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10:55 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Carlsbad Officers Who Fatally Shot Suspect Cleared

   Authorities say two Carlsbad police officers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect can return to active duty.

Sgt. Edward Duarte and Officer David DeSantiago were cleared this week by their department.

Police say 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick was in the custody of the Eddy County Detention Center on June 9 when he allegedly assaulted a detention officer at a doctor's office and then stole a vehicle.

Kirkpatrick was being pursued by police when he crashed the vehicle into a fence in an alleyway.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at a hospital.

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6:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

NMSU Hosts Aggie Welcome And Orientation Week

Students sign in at Garcia Hall during the NMSU Fall 2013 Move-In Day event. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  With the start of fall classes less than two weeks away, New Mexico State University will host a variety of events during Aggie Welcome and Orientation week to introduce students to campus life.

The week begins with housing move-in at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, and the Aggie Barbecue follows at 4 p.m. when NMSU welcomes all students and their families at the Corbett Center outdoor stage.

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4:19 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Lawyer: New Mexico Immigrant Detention Like Guantanamo

A lawyer helping Central American immigrants housed at a temporary center in southern New Mexico has compared the facility to the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Attorney Pamela Muñoz says that like prisoners at Guantanamo, the immigrants at the center in Artesia, New Mexico, are in a legal limbo, without formal charges and without due process.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman says the facility and other similar ones operate in an open environment, which includes play rooms, social workers and access to legal counsel.

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9:39 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Layoffs At Eclipse Aerospace In New Mexico

   Eclipse Aerospace is blaming market conditions for its decision to lay off a number of workers Friday.

A senior vice president with the company, Ed Lundeen, wouldn't say exactly how many workers were affected. But city and state economic development officials say they have been told by the company it plans to hire more workers once the economy improves.

Lundeen says jet plane sales have been slower than Eclipse had hoped for, and that forced a change in the production forecast at its manufacturing plant in Albuquerque.

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9:36 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Mexico Blasts Texas For National Guard On Border

  Mexico's Foreign Relations Department is denouncing Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops along the border.

The department said in a statement Friday that Texas' decision "doesn't help joint efforts to have a modern, prosperous and safe border."

A new wave of National Guard troops were deployed along Texas' border with Mexico this week as part of a counterdrug task force. Mexico says there hasn't been a change of border security to justify the decision.

It says such measures "deviate from the path of dialogue and cooperation."

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Regional
9:35 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Rain Eases New Mexico Drought; But It's Not Over

  Recent rains are easing the pain of drought across New Mexico.

The latest map released by federal forecasters highlights a spot in southeastern New Mexico where drought has disappeared.

The area represents less than 2 percent of the state, but the development is significant since it has been more than two years since an area that large or larger has been drought-free.

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9:33 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Concerns From Both Parties Over Immigration

  President Barack Obama already is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.

And he's also facing potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests.

If Obama takes the broadest action — removing the threat of deportation for millions of people who are in this country — then the short-term risks appear greatest for Senate Democrats in conservative-leaning states.

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8:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Unresponsive Detainee Hospitalized After Apparent Overdose

A 28-year-old male detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center is hospitalized in critical condition after he was found unresponsive in a booking cell at the facility Thursday.

   The detainee’s name will be withheld until his family has been notified. He was being held on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court.

   Officers responded to the booking cell at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, where the detainee was found unresponsive, and his skin was bluish gray in color. A medical emergency was initiated, and ambulance personnel arrived on scene shortly thereafter.

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PUENTES
5:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Healthy Aging

  August 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with State of New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) Cabinet Secretary, Gino Rinaldi, serving more than 200,000 New Mexicans every year. He has been with the department since January 2013 and is experienced in the field of long-term care and social services.

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4:38 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Police: 2 Puppies Killed By Acid In Latest Abuse

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Authorities in southeastern New Mexico say two puppies have died after being burned with acid.

Police in the city of Lovington say it's the third time dogs have been doused with acid since last month and they're trying to catch whoever is responsible.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports that two 3-week-old pit bulls were in their yard Monday when someone threw acid on them, killing the dogs.

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4:27 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

New Mexico Hospital Returning Overpayment By State

The Human Services Department says a Gallup hospital is returning a $5 million overpayment by the state from a program that helps hospitals cover health care for uninsured and poor New Mexicans.

Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said Friday that an "error in paperwork" caused the agency to provide Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital with about twice as much as it was supposed to receive.

The hospital alerted the agency to the error and will return the overpayment.

Kennicott said no similar overpayments happened with other hospitals.

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4:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Teens Plead Not Guilty In Homeless Men's Deaths

  Three teenagers indicted in the beating deaths of two sleeping homeless men in Albuquerque have pleaded not guilty.

The teens entered their pleas Friday and were ordered held on $1 million cash-only bond.

The 15- and 16-year-old suspects were charged as serious youthful offenders and indicted on first-degree murder charges. They will be tried alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios in adult court.

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3:27 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Albuquerque School Chief Resigns Amid Probe

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The superintendent of New Mexico's largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.

In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was "the best option" for both parties.

Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.

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3:23 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Santa Fe Police: Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting

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Santa Fe police say they've made an arrest in a fatal shooting.

According to police, 57-year-old Edwin Watters was arrested on suspicion of murder in the Thursday evening shooting of 45-year-old Diego Sena at the home of Sena's niece.

Police say Sena was doing remodeling work for Watters at the niece's home.

Police say they're still trying to determine a possible motive for the shooting.

A police spokeswoman says she can't immediately say whether Watters has an attorney.

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3:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Police: 2 Sped Off From Albuquerque Fatal Shooting

Albuquerque police are looking for two people who fled in a pickup truck following a fatal shooting.

Police say they're looking for a white, two-door pickup of unknown make in connection with the Friday morning shooting in northeast Albuquerque.

According to police, the pickup has white stickers in the middle and left corner of the back windows.

Police say the victim was shot after an altercation with another man who got into the passenger seat of the truck as it sped off.

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3:18 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Texas Man Pleads Guilty In Livestock Killings

A 20-year-old Texas man faces sentencing in a southeastern New Mexico court after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the shooting deaths and mutilation of livestock in 2013.

Jade Ryan Jenkins of Fort Bend had been free on bond but was taken into custody after he pleaded guilty Thursday in state District Court in Carlsbad.

According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, Judge Raymond L. Romero postponed immediate sentencing so Jenkins can undergo a diagnostic evaluation.

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8:29 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Mexico Agency Buys 1,100 Acre Ranch

New Mexico's game agency has purchased a 1,100-acre ranch in southwestern New Mexico that includes a two-mile stretch of the Mimbres River.

The Game and Fish Department said it paid $585,000 for the River Ranch, which is about 20 miles northeast of Deming.

Part of the financing came from a program allowing people to donate some of their tax refunds to protect habitat and help wildlife. Some money also came from an environmental settlement fund.

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8:28 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Official Clears Contested Contributions To King

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran now says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King can keep nearly $11,000 in campaign contributions that Duran previously said exceeded campaign finance limits.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Duran's reversal Thursday apparently makes moot a legal action filed by King that the state Supreme Court planned to hear Aug. 28.

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8:26 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Five Injured By Hawks On NMSU Campus

  

      

Part of the New Mexico State University campus is off limits for pedestrians — at least as far as some protective hawks are concerned.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, five people have visited the Campus Health Center in recent weeks for treatment of injuries suffered when they were struck by diving hawks.

Dr. Benjamin Diven says most of the patients had cuts or abrasions on their heads but that one was struck hard enough to have post-concussion symptoms that included dizziness and nausea.

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8:03 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Author J.L. Powers Writes Children's Book About The Life Of Artist, Champion Runner George Mendoza

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Author and Borderland native J.L. Powers has written a new children’s book about the life of internationally known Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza.

The story of George Mendoza has been one that has been the subject of multiple books and films, and now it is being told through a colorful child’s book by J.L. Powers titled, “The Colors of the Wind-The story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza.” The book is also filled with artwork from Mendoza.

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3:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

State Police: Teen Pointed Rifle At Deputies

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New Mexico State Police say a 17-year-old boy pointed a high-powered rifle at deputies and had been drinking before a deputy shot him.

Authorities said Thursday that the teen also pointed the rifle with a scope at unarmed residents before Sandoval County Sheriff's arrived to the chaotic scene in Algodones last week.

After trying to get the teen to drop his weapon, state police say Deputy Jacob Hopkins hit the teen with two shots.

The teen was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition from gunshot wounds.

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3:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Bondsman: Alleged Cookie Thief Can't Make $5 Bond

An Albuquerque man charged with stealing cookies can't get out jail. That because a bail bond agent says the $5 bond is too high for him.

KOAT-TV reports that Lucky Crowder is sitting in an Albuquerque jail at around $80 a day since no one will pay his $5 bond fee.

Bail bond agent Gerald Madrid says Crowder called for his help but the jail doesn't allow a bondsman to post cash bail.

Court records show Crowder was arrested last month on shoplifting items worth less than $250.

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3:37 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New Mexico Governor Attends Business Summit

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Colorado to meet with business and government officials at a summit on manufacturing hosted by the world's largest retailer.

The governor's office said Martinez went to Denver Thursday for the meeting hosted by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is to return to New Mexico on Friday.

Martinez attended the inaugural summit last year in Florida.

The governor's office said Martinez plans to talk about efforts to diversify New Mexico's economy, which is heavily dependent on the public sector and federal spending.

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3:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Santa Fe Toughens Fines For Texting While Driving

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Santa Fe is toughening its penalties for texting and doing other digital activities while driving.

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to double the existing $100 fine for using a mobile device texting, posting on Twitter, updating Facebook or engaging in similar activities while driving.

The penalty triples if the offense is in a school zone during school hours.

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3:31 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman Found Killed

Albuquerque police say homicide officers are investigating a violent attack on a woman in southeast Albuquerque.

According to Sgt. Ferris Simmons, a woman's body was found Thursday morning and a witness reported seeing a male fleeing the scene near Zuni Road and Utah Street.

Simmons says officers on the scene say there are obvious signs the woman had been violently attacked.

Further details haven't been released.

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3:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New Mexico Teen Pleads Guilty For 2012 Killings

A 15-year-old boy charged with killing his adoptive mom and sister in 2012 near Tucumcari has pleaded guilty.

The teen entered his plea Thursday to murder charges and was sentenced to detention and treatment in a state Children, Youth and Families Department facility until age 21. That's the maximum the boy could receive after a judge ruled last month he was amenable to treatment.

Authorities say the teen fatally shot his 67-year-old Sue Day and killed her 48-year-old daughter Sherry Folts in their home on the outskirts of Tucumcari.

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8:53 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Nuke Dump Worker Sues Over Smoke Inhalation

A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Utter is a waste handler for Nuclear Waste Partnership. The contractor and its corporate parent are defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages.

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8:50 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Governor Candidates To Speak Separately At Public Policy Conference

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrat Gary King will speak at New Mexico State University next month but it's not a joint candidate forum.

Martinez will speak on Sept. 18 at 8:15 a.m. and King's appearance is at 12:45 p.m. at a public policy conference by the university's Domenici Institute.

The university said Wednesday that Martinez was moved to the morning because of a scheduling conflict.

Martinez and King are to appear at a candidate forum Sept. 22 in Albuquerque hosted by the New Mexico chapter of a commercial real estate development association.

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8:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

ICE Eyes Extension On Education Rules For Detainees

Artesia Mayor Phil Burch says immigration authorities are seeking an extension on a deadline for providing federally-mandated education to detained immigrant children.

Burch told the Artesia News this week that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs additional time to choose among educational contractors.

Currently, more than 600 women and children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are detained at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia while they await either deportation or asylum.

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4:04 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

La Bajada Mesa Mine Decision Punted - Again

Santa Fe County Commissioners have postponed for a second time a decision on a proposed 50-acre basalt mine on La Bajada mesa.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that commissioners punted a final decision Tuesday following a closed-door session.

The move drew an angry response from residents who are fighting the proposed mine.

Commissioners did not set a date for future votes.

Buena Vista Estates owns the 5,400-acre property east of Interstate 25, which is currently zoned for residential and agricultural uses.

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