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10:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Career Readiness Boot Camp Coming To Las Cruces

  The City of Las Cruces is partnering with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) and Doña Ana Community College (DACC) to host a free “Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp” Wednesday, July 30, at the DACC Gadsden Campus, 1700 East O’Hara Road in Anthony, NM.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration beginning with 7:30 a.m. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

The boot camp will provide job seekers training on landing interviews, demonstrating workplace do’s and don’ts, and highlighting proper workplace etiquette.

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9:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Work On I-10 Interchange Near Las Cruces Slows

A project to rebuild an Interstate 10 interchange south of Las Cruces is running into problems that could delay completion.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that pile-driving for reconstruction of the Mesquite interchange has run into problems, putting the work schedule in question.

That portion of the construction project had been set to be done in last August.

However, New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman Bridget Spedalieri says the department can't update its estimated completion date until the steel piles are driven to the proper elevation.

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8:22 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shoot, Kill Wanted Suspect

Albuquerque police fatally shot an armed suspect wanted by federal authorities Tuesday after a foot chase that temporarily shut down parts of the city, officials said.

Deputy Police Chief William Roseman told reporters that two officers shot Jeremy Joe Robertson, 33, after he fled plain-clothed officers at a gas station. Albuquerque police had been called to help with an investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, police said.

At least two shots were fired, and the man died at the scene, Roseman said.

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8:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lawmaker Suggests Revamping Film Incentive Cap

A state legislator says New Mexico should consider lifting a cap on film production tax incentives.

Senate Democratic Whip Tim Keller of Albuquerque said the incentives to attract film and TV production are cost effective based on a newly released study performed by an independent consulting firm.

The study found film production spending had generated nearly 15,900 jobs and economic output of $1.5 billion over nearly five years.

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8:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Deportations

House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants.

The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate.

A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn't include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP.

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6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

New Mexico Medicinal Cannabis Producers Say Reforms Need To Address Access and Security Issues

Mandy Denson is the Co-owner of Compassionate Distributors dispensary, Ruidoso- she says the New Mexico medicinal program needs to be more conscious of challenges posed by federal prohibition.
Credit Simon Thompson

Mandy Denson co-owns Compassionate Distributors dispensary in Ruidoso. She says when medicinal marijuana was approved in New Mexico and dispensaries started setting up shop they were mainly in the northern part of the state.

“Our portion of the state in southeastern New Mexico is very poor I grew up in Roswell so I am familiar with the general demographics ". She says.

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10:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Suspect Shot And Killed By Albuquerque Police

Albuquerque police fatally shot an armed suspect wanted by federal authorities Tuesday after a foot chase that temporarily shut down parts of the city, officials said.

Deputy Police Chief William Roseman told reporters that two officers shot Jeremy Joe Robertson, 33, after he fled plain-clothed officers at a gas station. Albuquerque police had been called to help with an investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, police said.

At least two shots were fired, and the man died at the scene, Roseman said.

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4:43 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man For Knife Injury To Mother

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of using a knife to attack his mother during an argument Monday evening.

Anthony Jaramillo, 24, of the 1500 block of La Fonda Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, July 21, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation at Jaramillo’s home. Detectives learned that Jaramillo’s mother had gone to his residence to see her grandson.

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4:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Championship Marathon Course Certified As 2016 United States Olympic Trials Qualifier

LAS CRUCES, NM - Dust off your running shoes and rinse out your favorite wine glass for the inaugural Run Then Wine Marathon September 20, 2014 in Las Cruces. 

 

The 26.2 mile race begins at 6:30 a.m., with men and women competing for cash prizes (must be USATF member to collect cash prize) of $500.00 for 1st Prize, $300 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd place.

 

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4:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Charged With Stabbing Boyfriend

  Police arrested a Las Cruces woman suspected of stabbing her boyfriend following a heated argument this past weekend.

Genevieve M. Reyes, 34, of the 1300 block of Gladys Drive, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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3:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

School Official Allegedly Failed To Report Child Abuse

  A Las Cruces physician and operator of a private school is suspected of failing to report child abuse and neglect that ultimately resulted in the death of 7-month-old Shania Smith.

Ann Mercer, 69, who oversees the Mercer School at 2801 E. Missouri Ave., is charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to report child abuse or child neglect.

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3:55 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

WNMU To Host Joint Exhibits For Upcoming Clay Festival

Pictured: Jean Robert B’Effort, Primitive Artifact, one of the Neo-Mimbreño 2014 submissions.

  Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University Museum and the Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art will be the joint venues for Neo-Mimbreño 2014, a Silver City ClayFestival exhibition, on Saturday, August 2.  Neo-Mimbreño 2014 is a juried fine art exhibition of contemporary works influenced or inspired by designs of the ancient Mimbres potters of the Southwest. Artists entering the exhibition were encouraged to creatively reinterpret, personalize, or carry the Mimbreño vision into new formats andmedia.

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3:52 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Las Cruces Man Charged With Beating Ex-Girlfriend

  Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and beating herSaturday evening.

Stephen Brandon Guthrie, 28, of 1401 Alamo Street, is charged with one count each of battery against a household member, false imprisonment, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property, and resisting or evading an officer.

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7:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Arizona Senators Renew Call To Quickly Deport Kids

Arizona's two U.S. senators are commending the Border Patrol amid news a massive Nogales facility will no longer be receiving immigrant children.

U.S. Sen. John McCain and Jeff Flake said in a joint statement Monday that agents provided good humanitarian relief and both renewed calls to pass legislation aimed at quickly deporting children.

Under a bill sponsored by the two senators, human smugglers would face harsher penalties and the number of immigration judges would increase.

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7:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

FAA Gives OK On Belen Airport Runway

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light on a new runway for Belen's Alexander Municipal Airport.

The approval means the bidding process for construction can begin for the $4 million project.

Airport manager Robert Uecker says the runway is needed because the current runway can't be used when the wind blows in from the west.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen says the runway will bring a much needed economic boost to Valencia County.

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7:52 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Santa Fe Hospital Preparing For Possible Walkout

Contract talks are continuing but Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center says it's preparing to keep operating in the event of a possible strike by nurses and technicians at the Santa Fe hospital.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a union that represents the workers presented the hospital with a strike notice Monday after workers voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract proposal.

The notice says a work stoppage is possible if a new contract isn't ratified before July 31. That's when the current contract expires.

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7:49 am
Tue July 22, 2014

N.M. Man Pleads Guilty In Young Boy's Beating Death

A 24-year-old northern New Mexico man faces 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2011 beating death of the 3-year-old son of the man's girlfriend at the time.

Steven Gallegos of Pojoaque pleaded guilty Monday in a Santa Fe courtroom under a plea agreement that averts a trial for him in the killing of Leland Valdez.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gallegos pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and child abuse not resulting in death.

Gallegos is to be sentenced July 29.

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7:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Martinez Names Ex-Prosecutor To Public Defender Commission

Credit Office of the Governor

A juvenile detention center administrator has been named to a commission that oversees the independent state agency that provides legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford lawyers.

Jeanne Quintero of Las Cruces was appointed to the Public Defender Commission by Gov. Susana Martinez for a term expiring June 30, 2015.

Quintero is superintendent of the J. Paul Taylor Center, which is part of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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7:40 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mexico Insurance Exchange CEO Starts In August

Credit NM Department of Health

A new CEO of New Mexico's health insurance exchange will take over running the online marketplace in late August.

The exchange announced Monday that Amy Dowd had accepted its offer to become the exchange's top administrator.

The exchange's board of directors voted earlier this month to select Dowd, who has been executive director of Idaho's insurance exchange.

Interim CEO Mike Nunez has been running New Mexico's exchange since it was created last year.

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6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NMSU Dona Ana County Head Start Receives Grant

The New Mexico State University Dona Ana County Head Start has been awarded a Head Start and Early Head Start grant. 

In January 2013, the program, which is in the NMSU College of Education, was placed on the Office of Head Start Designation Renewal System list. The process required the program to undergo a competitive grant process, which resulted in NMSU’s selection as the best organization to continue to operate Head Start and Early Head Start grants in the community. 

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6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NMSU Students Compete In National "Concrete Canoe" Competition

  New Mexico State University’s concrete canoe team placed 13th of 23 other universities that competed at the American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. This year’s national concrete canoe competition took place at the University of Pennsylvania at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 18-22.

In three out of four different categories, NMSU’s 13-member team took top 10 honors. The team earned 10th place in the oral presentation, ninth in the combined race category, and the final product of the concrete canoe team also placed ninth.

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6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mexico Still Near The Bottom In Child Well Being Report

  New Mexico moved up from the bottom ranking of 50th in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT rankings to 49th in child well-being this year in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book.  While improvement was made from the 2013 to 2014 editions of the report in some child well-being indicators—such as child poverty (dropped from 31 percent to 29 percent), high school graduation rates (rose from 67 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2012) and our teen birth rate (dropped from 53 births per 1,000 female teens to 47 per 1,000)—others declined.

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9:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

More Immigrants Deported From New Mexico Detention Center

Officials say more Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said one plane Friday took the immigrants from Artesia to Honduras and another flight sent the women and children to Guatemala and El Salvador.

ICE officials say more of the 600 or so women and children at the Artesia center are scheduled to return to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon.

The deportations are part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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3:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Plans To Establish A "Free Speech Task Force"

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In a memo issued today by NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers, NMSU announced the formation of a "free speech task force."

Here is the full text of the memo:

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3:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Student Designs Water Filters To Be Used In Mexico

Joshua Gomez, NMSU chemical engineering sophomore, designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. At the Border Partners Facility, residents of Puerto Palomas learn how the filter works and how to put the filter together. (Courtesy photo by Erin Ward)

  New Mexico State University chemical engineering sophomore Joshua Gomez designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Puerto Palomas is located just south of Columbus, New Mexico. Water supplies in both Palomas and Columbus are drawn from the same arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated aquifer. While Columbus has installed a reverse osmosis system to provide all residents clean water, Palomas’ water supply is only disinfected with chlorine.

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3:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Major Drop In Minors Crossing Border

  The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Second Plague Case Of 2014 In New Mexico

  A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.

The Department of Health says testing has confirmed that a hospitalized 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County had plague.

An environmental investigation will take place at the woman's home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.

The first case of plague in New Mexico this year was reported in April. It involved a 57-year-old man from Torrance County. He's still recovering.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Perry Deploys National Guard To Border

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government.

Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.

Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.

Perry says criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.

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3:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

CBO: Border Crisis To Cost $25 Million In 2014

   A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis assumes Obama's request for handling the border crisis won't be enacted until mid- to late-September. Lawmakers are struggling to address the issue before leaving Washington for their annual August recess, but appear unlikely to succeed.

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11:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Police Look For Suspects Who Stole NMSU Golf Cart

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of two men suspected of stealing a golf cart from an academic building at New Mexico State University.

NMSU police learned that during the early-morning hours of Saturday, July 12, two men entered the courtyard of O’Donnell Hall and stole a golf cart belonging to the Learning Resource Center. Evidence from the courtyard indicates the men damaged the golf cart as they drove it through a pedestrian gate on the west side of O’Donnell Hall.

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