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12:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NMSU Hosts Sustainable Agriculture Fellows

Mark Marsalis, superintendent at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, explains the crop research being done at the center to the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Fellows during a recent tour. The Cooperative Extension Service agriculture agents from across the country toured agricultural operations in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  A select group of cooperative extension service agricultural agents from across the country visited New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas during a recent tour of sustainable agriculture operations in New Mexico.

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s Sustainable Agriculture Fellows visited agricultural operations in Albuquerque, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas, Edgewood, Moriarty, Medanales, Abiquiu, Santa Cruz and Tesuque Pueblo to see the various ways New Mexico farmers are dealing with the issues they face.

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12:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Sandbags Available At Las Cruces Fire Stations

In the event of localized flooding, the Las Cruces Fire Department is making sandbags available to Las Cruces residents.

The number of sandbags is limited to 10 per homeowner. They are intended to keep water from entering a dwelling so they should be placed around doorways and other entrances that are susceptible to flooding.

The sandbags are not intended to protect landscaping or vegetation.

Las Cruces residents may pick up sandbags at any of the following fire stations:

Station #1: 201 E Picacho Ave.

Station#2: 1199 E. Foster Rd.

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11:35 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court: Police Need Search Warrant For Motel Trash

  New Mexico's highest court has ruled that police need a warrant to search garbage placed in a motel dumpster.

The state Supreme Court split 3-2 in a ruling Monday that made clear the New Mexico Constitution offers broader protections against unreasonable searches than the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

The court's majority said the federal constitutional would allow police to freely search garbage left out for collection, but probable cause and a warrant is necessary in New Mexico — even for trash discarded in a dumpster outside of a motel.

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11:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Scholarship Funds Available To New Mexico Schools

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  $750,000 in scholarship funds are available to New Mexico higher education institutions to help make college education more affordable for New Mexicans. These scholarships will be given to students in awards of up $1,000. The funding will also be expanded to include fees, books, and supplies. The funding, which will be available for Fiscal Year 2015, is a $250,000 increase from funding levels in past years.

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11:30 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Court: Teen In Mexico Shot By U.S. Agents Had Rights

  A U.S. appeals court says a Mexican teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent was protected by the U.S. Constitution even though he was on Mexican soil.

The ruling Monday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the family of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca can move forward with a $25 million lawsuit. The government may appeal the ruling.

U.S. District Judge David Briones had found that the family could not sue because the shooting's affects were "felt in Mexico." But the appeals court said that would allow agents to establish "zones of lawlessness."

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11:27 am
Tue July 1, 2014

El Paso Legislator: Texas Will Have Another "Major Disaster" Without Better Fertilizer Regulations

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people is already getting pushback from Republicans.

GOP House members said Tuesday they worried about small fertilizer operators in rural Texas counties paying for new regulations intended to improve safety. Republican state Rep. George Lavender called the early proposals "overkill."

The draft includes requiring ammonium nitrate to be stored in non-combustible containers.

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11:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Man Gets Two Years For Alamogordo Bus Stabbings

  A judge in Alamogordo has sentenced a 20-year-old man to six years in prison for stabbing two other passengers on a Greyhound bus while high on methamphetamine.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Jason Jimenez was sentenced Monday for his convictions on two counts of third-degree felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The stabbings occurred on a bus bound for Ruidoso in June 2012.

Jimenez said he was sorry for his actions but thought he had no choice at the time.

Defense attorney Mario Torrez said his client has mental health issues.

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10:59 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Contestants Announced For "Look Who's Dancing" In Las Cruces

New Mexico State University’s DanceSport Company announced the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 Contestants. The local celebrities will be paired with a NMSU DanceSport Company partner in August and the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 event will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pan American Center. (Courtesy photo)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education’s DanceSport Company announced the Look Who’s Dancing Season 7 Contestants at a kickoff party June 25. The local celebrities will be paired with a DanceSport Company partner in August. The season culminates with a dance competition at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Pan American Center. 

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10:56 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man In Neighborhood Assault

  A man suspected of physically assaulting and disarming his neighbor during a Sunday evening dispute was arrested by Las Cruces Police.

John Hamilton, 46, is charged with one count each of robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence and battery.

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8:29 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico To Sell Elk Licenses To Young Hunters

Young New Mexicans have a chance starting next week to obtain a license to hunt elk this season.

The Game and Fish Department is offering for sale more than 2,000 youth licenses for hunting antlerless elk.

The online sale starts July 9 and the licenses are for hunters who will be under age 18 on the opening day of the hunt.

The licenses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available for two weeks to New Mexico residents who didn't draw a big game hunting license in this year's lottery.

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8:27 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hobbs Man Pleads Not Guilty In Hammer Attack

A Hobbs man has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of attacking an elderly couple in Las Cruces couple during a robbery.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 42-year-old Guy Jaime Young entered the plea to nine felony counts Monday in state District Court.

Police have said Young on June 11 approached an 82-year-old man and hit him over the head with the hammer before entering the home and striking the man's 79-year-old wife on the head.

He then fled in the couple's pickup but was located by police at a truck stop 90 minutes later.

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8:19 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Albuquerque To Host World Cup Viewing Party

The city of Albuquerque is inviting soccer fans to watch the United States take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

Mayor Richard Berry's office announced that a city-sponsored watch party will be held Tuesday afternoon at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.

The party starts at 1 p.m., an hour before the game, which will be broadcast on the KiMo's new, state of the art silver screen.

Admission is free and a light concession stand will be open.

ESPN Radio 101.7 FM is co-hosting the viewing party.

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8:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Forest Officials Restrict Hours At Catwalk Area

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Forest officials have decided to limit visiting hours at the Catwalk National Recreation Area in southwestern New Mexico during the summer monsoon season.

The reason is afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rain could contribute to flooding along NM Highway 174. Officials say there's also a risk of not being able to alert visitors in a timely manner if flooding is forecast for the area.

Starting Wednesday, the area will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily. The limited hours are expected to stay in place through the end of the monsoon season.

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8:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Northern New Mexico Fire Grows To 3 Square Miles

A wildfire raging in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains has grown to an estimated over 3 square miles as it sends smoke as far away as Albuquerque, about 75 miles to the south.

The lightning-sparked Diego Fire located nine miles southwest of Coyote is burning in mixed conifer forest with many dead or downed trees, and officials say groups of trees catch fire at a time.

The fire on Monday made a run to the southeast, resulting in officers going door to door to ask residents of the sparsely populated area to leave their homes.

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8:08 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Teachers' Evaluations Could Affect Paychecks

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera
Credit NM Education Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera

New Mexico's new teacher evaluation system could have consequences for the paychecks of teachers who receive poor ratings.

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera tells the Albuquerque Journal that teachers who get the two lowest ratings could face delays in moving up in the state's licensing system's three tiers.

Those tiers have progressively higher minimum pay.

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6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Las Cruces Gross Receipts Tax Rises To Nearly Eight Percent

The gross receipts tax in Las Cruces rises to nearly eight percent Tuesday.  Las Cruces says the tax increase was necessary due to the state legislature’s decision to gradually reduce the so-called “hold harmless” payments to local governments over a 15-year period.  The payments helped compensate localities for the loss of revenue when the state stopped taxing food and medicine.  The hold harmless payment reductions were instituted to pay for a corporate tax cut approved by the legislature and Governor Martinez last year.

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6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mexico Begins Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

A statewide ban on texting and driving takes effect Tuesday, July 1, and Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies will be enforcing the new law with added patrols.

   Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from sending or reading text messages and/or emails – even if they are stopped at a light or stuck in traffic.

   Drivers also are banned from conducting Internet searches on any hand-held wireless device.

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4:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mammoth Tusk Found In New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico–New Mexico’s standing as a paleontological hot spot has once again been confirmed. Recently, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing permittees Tom and Sissy Olney reported that a possible mammoth tusk was eroding out of an arroyo bank on BLM land within their grazing allotment.  The Olneys had noticed a white object within the arroyo wall over 20 years ago, however, based on the small amount exposed it appeared to be a rock or root.

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3:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Advocates Deliver 6,000+ Petitions Calling For $10.10 Minimum Wage In Las Cruces

  Advocates for increasing the Las Cruces minimum wage to $10.10 an hour delivered more than six thousand petitions to the city clerk Monday.  

The group Café, New Mexico Communities in Action and Faith, said they prayed over the more than six thousand petitions before submitting them to the city clerk’s office.  Just 2,257 valid signatures are needed to put the minimum wage issue before the Las Cruces City Council.

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2:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Transcript: President Obama On Border Security And Immigration Reform

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

Rose Garden

 

3:04 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  One year ago this month, senators of both parties –- with support from the business, labor, law enforcement, faith communities –- came together to pass a commonsense immigration bill. 

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2:42 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Confidence In Supreme Court Falls To New Low

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USA Today reports on Gallup poll results that show the American public is losing faith in our Supreme Court.
We know Americans don't have much confidence in Congress or President Obama, but it turns out the Supreme Court is also slipping in the public eye. On the same day the justices ruled on a controversial case dealing with President Obama's contraception policy, a new Gallup Poll finds only 30% of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court - a record low for the judicial branch.
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2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Cap

New Mexico's highest court has upheld a state law that caps residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.

The state Supreme Court on Monday said the law was constitutional.

Critics of the tax limitation law contended it had improperly created a new class of taxpayers based on when someone bought a house.

Under a state law that took effect in 2001, most people are subject to a 3 percent limit on how much property values can climb each year for tax purposes. However, the cap doesn't apply when a home changes hands.

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2:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

President Obama: I Will Act On Immigration Reform

   President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

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2:27 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

150 Border Agents Being Sent To South Texas

  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (Jay) Johnson says 150 more Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas where authorities have been overwhelmed by an increase illegal immigration.

Johnson on Monday made his third visit in the last month and a half to the Border Patrol's McAllen station in southernmost Texas. The station has been hardest hit by the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children arrested since October. It's not clear if the new agents are temporary or permanent transfers.

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2:26 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Secretary Of Labor Blasts Supreme Court Union Dues Ruling

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision:

“Home care workers do heroic work, providing high-quality, compassionate care that allows seniors and people with disabilities to live at home with independence and dignity.

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2:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Resticted Hours At Gila Catwalk

Silver City, NM--Due to predicted heavy rains and thundershowers starting this week, hours of use at the Catwalk National Recreation Area, on the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New Mexico will be restricted starting Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Hours of use will be between 8:00 a.m.

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12:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Job To Career Readiness Bootcamps Planned

  Doña Ana County - The New Mexico Economic Development Department along with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, Doña Ana Community College and the City of Las Cruces are partnering together to host a "Job to Career Readiness Boot Camp." The event is free to attend and will prepare attendees with successful application and interviewing skills for several companies in the region that are hiring. Recently Governor Susana Martinez announced that three new manufacturers will be locating in Doña Ana County and creating over 600 new jobs.

 

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11:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

N.M. Police Officer Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

A state police officer has been discharged from a hospital after being struck by a suspected drunken driver while conducting a traffic stop in southeastern New Mexico.

According to state police, Officer Carlos Verdugo was in his patrol car near an intersection in Hobbs on Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Jason Allred.

Verdugo was initially reported to be in critical condition at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, but state police say he later was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home for an undetermined amount of time.

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11:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Bidding To Start Soon On Spaceport Road Project

Credit Spaceport America

Dona Ana County officials are getting ready to launch the bidding process to improve the southern road that leads to Spaceport America.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports bidding on the first phase of the roughly 24-mile-long road could begin within the next month.

The timing hinges on the Bureau of Land Management. The federal agency is reviewing construction plans as well as a study on cultural and other important sites in the area.

If the agency doesn't accept the plans, that could mean further delays and more costs for the proposed road.

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11:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Texting While Driving Ban Among New State Laws

A new law is ready to take effect that will ban texting while driving in New Mexico.

Starting Tuesday, the law will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails — even while at a stop light.

Drivers also will be prohibited from searching the Internet from smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices.

A first violation will carry a $25 fine and it's a $50 fine for subsequent violations.

There are exceptions in the law, such as summoning medical or emergency aid.

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