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AG Balderas Announces Convicted Child Killer to Remain in Prison

Dec 22, 2016

Grants, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jadrian Lucero will remain in prison following his conviction for the fatal abuse of his own daughter, who was just 47 days old at the time of her death. The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Lucero’s conviction for intentional child abuse resulting in death. A Cibola County jury found Lucero guilty after the baby’s autopsy revealed that she died from “devastating brain injuries” caused by blunt force trauma.

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Cocaine Ring

Dec 22, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Juan Velazquez, 26, of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to distributing cocaine and participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Doña Ana County, N.M. 

Living Here - Truth or Consequences

Dec 22, 2016

Sheriff's Deputies In Doña Ana County Organize Toy Drive

Dec 22, 2016
Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office

 

A month-long toy drive organized by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies will benefit hundreds of area kids, thanks in part to the generosity of local retailers.

            More than 300 items were collected at area Dollar General stores from patrons who purchased and donated toys. A separate toy drive, organized by Indigo Yoga, also contributed to the total number.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - R

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is praising the collapse of a deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law as he continues calling for Texas to adopt a similar measure.

Patrick said Thursday the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2 is "essential" legislation. The law omits gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from state anti-discrimination protections. It also orders transgender people to use bathrooms and showers that align with their sex at birth.

Friends Say Man Found Beheaded In Albuquerque Was Homeless

Dec 22, 2016

Friends of a man who was found beheaded and mutilated behind an Albuquerque store say the victim was homeless.

Carlos Atencio says he met 42-year-old Clifford Miller about a month ago when Miller, of McAlester, Oklahoma, was living in a homeless shelter with all of his belongings.

Miller's body was found Saturday nude and castrated behind a Wal-Mart on Albuquerque's northeast side. Police are still investigating the killing.

Atencio says Miller lost two jobs during his short time in Albuquerque, had lost his phone and was sleeping in shelters and bus stations.

Retail Gas Prices In Texas, Nation Up By Three Cents

Dec 22, 2016

Retail gasoline prices in Texas and the rest of country rose an average 3 cents per gallon this week.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average statewide price at the pump was $2.06 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices reached an average $2.26 per gallon.

The association survey found San Antonio has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $1.99 per gallon. Drivers in Dallas face the most expensive gasoline statewide at $2.10 per gallon.

Weather System Delivering Snow, Sleet, Rain To New Mexico

Dec 22, 2016

A weather system carrying tropical moisture is combining with a cold front to set the stage for snow, sleet and freezing rain across northeastern New Mexico and heavy snow in northern New Mexico's highest mountains.

Forecasters say most of the state will get rain but a winter storm warning for northern New Mexico mountains about 9,000 feet until noon Friday predicts snow accumulations of between 10 and 20 inches.

Forecasters say travel impacts are expected only in the higher mountain passes and roads near ski resorts.

Albuquerque Planning Visitor Center Along Route 66

Dec 22, 2016

Albuquerque has purchased land for the construction of a visitor center along Route 66.

The $3.4 million project to build a visitor center atop Nine Mile Hill has been funded by the city, Bernalillo County and state Legislature.

City officials say the center is meant to celebrate Albuquerque's history along the historic route and offer motorists a place to take in the views of the Rio Grande valley and the Sandia Mountains.

Officials plan to hold community meetings to discuss design plans for the new building.

A suspect police say shot and killed an Artesia man this week was out on bail for a 2015 fatal shooting of a New Mexico State University student.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://goo.gl/IPJLZD ) 22-year-old Daniel Aguilera is suspected of killing 21-year-old Otis Chavez on Tuesday.

Authorities say Aguilera already is facing a murder charge in the 2015 shooting death of New Mexico State University student Andres Rojo.

Lawsuit: Priest Sexually Abused Boy In New Mexico

Dec 22, 2016

Another man has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a former New Mexico priest who until recently was on the lam.

The claim was filed in court in Albuquerque on Wednesday on behalf of 65-year-old man and former University of Albuquerque student.

The man says The Rev. Art Perrault sexually abused him.

Feds Say Sunland Park Man Pleads Guilty In Family-Run Cocaine Ring

Dec 22, 2016

A Sunland Park man has pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money laundering.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 21-year-old Joel Ibarra pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces on Tuesday. He will be sentenced to over two years in prison as per his plea agreement.

Ibarra was arrested in September as a result of a six-month investigation into a drug trafficking ring led by Joel Ibarra-Torres, a relative.

The indictment claimed Ibarra-Torres and several others sold cocaine from March 31 through late September.

Roadrunner Food Bank Gave 32 Million Pounds Of Food In 2016

Dec 22, 2016

One of the New Mexico's largest food banks says it distributed 32 million pounds of food through its partner agencies and provided food to an average of 70,000 people in 2016.

The Roadrunner Food Bank says it increased the number of meals for kids by over 300,000 more meals. That's a total of 1.4 million meals for kids this year.

Roadrunner says it also served an extra 3,000 seniors since launching its senior hunger initiative in 2015.

But the organization says next year will bring just as many challenges as child hunger and poverty continue.

Make a resolution to find out if you have glaucoma

Dec 21, 2016

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, but there’s one resolution that rarely makes the cut – and depending your age or family health history, it should.

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States, and most people are unaware they have it because, like many diseases, it has no symptoms in its early stages. It comes with no pain, discomfort or blurry vision.

Anyone can get it, but those at higher risk are everyone over age 60 – especially Hispanics, African-Americans over 40, and people with a family history of the disease.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Dec 21, 2016

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County Jetport Gets Certified Weather System

Dec 21, 2016

The Doña Ana County International Jetport is now equipped with a certified weather observation system, making it a possible landing option for flights that can't land at the El Paso or Las Cruces airports.

The county touts this development as a sign of growth and significance in the region.

The automatic weather observation system was commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday. It allows pilots to access temperature, dew point, wind speed and direction, visibility and other weather details.

Albuquerque Man Indicted In Connection With Old Navy Fire

Dec 21, 2016

A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of starting a fire inside an Old Navy store in Albuquerque in November.

The U.S. attorney's office in Albuquerque says the indictment handed up Wednesday alleges that 28-year-old David Hickman used fire in an attempt to maliciously damage the store.

Hickman was arrested Nov. 28, two days after the fire.

Lawsuit Targets Election Of Bernalillo County Commissioner

Dec 21, 2016

The losing candidate for a commissioner's seat in New Mexico's most populous county is asking a state district judge to overturn the election results and declare her the winner.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the complaint was filed this week on behalf of Republican Patricia Paiz. It accuses "Breaking Bad" actor and commissioner-elect Steven Michael Quezada of failing to sign the paperwork needed to declare his candidacy in March.

Sandia Labs Project Aims To Improve Farmers' Crops

Dec 21, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories is getting $2.4 million to help identify crops that are more environmentally friendly.

The project funded by the Department of Energy and by ROOTS, or Rhizosphere Observations Optimizing Terrestrial Sequestration, seeks to find crops that use less water, reduce need for nitrogen fertilizer, trap carbon deep in the soil and improve soil quality.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the project on Wednesday.

About 70 employees get sick after health department party

Dec 21, 2016

 The New Mexico Department of Health says dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party.

About 70 staff members say they had gastrointestinal issues after the luncheon last week. A spokesman says more than 200 employees attended the catered luncheon at the Harold Runnels Building in Santa Fe.

Health Secretary Lynn Gallgher said Monday that investigators have not identified a specific contaminated food. She told her staff that the outbreak appears likely to have been caused by bacillus cereus or clostridium perfingens. Both can cause food-borne illness.

Judge OKs lawsuit over Texas removing mock nativity scene

Dec 21, 2016

A federal judge says a question remains over whether Texas' removal of a satirical nativity scene from the state Capitol was unlawful.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks is allowing a lawsuit to move forward against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state officials following last year's removal of a holiday display that included Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

The two Founding Fathers were gathered around a manger containing the Bill of Rights. It was created by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which promotes the separation of church and state.

Annual disputes over erecting displays celebrating the birth of Jesus on public land continue to pit some residents against advocacy groups pushing separation of church and state.

But some communities that put up the Nativity scenes on public property are rejecting demands for them to be removed.

The historic Hispanic city of Belen, New Mexico has repeatedly insisted it will keep up its year-round Nativity scene despite threats of legal action from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Ex-soldier to be retried in death of West Texas constable

Dec 21, 2016

The El Paso District Attorney's Office says it will retry a former soldier accused in the death of an off-duty constable working security at a Halloween haunted house after a mistrial was declared.

A jury was deadlocked in the trial of 21-year-old Devon Huerta-Person in the 2014 death of Constable Robert White. Huerta-Person was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant. A mistrial was declared Friday.

Los Alamos History Museum to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening

Dec 21, 2016

  Following a renovation and expansion, the Los Alamos History Museum is set to re-open on December 30th. The newly renovated space will feature brand new exhibits and a second building.

The Grand Re-Opening celebration will take place at Fuller Lodge at 10am on December 30th and is open to the public. The celebration will feature guest speaker Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Truman and will celebrate the partnership of the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Events On Tap For Downtown Las Cruces

Dec 21, 2016

Main St. Downtown:

·         Farmers and Crafts Market

o   Wednesday, December 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, December 31, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o   Wednesday, January 4, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

o   Saturday, January 7, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

·         Plaza De Las Cruces– Chile Drop

o   Saturday, December 31, 8 p.m. –  Midnight

Las Cruces Museum System: Free Admission!

  • Railroad Museum

o   No events during this two-week period

·         Branigan Cultural Center

The potential disruption in trade relations between the U.S. and Mexico was among the reasons why economists who monitor Mexico’s business cycle developments have lowered their 2017 projections of gross domestic product, according to UTEP’s Border Region Modeling Project.

Southwest Environmental Center Presents New Documentary Film

Dec 21, 2016

LAS CRUCES, NM—The Southwest Environmental Center is presenting the premiere screening of a new documentary, Unfair Game: Ending Wildlife Killing Contests. Produced by Project Coyote, the film will be shown on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7pm, at the historic Rio Grande Theater in downtown Las Cruces. The event is free and open to the public.

 Santa arrived early at the Doña Ana County International Jetport, where a new Automatic Weather Observation System (AWOS) has been installed and – as of today – commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration

The system allows pilots to access ambient temperature, dew point, wind speed/direction, visibility, liquid precipitation and thunderstorm information.  The system was purchased with legislative capital outlay funds. 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, –USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil announced today the agency is seeking applications through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which will be used to help rural businesses grow and create jobs.

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