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1:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Papen Center Added To New Mexico Register Of Historic Places

  The Frank O' Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., in now on the New Mexico Register of Historic Places. The Cultural Properties Review Committee, under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, voted favorably on Friday, Dec. 12, to add the center to the register.

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Regional
12:14 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Major I-25 Project Complete

Credit Office of the Governor

  Gov. Susana Martinez and others are celebrating the completion of a $93 million project aimed at smoothing travel through a major Albuquerque traffic corridor.

Officials are scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting event Monday evening for the reconstruction of the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange.

Crews are expected overnight to open the last piece — a flyover that takes drivers headed northbound on the interstate to westbound Paseo del Norte.

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Regional
11:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Wood Stove Ignites Fire, Destroys Home

Credit <p><a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=879">Image: luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p>

  Several crews with the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to a fire in the 100 block of Schneberger Road in Chaparral Sunday morning, which investigators say was caused by a wood stove that was left unattended.

   The first engine arrived 10 minutes after a call was made to 911, alerting first responders that a single-wide mobile home was fully engulfed in flames.

   Firefighters from Chaparral, Chamberino, La Union, La Mesa and Otero County worked to bring the fire under control in just under an hour.

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Regional
11:28 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Sheriff's Office Offers Online Reporting System

  Victims of certain crimes that happen within Doña Ana County can now file a report with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office using a new online system.

The Citizen’s Online Police Reporting System can take temporary reports for lost property, vandalism, theft or larceny, telephone harassment or vandalism to a motor vehicle. Once a victim fills out the online form, a temporary police report can then be downloaded and printed free of charge. A sheriff’s deputy will then follow up with the victim to ask additional questions and begin the investigation process, where applicable.

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Local Viewpoints
11:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Archbishop Sheehan: Have We Forgotten The Reason For The Season?

Credit http://www.archdiocesesantafe.org/ABSheehan/ABSheehan.html

  Christmas decorations are up all over New Mexico.  But it seems the emphasis is on large Santa Claus figurines, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman.  There are twinkling lights and tinsel everywhere and people are busy buying and wrapping gifts in fancy paper with big bows.  We are all sending and receiving Christmas cards.  Dinners and trips are being planned.  Lots of money is being spent.  We are told we are supposed to say “Happy Holidays” -  not Merry Christmas!

 

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Regional
8:14 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Feds Inaugurate New Texas Family Detention Center

The Obama administration is officially inaugurating a new family detention center in rural South Texas commissioned amid the recent influx of children pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is visiting the lockup Monday in Dilley, about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Initially, it will hold about 450 adults and children but could grow to 2,000-plus capacity.

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Regional
8:12 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Man's Shooting Was Accidental

An Albuquerque man was wounded in what police describe as an accidental shooting by an officer.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik say the officer's gun discharged as he climbed through a broken window of a second-floor apartment while investigating a burglary early Sunday.

The bullet went through the apartment's floor and into the unit below, where it struck a man in the back.

Drobik says the man was hospitalized in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Regional
8:08 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Las Cruces To Vote On Supporting Film Industry

Las Cruces officials are considering ways to boost the city's appeal to the film industry.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the city council will vote Monday afternoon on a resolution to increase support for the local movie industry.

The resolution would call for the city's economic development department and a film liaison to promote the area as an ideal location for film shoots.

The measure also calls for Las Cruces to develop a film, television and media center and try to increase the workforce.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News. 

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Regional
8:07 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Deadline For Jan. 1 Health Insurance Coverage Arrives In New Mexico

Credit NM Department of Health

New Mexicans who are looking for health insurance through the state's exchange will have to enroll now if they want coverage by the first of the year.

If they miss Monday's deadline, they'll still have a chance to enroll through the BeWellNM exchange until February 15.

Exchange CEO Amy Dowd says she doesn't have any hard figures about the enrollment rate so far, but counselors, agents and brokers have fielded a steady stream of inquiries via the website, phone and in-person visits at the exchange's enrollment center in Albuquerque.

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Regional
8:06 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Police: Man Fatally Shot At Las Cruces Smoke Shop

Las Cruces police say an armed man who entered a smoke shop is dead after being shot by a store employee.

Police say the shooting occurred Sunday night at the D.C.P.S. Smoke Shop on South Solano Drive.

According to police, responding officers found the dead man lying on the store's floor.

Police say preliminary information indicates that the man was armed with a gun when he entered the store and that he was subsequently shot by a store employee.

Identities weren't released and further details on the shooting weren't immediately available.

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Regional
8:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New Mexico U.S. Senators Get New Committee Assignments

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

New Mexico's two U.S. senators will have new committee assignments when Congress starts up a new session in January.

Sen. Martin Heinrich will join the Armed Services Committee. His announcement notes that New Mexico has several military installations, including White Sands Missile Range and Kirtland, Holloman and Cannon Air Force Bases.

Heinrich will continue to serve on several other committees, including the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

FACT SHEET: Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport Runway Expansion

  Current and Future Runway Lengths

Runway 3-21 is currently 7,005’ long.  The 2,200’ runway extension will result in a 9,205’ long by 150’ wide paved runway with a maximum load capability of 120,000 pounds.

·       The 2,200’ extension is being added to the end of Runway 21 – the southwest end

·       For reference, a NATO standard runway is 8,000’

Purpose

Provides the ability to continue safe flight operations in high density altitude situations.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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Local Viewpoints
10:27 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Goodman: Las Cruces Recall Effort "A Naked Power Grab"

The present Recall effort is a naked power grab aimed at destroying local democracy.  A couple of wealthy families and their companies are trying to use money to intimidate present and future councilors who might wish to be guided by their constituents' needs or their own consciences, not fear of Big Money.

   Forget their somewhat comical outside operative, Jeffrey Isbell, who can only hurl misleading mud but doesn't seem ready to debate issues.  (Maybe he's still too new here to have a clue.)

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Regional
10:24 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"SantaLand Diaries" Cancelled In Las Cruces

Due to illness and additional complications , The Fusion Theater Company, producers of The SantaLand Diaries, has cancelled all performances of The SantaLand Diaries in Northern and Southern New Mexico, including the Rio Grande Theatre on 12/20 and 12/21/14.  The Doña Ana Arts Council apologizes for the inconvenience to its Rio Grande Theatre patrons.

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Regional
10:21 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Department of Health Relocates Las Cruces Immunization Services

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced it is closing its West Las Cruces Immunization Center, 1850 Cooper Loop, Building A, and relocating its immunization services to the East Mesa Public Health Office at 5220 Holman Road.

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Regional
10:18 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Photo Exhibit Shows Museum's "Heavy Metal"

  LAS CRUCES -- Richard Ondrovic will be the first to admit that he sees things a little differently than most people.

His unique perspective is showscased in a new photography exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum called “Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic.”

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Regional
10:16 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Garcia Seeks Seat On Las Cruces School Board

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Paul E. Garcia, 29, has announced that he will seek the seat to the Las Cruces School Board.  Garcia says he is a published children’s author and is employed with the United States Border Patrol. 

“I want to bring new passion and energy to the school board, “Garcia said, “It is time for younger generations to step up to the plate and take a more active role in our communities.  I plan to do just that.” 

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Online EXTRA
6:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

"Little Anthony" Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council welcomes 2015 with an intimate evening in the company of Jerome Anthony Gourdine, better known as Little Anthony, delivering his one-man show celebrating 56 years in show business. On tour to promote the release of his new book, “Little Anthony: My Journey, My Destiny,” by Arlene Krieger, Anthony will regale audiences with a nostalgic look back at the golden age of Rock ‘n Roll, then sign copies of his book, which will be on sale either on the website or after the show.

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Regional
4:37 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

EPA Attempts To Protect Rio Grande

  Federal regulators have issued a new permit aimed at keeping pollution from stormwater runoff in New Mexico's most populated metropolitan area from finding its way into the Rio Grande.

The permit issued Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency covers Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, the village of Corrales and the town of Bernalillo. Surrounding Native American communities are also included.

EPA officials say the new permit allows for more flexibility and cooperation among local and tribal governments when it comes to monitoring and planning.

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Regional
4:31 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Missile Silo For Sale Outside Roswell

An underground missile silo is currently one of New Mexico's hottest real estate properties.

Real estate agent Jim Moore said Friday that he has gotten more than 40 calls, some from out of state, about the 10-story silo near Roswell.   The silo is on the market for $295,000. The deal includes 25 acres of surrounding land and 280 acres of water rights.

Moore says the previous owner had been living in a nursing home until his death two months ago.

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Online EXTRA
6:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

David Benoit Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues its 2014/2015 Performance Series with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer and producer David Benoit, who will celebrate the holidays with the iconic jazz from Charles Schultz’ Peanuts specials. Revive that wonderful Christmas feeling with Vince Guaraldi’s perennial Peanuts tunes, featuring classics like “Linus and Lucy” and “Christmas Time Is Here,” while the beloved animated classic is projected on the theatre screen. David Benoit will tickle the ivories at the Rio Grande Theatre, Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Regional
4:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

WNMU Board Of Regents Pass Tuition Guarantee

  Silver City, NM – Beginning next fall, students enrolling at Western New Mexico University will benefit from a newly passed, tuition guarantee program, allowing families the ability to budget for their son’s or daughter’s college education.

Students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester, while maintaining a 2.0 grade point average qualify for the locked-in tuition rate. The initiative was passed unanimously by the WNMU Board of Regents at its meeting on Friday, December 12. WNMU is the first university in New Mexico to initiate the program.

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PUENTES
4:09 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Traditions and Recipe Secrets

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

  December 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community 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 to reminisce about their family Christmas traditions. They are descendants of a local pioneer family in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The sisters grew up with many local customs and traditions for Christmas.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

NMSU Regents Meet In Las Cruces

Following the New Mexico State University Board of Regents meeting Dec. 12, out-going regents Isaac Pino, Javier Gonzales and Jordan Banegas planted a tree in Regents Grove east of Corbett Center. At the tree planting, from left, are Regent Mike Cheney, President Garrey Carruthers, Gonzales, Pino, Banegas, Regent Kari Mitchell and Provost Dan Howard. (NMSU Photo by Darren Phillips)

  At a regular meeting Friday, Dec. 12, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the university’s audited financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Angela Throneberry, senior vice president for administration and finance, presented the audited annual financial statements, including the report of the independent audit firm of Moss Adams LLP reflecting an unmodified opinion. 

The regents also approved an operating agreement renewal with the Grants Cibola County School District for the operations of NMSU Grants. 

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Regional
9:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Set for Saturday

  The Las Cruces Police Department will host a meet-and-greet Saturday for anyone interested in, or already participating in, a Neighborhood Watch group.

The Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, under the gazebo at Young Park. Representatives of the Las Cruces Police Department will be on hand to answer questions and help those interested in establishing a Neighborhood Watch group.

The Las Cruces Police Department will provide free hamburgers and hot dogs to those participating inSaturday’s meeting.

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Regional
9:40 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Union Chapter’s Former President Charged with Embezzlement, Forgery

  The former president of a local union suspected of diluting funds from the chapter’s bank account has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Eric Simon, 37, the former president of the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is charged with one count of embezzlement over $2,500 and 53 counts of forgery. The embezzlement charge is a third-degree felony while the forgery charges are fourth-degree felony counts.

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Regional
9:39 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Dona Ana County Sheriffs Department Apprehensive About Body Cameras

Credit Simon Thompson

With protests over police use of force throughout the country…many police departments are working to expand the use of body cameras.  But some departments including the Dona Ana County Sheriffs department are questioning the idea.

Dona County Sheriff’s department public information officer Kelly Jameson says before  audio or cameras were documenting police interactions- misconduct claims were largely evaluated through witness accounts and that often meant pitting an officer’s word against the word of the accused.

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Local Viewpoints
9:37 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Pearce Votes For Federal Budget

  Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of the FY 2015 CR-Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Passage of the $1.013 Trillion spending bill will protect American jobs, fund national security priorities, reduce wasteful spending and provide for veterans.

 

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Regional
9:01 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Game And Fish: Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead In Arizona

Wildlife officials are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf in Arizona.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Thursday that the animal was found dead last month in eastern Arizona.

The wolf was a member of the Rim Pack and Maverick Pack, but the agency did not provide any other details.

Game and Fish officials say the case is under investigation.

Efforts to reintroduce the predators to parts of New Mexico and Arizona have been hampered over the years by illegal shootings, among other things.

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