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10:46 am
Thu July 31, 2014

White House Decries House Vote On Deportations

The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement that the House is driving an approach to immigration focused on rounding up and deporting 11 million immigrants who are not legally in the United States and separating their families.

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10:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Lawyers Volunteer To Help Immigrants Detained In New Mexico

A nationwide network of attorneys is helping immigrants at a temporary detention center in southeastern New Mexico.   About a dozen immigration attorneys from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota recently arrived in Artesia to provide pro bono representation.

Advocates say many of the women and children from Central America were being deported without the required legal help.

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7:49 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Activist Donates Civil Rights-Era Posters To UNM

A long-time activist has donated his posters from the civil rights era to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.

The University of New Mexico recently announced it has acquired a new collection of activist posters collected by Allen Cooper.

Officials say the collection offers a rare look into civil rights activism in New Mexico, the American Indian Movement, and anti-Vietnam War causes around the Southwest.

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7:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Part-Time Magistrate Judge Applies For State Court

A part-time federal magistrate judge is the only applicant for a vacant district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.

Kea Riggs has served as a magistrate in Roswell since 2001, handling criminal proceedings such as arraignments and issuing search and arrest warrants.

A bipartisan nominating commission will meet in Roswell on Aug. 7 to decide whether to recommend Riggs to Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment in the 5th Judicial District to replace District Judge Charles Currier, who retired.

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7:42 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Immigration Courts Speed Up Children's Cases

  

Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review says the immigration courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks. Traditionally, many immigrants have had to wait months or years for a hearing.

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7:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Doña Ana County Preparing For Possible Floods

   

  

Authorities in southern New Mexico are preparing for possible flooding amid more storms scheduled to hit the state.

The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department authorized Wednesday its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

Officials say distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business due to limited availability. However, authorities say additional sandbags can be purchased at hardware stores.

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Local Viewpoints
2:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Public Schools Should Not Be Profit Centers

  For-Profit virtual (or cyber-based) charter schools, funded with public taxpayer's money, entered the New Mexico public education system with the establishment of two schools:

1.     New Mexico Virtual Academy (2012), authorized by the Farmington Municipal School District, provides education for grades 6-12.  It is headquartered at the Farmington Learning Center and, through a contract authorized by the NM Public Education Department, is managed by K12 Inc, a company that trades on the U.S. Stock Exchange as NYSE:LRN, (4-Traders.com, 2012).

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2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Sandbags Available At Volunteer Fire Stations

  With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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1:56 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Gray Wolf Pups Thrive In New Mexico

  Wildlife managers say two Mexican gray wolf pups from an Arizona pack are thriving with their new family in New Mexico.

Biologists in May transplanted a pair of 2-week old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller litter and more rearing experience.

Wildlife managers have been troubled by the survival rates of wild-born pups. The goal with cross-fostering is to improve the genetic health of the endangered predators as they are reintroduced to the American Southwest.

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1:54 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

D.H. Lawrence Ranch In New Mexico Opens To Public

A northern New Mexico ranch once home to famed English author D.H. Lawrence has reopened to the public.

The Taos Community Foundation and the University of New Mexico say the ranch about 20 miles north of Taos is open every Monday, Thursday and Saturday through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 160-acre ranch is owned by the university but hasn't been regularly accessible to the public for several years.

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1:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Federal Prison For Robbery Spree

  A Carlsbad man will have to spend nearly 11 years in federal prison after being sentenced for his part in a robbery spree in several southeastern New Mexico communities.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 35-year-old Maurice Williams was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

The office says Williams was among six Carlsbad residents prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative.

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8:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

King Asks To Intervene In Election Voting Case

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King wants to defend in court a state law that bars independents from voting in the primary election.

The Santa Fe New Mexican  reports that King is asking a state District Court judge to permit him to intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of nearly 294,000 voters registered as independents.

The lawsuit contends the law allowing only Democrats and Republicans to vote in the primary violates the New Mexico Constitution.

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8:57 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Minimum Wage Proposal Submitted In Las Cruces

Las Cruces officials say supporters of a minimum wage proposal collected enough valid signatures on petitions to either have it put into law or submitted to city voters.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the proposal seeks to raise the minimum wage within New Mexico's second most populous city to $8.40 per hour in 2015, to $9.20 in 2016 and to $10.10 in 2017.

New Mexico's hourly minimum wage is $7.50.

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8:53 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Arizona Wolf Pups Thrive In New Mexico Pack

Wildlife managers say two Mexican gray wolf pups from an Arizona pack are thriving with their new family in New Mexico.

Biologists in May transplanted a pair of 2-week old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller litter and more rearing experience.

Wildlife managers have been troubled by the survival rates of wild-born pups. The goal with cross-fostering is to improve the genetic health of the endangered predators as they are reintroduced to the American Southwest.

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4:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Arroyo Management Has Dona Ana County In Over Its Head

Michael Mc Whirter advises a guest over for dinner on the best way to drive through the almost 2 feet of sand covering the road in front of his drive way.
Credit Simon Thompson

Michael Mc Whirter and his family bought their house near Picacho Mountain when it was one of the only properties there.

The realtor sold them on horizon to horizon views and the surrounding desert wilderness. But what wasn’t mentioned in the sales pitch was the arroyo that runs from the back to the front of the property.

“When we bought the property it was not disclosed to us that there was an issue with run off, when we bought the property it came as a surprise to us to realize that we had water swirling on the porch" he says.

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8:46 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Woman Appeals Texas Affirmative Action Ruling

Attorneys for a woman is renewing her appeal of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the use of race in University of Texas undergraduate admissions.

Abigail Fisher's attorneys filed their appeal Tuesday with the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking that it overturn the three-judge 5th Circuit Court panel's ruling. That 2-1 ruling July 15th held that barring the university's "limited use of race" would hurt diversity on the Austin campus.

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Pearce: Arrivals And Departures At Artesia Facility Halted Due To Health Concerns

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce received confirmed information about public health and safety issues at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) facility in Artesia. The information, confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, detailed the conditions for the undocumented immigrant women and children held at FLETC. DHS confirmed that arrivals and departures have been halted as they treat and vaccinate the population for Varicella (Chicken Pox).

 

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2:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

El Paso Baseball Team Celebrates: Over 400,000 Have Attended A Home Game

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – Weeks after breaking the all-time Minor League single-season attendance record for El Paso baseball, the Chihuahuas are proud to announce that more than 400,000 fans have walked through the Southwest University Park gates. This comes on the heels of a social media milestone, as the team’s Facebook page hit 100,000 likes, ranking second in all of Minor League Baseball.

 

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1:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Heinrich Applauds Confirmation Of New VA Secretary

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert McDonald as the next U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA):

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1:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Perry Slams New Hampshire Senator Who Voted For Immigration Reform

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's record on border security.

The Republican governor weighed in on New Hampshire's Senate race on Tuesday in a conference call with reporters. Shaheen will likely face former Republican Sen. Scott Brown in a re-election test this fall.

Perry has become a leading Republican voice in the immigration debate as he considers another run for president. The issue has emerged in elections nationwide as Central American children seek refuge at the border.

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1:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Lane Closures On University Avenue And Locust Street In Las Cruces

  University Avenue from Telshor Boulevard to Jack Nicklaus Drive will have lane closures beginning immediately. The closures will be in effect for approximately ten days for milling and overlaying asphalt pavement on University Avenue.

The closure will not affect any RoadRUNNER Transit routes. Motorists wanting to avoid possible delays should seek alternate routes. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained during construction.

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1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Immigration And Defense Highlight NMSU Domenici Conference

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Leon Panetta will speak on Sept. 17 at the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference at the Las Cruces Convention Center. (Courtesy photo)

  The issues that dominate today’s news – the debate on immigration reform, the legislative stalemate in Washington and the future of our national defense strategy – are among the pressing state and national policy topics set to be discussed at the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference.

Experts including former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Leon Panetta, former U.S. counterintelligence head and inspector general of the National Security Agency Joel Brenner and national political strategists Donna Brazile and Charlie Black are among those scheduled to appear.

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12:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Santa Fe Wants To Lure "The Bachelor"

The city of Santa Fe is trying to get its hands on the "The Bachelor" and it may shell out some money for the mission.

Councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.

Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Department of Tourism has already agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort.

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12:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Law Speeds Closure Of Troubled Texas Charter Schools

  The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.

The Texas Education Agency has revoked the license of five charter schools since February. Three others, including one co-founded by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, have appeals pending.

If the three appeals are unsuccessful, it would result in the most revocations of a charter's license in a single year.

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9:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Parts Of New Mexico Remain Under Flash Flood Watch

Much of northern and eastern New Mexico remain under a flash flood watch as another storm system moves across the state.

The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday to travel east and drop in intensity by mid-morning. But forecasters say another round of severe storms will likely pop up by late afternoon in central and northern New Mexico through the evening.

The storms could lead to flood and possibly bring hail. Forecasters say the areas also may see strong winds up to 50 mph.

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9:52 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Santa Fe Eyes Wooing 'The Bachelor' To Town

The city of Santa Fe is trying to get its hands on the "The Bachelor" and it may shell out some money for the mission.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that councilors are expected Wednesday to consider a request to spend between $50,000 and $100,000 from Tourism Santa Fe's reserve budget in an effort to attract the popular ABC-TV dating show.

Officials want the show to film one of next season's episodes in Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Department of Tourism has already agreed to a letter of intent to commit $50,000 to the effort.

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9:50 am
Tue July 29, 2014

King Says He Will Ask Court To Decide Donation Issue

A campaign finance case involving the New Mexico's race for governor is apparently headed to the state Supreme Court

Democratic nominee and current Attorney General Gary King says he'll ask the justices to decide whether he has to return certain donations as Secretary of State Diana Duran contends.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the issue centers on the timing of the contributions. They were made weeks after the June 3 primary election, and Duran contends that contributions for the primary election cycle cannot be accepted after that election.

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7:52 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Scrutinize Costs Of Beefed Up Border

A legislative committee is scrutinizing the more-than-$5 million a week Texas spends on beefed-up security along the Mexican border amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children.

The special Texas House committee on border operations meets Tuesday after the state announced it was spending an extra $1.2 million per week on border security.

That "operational surge" means more helicopters, armed boats and police troopers — but exactly how it's being spent hasn't been made public.

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7:49 am
Tue July 29, 2014

New Mexico Tax Holiday Starts Friday For Shoppers

New Mexico's annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.

Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.

The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.

No tax will be imposed on computers up to $1,000, including tablets; and computer hardware costing no more than $500, including printers.

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7:43 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Man Arrested After New Mexico Capitol Evacuated

A 48-year-old man has been arrested following the evacuation of the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe after a caller allegedly threatened to kill himself there and blow up the building.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the building was closed Monday afternoon after being evacuated. Normal operations resume Tuesday.

Gutierrez said officers arrested 48-year-old Matthew Pacheco Monday night at a drug store in Taos, which is about 55 miles north of Santa Fe.

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