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7:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum Planned

Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District of northern New Mexico are to appear at a forum later this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

The group says the candidate forum is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown Santa Fe public library's community room.

Three-term Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan is running against Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd, who lost a bid for the congressional seat two years ago. Republican Thomas Hook of Portales is a write-in candidate.

Regional
7:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Farmington To Vote On Funds For Detox Center

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Farmington officials are considering a proposal to keep San Juan County's only detox center open until a new program can start.

The Daily Times reports that the Farmington City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss approving more than $79,000 in funding for the Four Winds Recovery Center.

Center executive director Jolene Schneider told officials last month that the increase could keep the facility operating until its contract ends June 30.

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Regional
6:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism

Trailers have been set up for a school at a federal immigration detention center in an isolated New Mexico desert town. A basketball court and a soccer field have been installed.

And detainees are pleading their cases over a video link with judges in Denver.

Officials say that the facility could remain open until next summer to house women and children from Central America who were among a wave of immigrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally this year.

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Regional
6:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

King, Martinez To Spar In Spanish-Language Debate

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King are set to spar off in a Spanish-language debate aimed at the state's Hispanic voters.

The pair is scheduled Monday to meet in a KLUZ-TV Univision-sponsored forum in their second debate.

A spokesman for Martinez say the governor will answer her questions in Spanish. King will participate through an interpreter.

Political observers say the debate in unique since only one of the candidates in fluent in Spanish.

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Regional
1:38 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Texas Congressman In Fair Condition After Accident

The oldest-ever member of the U.S. House remains hospitalized after being injured in a weekend car accident in North Texas.

A spokeswoman for Medical Center of Plano says Texas Republican Ralph Hall was in fair and stable condition on Sunday. A spokesman for Hall has said the lawmaker is expected to recover.

Hall was airlifted to the hospital on Saturday after suffering a hip injury and minor cuts and bruises when a car turned in front of his vehicle. The drivers were not injured.

The accident happened in the town of Trenton, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas.

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Regional
1:37 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Balloon Stolen At Albuquerque Fiesta

A California woman wasn't able to honor her late husband at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta after a thief made off with the balloon her daughter planned to pilot.

Police say Lucinda Wallace's hot air balloon was taken sometime early Saturday morning from the Nativo Hotel. The suspect also took a trailer holding the balloon and a Chevrolet Suburban with a California license plate that reads "baluner."

Wallace says daughter Marilyn was going to fly it in memory of her father. Rick Wallace died more than two months ago of cancer.

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Sports
8:45 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Georgia Southern Runs Over NMSU

  Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, including a late fourth quarter score to lift Georgia Southern over New Mexico State 36-28 on Saturday night.

Brandon Betancourt ran for a 5-yard touchdown to pull the Aggies within 29-21. Ellison answered with a quarterback draw from 32-yards out to stretch the Eagles' lead to 36-21 with 2:34 to play. Betancourt ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 20 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

Ellison finished with 145 yards on 16 carries, including a 7-yard score in the first quarter.

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Regional
7:30 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Film Festival Coming To Alamogordo

Even those who have not seen the 1902 classic A Trip To The Moon will recognize this iconic image. The film will be one of several featured during the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne Film Festival October 16 – 18 at the Tombaugh Theater.

  As part of Induction Days at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne Film Fest will be held October 16-18. The film fest is a tribute to Inductees Verne and Wells and will premiere selected classic films based on their works. It will be held at the Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the museum.

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Local Viewpoints
7:27 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Lara Campaign: Pearce Trying To Hide Vote To End Medicare As We Know It

  Rocky Lara’s campaign released the following statement in response to Congressman Pearce’s latest misleading attack ad.

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Local Viewpoints
7:25 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Pearce Reacts To Jobs Report

  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement regarding the monthly Jobs Report released by the Department of Labor.

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Regional
7:19 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

One In Custody After Triple Stabbing In Albuquerque

  Police say one suspect is in custody after three people were stabbed outside an Albuquerque cigar bar.

Officer Fred Duran said early Saturday that officers were called to a fire station, where all three victims showed stab wounds.

Duran says one of the victims was detained as possibly being the primary aggressor.

One victim was in critical condition but all three are expected to recover.

Authorities say the incident took place around 2:30 a.m. in the city's Nob Hill area across the street from Imbibe bar.

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Intermezzo
5:27 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

A new season begins for the Mesilla Valley Concert Band

Conductor Dr. William Clark
Credit Leora Zeitlin

“Whatever you do, do it at the highest level,” says conductor Dr. William Clark, recounting advice that he’s been giving students and musicians throughout his career. The conductor of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band returns to the podium this fall to lead the band in a concert featuring music by Robert Russell Bennett, Mark Camphouse, Leonard Bernstein, and as always, John Philip Sousa. Clark joined Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin to talk about the composers, the unusual pieces he’s chosen by them, and how long it takes to learn a piece before he begins rehearsing the 102-member ensemble.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexico School District Bans Cell Phones

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A southeastern New Mexico school district has banned students from having cell phones after officials say bullying comments were made on social media.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Tatum Municipal Schools Superintendent Buddy Little announced Thursday students won't be allowed to carry cell phones on campus due to anonymous comments made on the Yik Yak app.

Little says some students complained to officials and administrators started monitoring the site. He says officials found cases of bullying and comments directed at staff.

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Regional
2:50 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Weather Service: Tornado Touched Down Near Chama

The National Weather Service says a tornado briefly touched down and caused some damage near Chama in a sparsely populated mountainous area of northern New Mexico earlier this week.

According to the weather service's Albuquerque office, the tornado developed late Monday afternoon and had peak winds of 110 mph and a path 2.3 miles long and fourth-tenths of a mile wide.

The weather service says the tornado passed tore off the roof of a ranch headquarters, damaged other buildings and uprooted numerous trees.

However, there were no reported injuries.

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Regional
2:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Judge Rules Defendant Incompetent To Stand Trial

A judge in Alamogordo has ruled that an 18-year-old woman is mentally incompetent to stand trial in the smothering death of her foster mother.

The woman was charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the 2011 death of Evelyn Miranda of San Patricio.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that District Court Judge James Counts ruled Tuesday that the 18-year-old probably won't become competent in the near future.

Counts ruled that she could be a danger to others. He ordered that she remain in custody pending action by health authorities.

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Regional
2:46 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bill Richardson Decries Ad By GOP Gov. Martinez

Former New Mexico Governor
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Former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is firing back at Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for a hard-hitting campaign ad that renews allegations of corruption during Richardson's tenure.

Richardson said in a statement Friday that Martinez is airing the TV ad against Democratic Gary King in the governor's race because of "her pathetic accomplishments" and a need to "divert attention from a miserable record" on education and the economy.

Richardson called Martinez a "clueless governor."

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Regional
2:42 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Grand Jury: Santa Fe Police Shooting Not Justified

A grand jury has concluded that Santa Fe police officers weren't justified in shooting an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face.

Neither of the two officers has been charged but District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco said she'll turn over the case to a special prosecutor to determine whether charges should be filed. She announced the grand jury's findings Friday.

Roberto Mendez was shot in the cheek at a convenience store during the August 2013 incident. Police said at the time that the officers were checking an SUV matching the description of a stolen vehicle.

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Local Viewpoints
1:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Faith Leaders Thank The Mayor And City Council & Ask Them To Move Forward Not Backward

On September 8th of this year, Las Cruces joined 13 states, the District of Columbia, and became the 6th  municipality to vote for a raise that over time will improve the lives of millions nationwide.  We celebrate Mayor Ken Miyagishima and the City Council’s vote giving hardworking individuals and families in Las Cruces a raise to $10.10 by 2017, including increased tipped wages.  We applaud their commitment to an economic strategy that works for our local economy.  Council’s action will help lift 18,000 workers and their families in Las Cruces out of poverty, giving them a fighting chance

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Regional
7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

MS-13 Gang Member Arrested In Southwestern AZ

U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector have arrested an MS-13 gang member near San Luis.

They say record checks identified the subject as a Honduran national and active member of the MS-13 gang who was last removed from the country through Phoenix in February 2013.

The subject was arrested Wednesday and is in custody of the Border Patrol's Yuma Station.

The person's name and age wasn't immediately released Thursday.

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Regional
6:58 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Sheriff Faces Challenges In Troubled New Mexico County

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A newly appointed sheriff in a troubled northern New Mexico county faces challenges in winning over supporters of his recently convicted predecessor and patrolling a vast area overrun by drug trafficking.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan takes over an office just a week after former Sheriff Thomas Rodella was convicted of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights during a traffic stop.

Rodella, once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, was ousted from office Thursday by county commissioners after he refused to resign.

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Regional
6:50 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to take action on the state's request for a major disaster declaration due to summer flooding.

Severe storms in late July and early August resulted in flooding that damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure in several New Mexico counties and tribal communities.

A disaster declaration would free up federal funding to help with recovery efforts and repairs.

Gov. Susana Martinez requested the declaration in a letter sent Monday.

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Regional
6:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Tribal Development Projects To Get Funding Boost

More than a dozen tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico will be getting a boost of federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say more than $2.8 million has been awarded to the projects through a program within the U.S. Interior Department.

The senators say the money will help the tribes better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources.

The Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache and the pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Nambe, Jemez, San Felipe and Zuni will share in the grants.

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Election 2014
6:44 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexicans Voter Registration Deadline Is Oct. 7

New Mexicans have only a few more days to become eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

Tuesday is the deadline to register as a voter. That's also the first day that New Mexicans can cast ballots in person at a county clerk's office.

County clerks also can start mailing out absentee ballots to voters on Tuesday.

Early voting will expand to more locations statewide on Oct. 18.

Nearly 1.3 million New Mexicans were registered to vote at the start of the month, according to the secretary of state's office.

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Election 2014
6:06 am
Fri October 3, 2014

KRWG Election 2014 Preview: New Mexico House District 35 Challenger Betty Bishop

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

National Firefighter Training In Las Cruces

We trust firefighters to keep us safe during an emergency, but firefighters also have safety concerns when they enter burning buildings. A new, free program is hoping to help keep firefighters safe, while they keep the public safe.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

National Firefighter Training In Las Cruces

We trust firefighters to keep us safe during an emergency, but firefighters also have safety concerns when they enter burning buildings. A new, free program is hoping to help keep firefighters safe, while they keep the public safe.

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Intermezzo
6:07 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Lords, Ladies & Jesters: A Madrigal Dinner in Las Cruces

Conductor David Klement and singers Zel Hartman and Hannah Hopper
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Renaissance costumes, humor, dancing, food and most of all music, will be showcased at a grand “King’s Feast” that will entertain plenty of lords and ladies in Las Cruces this weekend. Presented by NMSU’s University Singers and Dancers Unlimited, the event is a fundraiser for a trip the chorus plans to take to Germany and the Czech Republic in the spring. Conductor and Director of Choral Activities David Klement and two students, Zel Hartman and Hannah Hopper, came to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the festivities.

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Regional
4:58 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Donut Shop Robbery Suspect Sought

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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the man suspected of committing a robbery Monday at a local donut shop.

At around 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, a man entered the Bosa Donuts, at 190 Avenida de Mesilla, and demanded money from a store employee. The suspected indicated that he was armed with a gun but never displayed one.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the store.

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Regional
4:13 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Teen Jailed After Thtreatening Family With A Gun

A 17-year-old Las Cruces teen was arrested Wednesday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators said he allegedly came home from school drunk and threatened his mother and brother with a stolen handgun.            Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9500 block of Arrowhead road at 4 p.m. after Adam Terrazas reportedly hit his mother and threatened his 15-year-old brother with a handgun.The 15-year-old told investigators Terrazas started drinking after school. When the two did not come home after school, the boys’ mother called to tell them to come home.

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