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12:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Doña Ana County Approved For Foreign Trade Zone Status

Doña Ana County now has the status as a foreign trade zone.  The County has been designated as Foreign-Trade Zone No. 197. The status provides an opportunity for the county to attract new manufacturing jobs to any part of the county.

In a press release, Doña Ana County Manager Chuck B. McMahon said, “The benefit of the designation is that it allows new companies that locate within Doña Ana County to secure Foreign-Trade Zone Status for warehousing and distribution operations within approximately 30 days from the time an application is accepted for filing.”

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8:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Overtime For Santa Fe Police Fell During Five Day Work Week

Santa Fe police say overtime costs fell significantly when officers worked five days a week, a schedule that has since been reversed by the current police chief.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that records show overtime payments dropped by 15 percent.

According to records, the department shelled out $1 million in overtime in 2010.

That figure decreased to $842,000 in 2011, after former Chief Ray Rael changed officers' schedules from five to four-day work weeks. The costs have remained steady since.

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8:29 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Proposed West Texas Shelter To Be Largest In U.S. To Hold Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.

A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October.

But with 3,500 beds, the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge southeast of El Paso would be far larger than other shelters. One that recently opened in McAllen holds about 1,000 children.

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8:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New Mexico Senators Ask Mexican Officials To Restore Hours At Border

US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

 

    

New Mexico senators are asking Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. to work with his country's customs agency to restore their operating hours at the Santa Teresa port of entry.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter Friday to Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora.

Both lawmakers say they "respectfully request" that Mora reach out to the Mexican Federal Customs Agency about operating 12 hours a day.

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8:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Workers At Santa Fe Hospital Reject Contract Offer

Unionized nurses and technicians at a Santa Fe hospital have rejected another contract offer from management.

Sunday's tally of the vote shows the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center workers rejected the latest offer overwhelmingly. The previous offer also was soundly rejected.

Hospital spokeswoman Arturo Delgado says managers are disappointed by the vote. Union local President Fonda Osborn says the union wants to return to the bargaining table.

Staffing issues are a major issue in the dispute.

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2:12 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

"Go Teacher" Ecuador Scholar Program at NMSU

The "Go Teacher" program is in its third year at New Mexico State University. The goal of the program is to teach English Language fluency and English language teaching methodologies to Ecuadorian English teachers. The scholars spend seven months taking classes at New Mexico State University, while also discovering the culture of New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico border region.

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2:07 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Alternative and Herbal Medicine - Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Stuart

Edmundo Resendez discusses the use of alternative and herbal medicine. The program includes Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Stuart, PhD, professor of Alternative and Herbal Medicine at El Paso Community College.

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2:05 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

La Semilla Food Center

Anthony Moreno interviews Aaron Sharratt, the Director of Development and Administration for La Semilla Food Center. Mr. Sharratt talks about the importance of educating youth about sustainable food and how it affects them.

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2:02 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

New Mexico Fair Lending Coalition

Fred Martino speaks with Steve Fischmann of the New Mexico Fair Lending Coalition regarding a proposal for new regulations on the "payday" loan industry.

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1:59 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Dr. Garrey Carruthers

New Mexico State University President Dr. Garrey Carruthers discusses plans for a new private medical school to be located on land at NMSU.

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1:56 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Santa Fe Hospital Staff Withdraw Strike Threat

Credit NM Department of Health

  A union that represents workers at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center has withdrawn a threat to strike, even as a vote on a contract is due.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1pkAEZV) that union officials announced late Saturday will not carry out a strike.

Union president Fonda Osborn says workers are still unhappy but that the hospital has made some movement in discussions.

Staffing levels are a major point of contention between the two sides.

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1:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Scammer Impersonates U.S. Marshal In New Mexico

  Authorities say someone is impersonating serving with the U.S. Marshals Service to defraud people in New Mexico of money.

The U.S. Marshals Service initially received several reports Thursday that someone is pretending to be a member and calling Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents.

Victims say the caller asks victims to pay a fine by credit card or send money for a loved one who is incarcerated.

Another victim reported the caller saying back taxes and fines needed to be paid immediately over the telephone.

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1:53 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Santa Fe Forest Plan Upheld By Court

   Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

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1:52 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawsuits May Seal Important Facts About Fertilizer Plant Disaster

Valuable health and safety information about the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West could be hidden from the public forever because a judge has approved confidentiality agreements for more than a dozen lawsuits relating to the case.

The agreements OK'd by state District Judge Jim Meyer were requested by attorneys involved in at least 15 separate lawsuits. The result is that lawyers can label as confidential virtually all information uncovered as they prepare for trial.

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1:51 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Texas Couple Gives Tribute Flag To Marine's Mother

A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market has presented it to his mother, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.

Lanie and Walter Brown gave the flag Saturday to Patsy Maciel before a small crowd gathered at the grave of Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel in the northern Houston suburb of Humble.

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1:50 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Houston Teacher Starting Pay Of About $50,000 Drawing Out Of State Educators

  North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move and teach in Texas.

The Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in Charlotte on Friday, following similar events in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Teachers say the Houston offer, with a starting salary of more than $49,000, is enticing, especially for young teachers.

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1:48 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Martinez Not Ready To Support College Residence Hall Project

Credit Office of the Governor

  Northern New Mexico College's plan to construction its first on-campus dorms has hit a wall.  Gov. Susana Martinez and the state Board of Finance are declining to act on the college's proposal for financing the buildings because of the school's finances.

The school had requested approval for revenue bonds that would have generated as much as $13 million for the project.

Martinez said at a board meeting earlier this month that officials need more confidence in the school's stability before signing off on the project.

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1:47 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Detox Service Could End At Farmington Facility

  A detox service at a Farmington recovery facility that serves the Four Corners region as well as the Navajo Nation could come to an end.

The Four Winds Recovery Center may have to cease offering a protective custody detox service to make up for a 54 percent drop in county funding.

Center director Jolene Schneider said Thursday that it's only a matter of time before the center will have to stop providing the detox program.

San Juan County commissioners last month approved cuts to its health care assistance program.

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1:45 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Lawyers And Others Try To Aid Migrant Children

  Lawyers, churches and at least one non-profit group in Colorado are hoping to help immigrant children who have flooded over the border with Mexico.

Immigration attorneys plan to travel to Artesia, New Mexico to offer legal aid to the minors being held there. A coalition of evangelical churches called the Evangelical Immigration Table is taking members on trips to the border.

Denver officials have said they're considering applying for a federal grant to provide housing and other services to the children, who are mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

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5:35 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Nearly 900 Marriage Licenses Issued To Same-Sex Couples In Dona Ana County

  Nearly 900 marriage licenses have been issued to Dona Ana County same-sex couples in the past year.   Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins said Friday his office has given out 896 licenses since August 2013.

Ellins says he gave out the most licenses within two months after announcing they would be made available.

A group of state legislators filing a lawsuit against Ellins last year, challenging the issue of licenses.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in December that barring same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional.

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5:33 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

No Arrests Yet In Scam Targeting Migrant Children

   Officials say scammers are preying on relatives of unaccompanied young migrants being held at two U.S. military bases by conning them into paying nonexistent fees to be reunited with their loved ones.

The FBI is trying to determine how many people were conned and how much money they lost.

FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee says con artists are using private information about the children to contact their family members and demand payment for expenses the scammers falsely claim is needed to allow the kids to be reunited with their relatives.

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5:31 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Judge Rules Man Had Right To Videotape Austin Police

  A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed that alleges Austin police violated the constitutional rights of a man who was arrested repeatedly for recording officers as they made arrests.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane ruled that 37-year-old Antonio Buehler had a right to photograph and videotape the officers. Lane's order determined citizens can record officers in public places so long as they don't interfere.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Mexican Winter League Games To Be Played In El Paso

  EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso Chihuahuas present the first-ever Mexican Baseball Fiesta to be held on September 28th and 29th at Southwest University Park. Game times are at 3:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., respectively. The Fiesta will feature two teams from Mexico, Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán, members of the Pacific League of Mexico.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Aging Department Recognizes Senior Olympians

(Santa Fe) – New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is congratulating the more than 1,100 athletes who competed in the 36th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics in Roswell.

Each of the competitors has an inspiring story to share.

Colleen Burns from McIntosh has been competing in New Mexico’s Senior Olympics for more than 15 years. Burns, who is 64, and her 91-year-old mother Mary Kirsling both competed in this year’s events.

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6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

NMSU Names New Dean For Honors College

  New Mexico State University has selected Miriam Chaiken, a distinguished achievement professor and academic department head of the NMSU Anthropology Department, as the next dean of its Honors College.

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2:41 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Official: Court Ruling Should Not Affect New Mexico Health Insurance Subsidies

Credit NM Department of Health

  A state health insurance exchange official says a recent federal court ruling shouldn't prevent New Mexicans from qualifying for premium subsidies.

New Mexico Health Connections CEO Martin Hickey told fellow board members Friday that New Mexico is considered a state-based exchange by federal health officials.

Federal appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings about subsidies, with one deciding that subsidies are available only in states running their own exchange. About three dozen states rely on the federal online system.

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2:38 pm
Fri July 25, 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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12:04 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plague Activity Continuing In New Mexico

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health and the Department of Game and Fish report continuing instances of plague in the East Mountain area, which includes parts of Bernalillo, Torrance, and Santa Fe counties. Two animals, a mountain lion and a small raccoon-like mammal called a coati, from the Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood recently died from complications due to plague. The infected animals both died within the last few weeks.

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11:49 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Mexico HPV Vaccine Coverage Above National Average

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that coverage levels for the three vaccines routinely recommended for adolescent boys and girls increased in 2013.

Those three recommended vaccines are:  Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine.

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11:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New Mexico To Continue Using Federal Health Exchange

New Mexico will continue using a federal online system for another year to enroll individuals in health insurance plans.  The state's health insurance exchange governing board voted Friday to rely on the federally computer system for determining eligibility and to enroll individuals starting in November when the next open enrollment begins.

A majority of the board worried that New Mexico wasn't ready to switch to a state-run online system for individuals. Businesses have been using the state system since last October.

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