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10:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Superintendents Still Dealing With Changes To State Education

Deming public schools.
Credit Simon Thompson

New Mexico school superintendents are dealing with the implementation of state standards handed down by the public education department. It’s not an easy job,  Dr Dan Lere was recently appointed as superintendent of Deming Public Schools.

He says compared to other school districts where he’s worked in Colorado and Wisconsin, New Mexico government has taken a much more active role in how education is delivered.

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9:05 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Blue Cross Tells Some Customers They Must Shift

A major insurer is telling thousands of New Mexico residents that they'll have to select new plans for individual health care coverage.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico last week sent a letter to customers now covered by individual insurance plans that don't meet the federal health care law's standards.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the move will coverage for approximately 30,000 people Jan. 1. That includes 13,000 people whose plans had been grandfathered because they were in place before the law was enacted in 2010.

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9:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

'Bless Me, Ultima' Novelist Anaya To Be Honored

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The godfather of contemporary Chicano literature has been chosen as the 2nd ever inductee into the Albuquerque Wall of Fame.

Author Rudolfo Anaya is scheduled to be honored Tuesday at the Alvarado Transportation Center.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says Anaya is receiving a Wall of Fame nod because his descriptive narratives opened up Albuquerque and New Mexico to the world.

Anaya was born in Pastura, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa.

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8:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

$1 Million In Federal Funding To Promote N.M. Agriculture

New Mexico State University and other organizations will be sharing in federal funding that will help farmers and ranchers market their products and make them more competitive.

More than $538,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go toward organizations that work to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers and support rural communities.

One of the groups, Delicious New Mexico, will receive $100,000 to provide outreach, marketing, training and technical assistance to improve and expand the Espanola Food Hub.

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8:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

King Responds To Apparent Destruction Of Emails At Doña Ana County DA's Office

The New Mexico Attorney General's office says it's taking over an investigation into the apparent destruction of emails and other electronic records within the Dona Ana County District Attorney's office.

New Mexico Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Monday it appears the disappearance of the information was not a simple clerical error, but the planned destruction of state records.

King left the news conference before answering any questions.

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6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Road Improvements To Be Discussed At Public Meeting

  Doña Ana County District 3 Commissioner Benjamin Rawson, along with several Doña Ana County staff members, will host a public meeting to discuss proposed roadway improvements along Baylor Canyon Road and Dripping Springs Road.

Representatives with the Bureau of Land Management will also be at the meeting to provide preliminary information on the project, and to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Organ Fire Station, 5816 Third Street in Organ.

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4:39 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Researchers Trying To Estimate Cancer Cases That May Be Related Trinity Test

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Researchers from the National Cancer Institute are trying to estimate the number of past and present cancer cases in New Mexico that may be related to the U.S. government's testing of the first atomic bomb.

The test occurred on July 16, 1945, over a remote stretch of desert in southern New Mexico.

The researchers have just wrapped up a trip to the state. They spent time last week conducting in-depth interviews with several residents to learn more about the lifestyles and diets of people living in New Mexico around the time of the atomic detonation at the Trinity Site.

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4:34 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Las Cruces Police Capture Burglary Suspects After High Speed Chase

Chavez, Rafael

  The suspects in two Sunday morning burglaries led police on a high speed pursuit on interstate highways before being detained by police.

Andrew Montoya, 21, Emanuel Luna, 24, and 20-year-old Rafael Chavez each face two counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of conspiracy for the incident that was reported at around 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

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4:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Drunk Driver Arrested For Attempting To Steal Car

  An Anthony, N.M. man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a party and then attempting to drive away while he was reportedly intoxicated.

            Just after midnight, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 900 block of Starlight Lane in Anthony after a man reported that Edgar Gutierrez, 31, walked up to his residence and got into a parked vehicle.

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3:13 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Navajo Leader Resigns

  The head of the Navajo Nation's legislative branch has resigned a day before he is to plead guilty in a criminal case.

Johnny Naize's resignation Monday ends his nearly four years as speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and 16 years as a tribal lawmaker.

The council already had stripped Naize of his administrative duties after he was charged with bribery and conspiracy in an investigation into the use of tribal funds.

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11:51 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Super PAC Enters NM Attorney General Race

Hector Balderas
Credit Hector Balderas

A Democratic super PAC booked at least $345,350 in TV ads aimed at the New Mexico attorney general’s race last week.

In fact, the Committee for Justice and Fairness is outspending the two candidates by nearly $100,000. So far, Democrat Hector Balderas is spending $133,415 and Republican Susan Riedel $120,144 in their race to replace Democrat Gary King, who is running for governor.

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11:46 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Slight Increase In NMSU Student Loan Default Rate

The U.S. Department of Education released the college student loans default rates Sept. 25, and New Mexico State University’s systemwide three-year default rate is about 20 percent, showing a slight increase from last year.

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11:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gary King

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor.

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11:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Recording Shows Albuquerque Officer Promising To Shoot Suspect

Two hours before an Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a homeless camper, which sparked violent protest in the city, he was purportedly recorded saying he would shoot the suspect.  A recording recently obtained by KOB-TV shows Keith Sandy telling a state police officer that James Boyd was a "lunatic" and he was going to shot the man struggling with mental illness "in the penis with a shotgun here in a second."

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11:27 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Davis Accuses Abbott Of "Cover Up"

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott of a "cover up" involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor's race.

Davis said Monday that her opponent failed as a watchdog over Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund. A state audit last week revealed the fund awarded roughly $172 million in taxpayer dollars to companies that never submitted applications.

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11:26 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Prosecutors Seek Prison For Former Martinez Campaign Manager

Credit Office of the Governor

   Federal prosecutors are recommending a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez be sentenced to prison time for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.

Jamie Estrada faces up to a year and one day in prison.

In documents filed in federal court, the U.S. attorney's office says sentencing Estrada to "the higher end of that range would best reflect the seriousness of his crimes, promote respect for the law, and be a fair and just punishment in this case."

Estrada's lawyers have asked that Estrada be sentenced to probation rather than prison.

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10:01 am
Mon September 29, 2014

A First: German Military Plane On Display At U.S. Air Force Base

  

  History was made in September at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico, when the first German air force aircraft was unveiled in Heritage Park by Lt. Gen. Martin Schellis, German Air Force Operational Forces Command commander and Col. Robert Kiebler, 49th Wing commander.

"This is the first German aircraft to be accepted into the Air Force inventory," said James Burrett, 49th Wing historian. "They don't usually give away aircraft. Normally they just give it out on a long term loan."

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9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Chamber Economic Forum

Economists from New Mexico State University discuss the national and regional economic picture and the health of the financial markets.

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8:59 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Big Changes Ahead For Alamogordo Theater

The decades old projector system at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Tombaugh Theater is soon to be replaced with a state of the art digital projection system. When the projector system is replaced, the theater will close temporarily for as long as two weeks while the new system is installed. The closure date has yet to be announced. In the meanwhile, Journey Into Amazing Caves and Tornado Alley, in their original format, will alternate daily.

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  By the end of this year, the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater is scheduled to have the first phase of its facelift finished with the installation of a new all-digital large format projection system. As the era of “wet film” comes to an end in the theater, a classic film, Journey Into Amazing Caves, will be added into the theater schedule allowing movie goers to see it one last time in its original format.

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6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NMSU Hosts New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit

Cornell Menking is New Mexico State University’s associate provost for International and Border Programs. The university is hosting the New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit at the Farm and Ranch Museum. (submitted photo)

  As the global marketplace for higher education continues to expand, new demands are facing universities worldwide. New Mexico universities formed a consortium to begin looking at these issues 15 years ago. They will meet in Las Cruces Oct. 1-2 to further their efforts to help the state graduate a globally competent workforce.

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6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The NEA, The Biggest Union In the Nation Takes On New Mexico Public Education Department

Public Education Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera speaking at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Education Luncheon Last August.
Credit Simon Thompson

The New Mexico NEA is filing another lawsuit against the state Public Education Department, this time with  support from the national NEA teacher union.

Las Cruces NEA officials say the department is infringing on local school district authority to have a say in how their teachers are evaluated.

Child poverty, special needs kids and a large percentage of English language learners. National Education Association Las Cruces president Patrick Sanchez says these are some of the challenges that define teaching in Las Cruces public schools.

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7:05 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Wet Weather Hurts Chile Crop

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico's green chile crop in danger.  A hail storm on Thursday was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in Dona Ana County.

Farmers say the rain is delaying some harvests as well as increasing the chances of a chile-plant disease.

Some fields are already dying from phytophera, a disease caused by moisture. Other crops are suffering from chile "pod rot."

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report issued last week says about 75 percent of the state's green chile crop has been harvested.

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7:02 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Report: Abbott Campaigns Received At Least $1.4 Million From State Fund Grantees

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from recipients of a state economic development fund that was the focus of a critical state audit.

The Dallas Morning News notes that in his role as Texas attorney general, Abbott is required by law to monitor state accounts and recover misspent money.

The audit, released Thursday, says about a third of all the money handed out since the launch of the Texas Enterprise Fund a decade ago — $172 million — went to companies that never submitted applications.

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10:50 am
Sun September 28, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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10:34 am
Sun September 28, 2014

NMSU Model U.N. Team Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador

Ruben Zamora, El Salvador’s ambassador to the United Nations, will be in Las Cruces for a public discussion of his role in the U.N. as a guest of NMSU’s Model U.N. team. (Courtesy photo)

  El Salvador’s ambassador to the United Nations Ruben Zamora will be a special guest of New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations team from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Breland Hall Room 179, 1525 Stewart Street, on the NMSU campus.

Zamora will come to Las Cruces fresh from attending the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, which runs through Oct. 1. He will give a public talk, discuss his role in the U.N. and take questions from the audience.

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10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

New Mexico To Spend $1 Million On Rail Crossing Improvements

New Mexico transportation officials are channeling nearly $1 million toward safety measures to protect bicyclists and pedestrians at train crossings.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports crews began installing new equipment earlier this month at crossings used by Rail Runner trains.

The boost in spending comes in the wake of two cyclists who were struck and killed by trains earlier this year.

Crossings will have more safety gates, flashing lights and other improvements.

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10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Five Babies Test Positive For TB In El Paso

  Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis in West Texas after a nurse assistant at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease between September 2013 and last month.

The El Paso Department of Public Health says in a statement that none of the children have active TB, the deadly and contagious form of the illness. All five will be treated.

The department also says it is expanding the list of children who may have been exposed by 96, bringing the total to about 850.

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10:28 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Border Bridge Closure Starts Monday

  Some lanes of a border bridge linking West Texas and Mexico will be closed for high-tech upgrades.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso say improvements to the southbound lanes of the Bridge of the Americas are set to begin Monday.

The work includes lane excavation and construction to support installation of speed humps and technology improvements, such as automated license plate readers.

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10:27 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Texas Marriage Equality Ban Stalls Changes To Dallas Pensions

Although the Dallas city council has modified policies that ensure equal rights for gay municipal employees, the city's two pension funds have delayed enacting the new measures.

The council earlier adopted a resolution seeking equal treatment for gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It followed that vote with another Wednesday to amend personnel rules to prohibit discrimination.

But The Dallas Morning News reports that leaders of the city's two pension funds — one for public safety workers and the other for civilian employees — say changing the plans is complicated.

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10:13 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

Fred Martino speaks with Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, the Democratic candidate in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.  Lara faces Republican Rep. Steve Pearce in the November election.

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