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2:56 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

EPA Regional Administrator Tours Mining Areas With New Mexico Officials

Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

(July 24, 2015)  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Ron Curry toured areas of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation where progress in cleaning up legacy contamination from uranium mines is being made. He was joined by Secretary Ryan Flynn of the New Mexico Environment Department and David Martin from the Energy, Mineral, and Natural Resources Department, and representatives from New Mexico congressional offices to discuss coordination of remediation activities using the Tronox settlement monies. About 69 percent of U.S. uranium ore comes from New Mexico. 

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2:50 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Plague Likely Cause Of Death Of Santa Fe County Woman

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) is investigating a probable case of plague in a 52-year-old woman from Santa Fe County who died of her illness. Confirmatory testing is being conducted at the NMDoH’sScientific Laboratory Division. This would be the first human case of plague in New Mexico this year. An environmental investigation will take place at the woman’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.

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Regional
12:26 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Las Cruces Police Search For Man Suspected of Using Bogus Traveler’s Checks

  An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of passing fictitious traveler’s checks in exchange for merchandise at local retailers.

Raymond L. Adkins, who has addresses in San Antonio, Texas, and Lynwood, Calif., is charged with 10 counts of forgery. A nationwide warrant for Adkins’ arrest was issued by a Magistrate Court judge in Las Cruces.

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8:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

ENMU Struggling To Fill Positions

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Eastern New Mexico University officials say they are struggling to fill vacancies before the fall 2015 semester starts.

ENMU President Steven Gamble told the Portales News-Tribune this week that despite the university's website containing all the available jobs to the public, the candidates have not been very strong in some areas.

Gamble says the university is having a difficult time getting a good pool of candidates for some positions.

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8:52 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Minutemen Founder's Trial On Sexual Abuse Charges Postponed

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement on sexual abuse charges has been postponed.

No new trial date has yet been set for Chris Simcox.

He is accused of sexually abusing two girls under the age of 10.

Simcox has pleaded not guilty to charges and denied allegations that he abused the two girls in 2012 and 2013.

Simcox, who isn't a lawyer, is representing himself.

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Local Viewpoints
4:09 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Pearce Votes To Enforce Federal Immigration Law For Safer Communities

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009, by a vote of 241-179.  Following his vote for passage, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released this statement:

 

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Local Viewpoints
4:03 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Deputies Arrest El Paso Fugitive

Christopher Lee Millender
Credit Dona Ana County's Sheriff

An El Paso man wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was located and arrested Wednesday by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies.

   El Paso Police had obtained a warrant for Christopher Lee Millender, 36, and issued a bulletin to surrounding law-enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for him.

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Local Viewpoints
4:02 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Government Reform Organizations Unveil Democracy Agenda For Next President

  Albuquerque – U.S. PIRG joined 11 other leading government reform organizations today to release a comprehensive policy agenda to curb the impact of big money and amplify the voices of everyday Americans in our democracy. Under the reform agenda, the Citizens United decision would be overturned, more candidates could rely on small donors instead of Super PACs and mega-donors to fund their campaigns, political donations and spending would become more transparent, and candidates would no longer be able to skirt contribution limits through coordination with outside groups.

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Local Viewpoints
4:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Arson Guilty On All Counts

Jeremy Lukas Sanchez
Credit Third Judicial District Attorney

Jeremy Lukas Sanchez, 33, has been found guilty on charges of Aggravated Assault upon a Peace Officer (Deadly Weapon), Arson and Criminal Damage to Property. Including enhancements under the Habitual Offender Act, Mr. Sanchez is facing 30 years incarceration.

 

On May 15, 2014, Mr. Sanchez was arrested and taken into custody after a standoff with Las Cruces Police at the Motel 6 on La Posada Ln. 

 

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Local Viewpoints
4:00 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

New Mexico Groups Applaud Introduction Of Federal Equality Act

Albuquerque, NM—Equality New Mexico (EQNM), Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM), ACLU of New Mexico (ACLU-NM), Southwest Women’s Law Center (SWLC), and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applaud the introduction of the federal Equality Act, legislation introduced today in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

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Local Viewpoints
3:49 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Heinrich: Reauthorization For LWCF Included In Senate Energy Committee Package

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the inclusion of permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. Authorization for LWCF, which was established in 1965, is set to expire on September 30.

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Regional
2:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Gila River Diversion Entity Gets Approval After Long Road

Credit NMFO

The Interstate Stream Commission has approved a resolution designating a 14-member unit to design and build the Gila River diversion project in southwestern New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the resolution was approved Wednesday at an Albuquerque meeting and identified parties making up the New Mexico CAP, or Central Arizona Project, entity.

The creation of the unit was necessary to proceed with the project that provides for the annual diversion of water from the Gila River for use in Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties.

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2:10 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Officials: Progress Made Cleaning Up Massive Jet Fuel Spill

State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they'll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque before it reaches drinking water wells. 

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the effort during a meeting Thursday evening.

A pump-and-treat system began operating earlier this month, and officials have plans to bring more extraction wells online before the end of the year. More monitoring wells are also planned.

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2:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Appeals Court Dismisses Suit By Former Sunland Park Official

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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a former Sunland Park mayor pro tem who claimed New Mexico State Police invaded his privacy.

The Denver-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said Daniel Salinas "alleged insufficient facts" to show he was harmed by the alleged misconduct.

Salinas' lawsuit cited the inclusion of his birth date, Social Security number and home address in a criminal complaint filed against him and news media coverage that included publication of the complaint.

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Local Viewpoints
1:53 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Pearce Votes To Empower Consumers With Uniform Federal Labeling Of GMO Foods

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, by a bipartisan vote of 275-150. This bill provides clarity and uniformity for the labeling of food products containing genetically engineered plants or ingredients (GMO’s), helping consumers make informed choices.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued the following statement:

 

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Local Viewpoints
12:38 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Democratic Chair: Change In New Mexico Food Stamp Rules Is A Bad Idea

Credit New Mexico Democratic Chair Deb Haaland

  In the nationally recognized Kids Count Data Book Report, just released, New Mexico is again near the bottom nationally when it comes to the economic well-being of our children. New Mexico ranked 49th for the second consecutive year and has ranked in the bottom five for most of the past decade.

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Local Viewpoints
12:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

GLSEN Applauds Introduction Of The Equality Act

GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations, public education, employment, housing, federal funding, jury service, legal protections and credit. The act was introduced today by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in the Senate and by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in the House of Representatives.

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Regional
8:07 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Corrales Covers 'For Sale' Signs To Remind Real Estate Agents To Pay

Those looking for property in the Albuquerque suburb of Corrales need only look for homes with black trash bags out front after the city covered 35 "For Sale" signs.

Mayor Scott Kominiak tells the Albuquerque Journal that the signs were covered in an effort to enforce a local ordinance that charges a $35 fee for every sign.

He says the sign fee serves as a reminder to real estate agents that paperwork on their home sales should be filed in Corrales, not Rio Rancho or Albuquerque where most agents' offices are.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer who is up in Albuquerque for an Interstate Stream Commission meeting.   

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Regional
2:13 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

U. Of New Mexico Contracts Former Lobbyist With 3 DWIs

A former lobbyist with three DWI arrests is under contract with the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center.

The Albuquerque Journal reportsa third DWI arrest and pressure from university officials prompted Marc Saavedra to resign in September of last year from directing the government and community affairs department, a job that came with $156,000 in annual salary.

Following his second arrest for DWI in 2006, Saavedra signed an agreement with the university that said he could be fired if another incident occurred.

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2:11 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Pojoaque Pueblo Sues New Mexico Over Vendor Licenses

Pojoaque Pueblo is accusing the New Mexico Gaming Control Board of illegally interfered with its casino operations since the tribe's gambling compact with the state expired last month.

Pojoaque has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking that state gambling regulators be prohibited from taking any action against licensed vendors who do business with the tribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the tribe is also seeking millions of dollars in what it says could be lost revenue if the regulators fail to renew licenses for those vendors.

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Regional
2:10 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison In Mail Theft Case

An Albuquerque man who admitted stealing mail from mailboxes and then stealing a victim's identity for fraudulent purposes has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 28-year-old Jeremy Boucher to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

Boucher also was ordered to pay restitution to victims. He pleaded guilty March 27 to a four-count indictment charging him with mail theft, bank fraud and identity theft.

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12:52 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

State Auditor Releases Public Records Regarding Investigation Of New Mexico TRD Secretary

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released additional documents from the predicate investigation into abuse of power by Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) Secretary Padilla. Due to numerous public records requests, the OSA released certain documents from the case file that were determined to be public record.

Pursuant to the Inspection of Public Records Act, the following documents were released:

·       The contract between the OSA and the independent forensic accounting firm that conducted the predicate investigation;

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Regional
10:51 am
Wed July 22, 2015

NMSU Names Interim Dean For College Of Engineering

New Mexico State University has selected Steven Stochaj as interim dean of the College of Engineering. Stochaj, an electrical engineering distinguished professor, will assume his new role on Aug. 1 following the retirement of Ricardo Jacquez. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Steven Stochaj has been selected as interim dean for the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. An electrical engineering distinguished professor, Stochaj will begin his term on Aug. 1. He replaces Ricardo Jacquez, who is retiring this month. 

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Regional
9:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Code Talker From New Mexico Has Died

A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico.

Kee Etsicitty was 92 years old when he died on Tuesday, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council said in a news release. He lived in the community of Chichiltah, about 25 miles from Gallup.

The Navajo Nation Council held a moment of silence for Etsicitty and flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.

Etsicitty joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, helping use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

Regional
9:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

State To Offer Free Water Testing In Clovis

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two state agencies will be offering free well water testing for Clovis residents.

The New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health say they'll host no-cost testing on July 24 and 25.

The agencies say that's a savings of at least $150.

The water testing will include checking on levels of pH, arsenic, fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate and manganese.

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Regional
9:32 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Office Of State Auditor To Conduct Public Documents Review From Preliminary Investigation

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has announced it will conduct a review of public documents from a preliminary investigation of Taxation and Revenue Department Officials today.

Earlier this month, State Auditor Tim Keller provided notice that his office has conducted an initial independent investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by senior level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

The State Auditor and staff have announced they will be available for questions today regarding the investigation. 

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2:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Public Citizen: Report Shows Dodd-Frank's Unfulfilled Promises

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, key provisions of the law still have not been implemented or are inadequately enforced, a new Public Citizen report (PDF) shows. The report, “Dodd Frank Is Five: And Still Not Allowed Outside the House,” documents the poor implementation of the law.

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Regional
2:32 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Archie' Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies In His Native El Paso

Tom Moore, the cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character named Archie, has died.

Archie And His Friends On The UTEP CampusCredit city-data.comEdit | Remove

The El Paso native was 86.

Sunset Funeral Home Director Howard Holderfield in El Paso confirmed that Moore died early Monday morning.

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2:31 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Final Rules To Protect Service Members From Financial Abuse

  Today, President Obama will announce that the Department of Defense (DOD) is finalizing updated Military Lending Act rules that close harmful loopholes to better protect our troops and their families from financial abuse. For too long, predatory loans have trapped some members of our military in an endless cycle of debt, adding financial strains to families that already bear the burden of defending our country. By distracting our troops with financial challenges or forcing them to leave military service to pay off debts, these abusive loans negatively impact military readiness.

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