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9/11 Ceremony In Alamogordo

Sep 11, 2015

The Otero County Fire Fighters Association will hold their annual September 11thMemorial Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.  The ceremony will be held in the Museum’s upper parking lot or, in the case of inclement weather, on the Museum’s patio.

The ceremony begins at 7:30 pm with a parade of fire apparatus from the Otero County Fairgrounds up Indian Wells Road to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Once at the Museum, the ceremony continues with a slide show starting at 8:00 pm. The ceremony is free to the public.

Former Dona Ana County Employee Charged With Embezzlement

Sep 11, 2015

  Las Cruces---Sylvia Dorado,40, has been indicted for allegedly embezzling over $20,000 during her employment as a Compliance Monitor with the Dona Ana County- Health and Human Services, Misdemeanor Compliance Program.

Ms. Dorado allegedly embezzled money orders over a number of years from clients who were enrolled in the program for DUI charges or domestic violence offenses.

If convicted of this 2nd degree felony, Ms. Dorado faces a possible 9 years imprisonment or probation.

Information from Third Judicial District Attorney's Office

New Mexico Representative Fails To Report Some Campaign Contributions

Sep 11, 2015

State Representative Antonio Maestas has opened up about his failure to report more than $11,000 in contributions to his re-election campaign last year.

The Albuquerque Democrat says he was first notified of his failure to report about $4,000 in contributions last week by a KOB-TV reporter. After looking into it, he says he found $11,170 in unreported donations and has since updated his campaign finance reports.

The lawmaker provided bank records Wednesday to show that the unreported contributions were deposited into his campaign account last year.

Bear Attacks Runner Near Los Alamos

Sep 11, 2015

State wildlife officials are tracking down a bear that attacked a runner near Los Alamos.

The runner encountered a female bear and her cub on a trail Wednesday night and tried to make noise to scare them off. The bear charged him, knocked him into a stream and attacked him.

He was taken to the hospital with deep wounds and scratches.

Game and Fish officers are looking for the bear to test it for rabies.


Information from: KOB-TV,

Albuquerque Officers Plead Not Guilty In Death Of Homeless Man

Sep 11, 2015

A police officer and retired detective facing second-degree murder charges in the on-duty shooting of an Albuquerque homeless man have pleaded not guilty in a New Mexico court.

Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired Detective Keith Sandy entered their pleas at a hearing Friday.

A judge ruled last month that there was probable cause for their case to go to trial. The decision followed a preliminary hearing in which Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn argued evidence that James Boyd was shot in the side and back indicated he posed no threat to officers when he was killed.

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There are as many as 25,000 uses for hemp: Super foods, clothing and cosmetics-
According to industry studies.. Hemp retail products generate as much as $500 million dollars in the US every year. For New Mexico the low water use crop is a chance to maximize profit from scarce water supplies. But hemp’s ill-founded association with marijuana may have derailed New Mexico farmers’ hopes of capitalizing on the emerging hemp market.

Ramon Alvarez worked alongside his father on the family's farm in La Union New Mexico during the brutal drought of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Design Phase Complete For Rebuild Of NMSU Art Department, Gallery

Sep 11, 2015

  New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and their community partners recently celebrated the first phase of planning and design for D.W. Williams Hall, home of the NMSU art department and University Art Gallery.

At an event at the University Art Gallery on Aug. 18, renderings of the proposed D.W. Williams Hall design were on display as well as photos and sketches of the process in which faculty worked together on design considerations.

One Arrested, One Wanted In Las Cruces Area Shooting Investigation

Sep 11, 2015
Wanted: Eddie Carrillo


  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives have identified two Las Cruces men who are accused of firing rounds at house and two vehicles after they were reportedly asked to leave a party last month. One man was arrested Thursday afternoon.

            According to court documents, Eddie Carrillo, 24, and Juni Talamantes, 27, were part of a large gathering of people celebrating at a home in the 5700 block of Tanglewood Place in the village of Doña Ana on Friday, Aug. 28.

Albuquerque Officer Accused Of Kneeing Student Faces Trial

Sep 11, 2015

An Albuquerque police officer accused of kneeing a University of New Mexico law school student in the groin and deleting a cellphone video of the incident will stand trial.

KRQE-TV reports a judge made that decision Thursday in the case against 39-year-old Pablo Padilla.

Padilla is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with evidence in connection with the April 2014 traffic stop.

Indicted Texas AG Hires New Legal Team

Sep 11, 2015
Texas AG Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has hired new lawyers to defend him on felony charges of defrauding investors.

Paxton said Thursday he anxiously awaits his day in court and again denied allegations of misleading investors in a tech startup in 2011, when the Republican was still a state lawmaker.

Paxton's new legal team is former Dallas prosecutor Terri Moore and Houston attorney Dan Cogdell. The announcement comes two weeks after Paxton's previous high-powered attorney resigned over differences with the state's top law enforcement officer.

Woman Gets Probation In Fatal Hit-And-Run

Sep 11, 2015

A woman who fatally struck a homeless man with her vehicle and then left the scene has been sentenced to probation.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 48-year-old Barbara Hanna was ordered Thursday to serve 200 hours of community service over the next three years. As part of a plea deal, Hanna pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the accident that caused Lawrence Miera's July 2014 death.

Hanna was driving down a Santa Fe road when she struck 59-year-old Miera, who police say hadn't been in a crosswalk. Hanna left the scene and turned herself in to police days later.

Applications Sought To Replace NM Supreme Court Justice

Sep 11, 2015

A panel of judges, attorneys and others is seeking applicants to fill the vacancy that will be left on the New Mexico Supreme Court with the retirement of Justice Richard Bosson.

The Judicial Nominating Commission has set an Oct. 9 deadline for applications. A public meeting will follow on Oct. 19.

The commission will forward a list of finalists to Gov. Susana Martinez, who will choose a replacement. That person would have to run for election in 2016.

Remembering 9/11 Fourteen Years Later

Sep 11, 2015

U.S. Army photo by Adriana Salas De Santiago WSMR Safety and Nuclear Surety Director Randy Grunow points at the location of his office in a photo of the Pentagon after a plane had hit it in a terrorist attack. Grunow was working for the Pentagon at the time and had just left the main impact area before the plane had hit. Edit | Remove

Hardware Problem Forced New Mexico MVD Offline For Hours

Sep 10, 2015

The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department is blaming a hardware malfunction for a computer outage that affected tax and motor vehicle offices statewide.

Agency spokesman Ben Cloutier says IT crews worked for several hours to fix the problem. He reported all programs were back up and running by late Thursday afternoon.

The outage affected websites operated by Taxation and Revenue Department and Motor Vehicle Division as well as MVD Express and other independent providers that process driver's license renewals and other motor vehicle transactions.

US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting against a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal:

"I'm pleased that this important effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon was upheld today. The deal sets the stage for a safer and more stable Middle East and a more secure United States of America.

New Mexico To Hold Legislative Summit On Juvenile Justice

Sep 10, 2015

  The Legislative Health and Human Services Committee and the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee will hold the Legislative Summit on Juvenile Justice, as a joint meeting of those interim committees, on September 23, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Legislative Summit on Juvenile Justice will be held in Ballroom C of the University of New Mexico Student Union Building in Albuquerque.

County Seeks Public Input On Grant Funding For Sheriff's Department

Sep 10, 2015


  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be applying for federal funds through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program and will be accepting recommendations from the public as part of the application process.

            The JAG Program provides funding to support law enforcement in technical support, strategic planning, research and evaluation, data collection, training, equipment, forensic laboratories and criminal justice information systems.

Woman Accused Of Assaulting Albuquerque Cab Driver With Pan

Sep 10, 2015

A woman is in custody for allegedly assaulting an Albuquerque taxi driver with a cast iron pan and then stealing the vehicle.

Albuquerque police say Antoinette Padilla has been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on suspicion of armed robbery. Her age isn't immediately available.

Police say officers responded to reports of a carjacking around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

The cab driver told police that he picked up a woman and she began hitting him with a cast iron pan.

As the driver got out of the cab to escape the attack, the woman drove off.

Pregnant Customer Says Dairy Queen Worker Beat Her

Sep 10, 2015

A pregnant woman is suing Dairy Queen because she says a worker beat her over an ice cream complaint.

KRQE-TV reports Angelika Coakley-Vargas stopped to satisfy her craving for chocolate ice cream, but was given vanilla. The workers refused to remake it, and it tipped over when she slid it back across the counter.

Coakley-Vargas says a worker screamed an expletive as she walked out.

A police report says witnesses saw employee Takisha Archuleta chase and attack Coakley-Vargas. Archuleta told police she was telling the woman not to return to the fast food restaurant.

New Mexico AG Calls On Feds To Address Natural Gas Waste

Sep 10, 2015
Hector Balderas

New Mexico's attorney general is calling on the federal government to move quickly in adopting new rules to curb the waste of natural gas and the resulting loss of millions of dollars in royalties that could benefit education and other public programs.

Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week, saying New Mexico has lost nearly $43 million in royalties since 2009 because of leaks and the venting and flaring of gas wells on federal lands.

Dance And Astronomy Take The Stage At NMSU Next Friday Night

Sep 10, 2015
NMSU student Min Tran


  Heavenly bodies on the big screen, live dancing and special flavors of gelato are in store for participants at New Mexico State University’s next Salon Discovery event. The show titled “NMSU Astronomy: Clyde Tombaugh and Beyond” will share insights from NMSU astronomers about the science and mystery of planets and stars along with some history about the man who discovered Pluto.

Las Cruces Casting Call For Major Film Draws Nearly 1,000

Sep 10, 2015

  Over the Labor Day weekend, nearly 1,000 people responded to an open casting call for the recently retitled major feature film, “The Space Between Us” (formerly “Out Of This World”).  The Mesilla Valley Mall hosted hundreds who traveled from Juarez, Mexico, Boulder, CO, San Antonio, TX and the Los Angeles area, in addition to residents from the Las Cruces and El Paso area.


Duff To Lead NMSU’s Animal And Range Sciences Department

Sep 10, 2015

  New Mexico State University alumnus Glenn Duff was named department head of animal and range sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

“It’s really an honor to be able to serve in this capacity at my alma mater,” Duff said. “I’ve come full circle, having received my doctorate here, then serving as a faculty member and now the department head.”

Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research

Sep 10, 2015

Sherrie Aland

Sep 10, 2015

  They’ve been working together all summer, conducting research and formulating thoughtful questions, and now a panel of students from across New Mexico is making their final preparations for their role in the 2015 Domenici Public Policy Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

FLAMENCO: From Spain To New Mexico Coming To Santa Fe

Sep 10, 2015

  The Museum of International Folk Art will present Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016.

J.J. Wilson-WNMU Writer In Residence

Sep 10, 2015

Texan Linked To Smuggling 600 Firearms To Mexico Gets Prison

Sep 10, 2015

A South Texas man linked to smuggling more than 600 guns into Mexico has been sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison.

Jose Maria Deleon of Camp Wood was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas. Deleon earlier this year pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the unlawful manufacturing of firearms.

Prosecutors say Deleon in 2010 and 2011 was involved with manufacturing guns without a license and then selling those firearms. Deleon bought AR-15 and AK firearm receivers that needed to be manufactured to become fully functional weapons for resale.

Study: People In Pre-Hispanic Southwest Loved Caffeine

Sep 10, 2015

A new study says inhabitants in the pre-Hispanic American Southwest often drank caffeinated drinks and traded to get them more than 1,000 years ago.

The study led by University of New Mexico anthropology professor Patricia Crown says researchers found caffeine on sherds from jars, bowls, and pitchers located at archeological sites throughout the present-day American Southwest.

According to the study, American Indians in the regional got their caffeine fix through holly and cacao-based chocolate beverages. Neither plant species grew in the Southwest.