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12:07 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Killer's Wife Pleads Guilty In Texas DA Murder Case

  A North Texas woman has pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to 40 years in prison after she testified that she helped her husband gun down a district attorney, his wife and a top assistant in a revenge plot.

Kim Williams appeared in court Tuesday, two weeks after her husband, Eric Williams, was sentenced to death for one of the three killings.

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12:06 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Feds Penalize El Paso Hospitals

  Two El Paso hospitals will have funding withheld after being penalized by federal inspectors for having patients who developed health problems while hospitalized.

The penalties against University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso Specialty Hospital will result in a 1 percent reduction in their total Medicare payment for the current fiscal year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says patients at both facilities developed "hospital-acquired conditions," such as infections or other complications.

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12:04 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Police: Texas Man Kills Girlfriend And Daughters Before Suicide

Police in North Texas say a man fatally shot his girlfriend and killed two of her teenage daughters before turning the gun on himself.

Crowley Police Chief Luis Soler said Tuesday that investigators are still working to determine what led 36-year-old Samuel Morales to target the three at the home they shared south of Fort Worth.

Soler says 34-year-old Xiomara Leon was shot multiple times Sunday, as was her daughter, 18-year-old Linda Gonzalez. Thirteen-year-old Yasmine Zavala was strangled.

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12:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory In Southern New Mexico

  The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and local law enforcement offices say they will be monitoring roadways as winter weather conditions continue through Friday. High winds, rain and snow fall accumulations have been forecasted throughout New Mexico. The National Weather Service reported that wind speeds may gust up to 50 MPH in parts of southern New Mexico, which will develop into hazardous driving conditions as rain and snow is mixed with these conditions.

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7:09 am
Tue December 30, 2014

New Mexico Hunting Rules Available Online

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department has posted rules and information about applying for hunting licenses on the agency's redesigned website.

The department says it will begin accepting online applications for 2015-16 big game and turkey licenses next week.

Deadlines for special permit bear and turkey hunts will be Feb. 4 and March 18 for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, ibex, oryx and javelin licenses.

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7:05 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Nuke Repository Gets Visit From Carlsbad Mayor

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway and state Rep. David Gallegos are the first officials to visit the underground area of the federal government's nuclear waste repository since recovery efforts began earlier this year following a radiation leak.

Janway says there's still a lot of work to be done at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, but he's impressed with how far recovery teams have come since February. That's when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured and forced the plant's indefinite closure.

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7:04 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Proposed Fees Cause Concern Among Solar Industry

Credit pnm.com

New Mexico's solar industry is worried about fees the state's largest electric provider has proposed for its customers with rooftop solar panels.

PNM says the grid provides electricity to solar customers when the sun isn't shining and they should have to pay their fair share for the fixed costs of maintaining the system.

The fees could range from $21 to $36 a month depending on the size of a customers' system, and industry representatives say charging a monthly fee could end up undermining the economic benefits of going solar.

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6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

NMSU Research Aims To Increase Produce Purchases

NMSU researchers Mihai Niculescu, left, and Collin Payne show one of the grocery cart placards used in their studies of how in-store marketing can be used to influence shoppers to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. (NMSU photo by Robert Yee)

  Researchers at New Mexico State University are exploring ways to encourage shoppers to use more of their food budgets for fresh fruits and vegetables, and are working with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to target some of New Mexico’s most nutritionally vulnerable residents.

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4:12 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Winter Storm To Bring Winds, Snow To New Mexico

   Much of New Mexico is about to get another blast of winter weather.

The National Weather Service says an arctic cold front will drop into northeastern and east-central New Mexico Monday evening, with low clouds and areas of light snow developing late Monday night and strong winds after midnight.

The forecast calls for strong winds to continue Tuesday and through Wednesday morning in the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley.

Meanwhile, significant snowfall is possible over much of western and central New Mexico, with likely impacts on travel on New Year's Day.

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10:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

BLM Releases Proposed Resource Management Plan for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Credit Bureau of Land Management

  Las Cruces, NM–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is releasing a Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (proposed RMP/final EIS) for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (National Monument) administered by the Las Cruces District Office in southern New Mexico.  About 5,280 acres of Paleozoic Era fossilized footprints, plants, and wood dating back about 280 million years ago located 10 miles northwest of Las Cruces, New Mexico, were designated by Congress in 2009 as part of the National Monument.  The Omnibus Public Land Manageme

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10:07 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Town Halls For Veterans Next Week In Alamogordo, Silver City, And Elephant Butte

All veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall on Jan. 6, 2015 in Alamogordo.

Veterans and their family members will be able to meet Andrew Welch, the new Director for the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS).  The meeting also will give those attending an opportunity to discuss any VA health care concerns with the Director.

The town hall will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 34, located at 20880 W. U.S. Highway 70 in Alamogordo.    

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9:55 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic Friday In Las Cruces

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health’s Las Cruces Central Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Friday, January 2 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the St. Genevieve Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. in Las Cruces, NM. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.   

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9:46 am
Mon December 29, 2014

"Liam" And "Mia" Top The List Of New Mexico's Most Popular Baby Names

  Here is the list of top ten baby names in New Mexico in 2014 as compiled by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics:

The Top Ten Male Names

Liam

Noah

Elijah

Jacob

Aiden

Daniel

Jayden

Josiah

Ethan

Michael

The Top Ten Female Names

Mia

Sophia

Emma

Isabella

Olivia

Emily

Sofia

Ariana

Ava

Abigail

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8:55 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Guards, Inmates Fight In San Juan County Jail

Inmates and guards at a county jail in northwestern New Mexico were involved in a fight over the weekend.

Lt. Cory Tanner with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office says the fight started Sunday morning when three guards tried to return three inmates to their cells. The inmates had been cleaning a bathroom after a fight that occurred earlier Sunday.

Tanner says the guards left the bathroom and dozens of other inmates then became unruly and refused to go into their cells.

He says guards were able to get the situation under control after about an hour.

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8:45 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Funding Sought For New Mexico Uranium Deconversion Plant

An Idaho-based company that plans to build a uranium deconversion plant in southeastern New Mexico is struggling to find funding for the $125 million project.

International Isotopes President Steve Laflin says with oil prices falling and a surplus on the market, no one is interested in investing in nuclear projects.

The plant would be capable of deconverting depleted uranium tails produced by Urenco USA's enrichment plant in nearby Eunice.

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8:43 am
Mon December 29, 2014

So-Called "Right To Work" Bill Filed

  A bill pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate would make it illegal to require labor union membership as a condition for employment.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the pre-filed bill is sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue.

The Albuquerque Republican's bill would prohibit membership in a union as a requirement of employment with a private company. It also would prohibit deducting union dues from paychecks without a worker's permission.

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8:38 am
Mon December 29, 2014

New Mexico Bill Would Limit Use Of Public Campaign Funding

A bill pre-filed for the New Mexico Legislature's upcoming session would bar publicly financed candidates for state offices from using their public campaign funding to pay themselves.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa also would prohibit candidates from using public funding to pay family members for campaign work.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the bill results from reported spending and comments by Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall.

Hall ran for re-election this year with public financing but lost in the general election.

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5:04 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Norovirus On The Rise In New Mexico

Health officials say noroviruses are on the rise in New Mexico with suspected or confirmed cases nearly doubling in the state in 2014.

There have been 49 suspected or confirmed norovirus outbreaks in New Mexico this year, up from 27 in 2013.

Noroviruses cause gastroenteritis and inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. People who are infected may also get a fever or chills and muscle aches.

Health officials say people need to take precautions, especially around the young and elderly.

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5:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

New Mexico Gets Federal Health Boost

New Mexico has been awarded about $2 million from the federal government to help overhaul the state's health care system.

New Mexico is one 28 states to receive the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The money, provided through the Affordable Care Act, is aimed at helping states design health care payment and service models to improve quality and lower costs.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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5:00 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Las Cruces Businesses Prepare For This Week's Wage Hike

While New Mexico lawmakers continue to debate increases to the state's minimum wage, some cities are pushing ahead and already have wages that are higher than the minimum.

Business owners in Las Cruces are preparing for a minimum wage hike that starts Jan. 1, the first of three increases planned over the next four years.

On Jan. 1 minimum wage in the city will increase 90 cents per hour — from $7.50 to $8.40.

Employees who work off tips will see an increase in their hourly wages from $2.13 to $3.36.

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4:56 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

UPDATE: Five Dead, 17 Hospitalized In Apartment Fire Near San Antonio

More than a dozen people are hospitalized following a fire that killed five residents at a senior-living facility near San Antonio.

Castle Hills City Manager Diane Pfeil said Monday that officials haven't accounted for about 80 residents of the Wedgwood Apartments, though firefighters went through the 11-story complex and didn't find other victims.

She says officials believe those residents found refuge with family or had left for the holiday before the Sunday morning fire. Authorities are calling emergency contacts for those residents to confirm their whereabouts.

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9:27 am
Sun December 28, 2014

At Least 353 Unsolved Murders Since 2009

   Houston homicide records examined by the Houston Chronicle show at least 353 unsolved killings in the city since 2009.   While history shows most of those likely won't ever be solved, only about 7 percent of those open cases involve white victims.

Police officials insist race is not a factor in their investigations.

Chief Charles McClelland, who is black, says because 90 percent of the city's homicide victims are minorities, it's no coincidence that most of the unsolved cases also involve minorities.

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9:25 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Martinez Gala In Las Cruces

Credit Office of the Governor

  Gov. Susana Martinez is kicking off her inauguration celebration with a gala in Las Cruces.

The Sunday evening event is at the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State University campus. The governor is expected to address the crowd and have a dance with First Gentleman Chuck Franco.

Martinez, the nation's only Latina governor, cruised to an easy victory in November over Democratic challenger Gary King with nearly 58 percent of the vote. No New Mexico GOP governor had won with more than 55 percent during the past half century.

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2:47 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Deming Man Finds License Plate From 1940

Credit cityofdeming.org

  A Deming man doing some digging has found a New Mexico license plate dating back more than 70 years.

Alfred Castillo says he recently discovered the plate at a construction site.

Castillo says the commemorative license plate is dated 1940 and likely was for a truck.

The 77-year-old, who is retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, says the license plate is especially rare because there were few vehicles around in New Mexico in 1940.

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2:43 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Report: Plum State Jobs Going To Perry Aides

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  An analysis by the Austin American-Statesman shows about 200 people who have landed state government jobs that can pay well into six figures have avoided normal job posting requirements or scrutiny and share the common tie that they all once worked for outgoing Gov. Rick Perry.

The newspaper reports some of the hirings may have violated state law. Others took advantage of a provision that allows regular hiring rules be sidestepped.

The posts include agency spokespeople, midlevel managers and even directors.

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2:43 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Archbishop Set To Retire

   The longtime archbishop of Santa Fe presided over his final Christmas Mass this month.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan celebrated Mass on Thursday in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi.

It was Sheehan's 21st Christmas Day Mass and likely his last.

Sheehan turned 75 last July and must retire under Canon Law.

Longtime churchgoers say they will miss Sheehan's sense of humor and storytelling.

Sheehan was installed as archbishop of Santa Fe in 1993.

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2:41 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

UNM Wants To Preserve D.H. Lawrence Ranch

  A northern New Mexico ranch where novelist D.H. Lawrence once sought spiritual renewal is in need of its own renewal.

The University of New Mexico, which owns the picturesque mountain ranch north of Taos, is seeking ways to preserve the property.

UNM officials say they have formed the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives to strategize how to fund developing the site into a place for educational and cultural activities.

Advocates say the 160-acre ranch has fallen into decline, especially after the death of a longtime caretaker in 2008.

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10:19 am
Sat December 27, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

  

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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8:52 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Albuquerque Ice Rink Opens

Albuquerque can now offer ice skating downtown with the unveiling of its new rink.

The rink made from synthetic ice opened Friday in Civic Plaza.

While the 30-foot by 20-foot surface left some residents a little disappointed by its size, others went for test spins.

City officials say the rink is on loan from the New Mexico BioPark Society. It's designed for children, but adults are welcome.

If there's enough interest, the city may expand the rink and consider purchasing it from the BioPark Society.

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3:03 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

"The Interview" Packs New Mexico Theaters

  Showings of "The Interview" packed theaters in Deming and Santa Fe on Thursday, helping push the film to just over $1 million in ticket sales.

Despite hacker threats, Sony Pictures reversed course earlier this week and decided to allow independent theaters across the country to show the film. The studio also made it available for rental and purchase on digital platforms.

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