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Las Cruces Purse Snatcher Sought by Police

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  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of stealing a woman’s purse as she sat in a local coffee shop.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a stolen purse at Dunkin Donuts on East Lohman Avenue. Offices learned that a 23-year-old woman was sitting in the coffee shop when an unknown man approached, grabbed her purse and ran out the door.

A New Mexico commission has denied a motion that would prevent a utility from making its customers cover the costs of a nuclear power unit it recently purchased.

The New Mexican reports that the Public Regulation Commission's hearing officer ruled against the motion Tuesday. Renewable energy nonprofit New Energy Economy had accused the Public Service Company of New Mexico of trying to "sneak in" the purchase without PRC approval.

Judge Reduces Verdict Against Carmaker In Toddler's Death

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A carmaker has been ordered to pay more than $8 million after a toddler suffered brain damage after getting her head stuck in a power window.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that on Friday U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales reduced a jury's $9.6 million verdict by $1 million, but denied a new trial or a judgment as a matter of law requested by Volvo Cars of North America.

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Authorities say a woman got hit by a vehicle and is dead after she argued with her boyfriend and was stranded on Interstate 25 south of Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department says the woman was trying to flag down vehicles when she was struck Tuesday evening.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says deputies learned that the woman had argued with her boyfriend and that he stopped the vehicle they were in on the side of the highway, got out and began walking.

Williamson says that's when she started to try to flag down vehicles and was struck.

Santa Fe Archbishop To Host Immigration Forum In Albuquerque

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Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester is planning to host a forum around the subject of immigration.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced that week the immigration symposium will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Albuquerque on Feb. 24.

The forum will come after Wester is scheduled to hear Pope Francis give Mass from a Ciudad Juarez field next week. Wester is slated to hear the Mass with other U.S. bishops on a levee on the U.S. side of the border.

Be A Healthy Valentine

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  Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what better way to make the love in our lives last than loving our health?

Think of how many times have you heard the advice ‘you can’t love someone else until you love yourself’? Loving ourselves isn’t just about having good self-esteem; it’s about taking care of our bodies, hearts and minds.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) wants you to have a sweet Valentine’s Day. So whether you celebrate on your own, or with someone else, take steps to be a healthy valentine.

Silver City Report

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Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer is back from Santa Fe where he traveled with the Grant County Prospectors to visit with state leaders. 

Last Month Doña Ana County settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former county employee, after Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez admitted to offering the employee $1,000 to have sex with him during a personnel investigation.

Since the sexual harassment allegations came out there have been calls for his resignation, and Gutierrez has refused. The County Commission has now followed up on their August 2014 censure.

Feds Plan Outreach To New Mexico Youth In Opioid Fight

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Federal law enforcement officials are citing a rise in drug overdose deaths in New Mexico as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration release a documentary aimed at educating high schoolers on the dangers of opioids.

Special agents in charge for the FBI and DEA in New Mexico say the agencies will distribute free DVDs of the documentary "Chasing the Dragon" to high schools in the state.

The film centers on the stories of several people who have struggled with prescription opioid and heroin addiction.

WNMU Regents Meet In Santa Fe

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Silver City, NM – The Board of Regents of Western New Mexico University met for its annual February meeting in Santa Fe on Thursday, February 4 and heard from several higher education officials before passing a number of action items.

The meeting began with an economic outlook by State Senator John Arthur Smith who represents Luna County, home to WNMU’s Deming campus. Several other officials including Lt. Governor John Sanchez State Senator Howie Morales, and Higher Education Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron followed Senator Smith.

Obama Budget Includes Money For Albuquerque Transit Project

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President Barack Obama's proposed federal budget includes support for funding for a major mass transit project in Albuquerque.

Grant funding recommended by the Federal Transit Administration would provide $69.7 million for construction of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus system on a nine-mile stretch of Central Avenue between Coors Boulevard and Louisiana Boulevard.

Funding for the grant recommendation announced Tuesday requires approval through the congressional budget process.

Court Refuses To End Lawsuit Over Fatal Police Shooting

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A federal appeals court has refused to end a lawsuit stemming from a New Mexico State Police officer's fatal shooting of a Glorieta man.

Daniel T. Pauly sued police over the 2011 nighttime death of son Samuel Pauly. The son was shot through a window at his home by officers investigating a reported road-rage incident involving Samuel Pauly's brother, Daniel B. Pauly.

An officer shot through a window, hitting Samuel Pauly, in the chest, after his brother shot two warning shots skyward from a back door.

26-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Rape at Las Cruces Senior Center

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. – This morning, a man charged with raping a 50-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis pleaded guilty to the 2015 sexual assault at the Good Samaritan Society, a senior living center in Las Cruces.

Before his second day at trial, Peter Lucero, 26, took responsibility for his actions and ended the trial, which was scheduled for three days, by pleading guilty to criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony and false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony. 

  Silver City, NM – Beginning in August 2016, Glendale Community College (GCC) in Arizona will offer a new, highly innovative pathway for students to earn Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology due to a partnership with Western New Mexico University.

Tips Still Wanted in 26-year-old Las Cruces Mass-Shooting

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  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men responsible for the 1990 mass-shooting that claimed four lives and left three others critically injured.

The Las Cruces Bowl mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

Poll: Business Leaders Support New Mexico Campaign Finance Reform

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  A new survey of New Mexico business leaders shows most think there is a real problem with the influence of money in politics. And some business groups are getting serious about plans to clean up state government.

Las Cruces Municipal Court Closure on February 17

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  The City of Las Cruces Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday, February 17.

The closure is due to state-required utility testing on a new gas meter and exterior gas line. The testing requires that the gas service be disconnected for the day. During the testing, closure of the court ensures safety for the public and staff. In addition, heat and hot water will not be available in the building.

Court will reopen on Thursday, February 18.

Vince Alten

Feb 9, 2016

Vince Alten features Vince Alten on Lead Vocals and Piano, Paul Walter Kimball on Guitar and Vocals, Mike Baker on Lead Guitar, Clif Waren on Bass and Vocals and KRWG's own Dave Ferris on Drums and Vocals.

West Texas District Adopts 4-Day School Week

Feb 9, 2016

The weekend will start early for children in a West Texas school district that's adopted a four-day school week.

The new schedule in Olfen, northeast of San Angelo, is believed to be the first such change since lawmakers last year gave schools greater leeway in setting their calendars.

Superintendent Gabriel Zamora says the move was prompted by the need to provide more tutoring and individualized attention for struggling students. Underperforming students will still have to show on Fridays.

Route 66 in Albuquerque sees fight over rapid transit

Feb 9, 2016

An Albuquerque proposal to build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations along its historic Route 66 is drawing opposition from shop owners.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/eVTrRO ) some business owners fear the $119 million project could cost them customers and, eventually, their livelihoods.

Nob Hill Music owner Steve Schroeder says the plan risks destroying the historic pathway's charm.

Police seize Santa Fe archdiocese files in molestation case

Feb 9, 2016

Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students.

The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1mpCoUk ) that Santo Nino Regional Catholic School art teacher Aaron Chavez has been charged with five counts of sexually touching young girls during classes.

The archdiocese says the 47-year-old Chavez was placed on administrative leave.

New Mexico Immigrant Licenses At Lowest Levels Since Program Began

Feb 9, 2016

The number newly issued driver's licenses to immigrants in New Mexico again has plunged to its lowest level since the state began granting driving privileges to foreign nationals living in the country illegally.

State records obtained by The Associated Press showed only 4,026 licenses were issued to foreign nationals in 2015. That's a 73 percent drop from 2010 before Gov. Susana Martinez became governor and when New Mexico issued more than 15,000 such licenses.

Records also show the number of licenses issued has been steadily declining since 2010.

New Mexico Prisons Cut Visiting Hours Due To Staff Shortage

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State officials say they are cutting visiting hours at New Mexico prisons as the Corrections Department continues to grapple with low staffing levels.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the department has instituted a weeklong ban on visitors to prisons to cut back on officers' workloads. A spokeswoman says the department will likely impose the ban once a month until more guards are hired.

Amber Alert Issued For Young Girl Abducted In Albuquerque

Feb 9, 2016

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 2½-year-old girl abducted in Albuquerque.

Authorities say Denise Tirado was abducted Monday evening by a man driving a white 2004 Cadillac Escalade with New Mexico license plate 44736US.

The girl is described as 2-foot-9, 33 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing grey leggings and a jacket with purple and stripes.

Holm Too Busy Training For Next Fight To Make Legislative Honor

Feb 9, 2016
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UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm just can't find time to visit the New Mexico Legislature for a possible memorial in her honor.

Rep. Monica Youngblood told state lawmakers on Monday the Albuquerque-born Holm is too focused on training for her first title defense next month and can't squeeze in a quick hello.

Holm (10-0) is scheduled to fight Miesha Tate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 5.

The 34-year-old Holm shocked the mixed-martial arts world when she soundly defeated previous champion Ronda Rousey in November to claim the belt.

The Diocese of Las Cruces bishop says the diocese will be getting tickets to a Papal Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico after all.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantu said the tickets will be distributed through southern New Mexico parishes and Catholic schools.

The diocese originally believed the Diocese of Ciudad Juarez would not provide them with tickets because of limited availability.

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Governor Susana Martinez has made violent crimes a priority this legislative session, but not all legislators are happy with the push.

Representative Bill McCamley wants to see bills for more reforms in New Mexico, not just crime reforms. He says economic development bills could also help with violent crime.

  Albuquerque, NM – BeWellNM, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, is pleased to announce that 54,865 New Mexicans selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through beWellnm as of Jan. 31, 2016.

“While we are excited to see that many more New Mexicans will have health insurance for themselves and their families, we realize that our team still has a lot of work to do,” said Amy Dowd, NMHIX CEO. “We want to make sure New Mexicans who missed the Open Enrollment deadline know they may still be able to get coverage through a qualifying life event.”

  David Anaya Garcia, 32, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court to a federal child pornography charge.  At the time he committed the crime, Garcia was employed as a janitor in a Las Cruces elementary school.

  University of New Mexico Hospital is among the top hospitals in the nation when it comes to high quality clinical care, according to a new report by the Denver-based company Healthgrades.

UNM Hospital was one of 260 hospitals nationwide and one of just two in New Mexico to receive the group’s 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

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