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5:47 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Lt. Governor Sanchez To Lead Trade Mission To Taiwan

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez says he'll lead a local delegation on a trade mission to Taiwan beginning Sunday.

During the weeklong visit, the group will meet with government officials, trade associations and companies from the energy, manufacturing, automotive parts and technology sectors.

Sanchez says the state needs to continue to pursue new opportunities in the global market.

New Mexico and Taiwan first established an economic relationship in 1985. Last year, the state's exports to Taiwan exceeded $11.3 million. That's a 65 percent increase from 2013.

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5:46 am
Fri June 19, 2015

New Mexico Officials Eye Illegal Sale Of Historic Documents

The New Mexico Commission of Public Records is worried some of the state's archival material dating back to Spanish rule may end up for sale online.

The state agency responsible for archiving New Mexico's past recently issued a warning that the sale of state public records is illegal and comes after officials have notice some documents being sold online.

State Records Administrator Linda Trujillo told The Associated Press officials are not aware of any new cases of state records appearing for sale on online but officials have discovered some in the past.

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5:44 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Roswell Man Pleads Guilty To Fleeing Border Checkpoint

A Roswell man is facing prison after pleading guilty to fleeing from a New Mexico border checkpoint earlier this year.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Vincent Edward Romero entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Las Cruces.

Romero was arrested on March 3 during a routine inspection at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 54 in Otero County.

According to a criminal complaint, border agents directed Romero to a secondary inspection area.

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Regional
4:53 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Nearly 100 Animals Seized In Hoarding Investigation

   The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has seized approximately 100 pigs, piglets, ducks, chickens, goats and dogs in an ongoing investigation of animal cruelty south of Las Cruces.

   Several Doña Ana County Animal Control Officers assisted with executing a search warrant in the 1100 block of Carver Road Tuesday afternoon. After several hours spent on the property, eight goats were seized, along with nine dogs, two cats, 16 ducks, a chicken, a rooster and nearly 70 pigs and piglets.

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Local Viewpoints
4:22 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Office Of New Mexico Secretary Of State Welcomes Attorney General's Action On Campaign Finance

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  Santa Fe—The Secretary of State’s (SOS) office received a letter from Attorney General Balderas, broadly describing amendments to the Campaign Reporting Act that he says he would support in the next legislative session.

The Attorney General’s proposals include measures that would impose mandatory fines for all violations of the Campaign Reporting Act. The SOS believes that if the AG views certain measures as beneficial to the people and to his office, then he should support them.

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3:00 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Museum Of Space History Ranks 6 Among Top 15 Museums In New Mexico

  The top 15 museums in the state were recently ranked according to their star ratings and number of reviews on Yelp. The rankings were released this week by Yelp Albuquerque’s Community Manager, Howie Kaibel, according to a news article on KOAT 7, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo ranked high on the list at sixth place.

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2:25 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Former Santa Fe Mayor Named Chair Of Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter

  At its June meeting, the volunteer Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter unanimously voted to elect former Santa Fe mayor David Coss to succeed John Buchser as chapter chair.

Buchser is stepping down as chair to focus on water issues for the chapter.

“I am very pleased to have an environmental hero take the helm of the Rio Grande Chapter,” Buchser said. "As a member of the River Commission under Mayor Coss's leadership, I worked with him to attain water for the Santa Fe River, a unique accomplishment anywhere in the West.”

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2:00 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

VIDEO: Heinrich Tells Stories of N.M. DREAMers, Marks Third Anniversary of DACA

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor today to highlight the success of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program President Obama announced three years ago that has offered temporary deportation relief and work authorization to more than 660,000 undocumented young immigrants, including more than 7,000 in New Mexico. Among the qualifications for the deferred action program, an applicant has to be a student or an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.

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Regional
12:53 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Libbin Named Interim Dean of NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer And Environmental Sciences

James D. Libbin has been selected as interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Longtime New Mexico State University administrator and faculty member James D. Libbin has been selected as interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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12:47 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Two New Mexico Courts To Use New Risk Assessment Tool

Judges in two of New Mexico's busiest courts will be implementing a new risk assessment tool to better assess which criminal defendants pose the highest risk to the community.

A trial run of the new system will begin July 1 in the 2nd Judicial District and Metropolitan Court in Albuquerque.

The new protocol will rank defendants into four categories meant to measure how likely they are to re-offend before their trial or to not show up for trial. The system also aims to safeguard against low-risk defendants lingering in jail while awaiting trial.

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12:46 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Texas Removes Ban On Deep Fryers In Schools

It's about freedom, not the fries.

So says new Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced Thursday that the state will repeal a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public school kitchens. The Republican says government mandates have failed to make kids healthier in Texas, where roughly two-thirds of residents are considered overweight or obese.

Miller is also lifting restrictions on soft drinks in school vending machines. The American Heart Association, the Texas PTA and school nutritionists opposed the changes.

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Local Viewpoints
10:22 am
Thu June 18, 2015

NRDC: Health and Environmental Safeguards Under Attack by GOP Leadership

 Congressional Republican leaders are adding numerous anti-environmental measures to must-pass appropriations bills and moving them through the House and a key Senate committee this week, despite a presidential veto threat and support for health and environmental safeguards from the American public.

The following is a statement from David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

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Local Viewpoints
10:21 am
Thu June 18, 2015

NHMC Commends FCC Process To Modernize Lifeline, Bridge Digital Divide

  Today, in a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to begin a formal process to modernize Lifeline.

 

Lifeline currently offers a modest subsidy to struggling households so that they may afford landline or wireless phone service, as well as some limited voice and broadband bundles.

 

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu June 18, 2015

NMSU Project Wins Gates Foundation Grant

From left: Postdoctoral researcher Anthony Clemmons, biology Ph.D. student Kristina Gonzales and biology associate professor Immo Hansen examine a cage of mosquitos in his lab in Foster Hall. The team will conduct research on an alternative meal called SkitoSnack that will help researchers feed large numbers of mosquitoes. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  A New Mexico State University biology professor is among 52 researchers in 19 countries to receive a share of $5.2 million in Grand Challenges Exploration grants funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Immo Hansen, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected from among 1,800 applicants to receive $100,000 for his project to develop an alternative meal for mosquitoes to meet a critical need for researchers trying to stop the spread of the disease-carrying insect.

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Regional
2:06 am
Thu June 18, 2015

ETA Votes To Zone Land Near Tortugas Mountain as Industrial

Credit Simon Thompson

A 16-acre parcel of land at the base of Tortugas Mountain, or ‘A’ Mountain has been at the center of a three-year zoning dispute, with property owners seeking commercial zoning, and residents wanting to maintain the natural wilderness.

Yesterday, the Extra Territorial Zoning Authority voted to zone the property for industrial use,

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9:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Prosecutor Won't Seek Death Penalty Against Former Fort Bliss Soldier

  A Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of conspiring with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother.

The Express-Times newspaper (http://bit.ly/1BjM9e6 ) reports Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said there are no factors supporting capital punishment in the case of 21-year-old Army Spc. Caleb Barnes.

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Regional
8:57 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit

A state district judge has denied a motion by the New Mexico Public Education Department to dismiss a lawsuit over the agency's contested teacher evaluation system.

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit earlier this year, saying the evaluation system was punitive and based on flawed methodology.

Judge David Thomson denied the department's motion during a hearing Wednesday in Santa Fe, clearing the way for the case to continue.

Union officials say they're pleased with the ruling.

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4:13 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center Hosts Info Session On Creative Startups

Alice Loy, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Creative Startups, will present an information session about the accelerator at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla. (Courtesy photo)

  Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine of New Mexico State University, will host an information session at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, with Alice Loy, co-founder of Albuquerque-based Creative Startups, at Cafe de Mesilla, 2190 Avenida de Mesilla.

Creative Startups is the nation’s only startup accelerator specifically for businesses in the creative industries, and is accepting applications for the 2015 startup program. 

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Regional
1:31 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Former Texas Judge Gets Probation In Bill Scam

A former judge in Northeast Texas has been put on a year of probation and fined $25,000 for his role in a phony invoice scheme involving the Red River Army Depot.

Patrick James pleaded guilty in April to misdemeanor tampering with a governmental record. He and six others were charged with participating in a scam to defraud the army depot of millions by billing it for goods and services never delivered.

All but one of the defendants has pleaded guilty to their role in the scheme. A Texarkana lawyer says one defendant is seriously ill and in hospice care.

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1:30 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

New Mexico AG Names Widow Of Murdered Officer To Review Panel

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has named the widow of a murdered Rio Rancho police officer to taskforce reviewing the state's criminal justice system.

Balderas said Wednesday that Julie Benner, the wife of the late Gregg "Nigel" Benner, will join the Violent Crimes Case Review Team.

Authorities say Benner was shot and killed by 28-year-old Andrew Romero during a traffic stop last month in the Albuquerque suburb. Romero was a repeat offender who critics say slipped through the justice system before his encounter with Benner.

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1:28 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Court Rules Out Key Evidence In New Mexico Sexual Assault Trial

A federal appeals court says a 911 recording can be excluded in the trial of a Jemez Pueblo man charged with sexual assault resulting in death.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Albuquerque upheld a district court's decision in a ruling issued Wednesday.

The district court prohibited a 911 call made by victim Lynette Becenti during the assault because prosecutors had added it to an evidence list three months past deadline.

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10:22 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Las Cruces Police: Fewer Crashes Along North Main Street

  The increased presence of police along north Main Street appears to be limiting the number of motor vehicle crashes between Interstate 25 and the Spitz Avenue/Solano Drive intersection.

In the first 16 days of June, police responded to only four crashes along that stretch of north Main Street. LCPD investigated at least 19 motor vehicle crashes along that stretch of roadway in April and another 28 in May.

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9:28 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Former Felon Sentenced For Having Gun At Roswell Graduation

A former convicted felon who brought a firearm to a Roswell high school graduation last year has been sentenced to federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 32-year-old Brandon Warford received a sentence of three years and one month Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

Warford will also have to serve two years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say school district officials notified Roswell police that Warford had a gun at the ceremony.

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9:25 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Clovis Man Sentenced In Meth Trafficking Case

A Clovis man has been sentenced for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy.

A judge in Albuquerque sentenced 38-year-old Christopher Jason Kidd on Tuesday to 78 months in federal prison. He will be on supervised release for five years after serving prison time.

Kidd and three co-defendants were indicted in February 2014 on federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in New Mexico's Curry County.

Kidd pleaded guilty in November 2014.

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9:23 am
Wed June 17, 2015

DOE Official: Workers To Practice Before Nuke Dump Opens

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An official with the U.S. Department of Energy says workers at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository will practice with "dummy drums" before limited operations resume next year.

Monica Regalbuto with DOE's Office of Environmental Management testified Tuesday during a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., that workers will start by moving non-radioactive drums.

When officials are confident the work can be done safely, workers will switch to dealing with real waste. That's expected sometime next spring.

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9:19 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Gov. Martinez To Sign Capital Spending Bill In Las Cruces

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is set to sign a capital spending bill that includes more than 1,000 projects lawmakers say will create jobs across the state.

The Republican governor is scheduled Wednesday to sign the measure at St. Luke's Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces.

Last week, the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate passed the capital spending bill following a four-hour special session that came after an agreement between Martinez and Senate Democrats.

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6:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Don't Leave Loved Ones Behind

Get online and go to the search engine of your choice. Type in “child in hot car” and see what you find.

As I write this, there’s the story about two moms arrested in separate incidents in Georgia for allegedly leaving their kids locked in their hot cars while they went about their errands. A South Carolina woman was arrested after a witness called police to report three small children crying loudly and drenched in sweat. The mom was shopping inside a local store.

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Film Project Tells The Story Of The First Service Member From Las Cruces To Die In Vietnam

John Milton Risner
Credit www.johnnyscactus.com

  Efforts are underway to create a short film that tells the story of the first Las Cruces service member to die in Vietnam.

The project is called “Johnny’s Cactus,” a short film about making peace with war.  The project website, www.johnnyscactus.com says John Milton Risner became the first service member from Las Cruces to die in the Vietnam War on June 26, 1966.  

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Regional
9:32 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Doña Ana County Works Toward Finalizing Budget

The Doña Ana County Commission wrapped up their budget discussion yesterday at a final budget work session. Doña Ana County’s $152 million budget is almost ready to be finalized, but Commissioner Rawson says he still has a few problems with the budget.

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8:31 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

NMSU Storm Management Program Prepares For Monsoon Season

Credit Courtesy Photo

Each year, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, monsoon season affects the Southwest between June 15 and Sept. 30. With record levels of rainfall throughout Texas, New Mexicans are keeping an eye on the Doppler radar.

Much of the landscape design on the NMSU campus was created to manage storm runoff. From swales to cuts in curbs, it all serves a purpose – moving storm water away from buildings and to areas where it can absorb into the ground.

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