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11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former West Texas Jail Being Considered For Migrant Children

A closed detention center in West Texas is being considered as a holding facility for hundreds of unaccompanied children entering South Texas from Central America.

The former Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, approximately 40 miles northwest of Lubbock, was built about 15 years ago by the town but has become a financial drain since its closure in 2009. City officials hope they can generate a revenue stream by reopening the 382-bed center to temporarily house migrant children.

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8:29 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Heinrich Votes To Approve Cybersecurity Legislation

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The Committee passed the bill by a vote of 12-3.

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8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WNMU To Honor Silver City LULAC Council

  Western New Mexico University is honoring a Latino civil rights group for their work in Grant County.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard is scheduled later this month to present the 2014 President's Award to the Silver City League of United Latin American Citizens Council 8003 for its long history of community service.

Shepard said the group's passion for service and education has changed the lives of thousands in Silver City and in New Mexico.

Founded in 1929, LULAC is the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the country.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Mexico Among Leading Oil Producing States

Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures Tuesday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the next largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.

And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.

The boom has also been felt by oil and gas developers working on state trust lands.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Martinez Administration To Offer Five Year Film Plan

Credit nmfilm.com

The Martinez administration is expected to detail plans for helping the film industry thrive in New Mexico.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis are scheduled to appear before the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee in Albuquerque Wednesday morning to present a five-year plan for the industry.

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8:02 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Minor Earthquake Rattles New Mexico-Arizona Border

    

A minor earthquake has struck near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.6 quake struck about 1:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday in southeastern Arizona, about 26 miles northwest of Lordsburg, New Mexico. There was no immediate word of damage from the quake.

USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin says the temblor is an aftershock of the magnitude-5.2 quake that struck the region on June 28. He says the area could see aftershocks for a month.

Baldwin says two people about 10 miles away reported feeling it.

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7:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Texas Man Dies In Fall At New Mexico State Park

Authorities in southwestern New Mexico say a 50-year-old Texas man is dead after falling approximately 75 feet from a mountain in Rockhound State Park southeast of Deming.

The Deming Headlight reports relatives of Scott Allen Coleman of Houston had reported him missing Monday night after he went for a walk that afternoon and never returned.

A Deming Police Department report says family friends located Coleman in the park and that Luna County sheriff's deputies then found Coleman was badly injured after falling.

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

"Border Reality Checkpoint" Day Of Action In Las Cruces And El Paso

  EL PASO, TX & LAS CRUCES, NM —Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project along with community leaders and volunteers will join communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in a day of action to simultaneously deploy “Border Reality Checkpoints.”

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Regional
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Makes Military And Veterans Programs A Priority

New Mexico State University students and employees turn out for a special Veteran's Day picnic near Garcia Annex in honor of U.S. military veterans. The NMSU Military and Veterans Programs office hosted the event. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Adapting to college life can be a challenge, and for military personnel it can seem overwhelming. Military and Veterans Programs at New Mexico State University strives to ease that transition.

“Our goal is to serve our veterans the best way possible,” said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs and an Army veteran himself. “They have served our country, now it is our turn to serve them. That’s our primary goal.”

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Recognized For Water Conservation Research

  A group of New Mexico State University researchers received regional and national recognition from Western and national land-grant university directors for a sustainability project that aims to conserve water.

“NMSU works in many aspects of sustainability,” said Steve Loring, administrative adviser representing the Western Agricultural Experiment Station directors. “We have been part of this ongoing project for a very long time and it is an honor to be selected and recognized for the work we’ve done.”
 

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Author Speaks At NMSU Las Cruces Tonight

The Jornada Long Term Agricultural Research program and the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Network have created a new speaker program. The inaugural event of the Jornada Speaker Program this week features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan.

Egan will discuss his book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America,” along with the start of the U.S. Forest Service, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

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4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Statewide Chamber Continues Advocacy For Fair Treatment Of New Mexico Businesses

  Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, the statewide business advocate, led a panel of business leaders and experts who testified on issues with the State’s procurement procedures, and raised concerns that major opportunities are being lost for local businesses when the state government spends tax dollars outside New Mexico.

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Regional
4:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Starlight Children's Theatre Presents "Patience" At NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall

Starlight Children’s Theatre presents “Patience” at Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU

Fridays and Saturdays, July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:00 PM           
 

Saturday Matinee July 12, 1:00 PM 
 

Friday Children's Matinee, July 18, 10:30 AM        

“Patience” Synopsis

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3:39 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

King: Martinez Ad Is "Nasty Smear Campaign"

  Governor Martinez' campaign sunk to a new low yesterday as they released a video from July, 2012 in a blatant effort to mislead and misinform New Mexicans while smearing Attorney General Gary King. This desperate attempt comes as Martinez seeks another four year term as Governor of New Mexico.

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3:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Las Cruces Confiscates $2500 In Illegal Fireworks

  Las Cruces fire, police and codes enforcement confiscated an estimated $2,500 worth of illegal fireworks and responded to several hundred calls related to fireworks during the 2014 season when vendors were allowed to sell their products.

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Regional
12:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man's Death In Clovis Investigated As Homicide

    

Clovis police say they're investigating a man's death as a homicide.

Police say a property manager found the body of 33-year-old Jose Barrera in an apartment on Monday.

According to police, Barrera had a Tucumcari address on his driver's license but recently had been living in Clovis as a transient.

Police say they're awaiting a determination of cause of death but say the death is suspicious because of blood found on the victim's head and because the apartment was supposed to be vacant.

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12:51 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Two Plead Guilty In Gallup Housing Fraud Case

Credit facebook.com/CityOfGallup

The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man each face prison time after admitting they plotted to defraud the federal government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Danny Garcia and 61-year-old Michael Virruso pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and of false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

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12:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Lawsuit: Inmate Left Untreated In New Mexico Jail

A new lawsuit says a Tennessee man who suffers from bipolar disorder was denied his medication and left untreated in a filthy New Mexico solitary confinement cell.

The lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says 57-year-old Michael Faziani was thrown in a Sierra County solitary confinement cell for days after getting arrested for a minor accident in a McDonald's parking pot.

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12:08 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces Is Home To Nation's Only Professional Doctorate In Economic Development

Benjamin Widner, an associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Business Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business, teaches courses in the Doctor of Economic Development program. (NMSU photo by Robert Yee)

  A doctoral program at New Mexico State University that is unique in the nation is looking to increase its visibility and expand its pool of qualified applicants.

The Doctor of Economic Development program was launched in 2008 and is offered jointly by the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business in the College of Business and the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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Regional
7:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Official: Application On Loading Crude In N.M. Withdrawn

A Texas company has withdrawn an application to transfer crude oil from tank trucks to rail cars at an industrial site in New Mexico.

Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres says Dallas-based NuDeveCo Midstream Development began the application process for usage of a mothballed American Gypsum drywall plant in Bernalillo but later backed away.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that American Gypsum had a contract with BNSF Railway to use the siding.

Bernalillo residents and officials had voiced concerns about possible oil spills.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

Regional
7:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Agency, Lawyer Differ On Applications Backlog

Credit facebook.com/nmhsd

The New Mexico Department of Human Services and lawyers for low-income people are at odds on whether the state is complying with a judge's order to quickly process applications for food and medical benefits.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales on May 15 ordered the department to process the backlogged applications immediately.

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7:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Immigration Security Help Vowed For New Mexico

Federal authorities are promising a southeastern New Mexico county that immigration officials will pay for any additional security connected to a temporary detention center.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Eddy County Manager Rick Rudometkin said last week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked the county to provide backup security.

But Rudometkin says the county will have to go through a contractor to hire close 90 security personnel. He says ICE will foot the bill.

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Regional
7:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Unions Give $180,000 For N.M. Campaigns

Labor unions have contributed $180,000 to a Democratic-leaning political committee that was a top spender in New Mexico legislative races in 2012.

Campaign finance reports show Patriot Majority New Mexico received $100,000 from an American Federation of Teachers' political committee last month and $80,000 from a committee of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in May.

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7:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Whittles Down Waiting List In N.M.

Credit www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress in whittling down the number of new patients in New Mexico who are on the troubled health care system's electronic waiting list.

The latest audit shows there were 482 veterans on the waiting list. That's down from more than 1,040 a month ago.

The list includes new patients for whom appointments cannot be scheduled within 90 days.

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6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

New Program To Help NMSU Students Access Financial Aid

Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, work-study and loans, are resources most college students utilize, and New Mexico State University has a new program to help students maintain their financial resources as they work toward graduation. 

Claire Cortner Montoya joined NMSU as the financial aid outreach adviser in spring 2014. She works with both incoming and current NMSU students who need help maneuvering through the financial aid requirements. 

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10:12 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Perry Refuses To Greet President On Texas Visit

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Gov. Rick Perry says he's declined an offer to greet President Barack Obama when he arrives in the Texas capitol on Wednesday.  Instead, the Republican says he'd like a "substantive meeting" with the president on the immigration crisis.  In a letter to the White House on Monday, Perry turned down what he called "a quick handshake on the tarmac."

But Perry said he'd be willing to rearrange his schedule to discuss "the humanitarian and national security crises" on the Texas-Mexico border.

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4:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

"Burning Bodhi" Starring "Big Bang's" Cuoco To Begin Filming In New Mexico

 New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature "Burning Bodhi," will begin principal photography in New Mexico.  Production will take place in and around Albuquerque and Bernalillo County mid-July through the beginning of August. 

 

Produced by Albuquerque resident Marshall Bear, and written and directed by University of New Mexico professor in practice (screenwriting) and Albuquerque resident Matthew McDuffie, the production will employ at least thirty New Mexico crew members and three New Mexico actors. 

 

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4:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Task Force Investigates Las Cruces Officer Shooting Of Dog

Las Cruces Police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating the shooting of a dog Monday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m. officers were dispatched to the report of a vicious dog, possibly a terrier-mix, on the 1000 block of Larry Drive. Officers learned that the dog apparently bit or attacked a 79-year-old man who resides near the owners of the canine.

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1:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access

A Public Education Commission member has filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico's requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.

Tyson Parker of Corrales brought the lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending the state's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.

The signature requirement is about three times greater than for minor party candidates, according to the lawsuit.

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1:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Virgin Galactic Partners With Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Credit facebook.com/virgingalactic

Virgin Galactic appears to be getting closer to reaching its long-delayed goal of launching tourists into space.

The company said Monday it has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its elite roster of passengers, who will pay $200,000 a person to make the flights from Spaceport America.

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