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8:13 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New Arraignment For New Mexico Sheriff

A northern New Mexico sheriff facing a new federal indictment stemming from an off-duty traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was arraigned Monday on deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm connected to a case that authorities say left a motorist injured.

The indictment by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque filed last week nullifies a previous indictment.

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Regional
8:12 am
Mon September 15, 2014

More Police To Patrol New Mexico State Fair

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State police say there will be an increased law enforcement presence at the New Mexico State Fair.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Kevin Bruno tells KRQE-TV that more officers are patrolling the fairgrounds this year.

Albuquerque police will also be using high-tech camera trailers throughout the area. The cameras stream images to a Real Time Crime Center, where officers can search for missing children or any instigators.

Authorities say nearly 200 people were either cited or arrested during last year's fair.

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Regional
11:13 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Guilty Plea In Ruidoso Attack Could Net 41 Years In Prison

  A man accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing a Ruidoso McDonald's worker in the head two years ago has pleaded guilty to several charges related to the attack.  42-year-old Kenneth Kaulay entered his plea in Carrizozo.

Kaulay, of Mescalero, is pleading guilty to felony charges of kidnapping, attempting to commit first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated stalking.

Prosecutors say the female victim was leaving McDonald's in 2012 when she was attacked in a nearby wooded area.

They say Kaulay also fractured her skull, leaving some permanent paralysis.

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Regional
11:01 am
Sun September 14, 2014

"The Bachelor" Likely To Film In Santa Fe

Santa Fe officials say ABC's "The Bachelor" is offering a rose to the city in the form of a filming date.

Santa Fe tourism director Randy Randall announced Friday that the reality television show is likely to film there this fall.

Randall says no contract has been signed yet but it's nearly a done deal.

According to Randall, an incentive package being offered to the show is not coming from the pockets of city taxpayers.

The City Council in July approved spending between $50,000 and $100,000 to offset "Bachelor" production costs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

NMSU Researcher Part Of Team That Discovered Star

  New Mexico State University researcher Young Sun Lee is among a group of collaborators that has discovered a star that may have formed just after the very first generation of stars in the universe. The research is documented in “A chemical signature of first-generation very massive stars,” an article published in the Aug. 22 issue of the prestigious publication, “Science” magazine.

The international team of researchers discovered a metal-poor, low-mass star, dubbed SDSS J0018-0939, which has chemical abundance ratios linked to nucleosynthesis of first-generation stars.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

NMSU Program Seeks Students With Creative Ideas

Do you know a middle- or high-school student with a knack for creative thinking who’s looking for a fun challenge this school year? Registration is now open for the Innoventure program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Now in its 12th year, Innoventure encourages middle- and high-school students to use science, technology, engineering and math to solve business problems. 



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PUENTES
6:52 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Heart of Las Cruces Representative

Miguel G. Silva - City of Las Cruces Councilor-District 1

  September 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Las Cruces City Councilor District 1, Miguel G. Silva, representing the “Heart of Las Cruces.” He is also an English Adjunct Professor at Dona Ana Community College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University; and the current Chair of the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley Board (ASCMV).

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Local Viewpoints
4:33 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Duran Pleased With Court Order On Voting In Sandoval County

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  Secretary of State Dianna Duran said she is “extremely pleased” with the federal court order issued Friday, directing the Sandoval County Clerk to ensure that Rio Rancho voters do not face long lines again this November.   

The Sandoval County Clerk’s attorneys had admitted last month in US District Court in Albuquerque that “Sandoval County takes full responsibility” for what the court called a “debacle” in Rio Rancho in the 2012 General Election, which saw voters waiting in line more than five hours.

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Local Viewpoints
4:29 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

New Poll: Martinez Is Just Five Points Ahead Of King

  The latest public poll in the New Mexico’s governor’s race shows Susana Martinez’s lead over Democrat Gary King slipping to just 5-points, down from an 8-point lead earlier this summer. It also shows Martinez under 50% for the first time.  Martinez led 48-43% at the beginning of September.

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Regional
4:17 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

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
4:07 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Parts Of New Mexico See Heavy Rain

Parts of southern New Mexico are seeing nearly a year's worth of rain in just one day thanks to intense storms.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports  that forecasters say Loving picked up 8 inches of rain by Friday afternoon.

According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the area south of Carlsbad typically gets 10 inches annually.

National Weather Service officials say between 6 and 7 inches of rain fell east of Carlsbad near Monument. Meteorologists say more rain and cooler temperatures are likely Saturday afternoon.

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Regional
4:06 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Texas Towns Running Out Of Water

  Officials in Mineral Wells say if the water level in the lake that serves as the city's main water supply keeps dropping then they only have enough water to last until June.

Lake Palo Pinto is 14 percent full and officials are stretching the supply by combining it with Brazos River water.

Other communities in the region also are contending with severe shortages. The Palo Pinto County towns of Gordon and Mingus have a four-month supply.

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Regional
4:04 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

USS Saratoga Arrives In South Texas To Be Scrapped

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas where it will be scrapped.

The Saratoga on Friday reached the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville. Esco Marine is being paid a penny by the Navy to dispose of the Saratoga. It plans to make money by selling what it recovers from the ship.

The Saratoga had departed Rhode Island on Aug. 21.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Texas Teacher With HIV Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen

Police say a North Texas teacher arrested this week for sexually assaulting a teenager has told investigators he has HIV.

A police affidavit shows 43-year-old Roger Kessler didn't reveal his medical condition to the 15-year-old boy, who he met through a dating app.

Kessler is on administrative leave from his position as a music teacher for the Richardson school district. Police say he met the boy on four separate occasions.

Kessler is charged with sexual assault of a child.

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Regional
4:58 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

U.S. Border Agency: Cases Of Deadly Force Need More Review

The agency that oversees the U.S. Border Patrol says 155 cases of use of force and alleged misconduct by agents and inspectors merit further investigation.

Mark Morgan, who heads Customs and Border Protection's internal affairs office, said Friday that he has no timeline to complete the review and doesn't know how much detail will be released on individual cases. One case resulted in a death.

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Regional
4:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

State Police: Blasting Caps, Dynamite Found Near Elephant Butte Dam

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New Mexico State Police say blasting caps and deteriorated dynamite has been disposed of after being found in a manhole near Elephant Butte Dam.

It's unclear how long the items had been there.

Authorities say the explosives were found Thursday by employees of the electric cooperative as they were preparing to begin an excavation project.

A red box about 18 inches long, 14 inches high and 12 inches wide was located inside a fenced-in power transformer area some 1,000 yards from the dam.

The dam is located near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

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Regional
4:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Transportation Grant For Santa Teresa Border Plan

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced that the Santa Teresa border area will receive $400,000 to develop a strategic plan to improve transportation infrastructure. Udall and Heinrich have championed Santa Teresa’s growth, including fighting to restore vehicle crossing hours and supporting $10 million in federal funding to upgrade the crossing.

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Intermezzo
4:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

13-year-old Sujari Britt devotes her life to music

LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein and cello prodigy Sujari Britt in the KRWG studios.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Born into a musical family, Sujari Britt began studying violin, piano and guitar before settling at the age of four on the instrument that has made her famous: the cello. The 13-year-old prodigy has played at the White House, is in demand as a soloist with orchestras, and has just started college classes at the Manhattan School of Music. She visited Las Cruces to perform the opening concert of the 2014-2015 season with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra.

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Regional
2:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Former NMSU Regent Appointed To Spaceport Authority By Martinez

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  Laura Conniff of Las Cruces has been appointed to the Spaceport Authority.  Conniff is the only woman on the eight-member board. Conniff is a broker and co-owner of Mathers Realty, Inc. She is also a co-founder and co-chairman of NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, an organization raising funds for cancer research. Conniff is a former New Mexico State University regent and was named Citizen of the Year by both the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

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Regional
11:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Acting Director For New Mexico VA Health Care System

 

   The Department of Veterans Affairs announces the detail of Dr. Skye McDougall as the acting director of the New Mexico VA Health Care System, following the planned departure of Dr. Jamie Robbins.  Dr. Robbins will return to his permanent duties as the VISN 18 Chief Medical Officer.

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Regional
10:48 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Owner Of Las Cruces Sun News May Go Up For Sale

  Digital First Media, the owner of the Las Cruces Sun News and the El Paso Times, today announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a process to evaluate and consider strategic alternatives for the company’s business.

The company noted that strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, the sale of the company as whole, the sale of one or more regional clusters, or the continued execution of its business plan.

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Local Viewpoints
9:54 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Heinrich Issues Statement On Reforming Campaign Finance Laws

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to reform our country's campaign finance laws:

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Local Viewpoints
9:51 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Linda Lopez References King's Comments On Martinez; Press Conference To Follow

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  Senator Linda M. Lopez of Albuquerque’s South Valley issued a statement today affirming that she doesn’t believe Governor Susana Martinez possesses the heart to effectively govern New Mexico. This comes after the media reported that Attorney General Gary King referenced the words of legendary activist Dolores Huerta that this Governor, although she has a Latino surname, does not have Latinos’ interests at heart.

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Local Viewpoints
9:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

In Depth: President Obama Announces Efforts To Expand National Service

  

  President Obama is hosting a Friday ceremony at the White House with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), President Bill Clinton and hundreds of AmeriCorps members to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and recognize the 900,000 Americans who have served through AmeriCorps over the last two decades. The President will announce new commitments to improve pathways to employment for AmeriCorps alumni, encourage community service by young people and expand national service opportunities.  These announcements include the following:

 

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Local Viewpoints
9:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Lara Releases First TV Ad Directly Referencing Opponent Steve Pearce

  Rocky Lara released her first TV ad of the election, “Picnic.” The ad highlights Rocky Lara’s southern New Mexico roots along with her commitment to ending the taxpayer-funded congressional perks that Congressman Pearce has voted to protect.

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Election 2014
8:29 am
Fri September 12, 2014

KRWG 2014 Election Preview: New Mexico House District 39 State Representative Rudy Martinez

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Election 2014
8:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

KRWG 2014 Election Preview: New Mexico House District 39 Challenger John Zimmerman

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Regional
7:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Española Police: Thieves Hit Northern N.M. Chapel

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Authorities say a small chapel in northern New Mexico has been hit by burglars.

KRQE-TV reports the Santa Cruz chapel was struck recently when thieves took off with various religious items.

Espanola police says the burglars stole statues of the Virgin Mary, wood carvings, embroidered curtains and historical photos.

Detective Corporal Solomon Romero says the thieves also took several saints and retables.

The chapel is a place of worship for the Catholic group known as Las Carmelitas.

No arrests have been made.

Information from: KRQE-TV. 

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Regional
7:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Group Sues Over Protections For Salamander

An environmental group is accusing the Santa Fe National Forest of not doing enough to protect an endangered salamander found only in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.

WildEarth Guardians filed suit in federal court this week. The group contends the forest failed to consult with federal wildlife managers over the effects of motorized activities on the salamander.

The group says motorized travel can damage salamander habitat and lead to direct mortality.

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Election 2014
7:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Mexico Ballot To List GOP First

Republican candidates will appear first on the ballot in New Mexico's general election.

A drawing last week determined ballot position.

The secretary of state's office said a GOP candidate's name will be listed first in a contested race, and then the Democrat. A minor party candidate, if there's one, appears next and then an independent.

There's no minor party candidate for statewide office in the Nov. 4 election, but a Constitution Party candidate is running for McKinley County sheriff.

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