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3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheriff's Department No Longer In Charge Of Animal Control And Code Enforcement

  Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown has moved Animal Control and Codes enforcement from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department to the Doña Ana County Community Development Department.

The move — which became effective today — was coordinated with the cooperation and approval of Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique ‘Kiki’ Vigil.

The move will not affect the ability of the officers in the field to enforce all relevant county ordinances, but it will allow them to work with the Zoning Codes personnel who have long been under the umbrella of Community Development.

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2:53 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking Charge In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – David Mendez Bojorquez, 59, of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to a heroin trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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8:58 am
Mon January 26, 2015

New Mexico State Police: Suspect Shot During Store Robbery

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Authorities say a northern New Mexico convenience store owner shot and wounded a Santa Fe man during an armed robbery.

According to the New Mexico State Police, the incident occurred Saturday in San Jose, about 20 miles south of Las Vegas.

A State Police statement says store owner Glen Post shot 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero with a handgun after Romero allegedly threatened people in the store with a rifle, took the cash drawer and shot at Post.

State Police arrested the wounded man and found a stolen vehicle near the store.

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8:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Mission Control: Balloon Crew Streaking Over The Pacific

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Mission control for a helium-filled balloon says the craft carrying an international team is past the one-quarter mark as they fly eastward across the western Pacific Ocean in a bid to break two major records en route from North America from Japan.

Pilots Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off in the Two Eagles balloon from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time. That was Saturday afternoon at mission control in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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8:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Has Running Water Again

Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials say water has been restored after freezing temperatures damaged a crucial pipe line.

Officials say all park services are up and running and there are no water restrictions thanks to an interim bypass pipeline.

According to park spokeswoman Valerie Gohlke, the 4-inch bypass pipeline temporarily replaces 7,000 feet of broken pipeline.

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6:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

LCPS School Board Election District 4 Preview: Paul Blevins

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6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

NMSU Professor Shares Experience On Organic Certification Process

  In October, the Student Research and Education Gardens at New Mexico State University were awarded an Organic Transitions grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The process took researchers including, Mark Uchanski, NMSU professor of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, three years. 

Uchanski shares the lessons learned as well as the future benefits.

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6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Senator Bill Soules Hosts Town Hall

New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules held a town Hall at Onate High School to find out what people in Las Cruces were most concerned about during the upcoming legislative session.

Much of the conversation at the town hall centered on a single topic, and Senator Bill Soules says it is the concern he hears most often.

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6:00 am
Mon January 26, 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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1:40 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Federal Officials Participate In New Mexico Pharmacists' Association Meeting

  ALBUQUERQUE – Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA participated in the New Mexico Pharmacists' Association’s Mid-Winter Meeting held this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., for the purpose of educating the Association’s membership about how prescription drug trafficking and abuse contributes to New Mexico’s heroin and opioid epidemic and enlisting their support in combating the epidemic.

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11:59 am
Sun January 25, 2015

VIDEO: New Mexico Capital Outlay Process

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11:54 am
Sun January 25, 2015

House Majority May Give New Mexico GOP The Advantage In Passing Bills

With their takeover of leadership in the New Mexico House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years, Republicans likely improve their chances of passing legislation.

Before the session started on Tuesday, House Republicans were nearly equal with their Democratic counterparts in terms of the number of bills they pre-filed through Jan. 16.

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11:48 am
Sun January 25, 2015

CARE in Doña Ana - Yolanda R. Diaz

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11:41 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Senator Bill Burt

KRWG General Manager Glen Cerny speaks with Senator Bill Burt (R-District 33) on the 2015 premiere of Your Legislators.

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11:08 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Protestors Target Perry And Christie Over Immigration Issues

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Protesters targeted Republican presidential prospects Rick Perry and Chris Christie over immigration policies during a conservative political forum in Iowa.

The former governor of Texas was interrupted during his speech to the Iowa Freedom Forum by six people chanting, "If you become president, will you deport our families?"

The six young adults claimed to be children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Police escorted them from the auditorium.

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11:02 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Jury Awards El Paso Family $165 Million In Wrongful Death Case Against FedEx

A jury in Santa Fe has awarded an El Paso, Texas family $165 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx.

Attorneys for the family of Mariali Venegas and her daughter, who were killed in a June 2011 crash involving a FedEx big rig, told KRQE-TV that the verdict sends a message to FedEx to improve driver training.

FedEx spokesman Jack Pfeiffer says the company "respectfully" disagrees with the jury's verdict and plans to explore other options, including appeal.

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11:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

In Depth: Issues To Watch In Texas Legislature

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New Gov. Greg Abbott skipped the annual Texas Right to Life march and rally at the state Capitol on Saturday — a favorite event of his predecessor Rick Perry— but sent his wife Cecilia, the state's first Hispanic first lady.

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10:58 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Navajo Delegate Accused Of Ethics Violation

A Navajo Nation Council delegate is being accused of abusing his position.

LoRenzo Bates received an ethics complaint Thursday filed by the Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules Office.

Bates is accused of compelling the office's executive director to disclose information about a case involving delegates who were also shareholder representatives for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company.

The complaint alleges the disclosure was at a public council session in August, violating the office's confidentiality clause for ongoing investigations.

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10:57 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Beef Prices Rise...But So Does Demand

Agricultural experts say high beef prices are here to stay for a while as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years.

Choice beef retail prices averaged about $6.31 per pound in December. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, that is up 0.1 percent from November's previous record high and 17.7 percent higher than a year ago

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10:56 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Weaker El Nino Could Mean Longer Drought

Forecasters say a weaker-than-expected El Nino could mean an even more prolonged drought in the southwest.

The latest forecast from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center revises guidance that some areas mired in a five-year drought could see improvements.

KXAS-TV chief meteorologist David Finfrock says that a rainy January will make for moist soil and a good wildflower crop in spring, but lakes around Texas remain low.

That will likely lead to a new round of water use restrictions, particularly in the Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas.

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5:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Suspected Metal Thieves Hurt By Explosion

Authorities say two people stealing scrap metal on federally-managed land in southern New Mexico were injured when an item they picked up detonated.

Otero County Sheriff Benny House says a group was loading unexploded ordnance at McGregor Range near Chaparral on Saturday afternoon when a shell detonated in their vehicle.

House says two females were taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. He did not know the extent of their injuries.

Two men who were there were uninjured.

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12:03 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Las Cruces House Fire Under Investigation

The Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished a fire Friday evening in a south Las Cruces residence.

 

Firefighters responded to a house on the 4800 block of Vista Cuesta Ave. shortly after 8:00 pm.  First arriving crews found heavy smoke coming from the roof.  Crews located the fire in the attic and quickly brought it under control.

 

The occupants of the residence evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and a dollar amount of the loss has not been determined.

 

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8:09 am
Sat January 24, 2015

New Mexico Tribes Discuss Proposed Gambling Compact

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  Native American leaders from a handful of tribes are seeking support for a new gambling compact negotiated with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.

The proposed agreement comes after years of discussions. It will require the approval of the state Legislature and the U.S. Interior Department.

The proposal would cover gambling operations by the Jicarilla Apache, the Mescalero Apache, the pueblos of Acoma and Jemez and the Navajo Nation. The current compact expires later this year.

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8:06 am
Sat January 24, 2015

In Depth: SunZia Renewable Energy Transmission Line Approved

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján, and senior Bureau of Land Management officials Saturday to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line in New Mexico. The $2 billion infrastructure project will connect and deliver electricity generated in New Mexico and Arizona to population centers across the southwest.

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8:01 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Water Restored To Carlsbad Caverns After Massive Pipeline Burst Following Freeze

  CARLSBAD, NM – Water was restored to Carlsbad Caverns National Park after 7,000 feet of pipeline burst during a freeze event over New Year’s weekend. The damaged pipeline was the park’s only source of potable water for the visitor center, office buildings and residential housing. The park has been without water for three weeks, except for lavatories in the cave.

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7:57 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Man Found Guilty Of Murder In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces---Leonard Telles was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder and Kidnapping and (2) counts of Tampering with Evidence for the death of Jerome Saiz in November 2013 in District Court Friday.

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7:42 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Border Patrol Shoots, Kills Man Who Drives Through El Paso Border Checkpoint

  The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent's shout of "Gun!" led to the fatal shooting of a motorist who drove through a West Texas inspection checkpoint without stopping.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Friday about the shooting. The agency said it happened around 5 p.m. Thursday, after a motorist pulled into the inspection lane at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

The statement says the man failed to stop, prompting a 30-mile pursuit by Border Patrol agents.

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4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Trial Date Set For Ex-Santa Fe Officer Accused Of Killing Partner In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces---A hearing to modify conditions of release for Tai Chan; ex-Santa Fe County Deputy, was heard by Judge Fernando Macias in the Third Judicial District Court today.  A trial date of September 28, 2015 was also set.

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3:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

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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12:15 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Man Faces Murder Charges In Students' Deaths

  A 21-year-old man faces homicide and other charges stemming from Albuquerque collision which killed two University of New Mexico students.

The District Attorney's Office announced Friday that a grand jury Thursday indicted Joshua Leal on multiple charges, including two counts each of homicide and great bodily harm.

According to prosecutors, Leal was driving a stolen truck late the night of Nov. 21 when it collided with a sedan carrying four students. Briana Hillard and Matt Grant were killed, and two other students were injured.

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