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6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Entrepreneurship and Government at ISPCS 2014

New Mexico has spent millions of dollars setting up Spaceport America, and bringing the commercial space industry to the State. Entrepreneurs at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight said money spent on commercial space helps entrepreneurs and the country as a whole.

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5:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

SL-9 Rocket Flight Becomes Spaceport America's 3rd NASA Launch

SL-9 ROCKET FLIGHT
Credit Spaceport America

Officials announced the launch today of the third NASA “Flight Opportunities Program” rocket from Spaceport America. The launch of SpaceLoft™ XL 9 (SL-9), which was designed to reach sub-orbital space, took place this morning from Spaceport America's Launch Complex-1.

Today’s liftoff marks the 21st launch at Spaceport America and the 13th flight conducted by UP Aerospace, the spaceport’s oldest launch customer. NASA successfully launched two similar research rockets from the spaceport last year.

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3:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Feds Reviewing Clovis Case Involving Traffic Stop

The FBI is looking into allegations that a Clovis police officer used excessive force against a handcuffed man facing misdemeanor charges from a heated traffic stop.

The Clovis News Journal reports reports that FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the FBI doesn't confirm or deny investigations. However, two city officials said an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on the August stop.

Clovis police launched an investigation of the stop following a YouTube video of officer Brent Aguilar slamming Jorge Corona into the asphalt.

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3:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Court: Police Can't Use Teen's Alcohol Admission

Credit nmsupremecourt.nmcourts.gov

The state Supreme Court has ruled that student statements to school officials in disciplinary proceedings can't be used by police for criminal charges unless the juvenile waived the right to remain silent.

The court's ruling came Thursday in a case involving a teenager at Kirtland Central High School.

During questioning by an assistant principal, the student admitted to drinking and bringing alcohol to school. A San Juan County deputy sheriff was present and heard the student's statements.

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3:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

911 Tape Barred At Trial Of Boy Accused In Killing

A state appeals court has barred 911 recordings in a case of a 10-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his father, whom defense attorney say abused him for year.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled this week the recording contained statements from a child that shouldn't be admissible in the trial involving the father's death.

The boy's lawyer, William J. Cooley, says authorities now have little evidence against his client and should drop the case.

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3:33 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Border Deaths Drop To 15-Year Low

The number of immigrants who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years.

That is as because more Central Americans are turning themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September — the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.

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3:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

NM Hospital Screening Patients In Parking Lot For Ebola

Roosevelt General Hospital
Credit myrgh.org

New Mexico's top health officials say the risk of an Ebola case in the state is low, but administrators at Roosevelt General Hospital aren't taking any chances.

Starting Friday, the rural eastern New Mexico hospital will begin pre-screening patients and visitors for Ebola at a parking lot checkpoint. Each incoming vehicle must stop so visitors and patients can answer a series of questions regarding recent travel and symptoms.

Hospital CEO Larry Leaming says he's taking the proactive measure to keep his staff and patients safe.

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3:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Pecos Man Arrested After Marijuana Grow Bust

New Mexico State Police say they have busted an indoor marijuana grow in Pecos and arrested a man.

They say 27-year-old Kyle Christiansen of Pecos has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on suspicion of marijuana distribution.

Police say they were tipped off about the situation Wednesday.

Officers walked around the house and smelled the odor of raw marijuana through an open door.

They obtained a search warrant from a county district judge and entered the home.

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10:53 am
Thu October 23, 2014

LCHS Construction Site Burglary Suspects Sought

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of burglarizing the Las Cruces High School construction site to the tune of about $35,000.

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8:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New Mexico Man In Police Force Case Heads To Court

A New Mexico man who accused a Clovis police officer of using excessive force is scheduled to appear in court on misdemeanor charges stemming from the heated traffic stop.

The Clovis News Journal reports a hearing for 26-year-old Jorge Corona is scheduled Thursday as prosecutors seeks a change of venue.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover says he doesn't believe a fair trial can be obtained in Curry County due to recent media coverage.

Corona faces misdemeanor counts of concealing identity and resisting arrest.

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7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Court Hearings Postponed In Officer's Shooting

Court appearances for a man charged in the shooting of a Navajo Nation police officer have been postponed until his medical condition improves.

Raymond Herder faces federal charges of assault with intent to commit murder and discharging a firearm in a violent crime. Authorities say he shot Officer Joseph Gregg in the face on Oct. 11 with a shotgun.

Gregg opened fire with his service weapon, striking Herder in the jaw at a home in Kaibeto. Court documents say Herder remains hospitalized in Phoenix where he has lapsed in and out of consciousness.

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7:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Wants More Action To Keep Officers

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.

Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.

The mayor wants the City Council to authorize pay increases of $6,000 to $12,000 for officers willing to postpone retirement for a year.

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6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Space X At ISPCS 2014

SpaceX is one of the companies working with Spaceport America to bring Commercial Space Flights to New Mexico. They were at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space to give an update on where their company is headed.

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6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

G.O. Bond C On New Mexico's Ballot

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  More than $25 million in capital outlay projects are on the ballot for New Mexico State University campuses as part of the $169 million in proposed general obligation bonds that help pay for major projects across the state, including renovating university facilities. 

There is no tax increase associated with GO Bond C.

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4:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NMSU’s Yearbooks Now Available Online

The New Mexico State University Library has completed the digital archiving of 85 years of yearbook editions, which can be viewed online via the NMSU Library webpage. 

The online collection includes full text and images dating back to 1907. Its digitization allows for indexed searches of past NMSU students, faculty and staff. 

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3:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

OSU Sues NMSU Over Pistol-Packing Mascot

Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU's mascot is "confusingly similar" to OSU's Pistol Pete Marks. The Oklahoma school wants NMSU to stop using the mascot known in Las Cruces as "Classic Aggie."

OSU says it trademarked the mascot first and has used the image since 1930.

In a statement, NMSU says officials are confident that the two schools can come to an agreement.

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3:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Woman Foils Burglary Try, Fires Shots As Man Flees

City of Deming, NM
Credit cityofdeming.org

Authorities say a 71-year-old New Mexico woman thwarted a burglary attempt but may have gone too far by shooting as a man fled the scene.

The Luna County Sheriff's Office says a man who'd parked in her neighbor's driveway Monday said he was checking on phone service but grabbed her phone to keep her from calling 911.

The woman fired a revolver as the man fled, but Undersheriff Arturo Baeza says the man and his car weren't hit.

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3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Albuquerque Man Accused Of Brass Fittings Thefts

A man has been arrested in Albuquerque for allegedly stealing more than $34,000 in brass fittings used to attach fire trucks to water supplies.

Albuquerque police say 30-year-old Joseph Ross was taken into custody Tuesday night.

They say Ross was wanted on two felony warrants for the theft.

Police say the thefts compromised public safety by impeding the fire department's ability to refill their water supply on the pumper trucks.

Police say Ross was interviewed by detectives and linked to additional property crimes.

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3:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Navajo Man Gets Decade In Prison In Child's Death

A Navajo man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Mervin Ervin Charley also was ordered Wednesday to be on two years of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

Charley was arrested in January on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

He was accused of killing a 2-year-old child on May 30, 2013. Details weren't immediately available.

Charley pleaded guilty in the case three months ago.

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9:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Parents Opting Their Kids Out Of Standardized Tests

Credit Simon Thompson

The New Mexico Public Education Department overhaul has been targeted at raising standards. But some critics say the bar may have been raised too high and too quickly. As a result some parents are opting their children out of state mandated tests.

Volunteering as a teacher assistant in her daughters’ classrooms over the past 11 years  Magaret Sanchez Maes has been able to get an insider’s look at public education.

“I have seen the magic that happens in the classroom, magic. It is awesome because I got to see it everyday. ” she says

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8:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

State On Track To Surpass FY2014 Oil, Gas Audits

The State Land Office has collected more than $3 million in additional revenue from a Texas oil company following an audit of its operations in southeastern New Mexico.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the assessment of Apache Corp.'s production in Lea County turned up royalties going back to January 2009.

The recent audit is among the nearly 40 reviews done by the agency since the beginning of July. The agency has brought in an additional $4 million in revenue so far this fiscal year, putting it on track to collect more than it did the previous year.

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8:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Mexico Rule Changing Fracking Water Reuse Eyed

State environmental regulators are considering a proposed rule that would allow the reuse of produced water in oilfield drilling operations.

New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin told Hobbs News-Sun this week that the department is working with the Oil Conservation Commission on the new rule that could help cut fresh water consumption by industry.

The draft of that rule is expected sometime this month.

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8:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

State Officials Still Processing Back Pay For Workers

New Mexico officials continue to struggle to provide court-ordered back pay to thousands of current or retired state employees.

State Personnel Office attorney Randi Johnson says only 4,200 checks have been mailed to the approximately 10,000 workers owed back pay under a June 2013 court ruling.

Gov. Susana Martinez told the Santa Fe New Mexican last month that most checks would be mailed in September and others more difficult to calculate would be sent in early October.

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7:56 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Officials To Brief Lawmakers On Ebola Preparedness

State officials are to brief legislators on whether New Mexico is prepared to handle a potential case of Ebola or other public health emergency.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen of the Department of Health and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Gregory Myers are among the officials scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon at a legislative committee hearing.

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7:54 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Customs Agents Seize Marijuana At Border

Federal authorities have arrested a West Texas man who they say tried to cross the U.S. border with nearly 150 pounds of marijuana hidden in his car bumper.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the 25-year-old from El Paso was arrested over the weekend at the Paso Del Norte Bridge while entering Texas from Mexico. They say a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the stash and officers performed an X-ray scan.

Seventy five bundles of the drug were recovered from the vehicle.

No charges were reported.

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7:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Albuquerque Begins Meetings On Police Dept.

Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that city officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

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6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Virgin Galactic At ISPCS 2014

Many are anxious to see when Virgin Galactic will begin their commercial flights to space. CEO George Whitesides was at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight last week to give an update on the company.

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3:40 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Work On Key Spaceport Road May Start In Summer

Credit spaceportamerica.com

Officials say an improved southern New Mexico road to Spaceport America is slated to be under construction by next summer.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County officials told lawmakers Monday the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is reviewing the environmental impact of the road proposal. Officials also told lawmakers during a committee meeting the decision on the road could come in April.

Supporter of the taxpayer-funded Spaceport have said a paved southern route is crucial for county residents and businesses to benefit economically from the project.

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3:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Declines In September

New Mexico's unemployment rate declined in September as the state's economy added thousands of jobs.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the nonfarm unemployment rate in September was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in August and 6.9 percent in September 2013.

The department reports that the economy added 6,400 jobs in September, the largest increase in 13 months.

Gains in seven economic sectors offset losses in five others, while employment was unchanged in one sector.

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3:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Zoo Boosts Security After Tasmanian Devil's Death

Albuquerque BioPark Zoo
Credit cabq.gov

The killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia has prompted beefed-up security at a New Mexico zoo and a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Albuquerque Journal 

reports that the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is adding more guards and surveillance cameras following the death of the animal named Jasper at the zoo last week.

An examination concluded that Jasper died from a fractured skull and brain trauma. A piece of asphalt was found nearby.

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