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11:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Center For Western Priorities: Give Taxpayers A Fair Share Of Oil And Gas Profits

  DENVER - In response to today’s announcement that the Bureau of Land Management is releasing an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for oil and gas development on their public lands, Greg Zimmerman, Policy Director at the Center for Western Priorities, released the following statement:

 

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11:28 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Alleged Cheating Gambler Indicted On Felony Charge

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  Las Cruces—Ines O. Miller, 52, has been indicted for Manipulation of a Gaming Device with Intent to Cheat.

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10:04 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Finalists Named For NMSU Alamogordo President

The New Mexico State University Alamogordo Presidential Search Committee has extended invitations to three candidates for campus interviews and plans a community reception for each candidate to give Otero County residents and others an opportunity to interact with the finalists.

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9:35 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Texas Unemployment Rate Slips To 4.2 Percent In March

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.2 percent in March for the seventh straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the figure is down slightly from February unemployment of 4.3 percent.

The nationwide jobless rate was 5.5 percent in March.

TWC officials in Austin say last month's unemployment rate for Texas was the lowest since July 2007. Texas has added 327,500 jobs in the past year.

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9:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

NM Senator Who Resigned Amid Ethics Probe Still Gets Pension

A state senator who resigned last month amid an ethics probe will get a more than $1,300 a month pension starting this month.  

Former Sen. Phil Griego tells The Albuquerque Journal he has no qualms about drawing the pension because he earned it and broke no criminal laws.

The San Jose Democrat resigned on March 14 to avoid disciplinary action by the Senate over a real estate deal approved last year by the Legislature. Griego received a $50,000 broker's fee for monitoring the sale of a historic state-owned building in Santa Fe to a private buyer.

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9:29 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Appeals Court Denies Bid To Halt Ruling On Navajo Mine

A federal appeals court has denied a request to keep a review on the effects of burning coal from a Navajo Nation mine from moving forward.

The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. LLC sought an emergency stay on a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Kane while it appealed the decision. The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied the request Thursday.

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9:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

NM Supreme Court Panel Says Taos Prosecutors Should Be Cleared Of Misconduct

A New Mexico Supreme Court disciplinary panel says misconduct charges should be dismissed against Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos and his top assistant.

The recommendation issued Thursday could end the misconduct case brought last year for the prosecutors' use of subpoenas without judicial oversight. The Albuquerque Journal reports the issue was whether prosecutors had improperly become investigators before anyone had been charged or named in criminal proceedings.

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7:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

NMSU International Students Set To Share Culture, Style, And Performances

Arriving to a new country and university where you do not know anyone can be a major adjustment. The International Club of NMSU's President, Monica Manzur is from Belize, and is a senior majoring in Human Resource Management.  She says that the International club tries to make the transition easier for students arriving to Campus from other countries. For example, the club offers a tour of Las Cruces.

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6:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Annual Fair Helps Veterans Find The Services They Need

The 7th annual Veterans Information Fair was held at the Las Cruces convention Center, and James Turner a Veterans Services Officer with the New Mexico Department of Veteran’s services says it is one of the largest he’s been too.

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4:37 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

A $500,000 Grant To Boost Education At NMSU's Arrowhead Center

Then-sixth-graders Jeremy Shelby, left, and Arlan Dawdy work on their business projects during Camp Innoventure at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center in June 2013. A $500,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will support this and other “cradle-to-career” pipeline programs at Arrowhead Center. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  A half-million dollar grant from the Daniels Fund will help New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center develop a “cradle-to-career” pipeline for young people throughout New Mexico to practice innovation and entrepreneurship at every stage of their education, emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in a variety of areas, including ethics, education and youth development.

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3:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Border Patrol: Seven Arrested After Chase

The Border Patrol says seven people were taken into custody in southern New Mexico following a chase of a pickup seen stopping along Interstate 10 in Deming to pick up people who emerged from the desert.

The Border Patrol said agents saw the vehicle make several U-turns on I-10 before and after it picked up the people on Monday.

The agents followed the vehicle when it got off I-10 in Deming and alerted other law enforcement agencies when the vehicle accelerated when the agents tried to pull it over.

The truck was disabled when a tire struck a curb.

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2:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Private Attorney To Prosecute Albuquerque Officers Involved In Fatal Shooting

The prosecutor removed by a New Mexico judge from the case of two Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting death of a homeless man last year has tapped a private attorney to handle the case.

Randi McGinn has agreed to prosecute officers Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy, who were charged earlier this year with murder in the March 2014 death of James Boyd during an hourslong standoff.

Authorities have said the homeless man was camping illegally and threatened officers with two knives.

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2:57 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Life In Prison Sought For New Mexico Murder Suspect

Prosecutors say they're seeking a life prison sentence without parole for a Texas man accused of killing his Dallas-area girlfriend last year in southeastern New Mexico.

A jury trial for 33-year-old Robert Glenn Earley is scheduled to begin April 28 in Carlsbad.

Earley, of Euless, faces felony charges of murder, tampering with evidence and kidnapping in the death of 30-year-old Emily Rebecca Lambert.

She was killed while in New Mexico to visit Earley, an oil field worker. Her body was found behind a ranch building near Loving on March 4, 2014.

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2:46 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Youth Summer Employment Program In El Paso

  El Paso, Texas – Workforce Solutions Borderplex, the non-profit organization dedicated to employment, education and economic development, launched this year’s El Paso Summer Youth Employment Program (EPSYEP)  today.  The program provides temporary summer employment for young people between the ages of 16-24.  Through a matching system with public and private entities, youth are placed into jobs that correlate with their specific skill sets, interests, and abilities.  Eligible youth must meet income requirements and have a barrier to employment.

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1:09 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Second Season Of WGN's Manhattan Begins Filming In New Mexico

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  SANTA FE, NM - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the second season of WGN America's hit drama series "Manhattan," produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, has begun filming in Santa Fe.  Production will continue through the end of July, and employ more than 120 New Mexico crew members and approximately 2,800 New Mexico background extras throughout the season.  Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award®-winning director Thomas Schlamme, "Manhattan" willpremiere its sophomore season this fal

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8:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gov. Martinez Makes Quick Trip To Mexico

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez made a quick trip to Mexico on Wednesday to celebrate the completion of a highway bypass project that officials hope will boost trade throughout the border region.

Martinez was a guest of Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte. He and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto unveiled the $800 million project, which includes a 25-mile loop around the city of Chihuahua.

Officials hope the bypass will ease traffic and help the movement of goods between Mexico and New Mexico.

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8:49 am
Thu April 16, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General Opposes Proposed Solar Fee

Credit Hector Balderas

The state attorney general's office has come out against a proposal by New Mexico's largest electric utility to charge customers with new solar power systems a monthly fee to connect to the grid.

The office filed a motion this week in support of dismissing Public Service Co. of New Mexico's request.

Attorney General Hector Balderas also has asked state regulators to investigate the effects of distributed generation on the utility system.

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8:47 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gains Cited From Albuquerque Public Schools Truancy Program

Albuquerque Public Schools official says a pilot program aimed at reducing truancy is having success.

The program involves having truancy advisers and social workers contact truant students and their families to work on an intervention plan.

According to Kris Meurer, executive Director of the Student, Family and Community Supports Division, truancy rates dropped by 13 percent for the 23 participating schools.

Information from: KOB-TV. 

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8:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Border Patrol: 7 In Custody After Chase Near Deming Area

The Border Patrol says seven people were taken into custody in southern New Mexico following a chase of a pickup seen stopping along Interstate 10 in Deming to pick up people who emerged from the desert.

The Border Patrol said agents saw the vehicle make several U-turns on I-10 before and after it picked up the people on Monday.

The agents followed the vehicle when it got off I-10 in Deming and alerted other law enforcement agencies when the vehicle accelerated when the agents tried to pull it over.

The truck was disabled when a tire struck a curb.

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8:20 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The El Paso Holocaust Museum Offers A Chance To Remember Victims And Survivors

Today, events to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust will be held.  

The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center offers visitors a chance to see exhibits that set a timeline of events that occurred leading up to the Holocaust. Lori Shepherd is Executive Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study. Center She shares the structure of what visitors can see through the different exhibits on display.

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6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Spaceport America Uses Art In Public Places Program For New Sculpture

New Mexico’s Arts in Public Places Program provides state funds for the purchase or commission of art at the site of capital projects. Projects receive one percent of the total of the capital project or $200,000, whichever is less. Spaceport America recently used this program to commission a new sculpture, worth $200,000.

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6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Documentary On End Of Life Decisions Airs Thursday On KRWG-TV

  Today (Thursday) is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  It’s designed to raise awareness about the need for end of life planning. 

A documentary on the issue airs tonight at 9 on KRWG-TV.

“Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort” is an Emmy-nominated film that examines the challenges surrounding end-of-life discussions. 

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4:12 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Heinrich Meets With Young Native Leaders

From left: Leroy Silva from Laguna Pueblo; Americans for Indian Opportunity Projects Assistant Danielle Romero; Dalene Coriz of Santo Domingo Pueblo; Americans for Indian Opportunity President and Founder LaDonna Harris; and Americans for Indian Opportunity Director of Leadership Initiative Brittany Simmons.

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15, 2015) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with young Native leaders from Americans for Indian Opportunity's (AIO) Ambassadors Program. The program is a premier leadership initiative that encourages young Native and indigenous individuals to weave their traditional tribal values into a contemporary reality.

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12:32 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Hosts Mescal Roast

  Salt Flat, TX – Guadalupe Mountains National Park will host its third annual “Mescal Roast” on Sunday, May 3 and the public is invited to participate in this free event.  Visitors should plan to arrive at the Pine Springs Visitor Center by 8:30 a.m.to prepare for the 9 a.m. opening of the roasting pit. The mescal, a type of agave plant that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert, will be unearthed and offered for tasting as part of Mescalero Apache celebrations that include a coming-of-age ritual for Mescalero Apache girls.

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12:30 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU Professor Leaves Mark As Educator Preserving African American Heritage

  Clarence Fielder, a dedicated heritage preservationist and long-time Las Cruces educator who spent 40 years as a history professor at New Mexico State University and more than 30 years as a public school teacher, passed away on Friday, April 3. He was 87 years old.

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11:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU And UTEP Join National Organization To Encourage Women In Computer Science Careers

  LAS CRUCES, NM – Thirty years ago the number of women earning computer science degrees was nearly double what it is today. New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso have joined with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to change that trend by encouraging more young women to choose careers in technology. 

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10:52 am
Wed April 15, 2015

NMSU And Las Cruces Public Schools Host School-Community Garden Volunteer Day Saturday

Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools

  Students, teachers and parents at a Las Cruces elementary school will debut a school-community garden Saturday with the help of New Mexico State University’s College of Education professor Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools. 

Osanloo is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration.

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10:29 am
Wed April 15, 2015

New Mexico Legislators Holding Talks On Capital Outlay Bill

New Mexico legislative leaders say talks are underway to try to forge a compromise on a funding bill for building work and other projects across the state.

The regular session ended without agreement on a capital outlay bill amid partisan finger-pointing, but the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that leaders of the Democratic-led-Senate and the Republican-controlled House hope to reach an agreement.

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10:23 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Gov. Martinez Names New Spokesperson

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Gov. Susana Martinez has a new chief spokesman.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Chris Sanchez officially began serving as communications director in the governor's office Monday, replacing Enrique Knell.

Sanchez was Martinez's campaign spokesman during her 2014 re-election candidacy and served as spokesman for House Republican leaders during the 2015 legislative session.

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10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Suspected Bloodstains On Rocks Inside Burned Car With Bodies

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Investigators found several rocks with suspected bloodstains on them inside a burned car that also contained two dead bodies.

A New Mexico State Police search warrant released Tuesday also says authorities are trying to identify the badly burned bodies.

The car and the bodies were found Sunday morning in the Santa Fe National Forest at Forest Roads 103 and 72 near Mesa Poleo in Rio Arriba County about 50 miles west of Espanola.

The investigation also is trying to determine how the two people died and what started the fire.

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