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12:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Las Cruces Man Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat At NMSU

A Las Cruces man has been arrested for threatening a mass shooting at New Mexico State University in May.

Federal authorities took 19-year-old Zachary Hess into custody Monday and charged him with making a threat online.

According to unsealed documents, authorities say Hess threatened a mass shooting at NMSU during an anonymous online chat four days after a mass shooting near a college in Isla Vista, California, that left seven people dead.

Investigators say an anonymous chatter snapped a screen shot of Hess' message and posted it the NMSU Facebook page.

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12:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

FBI Raid At Former College

   FBI agents in West Texas and New Mexico have raided the offices of a former college and the house of its owners as part of an investigation that includes the U.S. Department of Education.

FBI spokesman Michael Martinez said three search warrants were served Wednesday and no arrests have been made. He declined to elaborate.

One campus of Anamarc College and the owners' house are in El Paso. Another campus is in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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12:46 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NMSU Police Department Celebrates K-9 With Retirement Ceremony

  The New Mexico State University Police Department is hosting a retirement ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at the department’s headquarters to honor K-9 officer Raven. She is one of three K-9’s with NMSUPD to specialize in explosive detection.

A Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd cross, Raven has worked with the NMSUPD for three years, and she inspected buildings and venues across campus including Aggie Memorial Stadium and Pan American Center. She also has been a regional asset and assisted with bomb threats in Dona Ana County.

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12:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Manhunt Is On After Armed Robbery In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Police are investigating Tuesday evening’s armed robbery at a Pic Quik store on Missouri Avenue.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, two armed men entered the Pic Quik, at 2240 Missouri Ave., and demanded cash from the store clerk. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot heading east toward Payne Street.

  No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

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8:21 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UNM Gets Grant To Study Rise In Rural Hepatitis C

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $1.3 million grant to study the rise of Hepatitis C infections in rural New Mexico.

New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is experiencing a disproportionate rise in infections, largely among young adults in rural areas. She says the research is crucial to developing long-term solutions for prevention, early detection and treatment.

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8:20 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Inventory: New Mexico Piñon, Juniper Trees Are Growing

The most abundant types of forest in New Mexico are made up of pinon and juniper trees.

A five-year inventory of the state's forested lands shows the popular trees cover more than 13.6 million acres.

The inventory also shows pinon woodlands that are old enough to produce harvest-worthy quantities of pine nuts occupy about 8 million acres in New Mexico.

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8:16 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Santa Fe Council To Consider Pot Measure

The Santa Fe City Council is considering a proposal that would put a measure decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on the November ballot.

The New Mexican reports that officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday, a day after the Santa Fe County Commission unanimously approved a similar resolution.

Activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on the matter.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says she is not sure if it will fit on an already crowded general election ballot.

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8:11 am
Wed August 27, 2014

New Mexico's Infant Mortality Rate Drops

New Mexico health officials say the state's infant mortality rate has dropped significantly.

The state Department of Health said Tuesday the latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the rate can vary substantially year to year and steep increases or decreases are not uncommon.

Ward says the department continues to try to understand the causes and implement initiatives to prevent or decrease infant deaths.

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4:29 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

"Captain Fantastic" Begins Filming In Las Cruces

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima with actors from "Captain Fantastic"

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima officially welcomed the cast and crew of Captain Fantastic to Las Cruces this week.

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4:21 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Udall Co-Sponsors Bill To Provide Background Checks To Organizations That Serve Children

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation that would enable children’s groups, summer camps, and other youth-serving non-profit associations to gain access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers.  He discussed the legislation yesterday during a visit with the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails in Albuquerque.

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4:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Bird Hunting To Begin Along Rio Grande

  The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has released information about bird hunting areas on USIBWC lands along the Rio Grande in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, Texas and in Doña Ana and Sierra Counties, New Mexico.  The 2014/2015 bird hunting season, which starts with dove season on September 1, marks the first time the USIBWC has authorized hunting along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Hunting regulations and the USIBWC prohibit hunting where people could be endangered, such as near homes, businesses, and bridges.

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4:15 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Bridge Work In Las Cruces

  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office with Hasse Contracting Company, Inc. will continue with bridge preservation work at various bridges within the Las Cruces/Dona Ana area. The bridge work will consist of cleaning the existing bridge deck surfaces with a shot blast machine, applying a liquid sealant on the bridge decks, and then placing traffic makers.

The contractor is scheduled to start on the following routes:

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4:14 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

UNM Awarded $1.3 Million To Study Hepatitis C In Rural New Mexico

Credit unm.edu

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want UNM’s Dr. Kimberly Page to investigate how extensive the Hepatitis C epidemic is in New Mexico’s risk population – young and recent initiates to drug injections – and evaluate access to care and prevention services, with a $1.3 million grant.

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4:09 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Grand Opening For NMSU's New Domenici Hall In September

  Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on New Mexico State University’s newest building, Pete V. Domenici Hall, and a grand opening reception is slated for next month.

The reception will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the building, which is located at 3014 McFie Circle, in the center of campus. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 5:15 p.m. The grand opening festivities are part of the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference, set for Sept. 17 and 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

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8:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

I-25 Southbound Loop From U.S. 70 Closure In Las Cruces

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office with Smith and Aguirre Construction will need to CLOSE the I-25 southbound loop from US 70 in order have a large pole for the digital message board to be delivered.

The closure will take place today Tuesday August 26th with traffic control stationed by 11:00 am, and should be lifted by 1:00 pm this afternoon. Motorists are advised to avoid this area, and to follow detours as they are posted.

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7:57 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Navajos To Reduce List Of 17 Presidential Hopefuls

Navajos are narrowing down a list of 17 candidates hoping to become the next president on the country's largest American Indian reservation.

More than 114,000 Navajos are registered to vote in Tuesday's primary. The top two vote-getters advance to November's general election.

The candidates have focused their campaigns on securing water rights, improving education, growing business and sustaining Navajo culture.

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7:55 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Audit: N.M. Agencies Have $10 Million In Military Gear

Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent $10.2 million worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.

Documents obtained by public records requests from The Associated Press show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.

Meanwhile, larger agencies like the Albuquerque Police Department have received weapons, utility trucks and mine-resistant vehicles.

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7:52 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Mexico Panel To Discuss Future Of Gila River

The Interstate Stream Commission will hear from experts and advocates as a deadline approaches for deciding what to do with New Mexico's share of the Gila River.

The commission is meeting Tuesday in Albuquerque. The agenda includes presentations on the economic, recreational and cultural implications of diverting part of the river.

The commission has until the end of the year to make a decision.

New Mexico has rights to some of the Gila and one of its tributaries under a 2004 settlement with Arizona.

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7:51 am
Tue August 26, 2014

EPA Takes Comment On Four Corners Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on a proposed permit for a northwestern New Mexico power plant.

The operator of the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington plans to upgrade two units at the coal-fired plant to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The EPA says the installation of what's known as selective catalytic reduction technology will result in an increase in sulfuric acid emissions.

That increase means the power plant is required to get a permit from the EPA that requires the plant operator to minimize the emissions.

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4:01 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Woman Arrested After Attempted Flight From Las Cruces Police

  A woman suspected of embezzling a vehicle from a friend tried to escape police custody Monday morning.

Adria R. Salazar, 20, is charged with one count each of embezzlement of a motor vehicle, escape or attempt to escape from a peace officer, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Las Cruces Police learned that the owner of a 1990 silver Dodge Dynasty loaned the vehicle to Salazar at around noon on Sunday, Aug. 24, with the understanding that she return the vehicle later that afternoon or evening.

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3:43 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Las Cruces Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested

Armando Rodriguez

  Las Cruces Police arrested two men suspected of committing an armed robbery late Sunday evening near Young Park.

Javier D. Valenzuela and Armando Rodriguez, both 29, are charged with one third-degree felony count each of robbery. Valenzuela was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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3:41 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

99 Tickets And Two Arrests In NMSU Las Cruces Traffic Operation

  Las Cruces – Local law enforcement agencies teamed up during a traffic safety blitz on Monday near the NMSU Las Cruces campus, issuing a total of 99 citations and making 2 arrests.

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3:38 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Murder Investigation At New Mexico Prison

  Corrections Department officials say an inmate has been found dead at the Northeastern New Mexico Detention Facility.

Authorities said Jesus Dominguez was discovered unresponsive Monday during morning headcount and pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials say Clayton police were called to the scene and are now investigating the death as a homicide.

Authorities say other inmates are being interviewed.

No further details were available.

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3:02 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

County Cannot Place Signs On Private Roads

Dona Ana County's lawyers say its hands are tied regarding requests to put street signs along private roads, a situation that some officials say could mean emergency responders can't quickly find homes where residents need help.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the county Commission recently approved a proposal to allow county signs on private roads but later retracted the action because of questions about implementation.

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2:38 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sheriff's Citizens Academy Rescheduled; Deadline Extended

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office has delayed the start of its fall citizen’s academy until Saturday, Sept. 6. Because of the shift, the deadline for applications to be submitted is now Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will take place on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 6. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Anyone who submitted an application earlier this year is currently on the Fall 2014 class roster.

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9:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Fired NMSU Officer Wants Job Back

A New Mexico State University-Alamogordo officer fired for removing a school soda cooler and selling it online wants his old job back.   David Moon is appealing his termination and says his civil rights were violated.

Moon says in court records university and city officials retaliated against him for investigating a stalking case on campus and for speaking out about problems within the former Alamogordo Department of Public Safety.

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9:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

What? Albuquerque Questions May Not Fit Onto Ballot

   All of Albuquerque's proposed questions for voters may not fit onto Bernalillo County's general election ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county election workers are testing different ballot combinations of questions submitted by the city.

The City Council wants to add five items to the general-election ballot, which includes state and county races.

The proposed questions include a marijuana decriminalization measure and a proposed tax increase for social-service programs.

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9:55 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Strong Revenue Forecast For New Mexico

  A new financial forecast estimates about $285 million will be available in the next budget year for spending increases on state government programs, public education and to offset potential tax cuts.

Officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration outlined the revenue projections Monday to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting in Las Vegas.

If the Legislature and governor agree to put all $285 million into programs and services, that would allow a 4.6 percent increase in spending in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins next July.

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9:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Survey: Little Gain From New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Publicity

Credit NM Department of Health

  A survey commissioned by New Mexico's health insurance exchange has found that a campaign to publicize the online marketplace for buying coverage is having little success so far.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the survey of uninsured New Mexicans found that three of five don't even know what an insurance exchange is.

The survey also found that respondents had little memory of television advertising to encourage visits to the exchange's website and that few had heard of events where insurance shoppers could consult exchange representatives.

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9:52 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Soccer Team Apologizes For Hazing Case

Credit unm.edu

  University of New Mexico women's soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity.

Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women's soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.

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