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6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Managing Storm Water At NMSU

Much of the landscape design on the NMSU campus was created to manage storm runoff. From swales to cuts in curbs, it all serves a purpose – moving storm water away from buildings and to areas where it can absorb into the ground. (Courtesy photo)

  The National Weather Service Forecast Office says the North American Monsoon System affects New Mexico and other areas across the Southwest every summer between June 15 and Sept. 30. During that time, large amounts of rain can fall astonishingly quickly, but where does it all go? How is it managed?

Jack Kirby, assistant director of New Mexico State University’s Environmental Health and Safety office, runs New Mexico State University’s Storm Water Management Program, which is mandated by law and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Regional
1:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces Dioceses Opens Its Doors To Immigrant Families

Bishop Oscar Cantu announces the Las Cruces Dioceses project to house, clothe and feed immigrant parents and their children
Credit Simon Thompson

When someone is apprehended crossing the border illegally they are handed over to Immigration and Customs enforcement or ICE.

But they don’t have enough of facilities needed to house the minors and families coming across the border. So once they have been processed they are released on their own reconnaissance, while they wait for their immigration hearings.

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Regional
4:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mother Arrested In Ongoing Child Abuse Investigation

  The mother of a four-year-old girl who was injured while she was in the care of her mother’s girlfriend has also been arrested in connection with the child’s injuries.

   Maria Gurrola-Nevarez, 23, was taken into custody Friday, June 27. She is charged with one count of child abuse and one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. At the time of her arrest, Gurrola-Nevarez also had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines. 

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Regional
4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Fugitive May Be Back In Las Cruces Area

  A man arrested on residential burglary charges who reportedly fled to Mexico after posting bond could be back in Doña Ana County, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

Guillermo Velasquez, 19, was arrested on July 10, 2013 for residential burglary and conspiracy to commit a third-degree felony after deputies reportedly caught Velasquez and another suspect coming out of a window in the 5800 block of Stern Drive.

Velasquez was booked at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, where he posted bond on July 29, 2013.

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Regional
3:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Electric Fish Research In The Desert? It's Happening At NMSU Las Cruces

  A New Mexico State University professor is among a group of researchers that has co-authored an article about electric fish appearing in the latest edition of “Science” magazine. 

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Regional
1:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Sandbags Available At Volunteer Fire Stations

 With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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Regional
1:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Wild Horse Advocates Drop Lawsuit

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

  Wild horse advocates have dropped a lawsuit challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor the critics claimed were allowing some mustangs that were gathered to be sold for slaughter.

Bonnie Kohleriter and Laura Leigh of the Nevada-based group Wild Horse Education said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service couldn't account for the majority of the 140 horses J&S Associates of Mississippi rounded up last fall from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

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Regional
12:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NMSU Hosts Sustainable Agriculture Fellows

Mark Marsalis, superintendent at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, explains the crop research being done at the center to the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Fellows during a recent tour. The Cooperative Extension Service agriculture agents from across the country toured agricultural operations in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  A select group of cooperative extension service agricultural agents from across the country visited New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas during a recent tour of sustainable agriculture operations in New Mexico.

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s Sustainable Agriculture Fellows visited agricultural operations in Albuquerque, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas, Edgewood, Moriarty, Medanales, Abiquiu, Santa Cruz and Tesuque Pueblo to see the various ways New Mexico farmers are dealing with the issues they face.

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Regional
12:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Sandbags Available At Las Cruces Fire Stations

In the event of localized flooding, the Las Cruces Fire Department is making sandbags available to Las Cruces residents.

The number of sandbags is limited to 10 per homeowner. They are intended to keep water from entering a dwelling so they should be placed around doorways and other entrances that are susceptible to flooding.

The sandbags are not intended to protect landscaping or vegetation.

Las Cruces residents may pick up sandbags at any of the following fire stations:

Station #1: 201 E Picacho Ave.

Station#2: 1199 E. Foster Rd.

Regional
11:35 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court: Police Need Search Warrant For Motel Trash

  New Mexico's highest court has ruled that police need a warrant to search garbage placed in a motel dumpster.

The state Supreme Court split 3-2 in a ruling Monday that made clear the New Mexico Constitution offers broader protections against unreasonable searches than the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

The court's majority said the federal constitutional would allow police to freely search garbage left out for collection, but probable cause and a warrant is necessary in New Mexico — even for trash discarded in a dumpster outside of a motel.

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Regional
11:27 am
Tue July 1, 2014

El Paso Legislator: Texas Will Have Another "Major Disaster" Without Better Fertilizer Regulations

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is already getting pushback from Republicans.

GOP House members said Tuesday they worried about small fertilizer operators in rural Texas counties paying for new regulations intended to improve safety. Republican state Rep. George Lavender called the early proposals "overkill."

The draft includes requiring ammonium nitrate to be stored in non-combustible containers.

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Regional
10:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Contestants Announced For "Look Who's Dancing" In Las Cruces

New Mexico State University’s DanceSport Company announced the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 Contestants. The local celebrities will be paired with a NMSU DanceSport Company partner in August and the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 event will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy photo)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education’s DanceSport Company announced the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 Contestants at a kickoff party June 25. The local celebrities will be paired with a DanceSport Company partner in August. The season culminates with a dance competition at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pan American Center. 

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Regional
10:56 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man In Neighborhood Assault

  A man suspected of physically assaulting and disarming his neighbor during a Sunday evening dispute was arrested by Las Cruces Police.

John Hamilton, 46, is charged with one count each of robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and battery.

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Regional
8:29 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico To Sell Elk Licenses To Young Hunters

Young New Mexicans have a chance starting next week to obtain a license to hunt elk this season.

The Game and Fish Department is offering for sale more than 2,000 youth licenses for hunting antlerless elk.

The online sale starts July 9 and the licenses are for hunters who will be under age 18 on the opening day of the hunt.

The licenses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available for two weeks to New Mexico residents who didn't draw a big game hunting license in this year's lottery.

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Regional
8:27 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hobbs Man Pleads Not Guilty In Hammer Attack

A Hobbs man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of attacking an elderly couple in Las Cruces couple during a robbery.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 42-year-old Guy Jaime Young entered the plea to nine felony counts Monday in state District Court.

Police have said Young on June 11 approached an 82-year-old man and hit him over the head with the hammer before entering the home and striking the man's 79-year-old wife on the head.

He then fled in the couple's pickup but was located by police at a truck stop 90 minutes later.

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Regional
8:19 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Albuquerque To Host World Cup Viewing Party

The city of Albuquerque is inviting soccer fans to watch the United States take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

Mayor Richard Berry's office announced that a city-sponsored watch party will be held Tuesday afternoon at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.

The party starts at 1 p.m., an hour before the game, which will be broadcast on the KiMo's new, state of the art silver screen.

Admission is free and a light concession stand will be open.

ESPN Radio 101.7 FM is co-hosting the viewing party.

Regional
8:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Forest Officials Restrict Hours At Catwalk Area

Credit fs.fed.us

Forest officials have decided to limit visiting hours at the Catwalk National Recreation Area in southwestern New Mexico during the summer monsoon season.

The reason is afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rain could contribute to flooding along NM Highway 174. Officials say there's also a risk of not being able to alert visitors in a timely manner if flooding is forecast for the area.

Starting Wednesday, the area will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily. The limited hours are expected to stay in place through the end of the monsoon season.

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Regional
8:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Northern New Mexico Fire Grows To 3 Square Miles

A wildfire raging in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains has grown to an estimated over 3 square miles as it sends smoke as far away as Albuquerque, about 75 miles to the south.

The lightning-sparked Diego Fire located nine miles southwest of Coyote is burning in mixed conifer forest with many dead or downed trees, and officials say groups of trees catch fire at a time.

The fire on Monday made a run to the southeast, resulting in officers going door to door to ask residents of the sparsely populated area to leave their homes.

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Regional
8:08 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Teachers' Evaluations Could Affect Paychecks

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera
Credit NM Education Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera

New Mexico's new teacher evaluation system could have consequences for the paychecks of teachers who receive poor ratings.

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera tells the Albuquerque Journal that teachers who get the two lowest ratings could face delays in moving up in the state's licensing system's three tiers.

Those tiers have progressively higher minimum pay.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico Begins Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

A statewide ban on texting and driving takes effect Tuesday, July 1, and Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies will be enforcing the new law with added patrols.

   Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from sending or reading text messages and/or emails – even if they are stopped at a light or stuck in traffic.

   Drivers also are banned from conducting Internet searches on any hand-held wireless device.

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Regional
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Las Cruces Gross Receipts Tax Rises To Nearly Eight Percent

The gross receipts tax in Las Cruces rises to nearly eight percent Tuesday.  Las Cruces says the tax increase was necessary due to the state legislature’s decision to gradually reduce the so-called “hold harmless” payments to local governments over a 15-year period.  The payments helped compensate localities for the loss of revenue when the state stopped taxing food and medicine.  The hold harmless payment reductions were instituted to pay for a corporate tax cut approved by the legislature and Governor Martinez last year.

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Local Viewpoints
4:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Pearce Responds To President's Immigration Announcement

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Congressman Steve Pearce released this statement in response to President Obama’s announcement today that he would fix the immigration system on his own, without Congress.

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Regional
4:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mammoth Tusk Found In New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico–New Mexico’s standing as a paleontological hot spot has once again been confirmed. Recently, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing permittees Tom and Sissy Olney reported that a possible mammoth tusk was eroding out of an arroyo bank on BLM land within their grazing allotment.  The Olneys had noticed a white object within the arroyo wall over 20 years ago, however, based on the small amount exposed it appeared to be a rock or root.

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Regional
2:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Transcript: President Obama On Border Security And Immigration Reform

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

Rose Garden

 

3:04 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  One year ago this month, senators of both parties –- with support from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities –- came together to pass a commonsense immigration bill. 

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2:42 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Confidence In Supreme Court Falls To New Low

Lead in text: 
USA Today reports on Gallup poll results that show the American public is losing faith in our Supreme Court.
We know Americans don't have much confidence in Congress or President Obama, but it turns out the Supreme Court is also slipping in the public eye. On the same day the justices ruled on a controversial case dealing with President Obama's contraception policy, a new Gallup Poll finds only 30% of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court - a record low for the judicial branch.
Regional
2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Cap

New Mexico's highest court has upheld a state law that caps residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

The state Supreme Court on Monday said the law was constitutional.

Critics of the tax limitation law contended it had improperly created a new class of taxpayers based on when someone bought a house.

Under a state law that took effect in 2001, most people are subject to a 3 percent limit on how much property values can climb each year for tax purposes. However, the cap doesn't apply when a home changes hands.

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Regional
2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

President Obama: I Will Act On Immigration Reform

   President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

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Regional
2:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

150 Border Agents Being Sent To South Texas

  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson says 150 more Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas where authorities have been overwhelmed by an increase illegal immigration.

Johnson on Monday made his third visit in the last month and a half to the Border Patrol's McAllen station in southernmost Texas. The station has been hardest hit by the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children arrested since October. It's not clear if the new agents are temporary or permanent transfers.

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Regional
2:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Secretary Of Labor Blasts Supreme Court Union Dues Ruling

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision:

“Home care workers do heroic work, providing high-quality, compassionate care that allows seniors and people with disabilities to live at home with independence and dignity.

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Regional
2:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Resticted Hours At Gila Catwalk

Silver City, NM--Due to predicted heavy rains and thundershowers starting this week, hours of use at the Catwalk National Recreation Area, on the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New Mexico will be restricted starting Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Hours of use will be between 8:00 a.m.

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