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9:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Two Sentenced In Gallup Housing Fraud Case

The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man have both been sentenced to prison for plotting to defraud the federal government.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Danny Garcia received a 20-month prison term Thursday while 62-year-old Michael Virruso got an 18-month sentence.

Both pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

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9:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawsuit: Deputies Falsely Held Rio Rancho Woman

A woman suffering from mental illness says Sandoval County Sheriff's deputies roughed her up and falsely arrested her for child abuse.

Attorneys for Kari Mantilla say in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that deputies entered her Rio Rancho home without a warrant in April 2013 and arrested for child abuse after concluding her house was a mess. The lawsuit say deputies were there to serve an order to appear for domestic violence.

Court documents say a deputy slammed Mantilla onto the pavement causing her to suffer head injuries.

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9:25 am
Fri December 19, 2014

George R.R. Martin Offers To Show "The Interview"

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"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is offering to show "The Interview" at his theater in Santa Fe.

Martin wrote on his blog this week that the Jean Cocteau Cinema would be glad to screen the film if Sony ever releases the comedy for theatrical exhibition.

Martin called the decision to shelve "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats a "stunning display of corporate cowardice."

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Martin hasn't seen the film and doesn't know whether it's good or bad.

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9:20 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Artwork Display Lights Up El Paso Highway

El Paso has illuminated its latest piece of public artwork.

More than 20 color-changing towers and sculptures were lit up Thursday evening along Interstate 10 near Airway Boulevard. The lighting marked the end of a $7 million project by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, which also includes lighting, landscaping, painting and pedestrian walkways.

The neon attraction by Seattle-based artist Vicki Scuri is powered by wind turbines that generate electricity. She says the sculptures were inspired by aeronautical forms and the shape of desert plants.

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9:13 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

Republicans have won control of the state House, and Majority Leader Nate Gentry says he's open to an increase that keeps New Mexico competitive with neighboring states.

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9:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Mexico Counties Will Recieve More Federal Payments Next Year

New Mexico counties will be getting more federal dollars next year as compensation for the non-taxable lands within their borders.

President Barack Obama signed legislation this week that included the funding. It's part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program.

New Mexico counties rely on the payments to provide services, including improvements to schools, roads and public safety. Last year, all but one of the state's 33 counties shared a total of $37 million.

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9:07 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Doña Ana County Offering Online Crime Reporting

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office is taking part of its criminal reporting system online.

The sheriff's office says victims can now file temporary online reports for lost property, vandalism, theft or larceny, telephone harassment or motor vehicle vandalism.

The report can then be downloaded and printed. A sheriff's deputy will then follow up with the victim.

The sheriff's office says the new system is not designed to take the place of calling 911 in serious emergencies.

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8:56 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Location For Monthly Legal Clinic For Veterans

ALBUQUERQUE -- Enrolled Veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) with legal questions on civil matters will have an opportunity to receive free consultation with licensed New Mexico attorneys and other legal professionals on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at a new location - the New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 100 Louisiana Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. The Civil Justice Clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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8:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Inmates In New Mexico Restore Bikes For Those In Need

Monday through Friday Dennis Petsche works on bikes. His workshop is not at a bike shop or home business, but at the Southern New Mexico State Correctional Facility where Petsche has been an inmate for over twenty years.

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8:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Las Cruces Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Police arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Eric Pyle, 26, of the 100 block of west Willoughby Avenue, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. One of the counts is for distribution of child pornography while the other is for possession of child pornography.

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6:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Looks To Hire More Female Employees

This month the U.S border patrol held a 10 recruitment drive to hire more women. Only 5% of Border Patrol Agents are women, other federal law enforcement agencies have an average of 15% of female employees.

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1:43 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Crash Ends High Speed Pursuit; Driver Arrested

  A Las Cruces man who led a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase Wednesday night was arrested after his vehicle crashed into a pole on the East Mesa.

Just before 9 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy observed the vehicle traveling well over the posted speed limit near Jornada Road and Engler. As the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the driver reportedly sped up, heading east on Engler.

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1:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Las Cruces Police Nab Suspected Serial Auto Burglary Suspect

  A Las Cruces man has been linked to at least 10 counts of auto burglary for crimes believed to be committed in parking lots along the Telshor-Lohman business district.

Adrian Pasbakhsh, 30, is charged with one count of burglary of a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony count. Detectives have reason to believe he may be responsible for at least nine other auto burglaries committed between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.

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1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Reports Decline In Teen Births

Credit NM Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 2013 vital records data reveals a 10% drop in one year (2012 to 2013) in the state’s birth rates for both 15-17 and 18-19 year old teens,

The decline is the latest in what has been a substantial decrease in teen birth rates in New Mexico in the last 15 years. Birth rates for teens between the ages of 15 to 17 years old have fallen 56% since 1998. Birth rates for teens 18-19 years of age have also fallen 36% from a rate of 108.8 to 69.3 per 1,000 females in that age group.

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1:35 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic Friday In Las Cruces

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Central Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, December 19th from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

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1:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

USDA Seeks Applications For Grants To Help Finance Rural Broadband

Credit NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced today USDA Rural Development is soliciting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Community Connect Program grants. The program provides grants to establish essential broadband services in rural communities where it is currently not available.

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1:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"House Of Cards" Shot Part Of Season Three In New Mexico !

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  Santa Fe - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today a portion of the Knight Takes King Productions, LLC / Media Rights Capital Studios "House of Cards" season three was filmed in New Mexico.  Production took place in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Espanola. 

The production employed 85 New Mexico crew members, two New Mexico actors and approximately 90 local background talent. 

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9:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Bill Would Ban Alcohol Purchase By Interlock Users

New Mexico legislators will be asked again to consider allowing authorities to prohibit alcohol purchases by people required to use ignition interlocks because of drunken driving convictions.

KRQE-TV reports that a bill introduced this week by Rep. Brian Egolf would allow the state to put "No Alcohol Sales" on licenses issued to a people who have had their licenses revoked.

The Santa Fe Democrat's bill also would allow judges to order the same marking on state-issued ID cards of people who have had their licenses revoked.

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8:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Official: Flu Season Could Be Difficult

Credit NM Department of Health

A New Mexico state health official says this flu season could be more difficult than others.

According to the Albuquerque Journal. Dr. Joan Baumbach says the flu strain causing the most cases so far this year is one whose variations lead to more illness among older people.

The deputy state epidemiologist also says the strain circulating now has changed from the strain that was the basis for this year's flu vaccine. That may reduce the vaccine's ability to fully protect against the flu.

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8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lawmakers To Discuss Lottery Scholarship Program

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New Mexico lawmakers are scheduled to get an update on the solvency of the state lottery scholarship program.

The Legislative Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee is slated to meet Thursday in Santa Fe to hear the status of the popular program that has come under financial scrutiny.

Changes to the scholarship program were enacted earlier this year to shore up its finances because tuition increases and demand for the financial assistance had grown faster than lottery proceeds.

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6:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Mexico Property Named To National Register Of Historic Places Thanks To NMSU Graduate

Brittany Porter, who recently graduated from NMSU with a master’s degree in anthropology, stands in front of the gate at Hurd House. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University graduate’s final project has succeeded on a national level. The property of artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd was listed at the national level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 10. 

The 40-acre property near Ruidoso was purchased in the 1930s and later expanded to more than 2,000 acres. The Hurd family home and studios were named to New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties in October. 

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3:43 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"American Pickers" Comes To New Mexico In March

Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby Cushman and Frank Fritz of American Pickers

  Have any items, a collection, or junk you want to sell? Don’t quite know what’s in your barn, attic or storage shed? Well, help maybe on the way. The hit show American Pickers is coming to New Mexico in March 2015, and they are looking to buy from people with collections, or “junk.” 

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3:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Immigrants Get Closer To Having Drivers Licenses In Arizona

An order by the U.S. Supreme Court has moved thousands of young immigrants a step closer to obtaining drivers licenses in Arizona.

The high court on Wednesday denied a request by Gov. Jan Brewer to put a previous decision by a lower court on hold.

The earlier decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ordered the case's judge to bar enforcement of Brewer's executive order that denies licenses to about 20,000 young immigrants now protected from deportation by an Obama administration policy enacted in 2012.

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3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Candidates Set For Navajo Presidential Contest

A ruling Wednesday by the Navajo Nation Supreme Court clears the way for election officials to set a date for the presidential contest.

The high court upheld the dismissal of a challenge against Russell Begaye, who will face Joe Shirley Jr. for the tribe's top elected post.

The tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals had rejected arguments that Begaye did not demonstrate unswerving loyalty to the tribe as required of presidential candidates.

Former presidential hopeful Myron McLaughlin then appealed to the high court.

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12:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Thefts Raise Security Concerns At Los Alamos

  Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.

The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab's campus in northern New Mexico.

Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.

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12:15 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Gila Cliff Dwellings Announces Proposal To Raise Entrance Fee From $3 To $5

  Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument has begun soliciting public opinion about a proposed entrance fee increase to possibly be implemented during 2015. If this proposal is implemented, entrance fees will rise from $3 to $5 sometime during the summer of 2015.

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12:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Woman In New Mexico Minivan Shooting Case Pleads Not Guilty

  A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court had dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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12:07 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

One Teen Released, One In Critical Condition After Las Cruces Hit And Run

  Las Cruces Police continue to investigate Monday afternoon’s hit-and-run crash on Picacho Avenue that injured two teenage girls who were walking across the roadway.

The twin 16-year-old girls were in a designated crosswalk when they were struck by a white Ford pickup traveling west in the outside lane. One of the girls was transported to Memorial Medical Center and was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Her twin sister was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where she remains in critical condition.

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11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

New Mexico Lawmaker Dies

  Phillip Archuleta, a New Mexico state lawmaker and a longtime labor and civil rights advocate, has died.

The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County says Archuleta died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 65.

Friends say Archuleta had been in a Las Cruces hospital for around a week and recently had a leg amputated.

The Las Cruces Democrat was elected to the New Mexico House in 2012 after defeating Andy Nunez and Mike Tellez. His District 36 seat in southern New Mexico covered a large portion of Dona Ana County.

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8:49 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police: No Charges In Fatal Shooting

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Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

Police say the intruder had broken into the home Tuesday shortly after trying to break into a neighbor's house and then running off.

Police didn't release the dead man's name.

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