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6:31 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Las Cruces Council To Consider Climate Change Measure

The Las Cruces City Council will consider a proposed resolution that would urge Congress to pass legislation promoting reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the council is scheduled to take up the proposal Monday.

The measure states Las Cruces has a track record of acknowledging climate change and taking steps to counter it, such as the city's sustainability action plan.

It also states urgent action is needed since further delay only increases the risks to water supplies and boosts the frequency of severe weather.

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Regional
10:08 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Backlash Against Worker Visas

Amid calls for expanding the nation's temporary skilled worker program, some Americans are pushing back. They argue the so-called H-1B program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.

Lawsuits have cropped up around the country. And some tech worker groups are calling for a boycott of firms that they say are ignoring qualified U.S. workers.

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Regional
1:45 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

NM Lottery Chief Wants To Cut 30 Percent Revenue Minimum For Scholarship

The head of New Mexico's lottery system wants the state Legislature to cut the 30 percent minimum it is required to provide in revenues to the college scholarship program, noting such a move could increase lottery sales and create a larger revenue stream for the program.

However, a Santa-Fe based think tank, whose 2006 study led state lawmakers to set the minimum, says the move would only put more money in the pockets of lottery administrators.

The Legislative Lottery Scholarship program provides tuition money for students at state-funded institutions.

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Regional
1:34 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Bandelier Chief Ranger Wins Highest National Park Service Ranger Award

From left: National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis; Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts with Yount Award; Tom's son Drew, wife Beth, daughter Dana, and mother Kathy.
Credit NPS photo

  BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, NM – Tom Betts, Bandelier National Monument’s chief ranger and a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named the 2013 recipient of the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award. The honor, bestowed at a ceremony June 25 in Washington, DC, is the NPS’s highest accolade for excellence in the art and science of rangering.

Betts, who grew up in national parks as a park ranger’s son, became chief ranger at Bandelier in 2009 after serving at some of the Park Service’s “crown jewel” parks from Alaska to Wyoming to Arizona.

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PUENTES
6:09 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Ngage New Mexico - Improving Education

  July 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico, Frank Rene Lopez. He has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit and community organizations, and is also an experienced attorney and former educator.

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Regional
4:02 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

King Seeks To Intervene In Veteran's Appeal

  Attorney General Gary King is asking the New Mexico Supreme Court for permission to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of a disabled veteran who was fired by the state after serving two tours in Iraq.

King, a Democrat running against Gov. Susana Martinez, says the state should have already settled the case. Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell says the man was fired twice previously by the Richardson administration for insubordination and not showing up to work.

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Regional
3:58 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Mexico Wildfire 50 Percent Contained

  Officials say a wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains has been 50 percent contained.

The lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned approximately 5.6 square miles of mixed conifer forest about 8 miles south of Coyote.

Crews say they have taken advantage of favorable weather conditions that included higher humidity and that growth of the fire was minimal. But they were concerned Friday that afternoon thunderstorms could hamper efforts to increase containment.

No injuries have been reported.

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Regional
10:01 am
Fri July 4, 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
8:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Feral Pigs Challenge Ranching Community In Southeast New Mexico

A feral pig looking for food in the New Mexican wilderness
Credit Courtesy of the USDA

Feral pigs cost the U.S. $1.5 billion dollars every year. But wild pigs aren’t just endangering wildlife and native plants. The animals are threatening the livelihood of a longtime ranching community in Otero County.

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Regional
8:16 am
Fri July 4, 2014

FBI Searching For Pickup Truck In Shiprock Death

Federal authorities are searching for pickup truck possibly involved in the death of a 21-year-old man near Shiprock last month.

The FBI says the body of 21-year-old Ryan Hill was found June 22 on Mesa Farm Road about six miles west of Shiprock on the Navajo Nation.

They say a witness reported seeing a man run after a bright red pickup truck shortly before the body was discovered.

FBI officials say the witness described the truck as stopping and starting while the man chased it.

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Regional
8:14 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Gov. Martinez Raises Nearly $875,000 For Re-Election

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised nearly $875,000 for her re-election campaign in the past month, which was more than twice as much as Democrat challenger Gary King.

The King campaign reported Thursday raising about $320,700 since late May, with $200,000 coming from personal loans from the candidate.

King spent about $280,000, with $200,000 of that to air advertising.

The governor had cash-on-hand of $4.3 million in her re-election account as of last week, after spending almost $860,000.

King had a cash balance of $116,000.

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Regional
8:10 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Sen. Udall: Little Impact From Artesia Immigrant Center

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Sen. Tom Udall says he thinks people in Artesia, New Mexico, are getting more comfortable with the idea of having Central American immigrants brought to a detention center in their community.

Udall was in southeastern New Mexico Thursday to tour the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Barracks at the border patrol training facility are being used to house the overflow of immigrants caught trying to enter the country illegally.

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Regional
4:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Martinez Appoints Hobbs Woman To Fifth Judicial District Court

Credit Office of the Governor

  Today Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Laura Castillo of Hobbs to the Fifth Judicial District Court in Lea County. Governor Martinez recently signed into law House Bill 141, which created additional judgeships throughout the state. Castillo’s appointment to the Fifth Judicial District Court fills one of these vacancies.

“Laura Castillo’s diverse legal experience will be very valuable in setting the right tone for this newly established judgeship, and I am confident she will ably serve the people of Lea County,” said Governor Martinez.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Perry Calls For Quick Deportation Of Immigrant Children

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Gov. Rick Perry has testified at a U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing in South Texas that in addition to the humanitarian crisis created by a flood of unaccompanied child immigrants, there is a crisis involving border security.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October after entering the United States illegally. Three-fourths of them are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and say they're fleeing pervasive gang violence and crushing poverty.

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Regional
3:07 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Texas Schools Allowed To Exceed Class Size Limits

More than 1,200 schools across Texas have been granted a state exemption that allows them to exceed limits on class sizes.

The Texas Education Agency allowed 1,272 elementary schools to exceed the 22-pupil limit in kindergarten through fourth grade. Most of the schools cited "financial hardship" or "unanticipated growth" in requesting a waiver.

Most school districts in Texas boosted class sizes across all grade levels over the last three years, but they're not required to receive the state's permission to put more students in grades five through 12.

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Regional
2:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hired Hand Convicted Of Stealing Coins

  An El Paso man was found guilty of theft Wednesday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say he pilfered thousands of dollars worth of collectible coins from his boss.

   Richard Ledbetter, 58, was reportedly hired six years ago by an Anthony man to do yard work and maintenance around the man’s home. Over the course of about eight months, Ledbetter gained access to the man’s extensive coin collection, which had been amassed during a 40-year period.

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Regional
11:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

One Killed, Four Hurt In Texas Fireworks Explosion

One person has been killed and four others injured when fireworks being prepared for a Fourth of July celebration exploded near a Central Texas high school.

Comanche fire Lt. Marcus Nettleton says it's not immediately clear what triggered the explosion about 9 a.m. Thursday on a baseball field adjacent to Comanche High School. He says most of the pyrotechnics were in a trailer when the incident happened.

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Regional
8:38 am
Thu July 3, 2014

GOP Group Spends $571,000 On N.M. Ad Blitz

Credit facebook.com/gopcomeback

A national Republican group reports spending more than a half million dollars in the past month on advertising against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King.

A fundraising report by the Republican Governors Association lists expenditures of $571,000 to produce and air ads in June.

The RGA started airing hard-hitting TV ads against King a few days after he won a five-way primary election contest for the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Regional
4:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

115 Layoffs At Los Alamos Contractor

The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government's nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Emergency Closures In The Gila National Forest

Credit fs.fed.us

  During the summer and fall of 2013, the Gila River reached record flow rates.  This caused extensive damage to the riverbanks and flood plains along the river.  The low areas along the Gila River in the vicinity of the Forks and Grapevine Campgrounds on the Wilderness Ranger District experienced major flooding from these high river flows.  This caused much of the riverbank and adjacent flood plains to erode away.  Many of these eroded areas were popular camping spots along the river.  Due to the repeated large forest fires from the past few years and monsoonal rains, it is expected for th

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Regional
3:39 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

U.S. Army: Bergdahl Venturing Out In Public

  A U.S. Army spokeswoman says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, is being allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl has been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio since returning to the United States last month.

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Local Viewpoints
3:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement

  Today, The Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide chamber of commerce, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, and the New Mexico General Services Department.  The records requested will show what percentage of state taxpayer money in these departments is being spent outside of New Mexico, instead of in contracts with in-state businesses to promote local growth.

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Regional
12:52 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Central Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Terror Charges

  Federal prosecutors say a Central Texas man has pleaded guilty to attempting to support terrorists overseas and faces up to 15 years in prison.

Rahatul Khan, a 23-year-old University of Texas student, entered his plea Tuesday morning in Austin.

Khan was arrested last month on charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors say Khan was recruiting fighters to go to Somalia for "jihad" — an Arabic term sometimes used to mean a Muslim holy war.

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Regional
12:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Northern New Mexico Wildfire Continues To Grow

  A wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.

Officials said Wednesday morning the lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned more than five square miles, an increase of about 400 acres since Tuesday.

However, the fire remained zero percent contained.

Still, some residents say they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire's dangers. And ranchers who have livestock roaming in the fire area are worried about their cattle.

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Regional
9:46 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bizarre Las Cruces Abduction Story Leads To Arrest

  A Las Cruces man who claimed a group of men abducted him at knifepoint has been arrested and charged with filing a false report after his co-workers refuted his story and told investigators they were all at a bar together.

   Angel Ray Figueroa, 24, called his live-in girlfriend in the early morning hours of May 22, 2014 from a convenience store and told the woman he didn’t come home after work because he had been taken by three black men in a white car.

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Regional
8:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Early Voting More Popular In Primary Election

Official primary election returns show a growing portion of New Mexico voters are casting their ballots before Election Day.

About 40 percent of Democratic and Republican voters in this year's primary election took advantage of absentee ballots or early in-person voting, according to official returns from the secretary of state's office.

That's up from 35 percent in 2010, and 24 percent in 2006. Both were gubernatorial election years.

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Regional
8:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces To Beef Up Fireworks Patrols

The Las Cruces fire and police departments are beefing up fireworks patrols this year.

Because of the continued drought, the city is only allowing fireworks on barren or paved lands with a readily available water source nearby. The restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks in any city park.

Officials will increase patrols Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks.

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Regional
8:06 am
Wed July 2, 2014

PNM Plans To Add More Renewable Energy

PNM
Credit pnm.com

New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

PNM released details of the resource plan it filed with state regulators Tuesday. The utility considered future changes in the cost and reliability of potential resources — from coal to solar and wind — in determining what should be included in the mix.

The plan outlines the utility's objectives for the next two decades and includes specific recommendations for the next few years.

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Regional
8:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Mexico Boy, 12, To Be Sentenced In Shooting

A 12-year-old boy who pleaded no contest to opening fire in a New Mexico middle school gym and injuring two students is scheduled to be sentenced.

The boy is expected Wednesday to appear before a judge for the Jan. 14 shooting at a Roswell middle school. As a juvenile, he faces possible detention until he's 21 years old.

Authorities say the 12-year-old took a modified shotgun to Berrendo Middle School and opened fire on students as they waited for classes to begin.

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Regional
7:59 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman's Death Is Suspicious

Albuquerque police have identified a woman whose dead body was found in her home and they say her death is suspicious.

Police identify the woman whose body was found Monday as 53-year-old Danette Webb but they haven't released details on the circumstances of her death.

Police request anybody with information on the victim's death to contact police.

The home in southwest Albuquerque is located on Dunhill Avenue, in a neighborhood south of Central Avenue and west of Unser Boulevard.

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