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9:33 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Rep. Pearce Responds To Report On WIPP

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Today, Congressman Steve Pearce responded to the Department of Energy’s WIPP Underground Fire Accident Investigation Report. The report provides a detailed examination into the fire that took place on February 5, 2014. 

“This transparent report highlights the sloppy procedures that caused the fire,” Pearce said, “including failure to regularly clean oil and grease off the engines of mining equipment.  The report concludes with the steps the WIPP team and the Department of Energy intend to take to prevent future incidents at the facility.

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9:19 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Vandals Strike Santa Fe Center For Homeless Youth

A Santa Fe center that serves homeless youth is making repairs and cleaning up in the wake of extensive vandalism.

Vandals damaged computer equipment, scattered food and tagged walls with graffiti at the Street Outreach Resource Center. They also stole a car that was crashed nearby.

The center serves hundreds of teens annually, most coming from northern New Mexico. Aid includes food, clothing and medical assistance.

The vandalism occurred Wednesday evening.

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8:23 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Future Unknown For Fort Bayard

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9:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

NM Lottery Scholarship Safe...For Now

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Intermezzo
5:20 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

DALO brings “Orpheus in the Underworld” to Las Cruces

John Carlo Pierce, director of DALO's production of "Orpheus in the Underworld."
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The heartrending ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice hardly seems like material for a scathing satirical opera, but that’s exactly what the 19th-century French composer Jacques Offenbach turned it into in his “Orpheus in the Underworld.” This week, the Dona Lyric Opera performs the opera, and Artistic Director John Carlo Pierce came by to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about the myth, the parody, its most famous can-can music, and more. Recorded on March 13, 2014.

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3:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Transcript: President's Statement On Plans To Expand Overtime Protections

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON OVERTIME PAY

 

East Room

 

2:27 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody, thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Please.  Thank you, guys.  Please have a seat. 

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3:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New President For Carlsbad Nuclear Waste Site

The president of southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump has been ousted as investigations into a truck fire and radiation release near completion.

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1:29 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

King Challenges New Mexicans' "Right To Die"

Credit via www.garyking.org

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is appealing a court ruling that terminally ill patients can seek a physician's help in dying.

King tells the Albuquerque Journal that one of the problems with District Judge Jan Nash's January ruling is that it doesn't apply statewide.

King also says he wants to protect the assisted suicide law. That law classifies helping with suicide as a felony.

The case centers on Aja Riggs, a Santa Fe resident who was diagnosed with an aggressive uterine cancer. Her cancer is in remission, but doctors expect it to return.

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1:27 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Mexico DWI Deaths At Record Low

Gov. Susana Martinez says alcohol-related traffic deaths in New Mexico have reached a record low.

Martinez said Thursday preliminary numbers show the state saw 133 fatal alcohol-related crashes last year, a nearly 14 percent drop from 2012. Officials say that's the lowest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state's recorded history.

The state's previous low was in 2008 when New Mexico saw 143 alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Martinez attributed the recent decline to aggressive programs by law enforcement agencies and better awareness from the public.

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1:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Found Dead; Three Hurt

The FBI says a Border Patrol agent found dead in South Texas is the focus of an investigation prompted by the kidnapping and assault of three females.

Both the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection released few details Thursday on events that unfolded the night before. The CBP says authorities encountered an injured woman who told them that she and the two others had been attacked by a man. Authorities then later found the second injured female.

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12:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Mexico High Risk Pool Insurance Rates Skyrocket

Insurance rates for people covered by New Mexico's high-risk pool will go up nearly 24 percent, partly because enrollment is shrinking as more previously uninsurable people find coverage through health insurance exchanges.

The head of the pool created by the state nearly 30 years ago says another reason for the premium increase taking effect July 1 is that the premiums are being brought more in line with those of other insurance products on the market.

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12:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Alamogordo Woman Gets 16 Years For Hurting Daughter

An Alamogordo woman who had said she threw her infant daughter on the ground in 2011 because she thought it was possessed by the devil now faces 16 years in prison.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 28-year-old Samantha Noriega was sentenced Wednesday in District Court after she pleaded no contest in October to felony child abuse with great bodily harm.

The 7-month-old child suffered a brain hemorrhage which was considered life threatening but prosecutor Kirby Wills says the child has made what the prosecutor called a "miraculous recovery."

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12:34 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ticket In A Las Cruces School Zone? At Least $162

Las Cruces Police issued 15 citations during a one hour traffic enforcement project along a school zone Wednesday afternoon.

Working from 3-4 p.m. along south Sonoma Ranch Boulevard, near Centennial High School, traffic officers issued 13 citations for speeding and two to drivers who could not show proof of valid liability insurance.

The citation for speeding through a school zone carries a fine of $162. A citation for no insurance requires a mandatory court appearance.

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12:33 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Las Cruces DWI Causes Four-Car Crash

  Las Cruces Police have issued citations to the 21-year-old man suspected of causing a four vehicle pileup Wednesday evening on Main Street.

Michael Burton was issued citations for driving while intoxicated, careless driving, driving on a suspended license and for not wearing a seatbelt. Burton was unresponsive at the scene and airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. His injuries appear to be minimal and he was listed in stable conditionThursday morning at the hospital.

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Local Viewpoints
8:24 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Review Of Overtime Protections

  After weathering the Great Recession and through five years of hard work and determination, America is creating jobs and rebuilding our economy. But as a result of shifts that have taken hold over more than three decades, too many Americans are working harder than ever just to get by, let alone to get ahead. 

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8:36 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Local Group Drafts Minimum Wage Proposal

Communities in Action and Faith tells KRWG News it has a first draft of the petition it will give to the City of Las Cruces.

"We wanna make sure that people are getting paid fairly."

I talked to executive director, Sarah Nolan.
She says they need 2,500 registered voter signatures for a petition to become a question on the November ballot…should the minimum wage be increased?

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11:38 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Las Cruces Police: Cell Phone Use Must Be "Hands Free"

  Las Cruces Police issued more than 120 citations in February to drivers who violated the city’s cell phone ordinance and are now concentrating their traffic enforcement efforts near the Telshor-Lohman Business District.

LCPD’s Traffic Unit issued 123 citations in February to drivers using or manipulating a cell phone in violation of the city’s ordinance, the law that bans cell phone use while driving within city limits.

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11:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Cold Front Triggers Texas And New Mexico Dust Storm

A wall of dust as tall as 1,000 feet and 200 miles wide has roared across parts of West Texas and New Mexico.

The dust storm late Tuesday is yet another sign the region is rain-starved.

National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich in Lubbock said Wednesday that the dust was lifted into the air ahead of a fast-moving cold front that reached the city, already more than 1.5 inches behind on precipitation this year as drought lingers.

Wind gusts reached 50 mph, he said.

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11:32 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Lawmaker To Return Per Diem

A Las Cruces lawmaker who missed the recent legislative session while recovering from surgery plans to return several thousand dollars he collected in per-diem payments.

State Rep. Phillip Archuleta says that during the 30-day session, he was recuperating from having his right leg amputated in January.

He's staying in a facility for physical rehabilitation in Albuquerque.

Archuleta faced criticism because he continued to receive the $159 per-diem payments and 56 cents-per-mile travel reimbursement.

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11:30 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Voters To Decide Fate Of New Mexico Capital Projects

Voters will decide in the November general election whether to approve $167 million for capital improvements at New Mexico's college, universities, tribal schools, senior citizen centers and libraries.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday signed legislation to authorize the projects but voters must approve the financing from bonds backed by property taxes.

Nearly $140 million is for projects at schools of higher education, tribal colleges and the New Mexico Military Institute.

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11:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Las Cruces Orders Ethics Training For Employees

Las Cruces is making the city's more than 1,300 employees take a refresher class on ethics.

City Manager Robert Garza says that's because of several cases of alleged wrongdoing by employees.

Those cases include pending forgery and embezzlement allegations against at least one automobile fleet management worker and streets workers being accused of diverting city materials.

New city employees already receive ethics training during orientation shorty after being hired.

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11:28 am
Wed March 12, 2014

NM Police Chief: Probe Shows No Cheating

State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says investigations into the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy have found no evidence of cheating.

Kassetas told The Associated Press late Tuesday that after state officials received two tips over possible cheating, investigations concluded that cadets were not getting answers right before taking exams.

He says cadets are given a practice test and go over material expected to be on exams but are not given "verbatim answers" for tests.

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11:27 am
Wed March 12, 2014

New Mexico Investments Notch Solid 2013 Return

New Mexico's permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.

The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.

According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.

The council says it's been reducing the overall portfolio's volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

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8:53 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Leslie Endean Singh Drops Bid For Congress

  This morning Leslie Endean-Singh made the following statement regarding the future of her campaign for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional district.

In light of the results at last Saturday’s pre-primary convention, I will be formally withdrawing from the race for the United States Congress. The delegates to our pre-primary convention have made their decision, and, in the spirit of Democratic unity, I believe it is best if we unite behind our party’s nominee, and our next congresswoman, Rocky Lara.

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8:42 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Major Growth In New Mexico Health Insurance Enrollment

 

  The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) reported that 15,012 New Mexicans had enrolled in individual qualified health plans as of February 28, 2014, a 29 percent increase from the 11,620 enrollments confirmed at the end of January 2014. This growth rate mirrors the national rate, which was also 29 percent for the same time span.

 

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8:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

A Grand Welcome At Holloman For F-16 Pilots

Colonel Rodney Petithomme, 54th Fighter Group commander, delivers a speech during the 54th Fighter Group activation ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., March 11. The 54th Fighter Group, a tenant unit at Holloman, is a detachment the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and will ultimately operate two F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft training squadrons.

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- More than 300 members of Team Holloman from in and around the Tularosa Basin and the Sacramento Mountains gathered to witness the future of the 49th Wing as the 54th Fighter Group was officially welcomed to the base in an activation ceremony here March 11.

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4:23 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Pearce: DOD Should Release Report On Electric Transmission Line

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  Since 2009, New Mexico has been faced with an internal conflict.  Sun Zia, an Arizona corporation, has proposed building an energy transmission line across New Mexico, which would cut across White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).  Despite concerns from the Department of Defense (DoD) that this line would negatively impact the mission at WSMR, the Department of Interior (DoI) supported Sun Zia and published an official alternative route running through the missile range.  This past fall, DoD and DoI asked MIT to conduct an impartial audit of the Sun Zia proposal to validate or discredit the DoD

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3:51 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces Model U.N. Students Host Sunday Event

The Model United Nations team at New Mexico State University will sponsor its first U.N. Women’s Day Fun Run Sunday, March 16. The race will begin at the corner of Arrowhead Drive and Stewart Street, in the area adjacent to the student tailgating lot on the NMSU campus.

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3:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

NMSU Rated Among Best Graduate Schools For Education

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  New Mexico State University is listed among the best graduate schools for education for 2015 according to U.S. News & World Report. 

NMSU ranks 116 on this year’s compilation and is tied with peer institutions such as the University of New Mexico, Texas Tech University and Oklahoma State University. 

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3:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

BLM Seeks Research To Reduce Wild Horse And Burro Herds

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

  As part of its continuing efforts to improve the national Wild Horse and Burro Program, and in response to a recent study of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Bureau of Land Management is seeking research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

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