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Authorities Identify Albquerque Suspect Shot By Officers

Feb 3, 2016

Authorities say two sheriff's deputies and one police officer fired multiple shots at a suspect accused of shooting and wounding another man in Albuquerque, carjacking two vehicles as he attempted to escape law enforcement and firing at officers.

The suspect, identified by Bernalillo County Sheriff Manual Gonzales Wednesday as 21-year-old Edgar Rene Alvarado, died from his injuries at University of New Mexico Hospital a day earlier.

Finger Print Provision Scuttles Deal On Immigrant Licenses

Feb 3, 2016

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants who are in the country illegally provide finger prints when applying for a special driver identification card, under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations for identification.

Republican House Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry on Wednesday described as a deal killer a Senate amendment that stripped finger printing provisions from House-approved legislation.

Downtown Events Set For Las Cruces

Feb 3, 2016
  •   Farmers and Crafts Market:

o   February 3 & 6th, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Museums and Cultural Center:

o   Branigan Cultural Center – For the Love of Art Month Member Exhibit and Reflections from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection. Opens Friday February 5 and will be on display through March 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

o   Branigan Cultural Center – Presents “Visionarias”, a collection of images from the female empowerment project in the Sacred Valley of Peru – Thru Feb. 27.

Heinrich Supports Emergency Funding Bill To Address Opioid And Heroin Abuse Epidemic

Feb 3, 2016
US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Commentary:  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is supporting emergency funding legislation to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in New Mexico and across the country. The billS.2423, introduced by U.S.

NMSU celebrates Black History Month in February

Feb 3, 2016
Darren Phillips, NMSU

 

   New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with 11 events on campus throughout the month of February.

Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at NMSU, said that history, culture and identity are important reasons to host Black History Month events.

“African Americans have contributed greatly, not only to this nation, but to the world,” Addo-Yobo said. “Having the faith to do good and bring people together and having a sense of belonging is very important.

Reaching Voters Pt. 1 - Elizabeth Rodriguez-Johnson

Feb 3, 2016

Poets Orlando White and David Reyes to Read at NMSU

Feb 3, 2016

Orlando White is one of the most interesting Native American poets currently producing work, and David Reyes is a upcoming Chicano poet from El Paso. Together, these captivating authors will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Feb. 5th on the NMSU campus, in the Health and Social Services Building auditorium, Rm. 101. 

 

  Silver City, NM – Rose Mapendo, a nationally recognized peace activist and humanitarian, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall.

Mapendo will share her dramatic life experiences including her time in the violence engulfed Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990 when she was imprisoned with her family.

Critics: Martinez Energy Plan Lacks Long-Term Focus

Feb 3, 2016
Laura Paskus, New Mexico In Depth / In northwestern New Mexico, energy companies drill for oil within shale deposits. Since this photo was taken in late 2014, exploration there has slowed.

  In her State of the State address, Governor Susana Martinez trumpeted the new energy plan her administration released last year, the state’s first since the early 1990s.

  The sustained drop in the price of oil and a recent population trend reversal in New Mexico signal that the state’s economy could continue to lag well behind the national recovery trend, with employment numbers that have yet to return to pre-recession levels. 

NMSU to host public talks on human health research

Feb 3, 2016

  In an attempt to better serve New Mexico State University’s wide-reaching biomedical community, the College of Arts and Sciences and Office of the Provost will launch a broadly focused biomedical research seminar series, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 109.

Hector Balderas

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is opposing a prospective rate increase for the Public Service Co. of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM has requested a 14.4 percent increase to its annual base revenue.

PNM requested the increase of about $123.5 million last August. That would raise the utility's state-generated income to about $981.5 million per year by increasing base rates paid by about 500,000 New Mexican customers.

Former Administrative Law Judge Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Feb 3, 2016

A former New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge accused of embezzling more than $500,000 has pleaded guilty in federal court.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Juanita Roibal-Bradley on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud from defrauding an estate and to defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $40,000 by receiving disability benefits.

Some members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are throwing their support behind a push by the Obama administration to boost spending to address the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic.

The administration plans to seek a $1 billion increase over two years to expand access to treatment.

It will also seek more money for programs that help states and local governments execute drug prevention strategies and improve access to naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug.

Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall say the epidemic has devastated some New Mexico communities.

Be One in a Million for Heart Month

Feb 3, 2016

  February is American Heart Month, and with good reason – not so much because of Valentine’s Day – but because of what makes us all tick: the human heart.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDoH) reports about 4000 New Mexicans die every year from heart disease and stroke.  Heart disease for years has consistently been the first or second leading cause of death among both women and men in New Mexico annually. Stroke has been the 5th leading cause.

Silver City Report

Feb 3, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer is off on a road trip to Santa Fe to discuss issues important to Silver City. 

The Las Cruces School Board met for the first time after receiving a letter from the Secretary of Education scolding them for alleged open meetings act violations and overstepping the board’s authority.

In New Mexico’s Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera’s strongly worded letter to the Las Cruces School Board, she alleges 9 infractions and threatens to suspend the school board if they don’t undergo training within 60 days.

The Latest: New Mexico Senate Panel OKs REAL ID 'Compromise'

Feb 2, 2016

A key New Mexico Senate committee has passed a bill lawmakers called a "compromise" aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

Senators voted 8-1 to combine a bipartisan bill with a recently passed version out of the Republican-controlled House as pressure mounted to pass a REAL ID fix.

The compromise would allow all New Mexico residents to apply for REAL ID compliant licenses or obtain a "driver's permit card."

  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Mexico Environment Department, the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, and other state health departments as part of an ongoing investigation of Salmonella virchow. To date, there are 11 confirmed cases across nine states. New Mexico currently has one confirmed case in a 75-year-old man from Otero County.

Former Los Alamos Laboratory Workers Ask For Fraud Probe

Feb 2, 2016

Three former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory are asking federal prosecutors to reopen a fraud case at the lab and investigate the death of a former lab deputy director.

The whistleblowers sent a letter Tuesday to New Mexico U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez. They say the probe is needed to ensure the lab runs smoothly as the Department of Energy looks for a new contractor to manage operations.

Bail Bond Reform Amendment Clears New Mexico Senate

Feb 2, 2016

A constitutional amendment aimed at reforming New Mexico's bail bond system has cleared the state Senate.

The chamber voted 29-9 in favor of the proposal, sending it to the House for consideration.

If approved, the question of whether to give judges the authority to deny bail to dangerous defendants would be put before the voters during the next general election in November.

The proposal would also allow judges to grant pretrial release to low-risk defendants who are being held because they are too poor to make bond.

State Police: 26 Las Cruces Residents Charged In Drug Probe

Feb 2, 2016

Authorities say 26 Las Cruces residents face drug and other charges as a result of a multi-agency investigation into narcotics trafficking in Dona Ana County.

New Mexico State Police said Tuesday that the three-month operation called "Southern Sweep" targeted several trafficking organizations.

State police said other agencies participating in the investigation included the FBI, the Las Cruces Police Department and the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Gov. Martinez: New REAL ID Bill Lacks Security

Feb 2, 2016

The latest on New Mexico lawmakers' REAL ID debate (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a new compromise bill aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act lacks needed security safeguards.

Martinez spokesman Chris Sanchez said Tuesday the bipartisan proposal doesn't require fingerprints for immigrants in the country illegally who could obtain a driver's permit card.

Sanchez said such security safeguards needs to be in any REAL ID fix to prevent fraud.

Woman Faces Abuse Charges After Trash, Feces Found In Home

Feb 2, 2016
las-cruces.org

Police say a Las Cruces woman faces child abuse charges after they found her home littered with trash, dirty diapers and animal feces.

Police also say three children at the home of 29-year-old Stacy Adams had not bathed in weeks and appeared to have lice in their hair when officers were called to the house Monday. She is being held on three counts of negligent child abuse.

fws.gov

Two Mexican wolves (F1295 and F1340) died during the annual population count and capture operation this year.  Both will undergo necropsies at the Fish and Wildlife Service's Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, to determine causes of death for each wolf. The Interagency Field Team (IFT) temporarily suspended capture operations to conduct a review of events leading to the captures and deaths.

New Mexico House Committee Approves Anti-DWI Bills

Feb 2, 2016

A House panel has given the nod to a pair of measures aimed at cracking down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 Monday in favor of legislation that would allow judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

The past two years saw the largest number of unaccompanied minors crossing the United States border, 58,000 in 2014 and 34,000 in 2015. Because of these large numbers of children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is opening temporary shelters for unaccompanied minors in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.

Up to 250 children are currently housed at Holloman Air Force Base. The Office of Refugee Resettlement says the facility has the capacity to house up to 700 children. The children are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and range from 13-17 years of age.

New Mexico Residents Embrace Online Voter Registration

Feb 2, 2016

New Mexico's online voter registration system has caught on quickly since its introduction a month ago, and especially with Democrats.

The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office says 2,867 registrations were completed through the new web portal in January.

Of those voter applications, about 56 percent registered as Democrats and 29 percent signed up as Republicans. Thirteen declined to name a party, and a small remainder selected the state's Independent, Libertarian, Green and Constitutional parties.

New Mexico House Clears Local Curfew Legislation

Feb 2, 2016
nmlegis.gov

A measure that would give local governments the authority to impose curfews for children under the age of 16 has cleared the New Mexico House.

The House voted 44-21 late Monday. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, one of the bill's sponsors, says nothing good happens to children who are out unsupervised late at night.

The legislation was spurred by a rash of crime in Albuquerque last summer that involved teenagers.

New Mexico Democrats Face Pressure Over REAL ID Fix

Feb 2, 2016

The fate of a REAL ID fix in New Mexico is now in the hands of Senate Democrats.

A key Senate committee is scheduled Tuesday to hear proposals that would bring New Mexico into compliance with tougher identification requirements under the federal REAL ID Act.

But how Senate Democrats respond to the proposals will determine if they face a backlash if the driver's license problem isn't fixed.

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