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8:11 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Gov. Martinez Vows Capture In Church Blasts

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico's governor says whoever set off explosions outside two churches "will feel the full pressure of the law."

Gov. Susana Martinez spoke at a news conference Sunday evening, hours after the two small blasts shattered the morning calm in Las Cruces, shocking congregants.

Police spokesman Danny Trujillo says that there were no injuries or deaths from the blasts outside Calvary Baptist and Holy Cross Roman Catholic churches, but each building had minor damage.

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8:08 am
Mon August 3, 2015

NM Attorney General To Hold First Anti-Crime Review Meeting

Credit Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is set to hold his first meeting with a taskforce reviewing the state's criminal justice system.

The team made up of district attorneys, judges, sheriffs and the widow of a slain Rio Rancho police officer is scheduled to meet Monday at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Balderas says Julie Benner, the wife of the late officer Gregg "Nigel" Benner, is a key member of the team.

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8:01 am
Mon August 3, 2015

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Denied Permit Renewal For Wolves In New Mexico

Federal fish and wildlife officials are appealing to the state to reconsider its rejection of two permits related to Mexican wolf conservation efforts.

The Albuquerque Journal reports this is the first year the state has denied the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's request to renew a permit to hold wolves at Ted Turner's Ladder Ranch in southwestern New Mexico.

State Game Commission members also denied a request to release wolf pups and two adults on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico.

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7:50 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Former Homeless Veteran And NMSU Alum Helps Other Veterans Find Jobs

Credit Robin Rollins

Last month, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that the city had joined a handful of others across the nation by having zero homeless veterans.

In 2014, The United States Housing and Urban Development Department estimated that on any given night just under 50,000 homeless veterans are on the streets in the United States, and between 2013 and 2014 there was an 11 percent decrease in homelessness among veterans, and has seen a decline by 33 percent from 2009 to 2014.

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6:00 am
Mon August 3, 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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2:37 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

No Rush To Defend Indicted Texas Attorney General

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

Republican leaders in Texas are not rushing to the defense of Attorney General Ken Paxton before he's expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges.

A grand jury indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday near Paxton's home in suburban Dallas. Special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers have been investigating Paxton for months over allegations that he misled investors before become the state's top law enforcement officer.

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7:11 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Fourth Arrest In Shooting Death Of Las Cruces Teen

  Nearly 24 hours after receiving reports of shots fired in the 2600 block of Doña Ana Road, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested and charged four Las Cruces-area teenagers with the murder of Jaycob Alba, 17, also of Las Cruces.

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4:23 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Clovis Man Indicted In 2002 Murder

A Clovis man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in a 2002 shooting case.

Prosecutors say a Curry County grand jury on Friday indicted 33-year-old David Gutierrez Jr. in the death of Jose Valverde.

They say Valverde was found in a boxcar that he used as his residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the face.

A homicide investigation was opened by Clovis police.

They say witnesses began to come forward with new information about the unsolved murder case, which ultimately gave police enough information to secure an arrest warrant for Gutierrez.

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4:18 pm
Sat August 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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4:08 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Albuquerque Police ID Fatally Shot Kidnapping Suspect

Police have identified a kidnapping suspect who was fatally shot by officers in Albuquerque.

Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said Saturday that 33-year-old Rafael Molina Jr. was killed trying to evade a traffic stop Friday.

A witness called 911 after seeing Molina allegedly force a woman he was arguing with into an SUV. The woman was able to escape the vehicle shortly after.

Officers tried to stop Molina at Edith Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and then shots were fired.

Molina was pronounced dead at the scene.

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4:05 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Flooding Halts Rail Runner Service

Flash flooding has led to the suspension of all Rail Runner train service this weekend.

Transportation officials say that flash flooding washed out tracks north of Algodones on Friday evening.

They say about 100 feet of track on the bridge at Arroyo Maria Chavez are impacted.

Rio Metro Regional Transit District spokeswoman Augusta Meyers says crews are working to re-stabilize the tracks so commuter service can resume Monday.

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4:04 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Feds: Action Taken To Fix Mistakenly Awarded Work Permits

The U.S. Justice Department says problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold.

Prosecutors detailed the corrective action in court documents filed Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court if the problems weren't fixed.

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4:01 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

First 2015 Plague Death In New Mexico

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

State health officials say a Santa Fe County woman's death was the result of the plague.  Tests confirmed the 52-year-old woman died from the disease, making her the first human case of plague in the state this year.

The woman died last week after also contracting pneumonia.

State Epidemiologist Mike Landen says officials found no obvious source of the bacteria that causes plague at her home.

Officials are not releasing the victim's name or where she lived.

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4:00 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

UNM Consultant With Three DWI Arrests Cancels Contract

University of New Mexico's former chief lobbyist who resigned after a third DWI arrest has withdrawn from a $50,000 consulting contract with the school.

Marc Saavedra said he asked the UNM Health Sciences Center to cancel his contract to do community relations work.

Saavedra says the contract had become too much of a "distraction."

The 43-year-old son of a former state lawmaker is still on probation after being arrested for his third DWI last year.

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3:55 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Texas Woman Who Killed Two Daughters Released From Program

A Texas appeals court has ruled that a mother found guilty of drowning her two young daughters by reason of insanity 11 years ago no longer must participate in court-ordered mental health services.

Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 3- and 5-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their Plano home. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004.

Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright ruled that Diaz, who now goes by Lisa Ann Trevino, had been off medication since 2008 and no longer needed supervision.

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3:54 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Prosecutor: Texas Attorney General Indicted On Felony Charges

Credit Texas AG Ken Paxton

A special prosecutor says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on felony charges accusing the Republican of misleading investors before taking office.

Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times on Saturday that Collin County grand jurors indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of not registering.

The most serious allegations are that he encouraged investment in a tech startup that's now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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4:06 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

BLM Approves Dripping Springs Road and Baylor Canyon Road Improvement Project

  Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District is announcing that the Dripping Springs Road and Baylor Canyon Road Improvement Project has been approved by the BLM District Manager.  The decision has been made to select Alternative B, as presented in the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project.  Under Alternative B, 2.5 miles of Dripping Springs Road will be improved and paved, and 2.4 miles of Baylor Canyon Road will be improved and graveled.  In some areas the roads will be re-aligned.  The Project will enhance safety, improve access to p

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3:27 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Date For Reopening Nuke Dump In New Mexico Being Pushed Back

Credit wipp.energy.gov

Officials at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico say the target date for reopening is being pushed back.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has been closed since a February 2014 radiation release that stemmed from a chemical reaction among waste improperly packed inside a drum.

The target date for resuming waste emplacement operations was March 2016.

But officials said Friday that the date "is no longer viable due to a variety of unanticipated issues."

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3:23 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Business Owner Denies Agency Gave It Preferential Treatment

Credit tax.newmexico.gov

The owner of a Bernalillo-based business at the center of a state investigation denies it received preferential treatment from the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the name of Harold's Grading and Trucking was discernible on a 2014 email released by the Department of Taxation and Revenue to media outlets last week.

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2:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

100+ New Jobs Announced At Sitel In Las Cruces

  Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Sitel, a global customer care provider, will add more than 100 jobs at its Las Cruces facility. Specifics about the job openings were not included in a press release from the Governor's office.  The company has operated in Las Cruces since 2007 and the release said the company is expanding in part due to support provided through New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP).

 

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1:48 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Meal-Deliverer Honored For Freeing Child From Locked Car

Albuquerque officials are honoring a city employee for rescuing a child from a locked car.

Department of Senior Affairs meal-delivery driver David Gallegos on Friday was honored as employee of the week.

Officials say Gallegos was working his route June 4 when saw a woman frantically yelling for help because she'd accidentally locked her 3-year-old granddaughter in her car along with the keys.

Gallegos obtained a hanger, a screwdriver and a piece of wood from a custodian. He used them to pry open the door enough to fish out the car keys and free the child.

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1:46 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

New Mexico State Police: 2 Drivers Killed In Fiery Crash

New Mexico State Police say two motorists were killed in a fiery collision involving three vehicles.

According to state police, the accident occurred late Wednesday on U.S. 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

An initial investigation indicates a pickup traveling westbound drove into the eastbound lane, colliding with a car and a tractor-trailer rig.

The car and the pickup caught fire and both drivers were killed, while the big rig's driver was not injured.

Identities weren't released.

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12:20 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

NMSU College of Education Dean Inducted Into NMCEL Hall of Fame

NMSU College of Education Dean Michael Morehead poses with his New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders Hall of Fame induction award with Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 outreach for the NMSU College of Education Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, a leadership association representing more than 15 educational leadership organizations, recently inducted New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead into the NMCEL Hall of Fame.

The honor is given in recognition of a lifetime of service and contribution to students and educators in New Mexico. Because of Morehead’s advocacy and collaborative work for schools and educators, NMCEL selected him for induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame.

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8:26 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Bernallilo County District Attorney's Son Arrested In Third Shoplifting Case

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-District-Attorney/140293404114?ref=hl

A New Mexico district attorney's son is once again facing charges in a shoplifting case.

Justin Koch was arrested Wednesday night and charged with larceny and attempting to evade police in connection with two calculators that were taken from a Wal-Mart store.

The son of Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has been arrested twice before on similar charges.

His bond was set at $1,000.

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8:21 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man Convicted In 2011 Killing Of Albuquerque Resident

A Bernalillo County jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the 2011 killing of an Albuquerque resident.

Prosecutors say Jeff Moody also was found guilty Wednesday of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

They say Moody could be facing up to a 30-year prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 4 including 12 years as habitual offender enhancement time.

Moody was 51 when he was arrested and accused of killing Anthony Todacheenie at the victim's home in May 2011.

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8:16 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Public Regulation Commissioner Espinoza Joins Task Force

Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza has been appointed to a national telecommunications task force aimed at monitoring the nation's telecommunications laws.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Lisa Edgar recently named Espinoza to the task force after the group's summer meeting.

The group says the initiative is a response to the transformative changes in the telecommunications sector. In addition, the group wants to examine how state can respond to various federal laws.

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8:13 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Man's Past Center Of Albuquerque Fatal Police Shooting

Credit 3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

Lawyers for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy are set Friday to argue that prior arrests of 38-year-old James Boyd should be allowed in the trial. The attorneys say Boyd previously attacked police.

But a special prosecutor says if Boyd's past wasn't known at the time of the shooting, it shouldn't be allowed in court.

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4:17 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Las Cruces Public Health Office Hosts Got Shots? Protect Tots! Immunization Clinic

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Public Health Office will be hosting a three-day back-to-school immunization clinic on Thursday, August 6th, Monday, August 10th and Tuesday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cineport 10 Movie Theatre at the Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.  The immunization clinic is open to the public and immunizations will be administered at no cost. All parents have to do is bring a copy of their child’s shot record and Medicaid or private health insurance card, if they have one.

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4:12 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

UPDATE: Officials Identify Man Shot To Death By Police

  The man who was fatally shot by a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detective Wednesday has been identified as 34-year-old Michael Malone.

The detective, assisted by members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team (SRT), was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Malone, who was known to be armed and dangerous.

Malone had been wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, and battery against a household member.  The allegations stem from an ongoing domestic violence investigation headed by the sheriff’s department.

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3:57 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

University of New Mexico Revamps Its New Student Orientation

The University of New Mexico has revamped its new student orientation to better reach students with a message about sexual misconduct.

Over the summer, incoming freshmen will spend a couple of days on campus learning the ropes on topics like advisement, financial responsibility, sexual assault and alcohol literacy.

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