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7:32 am
Tue February 24, 2015

250 Albuquerque Students Don't Meet Vaccine Requirements

Credit aps.edu

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

Credit nmfilm.com

  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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Regional
6:00 am
Mon February 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
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New Mexico Legislature Considers Bill To Limit Driving Privileges For Truants

  Legislators in New Mexico are considering bills that are designed to keep children in school.  The bills would use a powerful punishment for truants and those who drop out.

The Senate Education committee passed a bill that is designed to keep students in school or have them risk losing their driving privileges. The bill, sponsored by Senator Craig Brandt, is meant to discourage truancy and decrease dropout rates. 

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Regional
6:14 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

New Mexico Woman, Former Coach, Gets Three Years In Prison For Sex Crimes Against Student

Despite pleas from family and even her victim, a former Melrose high school volleyball coach convicted of sexual assault will serve three years in prison.  29-year-old Allison Draper was sentenced in Curry County District Court to six years in prison, but with three suspended.

Draper pleaded guilty to four felony counts of sexual assault.

Prosecutors say Draper groomed the then 14-year-old girl for sex acts and presented hundreds of text messages as evidence.

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Regional
11:16 am
Sun February 22, 2015

NMSU Aggies Clinch WAC Title

  The New Mexico State Aggies are the Western Athletic Conference regular season champions after taking a 72-55 victory over Grand Canyon at GCU Arena Saturday night.

The Aggies (19-10, 11-1 WAC) won their ninth straight and wrapped up the regular season title with two games remaining, while the ‘Lopes (16-12, 7-4 WAC) had their four-win streak come to an end.

Playing in front of a raucous home crowd of 7,005, Grand Canyon got off to a quick start, building a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the contest.

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Regional
10:38 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Newsmakers 706-Public Policy In Southern New Mexico

Field reports include: A look at compulsory voting policies following
low voter turnout levels; an update on plans to create new rules to
protect homeowners from arroyos in Las Cruces; and the Dona Ana County Commission considers a gross receipts tax increase.

Regional
10:22 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Attorney's Family Must Repay Albuquerque Legal Fees

The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney that sued the city over its probe into her death must pay officials' legal fees.  A judge ruled Thursday that the family of Mary Han owes the city of Albuquerque $5,000 in attorneys' fees.

The city had initially asked for more than $60,000.

City officials said in a statement they are pleased by the ruling and will continue "to protect the taxpayers from frivolous lawsuits."

A Han family representative says the family respects the ruling.

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Regional
10:18 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Authorities Regain Control Of Texas Prison

Security personnel have regained control of a South Texas prison where inmates had set fires and caused significant damage after taking over part of the facility.

The private contractor that operates the Willacy County Correctional Center for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says about 300 of the 2,800 inmates were moved Sunday to other federal facilities.

Issa Arnita, spokesman for Management & Training Corp., says a few hundred more will be transferred before the day is out, and that the transfers will continue over the next several days until all inmates are relocated.

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Regional
10:15 am
Sun February 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
12:18 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

New Mexico House Committee Approves Abortion Restriction Bills

A New Mexico legislative committee has voted along party lines on a second abortion-related bill, this one requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.

The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 Friday, with Republicans in the majority. More than an hour earlier in an identical vote after a five-hour hearing, the panel approved a bill banning late-term abortions.

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Regional
12:17 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

New Mexico Legislators Look To Fill Highway Construction Gaps

New Mexico now has a true inventory of the tens of thousands of miles of pavement that crisscross the state, and it shows some roads are in worse condition than previously thought.

The head of the state transportation department, Tom Church, outlined the findings of a recent state-of-the-art road assessment during a legislative committee meeting this week.

The survey found more than 5,200 miles need anywhere from minor rehabilitation to reconstruction.

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Regional
12:15 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

In Depth: A Busy Political Week In Texas

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

The new Texas governor took the podium before a joint session of the Legislature and promised to bolster pre-kindergarten and higher education research, ease traffic woes and strengthen governmental ethics controls.

It was January 2001, and Gov. Rick Perry was giving his first State of the State address.

Fourteen years later, new Gov. Greg Abbott took the podium and made many of the same promises.

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Regional
12:13 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

New Mexico Officers Face Indictments

Two New Mexico police officers have been indicted in separate incidents of alleged fraud and embezzlement.

A grand jury this week handed down an indictment against Santa Fe police Lt. Jason Wagner for four felony counts involving payroll fraud.

Wagner resigned following allegations that he falsified timecards between October 2013 and December 2013. He was rehired in July 2014 by incoming Police Chief Eric Garcia.

Garcia says Wagner will remain on "alternative duty."

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Regional
12:12 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Refinery Worker Strike Spreads To Texas, At Biggest Facility

The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana will strike at the end of Saturday.

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PUENTES
4:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

A Time to Celebrate African-American Heritage

Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo at KRWG FM studios.

  February 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community New Mexico State University’s Director of Black Programs, Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo. He is originally from Ghana, West Africa and was at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining NMSU in 2005. In 2013 he completed a doctorate in Educational Management and Development at NMSU.

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Regional
4:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

New Mexico Forms Campaign Finance Reporting Task Force

Credit Hector Balderas

 Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced the formation of a joint task force to look at issues regarding New Mexico’s campaign finance reporting, enforcement, referral process and best practices. Shortly after being sworn into office for their current terms, Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Attorney General Hector Balderas met to discuss how both agencies can work together to best serve New Mexico taxpayers. Today’s announcement is part of the follow up from that meeting.

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