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2:29 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

NRDC: Groups Sue EPA for Failure to Protect Communities from Hazardous Spills

  The Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA) and People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sued the Environmental Protection Agency today, citing its decades-long failure to prevent and contain the discharge of dangerous chemicals from thousands of industrial facilities around the country.

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1:26 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Heinrich: New Mexico 49th Ranking For Child Well-Being Is Unacceptable

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked New Mexico as 49th in the nation for child well-being. The report ranked all 50 states on 16 indicators that fall into the categories of economic well-being, education, health, family, and community.

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Regional
1:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Ex-Inmate Must Follow Judge's Orders In Santa Fe Prison Dig

A state judge has set limitations on an ex-inmate's search of a now-closed state penitentiary for evidence he says would prove that prisoners had been abused.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that under District Judge Sarah Singleton's order filed last week, Samuel Chavez and his search team will be given a 30-minute time limit and one shovel for their dig in the Penitentiary of New Mexico's recreation yard. Chavez has also been permitted to search the cells he may have been confined in.

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1:14 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Navajo Nation Leaders Sign Off On Priorities For Tribe

Navajo Nation Seal
Credit nnooc.org

Leaders of the Navajo Nation have signed an agreement detailing a commitment to enhance the quality of life for Navajo people.

The Daily-Times reports that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Speaker LoRenzo Bates and acting Chief Justice Eleanor Shirley signed the agreement on Monday in Window Rock, Arizona.

The three-page document prioritizes nine areas for leaders to address during their terms in office. Among the focus areas are water rights, housing, education, and natural resources.

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1:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico MMA Fighter Arrested For Aggravated Assault

A New Mexico mixed martial arts fighter at the center of a 2014 deadly home invasion has been arrested for aggravated assault in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Police Department said Joseph "Joe" Torrez was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault, although details were not released.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Carlsbad Magistrate Court.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies said Torrez fatally stabbed 25-year-old Sal Garces in 2014 after Garces and other people forced their way into Torrez's home.

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12:47 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Martinez Announces Expansion of Statewide Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Credit Office of the Governor

  SANTA FE, N.M. — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the state’s mental health crisis hotline, a phone line established in 2013 that provides New Mexicans access to local assistance and resources during a mental health crisis. The expansion of the New Mexico Crisis Line (NMCAL) includes additional funding and certified peer counselors, which will help improve access to treatment and care to New Mexicans or their loved ones experiencing mental health or behavioral health crises.

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8:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

NM Lawmaker Draws Criticism After Election To LULAC Board

Credit http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_details.aspx?SponCode=HROYB

A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City.

Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation."

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8:28 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Few Answers One Year After Albuquerque Woman's Death

One year after an Albuquerque woman was found dead in her home, friends and family members are still waiting for an arrest.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 53-year-old Danette Webb was found dead last summer with her hands and feet bound with duct tape.

Police say there were no signs of sexual assault, though she was found naked, and nothing was stolen from the home.

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4:04 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

UNM’s Project ECHO® Receives $14 Million In Funding From GE Foundation

  Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) was recently awarded a three-year, $14-million grant from the GE Foundation to support ECHO’s game-changing care delivery model to provide quality healthcare regardless of where people live.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Police Arrest DWI Suspect In Fatal Bicycle Crash

Albuquerque police have arrested a man who was suspected of driving drunk when he killed a bicyclist inside a gated Tanoan community.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says 25-year-old Coulter Cook was arrested Sunday after refusing a Breathalyzer test.

Witnesses had called 911 to report a truck that had been swerving through the Tanoan Country Club gated community. Drobik says the truck hit a bicyclist and dragged the rider about 150 feet.

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2:44 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

AP Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' Actor Runs For Albuquerque Seat

Steven Michael Quezada
Credit imdb.com

"Breaking Bad" actor Steven Michael Quezada is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he's seeking the Bernalillo County Commission seat.

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2:39 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Methane Hot Spot Prompts Delegation To Ask For Quick Action

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are pointing to a hot spot of the potent global-warming gas methane over part of the American Southwest, saying federal officials need to move quickly on upcoming standards for curbing waste in oil and gas production.

The Democratic members of the delegation sent a letter to the federal Office of Management and Budget on Monday. They're asking for prompt consideration of new rules being developed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Local Viewpoints
12:20 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Udall Welcomes Formal Restoration Of Diplomatic Relations Between United States And Cuba

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement as the United States and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations after 54 years: "The re-opening of the embassies in Havana and Washington marks a turning point in a relationship fraught with mistrust and Cold War antagonism.

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12:18 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing 16 Businesses In New Mexico, Texas And Colorado

Christopher Perea, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to violating the Hobbs Act by robbing 16 businesses involved in interstate commerce.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Gorden Eden, Jr., of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

 

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9:35 am
Mon July 20, 2015

New Mexico Struggles To Fine-Tune Naloxone Regulations

At the same time as New Mexico is exploring naloxone as a way to decrease overdose deaths, the state's Board of Pharmacy is working to increase regulation of the drug.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's overdose deaths increased by 20 percent last year. Meanwhile, public health workers say naloxone -- which can counter the effects of opioids -- is becoming harder for people who are at risk of an overdose to access.

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8:14 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Two Wounded Outside Albuquerque Convenience Store

A convenience store employee and another person were hospitalized in stable condition after being shot during an altercation which the employee had tried to break up.

Police say the incident occurred early Monday morning at a store at San Mateo Boulevard and Kathryn Avenue.

According to police, two men were arguing inside the store and then in the parking lot before the employee tried to break up the altercation and one of the men began shooting.

The gunfire wounded the other man involved in the altercation plus the store employee.

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6:00 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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3:37 pm
Sun July 19, 2015

Martinez In Aspen For Republican Governors Association Meeting

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Colorado for a few days.

Her office announced Sunday afternoon that she's traveling to the mountain resort city of Aspen for the Republican Governors Association summer meeting.

Martinez, a Republican and the nation's only Latina governor, was elected vice chair of the group late last year. The association will be paying for the governor's travel.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Wednesday.

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Local Viewpoints
9:56 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Goodman: Questions About A Daycare Closure In Las Cruces

  Many are saddened by the First Baptist Church's recent decision to close a daycare center so old that many parents taking their children there this year were taken to the same place during their own childhoods.  

   “We're devastated,” said parent Theresa Westbrock.  “It was a special place.”

   Many also express concern, mixed with anger and disgust, that the Church might have closed the center because of distaste for gay folks and fears that gay workers or gay parents might be forced on the center if it continued to accept federal funds.  

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9:51 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Santa Fe School Lowers Tuition For Community College Grads

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is allowing graduates of the local community college to enroll with a tuition discount.

Santa Fe Community College grads can register at the university this fall and pay just above $10,000 annually.

That is a 66 percent drop for higher-tuition programs and 45 percent less for the school's lower-tuition programs.

The rate applies to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

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9:50 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Quarter Of Listeria Cases In Texas Not Tracked Or Recorded

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked.

Texas has never enforced a law that requires laboratories to submit confirmed listeria samples to the Department of State Health Services. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams says the state instead prefers to work with labs and health providers to educate them and bring them into compliance.

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9:49 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Texas Residents Condemn Plan For Muslim Cemetery

A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community leaders to block the project.

Farmersville is considering a 35-acre development request from the Islamic Association of Collin County. Residents showed up in force at a recent town meeting to oppose the cemetery, which would include an open-air pavilion and small retail area.

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4:21 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

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
3:39 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Crackdown On Farmington Officer Who Use A Computer While Driving

Farmington police may be the first police department in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving.

New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department's vehicles in the past month.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says the software is designed to disable a patrol computer's keyboard if the vehicle goes past 20 mph.

Allen says the software is used in the private sector to combat distracted driving.

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3:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Man Charged In Fatal Home Invasion Indicted In New Case

A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist has been indicted in a separate case.

A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nathan Avalos earlier this week for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

According to the indictment, Avalos allegedly battered his girlfriend and held a metal nail file up to her neck on June 30.

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5:17 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Martinez Announces Board Appointments; Names MVEDA's Lopez To Spaceport Authority

David Lopez
Credit MVEDA's Davin Lopez

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced appointments to the Brain Injury Advisory Council, the New Mexico Community Development Council, the Economic Development Commission, the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Parole Board, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Spaceport Authority.

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4:16 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Department Hosts Physical Ability Test for Upcoming Academy

Prospective candidate Adriana Nunez performed a simulated victim rescue during the Las Cruces Fire Department’s Physical Ability Test held July 11 at Fire Station 4.

  The Las Cruces Fire Department, in preparation for its upcoming academy, is offering a Physical Ability Test (PAT) July 25 to let prospective candidates assess their stamina and agility skills before applying for a position.

The fire department’s next academy is planned for February 2016. Applications will be accepted Aug. 3 through Sept. 2.

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2:38 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

NMSU Modifies New Financial Aid Policy Following Complaints

As a result of concerns expressed by our students and faculty at New Mexico State University, NMSU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has adjusted its new financial aid disbursement schedule for the fall 2015 semester. NMSU students who receive federal grant and/or loan refunds will receive the first disbursement, of 75 percent, on Aug. 19, the first day of instruction and the second disbursement of 25 percent, will be available on Sept. 9. Scholarship awards will be paid in full at the start of the semester.

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2:07 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million For Support Services At College Campuses Across New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.

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2:03 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Acquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque faces a lawsuit from a former police officer acquitted of killing his wife.

Tera Chavez was found fatally shot in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011. He then was fired.

Jurors acquitted Chavez in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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