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2:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Border Patrol Agent Involved In Fatal Shooting

A federal agency spokesman says a suspect is dead in Tucson from a shooting involving a Border Patrol agent.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble confirmed that there was a shooting Friday involving an agent and he says a suspect is dead.

However, Brabble declined to immediately provide specifics on the circumstances of the shooting, so it's not immediately known whether the agent shot the person who died.

Also, no information is immediately available on the dead person, including gender and age.

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2:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Lawsuit Over School Funding Set For 2015 Trial

A lawsuit challenging New Mexico's public school financing is moving ahead after a state district judge rejected a request by the Public Education Department to dismiss the case.

A trial is scheduled for November 2015 in the case by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, on behalf of parents in the Albuquerque, Gadsden, Las Cruces, Magdalena, Santa Fe, Zuni and Espanola school districts.

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1:58 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Albuquerque Police: 'Explosive Device' Hit Mosque

    

Police say an unknown suspect has thrown what appears to be Molotov cocktail at an Albuquerque mosque.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said the explosive device was tossed Friday morning at a window of the Islamic Center but did not break the glass and enter the building.

He says the device briefly ignited and smoke caused damage to the exterior of the mosque. No injuries were reported.

Tixier says a number of agencies, including the FBI, are investigating the attack.

No arrests have been made.

No further details were available.

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10:38 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Reward Doubles In LCHS Construction Site Burglary

The reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of burglarizing the Las Cruces High School construction site has doubled now that Wooten Construction has contributed $1,000 to the effort.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers and Wooten Construction are offering a combined $2,000 for information that identifies the men who stole an estimated $35,000 in equipment from the construction site on Sunday.

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8:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Mexico Councilman Allegedly Attacks A Neighbor

New Mexico State Police say a Bayard City councilman has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Agents with the State Police Investigation Bureau took Armando Arzola into custody Wednesday.

The arrest came after allegations Arzola attacked a neighbor with an expandable baton or a bat on Sept. 11.

The neighbor reportedly sustained an injury to his left cheek and right hand during the altercation.

Agents also executed a search warrant on Arzola's house and say they collected various items of evidence.

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8:05 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Mexico Hospital Screening Patients In Parking Lot

    

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 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 staff and patients safe.

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7:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Critics: As Dairies Pollute Ground Water Regulations Go Unenforced

Dairy cows during feeding time at a dairy on I-10 south of Las Cruces
Credit Simon Thompson

Unlike most other states, in New Mexico ground water belongs to all state residents. And some critics say weak enforcement of environmental regulations by the Martinez administration is allowing industries to contaminate the state’s ground water.

They call it ‘Dairy Row’, 10 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations lining I -10 just south of Las Cruces . Each dairy pumping out an estimated $5.8 million dollars worth of milk every single year.

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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

Credit cabq.gov

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

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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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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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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