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8:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New Mexico

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquois Health and Wellness offers mental health services to Medicaid patients in Carlsbad, Roswell, Clovis and Tucumcari.

Turquoise was added to the state's network in 2013 as part of a network shake-up by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

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Regional
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

BLM Waives Fees For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Santa Fe, NM – On January 19, 2015, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands.

This is the first in a series of four “fee free” days in 2015.  The others will be Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-16), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26), and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). 

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3:46 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Nearly 41,000 New Mexicans Sign Up For Coverage Through Health Insurance Exchange

Credit NM Department of Health

  Albuquerque, NM – beWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, is pleased to announce that 40,972 New Mexicans selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) as of Jan. 9, 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Regional
3:43 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Reward In Las Cruces Armed Robbery

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the man suspected of committing an armed robbery at a popular juice bar late Tuesday evening.

Police learned that at around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, a man walked into the Keva Juice store at 1001 E. University Ave., displayed a handgun and demanded money from a cashier. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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3:35 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

White Sands National Monument Proposes Fee Increases, Large Ones For Small Families

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  Alamogordo, NM  -  White Sands National Monument is proposing a change in its current entrance fees. Beginning in 2015, White Sands, one of 131 national park units that currently charges entrance fees, is authorized to change its fee rates to align with the new National Park Service rate schedule. The tentative implementation date is October 2015.  The monument invites and is accepting public comments from January 15, 2015 through February 13, 2015.

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Regional
2:14 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

New Albuquerque Police Shootings Rock Fatigued City

  Within two weeks, two Albuquerque officers have been shot, two Albuquerque officers have been charged with murder and three officers have fired their weapons.

After months without a police shooting, the fatigued New Mexico city is back in the national spotlight following a tumultuous start to 2015. Police say an Albuquerque police officer on Tuesday shot and killed a suspect wearing body armor who fired at police.

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Local Viewpoints
2:09 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

More Loan Shark Outlets Than Fast Food Chain Restaurants In New Mexico

There are currently 684 New Mexico small loan licensees* charging 80 to 3,000 percent interest registered with the New Mexico Department of Regulation.  There are only 405 New Mexico fast food locations operated by all the major and minor chains combined.** 

This is the first of many astounding facts about high cost lending that the New Mexico Fair Lending Coalition (NMFLC) will publish daily beginning Wednesday, January 14, and continuing through the close of the 2015 legislative session on March 21. 

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Regional
2:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Leader Of Albuquerque Heroin Ring Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

  ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Field Division announced that Miguel Bustamante-Conchas, 39, was sentenced late yesterday afternoon to 20 years in federal prison for his heroin trafficking conviction.  He also was ordered to pay a $100,000.00 fine.  Bustamante-Conchas is a legal permanent resident from Mexico who resides in Albuquerque, N.M.; he will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

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Regional
1:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Chamber Economic Forum

Watch this week's economic forum taped at KRWG-TV.  New Mexico State University economists cover the national and regional pictures as well as the financial markets.

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1:51 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Study Shows Big Donors Dominated 2014 Congressional Races

  Albuquerque, NM — NMPIRG released a new study today, “The Money Chase: Moving from Big Money Dominance in the 2014 Midterms to a Small Donor Democracy.” The study, which was written by NMPIRG and Demos, found that the top two vote-getters in the 25 most competitive districts in 2014 got 86 percent of their campaign dollars from individuals giving $200 or more.Only two of the 50 candidates surveyed raised less than 70 percent of their individual contributions from big donors, and seven relied on big donors for more than 95 percent of their

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Regional
1:37 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Las Cruces Career Fair On Tap For NMSU

Students meet with prospective employers during the 2012 Career Connections fair. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University’s Career Services invites students to attend its 10th annual Career Connections on Feb. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Corbett Center Student Union. 

The event is co-sponsored by Career Services and the College of Engineering. It is open to anyone interested in finding job opportunities such as internships, co-ops and professional employment. Community members are welcome to attend. 

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Regional
1:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Frenger Pool In Las Cruces Closed For Repairs

Frenger Indoor Pool, 800 Parkview Dr., will be closed until further notice due to mechanical malfunctions. Repairs are currently underway.

For more information contact the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center at 575/541-2782. The TTY number is 575/541-2182.

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8:41 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Los Alamos County Seeks To End Contract With Airline

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A northern New Mexico county wants to end its contract with a small airline that recently grounded its planes.

Los Alamos County officials announced Tuesday that they have taken action to terminate the contract for service with New Mexico Airlines, giving the contractor 10 days' notice.

The last day for flights under the contract will be Jan. 23.

Messages left with the airline were not immediately returned.

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Regional
8:39 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Coin Toss Decides Acting Leader Of Navajo Council

A coin toss has decided the temporary leader of the Navajo Nation Council.

Tribal lawmakers met in a special session Tuesday shortly after they were inaugurated to decide who will be the speaker pro tem.

The vote ended in a tie between Kee Allen Begay and LoRenzo Bates. Lawmakers looked to one of their attorneys for advice, and he recommended a coin toss.

Begay will serve as head of the legislative branch until the council selects a permanent speaker at its winter session that starts Jan. 26.

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8:38 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Bernalillo County Moves Forward With Proposed Tax Increase

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Bernalillo County residents and other people shopping in New Mexico's most populous county may be paying more in sales tax come July.

The county commissioners were divided Tuesday as they moved forwarding with setting a gross receipts tax of a quarter of a percent to raise about $40 million a year to help close a budget shortfall and pay for new mental health programs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the commissioners split along party lines in a 3-2 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

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Regional
8:36 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Difficult Driving Conditions Reported Around New Mexico

Difficult driving conditions are reported on portions of Interstate 25 in northern New Mexico as central and southern areas of the state continue to get more snow.

The state Department of Transportation says stretches of I-25 near Las Vegas and Raton are icy and packed with snow in spots.

The National Weather Service says precipitation will diminish by Wednesday evening, with snow expected Wednesday in the west-central and southwest mountain regions and along the eastern slopes of the Sandia and Manzano mountains southward into Lincoln County.

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Regional
8:13 am
Wed January 14, 2015

NMSU Recognizes Faculty At Spring Convocation

  New Mexico State University honored its faculty at the 2015 spring convocation ceremony Jan. 13 at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Every fall and spring, convocation is held to honor excellence on campus.

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Regional
3:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Mississippi Murder Suspect Wounded In New Mexico Shootout

A man wanted in Mississippi for murder is hospitalized after a shootout with New Mexico authorities east of Lordsburg.

New Mexico State Police said Tuesday that 23-year-old D'Juan Holloway remains in stable condition at a Texas hospital.

They say the Gulfport police had issued a warrant for Holloway's arrest for capital murder and carjacking.

State Police officers along with New Mexico Motor Transportation police, Lordsburg police and Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a pursuit Monday afternoon after Holloway was spotted on Interstate 10.

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Regional
2:41 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Screenings Next Week

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  Santa Fe - The New Mexico Film Office today announced the schedule for the 2015 NM Filmmakers Showcase featuring 43 independently produced statewide works including Albuquerque, Sandia Park, Santa Fe, Portales, Farmington, Capitan, Clovis, Las Cruces and Roswell. The Showcase will take place at The Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NM  87501) and is free and open to the public to attend.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Navajo President Sworn In Despite Losing Re-Election

  The Navajo Nation president has been sworn in to continue as the tribe's top leader, even though he badly lost his re-election bid.

That's because the Navajo presidency is in limbo over a disputed elected. As a result, Ben Shelly remains president until the mess gets sorted out.

Shelly's inauguration was low-key and closed to the public and media. Tribal lawmakers were sworn in during a public ceremony earlier Tuesday.

The tribe's general election for president was thrown into turmoil after a candidate was disqualified in a language fluency dispute.

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Local Viewpoints
12:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Pat Hynes: I Won't Take No For An Answer

  In January we set personal goals for the year, make resolutions in some cases, throw a Hail Mary pass at a difficult problem.  Lose weight, find your new relationship or solve both and join the gym, a Hail Mary pass for sure. Making realistic, specific, measurable goals requires a plan. The plan can create change; take us from our current state to a more desirable future. That’s the purpose of a financial plan for a family, or a strategic plan for a company.

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12:08 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Nation's Largest Quilting Event This Week In Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM – The American Quilter’s Society will debut its popular QuiltWeek event in AlbuquerqueJanuary 14-17, 2015 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Similar events across the nation have brought in roughly 15,000 attendees. The Albuquerque Visitors and Conventions Bureau has estimated that the direct economic impact that QuiltWeek is bringing to the Albuquerque area is $928,457.00.

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Regional
11:40 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Las Cruces Man Charged With Child Abuse, Battery And Other Felonies

  A Las Cruces man suspected of battering his girlfriend and threatening her life if she left him – and using methamphetamine in the presence of his 11-month-old son who has been bathed only four times in his life – was arrested Monday at a home police found to be strewn with animal feces.

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Regional
8:52 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Bernalillo County Commissioners To Consider Proposal For Tax

Credit bernco.gov

Bernalillo County officials are recommending a $63 million tax increase to cover a projected budget shortfall for New Mexico's most populous county.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county commissions were scheduled to consider the proposal Tuesday and that some were cool to the idea.

The proposed gross receipts tax, which is similar to a sales tax, would be three-eighths of a percent, or 38 cents on $100 of purchases.

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Regional
8:47 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Audit Finds El Paso Hospital Down $60 Million In Revenue

An audit shows an El Paso hospital lost at least $60 million in revenue between 2013 and 2014.

A board chairman for the University Medical Center of El Paso says most of that is a result of the El Paso Children's Hospital not making payments to UMC for rent and services.

Officials with both facilities say they have been in negotiations to determine how much the children's hospital owes the medical center. A spokeswoman for the children's hospital says discussions have been productive.

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Regional
8:45 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Navajo President To Be Sworn In Today For Indefinite Term

The Navajo Nation president will be sworn in Tuesday to continue as the tribe's top leader — even though he badly lost his re-election bid.

That's because the Navajo presidency is in limbo over a disputed election. As a result, Ben Shelly will remain president until the mess gets sorted out.

Shelly's inauguration will be low-key and closed to the public and media. Tribal lawmakers will be sworn in during a public ceremony.

The tribe's general election for president was thrown into turmoil after a candidate was disqualified in a language fluency case.

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Regional
8:41 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NM Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Family Services In Abuse Cases

  

A New Mexico lawmaker wants to make it mandatory for parents or guardians to receive court-ordered family services when abuse or neglect of a child is suspected.

Rep. Kelly Fajardo says an extra layer of intervention would help protect children and keep families together.

The Belen Republican says the court-ordered services could include drug or alcohol counseling, parenting courses or anger management classes. She says the goal would be to identify any problems and determine the needs of the child and family.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NMSU Chile Pepper Institute Debuts Limited Edition Chile Powder

New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute has unveiled its NuMex Heritage 6-4 red chile powder – a quick and easy way to create red chile pepper sauce. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute has a new addition to its ever-expanding selection of chile pepper products. NuMex Heritage 6-4 red chile powder is a quick and easy way to create red chile pepper sauce and is being released by the institute for just a limited amount of time.

NuMex Heritage 6-4 was originally released by NMSU as a green chile pepper developed to have five times the flavor and aroma compounds of similar chile peppers grown today. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NMSU Professor, Student Among Worldwide Scientists Mapping Mosquito DNA

NMSU biology professor Immo Hansen (left) and graduate student David Price compare genetic data on various species of mosquitoes that transmit malaria to humans. The two are co-authors of a recent paper in the journal “Science.” (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University professor Immo Hansen and graduate student David Price are among 120 scientists from around the world who co-authored a paper about mosquito DNA that may help solve the mystery of why only some mosquito species evolved to transmit deadly diseases like malaria to humans.

Their research is featured on the cover of the Jan. 2 edition of the journal “Science.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

NMSU Assists With Health Impact Assessment Program In U.S. Border Region

  New Mexico State University has partnered with the University of Texas at El Paso and other community organizations to conduct a health impact assessment program in the United States-Mexico border region. The two-year project was developed to foster capacity in the area to conduct health impact assessments and to encourage their use as a way to evaluate the possible health effects of proposed infrastructure improvements or policy changes. 

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