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2:29 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

New Mexico, Colorado Delegations Urge President To Direct Federal Resources To Gold King Mine Spill

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  WASHINGTON – Members of the New Mexico and Colorado congressional delegations today are urging President Barack Obama to direct any and all appropriate federal resources to help respond to damage from the Gold King Mine spill that occurred in the Animas River last week. Communities in both states along the affected rivers are working quickly to minimize the short-term and long-term public health and economic challenges caused by the tragic spill.

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8:50 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Conservation Group Calls On Martinez To Examine Envrionmental Policies

  Santa Fe, NM – Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) is saddened by the devastation that has been caused by the Gold King Mine spill, and stands in solidarity with all communities that have been and will be impacted by this event.

In response to the comments Governor Martinez made today concerning the Gold King Mine spill that has now reached New Mexico's Four Corners region, CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster issued the following statement:

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8:47 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Gold King Mine Spill Under Investigation In New Mexico

Credit JONATHAN THOMPSON HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

  Farmington – Seven well water testing teams were deployed by the New Mexico Environment Department Tuesday in concert with the Environmental Protection Agency  to test domestic water wells near the Animas River which flows through Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico.  “Although the Gold King Mine Spill’s heavy metals plume has mostly passed through the area, the sediments left behind are capable of influencing groundwater quality,” said New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn.

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8:35 am
Wed August 12, 2015

New Cell Tower To Improve Service Near Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument

  State officials have signed off on an agreement between Verizon Wireless and Doña Ana County to build a new cellular tower at the Talavera Volunteer Fire District station near the base of Soledad Canyon Road. 

District 3 Doña Ana County Commissioner Benjamin L. Rawson applauded the state Board of Finance’s action to approve the agreement so that construction can begin on the 75-foot tower, which will resemble a large flagpole that is designed to be virtually invisible from a distance of one-quarter mile or more.

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7:48 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Albuquerque Man Must Pay 23K For Fake Claims To VAMC

An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay more than $23,000 in restitution for submitting fraudulent claims to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Prosecutors say 43-year-old Rick J. Serrano was sentenced Tuesday in federal court.

He was indicted in April 2013 for submitting 146 fraudulent claims to the VAMC for travel beneficiary payments from September 2010 through October 2012.

Serrano pleaded guilty last November.

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5:58 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Right-To-Die Law

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has struck down a prior Bernalillo County District Court ruling that essentially allowed assisted suicide in the state.

In a split decision Tuesday, a majority of the court concluded "that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution."

A District Court judge previously ruled that a 1963 state statute making assisted suicide a fourth-degree felony in the state was invalid as applied to physicians who administer a lethal dose of medication to a terminally-ill patient.

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3:24 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Frenger Pool Closure Next Week

 

 

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will close Frenger Pool, 800 Parkview Dr., for its annual inspection Aug. 17 through Aug. 28. The pool will reopen Monday, Aug. 31. 

During the temporary closure, lap swimming will be available at Laabs Pool, 750 W. Picacho Ave., from 7 – 11a.m. Monday - Friday.   

For more information call 575/541-2782

Information from city of Las Cruces

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2:40 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Home Safe Home

Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  Some say the electric feeling of buying and moving into your own home never wears off. When you own the floors you’re standing on, the walls surrounding you and the roof over your head, you also own great satisfaction from the hard work that resulted in your home becoming yours.

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2:20 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Los Ranchos Woman Pleads Guilty To Robbing Albuquerque Bank

A Los Ranchos woman could be facing up to a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to robbing an Albuquerque bank five months ago.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Denise Romero pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing the New Mexico Bank & Trust branch on March 16. She was arrested four days later.

According to the criminal complaint, Romero approached the bank teller with a note suggesting that she had a gun.

Authorities say Romero used the money to bail her boyfriend out of jail.

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1:48 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Stepfather Of Slain Boy Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

The stepfather of a 9-year-old boy, who was allegedly kicked to death by his mother, has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

KOB-TV reports that Stephen Casaus on Monday pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and paraphernalia possession as part of a plea deal. He faces up to nine years in prison.

Casaus is also awaiting trial in the death of his stepson, Omaree Varela. Casaus was charged last year with six counts of child abuse stemming from the boy's death.

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1:45 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Court: Placitas Horse Herd Could Be Considered 'Wild'

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An appellate court has ruled that a horse herd in the mountain hamlet of Placitas could be considered wild, drawing praise from an advocacy group.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Court of Appeals recently ruled the herd couldn't be simply rounded up under state law and must go through DNA testing.

The ruling means a lawsuit filed by the Wild Horse Observers Association will go back to a lower court in a dispute that has entangled residents in the affluent community.

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12:49 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

3-Year-Old Boy Hospitalized; Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Child Abuse

  A Las Cruces couple has been arrested and charged with child abuse after the woman’s 3-year-old son was hospitalized with multiple internal and external injuries.

Alexandra C. Moore, 25, and Mario V. Gonzalez, 29, are charged with one count each of negligent child abuse causing great bodily harm.

  Moore’s son, 3-year-old Jose, was believed to be unconscious and not breathing when Gonzalez called 911 shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10. Police, fire and ambulance were dispatched to a report of CPR in progress at 2430 E. Idaho Ave.

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11:44 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Broadband Communication Service Coming to Mescalero Apache Tribe

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner will be joined by USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) administrator Brandon McBride from Washington, D.C. to present a certificate of obligation to the Mescalero Apache Telephone, Inc. (MATI). The certificate represents the obligation of funds to build a multimillion dollar broadband communication system on the Mescalero Apache Tribe reservation.

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11:43 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Las Cruces Municipal Court Judge Retiring

Presiding Municipal Court Judge Melissa Miller Byrnes, far right, stands next to Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts.

  Melissa Miller-Byrnes, presiding judge for Las Cruces Municipal Court, officially announced today she will retire from the bench effective Nov. 1, 2015. She has served in that capacity for four consecutive terms.

“After 16 years of judicial service to the community, I have decided to hang up the judge’s robe,” Miller-Byrnes said. “Therefore, I will not seek re-election in the fall. In making the announcement, I would like to thank the staff for their professionalism and dedication in the administration of justice, particularly to the Las Cruces Municipal Court.”

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9:53 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Against The Odds, Immigrant Student Finds Home At WNMU

  Silver City, NM – While posing for a picture at her new university home, Grecia Rivas realizes that enrolling at Western New Mexico University marked the next step in her journey to bring awareness for her people.

Rivas graduated from Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona; attended Pima Community College and transferred to WNMU this fall. She is a 23-year old undocumented immigrant with a mission.

“I have been involved in the immigrant rights movement for the past three years working to make higher education accessible to all students,” said Rivas.

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4:52 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Plea of No Contest in Failed Burglary Attempt

  Las Cruces--Chris Silva pled no contest to conspiracy to commit burglary; a 4th degree felony, in a change of plea hearing before Chief Judge Fernando Macias today in district court.

Judge Macias ordered a pre-sentence report to be completed by the adult probation office prior to rendering sentence.  Under the conspiracy charge Silva faces up to a maximum of 18 months.

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2:14 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man Suspected of Threatening Pastor

  A Las Cruces man suspected of wielding a knife and threatening a pastor of a local church was arrested by police Sunday.

James Bernard Wright, 48, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a deadly weapon.

At around 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the Greater St. John Church of God where Wright allegedly threatened a pastor.

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2:02 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $10 Million In Homeland Security Grants

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the state of New Mexico, along with Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties, will receive more than $10 million combined for border security and emergency preparedness. The funding comes from various U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs.

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1:52 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Proposed Increase To Bear Hunting Limits Draws Fire

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Credit wildlife.state.nm.us

New Mexico officials want to increase the number of Sandias bears that can be killed by hunters, but the plan is drawing fire from critics.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials want to raise the limit from five to 11 after a new study put the bear population of the Sandias at 132, nearly double previous estimates.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish biologists say the number comes from a three-year study used genetic testing of bear hairs.

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1:46 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Report: Monkeys Had 6 Escape Tries At An Albuquerque Lab

Report: Monkeys Had 6 Escape Tries At An Albuquerque Lab
Credit lrri.org

Federal official say monkeys from a research facility on an Albuquerque Air Force base nearly escaped six times last year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors found the monkeys had gotten loose in the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute on Kirtland Air Force Base. The report says the animals had to be lured back into cages with food, among other recapture methods.

A March USDA report says escapes pose safety risks for personnel and animals.

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1:40 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Santa Fe Man Charged In Brother's Death

Police have arrested a man accused of killing his brother during a dispute over a malfunctioning vehicle in Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 26-year-old Eric Melero is facing a voluntary manslaughter charge in the death of his 22-year-old brother, Robert Estrada on Saturday.

According to a police report, Estrada was with a man and a woman whose white Ford Taurus had stopped on a nearby road. The couple went to get help from Melero and another man, who got the car started and drove it to the brothers' residence for additional repair.

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1:37 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Google To Repay New Mexico $1M For Subsidiarity Closure

Officials say Google Inc., will repay New Mexico nearly $1 million in economic assistance funds after announcing it was pulling a subsidiarity out of the state.

The Albuquerque Journal reports New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela said Monday that Google has agreed to repay that amount under clawback provisions.

The Mountain View, California-based Google announced last week that Titan Aerospace was leaving its facilities at the Moriarty airport, where it has been developing a solar-powered drone.

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6:00 am
Mon August 10, 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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1:03 pm
Sun August 9, 2015

Albuquerque Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Put On Administrative Leave

The chief financial officer for Albuquerque Public Schools has been placed on paid administrative leave for reasons that aren't being publicly revealed.

Chief Financial Officer Don Moya was placed on paid administrative leave Friday.

APS spokeswoman Johanna King says she couldn't provide information about the reasons for the leave or how long it might last because Moya's status is considered a personnel matter.

Moya became chief financial officer in July 2010.

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8:42 am
Sat August 8, 2015

George P. Bush Stumps For Dad Jeb

Credit George P. Bush - Photo from texasgop.org

  George P. Bush has been helping relatives get elected since age 3, when he clutched a balloon as his grandfather, George H.W. Bush, launched his 1979 presidential bid from Houston.

He also campaigned extensively in 2000 and 2004 for his uncle, George W. Bush. But never has George P.'s role as a political surrogate been as important as it is in the 2016 primary campaign.

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9:21 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Debate...Or Audition For A Bad Reality TV Show?

Like some reality TV shows...it had a big audience. In fact, the program called a Republican Presidential debate had 24 million viewers, the largest cable audience ever for non-sports event. But what does it say about our politics?
​Leave it to The Donald to tell the truth about the whole sorry mess. Picked at on "buying politicians" by Rand Paul, who is so desperate for political oxygen at this point that he looks like one of those beached fish in an ad for asthma medicine, The Donald counterpunched with the simple, undeniable fact that most of the other rodeo clowns on stage with him wouldn't even be there if they weren't all in it for the money.
PUENTES
6:42 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Jobs for CMI & Community with proposed Soundstage

Algernon D'Ammassa and Amy Lanasa at KRWG FM studios.

 August 7, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) Department Head, Amy Lanasa, and CMI Adjunct Professor, Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. CMI prepares students for the 21st century in Digital Filmmaking and Animation & Visual Effects, as well as game design. Last year “Animation Career Review” ranked CMI as one of the top 10 animation and game design schools in the Southwest.

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4:40 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Officer Who Killed Suspect Identified

Michael Malone, who died after being shot by a Dona Ana County Sheriff's detective.

  The detective who shot and killed an armed man who was being sought on a warrant last week has been identified by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s officials as Detective Chase Thouvenell. 

Detective Thouvenell was part of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT) that went to the Day’s End Motel in the 700 block of North Valley Drive on July 29 to serve an arrest warrant on Michael Malone, 34.

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11:34 am
Fri August 7, 2015

New NMSU Freedom Of Expression Policy Takes Effect In September

  After months of work by a committee known as the Free Speech Task Force, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents recently approved a revised Freedom of Expression policy that will go into effect on Sept. 4.

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10:23 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Tax-Free Weekend Begins In New Mexico

Today, Governor Susana Martinez encouraged New Mexico families to take advantage of the annual tax-free weekend, which will save them money and prepare their children with clothes and supplies to return to school this fall. 

“This is a great opportunity for families to do back-to-school shopping and save some of their hard-earned money,” said Governor Martinez. “The tax-free weekend is a win-win for both families and businesses. And most importantly, it helps our kids get back to school with more of the supplies they need to be prepared and ready to learn.”   

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