant, and just plain cruel,” says King, referring to Susana Martinez’s plan to reinstate certain eligibility requirements that could halt the issuance of food stamps for large numbers of people in the state.

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Election 2014
10:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Public Regulation Commissioner Told Campaign Work Payments Not OK

Credit http://www.nmprc.state.nm.us/commissioners/benhall/index.html

A state official who has acknowledged paying himself with public campaign financing for time he spent campaigning for his re-election is being told he can't do that.

The Secretary of State's Office told Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall in a letter that allowed uses of public campaign financing don't include candidates paying themselves for time spent campaigning.

Hall had previously told the Albuquerque Journal that he had used nearly $7,000 of his public campaign financing to pay himself and his fiancee for time they spent on campaign work.

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Regional
10:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Judge Won't Toss Most Charges In Homeless Killing

A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

In July, Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old in the killings of 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson. Their bodies were discovered in a vacant lot.

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Election 2014
10:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

N.M. Land Commissioner Contest Remains Tight Race

New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell is locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn.

So far, it's been a contest that has centered on Powell's management of the state's public lands.

Powell says in the last three years the office has generated a record $2.3 billion for the state accounts that fund various projects. The Democrat says he has helped transform a "badly compromised and dysfunctional office."

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Regional
8:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Request In Water Fight

The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state's top water manager to continue considering an application by a commercial venture that calls for piping drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas.

The court this week denied a motion filed by a ranching family that sought to toss the latest application filed with the state engineer's office by Augustin Plains Ranch.

It will be up to the state engineer whether to grant a public hearing on the application.

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Election 2014
8:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Candidates To Disclose Fundraising

Candidates are to make a disclosure of their campaign spending during the final stretch leading to next week's election.

Campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday by candidates for governor and other state offices and by political committees trying to influence the outcome of races in New Mexico.

The reports will show contributions and spending during the past three weeks. The next complete campaign finance disclosure isn't due until December.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Alamogordo City Commission Works To Create Government Accountability

    

Government accountability in local politics is usually an elected official holding themselves accountable for their actions. The Alamogordo city commission is trying by allowing commissioners impose a civil fine if anyone on the commission breaks the code of conduct.

But is the new ordinance targeting anyone in particular?

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Regional
10:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bodies Found In Mexico Where Americans Went Missing

A Mexico state official says four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamaros, which is the area where three young Americans have been missing more than two weeks.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira will say only that the four bodies were found Wednesday morning.

A second state official says investigators are trying to determine if the dead include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who went missing with a fourth person Oct. 13. The official insisted on speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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Regional
10:01 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Deputy Accused Of Murdering Partner Pleads Not Guilty

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

It's not clear why the two men were arguing.

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Regional
9:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Texas Doctor Gets Seven Years In "Pill Mill" Case

A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a "pill mill."

Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a "cash-only clinic" that sold drugs like hydrocodone.

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Regional
3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Weaving Demonstration and Auction Raises Money For Branigan Cultural Center

Navajo weaving is an art form passed on for generations. Branigan Cultural center recently brought in the spider rock girls for a demonstration, while holding an auction to raise money for the center. Sonner attended the demonstration and has more. 

Larissa Blake has been weaving since she was a little girl. A tradition passed down in her family for generations. 

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Regional
9:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

New Mexico Councilor: City Ruined Political Career

A southwestern New Mexico councilor accused of attacking a neighbor for sleeping on his couch says he will sue the city.

The Silver City Sun-News reports Bayard City Councilor Armando Arzola said this week the city's police treated him unfairly and ruined his political career over his arrest. Arzola says he had hoped to eventually run for New Mexico governor or U.S. Senate.

According to New Mexico State Police report, Arzola struck the neighbor's cheek with a baton during a September fight.

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Regional
8:50 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ex-Parole Officer Appointed Magistrate Judge By Gov. Martinez

Credit Office of the Governor

A former parole officer from southern New Mexico has been appointed a magistrate judge in Lincoln County by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Katie Lund of Ruidoso fills a magistrate court vacancy created by the resignation of Lorena LaMay, who was named to the court in 2009 by then Gov. Bill Richardson.

Martinez said Tuesday that Lund previously worked for the Corrections Department as a probation and parole officer and has served as a juvenile probation and parole officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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