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6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Property Named To National Register Of Historic Places Thanks To NMSU Graduate

Brittany Porter, who recently graduated from NMSU with a master’s degree in anthropology, stands in front of the gate at Hurd House. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University graduate’s final project has succeeded on a national level. The property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd was listed at the national level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 10. 

The 40-acre property near Ruidoso was purchased in the 1930s and later expanded to more than 2,000 acres. The Hurd family home and studios were named to New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties in October. 

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3:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"American Pickers" Comes To New Mexico In March

Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby Cushman and Frank Fritz of American Pickers

  Have any items, a collection, or junk you want to sell? Don’t quite know what’s in your barn, attic or storage shed? Well, help maybe on the way. The hit show American Pickers is coming to New Mexico in March 2015, and they are looking to buy from people with collections, or “junk.” 

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3:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Immigrants Get Closer To Having Drivers Licenses In Arizona

An order by the U.S. Supreme Court has moved thousands of young immigrants a step closer to obtaining drivers licenses in Arizona.

The high court on Wednesday denied a request by Gov. Jan Brewer to put a previous decision by a lower court on hold.

The earlier decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ordered the case's judge to bar enforcement of Brewer's executive order that denies licenses to about 20,000 young immigrants now protected from deportation by an Obama administration policy enacted in 2012.

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3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Candidates Set For Navajo Presidential Contest

A ruling Wednesday by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court clears the way for election officials to set a date for the presidential contest.

The high court upheld the dismissal of a challenge against Russell Begaye, who will face Joe Shirley Jr. for the tribe's top elected post.

The tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals had rejected arguments that Begaye did not demonstrate unswerving loyalty to the tribe as required of presidential candidates.

Former presidential hopeful Myron McLaughlin then appealed to the high court.

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12:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Thefts Raise Security Concerns At Los Alamos

  Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.

The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab's campus in northern New Mexico.

Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.

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12:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Gila Cliff Dwellings Announces Proposal To Raise Entrance Fee From $3 To $5

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has begun soliciting public opinion about a proposed entrance fee increase to possibly be implemented during 2015. If this proposal is implemented, entrance fees will rise from $3 to $5 sometime during the summer of 2015.

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12:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Woman In New Mexico Minivan Shooting Case Pleads Not Guilty

  A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court had dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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12:07 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

One Teen Released, One In Critical Condition After Las Cruces Hit And Run

  Las Cruces Police continue to investigate Monday afternoon’s hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls who were walking across the roadway.

The twin 16-year-old girls were in a designated crosswalk when they were struck by a white Ford pickup traveling west in the outside lane. One of the girls was transported to Memorial Medical Center and was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Her twin sister was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where she remains in critical condition.

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11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Lawmaker Dies

  Phillip Archuleta, a New Mexico state lawmaker and a longtime labor and civil rights advocate, has died.

The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County says Archuleta died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 65.

Friends say Archuleta had been in a Las Cruces hospital for around a week and recently had a leg amputated.

The Las Cruces Democrat was elected to the New Mexico House in 2012 after defeating Andy Nunez and Mike Tellez. His District 36 seat in southern New Mexico covered a large portion of Dona Ana County.

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8:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police: No Charges In Fatal Shooting

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Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

Police say the intruder had broken into the home Tuesday shortly after trying to break into a neighbor's house and then running off.

Police didn't release the dead man's name.

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8:47 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Person Shot During Bernalillo County Traffic Stop

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Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says a person was shot during an Albuquerque-area traffic stop conducted by a sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff Dan Houston says the person shot was sent to a hospital while the deputy was not injured in the late Tuesday night incident.

The sheriff would not say whether the wounded person was shot by the deputy or whether the person who was shot had a weapon.

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8:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Challenger In Land Race Still Ahead After Recount

New Mexico officials say results of a statewide recount still show Republican Aubrey Dunn ahead of Democratic incumbent Ray Powell in the race for state land commissioner.

The Secretary of State's Office says results of the recount finished Tuesday night show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race.

Dunn's margin in the recount results is smaller than in original election results. Those results had Dunn ahead by 704 votes.

The original margin was so small it triggered an automatic recount under state law.

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8:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Oil Division To Get New Director

New Mexico's Oil Conservation Division will be getting a new director at the start of the year.

The state announced the appointment of David Catanach earlier this week. He'll be filling the position left vacant by the recent retirement of Jami Bailey.

Catanach has worked as a regulatory consultant in the private sector for the past several years. Before that, he worked for the division as a field inspector and later as a petroleum engineering specialist and a hearing examiner.

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8:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Another N.M. Immigrant Drivers Licenses Repeal Effort Begins

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

Previously, similar repeal measures have failed through Gov. Susana Martinez says she would have signed the legislation.

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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NMSU Students Partner With Local Hotel To Help The Homeless

New Mexico State University Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management student Danielle Leininger unloads a box of shampoos and soaps that is being donated to the Gospel Rescue Mission by the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

  Students in New Mexico State University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program have been learning that success in their business is measured in more than profits, and giving back to their community makes sense in more ways than one.

The students have partnered with the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites to help turn useful hotel items that might otherwise be discarded into valuable donations to the Gospel Rescue Mission, which provides shelter services to homeless and near-homeless individuals in Las Cruces.

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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Is Treated Wastewater The Future Of Irrigation?

Bernd Leinauer, third from left, attended the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization summit in Rome to discuss his solutions to using effluent water. (Courtesy Photo)

  In June, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and extension turfgrass specialist, and Elena Sevostianova, post-doctoral research associate, were approached by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and travelled to Rome, Italy, after their research on effluent water was published and garnered the attention of the scientific community worldwide.

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2:52 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Wife Testifies Former Judge Fatally Shot Three For Revenge

  The estranged wife of a former Texas justice of the peace has testified that her husband fatally shot a district attorney, his wife and a senior prosecutor.

Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse (HAS'-ee).

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2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Man Gets 23.5 Years For Alamogordo Home Invasion

  A man who was 17 years old at the time of a southern New Mexico home invasion in which a woman was beaten while sleeping has been sentenced to 23.5 years in prison.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 18-year-old Rey Arias was sentenced Monday by District Judge James W. Counts.

A jury convicted Arias of kidnapping, aggravated burglary and other charges in the March 2013 invasion of the 58-year-old victim's home in Chaparral.

The woman had previously hired Arias to do yard work. She was locked in the bathroom after being beaten.

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2:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Mexico Racing Panel Concerned With Enforcement Backlog

  Regulators who oversee New Mexico's horse racing industry are grappling with a significant enforcement backlog after adopting tougher sanctions and boosting testing for illicit drugs.

Racing Commission Director Vince Mares told members of the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday it could take until mid-2016 for the panel to clear its backlog of cases against owners and trainers accused of violating state racing and doping rules.

Mares says the bottleneck comes when cases are challenged in court, a process that can take a year.

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2:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Confirms President's Immigration Nominee

A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The 55-39 vote Tuesday elevates Sarah Saldana, now the U.S. attorney in Dallas, to lead the $6 billion federal agency that enforces federal border control, trade and immigration laws.

Saldana had claimed strong support among Republicans when she was nominated earlier this year, but that changed after Obama took executive actions to grant work permits to millions in the U.S. illegally.

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2:44 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Federal Judge: President's Immigration Action Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pittsburgh is declaring that President Barack Obama's recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab says Obama's order in November designed to spare millions living illegally in the United States from deportation amounts to "unilateral legislative action" in violation of the Constitution. Schwab issued his opinion Tuesday in a criminal case involving an immigrant here illegally from Honduras.

The administration has said the new policy does not apply to criminal cases.

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2:41 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Desert Harmony Singers Free Christmas Concert

   After several private performances, New Desert Harmony Singers will wrap up their holiday season with a FREE public concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at Alameda & Griggs in Las Cruces. 

The special musical guests this year will be the NMSU Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Bobbie Green. 

Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items, cash, or check will be accepted and provided to Casa de Peregrinos food bank. 

 

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2:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

NMSU Program Helps Students Return To Finish A Degree

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge cross-campus adviser Marissa Macias meets with a student in her office. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  In spring 2014, New Mexico State University launched a new program to help seniors who left without graduating return to complete their degrees.

Aggie Capstone Graduation Challenge, or ACGC, is geared toward students who have completed 94 credit hours or more and haven’t attended classes for at least one semester.

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2:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Man Gets 21 Years For Attempt To Kill Deputy

  Las Cruces—On Monday, Chief District Court Judge Fernando Macias sentenced Clemente De La Cruz to 21 years imprisonment on counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer with Intent to kill; Tampering with evidence and Resisting, Evading & Obstructing an Officer (Arrest).       

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9:45 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Former Las Cruces Detective Gets 20 Years In Sex Case

  In District Court Monday, Judge Fernando Macias sentenced former LCPD Detective Michael Garcia to 30 years imprisonment, 10 of which were suspended, for 3 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree and 2 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree (person in position of authority).

Garcia was initially arrested on August 23, 2013 for sexually assaulting a minor then a second time on September 4, 2013 with 10 additional charges related to sexually assaulting another young girl.

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8:43 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New Mexico Court Tells Judge She Must Step Down

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The state Supreme Court says a District Court judge for three northern New Mexico counties must step down after losing a retention election.

The justices ruled unanimously Monday that the election results stand and that Judge Sheri Raphaelson must give up her judicial post ion Dec. 31.

Raphaelson serves in a judicial district comprised of Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties, and she primarily hears cases in Tierra Amarilla.

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8:41 am
Tue December 16, 2014

22 Fugitives Arrested During New Mexico Operation

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Federal authorities say a law enforcement task force made 22 arrests during a fugitive-apprehension operation in northwestern New Mexico last weekend.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the task force attempted to serve more than 60 state and federal warrants during the two-day operation.

According to the Marshals Service, all of those sought are violent fugitives and three of those arrested are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Others face charges for robbery, aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and sex offenses.

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8:36 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Obama Administration Urges Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Immigration

The Obama administration is urging dismissal of a lawsuit that would dismantle the president's immigration program, an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The case was brought by an Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who contends that President Barack Obama's program serves as a magnet for more illegal entries into the U.S. Arpaio says the new arrivals will commit crimes and thus burden his law enforcement resources.

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8:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Court Clears Way For Dairy Hearings In Roswell

A hearing on proposed changes to the way New Mexico's dairy industry deals with wastewater will be held in Roswell after all.

The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld an earlier decision by the Water Quality Control Commission to hold the hearing in southeastern New Mexico. State officials say about 90 percent of dairies are located in the region.

Environmental groups had argued that state law required the technical hearing to be in Santa Fe.

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8:27 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Gallup Diocese Gives 'Credibly Accused Clergy' List

The Diocese of Gallup has released a list of "credibly accused clergy" linked to decades-old sex abuse cases in New Mexico and Arizona.

The list released Monday includes 31 priests and one lay teacher assigned to parishes from the 1950s to last year.

Gallup Diocese Bishop James Wall says he was making the new list public to protect children and in the spirit of transparency.

In a statement, Wall apologized for the actions of those who committed "these terrible acts."

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