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8:31 am
Mon May 4, 2015

New Mexico Veterans Hired To Prevent, Fight Wildfires

Several New Mexico military veterans are back on the field but the only enemy they are fighting is fire.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state's Returning Heroes program has trained 25 veterans to help battle wildfires.

The veterans have been learning new skills while also working on prescribed burns and forest-thinning projects.

Now in its first full year of operation, the State Forestry Division's program was established in 2013 to help get vets back to work.

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8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Spaceport To Explore New Ideas To Earn Revenue

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority executive director Christine Anderson will present new strategies next month for generating revenue for the multi-million dollar spaceport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the revised five-year business plan calls for Spaceport to look for new tenants, market the facility for commercial filming and open up for tourism.

Spaceport America's hopes have been tied to anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which is developing a spaceship.

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6:01 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Guero Loco: Bringing The Beat To Bilingualism

Bilingual rapper Guero Loco hyping up up the crowd of Deming High School students.
Credit Simon Thompson

A Michigan State University study says attending a bilingual school may improve reading and math test scores of native English speakers. Research also shows bilingual programs benefit those learning English as a second language.

Despite the benefits the state education department says only 17% of all New Mexico students are in bilingual education and districts are doing what they can to get more students into the bilingual programs. 

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Heinrich Urges Congress To Fully Fund Conservation Program Set To Expire

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich pushed Congress to permanently authorize and completely fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing earlier this month. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of the bill designed to permanently authorize and fully fund the LWCF, a conservation program that has been around for decades.

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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11:29 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Tuesday Election For Dona Ana County Soil And Water Conservation District

  Polling location hours are 7am to 7pm

·         There are 3 polling locations

1.      Anthony Community Center

865 South Anthony Drive, Anthony, NM  88021

2.      Doña Ana County Government Center

845 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM  88007

3.      Radium Springs Community Center

12060 LB Lindbeck Road, Las Cruces, NM  88007

 

SAMPLE BALLOTS

 

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11:09 am
Sun May 3, 2015

In Depth: Religious Objection Bill And More On Tap In Texas

The Texas Legislature is in the homestretch with less than a month left in the session — and top Republicans may have to hustle if they are going to keep their loftiest promises.

Some key items are poised for crossing off conservative to-do lists: pumping extra billions into border security and transportation, allowing licensed Texans to openly carry handguns and strengthening ethics rules for elected officials.

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11:08 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Las Cruces Power Outage Caused By Balloon

Utility crews say a mylar balloon was responsible for an hour-long power outage Saturday night that affected thousands of Las Cruces residents.

El Paso Electric spokesman George De La Torre tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/1AxRbNW) that the power went out around 7:55 p.m.

He says about 5,000 customers in central and south Las Cruces had no electricity.

De La Torre says crews determined the balloon, which can be purchased at any grocery store, touched a transformer.

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11:06 am
Sun May 3, 2015

New Mural Surprises Las Cruces Visitors Bureau Employees

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  Las Cruces tourism officials say they will not interfere with an unannounced mural going up on the building they occupy.

A group of artists says the owner of the building that houses the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau gave them permission to paint the mural over the weekend.

The mural shows a woman surrounded by flowers and birds.

The Visitors Bureau initially threatened to cover it up Friday.

But Bureau executive director Philip San Filippo now says it's the owner's right to allow a mural but he would have liked input on the design.

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5:48 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Need To Repair Aging Roads Looms Over New Mexico

The number of repairs and reconstruction needed for New Mexico's aging roads is far outpacing the funding available for such projects.

The state's road fund received roughly $381 million last year, $5 million less than the year prior.

Meanwhile, a national research group recently stated that just immediate road work alone amounts to $730 million.

Transportation officials say the road fund primarily gets money from gasoline tax revenues, which have stayed flat for the past decade.

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3:57 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Project Co-Developed By NMSU Student Receives Seed Funding

New Mexico State University engineering doctoral student Sasi Prabhakaran discusses a poster detailing adaptive singularity-free control moment gyroscope technology during a special event honoring six finalists in the Launch proof of concept program competition sponsored by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. Developed by NMSU engineering professor Amit Sanyal, the proposed ASCMG technology went on to win the competition. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Technology that could improve orientation control for spacecraft is the latest commercialization project to receive seed funding through the Launch program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

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3:46 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

STD Outbreak At West Texas High School

An outbreak of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, has been reported at a small West Texas high school.

The Crane Independent School District sent a letter last week to parents of Crane High School students informing them that 20 cases of chlamydia had been confirmed at the school. Crane High School has an enrollment of about 300 students.

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3:44 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Santa Fe Mayor's Proposal For Gender Neutral Bathrooms Gets Committee OK

Credit NMSU

A proposal to establish gender-neutral restrooms in Santa Fe has passed one hurdle.

Mayor Javier Gonzales' initiative barely passed Monday before a City Council committee.

The public works committee voted 3-2 in favor of the restrooms, which are meant to cater to the transgender community.

The proposed ordinance calls for businesses and government buildings to label single-occupancy restrooms as family restrooms that could be used by anyone, regardless of gender. The designation would not apply to restrooms with multiple stalls.

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3:43 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

New Mexico National Guardsman Dies In Arkansas Event

A member of the New Mexico National Guard has died while taking part in a marksmanship competition in Arkansas.

Arkansas National Guard Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Ryan Faraone collapsed Thursday afternoon after running approximately 200 yards at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Lynch told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Faraone was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he later died.

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3:41 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Lawmaker Ejected From Meeting Could Face Investigation

Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford

 A North Texas lawmaker could face a state House investigation after a colleague accused him of helping to pad witness lists for a bill he supported and had him removed from a committee meeting.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, accused state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, on Thursday night of participating in efforts to list witnesses who hadn't actually come to the Capitol to testify on Stickland's bill to ban red-light cameras.

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8:32 am
Sat May 2, 2015

In Depth: Texas Senator Wants Drug Testing For All Elected Officials

  Are they on drugs? We could soon know if mind-altering substances are to blame for the Legislature's often wacky ways.

Sen. Eddie Lucio attached an amendment to a sweeping ethics bill requiring that all elected officials — from Gov. Greg Abbott to school board members — take drug tests and post the results online.

No one gets booted from office for failing, but doing so could make re-election tough. Lucio, a Democrat from Brownsville, has for years championed such testing and even once took a blood test to show he was serious.

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5:46 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Feds To Pay For Navajo Nation Uranium Cleanup Evaluation

Navajo Nation officials say the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to provide $13.2 million for a cleanup evaluation of 16 abandoned uranium mines across the vast reservation.

Tribal officials say the investigation of the sites is a necessary step before final cleanup decisions can be made.

The Navajo Nation encompasses more than 27,000 square miles within Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

About four million tons of uranium ore was extracted during mining operations within the Navajo Nation from 1944 to 1986 when the last mine shut down.

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5:27 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Outrage Over No-Bid Albuquerque Contract

An Albuquerque city councilor says procurement and employment policies need to be tightened after a scathing audit uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser International.

Councilor Ken Sanchez acknowledged the audit is another black eye for the city as it works to reform its troubled police force.

He last year requested a risk review after becoming concerned about a nearly $2 million contract for body cameras and video storage software awarded to Arizona-based Taser. The contract was not put out for competitive bidding.

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5:23 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

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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10:24 am
Fri May 1, 2015

PNM Wants Regulators To Reject Rate Case Recommendation

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New Mexico's largest electric provider is defending its request to raise rates.

Public Service Company of New Mexico on Thursday filed its objections to a hearing examiner's recommendation that the state Public Regulation Commission reject the utility's request because it was incomplete.

Environmentalists had argued that PNM failed to provide state regulators with enough information to justify a 12 percent rate hike.

PNM officials say their rate request is complete and that the hearing examiner is wrongly imposing a "heighten standard" for the utility.

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10:22 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Agreement Would Ensure Coal Supply For NM Power Plant

The owners of a power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure the plant is supplied with coal through 2022.

The current coal contract for the San Juan Generating Station expires in 2017. Uncertainty about the future supply has become a sticking point as New Mexico regulators consider plans for closing part of the plant and shifting to other sources of electricity.

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10:09 am
Fri May 1, 2015

2nd Engineer Battalion Moves From White Sands To Texas

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The U.S. Army's 2nd Engineer Battalion said goodbye to White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the 2nd Engineer Battalion formally symbolized their move with a flag ceremony called the Casing of the Colors.

The Army announced in 2014 that it will deactivate the 600-soldier 2nd Engineer Battalion as part of a worldwide restructuring. It was then announced that the Battalion would be reorganized and assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

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10:34 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Zoning Decision For Land Near "A" Mountain Delayed

 About 16 acres of land at the base of Tortugas Mountain near Las Cruces was the subject of a heated public meeting Thursday night at the Dona Ana County Government Center.  After four hours of public comment overwhelmingly against commercial zoning of the property, the extra-territorial zoning commission board decided to delay a decision.  The board could decide to designate the property for industrial, commercial, or residential zoning.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, at 6pm at the Dona Ana County Government Center.

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9:15 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Fatal El Paso Police Shooting Draws Mexican Government Scrutiny

A fatal police shooting in El Paso is drawing Mexican government scrutiny.

Police spokesman Chris Mears says officers responding to a burglary call Wednesday night encountered Erick Emmanuel Salas Sanchez, who armed himself with a metal object and threatened the officers. Mears says a Taser failed to to subdue the 22-year-old man, who charged the officers. One officer shot Sanchez, who died later at Del Sol Medical Center.

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4:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A Test For Life

Rachel Torres (left), New Mexico Department of Health Community Collaborative Care Program councilor provides a New Mexico State University student on testing instructions during the Get Yourself Tested event this month at the NMSU Health Center.

  In the Public Health field, there are many things talked about every day about what you can do for your health. Diet and exercise are just the beginning.

Getting yourself tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Not only is it quick and simple, it's also usually confidential.

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2:44 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Subject Of Las Cruces SWAT Incident Charged With Child Abuse

  Rocky Gardner, the 36-year-old man who was in a brief standoff with police Wednesday evening, has been charged with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

At around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Las Cruces Police were called to the report of a disturbance on the 3800 block of Van Ess Court. Officers learned that the suspect in the disturbance, later identified as Gardner, was inside of his residence and refusing to exit.

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2:33 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

First West Texas Test Flight For Company Owned By Amazon's Jeff Bezos

Credit www.blueorigin.com

  On Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos issued this statement on the website of his spaceflight company, Blue Origin:

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1:48 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Legal Team Seeks To Intervene In Attempt To Recall Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg

Las Cruces city councilor Gill Sorg

 

   The controversy continues over efforts to recall three Las Cruces city councilors.  The political action committee New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is trying to get a court to force the city of Las Cruces to reinstate petition signatures that were thrown out.  More than 700 people asked the city to remove their signatures from petitions to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Currently, there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election.

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11:17 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center To Close; DACC Considers Options For Students

  Efforts are underway to find a new home for educational services provided in a low-income area of Las Cruces. 

Since 2001…the Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center has provided services through Dona Ana Community College at a Tornillo Street building owned by the city of Las Cruces.  The college building lease expires at the end of May and the city is planning to locate an afterschool program in the building. 

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11:13 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Navajo Pride Flour Mill To Close; 26 Jobs Lost

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down.

The closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

NAPI CEO Tsosie Lewis said some of the displaced employees are being placed in other departments of the company and some of the mill's top workers will be sent to college for additional training.

During the closure the mill will replace the old equipment — some of which is 30 to 40 years old — in order to increase output.

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