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Skandera: $100 ATM Cards To Help Teachers Despite Objections

Sep 15, 2015

New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says new state-issued $100 debit cards will help teachers buy supplies and she doesn't understand a union's objections.

Skandera told The Associated Press on Tuesday she's "utterly disappointed" the Albuquerque Teachers Federation is advising educators to decline the offer for the card. The union says it has concerns that the fine print on purchases may put teachers' licensures at risk.

Drug Take-Back Program In Las Cruces

Sep 15, 2015

  Doña Ana County residents with unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications are encouraged to participate in the annual drug take-back program on Saturday, Sept. 26, sponsored in part by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other local law-enforcement agencies.

The program gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous drugs. The service is free and anonymous. All drugs surrendered are destroyed.

If you talk to people who have spent some time in the chile industry, they may tell you that nothing will ever compare to a human harvesting a green chile pepper. However, Israeli inventor Elad Etgar is out to change their minds.

Etgar’s company has developed a mechanized way to harvest green chile. He describes how the machine harvests the crop.

“The head strips the fruit and the leaves from the plant and moves everything to the harvester. The harvester separates the leaves and the fruit, and moves everything from the belt and the boxes,” says Etgar.

Implications of Fraud Charges Against New Mexico Secretary of State

Sep 15, 2015

KUNM presents this hour-long call-in show regarding the implications of the charges against New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Hobbs Day Care Fined After Child Found Alone Outside

Sep 15, 2015

State officials have fined a Hobbs day care center after a crying child was found unattended outside.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports a report obtained by the newspaper shows the state's Children, Youth and Families Department fined Shining Stars Learning Center $3,000 following an investigation.

The department received a report a woman was driving by Shining Stars and noticed a young boy "screaming and crying" on the sidewalk outside in July.

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

A judge has tentatively set the trial date for August 2016 for two Albuquerque police officers facing charges in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Last month, Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled after a two-week preliminary hearing that there was probable cause for Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired officer Keith Sandy to stand trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of James Boyd.

Boyd's March 2014 shooting death in the Sandia Mountain foothills was captured on an officer's helmet camera.

New Mexico Secretary Of State Due In Court On Fraud Charges

Sep 15, 2015
NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

A top New Mexico official is expected to enter a plea to charges that she funneled campaign contributions to her bank accounts and withdrew large sums of money at casinos around the state.

Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is due in court Tuesday to be arraigned on 64 counts of embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and other charges.

The charges were leveled more than two weeks ago.

She has also been a no-show at her elected post except for some calls with staff.

The charges involve a total of $13,000 in campaign donations.

Las Cruces Man Dies After July Crash With Sheriff's Deputy

Sep 14, 2015

Authorities say a 73-year-old Las Cruces man involved in a crash with a Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office deputy has died.

Las Cruces police say Wayne Myers received what was initially described as a shoulder injury in the July 2 crash.

He was treated at a hospital and released.

Police say Myers developed complications, was hospitalized again and died Aug. 14.

The county medical investigator's office believes the death stemmed from medical complications related to the crash.

Albuquerque Officers' Trial Tentatively Set For August 2016

Sep 14, 2015

A judge has tentatively set the trial date for August 2016 for two Albuquerque police officers facing charges in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man last year.

Last month, Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled after a two-week preliminary hearing that there was probable cause for Officer Dominique Perez and now-retired officer Keith Sandy to stand trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of James Boyd.

Boyd's March 2014 shooting death in the Sandia Mountain foothills was captured on an officer's helmet camera.

Farmington Police Investigate Dead Body Found In Hotel Room

Sep 14, 2015

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body at a hotel in Farmington and say it appears to be a homicide.

Farmington police were dispatched to the Rimrock Inn about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Someone reported seeing a body through an open door on the floor of one of the rooms.

When officers arrived, they found the man's body.

Detectives and crime scene personnel are investigating the death as a homicide.

The man's name is being withheld until his relatives can be notified.

Senate Youth Program Accepting Applications

Sep 14, 2015

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encouraged outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two New Mexico students will be selected to join 102 other delegates at the program’s 54th annual Washington Week from March 5-12, 2016. During their all expenses paid trip, New Mexico’s representatives will learn about the workings of the U.S. Senate and federal government. Additionally, each selected participant will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. 

Las Cruces Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Sep 14, 2015

  A 25-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of committing an armed robbery Sunday afternoon was arrested within minutes.

Juan Pablo Barraza, 25, is charged with one count of robbery, and one count of resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

At around 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery at the Metro PCS store at 1855 E. Lohman Ave. Officer learned that a masked man entered the business, used a handgun to threaten an employee and demanded cash from the register.

Police Cite Concern About Girlfriend Of Homicide Suspect

Sep 14, 2015

Albuquerque police say they're concerned about the girlfriend of a man accused of stabbing his father.

Police say 22-year-old Tanika Walters is not suspected of any involvement in the stabbing and that investigators are simply concerned because they can't locate her to check on her.

Walters is described by police as the girlfriend of 24-year-old James Finch.

He's accused of killing 60-year-old David Finch on Aug. 24. James Finch's mother, 66-year-old Kathy Finch, also was wounded in the attack.

Albuquerque Police ID Man Whose Body Was Found In Rio Grande

Sep 14, 2015

Albuquerque police have identified a man whose body was found in the Rio Grande and whose death is being investigated as suspicious.

Police say the body of 47-year-old David Buckley was found in the river of the Central Avenue bridge on Aug. 23.

It was recovered by a police dive team and Office of the Medical Investigator staff.

Police said Buckley had been reported missing.

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Police Say Death Of Man Found Outside Store Was Homicide

Sep 14, 2015

Albuquerque police say the death of a man found outside a store last month is being investigated as a homicide.

According to police, 62-year-old Donald Deloach was found unconscious and bleeding in front of a store in southeast Albuquerque on Aug. 22.

Police say witnesses reported seeing Deloach in an altercation with another man and that Deloach died Sept. 2 while hospitalized.

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Las Cruces-Produced Salsa Named Best In New Mexico

Sep 14, 2015

  Several hundred people at the New Mexico State Fair stood in line to sample more than 30 salsas on Saturday – and after their votes were tallied, Ol’ Gringo Chile Company’s New Mexico Hot Salsa was named the best in the state.

The annual Battle of the Salsas invites salsa lovers of all ages to have their chile- and jalapeño-scorched voices heard.  Bueno’s Flame Roasted Green Chile Salsa took second place in this year’s Battle, and Andele Restaurant’s Traditional Salsa – the winner of last year’s competition – took third.

National Recovery Month In Las Cruces

Sep 14, 2015

Two years after leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge and surviving, Kevin Hines shares his message of living mentally healthy with audiences around the world. Hines will be the keynote speaker at the Rio Grande Theatre on September 19th at 5pm. September is National Recovery Month and United Healthcare of New Mexico is bringing Hines to Las Cruces, Dr. Denise Leonardi is the chief medical official for United Healthcare community plan, she spoke with Edmundo Resendez about the road to recovery.  

Joe Widmer (KRWG)

The presidential election has put the focus on the US-Mexico border security and curbing illegal immigration.

As Simon Thompson reports that has some concerned what this political posturing is going to mean for the quality of life in border communities.

In the Unites States Of America the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect citizens from random and arbitrary stops and searches.

UNM Art Exhibit Explores Gun Violence, Law Enforcement

Sep 14, 2015

The University of New Mexico is hosting a controversial art show meant to highlight police brutality and gun violence.

KRQE-TV reports that the Necessary Force: Art in the Police State will run until Dec. 12. The exhibit includes portraits from events during the civil rights movement and an overturned police cruiser playing scanner chatter from unrest in cities like Ferguson, Missouri.

UNM College of Fine Arts Dean Kymberly Pinder says the show is not meant to be anti-police, but instead anti-brutality and anti-gun violence.

UPDATE: Martinez Unveils New State Energy Plan

Sep 14, 2015
Office of the Governor

Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a sweeping new energy policy and implementation plan for the State of New Mexico, entitled: “Seizing our Energy Potential: Creating a More Diverse Economy in New Mexico.” Among other things, the blueprint calls for an “all of the above” approach to energy development that promotes the production of all sources of energy as a means of creating jobs, diversifying a key sector of our economy, and supporting our nation's efforts to achieve energy independence.

New Mexico State Fair Hosts Green Chile Stew Competition Tuesday

Sep 14, 2015

  It wouldn’t be the State Fair without the various Food Preparation Contests and it sure wouldn’t be the New Mexico State Fair without the chile contests!

This year’s Green Chile Stew Competition will be held on Tuesday, September 15, starting at 10:30 the Home Arts area of the Creative Arts Building.  Judging will take place at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Grease Spill In The Santa Fe River

Sep 13, 2015

City officials say a company that recycles grease and food waste for restaurants has left a mess in the Santa Fe River.

City crews pumped out cooking oil Saturday evening that spilled into the river earlier in the day, turning a portion of the dry riverbed orange.

Restaurant owner Tim Eckre says workers with Valley Proteins, which retrieves grease from his business once a month, dropped a barrel of used canola oil around 5 a.m.

City water conservation workers say the workers used a hose to wash the oil into a storm drain instead of sopping it up.

New Mexico AG Seeks Further Measures To Block Horse Slaughter

Sep 13, 2015
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

The New Mexico attorney general is asking a state district judge to take further measures to prevent horse slaughtering in Roswell.

The AG is asking the judge to expand an injunction against a horse slaughter operation in the city to prevent another firm from starting one.

A. Blair Dunn, the lawyer for Valley Meat Co., says federal action has blocked slaughtering horses and the organization doesn't intend to do so in Roswell. He called the AG's request harassment.

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has been out of the state or otherwise off work nearly half of the time since his father entered the Republican race for president, despite pledges to remain focused on his state elected office.

The Houston Chronicle examined Bush's calendar, agency records and social media accounts to measure the commissioner's time away from his office.

It found Bush was away on personal time related to the Jeb Bush's presidential campaign and other reasons for 23 of the first 50 work days since his father announced his bid June 15.

NM State Falls Short Against Georgia State

Sep 13, 2015


Full Schedule: A Busy Sunday At The New Mexico State Fair

Sep 13, 2015

  New Mexico State Fair Schedule of Events

(All Times are subject to change)

September 13, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Weekend

Art Galleries, Manuel Lujan Building, Creative & Home Arts, and Flower & School Arts Buildings open at 10am.

Tingley Coliseum

4:00pm Mexican Extravaganza

New Mexico State Fair Pavilion

11:00am On the Rocks

12:00pm Shrine Nobles of Note

1:00pm Game Show

2:00pm Inspire Rock Academy

4:30pm Game Show

5:30pm Open Karaoke

Las Cruces House Fire Displaces Two Residents; One Injured

Sep 13, 2015

  Las Cruces firefighters extinguished a house fire late Saturday night.  The fire department responded to a residential structure fire at the 1100 block of East Mesa Avenue just before midnight Saturday.   The first arriving engine found moderate smoke coming from the eaves of the home.  Fire crews completed a search and had the fire extinguished within minutes.

$100 Million For Projects At UNM

Sep 12, 2015

University of New Mexico will split a planned $100 million bond issue that will fund expansions to campus facilities over the next two years.

The UNM Board of Regents approved the divvying Friday, with the first $55 million in bonds to be sold in January and the second $45 million to be sold a year later.

School officials say the first bond will pay for the first phase of renovation for the Johnson Center, new buildings for the Anderson School of Management and renovations of Smith Plaza.

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

Sep 12, 2015


    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.

AP Exclusive: After Spill, Work Suspended At 10 Mine Sites

Sep 12, 2015

Federal officials suspended site investigations and some cleanup work at 10 polluted mining complexes because of conditions similar to those blamed in a massive wastewater blowout from an inactive Colorado gold mine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects include three sites in California, four in Colorado, two in Montana and one in Missouri.

A stop-work order affecting the sites was issued last month but officials did not disclose specifics. Details were provided following repeated requests from The Associated Press.