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12:03 pm
Fri October 31, 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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9:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge Orders Fast Track For N.M. Water Panel Dispute

A judge on Thursday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

That order was based on allegations by a former director who claims the body conducted meetings without proper public notice or behind closed doors.

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9:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Language Fluency Case Back Before Navajo Court

The Navajo Nation's highest court is taking up a request Friday to hold election officials in contempt for not removing a disqualified candidate from the ballot.

The Supreme Court issued an order last week to postpone Tuesday's presidential election and reprint ballots without Chris Deschene's name. Deschene was disqualified from the race after refusing to show he met a requirement to speak fluent Navajo.

Deschene says he unfairly was singled out to demonstrate his speaking skills.

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9:14 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Federal Agents Rescue Immigrant Lost In Desert

Border Patrol agents rescued a man who got lost in the southwestern New Mexico desert after crossing the border illegally from Mexico.

The Border Patrol says the rescue was performed Wednesday after Luna County authorities received a 911 call from the man, who said he was lost, in distress and needed help.

Agents used his cell-phone signal to identify a search area, and Customs and Border Protection helicopters then were sent to search for the man.

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6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Disabled El Paso Veteran Receives Home

When Veteran’s return home it can be difficult for them to find work, proper health care, and even a place to live. But the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and Bank of America are working to change that.

55-year old William Chasten, a retired US Army Sgt. 1st class has never owned a home, until now.

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4:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

BLM Announces Brush Treatments Throughout Southwestern New Mexico

  Las Cruces ‒ Beginning around November 1, 2014, and continuing for approximately three weeks, the Sierra and Otero Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts will treat approximately 39,000 acres of creosote and tarbush.  Treatments will occur on BLM public lands, State trust lands and private lands throughout Sierra, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties. 

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4:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Clothing With Bodies Matches Missing Texans

  The Tamaulipas state governor and prosecutor have confirmed that three Americans missing in northern Mexico for more than two weeks have been found dead near Matamoros.

State Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta says the father of the three identified them from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos. Clothing found with the bodies near the border city also match that of the three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a fourth person.

He spoke Thursday with Radio Formula.

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4:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Firm Hired To Conduct NM Health Audit Did Not Follow Normal Procedures

Credit Office of the Governor

  A Massachusetts firm that audited 15 health organizations in New Mexico last year normally gives companies it’s scrutinizing a chance to respond before issuing official findings.

It is a common practice for auditors. Running the findings by staff gives organizations the opportunity to refute findings or address misunderstandings. It’s a way of ensuring the accuracy of an audit, among other things.

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11:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Chihuahuas Bark At The Park Voted Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year

  EL PASO – It started with a jersey that took the nation by storm. The jersey, featuring the face of a Chihuahua dog, kicked off the Bark at the Park festivities, a promotion that saved a life, raised money and brought national, regional and local attention to pet owner education.

It was announced on Thursday, that the Chihuahuas Bark at the Park won Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year in their inaugural season. Bark at the Park has been done before, but the Chihuahuas took it over the top. 

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11:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Charges Dismissed Against Former Athletic Director

Prosecutors are dropping a criminal case against a former Albuquerque high school athletic director who was accused of planting drug paraphernalia in a coach's office to frame him.

KRQE-TV reports that prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss charges against Tom Knauber, the former athletic director of Sandia High School.

Prosecutors and defense attorney Jason Bowles both said surveillance video that showed Knauber entering coach Alvin Broussard's office with something in his hands didn't prove that Knauber actually planted drug paraphernalia.

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10:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Judge Won't Toss Most Charges In Homeless Killing

A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

In July, Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old in the killings of 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson. Their bodies were discovered in a vacant lot.

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8:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Request In Water Fight

The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state's top water manager to continue considering an application by a commercial venture that calls for piping drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas.

The court this week denied a motion filed by a ranching family that sought to toss the latest application filed with the state engineer's office by Augustin Plains Ranch.

It will be up to the state engineer whether to grant a public hearing on the application.

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6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Alamogordo City Commission Works To Create Government Accountability

    

Government accountability in local politics is usually an elected official holding themselves accountable for their actions. The Alamogordo city commission is trying by allowing commissioners impose a civil fine if anyone on the commission breaks the code of conduct.

But is the new ordinance targeting anyone in particular?

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10:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bodies Found In Mexico Where Americans Went Missing

A Mexico state official says four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamaros, which is the area where three young Americans have been missing more than two weeks.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira will say only that the four bodies were found Wednesday morning.

A second state official says investigators are trying to determine if the dead include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who went missing with a fourth person Oct. 13. The official insisted on speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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10:01 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Deputy Accused Of Murdering Partner Pleads Not Guilty

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

It's not clear why the two men were arguing.

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9:59 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Texas Doctor Gets Seven Years In "Pill Mill" Case

A North Texas doctor already in federal prison for health care fraud has been given an additional seven years for running a clinic that authorities have called a "pill mill."

Nicholas Padron was sentenced Wednesday after admitting to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a Schedule III controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Padron and a co-defendant ran a "cash-only clinic" that sold drugs like hydrocodone.

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4:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Obama Signs New Mexico Disaster Declaration

  Federal aid is coming to New Mexico after areas of the state were hit by severe storms and flooding last month.

The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for New Mexico as the state continues to recover from the storms and flooding on Sept. 15-26.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.

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4:48 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Court Orders For Pastors' Speeches Withdrawn

  Houston's mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents.

Mayor Annise Parker said Wednesday that the subpoenas weren't intended to infringe on anyone's religious freedoms, but rather to help the city defend itself against a lawsuit challenging the ordinance that the City Council approved in May.

The pastors said the subpoenas violated their First Amendment rights.

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4:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Police Wrongly Held Beaten Driver

  A New Mexico man is suing a group of New Mexico State Police officers and it all stems from an attack by a motorist that landed him and his wife in the hospital.

The lawsuit filed this month in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Jaime Diaz of Truth or Consequences was wrongly arrested while recovering from his injuries and later lost his job while stuck in jail on charges dismissed twice.

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3:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Weaving Demonstration and Auction Raises Money For Branigan Cultural Center

Navajo weaving is an art form passed on for generations. Branigan Cultural center recently brought in the spider rock girls for a demonstration, while holding an auction to raise money for the center. Sonner attended the demonstration and has more. 

Larissa Blake has been weaving since she was a little girl. A tradition passed down in her family for generations. 

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9:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

New Mexico Councilor: City Ruined Political Career

A southwestern New Mexico councilor accused of attacking a neighbor for sleeping on his couch says he will sue the city.

The Silver City Sun-News reports Bayard City Councilor Armando Arzola said this week the city's police treated him unfairly and ruined his political career over his arrest. Arzola says he had hoped to eventually run for New Mexico governor or U.S. Senate.

According to New Mexico State Police report, Arzola struck the neighbor's cheek with a baton during a September fight.

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8:50 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ex-Parole Officer Appointed Magistrate Judge By Gov. Martinez

Credit Office of the Governor

A former parole officer from southern New Mexico has been appointed a magistrate judge in Lincoln County by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Katie Lund of Ruidoso fills a magistrate court vacancy created by the resignation of Lorena LaMay, who was named to the court in 2009 by then Gov. Bill Richardson.

Martinez said Tuesday that Lund previously worked for the Corrections Department as a probation and parole officer and has served as a juvenile probation and parole officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department.

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8:47 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Another New Mexico District Eyes Teacher Degree Changes

Another school district in eastern New Mexico is considering changes in requiring teachers to earn master's degrees within a set time.

The Clovis News Journal reports Clovis Municipal Schools board members are looking at a change in a six-year old policy that puts a five-year deadline on new teachers.

Under current district policy, a teacher who joins the district must earn a master's degree in that time, or a contract is not offered for a sixth year.

Officials say a change was needed due to turnover and morale issues.

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8:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Update: Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Talked To Girlfriend Before Murder

Court documents say a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy was on the phone with his girlfriend moments before shots were fired.  Documents released Wednesday said the girlfriend of Deputy Tai Chan heard someone say "Please don't, please don't." She told investigators she then heard the gunshots.

Chan is making his first court appearance via video Wednesday. He's facing an open count of murder in the shooting death of his partner, Jeremy Martin, and is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.

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9:17 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NMSU Narrows Athletic Director Search To 11 Candidates

There are now 11 candidates for New Mexico State University’s next athletics director. Larry Lujan, who chairs the NMSU search committee, announcedTuesday the list of candidates had been narrowed from the original 48 applicants to 11. 

“I think the number of applications we’ve received and the qualifications we’ve seen in these individuals shows that this is a very desirable position, and it has attracted top-quality talent from across the nation,” Lujan said. 

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5:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Santa Fe Deputy Charged With Murdering Fellow Officer

Jeremy Martin, Santa Fe Deputy. Fellow Deputy Tai Chan is charged in his murder.

  The Santa Fe County warrant officer suspected of shooting and killing a fellow deputy early Tuesday morning has been charged with an open count of murder.  Tai R. Chan, 27, a warrant officer with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, was charged Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond.  Chan is suspected of shooting fellow Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, on the 7th Floor of Hotel Encanto sometime before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Las Cruces Man Arrested In Stabbing Death

               

A Las Cruces man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder following a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigation into the stabbing death of 17-year-old David Escamilla.

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4:14 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Martinez Announces 300 New Valencia County Jobs Within Three Years

Credit Office of the Governor

  Belen - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Global Fashion Technologies, a manufacturer of recycled fibers, will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Belen. This move is expected to create 300 new jobs within three years and potentially more in the future. Global Fashion Technologies is a publicly-traded company that is commercializing new, patented technology to process and develop these recycled materials. 

 

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3:46 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Officers Arrest Cocaine Smuggler At El Paso Port Of Entry

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made a 12.4 pound cocaine seizureMonday. The drugs have an approximate street value of $396,800.

 

“This interdiction removes a sizeable amount of cocaine from the streets of our communities and the reach of our youth,” said Acting CBP El Paso Port Director Francis Brown. “This noteworthy seizure highlights CBP’s determination to serve the American people.”

 

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3:16 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Las Cruces Man Gets 29+ Years For Murder

  Johnny Ray Vallejos, 20, of Las Cruces was sentenced today to 29 ½ years in prison for the murder of Julian Peña.  On February 21, 2011, Vallejos and three other defendants: Homero Avalos, Myles Calderon, and Aaron Valdivia participated in a drive by revenge shooting.

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