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5:46 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

President Commutes Sentences Of 46, Including A Las Cruces Man

  Sentences commuted by President Obama:

·         John M. Wyatt – Las Cruces, NM

            Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute marijuana (Southern District of Illinois)

Sentence:  262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release; $500 fine (Aug.  30, 2004)

            Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 10, 2015.

 

 

·         Jerry Allen Bailey – Charlotte, NC

Offense: Conspiracy to violate narcotics laws (crack) (Western District of North Carolina)

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5:28 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Man Sentenced To 16 Years In Las Cruces-Area Home Invasion

  Las Cruces—On July 1, 2015 a jury found Leonard Calvillo guilty of Attempted Aggravated Battery (deadly weapon); Aggravated Burglary; Child Abuse and Criminal Damage to Property in the January 2014 home invasion case. Today, Judge Fernando Macias sentenced him to a total of 16 years, which included a 1 year enhancement for having a prior felony conviction under the habitual offender act.

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4:09 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Martinez Announces $250,000 Grant; 25 New Jobs Expected In Socorro

Socorro, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that manufacturing company Solaro Energy is expanding its operations in Socorro by doubling its production and creating 25 new jobs. The Governor's office says Solaro, a solar energy manufacturer, moved its operations to New Mexico from California in 2012 in part because of the state's improved business climate.

 

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3:38 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Mayor: Veteran Homelessness Hits Zero in Las Cruces

  “Las Cruces is the first city in New Mexico, and only a handful in the country, to end veteran homelessness,” announced Mayor Ken Miyagishima at a news conference today.

 

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3:34 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Las Cruces Metro Area Logged Record Number of Exports

  The U.S. Department of Commerce today released a report highlighting goods exported from U.S. metropolitan areas for 2014. The International Trade Administration’s 2014 Metropolitan Area Export Overview indicates that goods exported from the Las Cruces, N.M., metropolitan area totaled $1.3 billion last year, an increase of $913 million, or 210.9 percent from 2013 to 2014. Las Cruces ranked # 1 in terms of percentage growth, and 134 out of 300 for total exports.

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Regional
3:16 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Bankruptcy Mediation To Start Again For Gallup Diocese

Credit dioceseofgallup.org

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup wants a new mediator in its bankruptcy case after negotiations fell apart last week.

The Gallup Independent reports the diocese filed for bankruptcy in November 2013 as lawsuits mounted over claims of clergy sex abuse.

Lawyers for the diocese filed a motion in bankruptcy court following last week's mediation, calling for a new mediator, while attorneys representing the claimants have filed a motion to remove bankruptcy protections preventing civil lawsuits against the diocese from proceeding.

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Regional
3:10 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Albuquerque Police Look For Shooter Who Killed Motorcyclist

Authorities still are searching for a driver who allegedly chased down a motorcyclist and shot him dead on an Albuquerque street.

Albuquerque police on Monday identified the victim as 29-year-old Vincent Francis Mcaneney and say they are investigating the case as a homicide.

A witness called 911 around 6 a.m. Saturday and reported a person driving a truck at a high rate of speed on Central Avenue.

The caller told police that truck driver was holding a gun out of the window and shooting at a motorcyclist.

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Regional
2:46 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Man Who Threw Banana Peel At Dave Chappelle Appears In Court

The black attorney for the man accused of throwing a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance in Santa Fe says his client isn't a racist and that Chappelle should have to testify in the case or drop it.

Attorney Rod Thompson made the comments to The Santa Fe New Mexican following a status hearing Monday in magistrate court.

His client, Christian Englander, who is white, is facing charges of disturbing the peace and battery after the fruit-throwing incident in March.

At the time, Chappelle's agent declined to comment on the situation.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Las Cruces City Council To Review Minimum Wage Hike's Impact

Credit las-cruces.org

Las Cruces officials are reviewing the impact of an ordinance increasing the minimum age since its implementation six months ago.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Las Cruces City Council will discuss the ordinance in a work session Monday.

The meeting is expected to draw a significant number of people for and against the three-step plan.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima says it will be a forum on how it has affected residents directly but councilors are not seeking to change anything.

The city's minimum wage rose from $7.50 to $8.40 in January.

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Regional
2:41 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Heinrich, Grijalva Introduce Bill To Boost Clean Energy Development On Tribal Lands

During a teleconference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and U.S. Congressman Raúl M.

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1:30 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

New Mexico Department of Health Warns Residents About Tularemia

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today a laboratory confirmed case of tularemia in a 51-year-old man from Los Alamos County. The case was confirmed at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division. The man was hospitalized but has recovered and gone home. There have also been 33 cases of tularemia this year in pet dogs and cats from Bernalillo, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos, and Torrance Counties.

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Regional
1:07 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

NMSU To Offer Digital Literacy Camp For Local Girls

  New Mexico State University’s Department of English will host Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp, a technology and online identity camp for local girls, July 27-31. 

“Girlhood Remixed Technology Camp empowers girls to experiment with digital design and digital equipment in a safe, supportive space,” said Jennifer England, camp director and doctoral candidate studying rhetoric and professional communication at NMSU. 

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Regional
1:05 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

ATV Crash Critically Injures Las Cruces Man

A 32-year-old Las Cruces man remains in critical condition at an El Paso hospital following Friday’s all-terrain vehicle crash on the East Mesa.

At around 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, Las Cruces Police were called to the intersection of Mesa Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue. Police discovered the driver of a 2002 Honda ATV with multiple injuries to his head and body. He was transported to University Medical Center where Monday he remains unconscious and in critical condition.

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Regional
1:02 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

NMSU Early Childhood Education Program Receives Grant

The Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico State University received an $80,000 grant from the Thornburg Foundation to increase the number of teachers specializing in early childhood education statewide.

The program, which is under the College of Education, will use the funds to pay $8,000 stipends to 10 students accepted in the NMSU Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program, said Betsy Cahill, the director of Early Childhood Teacher Education for the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

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Regional
10:47 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Mom In Chase Where Police Fired At Van Full Of Kids Kids Faces Judge

A Tennessee woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from police during a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children is set to face a judge.

Oriana Farrell is scheduled Monday to appear before a judge in the tourist town of Taos after her lawyer and prosecutors reached a plea agreement last week.

The 41-year-old Farrell was traveling through New Mexico when she sped away from police twice and was stopped by another officer. An officer fired three shots toward Farrell's van carrying her five children when she drove away.

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Regional
10:27 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Navy Air Training Returns To Las Cruces

  The U.S. Navy’s Training Air Wing Four is returning to Las Cruces International Airport for 60 days of training. Stationed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Training Air Wing Four will begin arriving July 20, with actual flight training beginning July 23.

Approximately 90 students, instructors and maintenance staff will utilize 16, T-6 “Texan II” aircraft in this year’s training exercise. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has been training some of the world’s finest aviators since 1941.

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Regional
10:24 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Shelter Hopes To Find Owner Of Injured Dog

  An injured German shepherd that came to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley Friday evening has microchip information, but shelter officials are still having a hard time locating the dog’s owner(s).

            The male dog, which appears to be approximately 10 years old, had apparently been hit by a car. While assessing the dog, shelter staff located a microchip, but the information contained in the microchip reportedly linked the dog to the Netherlands and did not contain any current contact information.      

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Regional
6:00 am
Mon July 13, 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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5:34 pm
Sun July 12, 2015

Former CNN Journalist Chuck de Caro Recovering at University of New Mexico Hospital

  Former CNN journalist Chuck de Caro is recovering at the University of New Mexico Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in an attempted robbery and subsequent shootout in his Albuquerque motel room more than a week ago. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, de Caro was transported to UNM Hospital, New Mexico’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.

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Regional
2:14 pm
Sun July 12, 2015

Whataburger: No Open Carry Of Guns In Our Stores

Credit <p><a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2617">Image: Naypong / FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p>

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, taking a stand against a new law allowing the practice in many public places.

The announcement comes one month after the Texas governor signed the bill that made it legal to carry handguns openly on the streets of the Lone Star State. But the law, which takes effect in January, gives private property owners the right to prohibit open carry.

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Regional
2:12 pm
Sun July 12, 2015

Top Managers At Texas DPS Get Raises Reaching 17 Percent

A Texas lawmaker is questioning double-digit raises for senior managers at the state's top law enforcement agency because he says it refuses to provide statistics that would help determine the effectiveness of border operations.

State Rep. Cesar Blanco, D-El Paso, is concerned there's no way to measure whether the border tactics of the Texas Department of Public Safety are keeping the state safe.

The raises come as DPS significantly expands its presence on the border with Mexico.

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Regional
4:23 pm
Sat July 11, 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
4:18 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Two UTEP Dorms Being Demolished For $70 Million Research Center

The University of Texas at El Paso has begun to demolish two former dormitories to make way for a $70 million building earmarked for research.

The effort is mean to help the school achieve Tier One research status.

Burges Hall opened in the early 1960s. Barry Hall opened in 1971 but closed in 1997 due to low occupancy levels.

Tier One refers to universities that have $100 million in research spending annually. Figures from the National Science Foundation indicate UTEP had about $83 million in research spending in fiscal 2013.

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4:05 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Alamogordo Declares Pluto A Planet!

Credit NMMSH Archives Clyde Tombaugh as a young man, with a home-built telescope.

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  In honor of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on July 14, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea will proclaim Pluto to be a planet on Tuesday, July 14, at the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The New Mexico Legislature made the same declaration in 2007, shortly after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet. Mayor Galea will read the proclamation at11:00 am in conjunction with NASA’s celebration of the New Horizons spacecraft.

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Regional
4:03 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

More Than 400 Headed To 4-H State Conference

2015 State 4-H Ambassadors and diplomats pose with their iconic green jackets. Youth will gather at the NMSU campus, July 13-16 for the 92nd annual State 4-H Conference. (Courtesy photo)

  This year 4-Hers are taking the scenic route to New Mexico State University for the annual 4-H State Conference, July 13-16. 

“The theme is referring to 4-H having many different routes and roads a person can take because of the opportunities the program provide,” said Amy Zemler, 4-H youth activities specialist. 

With an expected turnout of more than 400 guests, the conference provides many entertaining features along with the educational elements throughout the week.

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Regional
4:01 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

New Real Estate Partnership Designed To Accelerate Development At Las Cruces Business Park

  New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has entered into a development agreement with Albuquerque-based RIO Real Estate Investment Opportunities LLC to provide finance, development and construction services for Arrowhead Park, its planned innovation community providing land, space, services and connections to NMSU for existing and startup companies.

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Regional
3:20 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Las Cruces Police Identify Man Found Dead In Garbage Truck

  The man whose body was found Thursday morning in a city refuse truck has been identified as 61-year-old Roy Vigil of Vado, N.M.

Vigil’s body was found at around 10:30 a.m. in the hopper of a city garbage truck that was collecting trash from a commercial bin behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave. Vigil had a visible injury to his head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Regional
11:47 am
Fri July 10, 2015

EPA Removes Tons of Contaminated Soil from Grants, NM, Area Residences

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed the removal of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from eight residential properties near San Mateo, NM, known as the Crossroads area. The properties are part of the Grants Mining District Superfund site, an area of legacy contamination associated with uranium mining operations.

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10:05 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Report: Three NM Cities Among Top Five U.S. Metro Areas for Export Growth

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Las Cruces, Farmington, and Santa Fe rank among the top five metropolitan areas in the nation for export growth. Las Cruces and Farmington – which rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, respectively – also shattered records for export growth, with more of their businesses exporting more products than ever before. Santa Fe ranks No. 5. The report was released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Local Viewpoints
9:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

NEA: Evaluation System Short-Changes New Mexico Students

Credit Betty Patterson-President, NEA New Mexico

  Every New Mexico student deserves the opportunity for an education led by high quality teachers, no matter their zip code.  The system brought in when the PED threw out the old one is doing the opposite – driving great teachers away and limiting the time available for the teachers who remain to provide a high quality, well-rounded education as they sacrifice that to a test-driven standardized curriculum.  

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