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9:51 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Santa Fe School Lowers Tuition For Community College Grads

The Santa Fe University of Art and Design is allowing graduates of the local community college to enroll with a tuition discount.

Santa Fe Community College grads can register at the university this fall and pay just above $10,000 annually.

That is a 66 percent drop for higher-tuition programs and 45 percent less for the school's lower-tuition programs.

The rate applies to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

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Regional
9:50 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Quarter Of Listeria Cases In Texas Not Tracked Or Recorded

State health records reviewed following the Blue Bell ice cream listeria outbreak show that a quarter of Texas cases involving the foodborne illness are not recorded or tracked.

Texas has never enforced a law that requires laboratories to submit confirmed listeria samples to the Department of State Health Services. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams says the state instead prefers to work with labs and health providers to educate them and bring them into compliance.

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Regional
9:49 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Texas Residents Condemn Plan For Muslim Cemetery

A proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a rural Texas town has stoked fears among residents who are trying to convince community leaders to block the project.

Farmersville is considering a 35-acre development request from the Islamic Association of Collin County. Residents showed up in force at a recent town meeting to oppose the cemetery, which would include an open-air pavilion and small retail area.

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Regional
4:21 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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Regional
3:39 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Crackdown On Farmington Officer Who Use A Computer While Driving

Farmington police may be the first police department in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving.

New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department's vehicles in the past month.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says the software is designed to disable a patrol computer's keyboard if the vehicle goes past 20 mph.

Allen says the software is used in the private sector to combat distracted driving.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Man Charged In Fatal Home Invasion Indicted In New Case

A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist has been indicted in a separate case.

A grand jury indicted 21-year-old Nathan Avalos earlier this week for aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon and battery against a household member.

According to the indictment, Avalos allegedly battered his girlfriend and held a metal nail file up to her neck on June 30.

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Online EXTRA
5:17 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Martinez Announces Board Appointments; Names MVEDA's Lopez To Spaceport Authority

David Lopez
Credit MVEDA's Davin Lopez

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced appointments to the Brain Injury Advisory Council, the New Mexico Community Development Council, the Economic Development Commission, the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Parole Board, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Spaceport Authority.

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Regional
4:16 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Las Cruces Fire Department Hosts Physical Ability Test for Upcoming Academy

Prospective candidate Adriana Nunez performed a simulated victim rescue during the Las Cruces Fire Department’s Physical Ability Test held July 11 at Fire Station 4.

  The Las Cruces Fire Department, in preparation for its upcoming academy, is offering a Physical Ability Test (PAT) July 25 to let prospective candidates assess their stamina and agility skills before applying for a position.

The fire department’s next academy is planned for February 2016. Applications will be accepted Aug. 3 through Sept. 2.

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Online EXTRA
2:38 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

NMSU Modifies New Financial Aid Policy Following Complaints

As a result of concerns expressed by our students and faculty at New Mexico State University, NMSU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has adjusted its new financial aid disbursement schedule for the fall 2015 semester. NMSU students who receive federal grant and/or loan refunds will receive the first disbursement, of 75 percent, on Aug. 19, the first day of instruction and the second disbursement of 25 percent, will be available on Sept. 9. Scholarship awards will be paid in full at the start of the semester.

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Regional
2:07 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.3 Million For Support Services At College Campuses Across New Mexico

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.3 million to fund the TRIO Student Support Services program, which helps provide additional support for low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.

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Regional
2:03 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Acquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque faces a lawsuit from a former police officer acquitted of killing his wife.

Tera Chavez was found fatally shot in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011. He then was fired.

Jurors acquitted Chavez in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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Regional
2:01 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Santa Clara Asks Feds To Shut Down Pojoaque Casinos

Santa Clara Pueblo has asked the federal government to shut down Pojoaque Pueblo's casinos north of Santa Fe, which have continued to operate without a state gambling compact.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Santa Clara Gov. J. Michael Chavarria made the request to the U.S. Department of the Interior's deputy secretary of Indian affairs in a July 5 letter. Chavarria wrote that allowing Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold casinos to operate gives Pojoaque an unfair advantage over other gambling tribes.

Pojoaque's compact with the state expired at the end of June.

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Local Viewpoints
10:20 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Haaland: President Obama Continues To Make History In Indian Country

Credit New Mexico Democratic Chair Deb Haaland

  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 875 Native American youth, recently, when they were invited by the White House for the inaugural Tribal Youth Gathering in collaboration with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) and the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. Young people representing 230 tribes from 42 states were welcomed by First Lady Michelle Obama, cabinet officials, the White House Council on Indian Affairs and non-federal partners.

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Regional
10:15 am
Fri July 17, 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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Regional
8:15 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Charges Dropped In Rape, Beating Of 75-Year-Old Woman

The District Attorney's Office has dropped charges against a man who a 75-year-old woman told police had raped and severely beat her.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a dismissal was filed in the case against 57-year-old Ernest Casias on July 9. The filing states that an investigation is ongoing.

The woman had been found unresponsive on the floor in her home in March. She was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where doctors found skull fractures, a broken nose, fractured neck and multiple bruises.

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Regional
7:55 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Former Officer Aquitted Of Wife's Death Files Lawsuit

A county south of Albuquerque if facing a lawsuit from a former police officer who was acquitted of killing his wife two years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tera Chavez was found dead of a gunshot wound in 2007 at the home she shared with former Albuquerque Police Officer Levi Chavez, who was arrested and charged with murder in 2011.

He was fired from his job shortly after.

Jurors acquitted him in 2013 and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by his wife's family was dismissed a week before he voluntarily gave up his police officer certification.

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Regional
10:01 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Top Donors Still Writing Big Checks To Texas Gov. Abbott

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is flush with more campaign cash than many GOP presidential candidates as wealthy donors continue writing six-figure checks to the new Texas governor.

Records released Thursday show that more than half of the $8.2 million Abbott has raised since taking office came from 26 powerful business leaders who gave $100,000 or more. His donor list includes individuals that Abbott has appointed to influential state boards.

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Regional
8:32 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Ranchers Sue Over Rule Giving Feds Authority Over Some Streams And Wetlands

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Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state are challenging a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands.

The Sacramento, California-based Pacific Legal Foundation announced this week it has filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over a recent expansion of the Clean Water Act.

The rule is a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the Environmental Protection Agency to clarify which smaller waterways are protected under the law.

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Regional
8:22 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Suspect In Las Cruces Beating Sought By Police

  Las Cruces Police investigators continue to ask for the public’s help in locating Abel Montes, 37, who is suspected of beating a 61-year-old man on July 1, dumping the victim on the East Mesa and stealing man’s vehicle.

Montes, who resided in Las Cruces or Vado, N.M., may now be in the El Paso area or in Mexico and could be traveling with his girlfriend, 41-year-old Martina Hernandez of Las Cruces. Detectives believe the woman may no longer be traveling with Montes voluntarily.

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Regional
2:13 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging New Mexico Test Contract

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a contract issued for New Mexico's assessment exam for students in public schools.

State District Court Judge Sarah Singleton ruled Monday that the nonprofit that filed the suit did not have legal standing to sue over the contract because it did not bid for the contract against the winning bidder, London-based Pearson PLC.

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Regional
2:11 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Medical Marijuana Producers To Be Named Under Gov. Directive

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that the names of state medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees will soon be made public.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the governor's announcement came Wednesday, less than a week after a lawsuit was filed in an effort to strike down the regulation allowing the names of medical marijuana producers to be confidential.

The decision will only apply to producers and their employees and not the nearly 16,000 patients certified in the state's Medical Cannabis Program.

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Regional
2:08 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Zuni Pueblo Awarded $3.1M Federal Grant For Airport Project

A northwestern New Mexico pueblo and more than a dozen communities across the state are getting federal funding for airport rehabilitation and development projects.

The total of $6.1 million of Federal Aviation Administration grants announced Thursday by Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich include $3.1 million awarded to the Zuni Pueblo for construction of a new airport and related work.

The senators said the grants will help boost local economies by increasing travel access, support economic development and encourage business expansion.

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Regional
2:07 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

State Sees Spike In Overdose Deaths

Health officials are attributing a spike in overdose deaths to a rise in prescription opiate abuse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports health officials saw two years of improving numbers before this year's 20 percent jump in drug-related deaths from 2013.

New Mexico's overdose deaths reached 26.4 per 100,000 people, among the worst in the country.

Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen says the new data shows the state is right back where it was two years ago.

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Regional
2:05 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Udall Votes To Reform No Child Left Behind, Vows To Continue Fighting For New Mexico Students

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined a bipartisan majority of senators to pass a bill to make much-needed reforms to the nation’s controversial No Child Left Behind education law. The Every Child Achieves Act passed the Senate 81-17, and takes steps to expand access to high-quality K-12 education.

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Regional
7:01 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Program In Southern New Mexico Has Inmates Training Dogs

Credit corrections.state.nm.us

At Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility a new program is underway that is working with inmates and dogs. The program is called P.A.W.S. and the goal of the program is to help dogs who are just days away from being euthanized get basic training and find a home.  

James Gonzalez is an inmate serving a life sentence, but the dog he is training named Puck just escaped “Death Row” thanks to a new program called Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success or P.A.W.S.

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Local Viewpoints
9:43 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Protest At Rep. Pearce's Las Cruces Office Over Gray Wolf Protection

  LAS CRUCES, N.M.— More than 100 people showed up today at U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s Las Cruces office to protest the New Mexico Republican’s sponsorship of a bill to strip protections away from Mexican gray wolves — and to show support for the lobo and the Endangered Species Act, which has saved the animals from extinction.

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Regional
3:49 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Atomic Bomb Test Marks 70th Birthday Amid Renewed Interest

The Manhattan Project: An Interactive History
Credit osti.gov

The 70th anniversary of the U.S. government's test of the first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of New Mexico desert comes amid renewed interest in the secret World War II project, thanks to new books and a television drama series. 

It also comes as residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa say they were permanently affected by the Trinity Test and want the government to acknowledge it.

On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity site, near Tularosa.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

New Mexico Reports Increase In Reversals Of Opioid Overdoses

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico health officials report a significant increase in the number of reversals of overdoses from powerful painkillers.

The Department of Health announced Wednesday that more than 900 opioid overdose reversals were reported in 2014 due to the use of the drug naloxone.

The department says that's nearly a 29 percent increase from 2013.

The department has been working with other agencies to increase access and availability of naloxone in New Mexico as part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce overdose deaths in New Mexico.

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Regional
2:25 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

New Mexico AG Creates Fraud Task Force

Credit Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he has created a special task force that will target cheats and recover public funds that are lost due to fraud.

Balderas announced the Fraud Recovery Strike Force on Wednesday.

He says it will be charged with investigating false claims and deceptive practices, and will partner with whistle-blowers to expose abuse and corruption.

Some of these efforts are already under way in the form of ongoing litigation against companies accused of misusing public funds and offering sub-par care to vulnerable New Mexicans.

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Regional
2:22 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Lawmakers Question Spaceport America's Financial Outlook

State lawmakers are still asking questions about the financial outlook of the nearly half-billion-dollar, taxpayer-financed spaceport in the desert of southern New Mexico.

Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson updated the Legislative Finance Committee on Spaceport America during a meeting in Alamogordo on Wednesday.

The spaceport had ramped up operations in anticipation of commercial launches this year, but crashes of test vehicles and rockets in recent years have stalled plans by Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Armadillo Aerospace.

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