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3:27 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Date For Reopening Nuke Dump In New Mexico Being Pushed Back

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Officials at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico say the target date for reopening is being pushed back.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since a February 2014 radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum.

The target date for resuming waste emplacement operations was March 2016.

But officials said Friday that the date "is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues."

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3:23 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Business Owner Denies Agency Gave It Preferential Treatment

Credit tax.newmexico.gov

The owner of a Bernalillo-based business at the center of a state investigation denies it received preferential treatment from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the name of Harold's Grading and Trucking was discernible on a 2014 email released by the Department of Taxation and Revenue to media outlets last week.

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2:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

100+ New Jobs Announced At Sitel In Las Cruces

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Sitel, a global customer care provider, will add more than 100 jobs at its Las Cruces facility. Specifics about the job openings were not included in a press release from the Governor's office.  The company has operated in Las Cruces since 2007 and the release said the company is expanding in part due to support provided through New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP).

 

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1:48 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Meal-Deliverer Honored For Freeing Child From Locked Car

Albuquerque officials are honoring a city employee for rescuing a child from a locked car.

Department of Senior Affairs meal-delivery driver David Gallegos on Friday was honored as employee of the week.

Officials say Gallegos was working his route June 4 when saw a woman frantically yelling for help because she'd accidentally locked her 3-year-old granddaughter in her car along with the keys.

Gallegos obtained a hanger, a screwdriver and a piece of wood from a custodian. He used them to pry open the door enough to fish out the car keys and free the child.

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1:46 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Drivers Killed In Fiery Crash

New Mexico State Police say two motorists were killed in a fiery collision involving three vehicles.

According to state police, the accident occurred late Wednesday on U.S. 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

An initial investigation indicates a pickup traveling westbound drove into the eastbound lane, colliding with a car and a tractor-trailer rig.

The car and the pickup caught fire and both drivers were killed, while the big rig's driver was not injured.

Identities weren't released.

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12:20 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

NMSU College of Education Dean Inducted Into NMCEL Hall of Fame

NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead poses with his New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame induction award with Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 outreach for the NMSU College of Education Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, a leadership association representing more than 15 educational leadership organizations, recently inducted New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead into the NMCEL Hall of Fame.

The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to students and educators in New Mexico. Because of Morehead’s advocacy and collaborative work for schools and educators, NMCEL selected him for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

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8:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Bernallilo County District Attorney's Son Arrested In Third Shoplifting Case

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A New Mexico district attorney's son is once again facing charges in a shoplifting case.

Justin Koch was arrested Wednesday night and charged with larceny and attempting to evade police in connection with two calculators that were taken from a Wal-Mart store.

The son of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has been arrested twice before on similar charges.

His bond was set at $1,000.

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8:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man Convicted In 2011 Killing Of Albuquerque Resident

A Bernalillo County jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of an Albuquerque resident.

Prosecutors say Jeff Moody also was found guilty Wednesday of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

They say Moody could be facing up to a 30-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 4 including 12 years as habitual offender enhancement time.

Moody was 51 when he was arrested and accused of killing Anthony Todacheenie at the victim's home in May 2011.

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8:16 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza Joins Task Force

Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Lisa Edgar recently named Espinoza to the task force after the group's summer meeting.

The group says the initiative is a response to the transformative changes in the telecommunications sector. In addition, the group wants to examine how state can respond to various federal laws.

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8:13 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man's Past Center Of Albuquerque Fatal Police Shooting

Credit 3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

Lawyers for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy are set Friday to argue that prior arrests of 38-year-old James Boyd should be allowed in the trial. The attorneys say Boyd previously attacked police.

But a special prosecutor says if Boyd's past wasn't known at the time of the shooting, it shouldn't be allowed in court.

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4:17 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Las Cruces Public Health Office Hosts Got Shots? Protect Tots! Immunization Clinic

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a three-day back-to-school immunization clinic on Thursday, August 6th, Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cineport 10 Movie Theatre at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.  The immunization clinic is open to the public and immunizations will be administered at no cost. All parents have to do is bring a copy of their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card, if they have one.

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4:12 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

UPDATE: Officials Identify Man Shot To Death By Police

  The man who was fatally shot by a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detective Wednesday has been identified as 34-year-old Michael Malone.

The detective, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Malone, who was known to be armed and dangerous.

Malone had been wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and battery against a household member.  The allegations stem from an ongoing domestic violence investigation headed by the sheriff’s department.

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3:57 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

University of New Mexico Revamps Its New Student Orientation

The University of New Mexico has revamped its new student orientation to better reach students with a message about sexual misconduct.

Over the summer, incoming freshmen will spend a couple of days on campus learning the ropes on topics like advisement, financial responsibility, sexual assault and alcohol literacy.

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12:52 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Killed In Crash Of Small Plane

Authorities say two men from New Mexico and Utah were killed when a single-engine plane crashed in the vicinity of the airport in Truth or Consequences.

State Police said New Mexico Game and Fish Department officers spotted the wreckage Wednesday.

Police say the plane was registered to one of the victims, 48-year-old David Reasor of La Luz, New Mexico. The other victim was identified as 37-year-old Jason Robert Glenn of Layton, Utah.

State Police say it appears the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, but it's unclear when it went down.

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12:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New Mexico Dems Eye Changes After Historic Losses In 2014

Democratic Party Of New Mexico
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New Mexico Democrats are hoping a new executive director and chairwoman will steer the once-dominate party back into power after historic losses in 2014.

The party announced this week it has selected Colorado attorney Joe Kabourek (kah-BOOR' ehk) as its executive director and officials plan on embarking on statewide tour to speak to "dispirited" activists.

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11:25 am
Thu July 30, 2015

NMSU’s Anderson Earns National Achievement Award For New Mexico

NMSU Extension Agent Jeff Anderson, left, attaches a rain gutter to a water collection system during a Rainwater Harvesting and Roof Reliant Landscaping workshop in Las Cruces. (Photo by Darrell Pehr)

  Jeff Anderson, an agronomy and horticulture agent for New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, received the National Achievement Award during the National Association of County Agricultural Agents earlier this month.

“It was a great honor for me to accept this recognition for the service to my community, especially because this is a highly competitive award,” Anderson said. “Only one award is given for the entire state of New Mexico.”

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11:18 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Fire Stations Stocked With Sandbags As Flooding Continues

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  With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to eight sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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10:48 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Suspect In Las Cruces Domestic Assault Arrested

  Jesus Garcia, the 21-year-old man suspected of physically assaulting his girlfriend and forcing her to nearly crash during a rolling domestic on Tuesday, turned himself in to police last night.

Garcia, of the 100 block of Cinnabar Lane, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member and criminal damage to property. Officers detained Garcia Wednesday evening when he arrived at the Las Cruces Police Department to turn himself in.

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9:06 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Inmate Claims He Was Shot By Guards During Target Practice

Credit corrections.state.nm.us

An inmate is suing the New Mexico Corrections Department, claiming that he was shot in the foot by officers who participated in target practice near the cells.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Robert Vasquez filed the lawsuit Wednesday. He alleges that prison officers at Western New Mexico Correctional Facility fired their guns, which had been loaded with bean-bag pellets, at several cells during training exercises in July 2013.

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9:04 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Judge: NM Attorney General Firings OK

Credit Hector Balderas

A judge has recommended a state board dismiss appeals by 20 former employees of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office seeking to get their jobs back.

An administrative law judge recently ruled Attorney General Hector Balderas had the authority to fire the workers and recommended that the State Personnel Office allow the firings to stand.

Balderas fired the workers when he took office last January.

Twenty of them appealed their terminations to the State Personnel Board, arguing the State Personnel Act protects their positions.

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7:53 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Albuquerque Police: Second Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Albuquerque police say two carjacking suspects now are in custody.

A man who holed up in a tire shop for hours was arrested Wednesday evening.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint and officers spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills.

That prompted a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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6:00 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Stewart McClintic who is reporting on the latest Silver City School Board news.  

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6:02 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

In Depth: Suspect Shot And Killed Near Las Cruces Motel

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), attempted to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday on an allegedly armed and dangerous man who was wanted on charges related to an ongoing domestic violence investigation.  After a brief confrontation, the armed man was subsequently shot and killed after he attempted to escape from the window of a motel room.

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1:36 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Rain Stymies Drought In About Half Of New Mexico

More than 49 percent of the state is free of drought conditions following the fourth-wettest six months the state has seen.

The Albuquerque Journal reports drought was present statewide in July 2014, with the prevalence of severe drought at 77 percent compared to 1 percent currently.

Socorro County extension agent Jessica Smith says calves are fat and cattle are "fat and sassy." While grateful for the rainfall, she said producers aren't counting on the drought being over for good.

The new numbers were discussed Tuesday during a drought monitoring work group session.

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1:33 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Albuquerque Police: 1 Of 2 Carjacking Suspects Surrenders

Albuquerque police say one of two carjacking suspects who holed up in tire shop has surrendered and that officers are trying to get the other to also give up.

Police say an SUV was stolen from a woman Tuesday morning by a man at gunpoint, and police spotted it Wednesday morning in the Albuquerque foothills, prompting a 25-minute pursuit that ended at the tire shop.

News video showed a man and a woman run into the building after getting out of the SUV in an adjacent alley.

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10:52 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Two Houses From "Breaking Bad" For Sale In Albuquerque

Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque.

A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine on the hit television show.

The house in Albuquerque's Country Club area is listed for $1.6 million.

Susan C. Feil and Alicia Feil Peterson of Coldwell Banker Legacy also listed another house that appeared in the series finale in Albuquerque's North Valley.

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10:42 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Mexico Sentences Five Men To 697 Years For Killings Of 11 Women

Mexican prosecutors say they have won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The state prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state says the men lured women with the promise of jobs, but instead subjected them to human trafficking and forced prostitution before killing them.

The women's skeletal remains were found dumped in 2012 in the Rio Grande valley east of Ciudad Juarez.

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10:39 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Investigation Is Underway In Fatal Shooting In Jal

State police are investigating a fatal shooting in the southeastern New Mexico city of Jal.

Jal police say they received a 911 call about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting that occurred on South Second Street.

When officers responded to the scene, they discovered the body of 21-year-old Mathew Lujan with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police say the Jal resident was transported to a hospital in Kermit, Texas where he later died from his injuries.

No other details were immediately released.

Jal police asked for assistance to investigate the shooting.

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10:34 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Planned Parenthood Officials Not Testifying At Texas Senate Hearing

Planned Parenthood officials are not testifying before Texas lawmakers about covertly recorded videos that target the abortion provider, calling the emergency hearing "political gamesmanship."

Conservatives on the Texas Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday scolded Planned Parenthood for their absence. Republican Chairman Charles Schwertner said the organization needs to answer for how it operates in Texas.

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10:29 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Search Of Vehicle At Laredo Crossing Leads To $482K

Agents at the South Texas border have seized nearly $482,000 hidden in a vehicle attempting to enter Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say a 43-year-old man from Laredo has been taken into custody in the undeclared currency investigation.

Authorities at the Laredo Port of Entry say the cash was confiscated Monday from a pickup truck at the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge.

Investigators didn't immediately say where the bundles of money were found in the vehicle or release further details on the driver.

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