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5:20 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Feds Warn Of Rising Water Levels On Pecos River

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Federal officials are warning that water levels on the Pecos River will be rising in the coming days.

The Bureau of Reclamation says it's moving water downstream for farmers who are part of the Carlsbad Irrigation District.

The release from Santa Rosa Reservoir began Monday morning. Water will be released from Sumner Reservoir on Tuesday, once the water from Santa Rosa arrives.

Federal water managers plan to increase the release from 100 cubic feet per second to about 1,500 cfs. The release is expected to last seven days.

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Regional
5:18 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Albuquerque Police Monitor To Speak On Pending Reforms

A court-appointed independent monitor overseeing Albuquerque police reforms is set to introduce his monitoring team.

James Ginger is scheduled Tuesday to discuss his role in helping reform the troubled force a year after demonstrations over police shootings rocked the city.

In January, federal officials and the city selected Ginger to lead a team to monitor a settlement agreement to overhaul the Albuquerque Police Department.

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Regional
5:16 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Mexico Announces Underwater Gas Pipeline To Texas

The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday that the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.

Officials hope that facilitating the importation of cheap natural gas will help lower Mexico's electricity rates.

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Regional
8:39 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Centennial High School In Las Cruces Wins National Contest For Free Prom

High School Nation (HSN) has announced that Centennial High School in Las Cruces is the winner of its national contest for a free prom.

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Regional
8:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gila National Forest Wildfire Update

  Firefighters continue to manage several wildfires on the Gila National Forest that started by lighting over the past week. Three are being managed to achieve resource objectives. Dave Warnack, Acting Gila Forest Supervisor, says “These incidents are helping us return fire to the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuels. The goal is to use these fires to lower the risk of future severe wildfires across the forest.”  Two other fires are being managed under a suppression strategy.

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Regional
3:51 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Las Cruces Museums Reduce Weekday Hours

Las Cruces – Starting July 6, 2015, all four museums in the Las Cruces Museum System will operate with new gallery hours. The Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The museums will continue to be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Currently, most Las Cruces museums are open 9:00 am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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Regional
3:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In Depth: Analyzing The Martinez Captial Outlay Vetoes

Credit Office of the Governor

  Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of  Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats.

But Martinez did veto some GOP projects, including three Albuquerque projects advocated by House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Spike In Las Cruces Auto Burglaries

  The Las Cruces Police Department saw a spike in automobile burglaries this weekend, including at least 10 that occurred in the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods.

It appears the vast majority of auto burglaries reported this weekend may well have been prevented had windows been rolled up and doors locked. Police discovered that nearly all of the vehicles were knowingly left unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry.

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Regional
3:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Texas Case Shows Challenges In Recouping Cash From Fraud

The case of a troubled Texas hospital system shows how a federal program that distributes funds to help computerize health-care records has been vulnerable to fraud.

The Dallas Morning News reports that it also shows the challenges in recouping the money that wasn't used for those purposes.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department gave nearly $18 million through its $24 billion stimulus program to Tariq Mahmood's rural hospital chain.

The newspaper reported in 2013 that the vast majority of the money wasn't used to upgrade the hospital's electronic records.

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11:23 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Additional $3.5 Million For New Mexico Watershed Restoration

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  Rio Rancho, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced $3.5 million in additional funding for watershed restoration on public lands throughout New Mexico. These funds help restore and rehabilitate vulnerable watersheds throughout the state, improving water quality and quantity.

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11:02 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Obama Administration Releases Report on the Health and Economic Benefits of Global Action on Climate

  President Obama is committed to protecting the health of future generations from the impacts of climate change.

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10:15 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Silver City and Gallup Each Receiving $100,000 as Part of Historic Theater Initiative

Silco Theater in Silver City
Credit Silver City Mainstreet Project

  Santa Fe, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez and Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced that  the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) is awarding the Silco Theater in Silver City, and the El Morro Theater in Gallup $100,000 each as part of the Historic Theater Initiative. The Economic Development's Historic Theater Initiative aims to increase rural downtown traffic and provide entertainment options by restoring historic theaters to include updated movie projection equipment, while preserving their unique architectural details.

 

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Regional
9:32 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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9:04 am
Mon June 22, 2015

New Mexico Film Foundation Grants Available

  Santa Fe- Today Dirk Norris, Executive Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation announced the availability of two $5000 grants for New Mexico filmmakers and screenwriters. Submissions for the second annual Lockheed Martin Filmmaker grant will open on July 1st and require the submission of a one page treatment for a film idea with the theme of the emotional impact of deep space travel. The winner of this grant will receive $5000 to make a 3-8 minute movie.
 

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Local Viewpoints
8:56 am
Mon June 22, 2015

McCamley: Save Lives. Generate Revenue. Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

Credit Rep. Bill McCamley (D-New Mexico House District 33)

 

  “Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.”

Will Rogers

It’s time to regulate and tax the consumption of marijuana like alcohol. Why? The reasons are compelling, conclusive, and plentiful.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Las Cruces Participates In National Water Safety Event

Every Year Swimming pools around the country team up to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson offering free lessons to children, and this year Las Cruces Aquatic Center participated for the first time. The national event works to promote water safety.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Heinrich Continues Push For Immigration Reform

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is continuing his push for comprehensive immigration reform. 

The prospects for immigration reform anytime soon seem highly unlikely….with many Republicans unwilling to accept a long path to citizenship included in a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon June 22, 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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Regional
5:37 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Authorities Find Body Of Missing Ex-White House Chef

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Authorities say searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains.

The New Mexico State Patrol says the body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area.

The police statement did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of the body.

Scheib recently moved to New Mexico. He served as White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

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Regional
5:26 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Last Of Atari Games Dug Up In Alamogordo Landfill Set To Sell Online

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The last batch of Atari game cartridges dug up in an Alamogordo landfill will be going up for auction.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 150 remaining games and they will be put on eBay in 30-40 increments until the last one is sold.

The games up for bid include "Warlords," ''Asteroids" and "Super Breakout."

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says some "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" cartridges and other titles will be kept off until the very end.

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Regional
1:56 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Teacher Bonuses On Tap In Santa Fe

Santa Fe public school teachers and staff are expected to get nearly $5 million in bonuses as part of a pilot program that some of them have criticized.

Santa Fe Public Schools are getting the payments as part of a merit-based system approved by lawmakers last year.

Some teachers had opposed the program, arguing it placed too much focus on state standardized tests when gauging a teacher's success.

Nearly 900 teachers, administrators and other staff opted into the incentive program while 27 declined.

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Regional
1:55 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Texas Abortion Law Teed Up For Supreme Court Review

Credit supremecourt.gov

Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they're likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.

If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

The justices are considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas. They want the Supreme Court to block two provisions of a Texas law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state.

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Regional
1:54 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

TEA Party Tension In Texas

Texas can sometimes feel like tea party heaven. It's home to Ted Cruz and a state Legislature packed with hard-right devotees. Even the governor heeds fringe fears that a routine U.S. military exercise could be a ploy to seize the state.

But with so much power comes pressure. The Texas Legislature's tea party leaders are struggling to deliver on some of their most conservative promises and to shepherd insurgent lawmakers who aren't accustomed to being team players.

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Regional
8:44 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Abbott Cuts $300 Million From Budget; Vetoes Two Bills That Would Have Tightened Ethics Rules

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has cut $300 million from the Texas budget and vetoed 42 bills, including two that would have tightened loose ethics laws that he vowed to strengthen upon taking office.

Abbott on Saturday cleared his desk of thousands of bills to sign into law or reject. His vetoed softer penalties for prostitution and another that would have given state employees more flexibility to work from home.

The spending cuts are a mere fraction of a $209 billion two-year budget.

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Regional
8:27 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Pinon Fire Grows To 1600 Acres

The Pinon Fire was more noticeable Saturday as it grew to 1,600 acres on the Reserve Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday, June 16 and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives such as protecting livestock forage and improving wildlife habitat.

Fire crews will continue to take management actions, generally along Forest Road 94, to prevent the fire from spreading outside the pre-determined boundary. Fire activity was characterized as low to moderate with isolated torching as it spread through ponderosa pine, oak, grass and mixed conifer.

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5:14 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Moore Fire Nearly 900 Acres

While thunderstorms struck Mimbres Friday afternoon, little to no precipitation fell on the Moore Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire was measured at 867 acres after an aerial survey and mapping of the perimeter was completed. The continued hot and dry conditions have contributed to an increase in fire activity.

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3:56 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

In September, Truancy Won't Be A Crime In Texas

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school — and even some to jail — is off the books, though a Justice Department investigation into one county's truancy courts continues.

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures. It will take effect Sept. 1.

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Regional
6:00 am
Sat June 20, 2015

New NMSU Arthropod Museum Curator Plans To Grow Collection

  Jennifer Shaughney, the new senior program specialist and curator of the New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum, is excited to begin interacting with the community and help them make positive connections with insects and arthropods. 

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Regional
6:41 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

In Depth: NMSU Hall of Fame Football Player, Univision Co-founder Leaves Legacy of Giving

  Danny Villanueva, a former Aggie football star, former NFL football player and Spanish-language television pioneer, leaves behind a lifetime of success, a loving family and a legacy of giving that has benefited New Mexico State University in many ways. His support for various university programs over decades included several million dollars.

Villanueva passed away after suffering a stroke earlier this week. He was 77.

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Regional
6:39 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Steady Growth On Pinon Fire

  The Pinon Fire continued spreading at a moderate rate as it reached 600 acres on the Reserve Ranger District Friday. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday, June 16 east of Eagle Peak and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives. Some of the objectives managers have identified for this incident include protecting cultural resources and livestock forage in the area and improving wildlife habitat.

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