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4:59 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Pushing Teen Voting In School Elections

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections.

Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque introduced this week a measure aimed at increasing voter participation in the election of school board members.

Martinez, a Democrat, says a similar measure has been passed in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The proposal comes as some lawmakers are pushing a voter I.D. measure that critics say might reduce voter participation in the state.

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4:52 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico House Panel OKs 'Right-To-Work' Proposal

A New Mexico House committee has approved a right-to-work bill after hearing hours of impassioned appeals from speakers.

The House Business and Employment Committee voted 8-5 Thursday, largely along party lines with one Democrat joining seven Republicans, to move forward the contentious bill that prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Opponents far outnumbered proponents. They told lawmakers the bill would hurt workers by lowering wages and allows big business to bully them.

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4:48 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Roswell DA Won't Prosecute Santa Fe Police Over Shooting

The Roswell district attorney won't prosecute two Santa Fe police officers involved in a 2013 non-fatal shooting.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 5th Judicial District Attorney Janetta Hicks stated her decision in a letter Thursday to New Mexico State Police.

The Santa Fe police officers shot at a suspect who was driving his mother's van that had been reported stolen.

Hicks says the officers were defending themselves as they had to rapidly move out of the way of the vehicle to avoid being struck.

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4:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Man found Dead In Rio Rancho; Being Investigated As Homicide

The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in Rio Rancho that is being called suspicious and appears to be a homicide.

Sheriff's officials say deputies say deputies were called Wednesday afternoon to investigate an unattended death.

Deputies say they found 30-year-old Matthew Senter lying near his vehicle unresponsive.

They say Senter had an argument with his girlfriend the previous evening and left the residence.

He walked alone to his vehicle that was parked in a vacant lot that is owned by his friend.

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4:44 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

UNM names Heather Dyche As School's New Women's Soccer Coach

New Mexico has named Heather Dyche as the school's new women's soccer coach a season after the program was rocked by a bizarre hazing episode.

Dyche, an Albuquerque native, was a staff member with the United States Soccer Federation.

She was introduced Thursday as the Lobos' fourth head coach in the program's history after Kit Vela's contract wasn't renewed in November after 14 seasons.

An internal investigation showed underclassmen were humiliated by being forced to perform inappropriate gestures during the August incident.

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1:30 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General Makes Behavioral Health Audit Public

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A redacted version of an audit that led to the shake-up of behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans is now public.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas released the audit during a news conference in Albuquerque, saying the state needs to do a better job of ferreting out fraud without disrupting services that citizens depend on.

He says he's making changes in the way the attorney general's office investigates such matters.

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9:15 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Another New Mexico Immigrant License Repeal Effort Begins

A House panel is expected to discuss efforts to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss two bills aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws.

One proposal by Rep. Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque calls for creating a "two-tier" driver's license system. But Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says that would only create "scarlet-letter" licenses from immigrants.

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Regional
9:13 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Proposes No Clock Change

One New Mexico legislator is tired of springing forward and falling back every year.

Sen. Cliff Pirtle introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep New Mexico on daylight savings time year-round.

The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and no longer makes sense.

He says farmers and ranchers like daylight savings time and work from sunrise to sundown no matter what the clock says.

If the legislation passes, New Mexico time would remain unchanged after it springs forward on March 8.

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9:12 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Sportsmen To Rally Against Public Lands Transfer

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Some sportsmen are worried that legislation calling for the transfer of federal public lands to state control could be introduced in New Mexico.

While no such bills have been filed yet, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and other groups are planning to rally Thursday at the State Capitol to voice their opposition to the idea.

Critics say a transfer law, like the one Utah passed in 2012, would amount to an assault on hunting and fishing access. They also argue that the state would be saddled with the costs of managing the land.

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8:46 am
Thu January 29, 2015

New Mexico Land Commissioner Delays SunZia Electric Transmission Line

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.

The Land Office says nearly 30 percent of the proposed line will cross state land.

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8:35 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Antibiotics In Food Campaign Coming To Southern New Mexico

The state consumer group NMPIRG launched a national campaign in Albuquerque. It’s goal? To stop the purchase of meat raised with antibiotics. NMPIRG’s first target? A McDonalds near the University of New Mexico’s central campus. Edmundo Resendez spoke with Jacob Peters, NMPIRG Campaign Organizer about the organization’s intentions in southern New Mexico. 

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6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Troy Tudor

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5:32 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Man Serving Life Term For Murder Dies In New Mexico Prison

A man serving a life sentence in the 1986 murder of a University of New Mexico student has died in prison.

State Department of Corrections officials say 74-year-old Johnny Zinn died last week. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Zinn had been housed at the long-term care unit of the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas.

Zinn was convicted of first-degree murder and 18 other charges in the death of Linda Lee Daniels.

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5:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Pueblo Official Pleads Guilty In Embezzlement Case

A former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Bruce Sanchez entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to two counts from a 2012 indictment that accused him and a co-defendant of embezzling at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state's 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque Indian School property.

Sanchez was governor of Santa Ana Pueblo between 1999 and 2010 and was a prominent figure in statewide Indian affairs.

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5:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Historic Santa Fe Building Designated As National Treasure

New Mexico Palace of Governors
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The Palace of the Governors is already billed as one of the oldest continuously occupied public buildings in the United States.

Now, the adobe structure bordering Santa Fe's historic plaza is being named as a national treasure.

The official announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation was made Wednesday afternoon. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, cultural affairs officials and history buffs were in attendance.

Built in 1610, the palace is now part of the state history museum.

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5:26 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

New Mexico Senator Introduces Flat Tax Bill

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to do away with most taxes and replace them with up to a 2 percent flat tax on most things people buy.

Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington introduced legislation Wednesday that calls for a 1 percent tax on gross receipts for the state, a ½ percent for counties and a ½ percent for cities.

He first floated the idea of a flat tax for the state two years ago.

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12:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Josh Grider Performs In Las Cruces On Valentine's Day

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with a special Valentine’s Day performance by hometown boy-turned-country western crooner Josh Grider. The AMP recording artist will spend an intimate evening sharing songs and stories from his near 10-year career as a band leader and songwriter in the trenches of the Red Dirt Music Scene – a career that has included five number one songs on the Texas Country Music Charts, five full length albums and two EPs.

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12:39 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

In Depth: Former Los Alamos National Lab Scientist Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

  ALBUQUERQUE – Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

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Local Viewpoints
12:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Goodman: Marriage Equality Should Be Law In Every State

I think “Marriage Equality” will be law throughout the U.S. later this year.          

   The U.S. Supreme Court has been heading that way since 2003, when it prohibited  a Texas law against consensual gay sex in Lawrence v. Texas.  (Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in dissent that after Lawrence, there was no basis for denying same-sex couples the right to marry.)  In 2013 it tossed out federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.  In each opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the Court, wrote of gay people's dignity and equality. 

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12:29 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Heinrich, Udall Urge McConnell To Pass Homeland Security Bill Without Targeting DREAMers

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  In a letter, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including two Independents calling for a DHS funding bill without extraneous policy riders attached.  The letter also noted that the President would veto any piece of legislation that would limit his discretion on immigration matters. 
  

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Regional
12:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Winners Of The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase

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  New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis today announced the winners of the 2015 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place January 24 - 25 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.  The following winners were announced in eight categories:

 

Best Animation Category: "Number Two" - Director Michelle Catalanotto, Albuquerque, TRT 3 min.  Two solitary forest creatures prove how far they would go for friendship.

 

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12:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Health Insurance Exchange Events Planned For Las Cruces

  BeWellNM, the official state marketplace for New Mexicans to shop, buy, and compare health plans, will be hosting two, public informational events in Las Cruces. These free events will provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the changes in federal law affecting health insurance and health care, the various plans offered on the exchange, and subsidies or tax credits for which they may be eligible.  There will also be assistance provided to help with individual enrollment.  The deadline to enroll in an exchange-based health plan for 2015 is February 15. 

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Regional
12:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Deming Woman Pleads Guilty To Meth Charges

Sylvia Grado, 31, of Deming, N.M., pled guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

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12:20 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Former Governor Of Santa Ana Pueblo Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement, Tax Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A former Governor of Santa Ana Pueblo and a real estate consultant pleaded guilty this morning to federal embezzlement and tax charges arising out of a scheme to embezzle approximately $3,575,000.00 from the Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation (IPFDC), an Indian tribal organization formed by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico for the purpose of developing land that once had been the site of the Albuquerque Indian School.

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12:09 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Las Cruces Police Operation Nets 24 Tickets On Sonoma Ranch Boulevard

  Las Cruces Police issued 24 citations in two hours Wednesday morning during a special traffic operation held along Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

Of the 24 citations written during the operation, 14 were issued to drivers who failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Calle Jitas and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. Another seven citations were issued to motorists who were unable to provide proof of insurance or registration.

The remaining citations were issued for other traffic infractions.

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10:05 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Review Finds Los Alamos Lapses On Keeping Information Classified

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Federal investigators say a Los Alamos National Laboratory misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a review by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General found that an official at the bomb-building lab didn't adequately protect classified information in six instances.

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9:57 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill Would Create Alert System For Certain Missing People

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A New Mexico lawmaker is proposing legislation that would create a notification system for law enforcement when a person with severe physical, mental or developmental disabilities goes missing.

Sen. Jacob Candelaria introduced the Brittany Alert legislation on Tuesday.

The Albuquerque Democrat says he named the legislation after Brittany Redford-Gonzales, a developmentally disabled 25-year-old woman who disappeared for nearly three weeks. She was finally found 200 miles from home.

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9:53 am
Wed January 28, 2015

New Mexico Bill Would Limit Smoking With Kids Around

Rep. Jeff Steinborn

Two New Mexico lawmakers want to make it illegal for parents and others to smoke in any motor vehicle when a child is present.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces introduced the measure earlier this week. Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.

With all the research related to the dangers of second hand smoke, Steinborn says smoking with a child strapped in the back seat really amounts to a form of child abuse.

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9:27 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Affidavit: Convicted Ex-Sheriff Still Under Investigation

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A northern New Mexico sheriff recently sentenced to 10 years in federal prison remains under investigation in another case.

A new public affidavit says an FBI agent concluded that "probably cause" exist that former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella participated in extortion related to a traffic dismissal program.

Under the program, investigators say Rodella offered dismissal of traffic citations in exchange for donations to a scholarship find.

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9:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Gov. Martinez To Talk Drought At Regional Forum

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Gov. Susana Martinez knows firsthand the effects dry conditions can have on agriculture, economic development and even tourism since New Mexico is marching into its fifth straight year of what's expected to be severe drought.

Martinez is scheduled to give the opening remarks Wednesday at the Western Governors' Drought Forum in Santa Fe.

The focus of the two-day event will be on how dry conditions have affected recreation and tourism around the West. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of the discussion.

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