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8:49 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mexican Fiesta Baseball Tickets On Sale

  EL PASO, Texas –Tickets for the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, to be held at Southwest University Park on September 28th and 29th, go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT. Prices start at $5.

 

The Fiesta highlights members of the Pacific League of Mexico, Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán. The event will also feature a unique atmosphere with music, dancing, food, fun, and entertainment similar to the league’s regular season games.

 

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8:43 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Mexico Cancer Center Opens In Las Cruces Monday

  New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC), the state's largest physician-owned cancer treatment center, is expanding to Las Cruces. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NMCC already has clinics in Gallup, Silver City and Ruidoso and is expanding into Las Cruces on August 4th. Shravan Narmala, MD will lead the medical oncology care at this new location. A grand opening will be held at the facility on August 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30

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8:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

'Hiroshima' Los Alamos Protest Planned

Peace activists say they will hold another protest against nuclear weapons in Los Alamos near the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Activists are scheduled to hold a rally Saturday starting at the Ashley Pond and will walk through the town carrying signs calling for nuclear disarmament.

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8:36 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Albuquerque Teachers Have Tentative Agreement

The Albuquerque school district and the teachers' union have a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the tentative agreement includes a 3 percent salary increase for teachers and that the district retreated on its proposed changes on rules for transferring teachers.

The district had wanted administrators to have broader authority to transfer teachers between schools, but Union President Ellen Bernstein says transfer rules wouldn't change under the tentative agreement.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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8:35 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Another Primary Election Candidate Eyes Possible Sunland Park Voter Fraud

Another primary election candidate is citing possible voter fraud in a troubled New Mexico border town for her loss to a Democratic competitor.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Merrie Lee Soules announced this week she will challenge the outcome of her race to become the party's nominee to the District 5 Public Regulation Commission. Soules lost to contender Sandy Jones of Truth or Consequences by 128 votes.

But Soules says she suspects there was election fraud in Sunland Park — a charge also made by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, who lost in the primary by 16 votes.

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8:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Mexico To See More Wet Weather Through Weekend

  

Forecasters says New Mexico's weather will be wet, wet and more wet on Friday and into the weekend, with the possibility of flash flooding Friday afternoon and evening due to a very moist air mass remaining over the state.

The National Weather Service says the risk of flash flooding on Friday will be greatest near and west of the central mountain chain.

The forecasters also predict heavy rain in the southern mountains and along the lower Rio Grande on Saturday, then further west along the Arizona border on Sunday and Monday.

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6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Diversity Advocate And Leader Retiring From NMSU

  Longtime Aggie alumnus and senior administrator Christina Chavez Kelley will retire from New Mexico State University effective Aug.1.

Chavez Kelley most recently held the title of assistant vice president for the Office of Student Diversity and Outreach. She served nine administrations at NMSU as assistant to the president.

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6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Property Developers Say Las Cruces Arroyo Management Plan Will Hurt City Housing Market

Las Cruces city planner Carol McCall in the tunnels of a city managed arroyo underneath Sonama ranch blvd
Credit Simon Thompson

Whenever there is heavy rain an arroyo above the Linda Vista Estates housing development in Dona Ana County an arroyo runs like a river.

Octavio Vela's house is just yards away from it's flow. He is concerned about the damage it could do to his property.

"None of the potential problems were disclosed. The potential flooding issues and stuff like that were never disclosed it was just a matter of here is the property" he says

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6:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

NMSU Is Home To A Vast Resource Of Plants

The two specimens are from a species of oak that grows in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua, Mexico. The one of the left was collected in 1989, the one on the right in 1887. (Courtesy photo)

  Have you ever pressed flowers in a book? You might have tucked away a special rose here or there to preserve a sweet memory, but your collection is unlikely to rival the one at New Mexico State University, where researchers have gathered and catalogued thousands of pressed plant specimens dating back more than 100 years.

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1:52 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court: No Spousal Immunity For Burglary

  New Mexico's highest court has ruled a territorial law on marital property doesn't prevent the prosecution of an estranged husband for burglary of a spouse's home.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the aggravated burglary conviction of Gerard Parvilus for breaking into his estranged wife's apartment in Alamogordo in 2008.

Parvilus also was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife's boyfriend and kidnapping and assaulting her. Those convictions weren't at issue in the appeal. All three were in the Air Force at the time of the crimes.

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1:51 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Dallas County No Longer Plans To House Migrant Children

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins says his county won't take in any immigrant children crossing the Texas border illegally, a reversal of his earlier offer to house as many as 2,000 kids.

Jenkins told reporters Thursday that federal officials have notified him that they no longer need space in Dallas.

Thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed the border into the United States from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

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1:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Tucson Tries Luring Tesla With $3 Billion Dollar Permit

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  Tucson officials are hoping a $3 billion building permit will help woo electric car company Tesla to the southern Arizona city.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said Thursday that Tesla Motors did not apply for the permit.

Rothschild says the permit is intended to let the company know that if they decide to build in Tucson, the city is ready to help.

The mayor says Tucson is an ideal fit for several reasons including costs, logistics and the proximity to Mexico.

The news was first reported by the Arizona Daily Star (http://bit.ly/1o9E5TA).

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1:48 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Greenhouse Gas Report To Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.

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1:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces Executive Order

  While the vast majority of federal contractors play by the rules, every year tens of thousands of American workers are denied overtime wages, not hired or paid fairly because of their gender or age, or have their health and safety put at risk by corporations contracting with the federal government that cut corners.  Taxpayer dollars should not reward corporations that break the law, so today President Obama is cracking down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk. 

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1:44 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

"Kepler's Dream" To Film In New Mexico

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  New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis, announced today that the feature "Kepler's Dream," will begin principal photography in New Mexico.  Production will take place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe County at the end of July through the end of August. 

 

The production will employ at least 60 New Mexico crew members, nine New Mexico actors and approximately 50 local background talent.

 

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1:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System For Poultry Products

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.

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1:38 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

El Paso's Baseball Rescues Pup...Now, You Can Name Her!

The pup you can name is on top of Chico's head!

  A new four legged member has joined the El Paso Chihuahuas front office staff.

A rescue from the Humane Society of El Paso, a NO-Kill shelter, has found a new home at Southwest University Park; the female pup will make her debut at the Chihuahuas Bark at the Park game on August 3rd when the team takes on the Reno Aces (New York Mets). First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m.

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10:46 am
Thu July 31, 2014

White House Decries House Vote On Deportations

The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement that the House is driving an approach to immigration focused on rounding up and deporting 11 million immigrants who are not legally in the United States and separating their families.

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10:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Lawyers Volunteer To Help Immigrants Detained In New Mexico

A nationwide network of attorneys is helping immigrants at a temporary detention center in southeastern New Mexico.   About a dozen immigration attorneys from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota recently arrived in Artesia to provide pro bono representation.

Advocates say many of the women and children from Central America were being deported without the required legal help.

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7:49 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Activist Donates Civil Rights-Era Posters To UNM

A long-time activist has donated his posters from the civil rights era to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections.

The University of New Mexico recently announced it has acquired a new collection of activist posters collected by Allen Cooper.

Officials say the collection offers a rare look into civil rights activism in New Mexico, the American Indian Movement, and anti-Vietnam War causes around the Southwest.

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7:44 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Part-Time Magistrate Judge Applies For State Court

A part-time federal magistrate judge is the only applicant for a vacant district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.

Kea Riggs has served as a magistrate in Roswell since 2001, handling criminal proceedings such as arraignments and issuing search and arrest warrants.

A bipartisan nominating commission will meet in Roswell on Aug. 7 to decide whether to recommend Riggs to Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment in the 5th Judicial District to replace District Judge Charles Currier, who retired.

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7:42 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Immigration Courts Speed Up Children's Cases

  

Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review says the immigration courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks. Traditionally, many immigrants have had to wait months or years for a hearing.

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7:38 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Doña Ana County Preparing For Possible Floods

   

  

Authorities in southern New Mexico are preparing for possible flooding amid more storms scheduled to hit the state.

The Dona Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department authorized Wednesday its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags to residents.

Officials say distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business due to limited availability. However, authorities say additional sandbags can be purchased at hardware stores.

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2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Sandbags Available At Volunteer Fire Stations

  With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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1:56 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Gray Wolf Pups Thrive In New Mexico

  Wildlife managers say two Mexican gray wolf pups from an Arizona pack are thriving with their new family in New Mexico.

Biologists in May transplanted a pair of 2-week old pups born in a large litter to another pack of wolves with a smaller litter and more rearing experience.

Wildlife managers have been troubled by the survival rates of wild-born pups. The goal with cross-fostering is to improve the genetic health of the endangered predators as they are reintroduced to the American Southwest.

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1:54 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

D.H. Lawrence Ranch In New Mexico Opens To Public

A northern New Mexico ranch once home to famed English author D.H. Lawrence has reopened to the public.

The Taos Community Foundation and the University of New Mexico say the ranch about 20 miles north of Taos is open every Monday, Thursday and Saturday through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 160-acre ranch is owned by the university but hasn't been regularly accessible to the public for several years.

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1:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Federal Prison For Robbery Spree

  A Carlsbad man will have to spend nearly 11 years in federal prison after being sentenced for his part in a robbery spree in several southeastern New Mexico communities.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 35-year-old Maurice Williams was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

The office says Williams was among six Carlsbad residents prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative.

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1:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Albuquerque's Mistake On Pot Petition: Now They Want More Signatures

  A proposal to ease penalties for marijuana possession in Albuquerque now faces a higher hurdle to get on the city's ballot.

City Attorney David Tourek says the number of valid voter signatures needed on petitions to qualify a measure for the ballot is just over 14,200, not the just over 11,200 that city officials previously said.

According to the Albuquerque Journal Tourek says officials erroneously calculated the signature requirement, which is based on how many people voted in the last regular city election.

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1:47 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Pepper Spray Used To Quell Jail Disturbance

  Grant County detention officers used pepper spray to subdue eight inmates during a confrontation in the jail.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that operations at the jail were back to normal Tuesday following the confrontation that occurred Monday night. No injuries were reported.

County officials said the confrontation began when inmates began kicking a door, banging on windows and throwing flip flops in the direction of an officer.

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8:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

King Asks To Intervene In Election Voting Case

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King wants to defend in court a state law that bars independents from voting in the primary election.

The Santa Fe New Mexican  reports that King is asking a state District Court judge to permit him to intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of nearly 294,000 voters registered as independents.

The lawsuit contends the law allowing only Democrats and Republicans to vote in the primary violates the New Mexico Constitution.

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