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10:16 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Reward For Information Leading To Suspect Who Left Suspicious Package At Las Cruces Mall

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of leaving a suspicious package at the Mesilla Valley Mall Thursday afternoon.

The suspicious package was determined to be of no threat to the public.

The suspect is believed to be a white male who was described as tall with a medium build. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue pants, and what appeared to be a fake gray or white beard. Witnesses also described him as wearing eyeglasses.

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8:06 am
Fri August 7, 2015

Texas Officials Amend Death Certificate To Reflect Same-Sex Union

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State officials say they've complied with a court order and amended the death certificate of a man to include the name of his same-sex spouse.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement Thursday that John Stone-Hoskins of Conroe has been added to the death certificate for James Stone-Hoskins, who died in January, months after the couple married in New Mexico.

John Stone-Hoskins said in a federal court filing this week that the certificate initially listed him as a "significant other."

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6:03 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Russian ballet dancer Marina Fliagina shares her talents with local dancers

Ballet dancers Monique Foster and Marina Fliagina
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Young Las Cruces ballet dancers have been working hard during a week-long intensive course with Russian dancer, choreographer and ballet mistress Marina Fliagina ­-- taking classes, learning a dance from the classic repertoire, and discussing the background of composers and choreographers they are studying. Fliagina has a long-time friendship with Monique Foster, founder and artistic director of the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music, where she has been artist-in-residence for the second summer in a row.

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Regional
3:11 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Correction: Keller Moved To State E-mail Account When He Took Office

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
Credit saonm.org

In a story Aug. 5 about the state auditor's use of a Gmail account, The Associated Press reported erroneously when auditor Tim Keller moved to a state email account. It was when he took office, not after the New Mexico Republican Party complained.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Auditor, state GOP disagree on transparency of Gmail account

Auditor's Gmail account draws criticism from state GOP over transparency issues

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Regional
2:56 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Suspicous Package At Mesilla Valley Mall Deemed No Further Threat To Public, LCPD Investigating

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The suspicious package reported Thursday afternoon at the Mesilla Valley Mall was located and determined to be of no threat to the public.

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Regional
2:32 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Recordings Say Fugitive Was Shot By Detective Multiple Times

Dispatch recordings reveal that the wanted man who was fatally shot by a Dona Ana County sheriff's detective outside a Las Cruces motel suffered from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.

Las Cruces Sun-News reports that in the recordings released by the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, officers can be heard saying that 34-year-old Michael Malone didn't have a pulse before emergency workers responded to the scene.

Emergency workers reportedly arrived to find one gunshot in Malone's neck and two in his chest.

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Regional
2:29 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Board Rejects Appeals Of New Mexico Attorney General Firings

Credit Hector Balderas

The New Mexico State Personnel Board has rejected appeals by 20 former employees of the state Attorney General's Office seeking to get their jobs back.

Officials say the board on Thursday upheld an administrative law judge's recent ruling that Attorney General Hector Balderas had the authority to fire the workers and recommended that the State Personnel Office allow the firings to stand.

Balderas fired the workers when he took office last January.

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Regional
2:21 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

Tax Holiday For Back-To-School Shoppers

Shoppers in New Mexico can expect to save this weekend on back-to-school purchases as the state conducts its annual tax holiday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the tax-free weekend, which is now in its 11th year, will start on Friday at midnight and end on midnight Sunday. The holiday offers consumers a break from gross-receipts tax on school-related items.

In Albuquerque, shoppers will save about $7 of every $100 spent on qualifying items, which include clothing, shoes, computers and classroom supplies.

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12:16 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

CAFé Faith Leaders Gather Together To Extend Blessing To Las Cruces Churches

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. –  Rabbi Larry Karol and the Temple Beth El community are opening their doors wide to invite the broader Las Cruces faith community to come and worship and pray for safety, resolve and peace in a time where anxieties are high as people prepare to worship this weekend following two explosions at two Las Cruces congregations, Holy Cross Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist church.

 

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11:04 am
Thu August 6, 2015

PRC: You Have Rights If Your Car Is Towed In New Mexico

  SANTA FE – Did you know that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regulates towing companies and the rates they can charge for non-consensual tows? Because the PRC has received a number of inquiries from members of the public as to whether they were charged the appropriate towing rates, Commissioner Sandy Jones (District 5) is providing this brief overview of your rights when your vehicle is towed and what a towing company can charge you for a non-consensual tow.

WHAT IS A NON-CONSENSUAL TOW?

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Local Viewpoints
10:56 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Hancock: Clean Power Plan Helps To Address Climate Change

Credit Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  Climate change, one of the biggest challenges of our time, is our own self-doing and we can no longer wait to undo it. It is undeniable: the carbon pollution we pump into our air causes climate change, posing a severe risk to the health of Americans every day.

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Regional
10:44 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Probation Revoked For Las Cruces Murder Suspect

  An 18-year-old Las Cruces man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jaycob Alba was arrested Wednesday afternoon after his probation was revoked.

Jordan Gift was arrested by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies at the juvenile probation office just after 3 p.m. He was transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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Regional
8:20 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Civil Rights Leader To Head Los Alamos Peace Conference

Civil rights leader James Lawson will headline a peace conference in Los Alamos aimed at drawing attention to the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.

The confidant to the late Martin Luther King Jr. will speak Friday at the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference and Los Alamos Peace Vigils scheduled to last until Sunday.

Organizer John Dear says activists wanted to hold the conference in the town that gave birth to the atomic weapon during the anniversary of the bombings to highlight the continuing threat nuclear weapons pose to humanity.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now for a new segment on KRWG and krwg.org, the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent Publisher, Nick Seibel taking a look at economic development and lightning research.   

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Regional
10:34 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

States' Emissions Goals Won't Include Cuts On Tribal Lands

The partial shutdown of two coal-fired power plants on the Navajo Nation would have been enough for the tribe to meet the federal government's proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions.

But the final rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week creates uncertainty.

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Regional
5:49 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

NMSU VP Of University Advancement Steps Down

  For personal reasons, Cheryl Harrelson, New Mexico State University’s vice president for university advancement and president of the NMSU Foundation, has resigned her current position, effective Aug. 5. She will, however, stay on with the university to work remotely on other assignments in the Office of University Advancement. Associate Vice President Andrea Tawney will become NMSU’s interim vice president for university advancement. 

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Local Viewpoints
4:05 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Senator José Rodríguez Applauds Decision To Strike Down Texas Voter ID Law

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  Austin - The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling in Veasey v. Abbott that found that the Texas photo ID requirements to vote in Texas are discriminatory and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.State Sen. José Rodríguez issued the following statement on the ruling:

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Local Viewpoints
3:40 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Google Announces Plans To Leave NM For Bay Area

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Google’s Titan Aerospace announced yesterday their intention on leaving New Mexico for the economic greener pastures of The Bay Area. The tech giant made the announcement just a year after purchasing the Moriarty based company, which produces solar powered drones.

 

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Regional
3:32 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Father Of Ex-Owner Of Hobbs Gun Shop Is Sentenced To Prison

The father of the former owner of a Hobbs gun shop has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating federal firearm laws.

Prosecutors say 61-year-old Carlos Carlon Cruz was sentenced Wednesday in Las Cruces.

He's an ex-employee of Hobbs Satellite Company Guns and Ammo.

His wife was sentenced last week to three years of supervised release for her conviction on firearms charges and the couple's son was sentenced in February to 366 days in federal prison.

All three were indicted in June 2013.

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Local Viewpoints
3:24 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Transparency, Financial Preparedness Can Help New Mexico Avoid Becoming the Greece of North America

Credit Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation

  Despite (or perhaps because of) the latest bailout, the nation of Greece remains deeply-troubled. The crisis has manifested itself due to Europe’s single currency, the Euro. Greece cannot pay its bills, but because of the Euro, it cannot devalue its currency either. So a series of bailouts and “austerity” measures have been imposed.

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3:22 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Prescribed Fires Planned On Wilderness Ranger District

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  Wilderness Ranger District fire managers announced plans to implement various prescribed fires through the fall and winter as conditions permit. The projects include broadcast burning and pile burning.

Broadcast burns are prescribed burning activities where fire is applied generally to most or all of an area within well-defined boundaries. The following broadcast burns are partially funded by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish: 

·         Gattons Park 1 Rx, 60 acres, located along Hwy 35 by the Old GOS Ranch. 

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Regional
3:21 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

APS Foundation Awards $137,000 To NMSU For Farmington STEM Programs

NMSU President and Chancellor Garrey Carruthers will attend a reception in Farmington, N.M., next month to celebrate a $137,000 grant given to NMSU for after-school STEM programs in Farmington. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  As many as 300 elementary and middle school students in Farmington, N.M., will benefit from extended science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs, thanks to New Mexico State University and a $137,000 grant from the APS Foundation.

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Regional
3:18 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Calculation Error Prompts Concern At Nuke Waste Site

The federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico says a calculation error prompted short-lived concerns of a radiation release.

Officials at the troubled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant activated their emergency operations center Sunday night in response to elevated radiological readings.

The agency said that there was no indication of a radiation release underground or anything leaving the site. Plant workers were directed to shelter in place and people in the area were notified.

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Regional
3:17 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Deming Man Gets Federal Prison Term For Meth Trafficking

A Deming man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez-Magallanes received an 87-month prison sentence Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces followed by two years of supervised release.

Rodriguez-Magallanes was arrested and indicted in October 2012 for participating in a Deming-based methamphetamine trafficking ring.

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Regional
3:14 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Lawyers Press Idea Officers Saw Danger Before Shooting

Defense lawyers for two Albuquerque officers continue to press witnesses about dangers their clients faced before they fatally shot a homeless man.

Attorneys for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy are expected Wednesday to question witnesses at a preliminary hearing in Albuquerque about the scene for a 2014 standoff before the officers shot James Boyd. Both are facing murder charges.

A judge will decide if they go to trial.

Boyd, who had schizophrenia, was shot during a standoff as police accused him of camping illegally.

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Regional
3:13 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Lawsuit Filed In Teen Girl's Death At Albuquerque Concert

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A Santa Fe lawyer representing the estate of a 14-year-old girl who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug at a rave concert has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence against 10 defendants, including the state of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the wrongful death complaint filed Monday seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Hannah Bruch ingested MDMA, also known as "Molly," before the August 2013 concert at Expo New Mexico and fell ill during the show. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Local Viewpoints
3:09 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Democrats: Google's Plans To Leave New Mexico Highlight A Larger Problem

Credit New Mexico Democratic Chair Deb Haaland

  Google’s Titan Aerospace announced yesterday (link to story) their intention on leaving New Mexico for the economic greener pastures of The Bay Area.

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Regional
2:46 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Auditor, State GOP Disagree On Transparency Of Gmail Account

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
Credit saonm.org

The state auditor is using a government email account to conduct business after the New Mexico Republican Party raised transparency concerns over his Gmail account.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports State Auditor Tim Keller set up the Gmail account to conduct government business shortly after his election. Spokeswoman Justine Freeman says the email was never for Keller's private use and was always considered public.

GOP spokesman Patrick Garrett said it's hypocritical for Keller to advocate for government ethics while showing a disregard for transparent government.

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12:41 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Department of Health Announces Certification for Community Health Workers

  The New Mexico Department of Health will begin to certify the first community health workers (CHWs) in the state. The Department is focusing certification efforts on experienced CHWs and will be utilizing the grandfathering process. It is estimated that there are between 800 and 900 CHWs in New Mexico. As part of Governor Susana Martinez’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative in 2014, legislation was passed and signed creating the Community Health Workers Act. It established a voluntary certification process for CHWs.

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12:40 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Life-Threatening Infections for Newborns

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  When we think of strep throat, we generally think of that infection most of us get during a lifetime where we get this sudden, painful sore throat and fever. We just go to the doctor, get antibiotics, stay home from work or school a day or two and everything’s fine.

Truth is, there are many different types of strep bacteria. Some cause more serious illness than others.

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