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8:13 am
Wed August 19, 2015

U.S. Dept. Of Interior To Lead Review Into Gold King Mine Spill

The Interior Department will lead a review of the Colorado mine spill that tainted rivers in three western states.

The review was announced late Tuesday after elected officials from both parties questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency should be left to probe its own heavily criticized response to the disaster. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King mine.

The Interior Department's report is expected to be released publicly in 60 days.

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Regional
8:04 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Alamogordo Airport To Receive $1.4 Million In Federal Funds For Improvements

Nine airports across New Mexico will share more than $3 million in federal grants for runway expansions and other improvements.

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced the funding Tuesday.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say local airports serve as an economic engine for many New Mexico communities and the funding will help make them stronger while boosting commerce and increasing travel.

The city of Alamogordo is getting the lion's share — $1.4 million — to extend a runway to better accommodate local aircraft.

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Regional
7:59 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Former Doña Ana County Employee May File Lawsuit Over Termination

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A former Dona Ana County Clerk's Office employee who was terminated earlier this year after alerting authorities to alleged wrongdoing within the office says he may sue the county.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Robert Hernandez, who worked as a temporary employee at the county office, sent a notice last week saying he has "causes of action" against county officials. The lawsuit would be in connection to alleged harassment and retaliation against him.

Hernandez had tipped off authorities to an alleged voter ID theft and check-cashing scheme within the office.

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Local Viewpoints
6:00 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and krwg.org, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent Publisher, Nick Seibel taking a look at some recent storms.

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Regional
3:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

NMSU Program Has Undergraduate Research Down To A Science

Sixteen NMSU undergraduates gathered in O’Donnell Hall to present their summer research in a public poster session Aug. 6. The students are NMSU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute research and summer research scholars who have worked full-time since May on a research project alongside faculty mentors from various NMSU labs. (NMSU photo by Dana Beasley)

  The room whirred with energy and excitement for discovery as 16 New Mexico State University undergraduates eagerly gathered in O’Donnell Hall to present their summer research in a public poster session earlier this month. 

The students are NMSU’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute research and summer research scholars who have worked full-time since May on a research project alongside faculty mentors from various NMSU labs in the departments of biology, plant and environmental sciences, and animal and range sciences. 

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Regional
2:36 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Tattoo Parlor Bombing

A Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2012 firebombing of a tattoo parlor.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Conrad Vasquez Salazar pleaded guilty during a hearing Monday to charges of conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

As part of his plea agreement, he faces 20 years in prison. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Clovis Man Gets Year In Prison For Hitting A Police Officer

A Clovis man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading no contest to hitting a police officer.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Jose Gonzalez entered the plea Tuesday prior to opening statements in his one-day trial.

After a high speed pursuit in December 2014, Gonzalez jumped out of a Clovis Police vehicle and ran.

A female officer was able to tackle Gonzales, who then tried to punch the policewoman in the face before running away.

An arrest warrant was issued and Gonzalez was apprehended a few days later.

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Online EXTRA
1:52 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Kids Fish for Free at the 21st Annual Kids Fishing Day

Children 11 and younger fish for free at the 21st Annual Kids Fishing Day, Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Alto Lake, outside Ruidoso, NM.  The event runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and is hosted by The Forest Service, New Mexico Game and Fish, Ruidoso Parks and Recreation Department, Eastern New Mexico University, Trout Unlimited, Walmart and Mesilla Valley Fly Fishers.

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Regional
9:08 am
Tue August 18, 2015

NMSU To Teach Lamaze Classes In English, Spanish This Fall

Martha Morales (left), New Mexico State University School of Nursing college assistant professor, gives instructions to participants in a Lamaze childbirth preparation class in December 2014. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta)

  For the first time this fall, the New Mexico State University School of Nursing will offer Lamaze childbirth preparation classes in both English and Spanish for free to pregnant women in their seventh to ninth month of pregnancy.

NMSU nursing faculty and students are teaching the educational classes to women. The first Spanish six-week course will start Oct. 7 in the School of Nursing of the College of Health and Social Services building. The course is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday night from Oct. 7 to Nov. 18. 

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Regional
9:03 am
Tue August 18, 2015

NMSU To Host Chile Field Day In Las Cruces

Stephanie Walker, New Mexico State University extension plant sciences assistant professor, talks with chile enthusiasts during a field tour of landrace chile. NMSU is hosting the 2015 Chile Field Day at the Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center in Las Cruces Sept. 9. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  Chile roasting season is here, and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the pepper, the 2015 Chile Field Day is the perfect opportunity. This year, New Mexico State University’s Leyendecker Plant Science Research Center will host the field day from 8 a.m.-noonWednesday, Sept. 9, and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Leyendecker is located eight miles southeast of Las Cruces on Highway 28. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Local Viewpoints
8:57 am
Tue August 18, 2015

NM Center for Family Policy To Host Rally in Support of Belen Nativity Scene & Mayor Jerah Cordova

The NM Center for Family Policy (NMCFP) is holding a rally in support of Belen’s Nativity scene and its mayor, Jerah Cordova, this Sunday, August 23, at 1:15 p.m. at Theresa Tabet Park. 

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Regional
8:49 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Albuquerque Teen Curfew Proposal Withdrawn

An Albuquerque city councilor has withdrawn his resolution to seek a change in state law that would give local governments the authority to impose teen curfews.

Councilor Ken Sanchez made the decision Monday after Gov. Susana Martinez announced that she would put the question on the agenda for the next legislative session in January.

The City Council was set to discuss the proposal during Monday night's meeting. Dozens of speakers still weighed in on the resolution.

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Regional
8:33 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Federal Judge Denies Injunction In New Mexico Drilling Case

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A federal judge has denied a request by environmentalists to put on hold oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico that stems from the approval of dozens of permits over the last two years by the Bureau of Land Management.

U.S. District Judge James Browning issued his ruling late Friday. At least one environmental group plans to appeal.

Environmentalists contend the BLM's Farmington office violated federal environmental laws by approving 265 permits since 2013 and that more development could harm the environment and archaeological and cultural sites in the region.

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Regional
8:27 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Texas Gay Couple Settles Suit Over Marriage License Denial

Attorneys for a gay couple who sued a Texas county clerk who denied them a marriage license on religious grounds have announced they've reached a settlement of the lawsuit.

In a statement, attorneys for Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton said Monday that they've settled their federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang for what they've spent in attorneys' fees — almost $44,000.

Hood County Attorney Lori Kaspar referred requests for comment to the county's special attorney, Grant Blaies of Fort Worth, Texas, who didn't return messages.

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Regional
8:20 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Man Arraigned In Teenager's Drive-By Shooting Death

The 18-year-old son of a New Mexico lawmaker is being held on a $250,000 bond in connection with a deadly drive-by shooting and a second suspect has turned himself in to police.

Donovan Maez was arrested Friday on several charges, including an open count of murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy.

He's the son of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque.

The teen is accused of firing shots from a vehicle at a home on June 26 and killing 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver.

Police believe the shooting may have been motivated by retaliation.

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Regional
4:09 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Man Suspected of Beating, Kidnapping Girlfriend

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of beating up his girlfriend early Saturday morning and holding the woman against her will.

Armando C. Silva Jr., 20, is charged with one first-degree felony count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.

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Regional
3:51 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Utah Man Pleads Guilty In 2014 Fatal Crash In New Mexico

A Utah man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a 2014 car crash in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Bradford J. Billy, of West Jordan, pleaded guilty Monday in Albuquerque.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Billy will be sentenced to between 37and 46 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Billy was arrested last December.

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Regional
3:49 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

State: Political Party Emails Identified As Spam Years Ago

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State officials are acknowledging that emails from the domain belonging to the Democratic Party of New Mexico were first blocked from state servers after being identified as spam four years ago.

Officials with the state Department of Information Technology detailed the cause of the email flap Monday as the party called for an investigation.

Party spokesman Scott Tillman says Democrats first noticed emails being returned in July after requesting information from the secretary of state's office.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Teen Curfew To Be On Agenda For NM Legislative Session

Gov. Susana Martinez says curfews can be an important tool for keeping teens on the right track and that she would support letting communities decide for themselves whether to impose such measures.

The governor issued her comments Monday as the Albuquerque City Council prepared to discuss whether to push for legislation that would give local governments across New Mexico the ability to impose and enforce teen curfews.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Man Held In Officer's Death Had Knife In Prison

Prison officials say a homemade knife has been found on a man accused of fatally shooting a police officer in a suburb of Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Department of Corrections said Monday that Central New Mexico Correctional Facility guards found a "shank" inside the cell assigned to Andrew Romero.

Officials say the knife was discovered after Romero made threats at officers and authorities ordered a shakedown of his cell.

Authorities say officials are trying to determine how Romero got the weapon.

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Regional
3:41 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty In Cocaine Trafficking Case

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to a cocaine trafficking charge in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 65-year-old Willie Collier, of Macon, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Collier will be sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by up to four years of supervised release.

Collier was arrested in January 2014 at a bus station in Albuquerque after a search of his baggage by federal drug agents revealed that Collier was carrying nearly six kilograms of cocaine inside a backpack.

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Regional
3:18 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearms And Conspiracy Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Conrad Vasquez Salazar, 43, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty this afternoon to conspiracy and firearms charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Salazar will be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

No Threat Found After Suspicious Package Prompted Evacuation Of Las Cruces Post Office

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The Las Cruces Police Department says the downtown Las Cruces post office was evacuated Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. due to a suspicious package found in the mail.

The department says authorities have already examined the package and the post office, and have determined there was no threat.

According to the Las Cruces Police Department, the scene was cleared at 2 p.m. Monday.

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Regional
3:07 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

NMSU Joins State Agencies In Response To Gold King Mine Spill

A water truck delivers water to a garden in San Juan County after the Gold King Mine spill caused irrigation ditches to be closed. NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service spearheaded the response to agricultural producers’ needs for water for irrigated crops, and hay and water for livestock in the affected areas along the Animas and San Juan rivers. (NMSU photo by Bonnie Hopkins)

  FARMINGTON – When three million gallons of mining sludge from the Gold King Mine site at Silverton, Colorado, flowed downriver in the Animas and San Juan rivers, area emergency response teams jumped into action.

As the plume worked its way through the Four Corners region of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State Engineer’s office personnel addressed the short- and long-term impacts of heavy metal contamination of river water and soil along the contaminated rivers.

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Local Viewpoints
2:53 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Conservationists Intervene in Livestock Industry Challenge to Habitat Protections for Jaguar

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  SILVER CITY, N.M.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife today intervened in a lawsuit brought by ranching organizations that are trying to overturn federal protection of habitat for endangered jaguars in New Mexico. The conservation groups are seeking to ensure that the designation of critical habitat for jaguars, on mostly public land in the Peloncillo and San Luis mountains of New Mexico, is maintained.

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Regional
11:51 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Hatch Chile Still Available In New Mexico Whole Foods Stores

  Hatch chile fans...fear not.  Whole Foods stores in New Mexico will continue to carry the famous state product.  "Whole Foods Market will proudly continue to carry and support local Hatch chile in all of our New Mexico locations. Pueblo chile will be available in our CO/KS/ID/UT stores," said Benji Fitts, Marketing Team Leader with Whole Foods in Santa Fe.

Here is last week's original story from the Associated Press:

Colorado's Pueblo chiles are taking on the venerable Hatch chiles of New Mexico.

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Online EXTRA
11:44 am
Mon August 17, 2015

VIDEO: Ted Cruz Cooks Bacon With A Machine Gun

Were you still convinced the race for the Republican nomination for President couldn't look any more like a bad reality TV show?  Fear not...here's a U.S. Senator cooking bacon with a machine gun.

Regional
10:51 am
Mon August 17, 2015

NMSU Professor Works Toward Eliminating Blackouts

  Sukumar Brahma, a professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, is developing methods to produce more reliable and resilient delivery of electric power to end users.

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Online EXTRA
9:58 am
Mon August 17, 2015

UNM Research Center Receives $25 Million NIH Grant Renewal

  The University of New Mexico’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) has been awarded a five-year, $23 million grant renewal by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) following a competition in which it received one of the highest scores in the nation.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon August 17, 2015

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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