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7:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Lawmakers Want $50 Million Into State Development Fund

Lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez are asking that millions of dollars be added to a state fund in the hope of creating more jobs.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the legislative Jobs Council is recommending that $50 million be earmarked for a state "closing fund" in the coming year.

That sum is more than triple the $15 million appropriated this year.

Lawmakers say closing funds in other states are much bigger and give them an edge in courting businesses and developing jobs.

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7:52 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico Commission To Make Gila River Decision

Credit NMFO

New Mexico's most powerful water planning commission is set to vote Monday on how to manage the state's share of the Gila River.

The Interstate Stream Commission's vote comes after more than 200 meetings and complaints about transparency.

The commission is facing a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to accept federal funds to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila.

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7:50 am
Mon November 24, 2014

New Mexico House Democrats Elect Leadership

New Mexico House Democrats have chosen a new leader now that they'll be the minority in that legislative chamber.

Democratic representatives over the weekend elected Rep. Brian Egolf (EE'-golf) of Santa Fe to serve as the House minority leader when the Legislature begins his 2015 session on Jan. 20.

Egolf defeated three other candidates to win election on the first ballot Saturday as House Democrats reorganized after the Nov. 4 election saw Republicans win a majority of the House.

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6:36 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Las Cruces Shooting Suspect Charged With Two Counts Of Attempted Murder

  The man suspected in Sunday morning’s shooting that injured two others has been charged.  Philip Curtis Zaman, 23, of Cochiti Lake, N.M., is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The charges are second-degree felonies.

The two shooting victims, ages 22 and 23, were transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

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12:03 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Restoration of Retablos- Dr. Phillip Lewis

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11:52 am
Sun November 23, 2014

A Chance To Learn About Police Work

The most recent class of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy poses for a group photo with the BEAR unit, a specialized vehicle used by the sheriff’s Special Response Team.

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for its next Citizen’s Police Academy, which will span eight consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan. 10, 2015. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at DASO’s Las Cruces headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

To date, more than 100 Doña Ana County residents have graduated from the program, which was re-introduced in 2011.

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11:50 am
Sun November 23, 2014

NMSU Celebrates First Class Of Leadership Institute

Rene Guillaume, a college assistant professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education who leads the NMSU New Mexico Leadership Institute, talks with Sarah McEachern, a Burrell Scholar majoring in communication disorders, outside of O’Donnell Hall on campus. (NMSU photo by Julie M. Hughes)

  New Mexico State University will host a banquet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the accomplishments of the inaugural class of the NMSU New Mexico Leadership Institute. 

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11:48 am
Sun November 23, 2014

County Officials Press Feds To Continue Federal Funding Stream

      

With 1.2 million acres, Doña Ana County’s largest land-owner is the U.S. Government, and county officials are lobbying the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to work across the aisle to ensure that counties continue to receive federal payments in lieu of taxes.

   The federal Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program has been a long-standing revenue stream for counties with large federal land holdings since 1977. Last year, Doña Ana County received slightly more than $3 million in PILT funding.

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11:44 am
Sun November 23, 2014

911 Not Called For An Hour In Fatal Chemical Plant Incident

  Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent Texas chemical leak were trapped inside the pesticide plant for an hour before 911 was called, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.

The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

But it also contained at least some methyl isocyanate. That's the same chemical that escaped a Bhopal, India, pesticide plant in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people in the world's worst industrial accident.

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11:42 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Two UNM Students Killed In Collision With Stolen Truck

  University of New Mexico officials say two students were killed and two other students injured in a collision involving a stolen truck.

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson confirmed Sunday that all four people riding in a sedan that was T-boned in a Friday night crash were current students.

According to a criminal complaint, Briana Hillard, who was driving the sedan, died at the scene. Matthew Grant underwent surgery but was pronounced dead.

Police say Julia Thompson and Joseph Mendoza remain in critical condition.

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7:19 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Autopsy Report Issued In Las Cruces Plane Crash

Four people killed in an air ambulance crash west of Las Cruces in August died from a combination of burns, smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma, according to autopsy reports.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator's findings also found that pilot Juan A. "Freddy" Martinez did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.

Federal safety investigators said in September that the twin-engine aircraft got the wrong fuel at the Las Cruces airport before it took off and crashed Aug. 27.

All three crew members and one patient were killed.

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8:10 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Aggies Lose Final Home Game

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Freshman running back Larry Rose III ran for 229 yards, etching his name in the New Mexico State record book Saturday, Nov. 22, in a 30-17 loss to Louisiana Monroe in the Aggies’ final home game of the season.

NM State is now 2-9 on the season and 1-6 in Sun Belt play, while ULM moved to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the SBC.

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5:37 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Albuquerque Officer In Fatal Shooting Loses Badge

  An Albuquerque officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman and did not record the encounter as required has been placed on administrative leave.

KOB-TV reports that officer Jeremy Dear recently was stripped of his badge and gun but officials aren't saying why.

Authorities say Dear shot and killed suspected truck thief Mary Hawkes following an April 21 chase.

Police say Hawkes pulled a weapon on Dear, prompting the officer to fire his gun.

A toxicology report later showed Hawkes had a high concentration of methamphetamine in her system.

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5:34 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Spaceport Looking For New Customers

Credit Spaceport America

  There was a scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America.

That came to a screeching halt last month when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

Now the New Mexico Spaceport Authority is scrambling again. This time, the focus is on drawing more tenants to the nearly quarter-billion-dollar spaceport and maintaining support among the state's lawmakers.

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5:32 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

New Mexico Deputy Resigns After DWI Arrest

   An Eddy County Sheriff's Office deputy has resigned a day after being arrested for DWI.

32-year-old Jeffrey Clifton handed in his resignation Friday morning.

Carlsbad police stopped Clifton on Thursday after seeing his vehicle, a Chevy truck, driving erratically.

Police say he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Clifton faces a charge of suspicion of aggravated DWI.

He is the third deputy to resign in the last two months.

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5:31 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

New Mexico Man Sentenced In Murder Over Video Game

  A La Mesilla man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for killing a man he suspected stole his PlayStation.

23-year-old Eric Rodriguez received his sentence Friday as part of a plea agreement in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Marco Bequett.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez is pleading guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping. He initially faced other charges including first-degree murder.

Authorities say Bequett's body was found New Year's Day 2013 near Espanola.

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5:29 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Board Hopes To Increase Texas College Graduation Rate

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  A state board working to increase the percentage of Texas college graduates has made strides since 2000, but has work to do if 60 percent of residents are going to have earned at least associate degrees by 2030.

The number of people enrolled in colleges and universities is rising thanks to plans implemented by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

But it's failed to keep pace with Texas' booming population.

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5:27 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Fatal Drive-By Shooting In El Paso

   Investigators say one man has been killed and another wounded in an overnight drive-by shooting in the Lower Valley section of El Paso.

Both men were outside a home on Mirasol Drive around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when a suspect inside a vehicle approached and fired several shots.

A 38-year-old was struck, hospitalized and later died. The second shooting victim, age 28, is being treated for injuries at Del Sol Medical Center.

The victims' identities were not released. Police are still investigating and have made no arrests.

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12:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Los Alamos Director Denies Lab Hid Facts From WIPP

   The head of Los Alamos National Laboratory is denouncing a published report that exposed missteps at the lab that had played a part in a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports lab director Charlie McMillian sent a memo to employees earlier this week.

In it, he dismisses suggestions that the lab was hiding scientific theories about the Feb. 14 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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12:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Drops To 6.5 Percent

  New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped in October to 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in September and below the 6.8 percent rate of October 2013.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday that New Mexico's economy added 9,100 jobs during October, with gains in nine economic sectors more than offsetting losses in four others.

The education and health services sector added 4,900 jobs — more than half of the new positions — while manufacturing lost 2,300 jobs for the biggest loss by one sector.

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11:49 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Transcript: President Obama's Speech On Immigration

  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

IN ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON IMMIGRATION

 

Cross Hall

 

8:01 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.

 

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9:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Mom Who Fled Police Who Shot At Her Van With Kids Faces New Charges

New charges have been filed against a Tennessee woman in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer fired shots at her minivan full of children.

A Taos County grand jury Thursday indicted 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis on fleeing and child abuse charges. An appeals court dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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9:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Else Las Cruces Is Doing To Increase Economic Opportunity

The Las Cruces minimum wage debate has thrust the question of economic opportunity and development into city politics. Economic analysts say raising the minimum wage is no silver bullet. Spurring growth and raising opportunity demands a mixture of targeted strategies and initiatives.  What else is  the city of Las Cruces is doing to generate economic opportunity.

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9:45 am
Fri November 21, 2014

October Jobless Rate In Texas Slips To 5.1 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.1 percent in October for a second straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the latest jobless figure compares to statewide unemployment of 5.2 percent in September.

Steady job gains helped push the October nationwide unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, a six-year low.

TWC reports Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs last month. Texas in the past year added 421,900 total nonfarm jobs.

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9:40 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Gov. Martinez Denounces President Obama's Immigration Move

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the country's only Latina governor, is denouncing President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

The Republican said in a statement Thursday she was disappointed with his move and that he should have tried one more time to work with Congress to tackle the issue.

Martinez said the executive action didn't reflect "good common-senses" and was not "an act of compassion."

She said the move was an "invitation to further law-breaking" and didn't address the systemic issues along the border.

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9:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Judge Lifts Restraining Order In Gila Lawsuit

Credit NMFO

The Interstate Stream Commission can now move forward with a meeting next week to consider the future of the Gila River.

During a hearing Thursday, state District Judge Francis Mathew lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked action by the commission.

New Mexico faces a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding how to manage its share of the river under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

The commission plans to meet Monday to consider a recent staff recommendation to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila.

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9:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

UTEP: Former Athletics Head, Wife Killed By Truck

The University of Texas at El Paso is mourning the loss of a former athletic director and his wife, who were fatally hit by a truck while crossing the street.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio confirms Ben and Mary Gene Collins died on Thursday. El Paso police say the couple didn't use a crosswalk. They were taken to an area hospital where they died.

The accident occurred outside of the Don Haskins Center, named after the legendary basketball coach that Ben Collins is credited with hiring. Collins worked at Texas Western College, now UTEP, from 1946 to 1961.

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9:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arizonans Sue Over Border Patrol Checkpoints

Two southern Arizona residents have filed a lawsuit in federal court over an ongoing battle against a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.

The checkpoint is about 20 miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico near the town of Arivaca. Residents there have staged protests and began monitoring the checkpoint this year.

Leesa Jacobson and Peter Ragan say border agents have harassed them in their efforts to document encounters they witness between the Border Patrol and drivers who must stop at the checkpoint.

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9:28 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Police: Man, Woman Found Dead In El Paso Home

Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found in an El Paso home.

El Paso police say the Thursday killings appear to be a murder-suicide. Officers were called out to the home on Thursday for a welfare check after the woman didn't arrive at work. They say a family member of one of the people killed had tried to get in touch with that person but couldn't.

Police haven't released their identities, how they were related or how they died. Officers are investigating.

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9:27 am
Fri November 21, 2014

State Securities Division Proposes Broker Suspensions

Credit bernco.gov

The state Securities Division has proposed taking action against two brokers accused of breaching their duties and contributing to an investment crisis at the Bernalillo County treasurer's office.

The division sent one notice to the Bank of South Carolina, which was doing business as Bank of Albuquerque, and broker Thomas Wayne Hayes. The other notice went to Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and broker Royce O. Simpson.

The notices were sent Thursday, a day after the state auditor released a special review that detailed risky investments by the county treasurer's office.

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