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6:06 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets Five Years In Federal Prison For Illegal Firearms Conviction

  ALBUQUERQUE – Justin E. Clark, 22, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 63 months in federal prison for violating the federal firearms laws.  Clark will be on supervised release for 3 years after completing his term of incarceration.

  

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5:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mexico Sexual Predator Gets 49 Years In Prison

  Albuquerque, NM – Today in Albuquerque District Court, Sharoski Jackson was sentenced to nine years in prison for five felony counts and also received 40 years due to a habitual offender enhancement. The sentence is to be served consecutively. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office Senior Deputy for Criminal Affairs, Sharon Pino, tried the case.

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5:14 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mexico Jobless Drops To 6.1 Percent In December

New Mexico's unemployment rate dipped for a second straight month.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Monday that that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.1 percent.

That's down from 6.4 percent in November and down from 6.6 percent in December 2013.

The department says the state's economy added 13,500 jobs during the year between December 2014 and December 2013, making it the one of the greatest year-over-year monthly increase since the Great Recession.

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5:11 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Head Of New Mexico Child Welfare Agency Lists Priorities

New Mexico lawmakers want the new head of the state's child welfare agency to ensure federal dollars for services are used by the state rather than be returned. 

Members of a Senate panel challenged Monique Jacobson, the incoming secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, during a meeting Tuesday.

Jacobson outlined her top priorities for the agency, including tightening internal financial controls, improving communication with law enforcement and expanding services aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.

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1:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Main Street Closure Wednesday In Las Cruces

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation along with G. Sandoval Construction continues with roadway reconstruction along US 70/North Main. The contractor will be conducting minor paving operations which will require a full closure of US 70/N. Main within the work zone (mile marker 148-149).

The closure will be begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday January 28, 2015, and should have all work completed, with detour traffic control devices lifted by 4:00 am Thursday January 29. 

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1:08 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Man Gets Probation For Possession Of Counterfeit Postage Stamps

  James H. Clark, Jr., 62, of Las Cruces was sentenced in Las Cruces federal court for possession with intent to use forged and counterfeited postage meter stamps.  Clark was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay $365,827.00 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

Clark, the owner and operator of a business selling books through internet websites, was indicted on Feb. 19, 2014, and charged with possession with intent to use forged and counterfeited postage meter stamps.  He pled guilty to the indictment on April 10, 2014.

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1:06 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

I-25/Missouri Bridge Project Scheduled To Begin First Week of February

  Las Cruces – The I-25/Missouri Bridge project is scheduled to start the first week of February 2015, which will consist of bridge reconstruction, and roadway realignments for Missouri Ave, Triviz Drive and Don Roser Drive.

The cost of this project is $15.6 million and is expected to be completed by late March of 2016.  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be working with FNF Construction and the City of Las Cruces throughout the duration of this project.

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1:04 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

NMSU Takes Steps To Streamline Research Processes

Electrical engineering professor Steve Stochaj poses for a photograph outside his office. Stochaj’s research interests center around particle astrophysics including solar particles. Stochaj said the new Research Tab is easy to navigate and greatly reduces the administrative burden associated with funded research activities. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Landing a significant grant is challenging enough in a time of shrinking state and federal funds available for even the most important research projects. Even when a researcher at New Mexico State University is able to line up a great idea with a willing funding agency, the challenge may just be starting.

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12:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Children's Book Discourages Illegal Dumping

   Together with a multi-agency illegal dumping partnership, the Doña Ana County Codes Enforcement Division has written and published a children’s book aimed at educating students against illegal dumping.

The book, “Desert Adventure” features a main character, Carlos the Coyote, who teaches children about how to spot illegal dumping and where to report it. The book includes activities and invites readers to take the pledge to put trash in its place and report illegal dumpers and trash sites.

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12:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Roswell Braces For Departure Of Health Services Provider

  Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh reached into his shoulder bag and pulled out a four-page brochure Monday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

The pamphlet the former Republican state lawmaker held begins with this statement in bold lettering: “The behavioral health system in Chaves County is in crisis.”

The brochure is the product of an ad hoc committee formed by a state court district judge in Roswell, Kintigh says. The pamphlet goes on to warn of the consequences when a community has too few services for the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations.

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12:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Las Cruces Tattoo Artist Charged In Stabbing

  Las Cruces Police arrested a tattoo artist suspected of stabbing a man during a confrontation Mondaymorning.

Jaime “Bolo” Monarrez, 36, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

At around 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the Sick West tattoo shop at 600 S. Solano Dr. where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Detectives learned that a 19-year-old man and Monarrez had been in a verbal confrontation with each other two weeks earlier.

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12:43 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

USDA Organic Survey Underway

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  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just kicked off the Organic Survey to gather detailed data on U.S. organic agriculture production. The survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.

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12:40 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Public Invited To View, Critique Flood Management Plan

  Doña Ana County residents are invited to weigh-in on flood-management plans for several at-risk areas in the county during a question-and-answer session Thursday with the Doña Ana County Flood Commission.

The meeting will take place Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 113 of the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.

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12:38 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Accidental Electrocution Kills Las Cruces Man

A Las Cruces man was electrocuted Monday after he accidentally came into contact with a live power line.

Freddy Covington, 76, was reportedly pruning pecan trees on his property in the 3900 block of Crow just before 2 p.m. on Monday. He had been using a hydraulic lift to elevate himself into the trees when the lift became tangled with the power line.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators said Covington was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived.

Information from Doña Ana County

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8:10 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Lawyer: Slain New Mexico Deputy Had 'Drug' In Wallet

A lawyer for a former New Mexico deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy wants to test of a "white powdery substance" found in the dead deputy's wallet.

John Day, an attorney for Tai Chan, said in a motion last week that he uncovered the substance listed as "drug" during a review of Las Cruces police evidence.

The substance has not been tested.

Authorities say former Santa Fe County sheriff's Deputy Chan fatally shot Jeremy Martin at a Las Cruces hotel in October after they drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument.

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8:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Teen Suspect In Las Cruces Shooting Arrested At U.S.-Mexico Border

Authorities say a teenage suspect in a shooting in Las Cruces that critically wounded a neighbor has been detained at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing.

Las Cruces police say the 17-year-old boy was returned to Las Cruces and questioned by investigators before being booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

He's charged with one count of attempted murder and will initially be held without bond.

The teen's identity is not being released by The Associated Press because he's a juvenile.

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8:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

State: Around 2,600 Fugitives Nabbed In New Mexico Last Year

State officials say around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year.

The Department of Corrections said last week that the absconders were caught thanks to an aggressive team tapped with finding fugitives across the state. Officials believe that may be the largest number apprehended in a single year.

However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.

Under New Mexico law, the punishment for apprehended absconders is determined by the State Parole Board and the courts.

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8:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Official: Provision On Tribal Casinos Might Violate US Law

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A federal official says proposed Indian gambling compacts to be considered by the New Mexico Legislature might violate federal law by effectively prohibiting an Oklahoma-headquartered tribe from opening a casino in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the official said a provision in the compacts proposed for four other tribes could prevent the Fort Still Apache Tribe from opening a casino.

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7:59 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mexico To Get Rain, Snow Along With Below-Normal Temps

Forecasters say New Mexico is about to get another big burst of winter weather.

The National Weather Service says a strong cold front is expected to move into the state Wednesday night and Thursday, producing below-normal temperatures and precipitation.

According to a special weather statement, there will be rain and high-elevation snow across most of northern and central New Mexico Thursday night.

Cold and wet and snowy conditions are expected to prevail from Thursday night to Sunday, with the potential for heavy snowfall in the mountains.

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7:48 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LCPS Board Election District 4 Preview: Maury Castro

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6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

NMSU Experts Say New Mexico Will Become A Hot Spot For Salt Cedar Beetles

Dave Thompson, NMSU associate dean
and director of Agricultural Experiment Station System New Mexico State University, checks the area next to an experimental field cage used to evaluate control of salt cedar using leaf beetles. The tiny voracious bugs only eat salt cedar leaves. Extensive quarantine lab tests at NMSU indicate they are not a threat to the state's cash crops when released into open areas. (NMSU Photo J. Victor Espinoza)

Researchers at New Mexico State University confirm different populations of salt cedar beetles, coming from Texas, Colorado and Arizona are converging in New Mexico.

Over the last six years, four species of salt cedar beetles in the U.S. have entered New Mexico, the first state in the nation to make that claim.

“My guess is that by this time next year, beetles will be in almost every population of salt cedar trees in New Mexico. They have been spreading very rapidly,” said David Thompson, NMSU associate dean
and director of Agricultural Experiment Station System. 

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6:37 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

This Is Not A Misprint: New Mexico's Checkbook Is $100 Million Out Of Balance, Maybe More

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.

Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.

However, state Auditor Tim Keller says the difference could be hundreds of millions of dollars.

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6:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Las Cruces Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

  Gustavo Angel Alvarado, the 17-year-old suspect in the Jan. 15 shooting on Karen Avenue that critically injured a neighbor, was detained today at a U.S./Mexico border crossing.

Alvarado was returned to Las Cruces and questioned by Las Cruces Police investigators before being booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He is charged with one count of attempted murder and will initially be held without bond.

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6:04 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Three Sought In Mesilla Park Burglary Investigation

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are asking the public for help in identifying three people seen on a surveillance camera, allegedly burglarizing a storage room at a Mesilla Park car wash.

The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 in the 3400 block of South Main Street.

The three reportedly drove up in a gray Ford SUV with a black right front quarter panel, entered the storage room and allegedly removed property.

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5:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico To Tackle Campaign Spending Bill

A New Mexico Senate Democrat and a House Republican plan to co-sponsor legislation to define the relationship between candidates and political action committees when it comes to campaign finance.

Similar bills have failed in previous years but Sen. Peter Wirth said Monday he is hopeful of passage this year because of bipartisan support. The Santa Fe Democrat said the bill will be introduced following a review by the New Mexico Secretary of State. Republican James Smith of Sandia Park will be the sponsoring the measure in the House.

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4:43 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico Appeals Court Hears Assisted Suicide Case

Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have a right to end their lives?

That's what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments Monday from the state and lawyers from a terminally ill woman.

The case involves a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer who is asking the courts to clarify New Mexico's laws preventing her from ending her life and putting doctors in legal trouble.

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4:38 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Names Of 2 Who Died In San Acacia Home Released By Police

Authorities have released the names of two people found dead in a San Acacia house after a fire last week.

New Mexico State Police said Monday that the victims were 59-year-old Anthony Romo and 89-year-old Vera Churn, both from Socorro.

Their relationship isn't immediately clear.

The remains of the two were found after the blaze north of Socorro was extinguished Wednesday morning.

Police investigators said earlier that the fire was electrical and it likely was started by two space heaters that were plugged into one circuit.

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4:35 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Charge

An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a heroin trafficking charge and is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 59-year-old David Mendez Bojorquez, of Phoenix, entered his plea Monday.

Mendez Bojorquez was arrested last Dec. 8 at a bus station in Albuquerque.

Federal drug agents and task force officers executed a federal search warrant on Mendez Bojorquez' suitcase and say they found a package containing more than a kilogram of heroin.

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3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheriff's Department No Longer In Charge Of Animal Control And Code Enforcement

  Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has moved Animal Control and Codes enforcement from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department to the Doña Ana County Community Development Department.

The move — which became effective today — was coordinated with the cooperation and approval of Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique ‘Kiki’ Vigil.

The move will not affect the ability of the officers in the field to enforce all relevant county ordinances, but it will allow them to work with the Zoning Codes personnel who have long been under the umbrella of Community Development.

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8:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico State Police: Suspect Shot During Store Robbery

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Authorities say a northern New Mexico convenience store owner shot and wounded a Santa Fe man during an armed robbery.

According to the New Mexico State Police, the incident occurred Saturday in San Jose, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas.

A State Police statement says store owner Glen Post shot 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero with a handgun after Romero allegedly threatened people in the store with a rifle, took the cash drawer and shot at Post.

State Police arrested the wounded man and found a stolen vehicle near the store.

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