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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.

Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Local Viewpoints
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
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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Regional
11:13 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Federal Boost For New Mexico Water Projects

Today, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to fund eight New Mexico water projects they advocated for, bringing over $28 million in funding to New Mexico and ensuring important infrastructure work for the state is added to the Army Corps’ 2014 work plan.

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Regional
9:43 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Udall Joins Senate Climate Change Push

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined his colleagues today from the Senate Climate Action Task Force for an all-night session urging Congress to take action on climate change. In a speech from the Senate floor, Udall highlighted the impact of climate change in New Mexico and other Southwestern states, which are experiencing one of the longest, most severe droughts in history.

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Regional
7:48 am
Tue March 11, 2014

New Santa Fe Mayor Says He Will Remain On NMSU Board

Credit NMSU

Newly elected Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales says he'll remain a member of the New Mexico State University Board of Regents -- at least for now.

Javier Gonzales was sworn in Monday night as Santa Fe's mayor.

He says he'll remain on the NMSU board at least through the summer.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, that's when he says he'll determine how much time each position requires.

He says he wants to serve as an NMSU regent through the end of his term on Dec. 31.

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News.

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Regional
7:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Report: NM Woman Assaulted Federal Agent

dhs.gov

A 32-year-old New Mexico woman is facing charges after authorities say she assaulted a female Homeland Security Investigations agent and threatened to slice her throat.

Cimarron Archuleta, of Bloomfield, N.M., recently was arrested in connection with the alleged assault during a multi-agency raid of a drug trafficking ring in northwestern New Mexico.

According to federal court documents, Archuleta struck a female agent in the chest with her handcuffed hands, then told the agent, "I'll slice your throat."

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Regional
7:36 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Filing Deadline Looms For New Mexico Legislators

New Mexico legislators are nearly out of time for deciding whether to seek re-election.

Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates for the 70-member House and some other offices, including the Public Regulation Commission.

At least 10 incumbent House members have announced they're retiring.

This year's legislative races will determine whether Democrats retain a House majority. Currently there are 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans in the House.

Republicans haven't held a House majority since the 1953-1954 Legislature.

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Regional
8:12 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

NMSU Regents Elect Officers For 2014

Credit NMSU Regent Mike Cheney

  New Mexico State University Regent Mike Cheney was re-elected to serve as chair of the Board of Regents at a regular meeting of the board Monday, March 10.

Regent Kari Mitchell was elected vice chair and Regent Isaac Pino secretary/treasurer. They will serve in these roles for one year. 

Cheney is the market president of WestStar Bank in Las Cruces. He has worked in the banking industry for more than 25 years.

Mitchell is the CEO and owner of Las Cruces Machine, Mfg. & Engineering and serves on the executive committee of the Bridge of Southern New Mexico.

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Regional
7:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Mexico To Spend $50 Million On Broadband For Public Schools

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Governor Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 159 (SB159), sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-26-Bernalillo) and co-sponsored by Representative Meme Stewart (D-21-Bernalillo). The bill will allow the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) to expend up to $10 million annually for the next five fiscal years, to correct deficiencies in broadband infrastructure in schools statewide.

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Regional
5:34 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Gary King Staying In Race for New Mexico Governor

Credit via www.garyking.org

Attorney General Gary King's campaign manager says King has no intention of pulling out of the race for governor because of his showing at the party's pre-primary nominating convention this weekend.

Campaign manager Jim Farrell said Monday that King has more than enough nominating petition signatures to secure a place on the June primary election ballot.

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Regional
5:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Albuquerque Barricade Situation Ends Peacefully

A barricade situation in southeast Albuquerque ended early Monday morning with a man being taken into custody after he took refuge in a crawl space.

Police say a woman who got out of the residence had called police from a neighbor's home to report that her husband had beaten her and confined her in their residence since Thursday.

Police say 35-year-old Luis Meza faces charges that include kidnapping and aggravated battery on a household member with a deadly weapon.

Regional
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

NMSU Hosts "Salt Of The Earth" Film Festival

Angelina G. Sanchez, who played Consuelo Ruiz in the “Salt of the Earth,” was a life-long activist for the rights of Mexican-American workers. Her life and the 60th anniversary of the film will be celebrated at the New Mexico State University “Salt of the Earth” Film Festival March 10-14. (Courtesy photo)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education, Service Learning for Educational Distinction Office and Creative Media Institute are partnering to host the “Salt of the Earth” Film Festival March 10-14. All events are free and open to the public. 

The film festival is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the “Salt of the Earth” film, which was released in 1954, and the life of Angelina G. Sanchez, who played Consuelo Ruiz in the film. The festival was founded to honor the film’s legacy, encourage courageous conversations and broaden the horizons of NMSU students. 

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Business
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Monday BusinessWatch

  Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Fred Martino covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.  Subscribe to our podcast on the right side of this page so you never miss a segment.

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Regional
8:43 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Santa Teresa Works To Fund Infrastructure

When Union Pacific opens a new intermodal rail facility, it will bring a lot more business through small border town of Santa Teresa.

"Rail going north and south and east and west…it's perfect location and that's why they're coming to the southern part of the state."

Gov. Susana Martinez, visiting the area recently to sign legislation, knows getting the roads ready is a big part of being open for business.

"It's a lot of traffic…"

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