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5:18 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

NMSU Engineering To Hold Robotics Camps

Two robotics summer camps will be held at New Mexico State University for students ages 10-17. Advanced Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 14-16 and Beginning Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 21-23. The camps are provided by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, part of the College of Engineering.

The beginning camp provides an introduction to robotics using radio-controlled components and basic programming skills. The advanced camp provides a more in-depth look at these topics.

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5:15 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Missouri Man Charged With Holding Girlfriend Against Her Will

Credit Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of holding his girlfriend against her will and injuring the woman during a heated argument Sunday evening.

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5:12 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Heinrich, Risch Introduce Bill To Reduce Federal Government Energy Use

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today introduced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act in an effort to reduce the federal government's energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars. The bipartisan legislation would require the federal government to develop plans to reduce energy consumption at federal data centers.

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5:06 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

NMSU Selected For Inaugural UAS Inspection Of Elephant Butte Dam

Credit Courtesy: NMFO

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to be its lead unmanned aircraft system subject matter expert to perform the first Reclamation dam inspection. This proof of concept aeronautical research project will occur at Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico later this summer.

The research flight will include working with the Reclamation dam site personnel to develop the concept of operations and addressing the safety requirements, selecting the sUAS and the correct sensors, validating the flight procedures and performing the inspection.

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4:21 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Running Driver’s License Scheme

  Albuquerque, NM — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced for running a scheme to fraudulently obtain and sell New Mexico driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Eduardo Chavez, 34, pleaded guilty to forgery and possession of an altered, forged, or fictitious license, both felonies. He was sentenced by Second Judicial District Court Judge Alisa Hadfield, and sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

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1:49 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Las Cruces Library Will Be Closed For One Week In August...For Cleaning

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will temporarily close Monday, Aug 10, through Friday, Aug 14.

But when the library’s doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 15, it will feel, look, and smell like a new library! That’s because approximately 180,000 books, 15,000 DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, along with nearly 19,500 linear feet of shelving, will have received a much needed cleaning.

The overall cleaning will include carpeting and tile throughout the building, clean and wax the computer lab and children’s craft room, plus new paint in the magazine/newspaper reading room.

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9:17 am
Tue July 7, 2015

New Spaceport Visitor's Center Draws Some Controversy

Spaceport America’s Visitors Experience opened last week, and the opening is being met with both support and concern. The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center was closed in order to house the interim Spaceport Visitor’s Center, and some residents are trying to get the building back.

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6:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Young Riders Saddle Up For The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo

Group photo of youth competing in annual 4-H Dona Ana County Rodeo. (NMSU photo provided by Teresa Dean)

  The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo, held July 11-12 at the Southern NM State Fairgrounds, draws in youth from throughout the state for their shot at a first place prize. The rodeo is open to 4-H members and is free for spectators. 

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5:42 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Mom Who Fled Police With Van Of Kids Accepts Plea Deal In Taos Case

A plea deal has been reached in the 2013 case of a woman who was fired at by a New Mexico State Police officer as she fled from police in a van full of children.

The reports the state reached the deal with 40-year-old Oriana Farrell Monday. The details of the deal are to be disclosed next Monday, when her trial had been scheduled to start.

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5:32 am
Tue July 7, 2015

State Police: Alcohol Suspected In Deadly Holiday Crash

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

State police investigators have released more details about a deadly Fourth of July crash along an eastern New Mexico highway.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon on U.S. 54 south of Santa Rosa.

Police say a Chevy pickup was headed north when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Nissan SUV driven by 29-year-old Oscar Sigala Huerta of Santa Fe. Huerta was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, 56-year-old Jose Pacheco of Vaughn, and his passenger were injured and taken to Guadalupe County Hospital.

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5:28 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Federal Grants To Help Fight Drunken Driving In New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be getting four grants worth more than $365,000 to help prevent drunken driving and improve safety on the state's roads.

The funding will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants program.

The money will be used for sobriety checkpoints, seatbelt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs.

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5:27 am
Tue July 7, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Discuss Drone Regulations

New Mexico failed to pass legislation during the regular session that would have taken a first step toward regulating the use of drones in the state, but the discussion is far from over.

The legislative Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee met Monday in Albuquerque to hear about the advancement of the technology as well as privacy concerns.

Republican Rep. James Smith of Sandia Park says future legislation needs to target the uses and issues that stem from those uses more than the technology itself.

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4:17 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Man Sought In Las Cruces Sav-O-Mat Robbery

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of committing an armed robbery Sunday at a local convenience store.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, July 5, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Sav-O-Mat convenience store at 920 El Paseo Rd. Officers learned that a masked man entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

The man obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the store. No injuries were reported.

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4:16 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

NMSU Researcher Finds Disease-causing Bacteria In Pistachio Trees

  In November 2013, Jennifer Randall, New Mexico State University plant pathology professor, was contacted by pistachio growers in California and Arizona wanting her to look at their oddly shaped trees.

Randall traveled to California to inspect the pistachio trees. Instead of growing lean and tall, they were stunted and bushy with twisted roots, which in Arizona, resulted in three-year-old trees being lifted by the wind. 

“These trees were abnormal. We used the term ‘Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome’ to describe these trees,” Randall said.

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4:14 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Janitor Employed By Las Cruces Elementary School Arrested On Federal Child Porn Charges

  ALBUQUERQUE – David Anaya Garcia, 31, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested on July 2, 2015, on federal child pornography charges.  Garcia made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today.  He remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing, both of which currently are scheduled for later this week.

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12:39 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Six Dead In Mexico After Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire

Mexico's navy says six people are dead after a group of suspected criminals sparked a skirmish by opening fire on a Marine helicopter near the U.S. border.

The navy says the incident happened on Sunday in a rural area south of Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

In a statement Monday, the navy said the suspects fired on the Blackhawk helicopter, hitting it seven times. The helicopter crew returned fire, killing six suspects. No navy personnel were injured.

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12:36 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Teens Accused Of Homeless Killings Could Be Tried As Adults

The state's high court could decide whether teens charged alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios with beating two homeless men to death will be tried as adults.

Second Judicial District Judge Briana Zamora is letting defense lawyers for the two minors challenge the state's serious youthful offender law before the New Mexico Supreme Court ahead of the October trial.

Zamora issued an opinion disagreeing with defense lawyers' arguments that the statute violates a guarantee for equal protection under New Mexico's constitution.

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12:35 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

San Juan College Goes Smoke-Free

San Juan College is phasing out its few remaining smoking areas as it moves toward becoming a completely tobacco-free campus by 2020.

The college has been tightening rules since April 2013, when lawmakers dedicated a memorial and asked educators to push for policies that reduce on-campus smoking.

Vice president for student services Dave Eppich says health and trash are both concerns when it comes to tobacco use. A task force with members including students and nursing program staff has been compiling best practices from across the country to implement the policy change.

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12:34 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Gay Texas Couple Granted Marriage License After Filing Federal Lawsuit

A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license.

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit Monday against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week.

The couple was quickly granted a license later in the morning in Granbury, the county seat. The city is southwest of Fort Worth.

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12:30 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

In Depth: The Consequences Of Storefront Lending In New Mexico

  On April 14, 2011, Sherrie Cline went into New Mexico Title Loans to make a payment on a car title loan she originally took out the year before. She owed about $500, but she didn’t have the money to pay it off. In fact, she needed more money just to pay the bills that were piling up. So she did what she and millions of other Americans have done before her: she rolled the original loan into a new one. She took $250 cash and refinanced $490.14 into a loan of $740.14 that would be due in full just one month later, on May 14.

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8:59 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Body Of Man Found In Pecos River Near Carlsbad

Carlsbad police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Pecos River.

Lt. Jon Blackmon says officers responded to a call from city workers at the river, just north of the Bataan Bridge off of Park Drive, on Sunday.

Blackmon says the workers found the body of a male floating in the water.

Police are trying to determine the cause of death.

They are not releasing the man's identity pending notification of next of kin.

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8:53 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Albuquerque Firefighters Recieve 1,000 Fireworks Calls

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Albuquerque firefighters responded to nearly 1,000 calls about possible illegal fireworks over Fourth of July weekend.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that department spokeswoman Melissa Romero in an email reported that the department received more than 200 calls on Friday, more than 600 on July Fourth and about 150 calls on Sunday.

This year's total was less than last year, which brought in about 1,200 calls about fireworks.

This year, the department also issued 22 citations for illegal fireworks, up from last year when they issued 19.

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8:38 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Program Offers Food Stamp Recipients More At NM Farmers' Markets

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Food stamp recipients now get double their money at New Mexico farmers' markets.

People who belong to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can scan $20 from their benefits cards at participating markets to get another $20 in spending.

According to the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association, the USDA awarded $100,000 for the program last month.

State lawmakers appropriated $400,000 toward the program last week.

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8:17 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Mexican Helicopter Comes Under Fire, Kills 6 Near Border

Mexico's navy says six people are dead after a group of suspected criminals sparked a skirmish by opening fire on a Marine helicopter near the U.S. border.

The navy says the incident happened on Sunday in a rural area south of Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

In a statement Monday, the navy said the suspects fired on the Blackhawk helicopter, hitting it seven times. The helicopter crew returned fire, killing six suspects. No navy personnel were injured.

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6:00 am
Mon July 6, 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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2:16 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Elusive Carjacking Suspect Now In Custody

Albuquerque police say a carjacking suspect who eluded capture several times in the past week is now in custody.

Police say 30-year-old Kevin Folse was arrested Saturday on multiple charges including kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault on a police officer.

According to a criminal complaint, Folse was driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday and allegedly tried to run down a police officer who jumped out of the way.

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2:14 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

The Alamo Is Now A World Heritage Site

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Local officials are celebrating the Alamo's designation as a world heritage site.

The Alamo is one of five Spanish Roman Catholic historical shrines known as the San Antonio Missions to win the coveted label.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee made the announcement at its annual meeting Sunday in Germany.

The Missions were built in the 18th century in and around what is now San Antonio. They were meant to convert indigenous people to Catholicism and make them Spanish subjects.

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2:12 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

New Mexico Law Cuts Into Police Budgets

New Mexico law enforcement agencies say a new state law that prevents authorities from seizing assets from people unless they are convicted of a crime will devastate their budgets.

Various police departments say a civil forfeiture law that took effect this month will mean less money for resources.

Under the law, police cannot seize a suspect's property unless they prove a crime occurred.

Police could previously take items for auction. The revenue funds police equipment or training.

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3:35 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Texas AG Breaks State Law; Fills Jobs Without Posting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton's successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general's office. Five others came from former Gov. Rick Perry's office, and four more worked for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

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3:33 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Controversy Over Martinez Appointment

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The New Mexico governor's reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers' questions about whether Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday.

The announcement prompted State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, to say the governor "has it out for" public defenders and the accused who can't afford an attorney.

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