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1:43 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Los Alamos Lab Contractor Fined For Security Lapses

The private consortium that manages the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been fined by the federal government for losing track of secret weapons data and nuclear material.

The more than $192,000 fine was reduced by about 20 percent from the fine initially proposed by the Department of Energy in May.

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Regional
1:42 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Testimony Resumes Monday In Police Shooting Case

Credit 3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

A judge could decide this week if a former and current Albuquerque officer should stand trial for the shooting death of a homeless man.

Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria is scheduled Monday to hear more testimony in a preliminary hearing for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy. They are facing murder charges for the death of James Boyd.

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Regional
1:41 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

Blue Cross May Pull Out Of New Mexico Exchange

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico may pull out of the individual insurance marketplace set up under the Affordable Health act next year if it can't reach a deal on rate hikes with the state insurance commissioner.

The Albuquerque Journal quotes Blue Cross of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley as saying his company needed an average 52 percent rate boost because it lost money last year because of unexpected high medical costs.

Insurance Superintendent John Franchini rejected the company's request for an average 51.6 percent rate increase on individual plans.

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Regional
1:40 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker's Son Charged In Drive-By Shooting Death

Credit Donovan Maez

Investigators don't believe that a 17-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting in which the son of a New Mexico lawmaker has been arrested was the intended target of the attack.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that police instead believe the shooting that killed Jaydon Chavez-Silver on June 26 was motivated by retaliation.

Donovan Maez, the 18-year-old son of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque, was arrested Friday.

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Local Viewpoints
10:11 am
Sun August 16, 2015

Goodman: Mulling Over The Iran Nuclear Deal

  Is the Iran deal good or bad?

 

As best I can tell it's good, though obviously imperfect.

 

A friend, an Israeli political scientist, put it well: “I think it's better than any of the alternatives. Sometimes instead of thinking about what's good and what's bad, you have to think about what's bad and what's worst. This was the least bad option in an unappetizing set.”

 

Others note that we won't really know if it's good or bad for many years.

 

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PUENTES
10:41 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

New Youth Services Campus Offers Alternative Programs

City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Teen Programs

  August 14, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Youth Services Administrator for the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Robert Nuñez. He has been working with local youth at CLC Parks & Recreation for 16 years and is excited about the new Youth Services Campus in the Historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The campus will offer Summer Recreation, Safe Haven-Weed and Seed, the After School Program, and the Juvenile Citation Program.

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Regional
5:57 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

What?! Hatch Chile Dropped For Colorado Chile?

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

Whole Foods Market announced this week that the store is dropping the Hatch brand in favor of Pueblo green chiles.

The store chain is planning to put 125,000 pounds throughout most of the Rocky Mountain region including Colorado, Kansas, Idaho and Utah.

The Denver Post reports that high elevations of southeastern Colorado create a green chili pepper that's thicker and meatier than others, which makes them ideal for roasting.

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Regional
5:55 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Challenge Stops Confederate Statue Move In Texas

The University of Texas has canceled weekend plans to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis off the main campus after opponents asked a judge to block the move.

University spokesman Gary Susswein said Friday the school remains confident it will ultimately carry out a decision made this week to put the century-old statue in a museum. It had been targeted by vandals and come under increasing criticism as a symbol of racism.

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Regional
3:52 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

The Latest: Colorado Opens River To Boating After Mine Spill

Credit JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

Officials in Colorado have reopened the Animas River to boating after 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater laced with heavy metals spilled into the popular waterway.

La Plata County, which includes the city of Durango, announced Friday that kayakers, rafters and tubers could go back on the river. It had closed on Aug. 6, a day after federal and contract workers accidentally unleashed the plume of mustard-yellow muck from the idled Gold King Mine.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

4 Las Cruces Teens Indicted In Fatal Shooting Last Month

Four Las Cruces teenagers have been indicted in a fatal shooting during a home invasion last month.

Prosecutors say a Dona Ana County grand jury indicted three 18-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy in the case.

All four are facing multiple charges including first-degree felony murder in the death of 17-year-old Jaycob Alba.

Authorities say Alba and the suspects went to a mobile home park on July 31. The suspects allegedly shot into a vehicle and a home.

The home's occupant was asleep and suffered a gunshot wound to the foot.

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Regional
2:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Court Records Say Diocese Of Gallup Has Almost No Assets

Credit dioceseofgallup.org

A judge is considering requests to let three civil cases move forward against the Diocese of Gallup, which has been in bankruptcy proceedings since 2013.

The Albuquerque Journal reports court records show the Diocese of Gallup has "virtually non-existent" assets and was either uninsured or underinsured when many of the 57 claims of clergy sex abuse were made.

Los Angeles attorney James Stang says allowing the three trials would set valuations for the abuse cases to ensure the claimants are offered reasonable payments.

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Regional
2:18 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Teens Face Murder Charges In Las Cruces Shooting

  Las Cruces---A Dona Ana County Grand Jury indicted four teens involved in a shooting on July 31, 2015 which resulted in the death of Jaycob Alba.  Daniel Munoz, 17, D’Shaun Hermans, Jordan Gift and Adrian Hortelano all 18 years of age, are facing charges of First Degree Felony Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery, Tampering with Evidence, Aggravated Battery, and Shooting at an Inhabited Dwelling.

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Regional
1:05 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

UPDATE: FAA To Investigate Las Cruces Private Plane Crash

At around 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, New Mexico State Police responded to a plane crash located approximately one quarter mile east of the Las Cruces International Airport in Las Cruces. State Police officers will conduct an initial investigation.

The downed airplane was identified as a T-28 vintage Navy plane. The plane was occupied by a civilian pilot and passenger. Both sustained injuries. The pilot was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso and the passenger was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces for medical treatment.

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11:26 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Martinez Announces Long-Term Impact Review Team to Monitor EPA-Caused Spill

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the creation of a multiagency, long-term impact review team to monitor the effects of the massive 3 million gallon waste spill in the Animas River that EPA officials have admitted to causing.

After touring the spill by helicopter for the second time in less than a week, the Governor made the announcement with cabinet secretaries and directors of the New Mexico Departments of Agriculture, Environment, Game and Fish, Health, and the Office of the State Engineer.

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Regional
8:47 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Two Get Prison For Trying To Smuggle Grenades Into Mexico

Two people in South Texas have been sentenced to prison for trying to smuggle three-dozen grenades into Mexico.

Prosecutors in Del Rio say the scheme was exposed last August when 28-year-old Juliette Ramirez was found with a grenade in her backpack at a Texas border crossing.

The arrest of the pedestrian led to an apartment in Del Rio. Officers discovered 35 more grenades and arrested 28-year-old Noe Ramirez. The woman and man are not related.

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Regional
8:16 am
Fri August 14, 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 the farmer’s market.

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Regional
4:42 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

NMSU Researchers Examine Adult Day Services In New Mexico

  Donna Wagner, dean of the College of Health and Social Services and Joe Tomaka, associate dean and director of the New Mexico State University Survey Research and Program Evaluation Center, conducted a study of adult day services in New Mexico for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department of New Mexico. Their study found that many of the 27 licensed adult day programs in the state were begun in response to community demand and were providing important support for older adults in the community as a result.

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Regional
4:29 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Panel: NM Supreme Court Should Support No-Bond Amendment

A panel of judges, lawyers and legal experts is recommending that New Mexico's highest court support a constitutional amendment to allow judges to order the most dangerous, violent criminal defendants held in jail pending trial without bond.

The committee voted during a meeting Thursday in Albuquerque to send a letter outlining its recommendation to the state Supreme Court.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Albuquerque Can Prohibit Employees From Running For Office

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled Albuquerque can bar its firefighters and other employees from running for elected office.  

In a 49-page ruling Thursday, the state's high court reversed a lower court's ruling in the case of fire Capt. Emily Kane.

Kane served for two years in the state House before losing her re-election bid last year.

The city had sought to discipline Kane before she won a lower-court ruling that said the prohibition was unconstitutional.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Ex-Airman Who Killed Friend In NM Crash Gets Probation

A former U.S. Air Force airman who was driving more than 120 mph when he crashed near a New Mexico base and killed his passenger has been sentenced to five years' probation after a judge rejected a prosecutor's request for prison time.

Tylan Bolden of Franklin, Louisiana, was sentenced Wednesday by 9th Judicial District Judge Drew Tatum.

The 21-year-old was driving a car in Clovis last year when he crashed. A fellow airman, 22-year-old Andrew Padilla of Santa Maria, California, was ejected and killed.

Padilla and Bolden were assigned to Cannon Air Force Base.

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Regional
1:36 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

El Paso Woman Gives Birth To 3 Girls, 2 Boys, All Doing Well

A West Texas woman has given birth to quintuplets and hospital officials in El Paso say the premature babies are doing well.

Susana Giron of El Paso delivered the three girls and two boys on Tuesday at Providence Memorial Hospital. They are the first children for Giron and her husband, Marco Delgado.

Dr. Maria D. Velazquez said Thursday that all five babies are in stable condition in the neonatal intensive-care unit.

Hospital officials say the babies — Vanessa, Jackeline, Montserrat, Diego and Samuel — ranged from 1 pound, 9 ounces to 2 pounds at birth.

Regional
1:31 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

DEA Seizes Medical Pot After Explosion At Dispensary

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has seized and destroyed several marijuana plants from a licensed Santa Fe dispensary after two employees were burned in a recent explosion.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Santa Fe police asked the DEA to help investigate the blast at NewMexiCann Natural Medicine on July 23.

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Regional
1:26 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Officials To Mark 'Milestone' In Kirtland Fuel Spill Cleanup

Credit kirtland.af.mil

Officials are marking a milestone in the cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

Gov. Susana Martinez, members of the state's congressional delegation and other officials are scheduled Thursday to join U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James at Kirtland Air Force Base to mark the extraction and treatment of some of the contaminated water.

First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

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11:54 am
Thu August 13, 2015

Martinez Announces $3.8 Million To Hire Dropout Prevention Coaches

  Albuquerque, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a statewide initiative aimed at keeping more kids in school and on track to graduate. At West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, the Governor announced $3.8 million to hire nearly 60 dropout coaches and social workers for schools across New Mexico.

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Local Viewpoints
4:13 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

NMSU College Of Engineering Partner In New Bio-Inspired NSF Geotechnical Engineering Research Center

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering is one of four partner universities in a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center to pioneer advances in geotechnical engineering that promise solutions to some of world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.

The consortium of university, industry and government partners, led by Arizona State University, has been awarded $18.5 million to establish the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) to expand the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering.

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Regional
2:55 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

California Firm Pays $5.9M For Overcharging NM National Lab

A San Diego company will pay $5.9 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal government for computers used at a national security research and development laboratory in New Mexico.

The computers sold by a subsidiary of PC Specialists Inc. to the National Nuclear Security Administration between 2003 and 2013 were used at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. The settlement of the civil fraud charges was announced by the Department of Justice late Tuesday.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

State Officials: New Mexico Democrats' Emails Unblocked

Credit dpnm.net

Officials say a server issue that was blocking emails from the Democratic Party of New Mexico to state agencies should be resolved.

Secretary of State spokesman Ken Ortiz said Wednesday the Department of Information Technology contacted the service provider for state email addresses after an inquiry by The Associated Press and Democrats should no longer be blocked.

Democratic Party spokesman Scott Tillman says emails from New Mexico Democratic chairman Deb Haaland and other staffers were being blocked and "blacklisted" from state agencies.

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Regional
2:49 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

A Fruitland man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a car crash that killed two people in New Mexico last year.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Farrell Bowman entered into a plea agreement in the case Wednesday.

They say he will be sentenced to 74 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Bowman was arrested in January.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

New Details In Shooting Of Undercover Officer In Drug Bus

Authorities say the Albuquerque police lieutenant who shot and seriously injured an undercover officer during a low-level drug bust may not have known he was an officer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that police reports released Tuesday show Lt. Greg Brachle didn't attend a pre-operation briefing where police decided to send an additional undercover officer to the January drug bust.

That officer was Jacob Grant, who was shot multiple times by Brachle during the undercover operation near an Albuquerque McDonald's restaurant.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

The Latest: New Mexico Official: Towns Want Answers On Spill

Credit JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

The latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

New Mexico's attorney general says communities affected contaminated wastewater that spilled from a Colorado mine have anywhere from seven to 50 days of drinking water in storage tanks and reservoirs.

Hector Balderas says the towns are anxious for the release of sampling results from the Animas and San Juan rivers. He spoke Wednesday after meeting with local officials in Farmington, New Mexico. He was headed to Durango, Colorado, to meet with his counterparts from that state and Utah.

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