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12:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspects Sought In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the two men suspected of committing an armed robbery Tuesday morning.

At around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, a resident was walking from his vehicle near the 600 block of Lane when he was approached by two men who asked for loose change. The man began to hand over a few dollar bills when one of the suspects pulled out a knife and threatened the victim.

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12:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Upgrades At The Rio Grande Theatre In Las Cruces

  In September 2005, the 79-year-old Rio Grande Theatre began the next stage in its evolution as an entertainment and cultural center in the heart of Las Cruces. 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the monumental effort by the Doña Ana Arts Council to restore the historic landmark, with generous support from New Mexico state legislators, the City of Las Cruces and the community at large.

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Regional
7:58 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Child Protection Bills Roll Through New Mexico Legislature

In an otherwise rancorous legislative session, New Mexico lawmakers are finding common ground on bills aimed at keeping children safe.

Child protection measures are enjoying bipartisan support during a 60-day session that just passed its midpoint. That's despite party-line votes on a host of contentious issues that range from abortion and right-to-work to driver's licenses for those suspected of being in the country illegally.

Lawmakers say tackling crimes against children is a non-partisan issue.

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Regional
7:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Four Corners Sees Spikes In Marijuana Seizures

New statistics show that a Four Corners regional narcotics taskforce has seized around six times as much marijuana in 2014 than the previous year.

The Daily Times reports that the Region II Narcotics Taskforce seized 245 pounds of marijuana, which has an approximate street value nearly $200,000.

Taskforce director Phil Goodwin says the spike in seizures could largely be attributed to the recent arrests of two men who were operating growing houses.

The taskforce seized 88 pounds of marijuana in 2012 and 40 pounds of marijuana in 2013.

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Regional
7:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Marshals Service: Dozens Of Fugitives Apprehended In Roundup

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Law enforcement authorities in New Mexico say they arrested dozens of violent fugitives in the latest phase of a statewide operation.

The U.S. Marshals Service says federal, state and local officers apprehended 24 violent fugitives during the second phase of "Operation Desert Snow."

That phase of the operation was conducted in Dona Ana, Lincoln, Luna, Otero and Sierra counties in southern New Mexico on Feb. 19-22.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission Indefinitely Postpones Voting On County Manager Campaign Donations

  Over the past 3 months, questions have been raised about a campaign donation given to County Commissioner Ben Rawson from County Manager Julia Brown. The County Commission was set to vote on a proposal that would have limited the County Manager’s ability to make donations, but the measure was indefinitely postponed.

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Regional
8:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

New Mexico House Approves Budget

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal that includes pay raises for new teachers and state police officers.

The House voted 42-25 Tuesday following a three-hour debate. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Adopting a budget is a must-do assignment for lawmakers before the session adjourns March 21.

The amount of spending in the bill is nearly the same as that outlined by Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislative Finance Committee earlier this year.

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Regional
4:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Group Ranks NMSU College Of Education Fifth In The Nation For Best Online Master's Program

  The New Mexico State University College of Education has been ranked fifth for the Best Online Master’s Education Programs for 2015 according to TeachTomorrow.org. 

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Local Viewpoints
3:58 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Flawed EPA Report Funded By Fossil Fuel Interests

A series of flawed reports attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants was published by the Beacon Hill Institute and funded through fossil fuel-funded front groups managed by Richard Berman. The Rio Grande Foundation published BHI’s report on New Mexico, claiming the EPA’s climate reduction plan would have a huge negative impact on jobs and the economy. 

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3:09 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Peter Yarrow Of "Peter, Paul, And Mary" Coming To Las Cruces

  The Doña Ana Arts Council proudly continues the 2014/2015 Performance Series with singer/songwriter and folk pioneer Peter Yarrow. Hot on the heels of the Peter, Paul and Mary 25th Anniversary Concert, broadcast in celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary on KRWG-TV, Yarrow will conduct a musical tour through a career spanning more than four decades of song and social activism. Peter Yarrow will bring his storytelling skills and melodic talent to the Rio Grande Theatre stage, Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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12:49 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

California Lawmaker Introduces Measure To Make Baseball Tobacco-Free

  California Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) today introduced legislation to eliminate the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues in California – to protect the health of players and to set an effective example for children.   As professional baseball’s spring training gets underway, the legislation will send a simple and powerful message: tobacco has no place near our nation’s kids or our national pastime.

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11:42 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Diverse Group Sends Letter To President Supporting Veto Of Keystone Pipeline

  More than 100 artists, elected officials, and others have sent a letter to President Obama, supporting his veto of legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline.  Many Republicans and a small number of Democrats have supported the pipeline as a job and oil producer.  

The controversial project would pump oil from tar sands in Canada through the United States, ending at the gulf coast.  Here is the full text of the letter:

Dear Mr. President,

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Local Viewpoints
11:31 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Morales: Parents Have the Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

  Santa Fe, NM – There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring. I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

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11:26 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Wells Fargo To Host "Retirement Day" Saturday

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Wells Fargo today announced it will host a Retirement Day event at all of its New Mexico banking locations. Customers are invited to visit a store on Saturday, February 28, and have a personal conversation about how they are doing on their journey to retirement, or how to get started on saving for retirement.

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Regional
9:37 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Las Cruces Takes Public Comments Regarding Proposed Downtown Code Changes

  The City of Las Cruces has proposed enacting a SmartCode in the downtown area. If approved by City Council, this proposed Code would replace the existing Central Business District and Main Street Overlay.

The Community Development Department is initiating a 30-day public comment period for the proposed SmartCode. The comment period will be March 2, through March 31. In addition, staff will be arranging public input meetings during this period.

A city release states the benefits for downtown of the proposed SmartCode are:

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Regional
7:32 am
Tue February 24, 2015

250 Albuquerque Students Don't Meet Vaccine Requirements

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The Albuquerque public school district's move to enforce New Mexico's vaccination requirement resulted in at least 250 students being kept out of school.

Citing concerns about measles, the district had sent letters home to parents on Feb. 10 notifying them that students would not be allowed to attend school if they lacked current vaccinations and proof on file at schools by Feb. 20.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 250 students didn't meet the requirements and either stayed home or were sent home Monday.

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Regional
7:25 am
Tue February 24, 2015

New Mexico Senate Confirms Martinez Appointment of Damron

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Gov. Susana Martinez's appointment of Barbara Damron as secretary of the state Higher Education Department.

The Senate took the action unanimously on Monday.

Martinez in December announced Damron's appointment as one of several cabinet changes.

When appointed to replace Jose Garcia as higher education secretary, Damron was an associate professor at the University of New Mexico's College of Nursing.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Las Cruces High Schoolers Discuss Voting In School Board Elections

 3% of registered voters voted during this year’s School Board Elections. Legislator Javier Morales is sponsoring a bill that could change that.
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Regional
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

NMSU Exhibit "Las Cruces Creates" Reflects Community

Visiting artist John Garrett leads a weaving class at NMSU’s University Art Gallery. (Photo by Isabel Rodriguez)

  It started last semester with an idea to make the Las Cruces community a part of the university. The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University invited more than 20 local artists to show their work and invited community members to join together, weaving piles of donated clothing into a work of art. With threads of time and tradition, artists and members of the public have helped to create a tapestry reflecting Las Cruces. The gallery named the exhibit “Las Cruces Creates.” 

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Regional
9:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

New Mexico Students Protest State-Mandated Testing

Some students at Santa Fe High School and Capital High are protesting over state-required testing.

At Capital, some students briefly tore down a gate to leave campus Monday.

About 40 Santa Fe High students reportedly walked out of class and gathered for a indoors "town hall" style meeting with the principal.

The students are upset about the standardized tests known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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Regional
4:23 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Overnight I-10 Exit Closures This Week

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with El Terrero Construction, continue with work at the Vado exit where motorists will encounter overnight closures starting Tuesday night February 24 until Friday morning February 27.

The contractor will need to close this section of roadway on NM 227/Vado Drive in order to mill, sub grade preparation and pave this section as it will align with the newly constructed roundabout. The closures will be stationed from 8:00 pm and will be lifted by 6:00 am the following morning.

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Regional
4:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Mother Of Abused Child Will Serve One Year Of 12-Year Sentence

  Las Cruces, NM---Judge Marci Beyer has sentenced Sierra Salas to 12 years imprisonment but suspended all but 1 year on (6) counts of Child Abuse-Intentional and (3) counts of Child Abuse-Negligently Permit, all third degree felonies. Salas pled “no contest” in June 2014 to all the charges.

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Regional
3:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

"Gathering Of Quilts" Coming To T or C

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM—At least 20 handcrafted quilts which will be exhibited as part of the 17th annual Gathering of Quilts show in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico will be donated to comfort foster children, cancer patients and people in distressed situations. The Gathering of Quilts show takes place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28.

In the past 10 years, the Winter Quilters – who are responsible for organizing the show – have donated at least 150 quilts annually.

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Regional
12:21 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

"Hellbent" To Film In New Mexico

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  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the DDP Productions feature "Hellbent" will begin principal photography mid-February and continue filming mid-March in Albuquerque, Moriarty and Santa Fe. 

 

"I am pleased to welcome the new movie, 'Hellbent', to Albuquerque," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Albuquerque is open for business and is excited to see the economic boost this production brings to the city."

 

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Regional
12:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Texas: After Thinking About It...I Guess The Public Does Have A Right To Know

Texas officials have reconsidered their decision to withhold details of how many trains carry at least 1 million gallons of crude oil across the state each week.

The Texas Attorney General's office decided last week that the records BNSF and Kansas City Southern railroads gave the state should be disclosed.

Previously, the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to share those records when The Associated Press and others requested them.

It was not immediately clear Monday morning how quickly Texas officials will produce the records.

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Local Viewpoints
12:01 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Smith: New Mexico Needs Jobs, Highway Repairs...But Not More Debt

  New Mexico needs more jobs, and we need them now. That is what we hear from folks in the cafes and diners in Deming and across our state.

It was confirmed in a recent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research: We are ranked one of the worst in the nation when it comes to economic and job growth – 48th of 50 states. That is a tough situation for families.

So what can we do to jump-start jobs and get the economy growing again? One simple way is to address New Mexico’s huge, unmet highway and road needs.

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Regional
11:56 am
Mon February 23, 2015

NMSU Student Receives Top Award At New Horizons Symphony Competition

  New Mexico State University’s Joseph Seth Zamora received first place at the New Horizons Young Artist Competition, securing the chance to perform as a soloist during the Atkinson Recital Hall symphony performance taking place on March 15 at 3 p.m. 

Seventeen year old Zamora, a 2014 graduate of Tularosa High School, beat out fellow musicians including brass players, woodwind players, string players and other pianists. He has been playing the piano for about four years.

“This performance means so much to me,” Zamora said. “It represents a musical milestone.”

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Regional
10:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns Closed Monday Due To Poor Road Conditions

  Carlsbad Caverns will remain closed today, Monday, February 23, due to hazardous road conditions. We will monitor the weather overnight and determine if the roads are safe in the morning for an early am opening.  Please check our website at www.nps.gov/cave or call 575-785-2232 for updates on the park's status. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

State Of The City And County At Las Cruces Chamber Of Commerce

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Smith and County Manager Julia Brown spoke at a Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Update Luncheon to let people know about the State of the City and of the County.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

"Cowboy Days" Coming To Las Cruces Museum

  LAS CRUCES – For 15 years, Cowboy Days has brought plenty of Western fun to Las Cruces.

As the festival at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum enters its 16th year, more activities are being added to help keep the Old West and New Mexico’s ranching traditions alive. This year’s event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7-8. Admission is $5 for everyone age 5 and older (no discounts or passes).

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