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1:52 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mexico Donating Textbooks To Arizona Prison System

Mexico's government is donating more than 1,600 Spanish-language textbooks to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

The department says the textbooks donated Thursday will be distributed to prisons statewide to assist inmates who are receiving educational instruction in prisons.

Arizona's state prison population includes thousands of foreign nationals, with Mexican citizens being the largest group.

Arizona officials accepted the presentation by Mexico's consul general in Phoenix, Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, at the Tucson prison complex.

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12:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Campaign Finance Reform Constitutional Amendment Bill

Today U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of his proposed constitutional amendment to restore power to regulate campaign finance to the people. Udall’s amendment would clarify in the Constitution that money does not equal speech, effectively reversing U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which have unraveled campaign finance regulations and handed undue influence over elections to corporations and wealthy donors. Following today's committee vote, Udall's amendment is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this year.

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11:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Mourners Remember Six Murdered In Houston-Area Attack

  Mourners have left candles and tied ribbons around trees to remember six members of a Houston-area family shot to death in an attack blamed on a relative.

Prosecutors say Ronald Lee Haskell was being held Thursday on capital murder charges after four children and their parents were slain in Spring.

The couple's 15-year-old daughter was critically wounded in Wednesday night's attack but managed to call 911 and identify Haskell. The suspect's estranged wife is the sister of the woman who was killed.

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11:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Silver City Approves Ban On Plastic Bags

  New Mexico has another city prohibiting retailers from handing out thin plastic carryout bags.

The Silver City Town Council's unanimous approval of a ban Tuesday night follows Santa Fe's approval of its own ordinance.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that Silver City's ban applies only to thinner plastic bags of the type intended for single uses.

Supporters said the ban will help reduce litter.

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11:31 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Udall: Bill Would Help New Mexico Create Jobs

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall today introduced a bill to help small business federal government contractors in New Mexico and across the country access the tools, training and hands-on help necessary to diversify their businesses and create jobs.

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9:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Las Cruces Group Slams Pearce On Monument And Immigration

  Las Cruces, NM - Congregations along with the faith-based group, NM CAFé, are expressing their disappointment with Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) for his role today in a subcommittee hearing falsely implying that the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will negatively impact border security.

 

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9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Las Cruces Alert: El Paseo Road Closure Friday And Saturday Morning

  El Paseo Road from Boutz Road to Farney Lane will be closed from 5 a.m. Friday, July 11, until noon Saturday, July 12, for construction related to Las Cruces High School.  

Detour routes via South Main Street and Espina Street will be available.  Access to businesses will be maintained during construction. 

Scheduled RoadRUNNER Transit stops in the closed area will not be available during this time. The closure will affect RoadRUNNER Transit route #20.

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8:27 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Albuquerque P.D. Plans To Purchase Rifles For Officers

The Albuquerque Police Department plans to buy at least 350 military-style rifles as replacement for officer-owned weapons.

KOB-TV reports that a request for bid called for purchases of 350 AR-15 rifles in a two-year contract's first year, followed by more purchases as necessary.

Police Chief Gorden Eden in May said officers could no longer carry personally-owned weapons in the field.

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8:25 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Report: Most Santa Fe Workers Live Elsewhere

Credit New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

A new report says more than half of the people who work in Santa Fe live outside the northern New Mexico city.

The report by economist Ashley Leach of the state Department of Workforce Solutions says Albuquerque is the biggest source of commuters at 15 percent, followed by Rio Rancho at 7 percent.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico's capital has long been known as a major commuting city in large part because of state government jobs.

Leach's report says the number of commuters grew to 51 percent in 2011 from 42 percent in 2002.

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8:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Gov. Martinez Appoints Two New Judges For 13th District

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new judges to serve in New Mexico 13th Judicial District.

Gina Manfredi of Rio Rancho was appointed to fill a new position created under a law that established additional judgeships around the state.

The appointment of Pedro Rael of Los Lunas fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Violet Otero.

The 13th Judicial District includes Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties.

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6:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Accused In Baby Daughter's Death

Authorities say a Las Cruces woman is accused in the death of her infant daughter.

Las Cruces police say 33-year-old Annette Smith is being held on suspicion of intentional child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence.

Police were dispatched to a report of CPR being performed on a 7-month-old girl inside an apartment about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

They say Shania Smith was rushed to Memorial Medical Center, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Political Action Committee For Gov. Martinez Raises $71,000

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee has raised nearly $71,000 in the past month.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $120,800 after spending almost $20,700 from late May through late June.

The committee contributed about $10,400 to Republican candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and land commissioner.

The PAC collected nearly $43,000 from donors in El Paso, Texas, including $10,000 from the Border Livestock Company.

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6:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Post Office In Los Alamos Closer To Historic Designation

The Los Alamos post office is on its way to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee recently recommended its listing on the national registry.

Constructed in 1948, the building was part of a multi-million dollar community center funded by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

It was one of several projects aimed at developing Los Alamos into a permanent scientific and civilian city.

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6:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Otero County Wants Game and Fish To Better Fund Feral Pig Eradication

Wild Life Specialist Lewis Reeves tours ranches and forest throughout Otero County hunting and trapping feral pigs posing a threat to wildlife, native plants and livestock
Credit Simon Thompson

Elk, bear, antelope and turkey there has always been plenty of fine game to hunt in New Mexico. But not without limitation.

Feral pigs on the other hand can be hunted without a license, year round, with any legal sporting gun. In fact there is no restriction on the number feral pigs you can hunt and kill in New Mexico.

Otero County pig trapper Lewis Reeves says that is the reason hunters started  trying to build up a feral pig hunting population in New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NMSU Director Of Golf To Play In U.S. Senior Open This Week

  New Mexico State University Director of Golf Daniel Koesters is at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma, this week to compete in the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.

“The U.S. Golf Association has qualifying tournaments in each state. I qualified as an alternate for New Mexico, and got a last minute call to participate due to a withdrawal,” Koesters said. “It’s a pretty neat deal.”

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Water Outage In Part Of Las Cruces Today

Residents and business along Colorado Avenue between San Pedro Street and Campo Street, and Campo Street between Texas Avenue and Arizona Avenue will experience a water outage Thursday, July 10, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a new water main connection. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. 

City crews will post door hanger notices on buildings impacted by the outage a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NMSU Effort Fights Global Warming While Improving The Soil

NMSU scientist David C. Johnson stands in a field at Leyendecker Plant Science Center with a cutting from a sesbania plant grown on his compost system. Johnson's compost work suggests that the solution to global warming lies in the soil. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University scientist’s work in carbon sequestration is turning heads – not just here in New Mexico, but also in Austria and Australia. His work suggests a potential solution for dealing with the carbon dioxide-related problems that seem to be causing global warming.

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12:25 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

New Mexico Film Office Wants To Lure Gaming And App Developers

Credit nmfilm.com

   New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the industry is thriving in the state, and he hopes to expand the momentum by luring gaming and app developers.

Maniatis discussed his efforts Wednesday at an Albuquerque hearing of the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee. He says he is trying to set up a private fund to also grow the gaming and app industries.

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12:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

County Diabetes Awareness Program Receives National Award

  A Doña Ana County health awareness initiative has received national recognition for its innovative diabetes management and prevention program.

   The Doña Ana County Nuestra Vida program was awarded the 2014 Annual Achievement Award on behalf of the National Association of Counties. Awards are given in 21 different categories, including children and youth, health and county administration.

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12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Support Bill To Protect Women's Health In Wake Of Hobby Lobby Decision

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined their Senate colleagues in introducing the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement and other services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and prevent employers from imposing their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. The bill was filed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. 

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11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former West Texas Jail Being Considered For Migrant Children

A closed detention center in West Texas is being considered as a holding facility for hundreds of unaccompanied children entering South Texas from Central America.

The former Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, approximately 40 miles northwest of Lubbock, was built about 15 years ago by the town but has become a financial drain since its closure in 2009. City officials hope they can generate a revenue stream by reopening the 382-bed center to temporarily house migrant children.

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8:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 12-3.

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8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WNMU To Honor Silver City LULAC Council

  Western New Mexico University is honoring a Latino civil rights group for their work in Grant County.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard is scheduled later this month to present the 2014 President's Award to the Silver City League of United Latin American Citizens Council 8003 for its long history of community service.

Shepard said the group's passion for service and education has changed the lives of thousands in Silver City and in New Mexico.

Founded in 1929, LULAC is the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the country.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Mexico Among Leading Oil Producing States

Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures Tuesday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the next largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.

And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.

The boom has also been felt by oil and gas developers working on state trust lands.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Martinez Administration To Offer Five Year Film Plan

Credit nmfilm.com

The Martinez administration is expected to detail plans for helping the film industry thrive in New Mexico.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis are scheduled to appear before the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee in Albuquerque Wednesday morning to present a five-year plan for the industry.

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8:02 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Minor Earthquake Rattles New Mexico-Arizona Border

    

A minor earthquake has struck near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.6 quake struck about 1:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday in southeastern Arizona, about 26 miles northwest of Lordsburg, New Mexico. There was no immediate word of damage from the quake.

USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin says the temblor is an aftershock of the magnitude-5.2 quake that struck the region on June 28. He says the area could see aftershocks for a month.

Baldwin says two people about 10 miles away reported feeling it.

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7:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Texas Man Dies In Fall At New Mexico State Park

Authorities in southwestern New Mexico say a 50-year-old Texas man is dead after falling approximately 75 feet from a mountain in Rockhound State Park southeast of Deming.

The Deming Headlight reports relatives of Scott Allen Coleman of Houston had reported him missing Monday night after he went for a walk that afternoon and never returned.

A Deming Police Department report says family friends located Coleman in the park and that Luna County sheriff's deputies then found Coleman was badly injured after falling.

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

"Border Reality Checkpoint" Day Of Action In Las Cruces And El Paso

  EL PASO, TX & LAS CRUCES, NM —Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project along with community leaders and volunteers will join communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in a day of action to simultaneously deploy “Border Reality Checkpoints.”

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Makes Military And Veterans Programs A Priority

New Mexico State University students and employees turn out for a special Veteran's Day picnic near Garcia Annex in honor of U.S. military veterans. The NMSU Military and Veterans Programs office hosted the event. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Adapting to college life can be a challenge, and for military personnel it can seem overwhelming. Military and Veterans Programs at New Mexico State University strives to ease that transition.

“Our goal is to serve our veterans the best way possible,” said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs and an Army veteran himself. “They have served our country, now it is our turn to serve them. That’s our primary goal.”

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Recognized For Water Conservation Research

  A group of New Mexico State University researchers received regional and national recognition from Western and national land-grant university directors for a sustainability project that aims to conserve water.

“NMSU works in many aspects of sustainability,” said Steve Loring, administrative adviser representing the Western Agricultural Experiment Station directors. “We have been part of this ongoing project for a very long time and it is an honor to be selected and recognized for the work we’ve done.”
 

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