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4:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Tularemia And Plague Still Active In Parts Of New Mexico

  Bernalillo County and Albuquerque health officials are advising people living in the East Mountains area that plague and tularemia continue to remain active.

They say the increased rainfall New Mexico has seen over the last two years has allowed for more vegetation growth and increased rodent populations.

Health officials say a larger number of rodents often lead to more occurrences of both plague and tularemia.

There have been no human cases of plague so far in Bernalillo County in 2014.

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Local Viewpoints
9:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NEA-New Mexico Sponsors "Educators Vote Early" Day October 22

  Thousands of educators, school staff, parents, and community members are expected to vote throughout the state on October 22 as part of The National Education Association – New Mexico’s Educators Vote Early campaign.

NEA-New Mexico represents educators and school staff in 30 counties and 69 local school districts. NEA-New Mexico has called on local Associations to create public awareness events that gather voters together before traveling as a group to early voting locations.

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Regional
9:38 am
Thu October 16, 2014

OSHA Cites Texas Dollar Tree Stores For Putting Employees At Risk

  National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards at its store in Watauga. Across the nation, Dollar Tree Stores have been cited for more than 200 safety and health violations since 2009. Proposed penalties for the latest inspection total $262,500.

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Local Viewpoints
9:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Report: New Mexico Per-Pupil K-12 Spending Still Lower Than Before Recession

  ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession. That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Regional
9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Hatch Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Beer To Teens Involved In Fatal Crash

           

       A Hatch man was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with illegally selling beer to three teens who were involved in a fatal crash that killed two people.

            According to a criminal complaint, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have charged Alfredo Alaniz, 65, with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, selling or giving alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All charges are fourth-degree felonies.

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Regional
7:28 am
Thu October 16, 2014

NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings Act

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  The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit Wednesday in state district court in Santa Fe. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

Commission spokeswoman Lela Hunt declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Regional
7:27 am
Thu October 16, 2014

New Mexico Gets OK For Gallup Veterans Cemetery

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  Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has given the green light to establish a state-owned veterans cemetery in Gallup.

State Veterans' Services Secretary Timothy Hale says the federal agency plans to award a grant to finance the cemetery. A final grant award hinges on Congress and the president reaching an agreement on a federal budget.

Hale says groundbreaking could start next spring and the goal is open the cemetery in the spring of 2016.

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Regional
7:24 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Virgin Galactic Nears Final Phase Of Test Flights

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  Virgin Galactic has reached another pair of milestones as it works toward the goal of beginning commercial flights from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

CEO George Whitesides says the Federal Aviation Administration this week released its approval for the permit that will enable Virgin Galactic to restart powered flights.

The company has also completed qualification firings for its rocket motor.

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Local Viewpoints
6:59 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Billboards Tout $10.10 Minimum Wage Law In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Billboards located off Alameda and Amador, Highway 70 East, and on Missouri near Telshor are increasing awareness about the new law raising minimum wage in Las Cruces to $10.10 by 2017.  The billboards ask members of the Las Cruces community to call the Mayor and City Council at (575) 541-2067 to thank them for the raise and also to ask them to keep the raise to $10.10.   

 

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Regional
6:50 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New Four-Year Contract For WNMU President

  Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents met on Tuesday, October 14 and approved two agenda items with unanimous votes.

The Board approved a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard. The contract extends the President’s tenure through June 30, 2018.

A long list of community leaders attended the meeting and spoke in favor of President Shepard’s performance since his appointment in 2011.

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Regional
11:11 am
Wed October 15, 2014

UPDATE: More Charges Against Teen Driver In Double Fatal

 

     Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have confirmed with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office that enhanced charges will be filed against the teenage driver who was involved in a crash that killed a 16-year-old girl and a 32-year old woman Tuesday night in Hatch.

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Online EXTRA
9:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

FACT SHEET: White House Plans To Help The Long-Term Unemployed

  In January, President Obama issued a three-part call to action – to employers, to communities across the country, and to federal agencies – to help Americans who are ready to work find jobs, and to help more of the long-term unemployed get back to work.  That included unveiling a set of “best practices” being taken by leading employers – including over 80 of the nation’s largest companies – around recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed, to remove some of the barriers that make it harder for them to navigate the hiring process.

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8:22 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Relocation Expenses For El Paso City Manager? Over $26,000

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El Paso's City Council had originally approved $10,000 in relocation expenses for the new city manager. But now, they've nearly tripled that amount.
Posted: 10/14/2014 10:54:20 PM MDT The El Paso City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved giving the new city manager an additional $16,522 to cover his moving expenses from San Antonio. Previously, the city had agreed to pay City Manager Tomas "Tommy" Gonzalez up to $10,000 to relocate him and his family to El Paso, and he had signed an employment contract in May agreeing to that amount.
Regional
7:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Las Cruces Man Accused Of Attacking His Mother

  Authorities say a Las Cruces man is accused of attacking his 71-year-old mother with a knife and a barstool.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 40-year-old William Tyson Mosley is being held on a $150,000 cash-only bond on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

They say Mosley went to his mother's house around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The woman says her son was acting "stranger than normal" and picked up a kitchen knife and threw it at her, striking her in the forehead.

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Regional
7:25 am
Wed October 15, 2014

NM To Offer State Land For New Solar Power Plants

Credit Simon Thompson

  The State Land Office is accepting bids from companies interested in developing what would be New Mexico's largest solar power plant.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell wants to lease four square miles of state trust land in southern New Mexico for the development of a 150-megawatt solar plant.

Powell says the plant would be three times bigger than the state's largest existing plant. It would be capable of producing enough electricity to power more than 54,000 average homes.

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Election 2014
7:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

GOP Group Raises $400,000 For Legislative Races

A Republican group has raised $400,000 in the past month to help the GOP gain legislative seats.

A finance report on Tuesday showed Advance New Mexico Now spending $136,000 from Sept. 2 through Oct. 6. Expenditures included almost $55,000 on mailings in House races, $40,500 on polling and nearly $18,000 on radio advertising.

The committee is a "super PAC" that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to independently advocate the election or defeat of candidates. It has cash-on-hand of $486,000.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Career Fair Offers Options For People With Disabilities

 

Many disabled members of the community are able and looking for work, but have a hard time finding jobs.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

NMSU Professor Among Scientists Worldwide Testing New Genome Sequencer

NMSU biology professor Brook Milligan holds the Oxford Nanopore MinION. Milligan is among a limited group of scientists around the world testing the handheld genome sequencer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  It fits in the palm of your hand but might someday match the performance of genetic testing instruments hundreds of times its size. A New Mexico State University professor is one of a limited group of scientists around the world now beta testing a handheld genome sequencer. 

“NMSU is lucky to have the opportunity,” said Brook Milligan, biology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. “This is the cutting edge, the frontier.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

NMSU Library Presents Folklife Festival Exhibition

  The New Mexico State University Library will host a selected portion of the “Lore of the Archives: Dr. Andrew Wiget and the New Mexico Folklife Festival” print collection for public viewing from Oct. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015, in Branson Library’s Milton Gallery.

The collection, located on the fourth floor, will feature approximately 20 to 25 images from the Wiget collection, known for showcasing the colorful diversity of New Mexico.

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Regional
7:32 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Texas Secretary Of State Issues Statement Following Ruling On Voter ID

  This afternoon the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the injunction of the enforcement of photo ID legislation as it applies to the Nov. 4 Election. Below is a statement from Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry.

“Today the court issued a stay that means photo ID requirements will continue to be in effect for the November 4 Election, just as they have been for the last three statewide elections. Voters should prepare, as many already have, to show one of seven approved forms of photo ID if they plan to vote in person. ”

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Local Viewpoints
5:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff in Albuquerque on October 10, 2014

 

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

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Local Viewpoints
5:14 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Senator William Soules Recipient Of New Mexico Library Association’s Legislator of the Year Award

Credit State Senator Bill Soules

  Senator William Soules (D-37-Dona Ana) has been selected to receive the 2014 New Mexico Library Association’s Legislator of the Year Award for demonstrating “leadership in the advancement of libraries throughout the state…especially for his efforts on behalf of the public schools and libraries in his area.”

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Regional
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Charged For Allegedly Stabbing Brother

  Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of stabbing her 52-year-old brother following an argument last Thursday evening.

Chastity Lujan Yates, 38, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with evidence.

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Regional
5:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Public Bids Open For What Will Be New Mexico's Largest Solar Array

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that the Land Office will be offering a tract of land, through a competitive bidding process, for developing what will be the state’s largest solar array, to be located on 2,770 acres of State Trust Land in Otero County about three miles north of Chaparral.

 

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Regional
5:03 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Public Bidding Open For Solar Power Plant On State Land Near Santa Teresa

  New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that bids will be taken for a commercial lease for developing a 50-megawatt solar array, which will be located on 640 acres of State Trust Land in Doña Ana County, about 6.4 miles west of Santa Teresa.

The utility scale plant would be as large as the existing 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar plant in Luna County, which is also located on State Trust Land. Once complete, the proposed plant would generate enough clean energy to power more than 18,000 average New Mexico homes.

 

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Regional
4:43 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Recreational Target Shooting Restricted Near Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

LAS CRUCES, NM–To protect visitors to the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (National Monument), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is implementing a temporary restriction on recreational target shooting on 290 acres of public land.  The National Monument is located 10 miles northwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The recreational target shooting restriction includes public land along the Permian Tracks Road, which is the primary entrance to the National Monument.  The restriction is effective on October 24, 2014 and shall remain in effect until a final decision is iss

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Regional
1:58 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Police: Drug-Fueled Attack On Mother Sends Man To Jail

  A 40-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday evening after he allegedly attacked his 71-year-old mother with both a knife and a barstool.

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Regional
1:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Joint Land Use Study Meeting Next Week

  Doña Ana County and Otero County will host a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Betty McKnight Community Center at 190 S. County Line Dr., in Chaparral, NM. The purpose of the meeting is to share information with the public on the results of the ongoing Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range and surrounding communities, and to gather input from residents on recommended compatibility strategies.

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Regional
9:18 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Should 50% Of A Teachers Performance Evaluation Be Based On Student Test Scores?

Superintendent Stan Rounds says the teacher evaluation system is not producing accurate results in Las Cruces.
Credit Simon Thompson

In New York 20% of a teacher’s performance evaluation is based on student test scores. In New Mexico it is more than double that 50%. Some educators say student performance on standardized tests is beyond teacher control and should not be such a big factor in teacher evaluations.
 
The effectiveness of New Mexico’s public education overhaul is in wide and impassioned dispute. 

Supporters of the new system like Las Cruces public schools superintendent Stan Rounds say the changes are raising the quality of teaching and student achievement

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Regional
7:13 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Jewell To Visit New Mexico For Wilderness Meeting

  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be among the dozens of officials and conservation experts gathering in New Mexico this week for a conference aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Jewell is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the conference Thursday.

Organizers say the conference is the first national gathering of wilderness advocates, educators, students and researchers in 25 years.

Other speakers include astronaut Joseph Acaba, Native American educator Greg Cajete and author Terry Tempest Williams.

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