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4:24 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Sheriff Seeks Woman And Four Children

Las Cruces – The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a woman and her four children missing since September 29, 2009.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of SYLVIA M. BARRETT, age 32, of the 3115 block of Camino Real, Las Cruces, charging her with four counts of Unlawful Interference with Custody, each a fourth degree felony. Bond has been set at $50,000.00 cash.

BARRETT lost custody of her four children when she failed to show for a Custody hearing on September 29.

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1:35 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Museum Opens Schoolhouse Exhibit

Las Cruces – A new exhibit in Las Cruces examines the rich history of rural school houses.

They are unofficial monuments to the beginnings of public education in New Mexico, dotting the rural landscape in our vast state.
They are all shapes and sizes. And while some have found new life as museums or community centers, many others are crumbling.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces has created an exhibit that pays tribute to many of these historic structures.

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1:10 pm
Thu October 8, 2009

Las Cruces Man Found Dead

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County Sheriff's Investigators have identified the body of a person found deceased under a tree at the intersection of O'Hara Road and New Mexico Highway 478, as that of PEDRO GALVAN ORTIZ, age 61, of the 800 block of Quesenberry Street, Las Cruces.

According to ORTIZ wife, he had been visiting with relatives in Anthony at the time of his death.

Cause of death has yet to be determined, but foul play is not suspected.

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10:38 am
Thu October 8, 2009

NM Man With Flu Dies

El Paso – The New Mexico Department of Health says a 28-year-old man from Lea County has died from swine flu.

Health officials say the man died Sept. 23 after being hospitalized in El Paso, Texas. The man, whose name was not released, did not have any known chronic medical conditions.

So far this year, health officials say there have been nine deaths related to the swine flu in New Mexico.

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10:36 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Honor Flight

Las Cruces – More than 100 veterans from southern New Mexico met with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at the national World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

The group of veterans who served during World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War traveled in matching yellow jackets as part of a free trip organized by a national organization that aims to bring veterans to see the memorial.

Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, thanked the veterans for their service and posed with them for photographs during Wednesday's visit.

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10:35 am
Thu October 8, 2009

NM Flu Advisory

Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Health has some recommendations for people who have flu symptoms.

Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil says the state is seeing widespread flu activity and it's important to follow the department's recommendations.

The department says people with mild symptoms don't need to visit a clinic or emergency room and should stay home until 24 hours after their fever has subsided. Typical, mild flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and cough.

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10:33 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Hearings On Electric Transmission Line

Las Cruces – The Bureau of Land Management plans three hearings on a proposed expansion area for a 460-mile, high capacity 500-kilovolt transmission line across New Mexico and Arizona.

The SunZia Southwest transmission project proposed by SunZia Transmission LLC would consist of two parallel lines taking electricity to western markets.

The BLM will oversee an environmental impact statement that will identify environmental impacts and evaluate alternatives for the project. Hearings will help with that work.

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7:04 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Senator Tom Udall Calls for Senate to Pass Energy Legislation

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall has called for the senate to pass legislation pointing towards energy independence. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports Udall joined other senators to discuss the latest clean energy act.

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7:02 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Las Cruces City Councillor Sharon Thomas Up for Re-election

Las Cruces, NM – Absentee voting in the Las Cruces Municipal election began this week and seven candidates are running for city council positions. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports district 6 candidate Sharon Thomas says working to improve planning and development in her district top her list of priorities.

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6:30 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Crime Stoppers Aids In Arrest

Las Cruces – One suspect in this spring's theft of more than $50,000 of steel rebar from a Las Cruces industrial supply business has been arrested in El Paso.

43-year-old Oscar Reza, who also goes by names Oscar Gomez and Oscar Silva of the 1600 block of Daniels in El Paso, was arrested by El Paso County Sheriff's investigators for his involvement in unrelated, but similar, offenses in that city.

In Las Cruces, Reza is charged with 14 counts of fraud by worthless check. All charges are fourth-degree felonies.

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6:12 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

NMSU Flu Cases Increasing

Las Cruces – Universities across the country are seeing an increase in flu cases and New Mexico State is no exception.

NMSU Medical Director Doctor Benjamin Diven says the first cases of H1N1 surfaced in mid September. As of Tuesday NMSU has seen 33 cases of influenza through student and employee health centers with 14 of those cases positively identified as H1N1.

NMSU has seen a total of 86 cases of influenza like illness. And Diven says .the number of cases is steadily increasing.

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6:07 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Las Cruces and Dona Ana Negotiate Water Clean Up with EPA

Las Cruces, NM – The city of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County are working with the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the clean-up of water wells near an EPA superfund site. KRWG's Melissa Aguilera reports.

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12:51 pm
Wed October 7, 2009

Highway 70 Closure Schedule To Change

Las Cruces – Road closures on Highway 70 due to movie filming have caused significant delays.

After a large number of complaints, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced changes to the plan approved by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

He says .the road closures during filming will be changed to
9am-3pm daily to allow commuter traffic to normalize.

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10:48 am
Wed October 7, 2009

NM Stimulus Funds

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson says $24 million in federal stimulus funds has been awarded to schools, colleges, tribes and other agencies to improve energy efficiency in New Mexico.

The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department has selected 28 projects to receive the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

Richardson said Tuesday the recipients will use the money to install solar power and energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems.

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10:47 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Berry Wins Mayoral Race

New Mexico – State Representative Richard Berry told an excited crowd of supporters, "Hey, we did it!" as unofficial returns show he will be Albuquerque's next mayor.

The returns show Berry with nearly 44 percent of the vote.

A candidate had to win at least 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff next month.

The city's current mayor, Martin Chavez, had 35 percent of the vote, while the third candidate in the field, former state Senate President Pro Tem Richard Romero, trailed with 21 percent.

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6:58 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Las Cruces City Council Approves Solar Plant Lease

Las Cruces, NM – This week the Las Cruces City Council approved a lease for a solar generation plant to be built at the West Mesa Industrial Park. KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports

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11:52 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Highway 70 Closure List

Las Cruces – Tuesday, October 6th (daytime hours)

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10:37 am
Tue October 6, 2009

NM Seesion Starts Oct. 17

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session of the Legislature on Oct. 17 to resolve a looming state budget deficit.

Richardson announced the date of the session on Monday after meeting with a group of legislators on what should be done to resolve the state's budget problems.

Lawmakers will receive an updated revenue forecast next week that will set the deficit reduction target for the session.

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10:36 am
Tue October 6, 2009

NM Gets H1N1 Vaccine This Week

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health says the first shipment of swine flu vaccine is expected to start arriving this week.

The department said Monday it has ordered about 12,000 doses of nasal swine flu vaccine that will be shipped to providers statewide. Nasal flu vaccine can only be given to people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant and do not have chronic health conditions.

Vaccine in the shot form will arrive in later shipments.

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10:34 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Production Company To Fund Police Costs

Las Cruces – Highway 70 in Las Cruces will be turned into a movie set this month, and extra law enforcement officers have been recruited to control traffic.

State police Capt. Rich Libicer, whose agency is coordinating the law enforcement, said the agencies will pay the initial cost of officers' time and the production company will then repay the agencies.

Libicer doesn't have an estimate of how much the manpower might cost, but he said it's going to be "a significant amount of money."

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10:32 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Feds: Texas Needs Food Stamp Chief

Texas – A top regional federal food stamps official says Texas should appoint one official to fix eliminating food stamp application backlogs and high error rates.

William Ludwig is a Dallas-based regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. He tells the Austin American-Statesman that the recession is hurting food-stamp programs in all states, but he's unaware of any state having as much trouble as Texas.

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10:31 am
Tue October 6, 2009

NM Open Govt. Hotline

New Mexico – The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has restarted its hot line for people who have been denied access to a public record or a meeting.

The toll-free hot line is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hot line provides information and resources to citizens, journalists and public officials with concerns about transparency at the state or local level.

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10:30 am
Tue October 6, 2009

WNMU Students Learn About Flu Online

Silver City – Western New Mexico University in Silver City is making students aware of flu through their university e-mail and on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

Western officials and students have met over the past several months to develop flu awareness programs and inform students about their level of risk for swine flu, also known as H1N1.

Hundreds of students and alumni follow the school's fan page on Facebook, where they receive regular updates on campus events and news.

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7:49 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Current District 6 City Councillor Gil Jones Seeks Re-election

Las Cruces, NM – Absentee voting in the Las Cruces Municipal election begins this week and seven candidates are set to run for city council positions. As KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports district 5 incumbent Gil Jones says improving mistakes made by poor planning is his main concern.

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7:03 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Meeting for Residents of Mesilla on Affordable Housing Ordinance

Las Cruces, NM – The Town of Mesilla is asking its residents for input on a new ordinance that would create affordable housing for the community. KRWG's Melissa Aguilera has this report.

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6:38 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Resident Gill Sorg Runs for City Council Position

Las Cruces, NM – Seven candidates are running for city council positions in the Las Cruces Municipal election coming up and as KRWG's Vanessa Dabovich reports----district 5 candidate Gill Sorg says proper development and job growth are his top priorities.

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5:55 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

NMSU Boosts State Wine Industry

Las Cruces – From NMSU: New Mexico's wine industry is both nationally recognized and growing. The problem is, little is known about which grapes are most suited for the state's diverse climate regions. That's why researchers at New Mexico State University are studying the issue, and hope to help vineyards make a better product.

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4:23 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Businesswatch

Las Cruces – Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger every Monday on Morning Edition at 7:51am.

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10:37 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Gas Balloon Race Canceled

New Mexico – Officials in charge of an annual cross-country gas balloon race have decided to cancel this year's event after strong winds delayed the start of the race Saturday night.

Officials made the decision to call off America's Challenge after a briefing at noon on Sunday.

The event, which coincides with the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, will not be rescheduled. This is the first time in the race's 14-year history that it has been canceled.

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10:36 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Report: Perry Website Attacked

Texas – Several Republicans with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that the FBI is investigating allegations that Internet hackers deliberately sabotaged Gov. Rick Perry's campaign Web site during a re-election announcement last week.

The Republicans with knowledge of the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

At least two FBI agents specializing in high-tech crimes met with Perry campaign officials on Friday to discuss the incident.

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