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8:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Annual Albuquerque Powwow Opens With Pageant

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Native American and indigenous dancers are gathering in Albuquerque for the 31st annual Gathering of Nations powwow.

The three-day event, North America's largest powwow, draws hundreds of competitive dancers and tens of thousands of spectators from across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with the Miss Indian World pageant, in which 23 Native American women from different tribes and traditions will be competing for this year's crown.

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8:39 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Navajo Lawmakers Name Chief Legislative Counsel

A former Navajo Nation attorney general has been named the top legal counsel for the tribe's legislative branch.

Lawmakers voted 18-2 in favor of a bill Wednesday that gives Levon Henry the job.

The position has been vacant since January 2011 after the tribe's Supreme Court disbarred former legislative counsel Frank Seanez for advising lawmakers to defy court orders. Henry represented Seanez in the case, arguing that Navajo law allows debate about the legality or appropriateness of court decisions.

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8:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Democrat Tom Udall Raises $1 Million Dollars For Senate Race

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

A new campaign finance report shows Democratic incumbent Tom Udall with a large fundraising advantage in the race for New Mexico's Senate seat.

Udall raised about $1 million during the first three months of the year and spent about $262,000.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission reports, Udall's campaign had cash-on-hand of $3.1 million at the end of March.

Udall is unopposed in the June Democratic primary, but he has two Republicans challengers.

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6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

NMSU Helps To Improve Education In Ecuador

New Mexico State University faculty are sharing their expertise globally to reform education in Ecuador, a small country in northwest South America. 

Cornell H. Menking, NMSU associate provost for international and border programs, is leading the initiative. He and his wife, Mona, an Ecuadorean citizen who currently works for Kansas State University, lived and worked in Ecuador for seven years from 2001-2008. The Menkings’ relationships in Ecuador have fostered a prospering affiliation between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government.

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5:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

'Railroad Days' Coming To Las Cruces Museum

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5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Armed Robber Gets 24 Years

  Lucio Vargas, 22, convicted of robbing a Las Cruces area Pic Quik twice within weeks of each incident has been sentenced to prison for 24 years.

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3:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Miss Native American NMSU Crowned

  New Mexico State University student Savannah Lee was crowned Miss Native American NMSU 2014-2015 during the university’s celebration of American Indian Week in April.

“The Miss Native American NMSU title has a positive impact on the NMSU community and the greater community of New Mexico in that Miss Native American NMSU serves as a cultural goodwill ambassador,” Justin McHorse, director of the American Indian Programs, said. 

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3:25 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Looks To Expand Peace Corps Graduate Programs

One of New Mexico State University’s goals in the Vision 2020 plan is diversity and internationalization, and NMSU faculty are working to achieve that mission by growing its Peace Corps graduate programs. 

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3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Concrete Canoe Team Advances To Finals

  The New Mexico State University College of Engineering Concrete Canoe Team placed second behind first place Utah State at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., earlier this month.

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3:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mystery Surrounds Latest Albuquerque Police Shooting

  Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.

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3:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Deming Man Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

   A Deming man faces multiple years in prison when he is sentenced on his guilty plea in a drug trafficking case stemming from the discovery of a half-ton of marijuana hidden in a truck.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Crispin Fierro pleaded guilty to a marijuana trafficking charge Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

According to the office, Fierro faces between 5 and 40 years in prison. His sentencing hasn't yet been scheduled.

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3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Feds Probe Texas District That Hired Immigrant Teachers

A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations.

Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district's irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation.

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3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Perry Courts Businesses In New York

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  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

The Republican was in New York City on Wednesday on a trip to meet business owners.

He's trying to convince them to move their operations to Texas. He says the business environment is better there.

It's something Perry has promoted in New York before and in other states as well.

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3:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Martinez Launches Ad With Democratic Supporters

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  A new television ad by Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election campaign features northern New Mexico Democratic officials praising the Republican governor.

The Martinez campaign said Wednesday the 30-second ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable television.

The ad seeks to portray Martinez as a caring, bipartisan governor who sets aside politics in helping communities.

Former Taos Mayor Darren Cordova lauds the governor for her assistance when the community struggled with a natural gas outage during the winter of 2011. He declares, "She is one of us."

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3:04 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Mexico Offers Help With Uranium Cleanup

New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion to clean up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

The money is part of a massive settlement the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. It resolved a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a spin-off of Kerr-McGee, a company that operated dozens of uranium mines in the area, including 21 in New Mexico.

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2:30 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Newsmakers 4/17/14

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8:15 am
Wed April 23, 2014

N.M. Hunting License Applications Increase

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The state Game and Fish Department says hunting license applications increased by nearly 10,000 this year.

The department said Tuesday there were 169,463 applications for 63,772 licenses to hunt deer, elk, antelope and other big game.

The agency has sent email notices to hunters who were successful in obtaining a license through this year's lottery.

Hunters can go online Wednesday to check their results in the license draw or can call the department's toll-free information line, 888-248-6866.

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8:12 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sen. Heinrich In Silver City For Community Meetings

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is traveling to western New Mexico for a series of community meetings.

The New Mexico Democrat is spending Wednesday in Grant County, where he is hosting round table discussions in Silver City on helping small businesses and job seekers. He is also meeting with students at Western New Mexico University to talk about student loan debt and how to make college more affordable.

Later in the afternoon, Heinrich will lead a discussion with members from The Wellness Coalition, a non-profit coalition that works to assess youth needs and service gaps.

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8:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

DAC Commission Against Any Role On Immigration Enforcement

The Dona Ana County Commission is on record as saying it doesn't want the southern New Mexico county or local authorities in the county enforcing federal immigration laws.

A non-binding resolution approved by the commission on a 4-1 vote Tuesday calls for the county to establish clear policies "that leave enforcement of immigration laws to federal agencies."

The resolution also urges other local jurisdictions throughout the county to do the same.

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6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Researchers Launch "Smart Grid" Center At NMSU

Professor Enrico Pontelli has received a $5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) to launch research that will focus on intelligent technologies for smart grids and develop a broad culture of smart grids at New Mexico State University.

Pontelli and his colleagues were recognized for their efforts at a Research Rally held Friday, April 11, on the NMSU campus. There, Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard commended Pontelli for his tenacity and dedication.

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4:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

USDA Dedicates Wastewater System In Dona Ana County

  USDA-Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was joined today by Lillian Salerno, administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, to celebrate Earth Day and help dedicate the new wastewater system in Chaparral, New Mexico.

The Earth Day celebration in Chaparral coincided with hundreds of similar events across the nation to encourage people to be more responsible trustees of the Earth.  Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to bring awareness and celebrate gains that have made to protect the environment by cleaning up contaminated areas.

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3:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Senators Seek Support For Amtrak Route In New Mexico

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  Three U.S. senators are seeking support for capital improvements to Amtrak's long-distance routes, including one that passes through New Mexico and Colorado.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado have sent a letter to the chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that's considering funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies that oversee Amtrak.

The senators say long-distance service is a critical link for small and rural communities.

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3:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Feds Schedule Public Meetings On Albuquerque Police Reform

   The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather comments on possible reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department over its use of force.

The federal agency recently issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Albuquerque Police Department.

The agency also criticized the city's oversight system and limited powers in investigating cases of questionable police conduct.

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3:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Navajo "Junk Food Tax" Fails

  An effort to resurrect a junk-food tax on the country's largest American Indian reservation has failed.

The Navajo Nation Council earlier this year approved an additional 2 percent sales tax on snacks high in fat, sugar and salt. Tribal President Ben Shelly vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced.

A bill to override that veto came before tribal lawmakers Tuesday but fell three votes short.

Lawmakers approved a separate measure to eliminate the tribe's 5 percent sales tax on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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12:21 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Marketing Students Partner With Community

  Marketing students at Western New Mexico University are not waiting to receive their degrees to begin advertising their newfound expertise in Silver City.

Marketing professor Dr. Steve Walker and his students are paving the way for the newly introduced marketing degree program by partnering with several organizations in the community as promotions teams.

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12:02 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Feds: New Laws, Oversight Needed After Texas Blast

A federal agency leading one of the investigations into last year's deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion says that even if regulators don't know what started an initial fire, they know the resulting blast could have been prevented.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday announced its findings after a year of investigating the blast in West, Texas, that killed 15 people, injured 200 and damaged much of the tiny town.

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12:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Court Upholds Corruption Case Dismissal

State prosecutors have lost a legal challenge seeking to revive a public corruption case against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron.

The state Court of Appeals ruled last week that charges against Vigil-Giron were properly dismissed in November 2012 because delays in the case violated her constitutional right to a speedy trial.

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12:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas Pushes Online License Renewal

Renewing a Texas driver's license doesn't necessarily mean waiting in long lines or prepping your best photo ID look for the camera.

The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday urged residents to renew online and beat the typical summer rush at driver's license offices.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says many Texans can opt for online and phone renewal of licenses and ID cards.

To be eligible, the card holder must be a U.S. citizen. The expiration date on the card must be within one year.

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11:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

"Ruben Salazar Day" Proclaimed By El Paso City Council

Today the El Paso City Council recognized April 22, 2014 as “Ruben Salazar Day.” Today’s proclamation marks the first time that El Paso has recognized Ruben Salazar for his contributions and significance. Born in Juarez and raised in El Paso, Ruben Salazar is an El Paso-area son.

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11:53 am
Tue April 22, 2014

"Drug Take Back Day" Saturday In Las Cruces

  The Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday with nine locations around Las Cruces where unused pills and medications can safely be discarded.

The take-back event gives residents an opportunity to safely – and anonymously – dispose of outdated or unused prescription pills and medications. The service is free and no questions will be asked.

The take-back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at nine collection sites in Las Cruces:

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