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11:24 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico City Will Appeal Ban On Ten Commandments Monument

  The Bloomfield City Council has voted to appeal a judge's ruling that the northwestern New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of City Hall.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker ruled Aug. 7 that the monument has the "principal effect of endorsing religion" in violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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11:22 am
Thu August 21, 2014

McRaven Confirmed As UT System Chancellor

  Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

McRaven on Thursday made his first public appearance in Austin since the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command was first rumored as a candidate. He wore a suit — and not in his Naval uniform — while briefly addressing regents after they confirmed his appointment.

McRaven starts in January. Terms of his contract have not yet been released.

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11:20 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Clovis May Pay Farmers Not To Use Water

  An eastern New Mexico city still struggling with drought is considering a plan to pay farmers with federal grant money to stop watering their crops.  Under a proposed conservation program aimed at changing the way Clovis area farmers use their water supply, farmers would be paid about $400 an acre to make the switch.

The change would mean farmers would have to rely on rain to water their land and some may have to change crops to those requiring less water.

Despite recent rainfall, much of New Mexico remains under moderate to severe drought.

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11:19 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Perry Confident He Will Overcome Felony Charges

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  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's confident in his case as he faces two felony indictments on coercion and official oppression charges.

The possible 2016 Republican presidential contender shrugged off the charges Thursday during an immigration forum at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington and quickly turned to attacking President Barack Obama. During his appearance, he accused Obama of "willful neglect" of his presidential responsibilities on immigration and national security.

He's headed to politically important New Hampshire in the days ahead.

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11:16 am
Thu August 21, 2014

NMSU Student Heading To Nepal For Peace Corps Work

Peace Corps Master’s International graduate student Katie McCarver reviews information about the program with New Mexico State University advisor Kevin Lombard, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate professor of horticulture. McCarver, the first College of ACES student to participate in the Master’s International program, will serve two years in Nepal before returning to NMSU to complete her master’s degree. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  For Katie McCarver, horticulture is the link between cultures.

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences graduate student is combining her love of travel and learning about new cultures with her love of raising plants as she embarks on the life of a Peace Corps volunteer in the Master’s International program.

Master’s International provides the unique opportunity for students to earn their master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps.

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11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Las Cruces Convention Center Bookings Increase

  LAS CRUCES, NM - Over the last 12 months the Las Cruces Convention Center has increased the number of conventions booked at the facility. With nine conventions occurring during the year and 5,900  hotel room nights generated by way of conventions at the facility, the management team doubled the projected attendance for conventions inside the year.

 

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9:05 am
Thu August 21, 2014

U.S. 70 East Closed In Las Cruces Tonight

Las Cruces- The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting and placement of the large digital message board.

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9:02 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Campaign Funds To Cover Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Future Legal Costs

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says any future legal bills he incurs fighting two felony indictments will be paid for with campaign funds, not taxpayer dollars.

Perry has spent $80,000 in public funds on the case so far, and has retained a high-powered team of attorneys moving forward.

But spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Thursday that further legal bills would come out of campaign coffers. She says she didn't know if there were plans to reimburse the state for Perry's past legal expenses.

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8:44 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Mexico Signs Off On Air Force Clean-Up Plan

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State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent Wednesday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

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8:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Gov. Martinez Urges Suicide Prevention At Taos Bridge

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Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state Department of Transportation to do more to prevent suicides at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos.

One of the first things the department plans to do is install 10 telephones at or on the bridge that will be answered by the New Mexico Crisis Access Hotline. After a bidding process, installation could begin as soon as October.

The governor says the phones will be a step in the right direction.

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8:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Possible Weapon In Border Agent's Slaying Found

A South Texas sheriff says a gun's been found that may be the weapon used to kill an off-duty Border Patrol agent shot while fishing with his family earlier this month.

Two men from Mexico are held without bond and face capital murder and other charges after 36-year-old Agent Javier Vega Jr., of Kingsville, was fatally shot and his father wounded during an attempted robbery.

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6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

White Sands National Monument To Host American Indian Craft Event

ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO – American Indian artists from New Mexico and Texas will be at White Sands National Monument next week. They will gather in the visitor center courtyard for artist’s demonstrations and craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th. Guest artists will demonstrate how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork and crafts.  Invited artists include Raul Davis from the mountains of the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Raul brings unique ledger art to life on one of a kind documents dating as far back as the 1800s.

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4:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Athletic Director McKinley Boston Stepping Down

The employment agreement for New Mexico State University Athletics Director McKinley Boston has been extended until Dec. 31, when he will step down from his post. Meanwhile, Boston will continue to work with NMSU President Garrey Carruthers on a number of issues facing the Athletics Department, including conference realignment, athletic finances and the day-to-day operation of the department. 

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3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Works To Examine And Improve Student Writing

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

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12:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Confirms First West Nile Case Of 2014

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year.

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12:26 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

UNM Soccer Players Quit Amid Hazing Probe

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  Two sisters scheduled to play for the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.

University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.

School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.

Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.

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12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Woman Gets 21 Years In Murder

  A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.

A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.

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12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

  The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Las Cruces Student Struck By Lightning Now Breathing On His Own

  Officials say a 13-year-old middle school student who was critically injured by lighting during football practice is breathing on his own.

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces Public Schools says Hunter Keffer's mother reported on his condition Tuesday night. Additionally, she says two other students injured Tuesday evening had also been transferred to El Paso after first being taken to a local hospital. She says their conditions were unknown Wednesday morning and their names weren't being released. She says the boys were transferred because Las Cruces doesn't have a trauma center.

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12:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Texas Now Claims The Largest Red Cross Facility

  An American Red Cross disaster supplies warehouse in North Texas has the distinction of being the group's biggest facility to serve the most people.

Spokeswoman Anita Foster says the site in Arlington that was dedicated Wednesday has 174,000 square feet of space.

The location, capable of serving up to 100,000 people, has a larger supply of products that any other Red Cross location.

The Disaster Field Supply Center has cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, cleanup kits, coolers and cooking supplies stacked on towering shelves.

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12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Bandelier Bans Drones

Credit Bandelier National Monument--photo by Sandy King

  Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.  In some parks, UAV's have been observed harassing wildlife, as their owners attempted to get close-up photos.

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11:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Report Shows Budget Impact Of Rising Forest Fire Costs

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rap

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10:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Students Earn First, Second Place In National Animal Science Competition

Kendall Samuelson, right, and Kelsey Quinn, left, earned first and second place, respectively, at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition this June. (Courtesy Photo)

  Two students from New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department dominated the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science competition at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Kelsey Quinn and Kendall Samuelson, both graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Animal and Range Sciences, participated under the mentorship of faculty, presenting their research in the competition, which was held in June.

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10:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Las Cruces Police Search For Shooting And Armed Robbery Suspects

Las Cruces Police are investigating two armed robberies and a shooting from Tuesday evening, all possibly committed by the same two individuals.

At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious activity at the Pic Quik store at 4675 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

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8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hobbs Commissioners OK Voter ID Special Election

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Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

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8:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.

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7:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

N.M. Lottery Revenue For Scholarships Drops To Under $41 Million

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The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.

However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.

Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.

The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.

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6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Student-Run Store Opens Today At NMSU Las Cruces

Whitney Biel, college instructor for the ACES in the Hole Foods course in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, prepares blue cornbread mix for packaging and sale at Gerald Thomas Hall. The mix is one of the products available at the new Crimson Creations by ACES store on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. (Photo by Amanda Bradford)

  What was once a small gelato operation tucked away on the third floor of New Mexico State University’s Gerald Thomas Hall has grown into a spacious store on the ground floor, stocked with shelves of products made by students on campus.

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9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A New Milestone: More Than 500,000 Fans Enjoy El Paso Baseball

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  EL PASO, Texas – With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas reached a new milestone Tuesday, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.

The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.

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4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Arrest Leads To Charges In Other Incident

  A Saturday morning call that led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into an apartment and physically assaulting a couple also resulted in the arrest of a woman on forgery charges.

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