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6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

White Sands National Monument To Host American Indian Craft Event

ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO – American Indian artists from New Mexico and Texas will be at White Sands National Monument next week. They will gather in the visitor center courtyard for artist’s demonstrations and craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th. Guest artists will demonstrate how they create their handcrafts and explain the history and meaning of their artwork and crafts.  Invited artists include Raul Davis from the mountains of the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Raul brings unique ledger art to life on one of a kind documents dating as far back as the 1800s.

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3:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Works To Examine And Improve Student Writing

The difference between learning to write and writing to learn is at the core of a new initiative at New Mexico State University.

While the first emphasizes the mechanics of writing and the second relates to how the act of writing itself helps us learn a subject, both are critically important to student success. Traditional educational processes often separate and focus on the mechanics of writing, but the NMSU initiative is bringing new attention to the power of writing to learn.

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12:44 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Confirms First West Nile Case Of 2014

  (Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health reports a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. She was not hospitalized and is at home recovering. This is the first human case of West Nile virus infection identified in New Mexico this year.

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12:26 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

UNM Soccer Players Quit Amid Hazing Probe

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  Two sisters scheduled to play for the New Mexico women's soccer team have quit amid an investigation into possible hazing involving alcohol.

University of New Mexico said freshmen twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Tuesday following a police report that several players were extremely intoxicated.

School officials more details of the investigation will be released Wednesday.

Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs said the team's opening game in Lubbock, Texas, scheduled Friday was canceled following the allegations of hazing Sunday night.

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12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Mexico Woman Gets 21 Years In Murder

  A northern New Mexico woman faces 21 years in prison after being sentenced to the maximum term allowed under a plea agreement in the killing of a former educator during a home invasion robbery.

A state District Court judge in Santa Fe on Tuesday sentenced 24-year-old Angel Baldonado in the 2012 beating and stabbing death of Rudy Montoya in his Chimayo home.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Baldonado had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and tampering with evidence under her deal with prosecutors.

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12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Father Of "Affluenza" Teen Arrested

  The father of a North Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has been arrested for impersonating an officer.

North Richland Hills police say Frederick Anthony Couch is facing charges following an early-morning disturbance July 28. He was taken into custody Tuesday and later released after posting $2,500 bail.

Police say Couch showed a badge and identified himself as a reserve officer in Lakeside, northwest of Fort Worth. Investigators later determined he's not a licensed officer in Texas.

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12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Las Cruces Student Struck By Lightning Now Breathing On His Own

  Officials say a 13-year-old middle school student who was critically injured by lighting during football practice is breathing on his own.

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces Public Schools says Hunter Keffer's mother reported on his condition Tuesday night. Additionally, she says two other students injured Tuesday evening had also been transferred to El Paso after first being taken to a local hospital. She says their conditions were unknown Wednesday morning and their names weren't being released. She says the boys were transferred because Las Cruces doesn't have a trauma center.

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12:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Texas Now Claims The Largest Red Cross Facility

  An American Red Cross disaster supplies warehouse in North Texas has the distinction of being the group's biggest facility to serve the most people.

Spokeswoman Anita Foster says the site in Arlington that was dedicated Wednesday has 174,000 square feet of space.

The location, capable of serving up to 100,000 people, has a larger supply of products that any other Red Cross location.

The Disaster Field Supply Center has cots, blankets, personal hygiene items, cleanup kits, coolers and cooking supplies stacked on towering shelves.

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12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Bandelier Bans Drones

Credit Bandelier National Monument--photo by Sandy King

  Bandelier National Monument has announced that until further notice, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or other unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the monument.  The popularity of UAV’s is rapidly rising, and they are increasingly being seen in National Parks and other protected areas that visitors seek out for quiet and solitude, not for the presence of buzzing drones.  Recently there have been several incidents that have brought this situation to public attention.  In some parks, UAV's have been observed harassing wildlife, as their owners attempted to get close-up photos.

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11:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Report Shows Budget Impact Of Rising Forest Fire Costs

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rap

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10:47 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NMSU Students Earn First, Second Place In National Animal Science Competition

Kendall Samuelson, right, and Kelsey Quinn, left, earned first and second place, respectively, at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science competition this June. (Courtesy Photo)

  Two students from New Mexico State University’s Animal and Range Sciences Department dominated the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science competition at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Kelsey Quinn and Kendall Samuelson, both graduate students pursuing a doctorate in Animal and Range Sciences, participated under the mentorship of faculty, presenting their research in the competition, which was held in June.

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10:43 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Las Cruces Police Search For Shooting And Armed Robbery Suspects

Las Cruces Police are investigating two armed robberies and a shooting from Tuesday evening, all possibly committed by the same two individuals.

At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious activity at the Pic Quik store at 4675 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.

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8:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hobbs Commissioners OK Voter ID Special Election

Credit http://www.hobbsnm.org/government.html

Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

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8:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.

Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.

Along with the marijuana decriminalization proposal to make possession of an ounce or less a civil offense, Berry also opposes a measure for a tax increase to provide funding for social services.

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7:59 am
Wed August 20, 2014

N.M. Lottery Revenue For Scholarships Drops To Under $41 Million

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The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million for college scholarships in the most recent fiscal year.

However, the lottery said that's down about 6 percent from a record-setting $43.7 million a year earlier.

Net lottery ticket sales were $136 million in the 2014 fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $141.8 million in 2013.

The lottery said sales exceeded the agency's budget projections by $4.6 million, despite being lower than the previous year.

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6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New Student-Run Store Opens Today At NMSU Las Cruces

Whitney Biel, college instructor for the ACES in the Hole Foods course in the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, prepares blue cornbread mix for packaging and sale at Gerald Thomas Hall. The mix is one of the products available at the new Crimson Creations by ACES store on the first floor of Gerald Thomas Hall on campus. (Photo by Amanda Bradford)

  What was once a small gelato operation tucked away on the third floor of New Mexico State University’s Gerald Thomas Hall has grown into a spacious store on the ground floor, stocked with shelves of products made by students on campus.

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9:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A New Milestone: More Than 500,000 Fans Enjoy El Paso Baseball

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  EL PASO, Texas – With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas reached a new milestone Tuesday, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.

The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.

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4:21 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Las Cruces Arrest Leads To Charges In Other Incident

  A Saturday morning call that led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into an apartment and physically assaulting a couple also resulted in the arrest of a woman on forgery charges.

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3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Honduran Foreign Minister Visits Border

The foreign minister of Honduras says in a visit to the Texas-Mexico border that her country is working to dissuade its citizens from embarking on the dangerous journey to the United States.

But Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales said in McAllen on Tuesday that she also hopes the U.S. will provide a comprehensive aid package that goes beyond security assistance.

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3:35 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez: Immigrants Given "Due Process"

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says immigrants at a temporary detention center in the state have been given full due process.

Martinez said Tuesday at an event in Bernalillo that immigrant women and children held at an Artesia center have been allowed a fair chance to argue their case in court.

But the Republican blasted the federal government for failing to tackle immigration reform and said people are confused over immigration laws.

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3:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Martinez Opposes Marijuana Law Changes

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she opposes efforts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to reduce marijuana possession penalties.  Martinez said at an event in Bernalillo that marijuana possession in illegal under federal law and she believes that's the way it should remain. She called current penalties appropriate.

The Santa Fe city clerk said Monday that petitioners seeking to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana garnered enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

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2:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

USDA Helps With Charter School Expansion Near Taos

  USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico yesterday to participate in the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction to build new classrooms at the Anansi Charter School.  

During the event, Brunner said, "USDA has invested in Anansi Charter School in the past and we are pleased to come back again to support their expansion.''  He added, "This community understands that investing in education is an investment in our children's future. he growth of this school symbolizes that this community is vibrant and growing.''

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2:11 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Albuquerque Residents To Vote On Marijuana Penalty Reform

  A sharply divided Albuquerque City Council has voted to put a marijuana decriminalization proposal on the November ballot.

The council voted 5-4 Monday night to put the proposal on the ballot after activists failed to collect enough voter signatures.

However, the measure is subject to a possible veto by Mayor Richard Berry. Also, Bernolillo County Commission has a say on what goes on the crowded ballot.

The proposal would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25.

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2:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

ICE Resumes Deportations From New Mexico

   Immigration authorities say deportations of detainees at a temporary New Mexico center have resumed after the quarantine over chickenpox recently was lifted.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement late Monday the agency restarted removal flights back to Central America on Aug. 7. Since then, officials say 71 immigrant adults and children from the center have been deported.

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2:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Texas Regents Expected To Keep Tuition Flat

  The University of Texas System's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a plan to avoid tuition increases for in-state students.

The plan would keep tuition flat at the Austin flagship campus and eight others. The campuses had negotiated in-state tuition increases with system officials, but regents voted against them after Gov. Rick Perry called for a tuition freeze.

The increase would have been 2.1 percent, or $104 a semester, at UT-Austin.

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2:07 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Daughter In Death Of Elderly Mother

   Charges have been dropped for a 68-year-old New Mexico woman accused of killing her 89-year-old mother.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that charges against Roy resident Donna Ray were tossed in the death of Geraldine Ray after DNA evidence was reviewed.

Donna Ray's attorneys said the Office of Medical Investigator changed the classification of Geraldine Ray's death from homicide to "undetermined."

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1:46 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Open Government Group Demands Public Records Regarding Albuquerque Schools Chief Investigation

Credit Former Supt. Winston Brooks, Albuquerque Public Schools

  The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS.

 

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1:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NMSU's Project Discovery To Educate, Entertain And Raise Scholarship Funds

Regents Professor Paul Bosland will be a featured speaker during NMSU’s “Project Discovery: An evening of music, dance and the science behind the world’s hottest chile pepper.” (NMSU photo)

  The right kind of chile can bring magic to cooking, but at New Mexico State University, there is a lot more to this spicy food than meets the tongue. The university will welcome the public to be entertained and learn more about chile research at NMSU’s first Project Discovery event at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Atkinson Recital Hall.

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1:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Detainee Recovering In Jail After Apparent Overdose

  The 28-year-old male detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center who was hospitalized in critical condition last Thursday after he was found unresponsive in a booking cell at the facility has recovered and is back in the jail’s medical wing.

   Ernest Lucero of Las Cruces was being held on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court. He now faces additional charges.

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1:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Woman Allegedly Head-Butts Las Cruces Police Officer

  A woman suspected of physically assaulting a Las Cruces Police officer was arrested Saturday.

Rebecca Hoggan, 33, is charged with one count each of battery upon a peace officer and assault upon a peace officer.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to assist on a medical call at the Pic Quik store at 825 Avenida De Mesilla. As one of the officers made contact with Hoggan, the subject of the medical call, she became visibly agitated and requested to be handcuffed.

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