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8:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Protest Of Albuquerque Police Shooting Planned

Demonstrators are planning to protest the shooting of a man in the Sandia foothills by Albuquerque police.

A coalition of various groups will gather downtown Tuesday at 6 p.m. before marching to Albuquerque police headquarters.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says that two officers unloaded three shots each after a 38-year-old James Boyd made threatening moves and refused to drop a knife.

Gorden says police first used bean-bags and stun guns to try to disarm the man.

Boyd, who police say had a lengthy criminal record, later died.

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8:43 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Jeb Bush To Help Fundraise For Gov. Martinez In NM

Credit @jebbush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is to visit New Mexico this week to raise campaign money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez political spokesman Danny Diaz said Bush will attend a fundraiser Tuesday in Farmington and another in Santa Fe on Wednesday.

Central Consolidated School District announced that Bush, Martinez and Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will speak at an elementary school in Shiprock Wednesday morning.

Bush served two terms as governor, first winning election in 1998.

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8:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Las Cruces And Dona Ana County Property Valuation Statements Going Out Next Week

Doña Ana County Assessor Andy Segovia will mail 2014 property-valuation notices on April 1, which will include information used to calculate tax bills in November.

   In all, about 110,000 notices will be mailed out.  The official mailing date for 2014 is April 1, and the 2014 deadline to file a protest or to claim one or more exemptions is April 30. Exemptions available include those for heads-of-family, veterans, developer discounts and/or valuation freezes for individuals who are 65 years of age and meet state income requirements.

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6:12 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

More Than 6200 Participate In Bataan Memorial March

Credit Bataan Memorial Death March official Facebook page

More than a dozen World War II veterans who lived through the Bataan Death March helped cheer on thousands at this year's memorial march at White Sands Missile Range.  More than 6,200 people walked or ran Sunday morning in the 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March, which spans a marathon-length of 26.2 miles.

The day began with a ceremonial tribute to the survivors and soldiers who have died in the past year.

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12:18 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Teen Pleads Not Guilty In 12-Year-Old's Murder

A 15-year-old New Mexico teenager has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the killing of his 12-year-old playmate.

A defense attorney entered the plea for the teen during his arraignment.

Cindy Mercer, the suspect's attorney, says her client's low-functioning mental capabilities make her question whether he understands the proceedings or his rights.

State District Court Judge Violet Otero acknowledged Mercer's concern before setting a $500,000 cash-only bond.

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12:16 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Workers Return To Underground Portion Of Carlsbad Nuclear Waste Plant Monday

Employees at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico are preparing to enter the facility's underground mine for the first time since a radiation leak contaminated workers last month.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Saturday that 35 workers have undergone training simulations at a Potash mine before re-entry next week into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Officials say employees went through a two-hour underground session using protective gear and air-breathing units.

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12:15 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

"Mine That Bird" And Movie Cast Visit Sunland Derby

Credit 50to1themovie.com

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is returning to the Sunland Derby, but not as a competitor.

The New Mexico-based race horse that has inspired the new movie "50 to 1" is appearing at the Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino before the race.

The movie's cast and crew is there at 10 a.m. inside the casino's Signature Showroom.

The filmmakers and actors have been on a cross-country tour to promote the movie, which premiered in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

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12:12 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

New Mexico Potash Plant Headed To Court

Jury selection is set to begin in a trial between a Carlsbad mine and an energy company over trespassing and drilling rights.

The jurors will be chosen starting Monday to hear arguments in a 2010 lawsuit filed by Mosaic Potash against Devon Energy Production Co.

Mosaic officials say Devon Energy trespassed on two sections of land that fall into the boundaries of a mineral lease held by them.

According to court documents, they allege Devon's drilling caused damages to potash deposits.

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12:11 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

NM Legislator: Martinez Is "Drawing The Battle Lines"

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has clamped down on the Legislature's watchdog committees in what lawmakers consider an attempt to limit their oversight of the Republican governor's agencies.

Administration agencies are telling the Legislative Finance Committee and the Legislative Education Study Committee their requests for information must go to the governor's chief of staff to be approved before information will be provided.

The committees typically contact agencies directly to seek data and documents.

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6:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Heinrich Participating In Bataan March Today

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

   U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is participating in the 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March today. The Sunday event is a challenging 26.2-mile march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.

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10:52 am
Sat March 22, 2014

State Withdraws Permit For Expansion Of Carlsbad Nuclear Waste Dump

The state has withdrawn a preliminary permit for an expansion of the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Citing recent back-to-back incidents that included a radiation release that contaminated 17 workers, the New Mexico Environment Department on Friday notified the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that it has withdrawn a pending draft permit.

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10:51 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Part Of Sentence Suspended For Las Cruces Woman Who Ran Over Fiance

A Las Cruces woman sentenced earlier this month to 3½ years in prison for fatally running over her fiance has had a month of her term suspended.

Annette Fuschini had a presentation hearing Friday in state District Court.

The 39-year-old Fuschini was sentenced March 3 on her convictions for involuntary manslaughter and aggravated DWI in last June's death of 42-year-old Carlos Nevarez III.

She got 18 months for involuntary manslaughter, one year in jail for a DWI offense with an enhanced one-year term for being a habitual offender, plus five years' probation.

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10:49 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Reward In Texas Megachurch Theft

A $25,000 reward is being offered for clues to solving a $600,000 theft from the Houston megachurch led by Joel Osteen.

A Crime Stoppers statement Friday announced the reward in the Lakewood Church burglary case. Houston police say $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were taken from a church safe between 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, and 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 10.

No arrests have been made.

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10:48 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Bataan Death March Survivor Dies At 91

An Albuquerque retirement home says John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died.

Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, says Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 91.

Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942.

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10:47 am
Sat March 22, 2014

ABQ Police Dog Recovering After Shooting

Albuquerque police say a police dog is recovering after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

Officer Simon Drobik said Friday a veterinarian removed a bullet from the dog's spine.

According to Drobik, Rico was sent into search of a commercial property where there had been a reported burglary earlier in the day.

Drobik says police learned Rico, who was shot three times, was wounded when he came back out.

Police say they then heard gunfire and tried to make contact with a person who had attempted to evade officers.

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10:46 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Texas Cracking Down On Toll Road Deadbeats

The Texas Department of Transportation is joining the battle to make toll-road deadbeats pay up.  TxDOT is partnering with law enforcement agencies to impound vehicles of those who've run up at least 100 violations within a year but still drive the tollways.

A Williamson County constable's office in Round Rock is the only law enforcement agency so far to sign a contract with TxDOT. Spokeswoman Veronica Beyer says TxDOT will pursue contracts with other agencies.

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10:44 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Navajo Lawmaker Attempts To Revive Junk Food Tax

  Navajo President Ben Shelly's decision to veto a tax on junk food sold on the reservation is being challenged.

Tribal lawmaker Jonathan Hale has sponsored legislation to override the veto of the tax, as well as Shelly's rejection of a companion bill to eliminate the sales tax on nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Hale's proposals are open for public comment.

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5:09 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Las Cruces Road Closures

  Walden Drive Road Closure

Walden Drive from Montana Avenue to Missouri Avenue will be closed to thru traffic for approximately four days beginning Tuesday, March 25, for repaving operations. The closure will not affect Roadrunner Transit. Speeding fines will be doubled in the area and motorists are advised to obey posted signs in the construction zone.

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4:53 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

NMSU Screens Documentary Next Friday

Credit Adrian Guzman

  The documentary, “Our People, Our Faith…Our Lady,” is the featured film presentation at the “Border(ing) Indigeneity: Tortugas Pueblo, Genízaro, and Mexica Cultural Expressions” two-day event next week.

The feature length documentary is about the annual Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe held each December in Tortugas, NM. The film was produced by the City of Las Cruces Public Information Office and directed by the City’s three-time Emmy® award-winning filmmaker Adrian Guzman.

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4:09 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

NMSU To Collaborate With Chinese University On Doctoral Program

(Left to right) Civil Engineering Department Head Peter Martin, College of Engineering Dean Ricardo B. Jacquez and NCUT College of Architecture and Civil Engineering Dean Tiejun Qu signed a memo of understanding initiating a joint doctoral program.

 

  The deans of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering and the North China University of Technology College of Architecture and Civil Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding initiating a collaborative doctoral program in civil engineering.

NCUT College of Architecture and Civil Engineering has more than 10,200 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. The university is located in the western part of Beijing. NCUT’s College of Engineering is the university’s biggest college.

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1:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Work Release Inmate Foiled In Smuggling Attempt

              

            Doña Ana County Detention Center officers intercepted an attempt to smuggle heroin and other contraband into the facility on Thursday, March 20.

   Inmate Anthony Ghalayni, 33, returned to the jail Thursday after work, as prescribed by the work-release sentence imposed for an aggravated DWI conviction.

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12:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Martinez Announces Re-Election Staff

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says veteran political staffer Melissa Sousa will serve as her re-election campaign manager.

Sousa was campaign manager for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's re-election last year, and was national voter contact director for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

The Republican governor announced Friday that Jessica Perez is fundraising director. Edith Jorge is political director in charge of grassroots organizing, and Chris Sanchez is communications director.

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12:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

2014 Starting Drier Than Ever

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the first two months of 2014 marked the driest start to any year on record for New Mexico, and things haven't improved.

Senior meteorologist Chuck Jones says the state received less than one-third of its normal snow and rain over the winter, and the lack of snowpack in the mountains is prompting concerns among water managers.

State and federal officials shared the news Friday during their monthly drought briefing.

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12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Sheriff's Commission Seeks Volunteers

Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission volunteer Angel Gallegos helps McKenna Jameson, 8, get fingerprinted at a recent Ident-a-Child event. The Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission is currently seeking new members.

               

               The Doña Ana County Special Deputy Sheriff Commission is looking for qualified candidates to fill volunteer positions.

       The Commission regularly assists the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office in various community outreach projects, like Neighborhood Watch and the Ident-a-Child program.                  

    To be considered for membership, each applicant must be 21 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen. Each qualified applicant must also pass a background check. Previous law enforcement experience is not required. 

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12:17 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Woman Wanted For Questioning In Burglaries

            

            Following last week’s arrest of a Las Cruces woman and her two sons, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are following additional leads and are hoping to speak with another woman. 

            Investigators are looking for Marissa Garcia, 18, whose last known address was on Garcia Road in Las Cruces. Garcia is wanted for questioning in connection with a rash of burglaries that have been linked to 50-year-old Faith Elizabeth Clark, her son Richard Clark, 30, and his younger brother, Justin Eric Clark, 21.

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8:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

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6:56 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Health Officials: Teen Risky Behavior Declining

Risky behavior among teenagers is on the decline in New Mexico.

That's according to a new survey conducted jointly by the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department.

According to the 2013 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, binge drinking and cigarette smoking have fallen by half in the last 10 years, and fewer teens are getting in physical fights.

The survey says only 17 percent of high school students binge drink, and only 14 percent report having had a cigarette in the last 30 days.

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6:50 am
Fri March 21, 2014

2 Dozen Legislators Running Opposed This Year

Two-fifths of the state legislators seeking re-election are unopposed this year.

Sixty of the 70 members of the state House of Representatives are running for another two-term term.

The Legislative Council Service reports that two dozen incumbents — 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans — face no primary or general election opponent from a major political party. That gives them a clear path to re-election unless a minor party or independent candidate files for office in June.

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6:21 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Heartbreaker: NMSU Aggies Lose To San Diego In OT

In the fourth and final overtime game on Day 1 of March Madness, San Diego State outlasted New Mexico State for a 73-69 victory.  New Mexico State's Kevin Arnois made a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation Thursday night to push the game to overtime. The four extra periods were the most in a single day in NCAA tournament history.

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6:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Free Documentary Screening Saturday At DACC East Mesa Campus

The community is invited to a free screening of the documentary, “Stolen Education,” with a keynote address by documentarian Enrique Aleman Jr. from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the NMSU Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus Auditorium. A panel discussion also will be included in “Juntos! Working Together, Working as One.” 

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