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6:03 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Martinez Vetoes Racehorse Drug-Testing Bill

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a racehorse drug testing bill that required New Mexico's horse racing regulating body to follow the guidelines for testing set up by an international umbrella organization.

Roswell Republican Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell's bill was unanimously approved by both chambers of the Legislature.

In her veto message to the House, the governor said she finds the legislation "unnecessary and potentially detrimental."

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3:18 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

McSorley: Hemp Industrialization Equals Jobs for New Mexico

  Santa Fe, NM – I am pleased that my bill, Senate Bill 94 (SB 94), designed to help New Mexico lay the foundation for hemp industrialization, has passed the Senate and the first committee in the House of Representatives.

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3:12 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Report: Minority Families In New Mexico, U.S. Falling Behind

  ALBUQUERQUE— A sharp racial/ethnic divide has emerged within the world of low-income working families, posing a critical equity and economic challenge to New Mexico and the nation, a new study concludes.

Hispanics and African-Americans, who will continue to emerge as a larger segment of the workforce, will remain under-prepared and underpaid unless lawmakers in New Mexico are willing to pursue policies that would improve conditions. 

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3:07 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Las Cruces Native Serves With Navy Strike Fighter Squadron

  LEMOORE, Calif. – A 2008 Onate High School graduate and Las Cruces, New Mexico native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 122, also known as the “Flying Eagles”, stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephanie Pogue is an aviation structural mechanic with the squadron, which the Navy designates as VFA-122, and works with the Navy’s most lethal and versatile strike fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

“I’m in charge of the training program that teaches Sailors how to work on the aircraft,” said Pogue.

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Regional
3:04 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Announces Decrease In Child Obesity

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that childhood obesity rates among New Mexico 3rd grade students continue to decline, with a 20 percent decrease since 2010. In 2010, 22.6 percent of 3rd grade students were obese, compared to 18.1 percent in 2014. Also, for the first time since the Department began collecting Body Mass Index (BMI) data in 2010, the obesity rate in New Mexico kindergarten students is lower than in 2010, going from 13.2 percent to 11.6 percent in 2014.

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2:51 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Holloman Offers Visitors Unique Opportunity

Junior Leadership Otero members stand on Holloman High Speed Test Track, the Air Force's premiere test track that spans 10 miles at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- A two-man German Tornado crew encountered a crisis unlike anything they had been prepared to take on. To their rear is a Russian Mikoyan-and-Gurevich, coming in hot, ready to engage. The crew of the Tornado instinctively drops their payload, descends and speeds up. It's the Tornado's primary evasive maneuver, faster and lower. They cannot escape. Just then, behind the MiG, a U.S. F-16 pulls up.

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Regional
2:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

NMSU Engineer Develops Wearable Microsensors

  Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable micro-devices. 

The human brain inspired his approach in the novel design of a system of state-of-the-art miniaturized sensors that can detect, transmit and reliably process valuable data.

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2:48 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Second Motorcoach Tour Of Trinity Site Added

It took a specially built trailer with 64 wheels to move the 214 ton behemoth known as Jumbo to Trinity Site. Jumbo was designed and built to contain the explosion from the first nuclear detonation. (Photo courtesy of atomicarchive.com)

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  The Trinity Site motorcoach tour sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation has sold out its first coach and is now taking reservations for a second.

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Regional
2:25 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate is down.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted rate in January was 5.9 percent, down from 6 percent in December and 6.7 percent in January 2014.

The department reports that the state's nonfarm employment had 10,200 more jobs in January compared with January 2014, an increase of 1.3 percent.

According to the department, education and health services led the January increases in employment.

Overall, nine industries added jobs while four lost jobs in January.

Local Viewpoints
9:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

ACI: Let's Move Forward With Bipartisan Procurement Proposal

  Santa Fe: Last Thursday, Senate Bill 537, the transparency bill which the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry helped to draft, passed the Senate on a unanimous 39-0 bipartisan vote.  But with less than a week remaining in the 2015 legislative session, this broadly supported bill has yet to be heard in its first House committee. 

 

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Regional
8:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Debate Over Senate Vacancy Lands Before Supreme Court

A group of registered voters wants Gov. Susana Martinez and commissioners in four counties to move faster in filling a vacant state Senate seat.

Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa Fe County and Rick Lopez of Torrance County filed an emergency petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday.

They're seeking to force Bernalillo, Santa Fe, San Miguel and Valencia counties to perform their duty to call emergency meetings so nominees can be chosen for the seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democratic Sen. Phil Griego.

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Regional
8:24 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mexico AG, Anti-DWI Advocates Team For Safe Rides

Credit Hector Balderas

Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico are urging party-goers to plan ahead for St. Patrick's Day and not drive after drinking.

Balderas says numerous options offered around the state include designated drivers, taxis and Safe Ride Home services.

He says it's not worth endangering lives or getting stopped by law enforcement.

The director of MADD New Mexico, Ben Lewinger, says even one life lost due to an impaired driving crash is one too many.

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Regional
8:23 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Lawmaker Wants Investigation Into Delay On Lobbyist Disclosure Bill

Credit Rep. Brian Egolf

A Democratic lawmaker wants an investigation into why the New Mexico House delayed sending a bill on lobbyist disclosures to the Senate.

House Democratic Leader Brian Egolf says the delay in sending the bill to the Senate likely killed it as the legislative session nears its end.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the bill would require lobbyists to disclose what issues or causes they have been hired to represent. It also would extend how long the state keeps lobbyist records.

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Regional
7:45 am
Tue March 17, 2015

NMSU Students Educate Public About Risks Of Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

Students in a New Mexico State University Public Health Sciences Class have launched a campaign to spread awareness about the risks that are involved with drinking alcohol while pregnant. It’s called, “Sober Choices, Healthy Babies.”

According to Ruben Marquez, an NMSU Senior studying Public Health Sciences, their goal is to spread awareness about the impact that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can have and what people can do to prevent it.

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10:01 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Rodriguez: Anti-Immigrant Bill Is Bad For Texas

Credit SEN. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

  AUSTIN – Senate Bill 185, which was heard in the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security today, would outlaw so-called “sanctuary cities” — a term that has not been defined — by prohibiting Texas governmental entities from passing laws to restrict police from asking about immigration status.

The bill affects cities, counties, special districts, and districts attorneys. It exempts school districts and hospital districts, but includes peace officers employed or commissioned by school districts and hospital districts.

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Regional
5:35 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Safe Ride Home Services Available For St. Patrick's Day

Credit Hector Balderas

  Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and not drive after drinking.

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Regional
5:33 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Meetings Scheduled To Discuss Doña Ana County Capital Priorities

  A series of five community meetings – one in each of Doña Ana County’s five commission districts – has been scheduled to solicit public input on priority needs for capital-outlay funding in individual communities. Once a priority list is compiled, it will be used to lobby the 2016 New Mexico Legislature for funding.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 14 – Radium Springs Community Center, 10260 Lindbeck Rd.

Wednesday, April 15 – Betty McKnight Community Center, 190 County Line Rd.

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Regional
4:36 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

New Mexico Senate Confirms New Child Welfare Agency Leader

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Gov. Susana Martinez's nominee to head the state's beleaguered child welfare agency.

Secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department Monique Jacobson's nomination sailed through with a 35-2 vote Monday.

About two dozen senators voiced confidence in Jacobson, praising her organizational and leadership skills.

Las Cruces Democrat Sen. Mary Kay Papen said New Mexico families and children "are very lucky" to have Jacobson as the head of CYFD.

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Regional
4:35 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Economic Slump Continues: Santa Fe Facing $2.1 Million Deficit

Santa Fe is facing a budget deficit of more than $2 million in the upcoming fiscal year.

City finance director Oscar Rodriguez says the city has been operating with about $10 million less each year in gross receipts tax revenue for the past several years when inflation is factored in.

To keep from making cuts, the city dipped into reserves, deferred maintenance and tapped into bond money that was intended for brick-and-mortar projects.

Rodriguez says that strategy can't be sustained.

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Regional
4:33 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

2 Stores, 2 Bars Fined Over Fatal Crashes In New Mexico

Two bars and two convenience stores in New Mexico have been fined and had their liquor licenses suspended for either eight days or two weeks.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Alcohol and Gaming Division announced the penalties Monday against a Stripes store in Hobbs, a Circle K store in Tucumcari, the Topless Country bar in Moriarty and the Ojos Locos Sports Cantina in Albuquerque.

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4:14 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Community Park Opens At NMSU

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park at New Mexico State University is now officially open. Earlier today university and community leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new public space, which recognizes the continued generosity of Pat and Lou Sisbarro as well as their commitment to NMSU and the Las Cruces community. 

Located east of Aggie Memorial Stadium, the park features a running trail and exercise stations. The university has also planted dozens of trees and made other improvements to make the area more welcoming to the community.

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Regional
11:36 am
Mon March 16, 2015

17,000 Inactive Dona Ana County Voters To Be Purged From Rolls

  The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office will soon purge 17,000 inactive voters from its roster. Inactive voters are identified when mail from the Bureau of Elections is returned and the voter fails thereafter to vote for four consecutive years.

State law requires counties to purge the voter rolls on a regular basis in years following a General Election.

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Regional
7:45 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Gov. Martinez Criticizes Delay By Counties On Senate Vacancy

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez is criticizing delays by some counties in submitting names of nominees to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Senator Phil Griego resigned Saturday amid criticism about his role in a real estate sale involving a state-owned building. His district included parts of six counties, and each county must nominate a possible replacement.

Martinez called on the counties to submit their nominees to her by late Sunday, but Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties are among those which said their processes will run into later this week.

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Regional
7:27 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Is The City Of Las Cruces Effectively Enforcing The Minimum Wage Law?

Amber Care employs 318 people in Las Cruces.
Credit Simon Thompson

Employees of Amber Care an in home personal care provider in Las Cruces say they haven’t been getting paid the Las Cruces minimum wage. Unlike Albuquerque- Las Cruces doesn’t threaten criminal or financial penalties to companies boycotting the city’s  minimum wage. A Las Cruces city councilor is considering on a policy that could change that.

On January 1st of this year Las Cruces minimum wage workers saw a wage increase from $7.50 an hour to $8.40.

At least they were supposed to.

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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Regional
10:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Aggies To Meet No. 9 Kansas In NCAA Tournament

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. –The New Mexico State Aggies drew No. 9 Kansas as their first opponent in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA selection committee tapped the Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (23-10) as a No. 15 seed in the Midwest Region, while Kansas (26-8, the regular season Big 12 champion and tournament runnerup, is the No. 2 seed.

The game will be Friday in Omaha, Neb., at the CenturyLink Center in the opening contest at 10:15 a.m. Mountain time (11:15 Central).

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Regional
9:26 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Martinez Will Choose New Senator From Nominations Submitted By Six Counties

Credit Office of the Governor

The Santa Fe County Commission has decided to solicit applications for potential candidates as Gov. Susana Martinez pushes to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego.

The county commissioners held an emergency meeting Sunday to consider the next step. They voted to seek applications and postpone making a final decision until Friday.

Griego resigned Saturday, saying a controversy surrounding the sale of a state-owned building that he brokered last year had become a distraction.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Mining Bill Could Endanger New Mexico Groundwater

The New Mexico House is considering legislation that would allow mines to remain on standby for as long as 100 years without obligation of restoration.

The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee has heard two debates on HB 625.

The bill, which has the support of New Mexico's largest copper mines, would permit mines to defer operations for up to 100 years and reopen with little public notice.

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Regional
12:26 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Texas Agencies Routinely Shield Settlements In Secrecy

State agencies have routinely concealed from the public details of thousands of legal settlements and judgments involving millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

State payments must be recorded by the comptroller's office and a review of its records shows that over the past five years anywhere from a quarter to nearly half of the payments have been classified as "confidential."

In fact, every legal settlement and judgment paid by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in recent years has been deemed a secret.

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11:28 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Greg Lennes: Recall Campaign Is A "Curse To Our Community"

  It is time to slam the door in the faces of the recall gang and their canvassers, who are paid $11 per hour to spread lies and misinformation in our community!  Let's stop this corruption of our political process.  Illinois Tea Party agitator and campaign leader Jeffrey Isbell,  Pam Wolfe, who is Field Coordinator for the Americans for Prosperity New Mexico and trainer of the canvassers and their  wealthy supporters are undermining our community. It is disgraceful. They have no evidence against the City Councilors in the recall.

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