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12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Las Cruces Student Struck By Lightning Now Breathing On His Own

  Officials say a 13-year-old middle school student who was critically injured by lighting during football practice is breathing on his own.

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces Public Schools says Hunter Keffer's mother reported on his condition Tuesday night. Additionally, she says two other students injured Tuesday evening had also been transferred to El Paso after first being taken to a local hospital. She says their conditions were unknown Wednesday morning and their names weren't being released. She says the boys were transferred because Las Cruces doesn't have a trauma center.

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12:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Texas Now Claims The Largest Red Cross Facility

  An American Red Cross disaster supplies warehouse in North Texas has the distinction of being the group's biggest facility to serve the most people.

Spokeswoman Anita Foster says the site in Arlington that was dedicated Wednesday has 174,000 square feet of space.

The location, capable of serving up to 100,000 people, has a larger supply of products that any other Red Cross location.

The Disaster Field Supply Center has cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, cleanup kits, coolers and cooking supplies stacked on towering shelves.

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12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Bandelier Bans Drones

Credit Bandelier National Monument--photo by Sandy King

  Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.  In some parks, UAV's have been observed harassing wildlife, as their owners attempted to get close-up photos.

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11:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Report Shows Budget Impact Of Rising Forest Fire Costs

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rap

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10:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Students Earn First, Second Place In National Animal Science Competition

Kendall Samuelson, right, and Kelsey Quinn, left, earned first and second place, respectively, at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition this June. (Courtesy Photo)

  Two students from New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department dominated the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science competition at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Kelsey Quinn and Kendall Samuelson, both graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Animal and Range Sciences, participated under the mentorship of faculty, presenting their research in the competition, which was held in June.

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8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hobbs Commissioners OK Voter ID Special Election

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

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8:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure

Credit http://www.cabq.gov/mayor

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.

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7:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

N.M. Lottery Revenue For Scholarships Drops To Under $41 Million

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.

However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.

Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.

The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.

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6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Student-Run Store Opens Today At NMSU Las Cruces

Whitney Biel, college instructor for the ACES in the Hole Foods course in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, prepares blue cornbread mix for packaging and sale at Gerald Thomas Hall. The mix is one of the products available at the new Crimson Creations by ACES store on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. (Photo by Amanda Bradford)

  What was once a small gelato operation tucked away on the third floor of New Mexico State University’s Gerald Thomas Hall has grown into a spacious store on the ground floor, stocked with shelves of products made by students on campus.

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9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A New Milestone: More Than 500,000 Fans Enjoy El Paso Baseball

Credit epchihuahuas.com

  EL PASO, Texas – With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas reached a new milestone Tuesday, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.

The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.

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4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Arrest Leads To Charges In Other Incident

  A Saturday morning call that led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into an apartment and physically assaulting a couple also resulted in the arrest of a woman on forgery charges.

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3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Honduran Foreign Minister Visits Border

The foreign minister of Honduras says in a visit to the Texas-Mexico border that her country is working to dissuade its citizens from embarking on the dangerous journey to the United States.

But Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales said in McAllen on Tuesday that she also hopes the U.S. will provide a comprehensive aid package that goes beyond security assistance.

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3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez: Immigrants Given "Due Process"

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says immigrants at a temporary detention center in the state have been given full due process.

Martinez said Tuesday at an event in Bernalillo that immigrant women and children held at an Artesia center have been allowed a fair chance to argue their case in court.

But the Republican blasted the federal government for failing to tackle immigration reform and said people are confused over immigration laws.

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3:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez Opposes Marijuana Law Changes

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she opposes efforts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to reduce marijuana possession penalties.  Martinez said at an event in Bernalillo that marijuana possession in illegal under federal law and she believes that's the way it should remain. She called current penalties appropriate.

The Santa Fe city clerk said Monday that petitioners seeking to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana garnered enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

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2:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

USDA Helps With Charter School Expansion Near Taos

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico yesterday to participate in the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction to build new classrooms at the Anansi Charter School.  

During the event, Brunner said, "USDA has invested in Anansi Charter School in the past and we are pleased to come back again to support their expansion.''  He added, "This community understands that investing in education is an investment in our children's future. he growth of this school symbolizes that this community is vibrant and growing.''

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2:11 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Albuquerque Residents To Vote On Marijuana Penalty Reform

  A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

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2:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ICE Resumes Deportations From New Mexico

   Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since then, officials say 71 immigrant adults and children from the center have been deported.

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2:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Texas Regents Expected To Keep Tuition Flat

  The University of Texas System's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a plan to avoid tuition increases for in-state students.

The plan would keep tuition flat at the Austin flagship campus and eight others. The campuses had negotiated in-state tuition increases with system officials, but regents voted against them after Gov. Rick Perry called for a tuition freeze.

The increase would have been 2.1 percent, or $104 a semester, at UT-Austin.

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2:07 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Daughter In Death Of Elderly Mother

   Charges have been dropped for a 68-year-old New Mexico woman accused of killing her 89-year-old mother.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that charges against Roy resident Donna Ray were tossed in the death of Geraldine Ray after DNA evidence was reviewed.

Donna Ray's attorneys said the Office of Medical Investigator changed the classification of Geraldine Ray's death from homicide to "undetermined."

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1:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Open Government Group Demands Public Records Regarding Albuquerque Schools Chief Investigation

Credit Former Supt. Winston Brooks, Albuquerque Public Schools

  The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS.

 

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1:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NMSU's Project Discovery To Educate, Entertain And Raise Scholarship Funds

Regents Professor Paul Bosland will be a featured speaker during NMSU’s “Project Discovery: An evening of music, dance and the science behind the world’s hottest chile pepper.” (NMSU photo)

  The right kind of chile can bring magic to cooking, but at New Mexico State University, there is a lot more to this spicy food than meets the tongue. The university will welcome the public to be entertained and learn more about chile research at NMSU’s first Project Discovery event at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Atkinson Recital Hall.

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1:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Detainee Recovering In Jail After Apparent Overdose

  The 28-year-old male detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center who was hospitalized in critical condition last Thursday after he was found unresponsive in a booking cell at the facility has recovered and is back in the jail’s medical wing.

   Ernest Lucero of Las Cruces was being held on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court. He now faces additional charges.

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1:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Woman Allegedly Head-Butts Las Cruces Police Officer

  A woman suspected of physically assaulting a Las Cruces Police officer was arrested Saturday.

Rebecca Hoggan, 33, is charged with one count each of battery upon a peace officer and assault upon a peace officer.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to assist on a medical call at the Pic Quik store at 825 Avenida De Mesilla. As one of the officers made contact with Hoggan, the subject of the medical call, she became visibly agitated and requested to be handcuffed.

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1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Victims' Assistance Unit Seeks Volunteers

Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit is accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Crisis Intervention Response Team works with police officers and detectives in offering assistance to victims of crimes. Volunteering for CIRT is a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement or as a victim’s advocate, or college students who want experience in law enforcement or social work.

CIRT volunteers must:

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1:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Thursday Night In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces- The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting and placement of the large digital message board.

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8:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

State Agency Hosts Conference For Veterans On PTSD

Credit http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/benefits_services.html

A state agency and other groups are hosting a free conference in Albuquerque to help veterans and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Department of Veterans' Services said the event is Sept. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Part of the conference will focus on services and programs available for veterans with PTSD.

A clinical psychologist will discuss therapies used by the federal Veterans Affairs health care system.

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8:14 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Advocates Eye Border Protest In New Mexico, Texas

Immigrant advocates say they are planning a 100-mile walk along the border in New Mexico and Texas to protest the use of military-style patrols.

The Border Network for Human Rights said they will unveil plans for the two-state walk at a press conference in El Paso.

Organizers say the walk is aimed at protesting the use of the National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for President Obama to act on immigration reforms.

Advocates say the walk will include activists and faith leaders from Texas and New Mexico.

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8:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

New Mexico Chile To Get Added Protection

Credit facebook.com/NMChileAssociation

New Mexico is looking to a new certification program to protect the reputation of one of its signature crops: chile.

Gov. Susana Martinez and officials with the New Mexico Chile Association will be visiting The Range in Bernalillo on Tuesday to announce the program. The range is the first restaurant to sign up.

New Mexico Certified Chile will join other well-known trademarked products such as Vidalia Onions and Idaho Potatoes.

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6:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

PTSD Patients Stressed About Proposed Changes To NM Medical Marijuana Program

Vietnam veteran Karl Maydwell says medicinal marijuana is the only medicine that can calm his post traumatic stress disorder without damaging his immune system or complicating his other health conditions.
Credit Simon Thompson

Carlsbad resident and veteran Karl Maydwell’s military career ended just 8 months after he signed up to serve his country in Vietnam.

“We walked into an ambush and when we walked into the ambush there is not many of my company that made it out of there I am one of many that got wounded” he says.

It took 36 surgical operations to replace and reconnect the 17 feet of Maydwell’s intestines that were shredded by enemy machine gunfire.

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