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4:48 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Rains Begin To Ease Drought

New Mexico's drought is finally easing.

Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service's Albuquerque office says the drought isn't over, but the recent wet weather has made big dents in it.

The weather service says nearly a quarter of the state has shifted from severe drought to moderate drought and an additional 16 percent of the state has dropped to severe drought from extreme drought.

And no part of the state is in the most severe drought category — exceptional — for the first time since April.

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4:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

UNM Lobbyist Resigns After Third DWI

  The University of New Mexico's chief lobbyist has resigned following his third arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

The university says Marc Saavedra resigned as director of government and community affairs effective Aug. 8 after a top university official advised him that it would be best if he did so.

Saavedra has been on administrative leave since his July 23 arrest. He had two DWI convictions.

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4:46 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

President: GOP Isn't Even Trying To Fix Immigration

  President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere.

Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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4:44 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Parched Texas City Tries To Reduce Lake Evaporation

  Wichita Falls is adding another tool to try to deal with a dwindling water supply due to a persistent drought.

The North Texas city that provides water to about 150,000 people near the Oklahoma border is trying to reduce evaporation from one of the lakes that supplies water by adding a thin biodegradable layer to the surface.

Director of public works Russell Schreiber says the hope is to cut daily evaporation of 40 million gallons a day from Arrowhead Lake by at least 10 percent.

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4:42 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Nevada Looks Like The Choice As Tesla Bidding War Continues

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   A sprawling industrial park near Reno has become the focus of Tesla's unusually secretive site selection process for its $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork there is no guarantee that the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."

Gilman is the director of the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center, where the groundwork is taking place.

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4:22 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Reward In Las Cruces Comcast Burglary

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the two men believed responsible for stealing equipment from a cable TV company.

On July 15, 2014, Las Cruces Police learned that two men broke into a pair of trucks parked inside the Comcast warehouse yard at 110 Idaho Ave. The two men are suspected of stealing two Craftsman portable generators, a touch-screen digital meter and various hand tools.

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3:33 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

No Bond For Las Cruces Man Accused Of Killing Mother With Sword

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  Las Cruces—Joshua Hunt has been indicted for 1st degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence. District Court Judge Marci Beyer issued a “No Bond” set for the fatal slashes Hunt is accused of inflicting on his mother with a sword while she slept on July 18, 2014.

Hunt woke his wife on the morning of July 18th saying he had killed his mother.

  Hunt along with his wife and children had lived with his mother, Lisa Cano, for two years at the time of the murder.

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12:33 pm
Fri August 1, 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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12:29 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Treatment Of Immigrants

Monica Ortiz Uribe discusses the treatment of immigrant children and their families in the border area, specifically in Artesia. From the Diocese of Las Cruces: Bishop Oscar Cantú and Chancellor David McNeil Jr.

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12:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Suspected Burglar Tried Running, Fighting With Las Cruces Officer

  A man suspected of burglarizing a home Thursday tried running from police and punched an officer several times before he was taken into custody.

Cesar Israel Herrera, 25, is charged with one count each of residential burglary; battery upon a peace officer; and evading or obstructing an officer. Herrera also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

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11:18 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Mexico Schools Awarded Fitness Centers

A national foundation has awarded $100,000 fitness centers to three New Mexico schools under a program to encourage more physical activity by students and fight childhood obesity.

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils and Gov. Susana Martinez announced the awards Thursday for Jemez Valley Elementary and Middle Schools in Jemez Pueblo, East San Jose Elementary School in Albuquerque and Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock.

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11:07 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Doña Ana County, Sierra County To Vote On GRT Increase For Transit

Voters in Doña Ana County and Sierra County will vote on a tax increase in November to enhance transit for both counties.

In April, The South Central Regional Transit District began a $400,000 demonstration project that connected transit routes from Las Cruces to Truth or Consequences and Alamogordo, along with Anthony, Sunland Park, and Chaparral.

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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
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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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