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6:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Senator Heinrich Pushes for Wildlife Funding Reform

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Senator Martin Heinrich recently addressed a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on forest health.

The New Mexico Democrat expressed his concern that new initiatives could affect New Mexico’s current efforts to reduce catastrophic wildfires. Heinrich mentioned increased timber sales and how those sales could impact New Mexico’s existing fire prevention programs.

Heinrich then discussed the impact increased timber sales could have on watershed restoration projects in New Mexico and their effects on recreational facilities and permit programs.

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1:02 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Firefighter Wins Sexual Harassment Suit Against Albuquerque

A New Mexico court has awarded $183,000 in damages to an Albuquerque firefighter who said she'd been sexually harassed on the job.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Adele Parker, also known as Adele Ortega, filed a lawsuit against the city in 2013. Parker said firefighters had walked in and spied on her in the shower, hid sex toys in her bunk, stole her underwear and watched pornography at a fire station.

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12:59 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

GLBTQ Awareness Week In Las Cruces To Discuss Laws, Rights

  Celebrating the sixth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Awareness Week, the New Mexico State University Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center and Stonewall Queer, Straight Alliance present fun and informative events for April 13-16. 

The week features events centered on a safe space and provides awareness to help create an informed and empowered campus culture. 

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12:58 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

NMSU To Host "Education Beyond Borders: Tearing Down Walls" Symposium

Credit Dr. Loui Reyes, NMSU

  Las Cruces residents and New Mexico State University students, staff and faculty will have a unique opportunity to network, engage and learn about multicultural education during the “Education Beyond Borders: Tearing Down Walls” symposium on Friday.

The free symposium, which is hosted by the College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Critical Multicultural Educators Graduate Student Organization, will be from 2-7 p.m. April 17 in room 104 of O’Donnell Hall, 1220 Stewart Street on the NMSU campus.

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12:29 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

In Depth: An Education Battle And More In Texas

The House's top education leader is focused on school finance, promoting a $3 billion plan to overhaul the way Texas distributes classroom funding.

In the Senate, it's all about "school choice," with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pushing a school voucher plan to let parents get state money to remove students from struggling public schools and send them to private alternatives.

Something will have to give.

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Regional
12:28 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

"Payday Loan" Legislation Fails In New Mexico

Attempts to rein in payday loans in New Mexico fell by the wayside during the recent 60-day legislative session.

While the small loans industry says it helps people in need, consumer advocates say a fix is sorely needed.

According to a 2014 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 14 states and the District of Columbia either ban payday loans or cap interest rates at 36 percent. Nine states have some restrictions, while 27 allow single-repayment loans with rates 391 percent or higher.

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Regional
7:17 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Texas Bill To Limit Filming Of Police Dropped

Amid renewed controversy over footage of a South Carolina police shooting, a Texas Republican lawmaker's bill limiting police filming has been dropped.

The Dallas Morning News reports that State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas confirmed Friday that he will not seek a public hearing for his bill, which would have made it illegal for a resident to film within 25 feet of police activity, or within 100 feet if the person carried a handgun.

Traditional news media would have been exempted from the Class B misdemeanor charge.

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Regional
7:11 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Albuquerque Schools Names California Educator As New Leader

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has named a California educator to lead the district of nearly 88,000 students.

The board picked Luis Valentino for the superintendent's job on Saturday from three finalists for the job.

Valentino currently is associate superintendent and chief academic officer for the San Francisco Unified School District. He previously worked as director of school services for the Los Angeles Unified School District and has been a principal, university and elementary school teacher and an adult school counselor.

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Local Viewpoints
6:19 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Senate Democrats Blast Martinez Vetoes Of Bipartisan Bills, Including Solar Energy Tax Credits

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – Senate Democrats today criticized Governor Susana Martinez’s vetoes of important and strong bipartisan legislation, including funding for the judicial system and courts, research for future industrial hemp production, accountability for the State’s troubled cash-balances, and other measures.  Despite claims that the 2015 legislative session was a highly partisan one, there were in fact areas of strong agreement between the two parties and the two chambers which resulted in useful bills being sent to the Executive.  Unfortunately the Governor rejected bipartisan compromise b

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PUENTES
5:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Walking For a Cure

Jackie Becker and Debra Snow at KRWG FM studios.

   April 10, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with a mother and her daughter, both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). From Los Alamos, New Mexico, Debra Snow has been living with MS for eighteen years; her daughter, Jackie Becker resides in Las Cruces and has learned to live with her disease since her diagnosis in 2011. Although MS is not considered a hereditary disease, Snow has four other members of her family with MS, including her daughter.

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5:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

NMSU Names New Dean For College Of Education

  A longtime educator with a background in psychology and diversity has been named dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Education after a national search.

Donald B. Pope-Davis’ first day at NMSU will be July 15. He succeeds current dean Michael A. Morehead, who will retire from NMSU on July 31.

Pope-Davis said NMSU’s mission and status as a land-grant university attracted him to the institution.

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4:50 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Man Arrested, Woman Escapes After Dramatic Police Chase

Mayra Cristina Marquez

  An El Paso man was arrested Thursday evening on charges of receiving stolen property, evading a police officer, and injury to a police dog after a pursuit that crossed state lines and involved three law enforcement agencies.

Just before 3 p.m., Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted that Jose Antonio Garcia, 23, had evaded an El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy after the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop in Canutillo. Garcia was allegedly driving a white, four-door Mitsubishi that had been reported stolen in El Paso on March 29, 2015.

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Regional
4:43 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Judge Blocks Navajo Coal Expansion In New Mexico

A federal judge has blocked efforts by a Navajo Nation coal mine to expand operations within its permitted area in northwestern New Mexico.

The Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC. is seeking an emergency stay on the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Kane in Colorado. The company says the ruling will not impact supply to the Four Corners Power Plant but jeopardizes its long-term sustainability.

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4:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

International Conference For Taekwondo Puts NMSU In Spotlight

New Mexico State University International Academic Conference for Taekwondo co-organizer John Johnson of Kyung Hee University presents World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue with a packet that includes the iACT 2015 Conference Booklet, a commemorative medallion (mapae) and NMSU pin, and a cover letter thanking him and the WTF for its sponsorship ($500) and giving a summary of iACT 2015’s success. (Photo courtesy of Ron Dziwenka)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education’s recent International Academic Conference for Taekwondo (iACT) has received international attention.

The January event has already been covered by a global Taekwondo magazine, said event organizer Ron Dziwenka, program manager for assessment in the College of Education. 

“George Vitale, one of the iACT presenters, whose Ph.D. was conferred in North Korea, has written the first of a series of articles on the iACT conference and its significance, in ‘Totally TKD News,’” Dziwenka said.

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Online EXTRA
11:17 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Seven New Mexico Communities Receive 2015 National MainStreet Accreditation

  Santa Fe, NM - Seven New Mexico MainStreet communities have been designated asNational Main Street Accredited Communities for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®. 

Nob Hill MainStreet, Artesia MainStreet, Carlsbad MainStreet, Clovis MainStreet, Grants MainStreet, Los Alamos MainStreet and Lovington MainStreet received accreditation and were recognized during the National Main Streets Conference in Atlanta. 

 

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Regional
9:24 am
Fri April 10, 2015

State Fair Official: Deal With New Midway Operator A Winner

The New Mexico State Fair's general manager says it's getting a boost from a deal negotiated with a new midway operator.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that General Manager Dan Mourning briefed the State Fair Commission on Thursday regarding the agreement with Reithoffer Shows of Gibsonton, Florida.

Mourning said the agreement will provide the fair with a larger slice of revenue from rides as well as $25,000 for advertising and $25,000 for capital improvements to the fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

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Regional
9:22 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Court Ruling Allows Suits By Former State Workers To Proceed

An appellate court ruling allows two lawsuits challenging firings of former employees of the New Mexico Secretary of State's office to proceed toward trial.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Court of Appeals this week overturned a District Court judge's dismissal of one case and upholds a different judge's refusal to dismiss the other case.

Both cases stem from the single term of former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, who left office after losing her 2010 re-election bid.

The lawsuits allege retaliation against former workers who talked to the FBI.

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9:17 am
Fri April 10, 2015

State Official: Veto To Distrupt Magistrate Court Services

A top New Mexico courts official says the state budget signed by Gov. Susana Martinez provides a modest budget increase overall for the court system but that a veto of supplemental funding for Magistrate Court services spells trouble.

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin said the signed budget increases in funding for drug courts' treatment services. He says that will allow more offenders with substance abuse problems to participate in programs that he said are less costly than prison time and more effective in reducing recidivism.

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9:09 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Alamogordo Facility Hosts Contest For Desalination Technologies

    

With limited sources of water available in the western U.S. and developing countries, The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Agency for International Development are looking for innovations that may help meet the growing challenge of water scarcity, and have launched a on a contest for innovators to come up with small, affordable, and sustainable desalination systems.

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6:01 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Climate Change Scientist And Skeptics Both Preparing For Water Scarce Future

Mesilla Valley Pecan Farmer Greg Daviet says when surface water allocations are low he waters his farm with ground water.
Credit Simon Thompson

Mega drought, climate change or a combination of the two scientists and climate change skeptics may not see eye to eye on what’s behind dryer weather and increasingly scarce water supplies in New Mexico but many agree on the need to dramatically improve water management. 

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9:06 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Recall Attempt Against Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza Fails

  A supplemental petition filed by the petitioner seeking to initiate a recall election of City Councilor Olga Pedroza, District 3, lacked the necessary number of valid signatures.  It's the second failure for the group New Mexicans For A Better Tomorrow, which also failed in its recall attempt of District 5 Councilor Gill Sorg.

A total of 949 valid signatures were required to certify the petition for a recall election. A total of 704 valid signatures were verified today by the Las Cruces City Clerk’s office – 245 valid signatures short of the required number.

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4:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Says Talks For Special Session Continue

Credit http://www.ltgov.state.nm.us/

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez say pressure is building for a special legislative session to fund capital improvement projects.

Sanchez spoke at an annual Chaves County Republican Party dinner this week, saying that negotiations with Democratic leaders for a special session are ongoing.

Legislators couldn't agree on about $270 million in a capital outlay bill, leaving the annual spending measure unfunded.

Gov. Susana Martinez says she had no plans to call back lawmakers to reconsider it. However, Sanchez says lawmakers could call themselves back for a special session.

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3:56 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rio Grande Water Users In For Another Tough Year

Credit NMFO

Federal officials say cities and farmers that depend on Rio Grande water are in for another tight year.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the annual operating plan for the Middle Rio Grande on Thursday.

Snowpack from the mountains that feed the Rio Grande now is halfway gone, and there has been little to no precipitation in the last month.

That means federal officials will be managing the waterway for drought for a fifth consecutive year.

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3:54 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

DA's Office: Las Cruces Man Fatally Shot Himself With Stolen Gun

District Attorney investigators say a Las Cruces man fatally shot himself with a stolen police gun during a confrontation with officers last year.

An autopsy also shows 29-year-old Jose Salas was shot multiple times by Las Cruces police during the Dec. 22 incident but it's unclear which gunshot wound caused his death.

The autopsy report says Salas had five gunshot wounds to his head, back, arm and shoulder.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home and say Salas assaulted an officer who arrived in an unmarked police vehicle.

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7:06 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Man With Firearm Is Arrested At Navajo Technical University

Credit https://www.facebook.com/NavajoTech

Tribal police say a man with a firearm has been arrested without incident at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint.

Students at the school were on lockdown after an armed man was reported near the student housing on campus about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Navajo Police and the tribal Strategic Response Team responded to the call.

They say the campus is secured and students are returning to their dorms.

The name of the man arrested wasn't immediately released.

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6:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Lengthy Waits Persist At Texas VA Medical Facilities, Despite Efforts To Streamline Process

An Associated Press analysis shows that Texas veterans spend more time waiting for care than the national average.

An average of 3.4 percent of appointments at the state's 54 VA facilities were delayed longer than 30 days from September to February. Nationally, the average is 2.8 percent.

In the wake of last year's VA scandal and resulting federal changes, some facilities are still struggling to improve how often they meet the goal to have patients seen within 30 days.

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6:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

New Mexico VA Clinic Among Nation's Worst For Care Delays

Credit www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs

A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the nation's worst when it comes to the percentage of appointments delayed a month or longer.

While local VA officials say they're doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and fast.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU To Open Community Health Clinics

The new College of Education Community clinics located at the Arrowhead Medical Academy will include a Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, and a speech and hearing Center. Something Marlene Salas- Provance, assistant dean for college community clinics, says is currently underserved in Southern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU Hosts Students From Colombia

    From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7-22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.

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5:52 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Competition To Highlight Desalination Technology

With clean water supplies dwindling, federal officials put out a call around the world in hopes of finding innovative technology that could turn brackish water into potable water.

Five finalist teams will be showing off their desalination systems as part of the international completion beginning Thursday in Alamogordo.

They're competing for $200,000 in prizes and the chance at federal grants to continue their research.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the finalists were culled from a list of 68 teams from 29 countries.

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