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7:31 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Santa Teresa Charter School Hiring Teachers

Combining a need for healthcare workers in New Mexico with a lack of quality primary education in Santa Teresa makes for a big problem.

The state decided funding a new charter school would ease some of the pain.

“Many of these kids felt lost in the large classrooms…schools. We said maybe we can do something a little bit different," said Raphael Nevins.

Raphael Nevins is spearheading the efforts to open the Health Sciences Academy in Santa Teresa. He is president of the board.

“And so we will have a principal…partners…area…El Paso County,“ said Nevins.

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5:32 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Pot Could Soon Be Legal For Alzheimer's Treatment In New Mexico

  The list of qualifying conditions for participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program could soon grow.

The program's medical advisory board voted Wednesday to add all types of neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, to the list of medical conditions.

Health Secretary Retta Ward will have to make the final decision. It's not clear when that might happen.

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5:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

House To Vote On Impeachment Of Perry Appointee

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  A Texas House panel will vote next month whether to recommend the impeachment of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall for his efforts to oust the president of the system's flagship Austin campus.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations has been investigating Hall for months. It met Thursday to review a report of his efforts to have UT Austin President Bill Powers fired. The report had said that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal laws.

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5:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Setback For Former Martinez Staffer

Credit Office of the Governor

   A federal judge has dealt a potential setback to the defense strategy of Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager who's charged with hijacking the campaign's email system after Martinez took office.

District Judge William Johnson on Thursday denied requests by Jamie Estrada's attorneys to force the prosecution to provide information regarding the Martinez administration's awarding of a lease that allowed a larger casino at the state fairgrounds.

The judge said Estrada's request involved "largely irrelevant material."

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5:27 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

9 Years For Mexican National

  Prosecutors say a Mexican national has been sentenced to nine years in prison for trafficking methamphetamine in northwestern New Mexico.

Pricilo Garcia-Jimenez of Oaxaca, Mexico, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Thursday. Since he was in the country illegally, federal officials say he will be deported after completing his prison sentence.

The 41-year-old Garcia-Jimenez was arrested in May 2012. He was accused of distributing meth to an undercover agent on five occasions between November 2011 and April 2012.

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5:22 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

200 Unclaimed Items From Burglaries

            As of Thursday, 52 pieces of evidence recovered from a string of burglaries in Doña Ana and the East Mesa had been returned to the rightful owners, but more than 200 items remain unclaimed at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

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5:20 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Woman Arrested After Stealing From Siblings Who Offered Help

  A Salt Lake City woman who asked for a ride from a Las Cruces man and his sister was arrested after she allegedly stole a wallet and attempted to flee.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 200 block of Union Wednesday evening after an affray between the siblings and Chastitie Clark, 24.

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5:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

BLM To Examine Ways To Reduce Pollution From Mining On Public Lands

  As part of President Obama’s recently released Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions, a component of the Climate Action Plan, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is seeking public comment on a possible rulemaking that could reduce the waste of methane from mining operations on public lands.  The BLM says reducing methane emissions is a powerful way to take action on climate change.

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5:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

NMSU Researcher Helps Make Important Discovery

  New Mexico State University assistant professor Immo Hansen is among members of the International Glossina Genome Initative, whose work on mapping the DNA of the first species of tsetse fly is published in this week’s edition of “Science.”

The paper summarizes findings that may lead to improved techniques in protecting humans against African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, a widespread tropical disease that is always fatal if not treated. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected tsetse fly.

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5:10 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cheech Marin To Introduce New Las Cruces Exhibit

  To complement its new exhibit, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, the Las Cruces Museum of Art proudly presents a special work-in-progress by Werc, one of the popular artists featured in the exhibition.

The event will be introduced by Marin and takes place on Saturday, May 3, between 9 a.m. and  2 p.m. in the courtyard between the Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center at the north end of the downtown mall.

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9:57 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Report: New Mexico Recycling 16% Of Waste

  Santa Fe – The New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau recently released the 2012 annual recycling and diversion rates. The state average recycling rate continues to hold strong at the 16% range over the past several years. The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC), a statewide recycling advocacy nonprofit, has set a goal to reach a 35% rate by 2018 and would like to see the recycling rate continue to steadily increase.

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8:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Annual Albuquerque Powwow Opens With Pageant

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Native American and indigenous dancers are gathering in Albuquerque for the 31st annual Gathering of Nations powwow.

The three-day event, North America's largest powwow, draws hundreds of competitive dancers and tens of thousands of spectators from across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with the Miss Indian World pageant, in which 23 Native American women from different tribes and traditions will be competing for this year's crown.

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8:39 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Navajo Lawmakers Name Chief Legislative Counsel

A former Navajo Nation attorney general has been named the top legal counsel for the tribe's legislative branch.

Lawmakers voted 18-2 in favor of a bill Wednesday that gives Levon Henry the job.

The position has been vacant since January 2011 after the tribe's Supreme Court disbarred former legislative counsel Frank Seanez for advising lawmakers to defy court orders. Henry represented Seanez in the case, arguing that Navajo law allows debate about the legality or appropriateness of court decisions.

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8:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Democrat Tom Udall Raises About $1 Million For Senate Race

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

A new campaign finance report shows Democratic incumbent Tom Udall with a large fundraising advantage in the race for New Mexico's Senate seat.

Udall raised about $1 million during the first three months of the year and spent about $262,000.

According to the latest Federal Election Commission reports, Udall's campaign had cash-on-hand of $3.1 million at the end of March.

Udall is unopposed in the June Democratic primary, but he has two Republicans challengers.

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6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

NMSU Helps To Improve Education In Ecuador

New Mexico State University faculty are sharing their expertise globally to reform education in Ecuador, a small country in northwest South America. 

Cornell H. Menking, NMSU associate provost for international and border programs, is leading the initiative. He and his wife, Mona, an Ecuadorean citizen who currently works for Kansas State University, lived and worked in Ecuador for seven years from 2001-2008. The Menkings’ relationships in Ecuador have fostered a prospering affiliation between NMSU and the Ecuadorean government.

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5:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

'Railroad Days' Coming To Las Cruces Museum

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5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Armed Robber Gets 24 Years

  Lucio Vargas, 22, convicted of robbing a Las Cruces area Pic Quik twice within weeks of each incident has been sentenced to prison for 24 years.

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3:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Miss Native American NMSU Crowned

  New Mexico State University student Savannah Lee was crowned Miss Native American NMSU 2014-2015 during the university’s celebration of American Indian Week in April.

“The Miss Native American NMSU title has a positive impact on the NMSU community and the greater community of New Mexico in that Miss Native American NMSU serves as a cultural goodwill ambassador,” Justin McHorse, director of the American Indian Programs, said. 

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3:25 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Looks To Expand Peace Corps Graduate Programs

One of New Mexico State University’s goals in the Vision 2020 plan is diversity and internationalization, and NMSU faculty are working to achieve that mission by growing its Peace Corps graduate programs. 

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3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

NMSU Concrete Canoe Team Advances To Finals

  The New Mexico State University College of Engineering Concrete Canoe Team placed second behind first place Utah State at the American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., earlier this month.

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3:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mystery Surrounds Latest Albuquerque Police Shooting

  Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.

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3:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Deming Man Pleads Guilty In Drug Case

   A Deming man faces multiple years in prison when he is sentenced on his guilty plea in a drug trafficking case stemming from the discovery of a half-ton of marijuana hidden in a truck.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Crispin Fierro pleaded guilty to a marijuana trafficking charge Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

According to the office, Fierro faces between 5 and 40 years in prison. His sentencing hasn't yet been scheduled.

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3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Feds Probe Texas District That Hired Immigrant Teachers

A North Texas school district is facing a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to reimburse international teachers after their recruitment violated regulations.

Some teachers in the Garland Independent School District in suburban Dallas believed the district's irregularities are to blame for their possible deportation.

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3:08 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Perry Courts Businesses In New York

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's good for states to face economic competition from each other because it pushes them to be better.

The Republican was in New York City on Wednesday on a trip to meet business owners.

He's trying to convince them to move their operations to Texas. He says the business environment is better there.

It's something Perry has promoted in New York before and in other states as well.

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3:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Martinez Launches Ad With Democratic Supporters

Credit Office of the Governor

  A new television ad by Gov. Susana Martinez's re-election campaign features northern New Mexico Democratic officials praising the Republican governor.

The Martinez campaign said Wednesday the 30-second ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable television.

The ad seeks to portray Martinez as a caring, bipartisan governor who sets aside politics in helping communities.

Former Taos Mayor Darren Cordova lauds the governor for her assistance when the community struggled with a natural gas outage during the winter of 2011. He declares, "She is one of us."

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3:04 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Mexico Offers Help With Uranium Cleanup

New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion to clean up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

The money is part of a massive settlement the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. It resolved a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a spin-off of Kerr-McGee, a company that operated dozens of uranium mines in the area, including 21 in New Mexico.

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2:30 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Newsmakers 4/17/14

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8:15 am
Wed April 23, 2014

N.M. Hunting License Applications Increase

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The state Game and Fish Department says hunting license applications increased by nearly 10,000 this year.

The department said Tuesday there were 169,463 applications for 63,772 licenses to hunt deer, elk, antelope and other big game.

The agency has sent email notices to hunters who were successful in obtaining a license through this year's lottery.

Hunters can go online Wednesday to check their results in the license draw or can call the department's toll-free information line, 888-248-6866.

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8:12 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sen. Heinrich In Silver City For Community Meetings

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is traveling to western New Mexico for a series of community meetings.

The New Mexico Democrat is spending Wednesday in Grant County, where he is hosting round table discussions in Silver City on helping small businesses and job seekers. He is also meeting with students at Western New Mexico University to talk about student loan debt and how to make college more affordable.

Later in the afternoon, Heinrich will lead a discussion with members from The Wellness Coalition, a non-profit coalition that works to assess youth needs and service gaps.

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8:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

DAC Commission Against Any Role On Immigration Enforcement

The Dona Ana County Commission is on record as saying it doesn't want the southern New Mexico county or local authorities in the county enforcing federal immigration laws.

A non-binding resolution approved by the commission on a 4-1 vote Tuesday calls for the county to establish clear policies "that leave enforcement of immigration laws to federal agencies."

The resolution also urges other local jurisdictions throughout the county to do the same.

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