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3:39 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

U.S. Army: Bergdahl Venturing Out In Public

  A U.S. Army spokeswoman says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, is being allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl has been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio since returning to the United States last month.

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3:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Chamber Requests Public Records On Procurement

  Today, The Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), New Mexico’s statewide chamber of commerce, submitted requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) for records pertaining to contract purchases by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, and the New Mexico General Services Department.  The records requested will show what percentage of state taxpayer money in these departments is being spent outside of New Mexico, instead of in contracts with in-state businesses to promote local growth.

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12:52 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Central Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Terror Charges

  Federal prosecutors say a Central Texas man has pleaded guilty to attempting to support terrorists overseas and faces up to 15 years in prison.

Rahatul Khan, a 23-year-old University of Texas student, entered his plea Tuesday morning in Austin.

Khan was arrested last month on charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors say Khan was recruiting fighters to go to Somalia for "jihad" — an Arabic term sometimes used to mean a Muslim holy war.

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Regional
12:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Northern New Mexico Wildfire Continues To Grow

  A wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.

Officials said Wednesday morning the lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned more than five square miles, an increase of about 400 acres since Tuesday.

However, the fire remained zero percent contained.

Still, some residents say they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire's dangers. And ranchers who have livestock roaming in the fire area are worried about their cattle.

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Regional
9:46 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bizarre Las Cruces Abduction Story Leads To Arrest

  A Las Cruces man who claimed a group of men abducted him at knifepoint has been arrested and charged with filing a false report after his co-workers refuted his story and told investigators they were all at a bar together.

   Angel Ray Figueroa, 24, called his live-in girlfriend in the early morning hours of May 22, 2014 from a convenience store and told the woman he didn’t come home after work because he had been taken by three black men in a white car.

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Regional
8:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Early Voting More Popular In Primary Election

Official primary election returns show a growing portion of New Mexico voters are casting their ballots before Election Day.

About 40 percent of Democratic and Republican voters in this year's primary election took advantage of absentee ballots or early in-person voting, according to official returns from the secretary of state's office.

That's up from 35 percent in 2010, and 24 percent in 2006. Both were gubernatorial election years.

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Regional
8:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces To Beef Up Fireworks Patrols

The Las Cruces fire and police departments are beefing up fireworks patrols this year.

Because of the continued drought, the city is only allowing fireworks on barren or paved lands with a readily available water source nearby. The restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks in any city park.

Officials will increase patrols Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks.

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8:06 am
Wed July 2, 2014

PNM Plans To Add More Renewable Energy

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New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

PNM released details of the resource plan it filed with state regulators Tuesday. The utility considered future changes in the cost and reliability of potential resources — from coal to solar and wind — in determining what should be included in the mix.

The plan outlines the utility's objectives for the next two decades and includes specific recommendations for the next few years.

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Regional
8:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Mexico Boy, 12, To Be Sentenced In Shooting

A 12-year-old boy who pleaded no contest to opening fire in a New Mexico middle school gym and injuring two students is scheduled to be sentenced.

The boy is expected Wednesday to appear before a judge for the Jan. 14 shooting at a Roswell middle school. As a juvenile, he faces possible detention until he's 21 years old.

Authorities say the 12-year-old took a modified shotgun to Berrendo Middle School and opened fire on students as they waited for classes to begin.

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7:59 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman's Death Is Suspicious

Albuquerque police have identified a woman whose dead body was found in her home and they say her death is suspicious.

Police identify the woman whose body was found Monday as 53-year-old Danette Webb but they haven't released details on the circumstances of her death.

Police request anybody with information on the victim's death to contact police.

The home in southwest Albuquerque is located on Dunhill Avenue, in a neighborhood south of Central Avenue and west of Unser Boulevard.

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Regional
7:57 am
Wed July 2, 2014

College Partners With University On Nursing Degree

A partnership with the University of New Mexico will enable San Juan College nursing students to graduate with a four-year bachelor's degree after they get their associate degrees.

The Daily Times reports that San Juan College President Toni Pendergrass and UNM Nursing School Dean Nancy Ridenour signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday night.

According to Nisa Bruce, the director of the college's nursing program, the partnership will help students unable to transfer to UNM in Albuquerque or to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

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Regional
7:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reports: Men Fatally Shot By Police Were Impaired

Toxicology reports say two men were impaired when they were fatally shot by Albuquerque police in May.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Office of the Medical Investigator on Tuesday released death investigations and toxicology reports for 50-year-old Armand Martin and 37-year-old Ralph Chavez.

A report says Martin had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Tests also found a drug that can be prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia. He was shot outside his home following a domestic dispute and barricade situation.

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6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces Plans Patrols To Target Illegal Fireworks

  The Las Cruces fire and police departments have scheduled increased patrols this year in order to combat the use of illegal fireworks within city limits.

The increased patrols will be held July 3-5. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks. Residents who witness the use of illegal fireworks are asked to call the Central Dispatch non-emergency telephone number of (575) 526-0795. Only in the event of an emergency should residents dial 911.

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Regional
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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