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9:36 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Judge Lifts Restraining Order In Gila Lawsuit

Credit NMFO

The Interstate Stream Commission can now move forward with a meeting next week to consider the future of the Gila River.

During a hearing Thursday, state District Judge Francis Mathew lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked action by the commission.

New Mexico faces a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding how to manage its share of the river under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

The commission plans to meet Monday to consider a recent staff recommendation to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila.

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9:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

UTEP: Former Athletics Head, Wife Killed By Truck

The University of Texas at El Paso is mourning the loss of a former athletic director and his wife, who were fatally hit by a truck while crossing the street.

UTEP President Diana Natalicio confirms Ben and Mary Gene Collins died on Thursday. El Paso police say the couple didn't use a crosswalk. They were taken to an area hospital where they died.

The accident occurred outside of the Don Haskins Center, named after the legendary basketball coach that Ben Collins is credited with hiring. Collins worked at Texas Western College, now UTEP, from 1946 to 1961.

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9:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arizonans Sue Over Border Patrol Checkpoints

Two southern Arizona residents have filed a lawsuit in federal court over an ongoing battle against a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.

The checkpoint is about 20 miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico near the town of Arivaca. Residents there have staged protests and began monitoring the checkpoint this year.

Leesa Jacobson and Peter Ragan say border agents have harassed them in their efforts to document encounters they witness between the Border Patrol and drivers who must stop at the checkpoint.

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9:28 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Police: Man, Woman Found Dead In El Paso Home

Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found in an El Paso home.

El Paso police say the Thursday killings appear to be a murder-suicide. Officers were called out to the home on Thursday for a welfare check after the woman didn't arrive at work. They say a family member of one of the people killed had tried to get in touch with that person but couldn't.

Police haven't released their identities, how they were related or how they died. Officers are investigating.

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9:27 am
Fri November 21, 2014

State Securities Division Proposes Broker Suspensions

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The state Securities Division has proposed taking action against two brokers accused of breaching their duties and contributing to an investment crisis at the Bernalillo County treasurer's office.

The division sent one notice to the Bank of South Carolina, which was doing business as Bank of Albuquerque, and broker Thomas Wayne Hayes. The other notice went to Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and broker Royce O. Simpson.

The notices were sent Thursday, a day after the state auditor released a special review that detailed risky investments by the county treasurer's office.

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9:25 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Man Accused Of Trying To Choke New Mexico Deputy

A 28-year-old Albuquerque-area man is accused of assaulting and trying to choke a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

Sheriff's Capt. Justin Dunlap says 28-year-old Joshua R. Vigil hit Deputy Diana Young with her Taser and his fists and feet, tried to grab her gun and attempted to choke the deputy after he pulled into his driveway Wednesday night.

The Sheriff's Office says Vigil fled the scene when an Albuquerque police helicopter arrived over the scene, leading to a chase that ended in a crash and another fight with officers.

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9:18 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Gov. Martinez Highlights New 'Katie's Law' Successes

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez is touting more success from a DNA testing law that bears the name of a New Mexico college student who was murdered in 2003.

Martinez announced Friday an 88 percent increase in matches by the New Mexico DNA Identification System thanks to the expanded Katie's Law. She says the system has matched DNA from 463 arrestees to 478 cases since 2011.

The law was named in memory of Kathryn Sepich, a New Mexico State University student whose killer was identified with DNA evidence after he was convicted of another crime.

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4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Man Accused Of Hitting Young Las Cruces Boy Arrested In Iowa

  The man suspected of punching his girlfriend’s young son Monday and stealing her car was arrested Thursday in Muscatine, Iowa.

Juan Bazan Agilar, 45, is charged with one count each of child abuse and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

LCPD investigators learned that Agilar was released from a local hospital Nov. 16 and intended to sell prescription medication Monday to an unidentified woman who resides on Colorado Avenue.

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1:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Spaceport Loss Due To Delay: $1.7 Million A Year

Credit Spaceport America

  Spaceport America stands empty, and New Mexico expects to lose an estimated $1.7 million a year now that commercial fights by Virgin Galactic have been delayed indefinitely.

The head of the spaceport authority, Christine Anderson, is scheduled to update lawmakers on the budget shortfall during a meeting Thursday.

Anderson will also discuss plans for attracting tenants to the taxpayer-financed spaceport.

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1:50 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Telethons, Hotlines Set Up For Immigrants

El Paso--Attorneys and immigration groups in Texas are setting up telethons and hotlines to serve immigrants who will look to qualify under a White House plan to protect them from deportation.

Several groups across the state have also organized large gatherings to watch President Barack Obama's televised speech on Thursday night. He is expected to announce details of a plan that would grant work permits to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States and to protect them from deportation.

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1:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

DA: Review Of Albuquerque Police Shooting Near End

Credit 3/16/14 fatal shooting of James Boyd--Albuquerque Police Department video

  A district attorney looking into the Albuquerque police shooting of a homeless camper, which sparked angry protests around the city, says her review will be completed by late winter.

Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Thursday that she personally is reviewing the March shooting of James Boyd and will decide if officers in the shooting will face charges.

The FBI also is investigating the shooting.

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1:47 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Suspected Florida Gunman Previously Worked For District Attorney's Office

  A man suspected of shooting three people at a Florida State University's library Thursday worked for the District Attorney's office in Las Cruces.

The State Bar of New Mexico spokeswoman D.D. Wolohan says Myron May was listed as an attorney for the Dona Ana District Attorney until recently.

In addition, a Las Cruces police report last month says May was the subject of a harassment complaint from a former girlfriend.

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1:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Senator Rodríguez Applauds President's Relief For Undocumented Immigrants

  El Paso -- In reaction to today's announcement by President Obama on immigration, Texas state Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus, issued the following statement:

"I applaud President Obama's executive order to put a halt on deportations to some of the millions of undocumented immigrants working and living in the United States. The country can no longer sit idly by as Congress continues to fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform and allows families to be torn apart by a broken immigration system. 

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9:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Ex-Las Cruces Police Officer Sentenced In Sex Case

    

A former Las Cruces police detective has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage intern while on duty.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Michael Garcia also was sentenced Wednesday to five years of supervised release, ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements.

Garcia pleaded guilty in the case in April.

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9:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

New Mexico Advocates Preparing For Immigration Change

Immigrant rights groups in New Mexico say they are preparing for possible immigration changes with planned legal clinics and by reaching out to oil field workers.

The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center said Wednesday it will launch a text messaging system targeting immigrants around the state. The organization also will use Skype to assist immigrants living in rural areas.

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9:15 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Former Guard Pleads Guilty In New Mexico Drug Case

A former corrections officer at a state prison in southern New Mexico has pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling drugs into the penal facility.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Luis Delgadillo of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges in an August federal indictment.

The indictment charged Delgadillo with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin into the Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral.

According to the office, Delgadillo was the last of six defendants to enter a guilty plea in this case.

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9:13 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Legislators Expect Smaller New Mexico Revenue Gain

New Mexico legislators may have a smaller increase in state revenue to divvy up in the next budget year than they expected just a few months ago.

A revenue forecast released in August said about $285 million should be available for spending increases or for tax cuts.

However, key legislators say that increase now apparently will be smaller, in the range of $185 million to $235 million.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the decrease in the size of the expected revenue increase is due to an ongoing dip in oil prices.

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6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Major Honor For NMSU Engineering Students

New Mexico State University engineering students Ember Krech (left) and Brendan Sullivan will advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation as University Innovation Fellows named by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. (Courtesy photo)

  New Mexico State University engineering students Brendan Sullivan and Ember Krech are part of a cohort of 58 students from 26 higher education institutions across the United States recently named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. 

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6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

NMSU’s La Catrina Quartet Nominated For 2014 Latin Grammy Award

  The La Catrina String Quartet at New Mexico State University has been nominated for 2014 Latin Grammy Award. They’ll find out if they win at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Las Vegas. 
It’s not the first time the group has been nominated for a Latin Grammy. They won the award for one of their recordings in 2012.

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4:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Martinez Pushes Immigration Reform

Credit Office of the Governor

   New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Congress should put aside partisan differences and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Republican and nation's first elected Latina governor said Tuesday in a Washington Times opinion piece that Congress needed to craft a bill that tightens the border and revamps a "dysfunctional system."

She says solutions shouldn't reward those who have broken the law but they also shouldn't involve "rolling up the welcome mat."

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4:09 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

President Addresses Immigration Action Tonight At 6pm MT

President Barack Obama is announcing the steps he will take to protect millions of immigrants who are illegally in the country from deportation.  The speech will air Thursday at 6pm on KRWG-TV and Radio and will stream live at www.krwg.org 

In a video released on Facebook, Obama said he will make the announcement from the White House and then go to Las Vegas to promote the plan Friday.

Obama said everyone agrees that the immigration system is broken, but that Washington has let the problem "fester for too long."

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4:05 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UNM Team Captain Dismissed After Assault Charge

   The captain of the University of New Mexico women's basketball team has been dismissed from the team after being arrested and accused of assaulting her boyfriend.

Coach Yvonne Sanchez said Wednesday that her decision to dismiss Ebony Walker was "made with thoughtful consideration" for the program and for Walker, whom Sanchez called a good person."

Sanchez said there shouldn't be a rush to judgment about Walker and that the judicial process should be allowed to play out for the 22-year-old from Albuquerque.

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4:02 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Balderas Finds Violations Of State Law In Bernalillo County Treasurer's Office

Credit Hector Balderas

  (Santa Fe, NM)Today, State Auditor Hector Balderas announced the results of a special audit that found serious abuses of public resources and violations of state law at the Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office. Patrick Padilla served as the County Treasurer for eight years, from January 2005 through December 2012. Manny Ortiz assumed the office in January 2013 and currently serves as the County Treasurer. Among the issues highlighted by the special audit, auditors found over $900 million in investment purchases may not have been in the best interest of the County.

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3:05 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Record For New Mexico Exports South Of The Border

  The New Mexico Economic Development Department announced that New Mexico exported $1,082,000,000 in goods to Mexico according to the third quarter report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. This is first time exports to Mexico have surpassed $1 billion. The 2014 third quarter number also exceeds the record yearly number which was last year's at $800,733,264.

 

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12:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Another Scam Surfaces In Southern New Mexico

  Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison warns that a new telephone scam is being perpetrated on residents of Doña Ana County.

   In the latest version of the scam, the victim receives a call from someone saying they represent the Internal Revenue Service. The caller threatens the victim with arrest later in the day if an outstanding tax issue is not resolved with a cash transaction during the course of the telephone call.

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12:28 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mapping New Mexico's Vote

The Republican takeover of New Mexico’s state House was the big news from the Nov. 4 election.

Using vote tallies from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office as of Nov. 17, New Mexico In Depth mapped the state House outcomes, as well as the results for the U.S. Senate and governor’s races.

First, the House.

From the start, 14 Republican and 20 Democratic seats were uncontested. Two seats featured Democrats versus write-in candidates, while two others featured independent candidates.

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12:25 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Apartment Fire In Las Cruces

The Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished a fire in an apartment complex Tuesday evening.

Firefighters from the Las Cruces Fire Department responded shortly before 9 pm to an apartment fire in the 300 block of Foster Tuesday November 18. Firefighters were able to force entry and quickly extinguish the fire located in a bedroom. The apartment tenants were not home at the time of the incident. Alert neighbors called 911 after hearing a smoke detector. There were no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians.

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8:21 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bernalillo County Inmate-release Plan Approved

Bernalillo County has a contingency plan to release some prisoners deemed to be low risk if the jail population gets too large.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the county jail's population of just under 1,900 inmates is now well below its peak and slightly below a court-ordered target.

County commissioners late Tuesday approved a plan allowing for emergency releases if the jail population exceeds the court-ordered target two weeks in a row.

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8:19 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Case Against Former Las Cruces Official Dropped

    

Prosecutors in Las Cruces are dropping a criminal case against a former city official who was accused of orchestrating an illegal kickback scheme.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 50-year-old Jeff Honeycutt was arrested in April and accused of giving overtime assignments to employees in exchange for cash.

District Attorney Mark D'Antonio says prosecutors reviewed new evidence and decided to not take the case to a grand jury.

Citing cases still pending against other former city workers, D'Antonio's office declined to discuss the additional evidence.

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8:15 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Immigrant Rights Group To Sue On Jail Detentions

An advocacy group and three immigrants are suing a northwestern New Mexico county over jail detentions from immigration holds.

The Santa Fe-based Somos un Pueblo Unido is scheduled to announce Wednesday details about a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of three immigrants who live in Farmington.

According to the lawsuit, all three were stopped for minor traffic violations and held unlawfully by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office while federal officials checked their immigration status.

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