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1:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Crash Ends High Speed Pursuit; Driver Arrested

  A Las Cruces man who led a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase Wednesday night was arrested after his vehicle crashed into a pole on the East Mesa.

Just before 9 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle traveling well over the posted speed limit near Jornada Road and Engler. As the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the driver reportedly sped up, heading east on Engler.

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1:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Las Cruces Police Nab Suspected Serial Auto Burglary Suspect

  A Las Cruces man has been linked to at least 10 counts of auto burglary for crimes believed to be committed in parking lots along the Telshor-Lohman business district.

Adrian Pasbakhsh, 30, is charged with one count of burglary of a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony count. Detectives have reason to believe he may be responsible for at least nine other auto burglaries committed between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.

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1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Reports Decline In Teen Births

Credit NM Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state’s birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens,

The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group.

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1:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic Friday In Las Cruces

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Central Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, December 19th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

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1:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

USDA Seeks Applications For Grants To Help Finance Rural Broadband

Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today USDA Rural Development is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants. The program provides grants to establish essential broadband services in rural communities where it is currently not available.

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1:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"House Of Cards" Shot Part Of Season Three In New Mexico !

Credit netflix.com

  Santa Fe - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today a portion of the Knight Takes King Productions, LLC / Media Rights Capital Studios "House of Cards" season three was filmed in New Mexico.  Production took place in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Espanola. 

The production employed 85 New Mexico crew members, two New Mexico actors and approximately 90 local background talent. 

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9:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Bill Would Ban Alcohol Purchase By Interlock Users

New Mexico legislators will be asked again to consider allowing authorities to prohibit alcohol purchases by people required to use ignition interlocks because of drunken driving convictions.

KRQE-TV reports that a bill introduced this week by Rep. Brian Egolf would allow the state to put "No Alcohol Sales" on licenses issued to a people who have had their licenses revoked.

The Santa Fe Democrat's bill also would allow judges to order the same marking on state-issued ID cards of people who have had their licenses revoked.

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8:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Official: Flu Season Could Be Difficult

Credit NM Department of Health

A New Mexico state health official says this flu season could be more difficult than others.

According to the Albuquerque Journal. Dr. Joan Baumbach says the flu strain causing the most cases so far this year is one whose variations lead to more illness among older people.

The deputy state epidemiologist also says the strain circulating now has changed from the strain that was the basis for this year's flu vaccine. That may reduce the vaccine's ability to fully protect against the flu.

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8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lawmakers To Discuss Lottery Scholarship Program

Credit nmlottery.com

New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to get an update on the solvency of the state lottery scholarship program.

The Legislative Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee is slated to meet Thursday in Santa Fe to hear the status of the popular program that has come under financial scrutiny.

Changes to the scholarship program were enacted earlier this year to shore up its finances because tuition increases and demand for the financial assistance had grown faster than lottery proceeds.

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6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Property Named To National Register Of Historic Places Thanks To NMSU Graduate

Brittany Porter, who recently graduated from NMSU with a master’s degree in anthropology, stands in front of the gate at Hurd House. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University graduate’s final project has succeeded on a national level. The property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd was listed at the national level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 10. 

The 40-acre property near Ruidoso was purchased in the 1930s and later expanded to more than 2,000 acres. The Hurd family home and studios were named to New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties in October. 

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3:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"American Pickers" Comes To New Mexico In March

Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby Cushman and Frank Fritz of American Pickers

  Have any items, a collection, or junk you want to sell? Don’t quite know what’s in your barn, attic or storage shed? Well, help maybe on the way. The hit show American Pickers is coming to New Mexico in March 2015, and they are looking to buy from people with collections, or “junk.” 

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3:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Immigrants Get Closer To Having Drivers Licenses In Arizona

An order by the U.S. Supreme Court has moved thousands of young immigrants a step closer to obtaining drivers licenses in Arizona.

The high court on Wednesday denied a request by Gov. Jan Brewer to put a previous decision by a lower court on hold.

The earlier decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ordered the case's judge to bar enforcement of Brewer's executive order that denies licenses to about 20,000 young immigrants now protected from deportation by an Obama administration policy enacted in 2012.

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3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Candidates Set For Navajo Presidential Contest

A ruling Wednesday by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court clears the way for election officials to set a date for the presidential contest.

The high court upheld the dismissal of a challenge against Russell Begaye, who will face Joe Shirley Jr. for the tribe's top elected post.

The tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals had rejected arguments that Begaye did not demonstrate unswerving loyalty to the tribe as required of presidential candidates.

Former presidential hopeful Myron McLaughlin then appealed to the high court.

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12:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Thefts Raise Security Concerns At Los Alamos

  Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.

The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab's campus in northern New Mexico.

Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.

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12:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Gila Cliff Dwellings Announces Proposal To Raise Entrance Fee From $3 To $5

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has begun soliciting public opinion about a proposed entrance fee increase to possibly be implemented during 2015. If this proposal is implemented, entrance fees will rise from $3 to $5 sometime during the summer of 2015.

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12:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Woman In New Mexico Minivan Shooting Case Pleads Not Guilty

  A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court had dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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12:07 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

One Teen Released, One In Critical Condition After Las Cruces Hit And Run

  Las Cruces Police continue to investigate Monday afternoon’s hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls who were walking across the roadway.

The twin 16-year-old girls were in a designated crosswalk when they were struck by a white Ford pickup traveling west in the outside lane. One of the girls was transported to Memorial Medical Center and was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Her twin sister was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where she remains in critical condition.

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11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Lawmaker Dies

  Phillip Archuleta, a New Mexico state lawmaker and a longtime labor and civil rights advocate, has died.

The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County says Archuleta died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 65.

Friends say Archuleta had been in a Las Cruces hospital for around a week and recently had a leg amputated.

The Las Cruces Democrat was elected to the New Mexico House in 2012 after defeating Andy Nunez and Mike Tellez. His District 36 seat in southern New Mexico covered a large portion of Dona Ana County.

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8:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police: No Charges In Fatal Shooting

Credit apdonline.com

Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

Police say the intruder had broken into the home Tuesday shortly after trying to break into a neighbor's house and then running off.

Police didn't release the dead man's name.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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8:47 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Person Shot During Bernalillo County Traffic Stop

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Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says a person was shot during an Albuquerque-area traffic stop conducted by a sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff Dan Houston says the person shot was sent to a hospital while the deputy was not injured in the late Tuesday night incident.

The sheriff would not say whether the wounded person was shot by the deputy or whether the person who was shot had a weapon.

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8:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Challenger In Land Race Still Ahead After Recount

New Mexico officials say results of a statewide recount still show Republican Aubrey Dunn ahead of Democratic incumbent Ray Powell in the race for state land commissioner.

The Secretary of State's Office says results of the recount finished Tuesday night show Dunn with a margin of 656 votes over Powell out of nearly 500,000 ballots cast in the race.

Dunn's margin in the recount results is smaller than in original election results. Those results had Dunn ahead by 704 votes.

The original margin was so small it triggered an automatic recount under state law.

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8:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Oil Division To Get New Director

New Mexico's Oil Conservation Division will be getting a new director at the start of the year.

The state announced the appointment of David Catanach earlier this week. He'll be filling the position left vacant by the recent retirement of Jami Bailey.

Catanach has worked as a regulatory consultant in the private sector for the past several years. Before that, he worked for the division as a field inspector and later as a petroleum engineering specialist and a hearing examiner.

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8:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Another N.M. Immigrant Drivers Licenses Repeal Effort Begins

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

Previously, similar repeal measures have failed through Gov. Susana Martinez says she would have signed the legislation.

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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NMSU Students Partner With Local Hotel To Help The Homeless

New Mexico State University Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management student Danielle Leininger unloads a box of shampoos and soaps that is being donated to the Gospel Rescue Mission by the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites. (NMSU photo by Amanda Bradford)

  Students in New Mexico State University’s Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program have been learning that success in their business is measured in more than profits, and giving back to their community makes sense in more ways than one.

The students have partnered with the Las Cruces Hampton Inn & Suites to help turn useful hotel items that might otherwise be discarded into valuable donations to the Gospel Rescue Mission, which provides shelter services to homeless and near-homeless individuals in Las Cruces.

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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Is Treated Wastewater The Future Of Irrigation?

Bernd Leinauer, third from left, attended the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization summit in Rome to discuss his solutions to using effluent water. (Courtesy Photo)

  In June, Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University professor and extension turfgrass specialist, and Elena Sevostianova, post-doctoral research associate, were approached by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and travelled to Rome, Italy, after their research on effluent water was published and garnered the attention of the scientific community worldwide.

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6:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Las Cruces Residents Work Against Recall Effort

The group New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is currently working on an effort to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Another group of citizens is working to counteract their efforts.

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2:52 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Wife Testifies Former Judge Fatally Shot Three For Revenge

  The estranged wife of a former Texas justice of the peace has testified that her husband fatally shot a district attorney, his wife and a senior prosecutor.

Eric Williams was convicted Dec. 4 in the shooting death of Cynthia McLelland. He is also charged, but has not been tried, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse (HAS'-ee).

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2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Man Gets 23.5 Years For Alamogordo Home Invasion

  A man who was 17 years old at the time of a southern New Mexico home invasion in which a woman was beaten while sleeping has been sentenced to 23.5 years in prison.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 18-year-old Rey Arias was sentenced Monday by District Judge James W. Counts.

A jury convicted Arias of kidnapping, aggravated burglary and other charges in the March 2013 invasion of the 58-year-old victim's home in Chaparral.

The woman had previously hired Arias to do yard work. She was locked in the bathroom after being beaten.

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2:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

New Mexico Racing Panel Concerned With Enforcement Backlog

  Regulators who oversee New Mexico's horse racing industry are grappling with a significant enforcement backlog after adopting tougher sanctions and boosting testing for illicit drugs.

Racing Commission Director Vince Mares told members of the Legislative Finance Committee on Tuesday it could take until mid-2016 for the panel to clear its backlog of cases against owners and trainers accused of violating state racing and doping rules.

Mares says the bottleneck comes when cases are challenged in court, a process that can take a year.

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2:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Senate Confirms President's Immigration Nominee

A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

The 55-39 vote Tuesday elevates Sarah Saldana, now the U.S. attorney in Dallas, to lead the $6 billion federal agency that enforces federal border control, trade and immigration laws.

Saldana had claimed strong support among Republicans when she was nominated earlier this year, but that changed after Obama took executive actions to grant work permits to millions in the U.S. illegally.

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