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11:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Charges Dismissed Against Former Athletic Director

Prosecutors are dropping a criminal case against a former Albuquerque high school athletic director who was accused of planting drug paraphernalia in a coach's office to frame him.

KRQE-TV reports that prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss charges against Tom Knauber, the former athletic director of Sandia High School.

Prosecutors and defense attorney Jason Bowles both said surveillance video that showed Knauber entering coach Alvin Broussard's office with something in his hands didn't prove that Knauber actually planted drug paraphernalia.

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10:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Judge Won't Toss Most Charges In Homeless Killing

A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

In July, Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old in the killings of 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson. Their bodies were discovered in a vacant lot.

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8:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Request In Water Fight

The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state's top water manager to continue considering an application by a commercial venture that calls for piping drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas.

The court this week denied a motion filed by a ranching family that sought to toss the latest application filed with the state engineer's office by Augustin Plains Ranch.

It will be up to the state engineer whether to grant a public hearing on the application.

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6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Alamogordo City Commission Works To Create Government Accountability

    

Government accountability in local politics is usually an elected official holding themselves accountable for their actions. The Alamogordo city commission is trying by allowing commissioners impose a civil fine if anyone on the commission breaks the code of conduct.

But is the new ordinance targeting anyone in particular?

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10:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bodies Found In Mexico Where Americans Went Missing

A Mexico state official says four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamaros, which is the area where three young Americans have been missing more than two weeks.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira will say only that the four bodies were found Wednesday morning.

A second state official says investigators are trying to determine if the dead include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who went missing with a fourth person Oct. 13. The official insisted on speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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10:01 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Deputy Accused Of Murdering Partner Pleads Not Guilty

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

It's not clear why the two men were arguing.

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9:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Texas Doctor Gets Seven Years In "Pill Mill" Case

A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a "pill mill."

Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a "cash-only clinic" that sold drugs like hydrocodone.

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4:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Obama Signs New Mexico Disaster Declaration

  Federal aid is coming to New Mexico after areas of the state were hit by severe storms and flooding last month.

The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico as the state continues to recover from the storms and flooding on Sept. 15-26.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.

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4:48 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Court Orders For Pastors' Speeches Withdrawn

  Houston's mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents.

Mayor Annise Parker said Wednesday that the subpoenas weren't intended to infringe on anyone's religious freedoms, but rather to help the city defend itself against a lawsuit challenging the ordinance that the City Council approved in May.

The pastors said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights.

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4:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Police Wrongly Held Beaten Driver

  A New Mexico man is suing a group of New Mexico State Police officers and it all stems from an attack by a motorist that landed him and his wife in the hospital.

The lawsuit filed this month in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Jaime Diaz of Truth or Consequences was wrongly arrested while recovering from his injuries and later lost his job while stuck in jail on charges dismissed twice.

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3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Weaving Demonstration and Auction Raises Money For Branigan Cultural Center

Navajo weaving is an art form passed on for generations. Branigan Cultural center recently brought in the spider rock girls for a demonstration, while holding an auction to raise money for the center. Sonner attended the demonstration and has more. 

Larissa Blake has been weaving since she was a little girl. A tradition passed down in her family for generations. 

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9:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

New Mexico Councilor: City Ruined Political Career

A southwestern New Mexico councilor accused of attacking a neighbor for sleeping on his couch says he will sue the city.

The Silver City Sun-News reports Bayard City Councilor Armando Arzola said this week the city's police treated him unfairly and ruined his political career over his arrest. Arzola says he had hoped to eventually run for New Mexico governor or U.S. Senate.

According to New Mexico State Police report, Arzola struck the neighbor's cheek with a baton during a September fight.

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8:50 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ex-Parole Officer Appointed Magistrate Judge By Gov. Martinez

Credit Office of the Governor

A former parole officer from southern New Mexico has been appointed a magistrate judge in Lincoln County by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Katie Lund of Ruidoso fills a magistrate court vacancy created by the resignation of Lorena LaMay, who was named to the court in 2009 by then Gov. Bill Richardson.

Martinez said Tuesday that Lund previously worked for the Corrections Department as a probation and parole officer and has served as a juvenile probation and parole officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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8:47 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Another New Mexico District Eyes Teacher Degree Changes

Another school district in eastern New Mexico is considering changes in requiring teachers to earn master's degrees within a set time.

The Clovis News Journal reports Clovis Municipal Schools board members are looking at a change in a six-year old policy that puts a five-year deadline on new teachers.

Under current district policy, a teacher who joins the district must earn a master's degree in that time, or a contract is not offered for a sixth year.

Officials say a change was needed due to turnover and morale issues.

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8:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Update: Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Talked To Girlfriend Before Murder

Court documents say a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy was on the phone with his girlfriend moments before shots were fired.  Documents released Wednesday said the girlfriend of Deputy Tai Chan heard someone say "Please don't, please don't." She told investigators she then heard the gunshots.

Chan is making his first court appearance via video Wednesday. He's facing an open count of murder in the shooting death of his partner, Jeremy Martin, and is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.

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9:17 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NMSU Narrows Athletic Director Search To 11 Candidates

There are now 11 candidates for New Mexico State University’s next athletics director. Larry Lujan, who chairs the NMSU search committee, announcedTuesday the list of candidates had been narrowed from the original 48 applicants to 11. 

“I think the number of applications we’ve received and the qualifications we’ve seen in these individuals shows that this is a very desirable position, and it has attracted top-quality talent from across the nation,” Lujan said. 

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5:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Santa Fe Deputy Charged With Murdering Fellow Officer

Jeremy Martin, Santa Fe Deputy. Fellow Deputy Tai Chan is charged in his murder.

  The Santa Fe County warrant officer suspected of shooting and killing a fellow deputy early Tuesday morning has been charged with an open count of murder.  Tai R. Chan, 27, a warrant officer with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, was charged Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond.  Chan is suspected of shooting fellow Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, on the 7th Floor of Hotel Encanto sometime before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Las Cruces Man Arrested In Stabbing Death

               

A Las Cruces man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder following a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigation into the stabbing death of 17-year-old David Escamilla.

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4:14 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Martinez Announces 300 New Valencia County Jobs Within Three Years

Credit Office of the Governor

  Belen - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Global Fashion Technologies, a manufacturer of recycled fibers, will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Belen. This move is expected to create 300 new jobs within three years and potentially more in the future. Global Fashion Technologies is a publicly-traded company that is commercializing new, patented technology to process and develop these recycled materials. 

 

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3:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Officers Arrest Cocaine Smuggler At El Paso Port Of Entry

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made a 12.4 pound cocaine seizureMonday. The drugs have an approximate street value of $396,800.

 

“This interdiction removes a sizeable amount of cocaine from the streets of our communities and the reach of our youth,” said Acting CBP El Paso Port Director Francis Brown. “This noteworthy seizure highlights CBP’s determination to serve the American people.”

 

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3:16 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Las Cruces Man Gets 29+ Years For Murder

  Johnny Ray Vallejos, 20, of Las Cruces was sentenced today to 29 ½ years in prison for the murder of Julian Peña.  On February 21, 2011, Vallejos and three other defendants: Homero Avalos, Myles Calderon, and Aaron Valdivia participated in a drive by revenge shooting.

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1:03 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

More About The Top Ten Donors

Santa Fe-based writer Sallie Bingham comes in at No. 9 on the Power Players list, having given $168,485 to Democratic candidates and causes since 2011. (Courtesy photo / Sallie Bingham)

  Here’s a brief rundown of the top 10 Power Players - the top 10 individual donors from New Mexico between 2011 and 2014, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Investigative News Network (INN) and New Mexico In Depth. Data was provided by the National Institute for Money in State Politics and the Center for Responsive Politics, as well as the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office.

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12:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Meet New Mexico's Top 10 Political Donors

Mark Veteto, president of Hobbs-based Me-Tex Oil and Gas, comes in at No. 7 on the Power Players list, having given $200,359 to Republican candidates and causes since 2011. (Courtesy photo / Me-Tex Oil and Gas)

  From 2011 to 2014 tens of millions of dollars flowed through New Mexico’s political system, a notable amount for a poor state with one of the highest rates of poverty and a large percentage of residents who go without health insurance. Perhaps even more noteworthy is that nearly $3 million, or 8 percent, of money given by individuals came from just 10 people. They’re New Mexico’s Power Players, the top 10 individual donors from New Mexico between 2011 and 2014, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Investigative News Network (INN) and New Mexico In Depth.

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12:52 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Las Cruces Plans Public Meetings For Klein Park Master Plan

Klein Park, located in the Mesquite Historic District, is an important park to the neighborhood and community as a whole. The park is in need of repairs and renovations, which will increase its usefulness and relevance to the neighborhood.

Two public meetings have been conducted as part of a master planning process, and a final public input meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., room 2007-B.

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12:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

KRWG 50th Anniversary Celebration-Saturday, November 15 from 1pm to 3pm

  KRWG is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting.

Join us Saturday afternoon November 15 from 1pm to 3pm for tours, cake, and ice cream.   The celebration will be held at our New Mexico State University Milton Hall studios.

You are the reason our community has the best in public media.

Stop by at your convenience during the open house celebration...parking is free and the event is free.  You'll even have the chance to enter a drawing for lunch with one of our KRWG on air staff members!

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9:48 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Officers Find Drugs Strapped To Paraplegic Man

  PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 1.3 pounds of crystal methamphetamine last week. The drugs were taped to the legs of a paraplegic man.

 

“Smugglers have no scruples when it comes to getting narcotics across the border,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio Port Director. “It is unfortunate, but even individuals with disabilities can serve as an avenue to smuggle drugs.”

 

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9:21 am
Tue October 28, 2014

UPDATE: Charges Pending Against Sheriff's Deputy Who Killed Fellow Deputy

Santa Fe Deputy Jeremy Martin, who was killed in Las Cruces by a fellow deputy.

A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy is dead and another in custody following an early-morning shooting at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces.  One of the deputies, a 27-year-old man, is being interviewed by Las Cruces Police detectives. Charges are pending.  The Associated Press quotes attorney John Day as saying his client, Deputy Ty Chan, is the man in custody.  Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, was pronounced dead at MountainView Regional Medical Center.

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8:08 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Trial Delay For Consultant Linked To Stolen Email

A Democratic political consultant's trial on child pornography charges has been postponed until December.

The FBI found pornographic images of children on Jason Loera's computer equipment in 2012 while investigating the hijacking of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign email system.

Loera's trial was to start Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge James Browning rescheduled it for Dec. 8 at Loera's request.

Loera has pleaded not guilty.

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8:04 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Firm To Review Zoo's Security After Animal's Death

Credit cabq.gov

A detective agency has been hired to make recommendations for improving security at the Albuquerque zoo following the killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that private agency will make recommendations about internal policies and procedures of the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, while city police continue their criminal investigation of the killing.

The animal named Jasper was found dead in his enclosure on Oct. 15, and zoo officials have since said they were adding more guards and surveillance cameras.

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7:56 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hobbs Schools Suspend Master's Requirement

A school district in southeastern New Mexico struggling to recruit and keep teachers has reduced its advance degree requirements.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that the Hobbs Municipal School Board voted last week to suspend the district's master's requirement policy.

Under that policy, new teachers must earn a master's degree within six years of their hiring.

Superintendent T.J. Parks says he supported the policy but the current status of hiring new teachers was dismal.

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