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6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Road Improvements To Be Discussed At Public Meeting

  Doña Ana County District 3 Commissioner Benjamin Rawson, along with several Doña Ana County staff members, will host a public meeting to discuss proposed roadway improvements along Baylor Canyon Road and Dripping Springs Road.

Representatives with the Bureau of Land Management will also be at the meeting to provide preliminary information on the project, and to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Organ Fire Station, 5816 Third Street in Organ.

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4:39 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Researchers Trying To Estimate Cancer Cases That May Be Related Trinity Test

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Researchers from the National Cancer Institute are trying to estimate the number of past and present cancer cases in New Mexico that may be related to the U.S. government's testing of the first atomic bomb.

The test occurred on July 16, 1945, over a remote stretch of desert in southern New Mexico.

The researchers have just wrapped up a trip to the state. They spent time last week conducting in-depth interviews with several residents to learn more about the lifestyles and diets of people living in New Mexico around the time of the atomic detonation at the Trinity Site.

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4:34 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Las Cruces Police Capture Burglary Suspects After High Speed Chase

Chavez, Rafael

  The suspects in two Sunday morning burglaries led police on a high speed pursuit on interstate highways before being detained by police.

Andrew Montoya, 21, Emanuel Luna, 24, and 20-year-old Rafael Chavez each face two counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of conspiracy for the incident that was reported at around 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

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4:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Drunk Driver Arrested For Attempting To Steal Car

  An Anthony, N.M. man was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a party and then attempting to drive away while he was reportedly intoxicated.

            Just after midnight, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 900 block of Starlight Lane in Anthony after a man reported that Edgar Gutierrez, 31, walked up to his residence and got into a parked vehicle.

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3:13 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Navajo Leader Resigns

  The head of the Navajo Nation's legislative branch has resigned a day before he is to plead guilty in a criminal case.

Johnny Naize's resignation Monday ends his nearly four years as speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and 16 years as a tribal lawmaker.

The council already had stripped Naize of his administrative duties after he was charged with bribery and conspiracy in an investigation into the use of tribal funds.

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11:51 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Super PAC Enters NM Attorney General Race

Hector Balderas
Credit Hector Balderas

A Democratic super PAC booked at least $345,350 in TV ads aimed at the New Mexico attorney general’s race last week.

In fact, the Committee for Justice and Fairness is outspending the two candidates by nearly $100,000. So far, Democrat Hector Balderas is spending $133,415 and Republican Susan Riedel $120,144 in their race to replace Democrat Gary King, who is running for governor.

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11:46 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Slight Increase In NMSU Student Loan Default Rate

The U.S. Department of Education released the college student loans default rates Sept. 25, and New Mexico State University’s systemwide three-year default rate is about 20 percent, showing a slight increase from last year.

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11:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gary King

Fred Martino interviews New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, the Democratic candidate for New Mexico Governor.

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11:27 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Davis Accuses Abbott Of "Cover Up"

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  Democrat Wendy Davis is accusing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott of a "cover up" involving economic incentive dollars on the eve of their final debate in the Texas governor's race.

Davis said Monday that her opponent failed as a watchdog over Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund. A state audit last week revealed the fund awarded roughly $172 million in taxpayer dollars to companies that never submitted applications.

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11:26 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Prosecutors Seek Prison For Former Martinez Campaign Manager

Credit Office of the Governor

   Federal prosecutors are recommending a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez be sentenced to prison time for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.

Jamie Estrada faces up to a year and one day in prison.

In documents filed in federal court, the U.S. attorney's office says sentencing Estrada to "the higher end of that range would best reflect the seriousness of his crimes, promote respect for the law, and be a fair and just punishment in this case."

Estrada's lawyers have asked that Estrada be sentenced to probation rather than prison.

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10:01 am
Mon September 29, 2014

A First: German Military Plane On Display At U.S. Air Force Base

  

  History was made in September at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico, when the first German air force aircraft was unveiled in Heritage Park by Lt. Gen. Martin Schellis, German Air Force Operational Forces Command commander and Col. Robert Kiebler, 49th Wing commander.

"This is the first German aircraft to be accepted into the Air Force inventory," said James Burrett, 49th Wing historian. "They don't usually give away aircraft. Normally they just give it out on a long term loan."

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9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Chamber Economic Forum

Economists from New Mexico State University discuss the national and regional economic picture and the health of the financial markets.

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8:59 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Big Changes Ahead For Alamogordo Theater

The decades old projector system at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Tombaugh Theater is soon to be replaced with a state of the art digital projection system. When the projector system is replaced, the theater will close temporarily for as long as two weeks while the new system is installed. The closure date has yet to be announced. In the meanwhile, Journey Into Amazing Caves and Tornado Alley, in their original format, will alternate daily.

  (Alamogordo, New Mexico) -  By the end of this year, the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater is scheduled to have the first phase of its facelift finished with the installation of a new all-digital large format projection system. As the era of “wet film” comes to an end in the theater, a classic film, Journey Into Amazing Caves, will be added into the theater schedule allowing movie goers to see it one last time in its original format.

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6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NMSU Hosts New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit

Cornell Menking is New Mexico State University’s associate provost for International and Border Programs. The university is hosting the New Mexico Global Education Consortium 2014 Summit at the Farm and Ranch Museum. (submitted photo)

  As the global marketplace for higher education continues to expand, new demands are facing universities worldwide. New Mexico universities formed a consortium to begin looking at these issues 15 years ago. They will meet in Las Cruces Oct. 1-2 to further their efforts to help the state graduate a globally competent workforce.

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6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The NEA, The Biggest Union In the Nation Takes On New Mexico Public Education Department

Public Education Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera speaking at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Education Luncheon Last August.
Credit Simon Thompson

The New Mexico NEA is filing another lawsuit against the state Public Education Department, this time with  support from the national NEA teacher union.

Las Cruces NEA officials say the department is infringing on local school district authority to have a say in how their teachers are evaluated.

Child poverty, special needs kids and a large percentage of English language learners. National Education Association Las Cruces president Patrick Sanchez says these are some of the challenges that define teaching in Las Cruces public schools.

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7:05 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Wet Weather Hurts Chile Crop

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico's green chile crop in danger.  A hail storm on Thursday was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in Dona Ana County.

Farmers say the rain is delaying some harvests as well as increasing the chances of a chile-plant disease.

Some fields are already dying from phytophera, a disease caused by moisture. Other crops are suffering from chile "pod rot."

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report issued last week says about 75 percent of the state's green chile crop has been harvested.

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7:02 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Report: Abbott Campaigns Received At Least $1.4 Million From State Fund Grantees

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from recipients of a state economic development fund that was the focus of a critical state audit.

The Dallas Morning News notes that in his role as Texas attorney general, Abbott is required by law to monitor state accounts and recover misspent money.

The audit, released Thursday, says about a third of all the money handed out since the launch of the Texas Enterprise Fund a decade ago — $172 million — went to companies that never submitted applications.

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10:50 am
Sun September 28, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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10:34 am
Sun September 28, 2014

NMSU Model U.N. Team Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador

Ruben Zamora, El Salvador’s ambassador to the United Nations, will be in Las Cruces for a public discussion of his role in the U.N. as a guest of NMSU’s Model U.N. team. (Courtesy photo)

  El Salvador’s ambassador to the United Nations Ruben Zamora will be a special guest of New Mexico State University’s Model United Nations team from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Breland Hall Room 179, 1525 Stewart Street, on the NMSU campus.

Zamora will come to Las Cruces fresh from attending the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, which runs through Oct. 1. He will give a public talk, discuss his role in the U.N. and take questions from the audience.

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10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

New Mexico To Spend $1 Million On Rail Crossing Improvements

New Mexico transportation officials are channeling nearly $1 million toward safety measures to protect bicyclists and pedestrians at train crossings.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports crews began installing new equipment earlier this month at crossings used by Rail Runner trains.

The boost in spending comes in the wake of two cyclists who were struck and killed by trains earlier this year.

Crossings will have more safety gates, flashing lights and other improvements.

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10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Five Babies Test Positive For TB In El Paso

  Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis in West Texas after a nurse assistant at an El Paso hospital exposed hundreds of infants to the disease between September 2013 and last month.

The El Paso Department of Public Health says in a statement that none of the children have active TB, the deadly and contagious form of the illness. All five will be treated.

The department also says it is expanding the list of children who may have been exposed by 96, bringing the total to about 850.

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10:28 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Border Bridge Closure Starts Monday

  Some lanes of a border bridge linking West Texas and Mexico will be closed for high-tech upgrades.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso say improvements to the southbound lanes of the Bridge of the Americas are set to begin Monday.

The work includes lane excavation and construction to support installation of speed humps and technology improvements, such as automated license plate readers.

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10:27 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Texas Marriage Equality Ban Stalls Changes To Dallas Pensions

Although the Dallas city council has modified policies that ensure equal rights for gay municipal employees, the city's two pension funds have delayed enacting the new measures.

The council earlier adopted a resolution seeking equal treatment for gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It followed that vote with another Wednesday to amend personnel rules to prohibit discrimination.

But The Dallas Morning News reports that leaders of the city's two pension funds — one for public safety workers and the other for civilian employees — say changing the plans is complicated.

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10:13 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Roxanne "Rocky" Lara

Fred Martino speaks with Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, the Democratic candidate in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.  Lara faces Republican Rep. Steve Pearce in the November election.

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7:02 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

El Paso Man Gets 50 Years For Strangling Wife

  An El Paso man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for strangling his wife as they argued about whether she had been unfaithful.

Manuel Torres was sentenced Friday.

El Paso County jurors on Thursday found the 50-year-old Torres guilty of murder in the April 2013 death of his spouse, Lilia Torres.

Attorneys for Torres say he was acting in self-defense as his wife allegedly punched and kicked him. She was found dead on a sofa in the couple's home.

Torres will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

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7:01 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Valles Caldera Preserve To Request More Funding

  The Valles Caldera National Preserve plans to ask Congress for more federal funding to manage operations for another five years.

The preserve's board of trustees voted Wednesday to submit a recommendation for extending federal appropriations through 2020.

Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar says there are inherent government functions that will likely require aid on the federal level.

Those functions include compliance with historic preservation and environmental laws, forest restoration and infrastructure repairs.

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6:55 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Las Cruces City Manager Recommends Repeal Of $8.50 Minimum Wage, Discussion Of Changes To $10.10 Law

Robert Garza, Las Cruces City Manager

  The minimum wage controversy in Las Cruces continues to grow more complicated.  Now, it appears the Las Cruces City Council may modify the minimum wage ordinance it recently approved.  That ordinance, proposed by the group Café, would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next two years.  It would have been $10.10 per hour in 2017, and would have risen in subsequent years to keep up with inflation. 

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6:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

"Tough Enough To Wear Pink" Kickoff Sunday At NMSU

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers poses with his NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink T-shirt at the Barnes and Noble at NMSU bookstore. (NMSU photo by Justin Bannister)

  The New Mexico State University campus is about to “think pink” as part of the annual NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, scheduled Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Now in its eighth year, the events surrounding the week promote cancer awareness and raise money to fund cancer research in New Mexico.

“We always hope to achieve three things: to raise money for research, to raise awareness and education and to remember people who have been affected by breast cancer, but at the same time celebrate the survivors,” TETWP campus coordinator Julie Weber said.

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5:15 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

It's Still Not Over...Texas Supreme Court To Get School Finance Appeal

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office formally notified the Texas Supreme Court that it's appealing a ruling that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.

Abbott's office filed a single-paragraph notice to appeal to the court on Friday.

State District Judge John Dietz has twice declared since last year that the way Texas funds schools isn't constitutional. If the high court upholds the ruling, the Legislature will have to devise a new funding formula.

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5:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Martinez Fundraising In Florida

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is helping New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez raise money for her re-election.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said the governor has scheduled a fundraiser with Rubio on Friday in Miami.

The governor's re-election campaign will pay for Martinez's travel expenses. She flew Thursday evening to Florida and will return to New Mexico on Friday after the fundraiser.

Martinez holds a large fundraising advantage over her Democratic challenger, two-term Attorney General Gary King.

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