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6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

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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6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grant Will Fund Study Of Public Policy Health Impacts

  EL PASO—The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will be leading the development of a health impact assessment (HIA) program for the border region.  It’s a tool to look at the potential health impacts of proposed infrastructure improvements or policy changes.  UTEP’s program will focus on water, sanitation, and public transportation. 

UTEP received a grant of $250,000 from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts based in Washington, DC, to develop the program. 

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6:28 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas GOP Closing In On Another Election Day Sweep

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

The biggest shakeup of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away.

As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next governor, George P. Bush is poised to win his political debut and Democrats remain longshots to break a 20-year losing streak in statewide races.

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6:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Teen Stabbed To Death During Las Cruces-Area House Party

            

              Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fight between several people at a house party north of Las Cruces that ended in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy.

            According to statements given to investigators, an 18-year-old man posted a message on Facebook last week that he was hosting a party at his house in the 5200 block of Bravo Road on Saturday while his mother was out of town.

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11:05 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Otero County Flood Damage Expected To Top $875,000

  Otero County officials say they have uncovered more damage following flooding earlier this year and the bill to make repairs is expected to top $875,000.

Emergency services director Paul Quairoli provided new information on the county's emergency declaration during a recent meeting.

He says the county did not initially meet the state's threshold to receive assistance in August, but more damage was caused in September due to the continued rains and storm runoff.

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11:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Santa Fe County Sued Over Mine Moratorium

  Proponents of a proposal to mine basalt on La Bajada mesa are suing Santa Fe County for imposing a 12-month moratorium on such developments.

Albuquerque landowner Buena Vista Estates and gravel company Rockology Limited are seeking to overturn the moratorium.

The county took action in September after residents voiced concerns about the proposed mine. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that residents complained about possible pollution, noise and what they described as the destruction of the mesa's scenic beauty.

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5:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

New Mexico Tribe Can't Get Gambling Compact

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  A federal judge has ruled against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.

U. S. District Judge James Parker on Friday invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it's failed to negotiate a compact with the state.

Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera says the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.

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5:18 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Texas Using Immigration Screening While Others Pull Back

While more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are pulling back from a screening program for immigrants as criticism mounts that it may be unconstitutional, the program continues to be used in all Texas counties.

The Houston Chronicle reports that under the program, jailers submit the fingerprints of everyone booked into jail to the Homeland Security Department to run through an immigration database. Upon a match, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials can file "detainer requests" with local law enforcement agencies.

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5:16 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Forum On New Mexico Detention Center Conditions

  A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center's conditions.

Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to participate in a forum Sunday in Albuquerque that will also address how the immigrants are struggling to obtain legal representation.

Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says since the Artesia detention center opened in June, more than 300 immigrants have been processed and deported from facility.

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5:15 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Man Dies In Border Patrol Custody In Texas

  Federal authorities say a drug suspect has died while in custody at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the 36-year-old man was found unresponsive Friday in a holding cell at a Border Patrol checkpoint between Carlsbad, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

Authorities say agents performed CPR on the man before he was transported to an El Paso hospital where he died.

They say he was in custody for drug possession.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs is investigating.

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5:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Sick Woman At Dallas Train Station Prompts Scare

A woman fell ill at a Dallas train station and prompted a brief scare as Ebola fears are running high. But officials say she didn't appear to have any contact with Ebola patients and is not on disease watch lists.

She is being treated by Dallas Fire Rescue at White Rock Station. Authorities are inspecting the train and platform and will clean the facility.

Judge Clay Jenkins says the woman indicated that she lives the apartment complex where Duncan resided, but apparently had no contact with him.

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5:12 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Death Investigation At Albuquerque Zoo

  Authorities are investigating the death of one of four Tasmanian devils loaned to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo by an Australian group.

The animal, named Jasper, was provided to the facility last year by the Healesville Sanctuary in Australia as part of an effort to start a breeding program for the endangered species.

The devils' population on the island of Tasmania south of the Australian mainland has been decimated by a form of cancer.

Jasper was discovered dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday.

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5:11 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

New Mexico Department Of Health Coordinating Ebola Plan

  Governor Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico. DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

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4:17 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New Mexico K-12 Education; G.O. Bond C

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4:14 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Jardin de los Niños - Audrey Hartley

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4:05 pm
Fri October 17, 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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3:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Inmate Attacked While Officers Slept

  A New Mexico inmate says he was attacked by 10 other prisoners while two on-duty state Corrections Department officers slept.   34-year-old Beau Musacco filed a lawsuit this week stemming the alleged attack in May 2013.

According to the lawsuit, Musacco was suffered a collapsed lung during the assault but didn't receive medical care after repeated requests.

Musacco is serving two life terms for gunning down two Albuquerque women on New Year's Day in 2007.

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3:45 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Perry Calls For Travel Ban Due To Ebola

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined calls for an air travel ban from countries hit the hardest by Ebola.

Perry said Friday that air travel is how Ebola crosses borders and that's how it arrived in Texas, so an air travel ban is the right policy.

A Texas hospital had the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., after Thomas Eric Duncan traveled from Liberia. He died last week, and two nurses involved in his care have become infected.

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3:44 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police Complete Shooting Probe

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

  Albuquerque police say investigators have completed a criminal probe into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man that sparked protests around the city.

The department said Friday that it has submitted documents from the investigation on the death of 38-year-old James Boyd to the FBI and the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office. Both agencies can pursue charges against officers involved.

Albuquerque police also released audio recordings and thousands of documents related to the shooting.

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3:31 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

NMSU Makes Progress On Budget Cuts

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers updated the Las Cruces campus Friday afternoon on measures NMSU is taking to reduce budget expenses following a decrease in fall enrollment. A decline in enrollment has a direct impact on NMSU’s finances, as revenue collected from tuition and fees supports the university’s I&G (Instruction and General) budget. 

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7:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

NM Land Office Nears Record With $78M In Revenue

 The New Mexico State Land Office has earned more than $78 million for schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries of the state land trust.

September's earnings mark the second-highest monthly revenues in the history of the Land Office. The highest month on record was $79 million in December 2013.

Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office is working with the private sector, Native American tribes and federal agencies to boost the economic return of trust land through leases, renewable energy development and other projects.

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7:40 am
Fri October 17, 2014

42 Arrested In Undercover New Mexico Drug String

Authorities say more than 40 people in southern New Mexico have been arrested in connection with an eight-month undercover drug sting.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News that 42 people were taken into custody on various drug-related offenses this week from a multi-agency operation.

House says most were arrested for trafficking or distribution of drugs ranging from marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. He says others were arrested for conspiracy to traffic or distribute drugs.

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7:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Student Enrollment Jumps In New Mexico Oil Region

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 School districts in the heart of New Mexico's oil boom region are reporting record student enrollment.

Lovington Municipal School District said it had a student enrollment of nearly 3,800 students on its 40th day — the highest spike in enrollment in the district's history.

And Hobbs Superintendent T.J. Parks says the total enrollment in his district was nearly 10,000 students on Sept. 16. That's 500 more students accounted for than on the same day last year.

The jump comes as Lea County continues to see an economic boom for oil and gas.

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7:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

UPDATE: Las Cruces Crash Proves Fatal

The 18-year-old woman killed in Thursday afternoon’s two-vehicle crash on University Avenue has been identified as Jo Anna Aurora Rincon of Las Cruces.

Rincon was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger of a white Dodge pickup driven by 18-year-old Benjamin Buntain. Other passengers of the pickup were Ryan Feeback, 23, Alexis Holden, 18, and 20-year-old Nicholas Owings.

Feeback, Buntain, Holden and Owings were all transported to UMC following the crash and remain there Friday morning. Feeback is listed in critical condition at UMC.

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4:33 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Three More Babies Test Positive For TB In El Paso

Three more babies have tested positive for tuberculosis after a nurse's assistant infected with the illness possibly exposed about 860 babies at an El Paso hospital's nursery.

El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes said Thursday that of the total of 11 cases at Providence Memorial Hospital, seven are possible false positives because they had been vaccinated against TB previously. Parents of 95 percent of those possibly exposed have been contacted.

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4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Jewell In New Mexico: If Congress Won't Act, The President Will

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  U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.

Jewell renewed the threat Thursday while speaking to a few hundred wilderness advocates at a national conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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4:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Tularemia And Plague Still Active In Parts Of New Mexico

  Bernalillo County and Albuquerque health officials are advising people living in the East Mountains area that plague and tularemia continue to remain active.

They say the increased rainfall New Mexico has seen over the last two years has allowed for more vegetation growth and increased rodent populations.

Health officials say a larger number of rodents often lead to more occurrences of both plague and tularemia.

There have been no human cases of plague so far in Bernalillo County in 2014.

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4:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Abbott Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Texas Voter ID Law

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

   Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to keep the state's voter ID law in place with early voting starting next week.

Abbott reminded the court Thursday in a lengthy briefing that it has recently blocked rulings in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Ohio that also sought to change state voting procedures so close to Election Day.

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9:38 am
Thu October 16, 2014

OSHA Cites Texas Dollar Tree Stores For Putting Employees At Risk

  National discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards at its store in Watauga. Across the nation, Dollar Tree Stores have been cited for more than 200 safety and health violations since 2009. Proposed penalties for the latest inspection total $262,500.

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9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Hatch Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Beer To Teens Involved In Fatal Crash

           

       A Hatch man was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with illegally selling beer to three teens who were involved in a fatal crash that killed two people.

            According to a criminal complaint, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have charged Alfredo Alaniz, 65, with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, selling or giving alcohol to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All charges are fourth-degree felonies.

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