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3:26 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Santa Fe Commission Delays Vote On $40M Hospital Expansion

Santa Fe officials are delaying a vote on whether to allow a proposed expansion of a hospital that is one of the city's largest private employers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe Planning Commission decided Thursday to postpone the vote on the $40 million expansion of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center until August.

The plan calls for a new 65,000-square-foot, two-story hospital wing that would house more private rooms.

Area residents say they are worried about the increased traffic and construction noise the project would generate.

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3:24 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Car Crash Near Deming

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Louisiana has died in a single-vehicle crash near Deming.

New Mexico State Police say officers responded Friday shortly before 12:30 a.m. to the crash scene on Interstate 10 east of Deming.

According to investigators, a car driven by 26-year-old Charles Preece, of Berwick, Louisiana, was heading eastbound on the interstate when it struck a guardrail.

The vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its top.

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7:03 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Gov. Martinez: New Mexico Needs Tougher 'Three Strikes' Law

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state's "three strikes" laws are weak and don't do enough to take violent criminals off the streets.

Martinez said this week she'd like to see tougher "three strikes" laws in New Mexico and hopes lawmakers examine it next session.

The Republican says the "three strikes" law is so narrow that no inmate currently is serving a life sentence under it.

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7:01 am
Fri July 3, 2015

El Malpais Monument Begins Bat Flight Programs

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Officials at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico say rangers will begin presenting bat flight programs starting Friday.

The free programs will be held every Friday over the next two months at the El Calderon Trailhead southwest of Grants.

Rangers say the bat flights out of El Calderon are a tradition at El Malpais. Thousands of bats emerge from the cave in the evening in a swirling pattern, spreading out to hunt insects during the night.

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8:10 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory Selects NMSU Physics Professor For Award

New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Edwin Fohtung was named the 2015 Rosen Scholar, a high-profile fellowship, which comes with $150,000 in funding.

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8:02 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

NHMC Demands PGA To Suspend Golf Tours On Trump Courses

Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) sent a letter to the PGA of America asking it to suspend its relationship with Donald Trump and his business enterprises due to the racist comments he made about the Latino community during his Presidential announcement speech on June 16.

 

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7:45 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Conservationists Sue To Protect Mexican Gray Wolves

A group of conservation organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its policies on Mexican gray wolves.

The Western Environmental Law Center filed the suit in Tucson this week on behalf of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Friends of Animals.

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7:41 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Sheriff's Departent Offers Unique Use Of Force Class, Interactive Scenario

The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will offer a unique, one-day class to educate the public on the use of force in police work, and the split-second decisions law enforcement officers are trained to make in potentially deadly situations.

The class is free and open to the public. Due to the subject matter, the class is limited to the first 25 people who apply.

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3:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Police Investigate Shooting With Ex-CNN Reporter As Homicide

Police are trying to sort out a fatal shooting at an Albuquerque motel involving a former CNN anchor and her former CNN reporter husband during an alleged robbery attempt.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Thursday the shooting that left one man dead is being investigated as a homicide.

Lynne Russell says her husband, Chuck de Caro, and another man exchanged gunfire after the man entered their room at a Motel 6 on Albuquerque's western edge and demanded jewelry.

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3:12 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Announce $365,000 To Prevent Drunk Driving, Improve Traffic Safety In New Mexico

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced more than $365,000 for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to help prevent drunk driving and improve safety on New Mexico roads. The funds will support local safety efforts including sobriety checkpoints, seat belt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs. The department will receive four grants funded through the U.S.

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2:58 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

World's Largest Folk Art Market To Open In Santa Fe

A mecca for master artisans from around the world, Santa Fe is in the final stages of preparing for this year's International Folk Art Market.

In its 12th year, the market will feature more than 150 artists from around the world. The three-day event begins July 10 in Santa Fe and some 20,000 people are expected to attend.

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1:48 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Suspect In Beating Sought By Police

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Credit Las Cruces Police Department

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of beating a 61-year-old man, dumping the victim on the East Mesa and stealing his vehicle sometime Wednesday evening.

 

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9:12 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Special Election Fills Vacant Seat On Navajo Council

A Utah man is the Navajo Nation Council's news member, winning a seat vacated by the tribe's vice president.

Unofficial results from a special election this week show Herman Daniels Jr., of Monument Pass, winning the post. He defeated several others for the job.

Daniels served on the council in 2010 and 2011, filling in for his father who died while in office. He'll represent four Navajo communities on the 24-member council.

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9:10 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Gov. Martinez Says Pump System In Use For Jet Fuel Clean-Up

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Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use.

She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean up the plume.

First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

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9:07 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Albuquerque Settles Excessive Force Lawsuit For $500K

The city of Albuquerque is paying a man a half-million dollar settlement to conclude an excessive force lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports this new amount includes $200,000 previously awarded by a jury to Jerry Rodriguez for compensatory damages and eliminates a second trial phase that would have focused on municipal liability.

Rodriguez and his long-time partner Elaine Romero filed the lawsuit over a 2010 incident with police that took place a month after they questioned him about a homicide.

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9:05 am
Thu July 2, 2015

New Mexico Tribal Leaders Gather For Annual Summit

Native American leaders from around New Mexico are gathering at Santa Ana Pueblo for the state's annual tribal summit.

Economic development, health and wellness, and education are among the topics on the agenda. Gov. Susana Martinez also is expected to meet with tribal leaders on Thursday.

Martinez says the summit offers an opportunity to work with tribes in a collaborative way to address issues such as student achievement gaps and health outcomes among Native American populations.

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9:03 am
Thu July 2, 2015

PNM Files Ownership Plan, Coal Supply Deal With Regulators

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New Mexico's largest electric provider says it's on track to meeting a deadline for submitting to regulators key documents related to the future of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico says it filed an agreement detailing the future ownership makeup of the plant, a coal supply contract and a purchase and sale agreement for San Juan Mine between BHP Billiton and Westmoreland Coal Co.

Some of the power plant's owners still are reviewing the restructuring agreement, but PNM expects to have those signatures by Aug. 1.

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6:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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7:40 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Santa Fe Cardiologist Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Roy G. Heilbron was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment Wednesday.

He's been released on his own recognizance.

The indictment alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims between January 2010 and May 2011.

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7:33 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Multiple Burgularly Reports, Stolen Stroller Linked To Las Cruces Woman Currently Jailed In Arizona

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have uncovered a complicated web of burglaries that allegedly link back to one woman who detectives say habitually stole property to sell and/or exchange for drugs.

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5:08 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Pearce: US-Cuba Deal Fails Americans

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. State Department and Cuban regime announced they will reopen embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.

 

“The announcement today by the President again rewards a brutal, tyrannical regime, and secures little in return,” Pearce stated.

 

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4:06 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

New Mexico Governor Denounces Trump's Comments

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is denouncing GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

A Republican and the nation's only Latina governor, Martinez said Wednesday following a news conference that Trump's comments were uncalled for and that no politician should make generalizations about any group.

Martinez said she hadn't been keeping up with Trump, but expressed shock after learning about comments he made during his presidential campaign announcement.

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3:51 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Daycare: Same-Sex Marriage, Finances Reasons For Closing

A Las Cruces church daycare says it's closing due to troubled finances and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

First Baptist Church's Senior Pastor David Burrows told KFOX-TV in El Paso on Monday that church officials are refusing to accept government funds because they don't want the government telling them who they can hire.

That move comes after Burrows says a new security system, nine new employees and a lack of government funds created a $300,000 shortfall for the church.

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2:50 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Heinrich Commends Agreement To Re-open Embassies In U.S. And Cuba

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after President Obama announced an agreement to re-open embassies in the United States and Cuba:

"Re-opening our embassy in Havana and agreeing to open a Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. is a positive step in changing the course of our relationship with Cuba. This embassy will serve as a way to increase contact between governments, establish diplomatic relationships, and engage with the Cuban people.

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2:43 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Udall, Heinrich Urge OPM To Minimize Impact Of Data Breach On Federal Employees, Improve Security Co

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich strongly urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to take steps to minimize harm to federal employees in New Mexico and across the country who were affected by the recent data breach that resulted in the theft of millions of employees' personal information.

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2:39 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Civil Forfeiture Reform Among New Laws In New Mexico

A measure that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime is one of many new signed bills that now are state law.

A number of new laws go into effect Wednesday following a divisive New Mexico Legislative session that saw many proposals died amid partisan bickering. But some did pass the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate.

Among the new laws is a bill aimed at providing transparency and accountability of the civil forfeitures by police and providing protections to innocent property owners.

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2:38 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Robber Killed In Shootout With Ax-anchor's Husband At Motel

A former CNN anchor says her husband fatally shot a would-be robber at motel in Albuquerque.

Lynne Russell told KOAT-TV that a man pointed a gun at her head when she went to get something from her car late Tuesday night.

Russell said the man then pulled her into her hotel room at gunpoint where her husband exchanged gunfire with the man. The robber was killed and husband wounded.

Russell did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press, but former CNN colleagues Ted Kavanau and Patrick Clawson told the AP she had described the incident to them.

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2:35 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Police Find Car Loaded With Explosives In Mexico Border City

Police in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez say they have detained three men who were pushing a car laden with explosives.

The explosives included two tubes of ANFO, or ammonium nitrate-fuel oil, a potent explosive often used in industry. Officials say the explosives would have caused damage in a 40-yard (meter) radius had they detonated.

The Chihuahua state prosecutors' office said Tuesday that police also found three batteries, two bottles of fuel and electrical wire in the car. It said the men who were pushing the car also had marijuana and guns.

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2:33 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

More Tribes Sign Gambling Agreements With New Mexico

More Native American tribes have signed gambling agreements with the state in recent weeks as one northern New Mexico tribe digs in its heels.

Gov. Susana Martinez's office confirmed Wednesday that Taos, Isleta, Zuni and Ohkay Owingeh pueblos have signed on to a compact that was hammered out over three years of negotiations and approved by the Legislature during its last session.

Five tribes already had signed on, including the Navajo Nation, the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache nations and Acoma and Jemez pueblos.

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5:53 am
Wed July 1, 2015

NMSU To Lead Research Using Drones To Inspect Dams

Federal water managers plan to use a drone to inspect Elephant Butte Dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to lead a research project on the feasibility of using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect dams.

The project marks a first for the agency and researchers will be looking at whether light detection, infrared and high-definition video can be used as tools for infrastructure inspection.

New Mexico State has been awarded $35,000 to help with the project.

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