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9:14 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Valencia County Deputy Involved In Shooting In Los Lunas

The Valencia County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a deputy shot a man in Los Lunas.

Sgt. Chad Pierce, with the New Mexico State Police, says the deputy had been called to conduct a welfare check on the man Wednesday afternoon and at some point discharged his weapon, hitting the suspect.

The suspect has been transported to University of New Mexico Hospital and was in critical condition Wednesday night.

The deputy was not injured in the incident. It is unclear why the deputy fired at the suspect.

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9:07 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Albuquerque School Board Votes To Pay PARCC Bill

The state is getting its $1.4 million reimbursement for administering PARCC testing at Albuquerque Schools after the district's board members voted 4-3 to reverse its earlier decision not to.

Interim superintendent Brad Winter says he put the issue back on the agenda so that the incoming superintendent wouldn't have to deal with any repercussions.

Winter says state education officials are expressing a willingness to work with the district to improve the test.

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6:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

NMSU Chemical Engineering Student’s Research Helps Provide Clean Water in Palomas, Mexico

New Mexico State University chemical engineering student Joshua Gomez is working on water research projects to help the residents of Palomas, Mexico, and astronauts on the International Space Station. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  As a young boy, Joshua Gomez always dreamed of being a scientist. Watching programs on the Discovery Channel about Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison fueled his drive. As an undergraduate student, the El Paso, Texas, native is making that dream a reality at New Mexico State University.

“I’ve always wanted to discover something, invent something, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Gomez, who is a New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation student.

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6:00 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Doña Ana County Closer To Approving Budget

Doña Ana County is getting closer to passing a budget for fiscal year 2016 that totals close to $150 million.

Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garret says while this year’s budget doesn’t contain everything he hoped for he is pleased, and says the budget includes measures for the county to become more efficient.

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8:53 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Martinez To Call For Special Session

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez says she has reached an agreement with House and Senate leaders and will call a special session in the coming days.

The governor's office says the agreement includes a $295 million public works project that will increase funding for senior centers and higher education institutions around the state.

The deal also calls for highway projects to be paid for through a combination of state general funds and severance tax bonds.

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5:20 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Deputies Arrest Las Cruces Man For Verbally Abusing 911 Operator

   A Las Cruces man was arrested early Tuesday morning after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies say he fraudulently called 911 and then became uncooperative during questioning.      

Deputies responded to the 3100 block of El Camino Real at about 1 a.m. when central dispatch reported receiving two phone calls from 32-year-old Christopher John Melon. Operators said Melon didn’t report any type of emergency – he allegedly just screamed obscenities.

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5:07 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Shared Service Center to Help NMSU Researchers Streamline Grant Processes

NMSU College of Arts and Sciences associate dean Jeffrey Brown, second from right, stands for a photo with Shared Services Center staff members outside Breland Hall. (NMSU Photo)

  New Mexico State University researchers brought in more than $125 million in grants and contracts last year alone. These funds not only provide a robust research environment for the university but also support jobs in the community.

Managing these large grants requires NMSU professors to spend time away from their laboratories and classrooms to perform a variety of administrative tasks. 

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5:03 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Trafficking Charges

 

   ALBUQUERQUE – Joshua Almaguer, 33, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty this morning in Las Cruces federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Almaguer will be sentenced to ten years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

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4:59 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

New Secretary of New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Reflects On Army, NMSU

  For 29 years, retired Brig. Gen. Jack Fox served in the U.S. Army – from Alaska and the Arctic Circle to Germany during the days of the Soviet Union and Korea, making memories and lifelong friendships. 

Born and raised in Roswell, he was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to become the new secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. 

Fox attended the New Mexico Military Institute before attending and graduating from New Mexico State University in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in government.

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4:57 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Missouri Avenue Overnight Closure Thursday In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1). As work is progressing with the construction of the southbound bridge overpass, overnight closures continue for Missouri Ave. and the intersection of Triviz Drive and Don Roser.

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10:59 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Treasure Mountain Fire Near Silver City Mostly Contained

  SILVER CITY, NM – June 3, 2015 – Bureau of Land Management officials report the 65-acre Treasure Mountain Fire is 80 percent contained. The fire is six miles northwest of Silver City, NM. There are no structures threatened. Some resources will be released from the incident today.  

Firefighters remaining on the incident will continue reinforcing containment lines and mopping-up. This will be the last report on the Treasure Mountain Fire.

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10:14 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Navajo Election On Fluency Requirement To Be Held In July

A Navajo Nation referendum election on whether to effectively scrap a requirement that candidates for tribal president and vice president speak the Navajo language fluently has been rescheduled to July 21.

According to The Daily Times in Farmington, Navajo Election Administration Executive Director Edison Wauneka says the date was changed from June 9 because the Navajo Nation Council for a time considered placing additional questions on the ballot, which it ultimately didn't.

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10:11 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Carlsbad Man Pleads Guilty To Gun, Drug Trafficking Charges

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A southeastern New Mexico man could face a lengthy prison term after pleading guilty to violating federal laws on firearms and drug trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 29-year-old Jacob J. Loredo of Carlsbad pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The office says Loredo was arrested by the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force during a Feb. 19 raid and that he'd previously been convicted of possession of cocaine.

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10:07 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Man Convicted Tuesday In Girl's Rape From 26 Years Ago

It took a jury 15 minutes to decide on a case that took 26 years to go to trial. The case involved a 13-year-old girl who was raped in her home after school by a masked man.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the jury chose to convict 58-year-old Joseph Blea Tuesday.

Blea had been accused of raping the girl in her living room while her mother was at work. Police investigated and the girl had been examined at University of New Mexico Hospital, where a rape kit was used.

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9:40 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Four Injured By Explosive Tossed At Mexico Border Courthouse

Four people are recovering from injuries after an assailant tossed an explosive device at a courthouse in the northern Mexico border city of Matamoros.

Matamoros is across the border from Brownsville, Texas, and has been the scene of drug-cartel turf battles.

The Federal Judiciary Council did not identify what type of explosive was used in the Tuesday attack on the judicial headquarters building.

The council condemned the attack and said three of the injured were employees of the court system.

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9:37 am
Wed June 3, 2015

State Officials Eye Broadband For Rural Schools

State officials say they hope to get broadband into most New Mexico schools by the end of the decade.

Ovidiu Viorica, who oversees a broadband program for the New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority, told a legislative committee on Tuesday that officials are still trying to determine the costs.

Viorica says officials are wrapping up a statewide survey to determine what rural school districts face challenges in getting broadband.

He says the goal is to get 1,000 kilobits per second for students and staff by 2018.

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6:00 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Las Cruces To Look At Taking Over The Whole Enchilada Fiesta

Earlier this month the board of director’s voted to end The Whole Enchilada Fiesta after 34 years, but the Las Cruces City Council is looking into taking over the event.

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9:34 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Anthony, NM Security Guard Wounded; Gunman Found Dead

Authorities say a security guard at the Human Services Department building in Anthony has been wounded by a gunman who was later found dead in his car in Texas.

New Mexico State Police say the security guard is in surgery and in critical condition.

They say the gunman walked into the Human Services Department building about 2 p.m. Tuesday, shot the on-duty security guard and fled.

Police immediately issued an all-points bulletin for the suspect.

Sheriff's deputies in Texas later spotted the suspect driving in El Paso County.

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4:27 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Judge OKs Albuquerque, US Agreement On Police Use Of Force

A federal judge has approved an agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Albuquerque to overhaul use of force by the New Mexico city's police department.

The agreement approved Tuesday by District Judge Robert C. Brack was negotiated amid allegations of excessive force by police officers, including more than 40 shootings involving officers since 2010.

According to a Justice Department report, officers too frequently used deadly force on people who posed a minimal threat and used a higher level of force too often on those with mental illness.

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4:23 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Mexican Springs Man Gets Prison For Involuntary Manslaughter

A Mexican Springs man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for involuntary manslaughter in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Berland Thomas will be on three years of supervised release after serving his prison term.

Thomas was arrested last June on a criminal complaint charging him with murder.

According to the complaint, Thomas allegedly killed a man by beating him with his fists during an alcohol-fueled fight on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico's McKinley County.

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4:21 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

NM To Serve 2 Million Meals To Children Over Summer Break

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez says more than 2 million meals will be served to low-income children during the summer break.

The free meals are part of a program put on by the state Children, Youth and Families Department and the U.S. 

Department of Agriculture.

Martinez says the summer food program is critical for children who might not otherwise get a meal when school is not in session.

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1:44 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Man Attacked By Bear In Lincoln National Forest

  LINCOLN – Department of Game and Fish officers are searching for an adult black bear involved in the attack of a 55-year-old man in the Lincoln National Forest on Monday afternoon.

The Lincoln County man suffered deep flesh wounds from scratches on his chest and a bite to his leg. He was treated and released from Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso.

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12:49 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

NRDC: House Passes Bill that Guts Critical Fisheries Law and Threatens to Reverse Years of Progress

  The House passed a measure late Monday that would gut the landmark Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which is bringing back U.S. fisheries from collapse. The legislation weakens key fishery conservation protections, such as annual catch limits and successful timelines for rebuilding depleted stocks. In addition, it bypasses or weakens enforcement of fundamental environmental protection laws—including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Antiquities Act, and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

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12:45 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Heinrich Discusses New Mexico Water Issues, Including Proposed Gila Diversion Project

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

  During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) discussed the impact drought conditions have across New Mexico and ways to tackle water supply needs in the state.  The committee received testimony on the status of drought conditions throughout the western United States and actions states and others are taking to address them.

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12:41 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Wildfire Near Silver City

A wildfire burning near Silver City in southwestern New Mexico continues to grow but remains relatively small.

The federal Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that the fire has grown to 100 acres. That's up from eight acres as of Monday.

The fire is located on Treasure Mountain on BLM land approximately six miles northwest of Silver City, primarily grass and pinyon juniper.

BLM spokeswoman Punky Moore says there are homes and subdivisions in the vicinity but that no structures are currently threatened and that crews have stopped the fire's forward advance.

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12:38 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Nuclear Waste Storage Bunkers Affected By Leak Sealed Off

Credit Department of Energy

Workers have finished sealing off storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn made the announcement Tuesday as he updated a group of lawmakers on recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which has been closed since the February 2014 leak.

Flynn says the closure of an area known as Panel 6 and one room within Panel 7 was completed Friday.

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12:37 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

$200,000 Excessive Force Judgment Against Albuquerque Officer

A jury's ruling that an Albuquerque Police officer used excessive force includes $200,000 in compensatory damages for physical and psychological injuries.

Jerry Rodriguez filed his lawsuit over a 2010 incident with police that took place a month after they questioned him about a homicide.

Rodriguez's truck looked like the vehicle that was involved in the crime, leading police to question him. He says he thought he was being carjacked when officers, who never identified themselves, pulled him to the ground.

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9:45 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Bernalillo County DA Takes Blame In Release Of Man Accused Of Killing Officer

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Bernalillo District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she is partly to blame for the release of a man accused of killing a Rio Rancho police officer.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Romero is now facing multiple charges, including murder, in the May death of officer Gregg Benner.

In January, Romero had been in jail on charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, drug trafficking and car theft.

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9:33 am
Tue June 2, 2015

New Electrical Substations Online In Southern NM

Xcel Energy says two new substations and a pair of transmission lines are now in service in southeastern New Mexico.

The company announced Monday it has hit a milestone in its project to boost the high-voltage transmission and distribution system in the region by bringing the new infrastructure online.

Project manager Shannon Close says the substations and lines came in on time and on budget. They're capable of adding 25,000 horsepower to the region's industrial base.

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9:22 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Wildfire Burning Near Silver City Continues To Grow

A wildfire burning near Silver City in southwestern New Mexico remains relatively small but continues to grow.

State Forestry said Tuesday that the fire has grown to 40 acres. That's up from eight acres as of Monday.

The fire is located in the Treasure Mountain area approximately six miles northwest of Silver City on federal Bureau of Land Management land

According to the BLM, the fire is burning primarily in grass and pinyon juniper.

As of Monday, 30 personnel were assigned to the fire and additional engines and another crew were on order.

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