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Lawsuit: Silver City Hired Violent Cop Who Later Killed Ex

Nov 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The town of Silver City and its police department failed to stop a police captain from stalking his ex-girlfriend despite a number of complaints, and his violent behavior eventually led to her death, according to a lawsuit in federal court.

Authorities say Mark Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.

Lujan Grisham Tells Senate Leader To Leave Race

Nov 17, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla should end his bid for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.

Padilla has long denied the claims from 2007, but Lujan Grisham said Friday that he was wrong and "there is no room for excuses" for the alleged abuse.

Oral Arguments Scheduled In Texas-New Mexico Water Dispute

Nov 17, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers.

Oral arguments in the Rio Grande case are scheduled Jan. 8.

All sides say the stakes are high given uncertainty about the future sustainability of water supplies throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Farmers, water policy experts, city officials and others have been working behind the scenes to build a framework for a possible settlement.

Man Suspected Of Breaking Into Vehicle, Stealing Personal Property

Nov 17, 2017
Dona Ana County Detention Center

A man suspected of breaking into a Toyota Camry and stealing items from inside was arrested after the vehicle owner spotted him and followed the suspect while calling 911.

Sean Michael Gueffroy, 26, of 999 W. Amador Ave., is charged with one count of burglary of a vehicle. The charge is a fourth-degree felony count.

Former New Mexico State Senator Convicted In Corruption Trial

Nov 17, 2017
nmlegis.gov

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state senator was convicted Thursday of fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

Prosecutors accused Phil Griego of using his elected position and acumen as a real estate broker to guide the sale of the building in downtown Santa Fe through approvals by a state agency, the Legislature and a public buildings commission without properly disclosing his financial interest.

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Spring Runoff, Late Rains Boost Reservoirs In New Mexico

Nov 17, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers say good spring runoff and heavy rains in the fall helped to boost reservoir levels in New Mexico this year.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced this week that the Rio Grande in 2017 marked its highest spring runoff since 2008. The Rio Chama, the largest tributary to the Rio Grande in New Mexico, had its sixth best spring runoff since 1956.

Officials say the good flows allowed for the first time in four years a full allocation of water to those who depend on the San Juan-Chama project.

Lawsuit: Silver City Hired Violent Cop Who Later Killed Ex

Nov 17, 2017

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a woman killed by a Silver City police captain during a violent domestic rampage is suing the town and its police department for failing to stop him from stalking.

The lawsuit, which moved to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque this week, alleges that the Silver City police hired Mark Contreras despite his history of violence. After Contreras was hired, court documents say the police department did little to stop his physical abuse toward his ex-girlfriend, Nikki Bascom, and eventually promoted him to captain.

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas development across a large New Mexico county (all times local):

12:35 a.m.

Sandoval County commissioners will have to wait to take a final vote on a proposed ordinance aimed at regulating oil and gas development across thousands of square miles of unincorporated lands in northwestern New Mexico.

Recycling Promotion At Las Cruces-Area Events

Nov 17, 2017

October and November are the best months of the year in and around Las Cruces to be outside. No surprise that this is when a plethora of festivals are attracting crowds: the temperatures have cooled, and the outdoors is gorgeous!

This is when thousands of area residents and visitors are gathering at events: eating, drinking… and generating a lot of trash.

But wait! Much of the “trash” could have been recycled - if event goers had a choice.

Your Weekend Pulse

Nov 17, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, Flamenco Fridays at the Ramada Palms presents a grand finale, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play kicks off tonight, the fourth annual HomeGrown Event takes place this weekend, and a jazz performance hosted by Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blues Society.   

Congress Passes Udall-Heinrich Measure To Improve Safety At New Mexico's National Labs

Nov 16, 2017
Senator Martin Heinrich (D) and Senator Tom Udall (D)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have passed a Udall-Heinrich measure to strengthen the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Udall: Passage Of Major National Defense Bill Will Strengthen New Mexico & Nation

Nov 16, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall joined the Senate in voting for final passage of a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to support troops and military families, and to strengthen national defense programs in New Mexico and across the country.

FCC Approves Changes To Phone Subsidies On Tribal Lands

Nov 16, 2017

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal regulators approved major changes Thursday to a program that discounts phone service for low-income residents on tribal land.

About 12.5 million people nationwide use Lifeline, a program created more than 30 years ago to improve access to phone service. It gives subscribers a $9.25 monthly discount. About 500,000 of those subscribers on tribal lands get an extra $25 off per month.

New Mexico County Weighs Rules For Oil And Gas Drilling

Nov 16, 2017

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Elected leaders in one New Mexico county are considering an ordinance that would guide energy development across a large swath of land that borders the state's largest metropolitan area and numerous Native American communities.

Sandoval County's proposed regulations have generated much debate, with activists raising concerns about the potential environmental effects of increased drilling.

Meanwhile, supporters are highlighting the industry's multibillion-dollar role in the state's economy and the current void of regulations in the sprawling county.

Jury Deliberates In New Mexico Corruption Trial

Nov 16, 2017
nmlegis.gov

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The jury in a corruption trial weighed whether to convict a former New Mexico state senator for his role in the sale of a state-owned building, during deliberations Thursday on eight criminal charges.

State prosecutors say ex-Sen. Phil Griego used his elected position to help authorize the 2014 sale of a State Parks building in downtown Santa Fe without properly disclosing his business relationship with the buyer. Griego earned a $50,000 commission on the sale as a real estate agent for the owners of a luxury inn.

The number of wireless devices connected to mobile networks is estimated to be three times the size of the global population by the year 2020. Smartphone traffic will exceed PC traffic. Global Internet traffic in 2020 is anticipated to be 95 times the volume of the entire global Internet in 2005. Some 250 million vehicles will be connected to the Internet and there will be 27 billion machines communicating with one another.

But will the technology be there to make it possible?

FCC Votes for Massive Corporate Giveaway at Expense of Consumers

Nov 16, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai / fcc.gov

Commentary: Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate four decades of protections against rampant media consolidation, despite already low numbers of local and diverse voices. In addition to removing limitations on the cross-ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market, the FCC also voted for changes that would prevent millions from accessing the Lifeline program, the nation's only program to bring phone and Internet services within reach for millions of low income Americans.

Monitor says progress slow on Albuquerque police reforms

Nov 16, 2017
apdonline.com

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police force has been slow in reforming its practices and indifferent to feedback, according to an independent monitor's latest assessment.

James Ginger, the monitor charged with overseeing federally-mandated reforms, will discuss his latest report Thursday with the judge presiding over the efforts.

New Mexico man indicted in shooting rampage

Nov 16, 2017
Damian Herrera

  A man accused of killing five people in a June shooting rampage in New Mexico has been indicted on first-degree murder and numerous other charges.

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna announced the findings Thursday of a Rio Arriba County grand jury in the case of Damian Herrera.

In a crime spree that crisscrossed northern New Mexico, police said Herrera killed his mother, stepfather and brother before killing a man who stopped to help him when he ran out of gas and another man he encountered hours later at a gas station.

Luna Community College placed on notice by education board

Nov 16, 2017

  LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Luna Community College has been ordered by the Higher Learning Commission to show that it deserves to keep its accreditation.

School administrators received a letter from the commission last week, saying they have until Feb. 1 to show the college is meeting accreditation standards.

Earlier this year, a peer review team found the college was out of compliance with several core components and cited problems with financial oversight and administrative and governance structures.

Udall Statement On Senator Franken

Nov 16, 2017
Office of US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on Senator Al Franken:

"Sexual harassment is never acceptable at any time or any place. I fully support the Ethics Committee investigation into this matter, and I am glad that Senator Franken has agreed to cooperate.

“With regard to the conversation we have been having about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill: A workplace should be safe from harassment of all kinds. And my wish and my hope is that Congress can set an example for the nation and that harassment can be made a thing of the past."

Heinrich Statement On Senator Franken

Nov 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 16, 2017) - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on Senator Franken:

“I am deeply troubled by the allegations against Senator Franken and I believe there should be an ethics investigation into the matter. Sexual harassment is not a joke and must always be taken seriously.”

Jury Deliberates In Corruption Case Involving Former State Senator

Nov 16, 2017
nmlegis.gov

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A jury in New Mexico is weighing whether to convict a former state senator on corruption charges for his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

Jury deliberations began Thursday at a state district court in Santa Fe in the trial against ex-Sen. Phil Griego.

Tourism Spending Rose Last Year In New Mexico

Nov 16, 2017
newmexico.org

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeing a bump in tourism spending.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the state Department of Tourism released figures Wednesday on tourist spending.

According to the report, travelers spent $6.4 billion last year.

That is a 2.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Gov. Susana Martinez hailed the report as proof of the vital role tourism plays in the state's economy.

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The Bulletin On The Radio

Nov 16, 2017

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A Preview Of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Nov 16, 2017
Edmundo Resendez / KRWG-FM NMSU

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play opens tomorrow night at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. Edmundo Resendez has a preview. 

Friday November 17th at 7:30 pm Opening Night 

Saturday November 18th at 7:30 pm

Friday November 24th at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 25th at 2:00 pm**

-With a Talkback Immediately Following**

Saturday November 25th at 7:30 pm

Sunday November 26th at 2:00 pm

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