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8:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Funeral For Slain Navajo Police Officer To Be Held Friday

A Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman on tribal land will be remembered this week.

The owners of Desert View Funeral Home tell the Farmington Daily Times that a funeral service will be held for 42-year-old Alex Yazzie on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Center.

Authorities say Yazzie was killed March 19 after 24-year-old Justin Fowler shot at officers in Red Valley, Arizona.

Fowler led police on a high-speed pursuit from a Shiprock home where he allegedly had been beating his wife and mother.

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Regional
8:15 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Bighorn Sheep Could Return To New Mexico Range

The state Game Commission is expected to discuss a plan to reintroduce desert bighorn sheep in the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico.

The commission will meet Thursday in Alamogordo. The daylong agenda includes the sheep proposal.

The Game and Fish Department first proposed expanding the desert bighorn population in the area in May 2013. The commission amended the rules later that year to help with the reduction of Barbary sheep as part of the reintroduction plan.

Department officials are expected to update the commission on their progress.

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Regional
8:13 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Thousands Participate In Bataan 'Death March' Remembrance

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About 6,000 people turned out at a southern New Mexico military installation for an event in honor of American and Filipino service members taken captive by the Japanese during the early months of the United States' involvement in World War II.

The 26th annual Bataan Memorial Death March was held Sunday at the Army's White Sands Missile Range near Alamogordo.

During the Bataan march in early 1942, thousands of prisoners were forced to walk more than 60 miles under grueling and sweltering conditions while being abused by their captors. Many died.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon March 23, 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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Regional
5:59 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Job To Career Readiness Boot Camp Attacks Dona Ana Work Force Issues

Job seekers sign up for the Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp at Dona Ana Community College.
Credit Simon Thompson

Economic development projects throughout New Mexico and Dona Ana County- prioritize job creation- That’s usually done by convincing out of state companies to move in, set up and bring jobs with them. But that might be putting the horse before the cart. Companies operating in the region say they can’t find enough capable workers. Simon Thompson went to a Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp to report on what is being done to improve the quality of Dona Ana County’s workforce.   

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Regional
4:48 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Hundreds Protest Grapevine, Texas Police Shooting Of Unarmed Man

Hundreds of demonstrators marched in Grapevine, a North Texas suburb, to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man.

At least 200 protesters chanted "No justice, no peace" and "Release the video" as they marched down Grapevine's Main Street.

The demand was for the release of a dashboard camera video of the Feb. 20 shooting of 31-year-old Mexican national Ruben Garcia Villalpando after a brief car chase.

The Sunday march was peaceful and no arrests were reported.

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4:48 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Transcript: Statement By The President On The Fifth Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

  On the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, one thing couldn’t be clearer:  This law is working, and in many ways, it’s working even better than anticipated.

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Regional
1:07 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Thousands, Including Senator Martin Heinrich, Turn Out For Bataan March

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

More than 5,000 people are taking part in an annual walk honoring those who died in the Bataan Death March.  The thousands of marchers include 12 prisoners of war survivors will be navigating the dessert terrain at White Sands Missile Range.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Philippine Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. are also among the participants.

Marchers are either following the full 26.2-mile route or a shorter 14.2-mile path.

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Regional
1:05 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Alamogordo Woman's Two Dogs Seized After Killing Other Dog

An Alamogordo woman is facing charges after her two dogs allegedly mauled another dog to death.  37-year-old Desiree Romeyn is facing two fourth-degree felonies under New Mexico's Dangerous Dog Act.

According to court documents, Romeyn is being held in on bond in an Otero County jail.

Alamogordo police say an animal control officer responded to reports Wednesday that Romeyn's two pitbulls had escaped her yard.

The officer secured both dogs but found a third pitbull belonging to someone else. That dog had multiple lacerations and punctures.

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Regional
1:04 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Wet Spring May Be On Tap

Meteorologists say a warming trend in the Pacific Ocean indicates New Mexico could be in for a wet spring.

National Weather Service officials say they observed earlier this month a rare set of temperature conditions along the West Coast that point to signs of rain for central and northern New Mexico.

Meteorologist Andrew Church says any precipitation would help alleviate the state as it endures a five-year drought.

He says the state also needs to prepare for possible flash flooding if the warming temperatures make for a strong monsoon season.

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Regional
11:43 am
Sun March 22, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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Regional
10:39 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Supreme Court To Decide Texas Free Speech Case

Credit supremecourt.gov

The Supreme Court will decide whether Texas is violating the free speech rights of some residents by refusing to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag.

The justices hear arguments Monday in a challenge brought by the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group wants a Texas plate similar to ones issued by eight other states that were members of the Confederacy and Maryland.

The battle flag adorns a monument outside the state Capitol in Austin. But the state says putting the image on specialty license plates would be offensive.

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Regional
10:38 am
Sun March 22, 2015

In Depth: Major Issues Facing Texas Legislature

There's not likely to be cake-cutting this time, but conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage in Texas are staging a Capitol steps rally with outspoken gay rights opponent Roy Moore.

Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, made headlines nationally by instructing his state's probate judges to refuse issuing same-sex marriage licenses after a federal judge declared Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

In response to Moore's appearance Monday afternoon, gay rights advocates are holding a family ice cream social elsewhere in the Capitol.

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Regional
10:35 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Albuquerque Teacher Lauded On "Ellen"

Albuquerque teacher Sonya Romero is still in shock that she and her school got the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The kindergarten teacher was back in class Friday, a day after appearing on DeGeneres' show, where she was surprised with two giant $10,000 checks.

One check goes to her and one to Lew Wallace Elementary.

Romero was invited to be a guest after the show's producers read about what she has done to help her students.

A teacher for 20 years, Romero has a reputation for giving to students even outside the classroom.

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Regional
10:34 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Texas Lawmakers: Education Benefit For Veterans Costs Too Much

They signed up to fight for their country, and the state of Texas promised to pay for their education.

For decades, Texas — which has the state second-highest veterans' population in the country — has funded higher education for the enlisted under the Hazlewood Exemption.

But in 2009, Texas lawmakers passed a legacy provision that allows veterans to pass the benefit onto a child. Since then, costs have increased sevenfold, from $25 million to $169 million last fiscal year.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Carlsbad School CEO On Leave After Shocking Allegations

The CEO of a Carlsbad school has been put on leave while she is investigated for ethical and possibly criminal allegations.

The Council of Trustees for Jefferson Montessori Academy voted Thursday night to have CEO Cynthia Holguin go on administrative leave.

Holguin is accused of giving false student counts to the New Mexico Public Education Department and threatening staff and faculty.

The council also elected to hire an outside investigator instead of forming an investigative committee that would include a teacher.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Capital Projects Bill Dies As Democrats Balk At GOP Borrowing Plan

Funding for various state projects went up in flames after the Republican-controlled New Mexico House voted to pass a measure that Senate leaders vowed to ignore.

The House voted 36-32 in the New Mexico Legislature's final minutes of the 60-day legislative session.

The vote came after House Democrats failed to put money back into the bill to build senior centers across the state, for tribal projects and for community colleges.

Republicans said millions of dollars for such projects had previously gone unspent and using bonds to fund road projects showed foresight.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

In Depth: Highlights Of What Passed And What Failed In The NM Legislature

A look at proposals that passed and failed during the 60-day session of the Legislature, which ended Saturday.

ALCOHOL-DRUGS

— Passed: Bill to allow restaurants and delivery companies to deliver beer and wine to residences and hotels; prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors; allow farmers in the state to grow industrial hemp for research only.

— Failed: A bill to legalize the selling and cultivating of marijuana stalled in a House committee.

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ANIMAL PROTECTION

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Regional
11:02 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Las Cruces Group Shares In $5.6 Million Grant

Two New Mexico organizations will share $5.6 million in federal grant funding to boost their early childhood education programs.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the grants this week. The money was awarded to the Eastern Plains Community Action Agency and La Clinica de Familia.

The grants are offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They're aimed at helping new or existing programs partner with local child care centers that serve low-income families.

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Regional
10:51 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Deming School Employee Charged With Embezzlement

An employee with the Deming public school district has been accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from two fundraisers at Bataan Elementary School.

Luna County Sheriff's Capt. Jose Martinez says 45-year-old Felicita Villa was charged this week. He says she's been ordered to appear in magistrate court.

It was not immediately clear if Villa had a lawyer.

According to a sheriff's report, school officials said they suspected Villa of taking more than $2,400 from a fundraiser that she had been in charge of.

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PUENTES
7:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

From a Hearse to a Park Bench - 100 Years of Volunteer Service

Rebecca Courtney and Valerie Redington at KRWG FM studios.

March 20, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the President of General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Progress Club of Las Cruces, Valerie Redington; and GFWC Progress Club Centennial Committee Chair, Rebecca Courtney. This year the club celebrates 100th Anniversary of service to our community. Their motto is “Living the Volunteer Spirit.”

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Regional
5:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Suspect In Identity Theft Case Sought

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of stealing a wallet and using the victim’s personal information to pilfer nearly $6,000 from a bank account.

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5:06 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico Artist Establishes Lecture Series With $50,000 Donation

Pictured is WNMU President Joseph Shepard accepting the donation from Edwina Milner and her husband Charles, establishing the lecture series. Photo by Randy J. Smith.

  Silver City, NM – A longtime artist and philanthropist has gifted a $50,000 contribution to the Western New Mexico University Foundation to establish an artist lecture series, promoting women in the arts.

The Edwina and Charles Milner Artist Lecture Series is slated to begin in September of 2015. Mrs. Milner and her husband Charles gifted the donation to the University Foundation to provide public lectures of notable female artists as well as to create workshop activities for university students, public school students and the community. 

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4:14 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Senate Breaks Impasse On New Mexico Driver's Licenses

Santa Fe, NM – With the broad support of both Democrats and Republican members, the New Mexico Senate today passed compromise legislation that successfully resolves the complex issue of undocumented immigrants drivers’ licenses and state compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

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Regional
10:07 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Signs Installed As Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Moves Towards Broader Visitor Engagement

Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces district officer Bill Childress cuts the ribbon on the first official sign in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.
Credit Simon Thompson

 

It has almost been a year  since President Obama designated the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. In the lead up to the anniversary community groups have been working on projects to promote the site. Economists say these projects are key to the monument generating the projected 7.4 million dollars economic activity every year.

About 50 volunteers armed with shovels, rakes and wheel barrels met up at the foot of the Organ mountains for a working day in the weekend sunshine.

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9:54 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Interior Department Releases Final Rule For Fracking On Public And Tribal Lands

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a robust and transparent public process that included more than 1.5 million public comments, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released final standards that will support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. The commonsense standards will improve safety and help protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, wastewater disposal and public disclosure of chemicals.

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Regional
8:48 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Los Altos Ranch Market In Las Cruces Closing

Credit Facebook

  In a major blow to the El Paseo Road retail area in Las Cruces, the Los Altos Ranch Market is closing.  Advertisements note that a store closing sale is currently underway, but there is no specific date of closing listed.

Los Altos Ranch Markets recently purchased the store after Pro's Ranch Markets filed for bankruptcy.  

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Mexican Consulate Brings Cultural Series To Las Cruces

The Consulate General of Mexico is presenting a series of events in Las Cruces to showcase Mexican Culture. This weekend will be the first of free monthly performances that will bring the Mexican Culture to Las Cruces. Jacob Prado, Consulate General of Mexico says there has been a lot of interest in the event.

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Regional
5:53 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico House Panel OK's Mental Illness Treatment Bill

A New Mexico House panel has passed a proposal that would require some residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to forward the measure on to the full House.

The bill has the support of mental health advocates.

It would allow judges in some counties to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community.

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Regional
5:51 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Report: Fort Bliss Garrison Commander Fired Over Misconduct

Documents recently released to a newspaper show a high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss was fired for misusing a government-issued credit card after buying two dinners for a woman while traveling on Army business.

The El Paso Times says the details of garrison commander Col. Thomas Munsey's termination were released Thursday in response to an open records request.

The Army documents also show Munsey failed to register his privately owned weapons with the Provost Marshal's Office within 72 hours of arriving at Fort Bliss.

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