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6:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Christmas Traditions in the Mesquite District

Irene Oliver-Lewis and Sylvia Camuñez at KRWG FM studios.

  December 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of an interview with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez. They grew up in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces and recall some of their family Christmas traditions. Last week we talked about the different foods their family prepared for Christmas.

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4:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

New Border Wait Time App Available

  EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding international travelers of several important things they can do to ensure a smooth and efficient processing experience upon their arrival in the United States this holiday season.

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3:57 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Transcript: President's Remarks In Year-End News Conference

 

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

IN YEAR-END PRESS CONFERENCE

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

 

 

1:53 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  We've really got a full house today, huh?  Well, all I want for Christmas is to take your questions.  (Laughter.)  But first let me say a little bit about this year. 

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Local Viewpoints
3:16 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Sen. Peter Wirth Files Bill to “Fix” Public Financing of New Mexico Elections

Credit senatorpeterwirth.com

  Sen. Peter Wirth (D- Santa Fe) yesterday pre-filed legislation to fix New Mexico’s Voter Action Act, which currently allows candidates for election to the Public Regulation Commission, Court of Appeals and NM Supreme Court to utilize public funding. It is Senate Bill 58.

Wirth said the “fix” to public financing was needed because of a 2011 court decision striking down a part of the original bill and this year’s misuse of the system by candidates for the PRC.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Suspected Las Cruces Hit And Run Driver Charged

  The driver suspected in Monday’s hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls has been arrested and charged with various offenses.

Rudalfo Villegas, 81, was arrested Thursday evening and is charged with two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, two counts of failure to render aid, one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in great bodily injury and one count of failing to immediately provide notice of an accident.

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Regional
3:06 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

NMSU Receives $853,815 Grant For Integrated Behavioral Health Training

  The New Mexico State University School of Social Work in the College of Health and Social Services has received a three-year Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professionals Training grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

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Regional
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Jobless Rate Drops To 4.9 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate has declined for the third month in a row to 4.9 percent in November as the state continues to add jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that Texas added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year.

The November seasonally adjusted unemployment was slightly lower from 5.1 percent in October, and down from 6.1 percent a year ago. The rate was 5.2 percent in September and 5.3 percent in August.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Death Among Five Reported In Listeria Outbreak

  Texas health officials say one person has died and three became sick in a food poisoning outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said the listeria outbreak includes 10 states and five deaths linked to the bacterial illness. More than two dozen people got sick.

Minnesota reported two deaths.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports four cases, including one death that's among the five listed by the CDC. No formal cause of death was released.

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Regional
2:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Patients Return To Dallas Hospital Where Ebola Hit

The Dallas hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected by the virus says patients are returning and revenue is back to what it was before the crisis.

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Regional
9:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Two Sentenced In Gallup Housing Fraud Case

The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man have both been sentenced to prison for plotting to defraud the federal government.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Danny Garcia received a 20-month prison term Thursday while 62-year-old Michael Virruso got an 18-month sentence.

Both pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

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Regional
9:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawsuit: Deputies Falsely Held Rio Rancho Woman

A woman suffering from mental illness says Sandoval County Sheriff's deputies roughed her up and falsely arrested her for child abuse.

Attorneys for Kari Mantilla say in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that deputies entered her Rio Rancho home without a warrant in April 2013 and arrested for child abuse after concluding her house was a mess. The lawsuit say deputies were there to serve an order to appear for domestic violence.

Court documents say a deputy slammed Mantilla onto the pavement causing her to suffer head injuries.

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Regional
9:25 am
Fri December 19, 2014

George R.R. Martin Offers To Show "The Interview"

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"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is offering to show "The Interview" at his theater in Santa Fe.

Martin wrote on his blog this week that the Jean Cocteau Cinema would be glad to screen the film if Sony ever releases the comedy for theatrical exhibition.

Martin called the decision to shelve "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats a "stunning display of corporate cowardice."

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Martin hasn't seen the film and doesn't know whether it's good or bad.

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Regional
9:20 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Artwork Display Lights Up El Paso Highway

El Paso has illuminated its latest piece of public artwork.

More than 20 color-changing towers and sculptures were lit up Thursday evening along Interstate 10 near Airway Boulevard. The lighting marked the end of a $7 million project by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, which also includes lighting, landscaping, painting and pedestrian walkways.

The neon attraction by Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri is powered by wind turbines that generate electricity. She says the sculptures were inspired by aeronautical forms and the shape of desert plants.

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Regional
9:13 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

Republicans have won control of the state House, and Majority Leader Nate Gentry says he's open to an increase that keeps New Mexico competitive with neighboring states.

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Regional
9:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Counties Will Recieve More Federal Payments Next Year

New Mexico counties will be getting more federal dollars next year as compensation for the non-taxable lands within their borders.

President Barack Obama signed legislation this week that included the funding. It's part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program.

New Mexico counties rely on the payments to provide services, including improvements to schools, roads and public safety. Last year, all but one of the state's 33 counties shared a total of $37 million.

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Regional
9:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Doña Ana County Offering Online Crime Reporting

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office is taking part of its criminal reporting system online.

The sheriff's office says victims can now file temporary online reports for lost property, vandalism, theft or larceny, telephone harassment or motor vehicle vandalism.

The report can then be downloaded and printed. A sheriff's deputy will then follow up with the victim.

The sheriff's office says the new system is not designed to take the place of calling 911 in serious emergencies.

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Regional
8:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Location For Monthly Legal Clinic For Veterans

ALBUQUERQUE -- Enrolled Veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) with legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at a new location - the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. The Civil Justice Clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Regional
8:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Inmates In New Mexico Restore Bikes For Those In Need

Monday through Friday Dennis Petsche works on bikes. His workshop is not at a bike shop or home business, but at the Southern New Mexico State Correctional Facility where Petsche has been an inmate for over twenty years.

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Regional
8:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Las Cruces Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Eric Pyle, 26, of the 100 block of west Willoughby Avenue, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. One of the counts is for distribution of child pornography while the other is for possession of child pornography.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Looks To Hire More Female Employees

This month the U.S border patrol held a 10 recruitment drive to hire more women. Only 5% of Border Patrol Agents are women, other federal law enforcement agencies have an average of 15% of female employees.

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Regional
1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Reports Decline In Teen Births

Credit NM Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state’s birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens,

The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group.

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Regional
1:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic Friday In Las Cruces

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Central Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, December 19th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

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Regional
1:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

USDA Seeks Applications For Grants To Help Finance Rural Broadband

Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today USDA Rural Development is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants. The program provides grants to establish essential broadband services in rural communities where it is currently not available.

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Regional
1:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"House Of Cards" Shot Part Of Season Three In New Mexico !

Credit netflix.com

  Santa Fe - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today a portion of the Knight Takes King Productions, LLC / Media Rights Capital Studios "House of Cards" season three was filmed in New Mexico.  Production took place in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Espanola. 

The production employed 85 New Mexico crew members, two New Mexico actors and approximately 90 local background talent. 

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Regional
9:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Bill Would Ban Alcohol Purchase By Interlock Users

New Mexico legislators will be asked again to consider allowing authorities to prohibit alcohol purchases by people required to use ignition interlocks because of drunken driving convictions.

KRQE-TV reports that a bill introduced this week by Rep. Brian Egolf would allow the state to put "No Alcohol Sales" on licenses issued to a people who have had their licenses revoked.

The Santa Fe Democrat's bill also would allow judges to order the same marking on state-issued ID cards of people who have had their licenses revoked.

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8:58 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Mesilla Has A Tequila Christmas Tree!

  With the lighting of a brand new Christmas Tree, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla!   The restaurant still has its traditional trees and trimmings...but this year, there's a new addition...a tree  made up of Patron tequila bottles. Late last year, Double Eagle owner Buddy Ritter saw a photo of a stack of Patron bottles with green and red Christmas lights and the wheels started turning.  “That would be a fun project. I’m going to do it!” said Ritter.

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Regional
8:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Official: Flu Season Could Be Difficult

Credit NM Department of Health

A New Mexico state health official says this flu season could be more difficult than others.

According to the Albuquerque Journal. Dr. Joan Baumbach says the flu strain causing the most cases so far this year is one whose variations lead to more illness among older people.

The deputy state epidemiologist also says the strain circulating now has changed from the strain that was the basis for this year's flu vaccine. That may reduce the vaccine's ability to fully protect against the flu.

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Regional
8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lawmakers To Discuss Lottery Scholarship Program

Credit nmlottery.com

New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to get an update on the solvency of the state lottery scholarship program.

The Legislative Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee is slated to meet Thursday in Santa Fe to hear the status of the popular program that has come under financial scrutiny.

Changes to the scholarship program were enacted earlier this year to shore up its finances because tuition increases and demand for the financial assistance had grown faster than lottery proceeds.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Property Named To National Register Of Historic Places Thanks To NMSU Graduate

Brittany Porter, who recently graduated from NMSU with a master’s degree in anthropology, stands in front of the gate at Hurd House. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University graduate’s final project has succeeded on a national level. The property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd was listed at the national level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 10. 

The 40-acre property near Ruidoso was purchased in the 1930s and later expanded to more than 2,000 acres. The Hurd family home and studios were named to New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties in October. 

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3:53 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Sunspot Solar: Las Cruces Will Be Home To The Region's Largest Private Office With Solar Power

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  Sunspot Solar Energy of Las Cruces is installing a new solar electricity system at the Steinborn Inc. REALTORS office building in Las Cruces.

The company says it will be the largest privately-owned office building system in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Steinborn Inc. REALTORS will produce almost 70 kilowatts of power from 230 solar panels at its office location on Roadrunner Parkway.

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