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11:25 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Senate Bill Seeks to Objectively Ensure Honesty in Political Campaign Advertisements

Credit Senator Howie Morales

  Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico State Senate Rules Committee do-passed a bill on Saturday that seeks to bring clarity and truthfulness to statewide political advertisements. On a vote of 4-3, the committee approved Senate Bill 675 (SB 675), “Truth in Political Advertising Act”, sponsored by Senator Howie C.

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11:23 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Extremists Mail Vile Postcards to Albuquerque Residents, Attacking Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto

Credit Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto

  Santa Fe, NM – In an attempt to bully Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-15–Bernalillo), the extremist group working to ban all abortions, ‘Protest ABQ’, this week mailed residents of Albuquerque’s near Northeast Heights postcards bearing graphic photos including a naked, dead woman.  Community leaders expressed deep anger over the likelihood that young children in their homes could be exposed to and traumatized by the vile images on the postcards delivered to mailboxes.

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6:26 pm
Sat March 14, 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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6:14 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Senate Passes Bill To Raise Quality Of Childcare Assistance Programs In New Mexico

  Santa Fe, NM – A substitute bill for Senate Bill 379 (SB 379)to develop an accountability act aimed at improving childcare assistance programs around the state, has passed the Senate.

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6:12 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Saddle Exhibit Honors Late Mounted Patrol Volunteer

  A member of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol has donated a handcrafted wooden saddle stand to the Historical Museum of Lawmen as a tribute to a fellow patrolman who died in November of 2014. The stand is part of a new display that features a saddle that belonged to the late William “Bill” Crawford, who volunteered with the sheriff’s department since 2001.

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6:08 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Doña Ana County Residents Graduate From Citizens' Police Academy

 

  Nearly 20 Doña Ana County residents successfully completed a recent eight-week citizens' police academy, sponsored by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

            A graduation ceremony was held at the sheriff’s department main headquarters last week, hosted by Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil.

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5:59 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Former Perry Advisor Pushes Bill To Limit Access To Texas Records

The Texas Legislature is mulling giving state agencies and other governmental entities the option of ignoring out-of-state open records requests.

It's too early to tell if the bill will pass, but if it does, Texas would join seven other states that have imposed limits on non-resident open-records requests.

So far, such restrictions have held up in court. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2013 that states don't violate the Constitution when their public records laws bar non-residents from obtaining government records.

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Local Viewpoints
5:17 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

NMFOG: Sunshine Lights the Way for Good Government

  Elected officials and candidates love to proclaim themselves to be "pro-open government."  That's a little like being "pro-education" or "pro-family."  The sentiment is nice, and sounds great in a speech, but can mean little in reality.

 

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5:10 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Colfax County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested On Federal Narcotics Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Pete N.

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4:51 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Federal Judge: Tigua Tribe Near El Paso Violated Gaming Injunction

Credit <p><a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2280">Image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net</a></p>

A federal judge has ruled the Tigua tribe's sweepstakes game violates a previous injunction that closed down Speaking Rock Casino and prohibits the tribe from hosting gambling activities on its property.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone ordered Tigua officials to cease all gaming operations and submit a proposal for a sweepstakes that operates in accordance to state and federal laws. The tribe will be fined $100,000 per day if they do not stop gaming operations.

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Local Viewpoints
3:44 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Senate Democrats Proud to Defeat Matt Chandler’s UNM Regents Appointment

Credit Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez (D-29- Bernalillo & Valencia).

  Santa Fe, NM – Senate Democrats today defeated the controversial nomination of Matt Chandler to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Board of Regents by Governor Susana Martinez by a vote of 23 to 17.  Senators pointed to the strong opposition expressed by many UNM students and faculty, and numerous attorneys from Curry County where Chandler served as District Attorney, as key factors in rejecting the appointment. Chandler’s high-profile record of divisive, unfair partisanship also ruled him out from being getting the Senate’s appointment to the Board of Regents.

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Local Viewpoints
12:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Texas State Lawmakers Introduce Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation

AUSTIN – Texas state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. 

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12:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

ASNMSU President Promotes Higher Education At Las Cruces Elementary Schools

ASNMSU President Wesley Jackson reads to Sonoma Heights Elementary children, promoting a positive image of NMSU in the community. (Photo provided by Wesley Jackson)

  Spread across an alphabet carpet of a brightly decorated classroom, observant and curious little children patiently wait for Wesley Jackson, president of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, to read the part about the dinosaur being, “gone, gone, gone.” 

Through a new reading campaign, Jackson plans to visit each elementary school in the Las Cruces Public School District, in an effort to teach children the importance of reading and education. 

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Local Viewpoints
12:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Campos: All New Mexicans Receive Dividends from Judiciary Investments

  Properly funding government requires a delicate balancing act to meet the public’s needs. We in the Legislature are allocating more than $6 billion in taxpayer money to ensure New Mexicans receive critical services. A majority of those dollars go to educate our children and provide health care for the needy.

Often overshadowed in the budget debate are the courts and their core mission of delivering fair and timely justice for individuals and businesses.

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9:56 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Senate Backs Bill To Add Info To New Mexico Sunshine Portal

Legislation to enhance New Mexico's Sunshine Portal by requiring additional information on state contracts to be posted online has cleared the Senate.

The Senate's unanimous vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House as lawmakers enter the 60-day session's final stretch.

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry has voiced support for the bill, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque.

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is co-sponsoring the bill in the House.

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9:55 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NM House Approves Rules For Popular Ride-Booking Companies

The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at regulating ride-booking companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the skyrocketing use of the services has captured the attention of lawmakers since it appears the popular companies are here to stay.

New Mexico lawmakers waded into the regulatory space Thursday, voting 56-8 in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Democrat Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose.

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9:53 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Police: Two Found Dead From Gunshot Wounds In Alamogordo Home

Authorities say two people have been found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in an Alamogordo home.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports that Alamogordo Police Detective Lt. Roger Schoolcraft says officers responded to shots fired late Thursday and found the bodies of a man and a woman at the scene.

Schoolcraft says detectives have a man in custody who they believe is connected to the shooting.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police assisted in the investigation.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Doña Ana County Officials Discuss Moving Juvenile Detainees

Due to staffing problems at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, there is a risk of having too few officers to safely guard the detainees. One solution offered was temporarily closing the Juvenile Detention Center, and moving the juvenile detainees to a facility in McKinley County.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NMSU To Host The 6th Annual Kidd Literacy Conference

One in five Americans do not have the skills to read beyond a fourth grade level, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. As the Don and Sarrah Kidd Chair in Literacy in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, Anita Hernandez is working to continue to give teachers the opportunity to promote literacy in Southern New Mexico through the Kidd Literacy Conference.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Fifth Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair Kicks Off

  The Las Cruces Arts Fair is a juried fine art show that features around eighty artists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The idea for a Las Cruces arts fair was conceived six years ago and its origin might come as a surprise for some.

Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director Kathleen Albers tells the story of the two men who came up with the idea for a Las Cruces arts fair five years ago over a glass of wine and how they brought the idea to fruition.

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PUENTES
11:02 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Sister Cities Promote World Peace and Positive International Relations

Hale Huber at KRWG FM studios.

  March 13, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the Chair of the Las Cruces/Lerdo Sister Cities Committee, Hale Huber. Nearly 60 years ago, “Sister Cities International” was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote world peace and positive international relations. Sister Cities are intended to unite citizens of both countries to develop friendship and international understanding through business, cultural and educational exchanges.

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6:08 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Reconcile State’s Accounts

  Santa Fe, NM – Today, Senate Bill 543 (SB 543), which requires the State Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Finance (DFA) to balance the state budget, unanimously passed the Senate floor. Bill sponsor Senator George Munoz (D-4- Cibola, McKinley & San Juan) said he was not surprised to see this bipartisan bill pass the Senate.

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6:06 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Some NM Republicans Want To Eliminate Local Rules On Mining, Drilling

Many counties and municipalities in New Mexico have passed restrictions on mining, oil and gas that go beyond state laws. These are things like: dictating how close wells can be to homes or imposing weight limits on trucks.

  

A controversial bill (HB 366) that would limit that local control, and give the state exclusive power over all matters relating to oil and gas, passed the House Tuesday.

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5:47 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Report: Making College More Affordable Would Pay Off For New Mexico

  ALBUQUERQUE—Making college more affordable for its low-income population would pay the state big dividends down the road. Having a better educated workforce would help attract higher-paying jobs to the state, which would lead to more economic activity. In addition, boosting the educational level of the state’s adults would improve the educational outcomes of our children. Those are among the points made in a report released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.

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5:03 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

New Horizons Orchestra to feature its first Young Artist Competition winner

NHSO Concermaster Gordon Butler and conductor Marianna Gabbi
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The New Horizons Symphony Orchestra will feature NMSU freshman pianist Joseph Seth Zamora as the winner of its first Young Artist Competition at their March 15 concert, and the piece he’ll perform – the Piano Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel – was described in one word by conductor Marianna Gabbi and concertmaster Gordon Butler: “difficult!” Gabbi and Butler came to KRWG to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the competition, the concert program, and the rewards of performing with the community orchestra.

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7:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

NM Senate Confirms Secretary Of Human Services Dept.

Credit http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/Office_of_the_Secretary.aspx

The state agency that oversees the distribution of support services to low-income New Mexicans has a new leader.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Brent Earnest in a 38-0 vote as the secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department.

Gov. Susana Martinez chose Earnest to replace Sidonie Squier, who resigned in November.

Earnest was the deputy secretary of the department from March 2011 until December 2013.

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7:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

NM House OK's Bill To Deny Licenses To Truant Students

The New Mexico House has approved a bill that would take away the driver's licenses of habitually truant eighth through 12th graders.

The House voted 36-32 Wednesday to send Albuquerque Republican Rep. Jimmie Hall's bill to the Senate.

The proposal calls for suspending or denying driving privileges of any public school student who racks up 10 or more unexcused absences in a year until the student turns 18.

Lawmakers opposed say the bill will push students into driving without a license. Supporters say it helps keep students in school.

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6:56 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Carlsbad Approves Resolution Addressing Nuke Dump Fines

Credit Department of Energy

Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway's nuclear taskforce announced Wednesday that the city has signed off on the resolution.

A similar resolution is being considered by Eddy County officials and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

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6:08 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Disability Advocates Keep Close Eye On New Texas Governor

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  The new Texas governor, Greg Abbott, is the first U.S. governor in nearly 30 years to use a wheelchair.

Abbott's physical limitations provide more exposure to the difficulties faced by disabled Americans, and the new governor could be an asset to organizations pressing for changes to ease the public lives of the disabled in Texas and elsewhere.

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6:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

State Of The County Highlights Past Year And Looks Forward

Billy Garrett, Chairman of the Dona Ana County Commission and County Manager Julia Brown delivered the State of the County Address this week discussing the highs and lows in Dona Ana County over the past year and looked at issues the County would be facing in the coming year

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