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2:47 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Deming Man Finds License Plate From 1940

Credit cityofdeming.org

  A Deming man doing some digging has found a New Mexico license plate dating back more than 70 years.

Alfred Castillo says he recently discovered the plate at a construction site.

Castillo says the commemorative license plate is dated 1940 and likely was for a truck.

The 77-year-old, who is retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, says the license plate is especially rare because there were few vehicles around in New Mexico in 1940.

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2:43 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Report: Plum State Jobs Going To Perry Aides

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  An analysis by the Austin American-Statesman shows about 200 people who have landed state government jobs that can pay well into six figures have avoided normal job posting requirements or scrutiny and share the common tie that they all once worked for outgoing Gov. Rick Perry.

The newspaper reports some of the hirings may have violated state law. Others took advantage of a provision that allows regular hiring rules be sidestepped.

The posts include agency spokespeople, midlevel managers and even directors.

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2:43 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Archbishop Set To Retire

   The longtime archbishop of Santa Fe presided over his final Christmas Mass this month.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan celebrated Mass on Thursday in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi.

It was Sheehan's 21st Christmas Day Mass and likely his last.

Sheehan turned 75 last July and must retire under Canon Law.

Longtime churchgoers say they will miss Sheehan's sense of humor and storytelling.

Sheehan was installed as archbishop of Santa Fe in 1993.

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2:41 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

UNM Wants To Preserve D.H. Lawrence Ranch

  A northern New Mexico ranch where novelist D.H. Lawrence once sought spiritual renewal is in need of its own renewal.

The University of New Mexico, which owns the picturesque mountain ranch north of Taos, is seeking ways to preserve the property.

UNM officials say they have formed the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives to strategize how to fund developing the site into a place for educational and cultural activities.

Advocates say the 160-acre ranch has fallen into decline, especially after the death of a longtime caretaker in 2008.

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10:19 am
Sat December 27, 2014

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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8:52 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Albuquerque Ice Rink Opens

Albuquerque can now offer ice skating downtown with the unveiling of its new rink.

The rink made from synthetic ice opened Friday in Civic Plaza.

While the 30-foot by 20-foot surface left some residents a little disappointed by its size, others went for test spins.

City officials say the rink is on loan from the New Mexico BioPark Society. It's designed for children, but adults are welcome.

If there's enough interest, the city may expand the rink and consider purchasing it from the BioPark Society.

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3:03 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

"The Interview" Packs New Mexico Theaters

  Showings of "The Interview" packed theaters in Deming and Santa Fe on Thursday, helping push the film to just over $1 million in ticket sales.

Despite hacker threats, Sony Pictures reversed course earlier this week and decided to allow independent theaters across the country to show the film. The studio also made it available for rental and purchase on digital platforms.

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12:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

New Mexico Police Chief Caught Having Sex In Ambulance Resigns

  A police chief in a southeastern New Mexico city who was suspended earlier this year for having sex in the back of an ambulance has submitted his resignation.

The problems for Jal Police Chief Larry Burns began last spring when a secretly recorded tape of him and a female companion was released to Albuquerque news stations. At the time, Burns was seeking a magistrate judge seat.

Burns had been off the job since early October when the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy suspended his license for one year. Burns is fighting the suspension of his license.

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12:25 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Texas City Officer Fatally Shoots Gunman

Police are investigating an officer's fatal shooting of a man who authorities say was firing at customers leaving a crowded Texas City club at closing and then pointed the gun at one of several officers who responded to a call for help from the club's owners.

Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby says the gunman was shot early Friday after failing to comply with warnings from the officer to drop his weapon.

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12:19 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Report: $34 Million In Repairs Needed At El Paso Community College

  A report conducted by two architectural firms says more than $34 million in repairs and upgrades are needed at El Paso Community College.

The firms will create a master plan to prioritize the needs at each of the five campuses of El Paso Community College. The plan also will detail services needed for a new campus the college intends to build at the Fort Bliss Army post.

The assessment comes as the college projects enrollment to grow to 45,000 students in 12 years. The school has about 29,000 students now.

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12:17 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Albuquerque To Revamp Police Camera Policy

  Albuquerque police officials say their policy for the use of body cameras is one of the strictest in the nation, but nearly impossible to follow.  A new policy for lapel cameras is being crafted and will be in place next year.

Albuquerque officials recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul the police force following more than 40 shootings since 2010.

Under the agreement, Albuquerque must provide better training for officers, but some critics say it should have come down harder on enforcement of camera policies.

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12:16 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Tough Road Conditions In Parts Of New Mexico

  Winter weather has moved into southern New Mexico, and along with it, difficult driving conditions in parts of the region.

The following have been upgraded to FAIR DRIVING CONDITIONS:

New Mexico 90 from Lordsburg to Silver City - Road has been sanded, however some icy spots may still remain. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

US 180 from Glenwood to Santa Clara - Road has been sanded, however some icy spots may still remain. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

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9:08 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Brown Campaign Donation Questioned

  In recent years, money’s influence in politics has been heavily debated in both national and local governments. More questions on campaign finance were raised this year when employees donated directly to their superior’s campaigns.

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7:38 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Man Shot By Police Not Likely To File Legal Action

A man who was accidentally shot by an Albuquerque police officer says he doesn't plan on pursuing legal action.

Ramiro Armendariz was able to enjoy Christmas at home after being released from a hospital this week.

Authorities say Officer Tamas Nadas was investigating a burglary in a second-floor apartment Dec. 14 when he tripped, causing his gun to go off.

Police say the bullet went through the floor and struck Armendariz in the apartment below.

Armendariz underwent surgery and has to use a walker.

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7:35 am
Fri December 26, 2014

NM Health Supervisor Files Whistleblower Suit

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  A New Mexico Health Department supervisor who complained about understaffing in the division that certifies health care facilities to receive Medicaid funds says she has been targeted.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Amber Espinosa-Trujillo filed a whistleblower lawsuit in state court this week.

According to her attorney, Espinosa-Trujillo was demoted after she complained about a shortage in personnel to review hospitals and other health care sites.

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7:32 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Book Details Life Of 'Forgotten' US Latino Scholar

Latino scholar George I. Sanchez regularly is left out of books on the civil rights movement. Even people in his birth-state hardly know his name.

A new biography seeks to change that.

This month, Carlos Blanton released his long-awaited book, "George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration." The Texas A&M University history professor is hoping the biography finally places Sanchez in his proper place in history.

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1:20 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Instead Of Arrest, Roswell Officers Help Shoplifter

Instead of arresting a father who was caught stealing baby formula, four New Mexico police officers ended up offering him a helping hand.  Police were called to a grocery store in Roswell earlier this month when employees spotted a man hiding formula in a baby carrier.

Roswell Officer Joe Mason says he and the other officers confronted the man and found the formula. The man told them he recently lost his job and the formula was for his 11-month-old son.

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12:58 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

Critics: Texas Law Will Hamper New Voter Registrations

The group aiming to register thousands of new voters to help Democrats says Texas laws have made it harder to keep its volunteers eligible.   Battleground Texas expects thousands of its deputy voter registrars to lose their state certification at the end of this year.

Texas law allows registrars to serve two-year terms that expire at the end of even-number years.

Battleground Texas volunteer registrars will have to go undergo training before they can be re-certified to register new voters.

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8:38 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Country Music Group Will Help Celebrate Susana

Credit Office of the Governor

  The country music group Lonestar will be headlining Gov. Susana Martinez's inaugural ball on Jan. 1.

The governor's inaugural committee made the announcement this week.

The "New Mexico True Inaugural Ball" will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The theme this time will celebrate the state's culture and heritage.

The ball will follow a public swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

Martinez, the nation's only Latina governor, cruised to an easy victory in November over Democratic challenger Gary King.

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8:36 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Group Wants State Regulators Recused From PNM Case

Credit pnm.com

  State regulators in less than two weeks are to begin deliberating a proposal that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

But one environmental group, New Energy Economy, is calling for Public Regulation Commissioners Pat Lyons and Karen Montoya to recuse themselves from the deliberations.

The group filed its motion Wednesday. It argues that phone calls and emails between PNM and the two commissioners have created an appearance of a conflict of interest.

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8:34 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Albuquerque Getting Synthetic Ice Rink

Albuquerque isn't giving up on its plans to erect an ice rink at Civic Plaza.

Crews began assembling a synthetic ice rink at the downtown spot on Wednesday. If a final shipment of materials arrives in time, they said residents could be skating on the new rink as soon as Friday afternoon.

Mayoral spokeswoman Rhiannon Schroeder tells the Albuquerque Journal that the rink is on loan from the New Mexico BioPark Society. It's designed for children, but adults will be welcome.

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8:33 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Dolly Parton's Reading Program Heads To Santa Fe

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Santa Fe County and the local United Way chapter have teamed up to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to children throughout the northern New Mexico county.

The program aims to increase reading among children. Books selected by a national panel of experts will be sent to children each month from the day a child is born until he or she reaches the age of 5.

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8:33 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Water Table Drops As Drought Leads To More Pumping

   The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump groundwater to make up for the lack of snow and rain.

Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.

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8:32 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Stabbing Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Alleged Child Predator

  The investigation of a stabbing earlier this month led Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators on the trail of an alleged predator, after piles of child pornography were found inside the man’s Mesilla Park home.

   On Dec. 12, sheriff’s deputies were called to the 8900 block of Angie Lane after an injured man was reportedly going door-to-door, asking for help.

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4:09 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Albuquerque Journal Website Hacked

  Officials at the Albuquerque Journal say they have notified federal authorities that the newspaper's website was hacked.

It happened Wednesday morning when someone replaced the top story about the 1971 slaying of a state police patrolman with material that expressed support for Islamic militants and warned Albuquerque residents that their secrets were being collected through mobile devices.

The website was taken down for several hours and the material was removed. The original story about the murder case was reposted when the website came back online.

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1:04 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Jon Barlea- New Mexico Economic Development Secretary

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1:03 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Mark Medoff Profile

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1:02 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Therapeutic Horse Riding - Sarah Veeder

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12:55 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Kirtland Man Wanted In Kidnapping, Beating

  Authorities in Kirtland are searching for a man accused of kidnapping, beating and hitting a woman with his car.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that deputies have an arrest warrant out on 27-year-old Brandon Lee for aggravated battery, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

Sheriff's spokesman Cory Tanner says Lee allegedly forced 30-year-old Crystal Begay into his car Saturday afternoon and battered her using brass knuckles.

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12:54 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Fired Prosecutor Could Get $270,000 Settlement

A Travis County prosecutor who was fired after making racial comments to a jury could receive $270,000 to settle his wrongful termination lawsuit.

Travis County commissioners approved allocating the funds for Steve Brand, pending a final settlement. The money would come from the risk management fund.

The assistant district attorney lost his job last June. Brand's dismissal came a month after his comments dismissing a prospective juror who was a member of the NAACP, comparing the juror's membership to white supremacy.

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