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12:55 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Woman Sought In Albuquerque Bank Robbery

  Federal authorities are searching for a woman suspected in an Albuquerque bank robbery.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says a woman allegedly robbed a US Bank in northeast Albuquerque on Friday just before 6 p.m.

According to witnesses, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.

The teller complied and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.

She was seen wearing a dark jacket, a dark baseball cap with a red or light-colored brim and carrying a large black purse slung over her shoulder.

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12:54 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Texas Helps Pay Final Costs For Ten Dead In Prison Bus Wreck

Texas will pay up to $6,000 in final expenses for two guards and eight inmates killed when a prison bus went off an icy highway and hit a freight train.

The funds for funerals and burial are available through the State Office of Risk Management.

A guard and four inmates survived Wednesday's crash on Interstate 20 in Penwell, west of Odessa.

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7:05 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Groups Sue Over Wolf Program Changes

Conservationists sued the federal government Friday over changes to a reintroduction program for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the first major changes to the program since 1998. Under them, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released from captivity at more sites.

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10:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

State Of Alamogordo Economy

KRWG hosted a coffee break and visit at Café Dolce in Alamogordo on Wednesday. While at the coffee break and visit, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea stopped by to talk to Edmundo Resendez about the state of the economy of Alamogordo in 2015. This is part one of a two part conversation.  

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Regional
9:28 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Las Cruces Police Search For Shooting Suspect

  The suspect in Thursday evening’s shooting on Karen Avenue has been identified as 17-year-old Gustavo Angel Alvarado.

Alvarado’s whereabouts remain unknown at this time though Las Cruces Police and surrounding agencies are actively looking for him. Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps lead to his capture.

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7:55 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Prosecutors Seek $250K Fine For Convicted Former Sheriff

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RIOARRIBACOUNTY

Federal prosecutors want a judge to impose a $250,000 fine and a stiff prison sentence on a former New Mexico sheriff.

Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella was convicted Sept. 26 of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights against a motorist during a road-rage incident last March. He's to be sentenced Wednesday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that prosecutors filed their request for a $250,000 fine in response to Rodella's request for leniency.

Prosecutors said Rodella failed to fully disclose his assets during a pre-sentencing investigation.

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7:53 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Officers Facing Murder Charges Want DA Off Case

Two Albuquerque officers facing murder charges for the shooting death of a homeless man want the district attorney who charged them disqualified.

Lawyers for Albuquerque SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy filed a join motion Thursday to remove Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg from the case due to a conflict of interest.

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7:51 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Health Officials: Five Animals Test Positive For Plague In Past Three Months

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

State health officials are reporting five cases of plague in animals in the Santa Fe area since last November.

The New Mexico Department of Health says three cats, one dog and one mouse have all been confirmed with plague.

Confirmatory testing was conducted at the department's Scientific Laboratory Division.

Officials say all of the animals that tested positive are from residences in south Santa Fe near the Interstate 25 corridor.

Environmental investigations were conducted at each site to look for ongoing risk to others in the surrounding area.

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7:49 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Albuquerque Officer Shot In Traffic Stop Leaves Hospital

An Albuquerque officer who drew national attention after he was shot during a traffic stop is out of the hospital.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said Thursday that Lou Golson has been released and is resting at home.

Golson was shot earlier this month after he pulled over a suspected drunken driver. The officer fired his weapon but police said 36-year-old Christopher Cook was not hit and fled the scene.

Cook was later arrested and is being held on attempted murder and other charges.

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7:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Forecast: A Dry Start To The Year In New Mexico

Federal forecasters say the Southwest is among the areas of the country that are starting the year drier than normal, and that could mean a fifth straight year of drought for New Mexico.

The forecast was released Thursday by the National Water and Climate Center.

It says New Mexico and other states are experiencing prolonged drought, which has focused attention on winter snowpack throughout the region. Snowpack serves as an indicator of how much water can be expected to flow through rivers and streams later in the year.

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7:44 am
Fri January 16, 2015

UNM To Fund Difference In Lottery Scholarships

The University of New Mexico says it will step in to cover the difference in lottery scholarships for the spring semester for some students.

The state Higher Education Department notified colleges and universities last month that the scholarship award will not cover 100 percent of tuition this semester.

The scholarships will fund about 98 percent of tuition for 15 credit hours at UNM.

The university is paying the difference of about $56 for those students who have financial need or were recipients of merit scholarships.

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7:43 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Officers Make Marijuana Busts At Santa Teresa Port

Two stops at the Santa Teresa port of entry have netted more than 280 pounds of marijuana.

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they made the stops Tuesday.

The first happened around 9 a.m. when a Ford pickup truck pulled into the port from Mexico. An officer noted an anomaly in the auxiliary fuel tank in the bed of the truck.

A drug sniffing dog and the port's x-ray system helped to uncover 165 marijuana-filled bundles hidden in the fuel tank. The driver was arrested.

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7:39 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Voters In Doña Ana County To Face Ballot Questions For DACC

Credit DACC

In Doña Ana County, early voting is underway for representatives to serve on school boards in Las Cruces, Gadsden, and Hatch Public School Districts.

Also on the ballot, Doña Ana Community College is asking voters across the county to weigh in on a general obligation bond question and a mill levy question.

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PUENTES
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

AARP and CAASNM - Free Tax Preparation

Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Perez at KRWG FM studios.

  January 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Director of Family Empowerment, Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Perez, at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM). He earned his Doctorate in Economic Development from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and has been with CAASNM since 2013.

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Regional
6:38 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Las Cruces Commercial Fires Under Investigation

  The Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished to two commercial structure fires within thirty minutes of each other Thursday morning.

Firefighters were first dispatched just after 10:00 a.m. to Alaska Structures located in the 300-block of Rea Boulevard. Calls to 911 reported a fire inside the large manufacturing facility.

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4:53 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Heinrich Applauds President's Efforts To Expand Paid Sick And Family Leave

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after President Obama announced a plan to expand paid sick and family leave for working families. In New Mexico, there are an estimated 270,000 workers currently without paid sick leave. 

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3:44 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Breaking In To Mequite Home

  A Las Cruces man was arrested early Thursday morning after he unlawfully entered a Mesquite home by breaking his way in with a hammer.

According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators, Jose Manuel Zubrian, 41, used a hammer to break a glass door of a home in the 1100 block of NM Highway 192.

The homeowner’s teenage daughter heard the commotion and found Zubrian halfway inside the house. She immediately notified her father, who then confronted Zubrian and asked him to leave.

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3:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Water Pipeline Project Underway At Carlsbad Caverns

  CARLSBAD, NM – Frigid temperatures and icy conditions damaged 7,000 feet of water pipeline in Carlsbad Caverns National Park over New Year’s weekend. The damaged pipeline was the park’s only source of potable water for the visitor center, office buildings and residential housing. The park has been without water for two weeks, except for lavatories in the cave.

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3:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fire Guts Anthony Mobile Home

  Doña Ana County firefighters were able to put out a house fire in Anthony Wednesday morning, but not before it completely destroyed the structure.

Fire districts from Anthony, La Union, Santa Teresa, Chamberino, Mesquite and Las Alturas were dispatched to the fire at 5:55 a.m. on Jan. 14 in the 100 block of Las Palmeras Road, just south of Berino. The fire reportedly started near a water heater that was located in a shed, which then spread to the home.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene to help with traffic flow.

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Regional
1:33 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

NMSU Economist Predicts Better Year For New Mexico Farmers

  The outlook for New Mexico agriculture for 2015 provides mixed projections throughout the livestock, dairy, forage, vegetable and cereal crops industry, according to a New Mexico State University agricultural economist.

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Regional
1:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

No Immediate Ruling On Blocking President's Immigration Orders

  A federal judge in South Texas didn't immediately rule on whether to grant a request by a coalition of 25 states to temporarily block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration while a lawsuit to permanently stop the order goes through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on Thursday heard arguments on the request during a hearing in Brownsville.

Hanen gave no indication on how he would rule, saying the case is "an area of legitimate debate" and "there aren't any bad guys in this."

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12:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Hospital: Policy Prohibits Visits With Any Inmate Patients

The hospital treating victims of a deadly prison bus crash in West Texas says it's following policy in not allowing the inmates' relatives to visit them.

Medical Center Hospital spokeswoman Tiffany Harston says the policy holds for any inmate who comes for treatment, not just the four injured in Wednesday's wreck.

The accident killed eight inmates and two veteran prison department officers.

The bus was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off an icy interstate overpass and collided with a Union Pacific freight train.

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12:54 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Las Cruces Police Nab Man Who Fled After Traffic Stop

  The man suspected of running from a New Mexico State Police traffic stop Thursday morning has been located and detained.

The search for the suspect temporarily forced the lockdown of Camino Real Middle School and elementary schools in that area. Those lockdowns have since been lifted.

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10:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

1929 Plane To Land In Santa Teresa

Las Cruces, NM-Aviation history is literally flying into Doña Ana County when a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airliner will land at the International Jetport in Santa Teresa, New Mexico on February 5, 2015. The plane's visit to Southern New Mexico is part of a nationwide tour and the public can fly in the aircraft during its visit, February 5-8, 2015.

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9:40 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Las Cruces Police Officer Attacked At NMSU

  A Las Cruces Police officer working with Metro Narcotics escaped serious injury Tuesday when he got into a scuffle with a suspected drug dealer armed with a handgun.

Diego Eguino-Alcala, 21, of the 200 block of Princeton Street, is charged with one count each of battery on a peace officer, resisting or obstructing an officer, carrying of a deadly weapon, distribution of an imitation controlled substance, conspiracy and three counts of failure to appear.

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8:41 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NM Supreme Court To Hear Petition Over Judicial Appointment

Credit nmsupremecourt.nmcourts.gov

The state Supreme Court will consider an emergency petition that seeks to nullify Gov. Susana Martinez's recent appointment of a judge in eastern New Mexico's 10th Judicial District.

Martinez appointed Albert Mitchell last week, which prompted opponents to file the petition.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Friday, but the court has also ordered Mitchell not to preside as a district judge until further notice.

Only two attorneys applied for the position: Mitchell and Donald Schutte. The Judicial Nominating Commission forwarded both names to the governor.

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8:39 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Pot Aerial Surveillance Case Goes To NM High Court

The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of northern New Mexico man who claims his privacy rights were violated after a flyover prompted a ground search. That search turned up more than a dozen marijuana plants on his remote property.

The outcome of the case could affect the ability of law enforcement agencies to use drones and other means of aerial surveillance.

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8:34 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Deadline For Enrollment In New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange Arrives

Credit NM Department of Health

On the eve of a Thursday enrollment deadline, the CEO of New Mexico's health insurance exchange said it's encouraging that nearly 41,000 state residents selected an insurance plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the federally-facilitated marketplace as of last Friday.

CEO of Amy Dowd said Wednesday that the exchange worked hard to educate consumers on their health coverage options.

Open Enrollment began Nov. 15 and Thursday is the second open enrollment deadline for 2015.

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8:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

States Ask Judge To Block President's Immigration Orders

Attorneys for 25 states are going before a federal judge in Texas to argue for a rollback of President Barack Obama's expansive executive actions to spare nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

Texas leads the coalition of states suing the government. It argues in its lawsuit that Obama's decision "tramples" key portions of the Constitution. At a Thursday hearing in Brownsville, the states will ask U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to block the president's actions.

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8:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Arizona Mental Health Provider To Withdraw From New Mexico

More change is coming to New Mexico's network of behavioral health providers.

New Mexico Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott confirms that an Arizona-based nonprofit will stop serving indigent patients in eastern New Mexico at the end of March.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Turquois Health and Wellness offers mental health services to Medicaid patients in Carlsbad, Roswell, Clovis and Tucumcari.

Turquoise was added to the state's network in 2013 as part of a network shake-up by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

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