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12:23 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Future Aggie Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

  Dallas Pompeo, a future New Mexico State University Aggie, was nominated by her colleagues at the Hidalgo County Cooperative Extension Service office, and is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. 
She will receive the award in recognition of her volunteer service.

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12:20 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Martinez Asks Court To Block Deming Area Casino

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico's governor is asking the state Supreme Court to reject an Oklahoma-based tribe's request to order her to sign a gambling compact with the tribe.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday submitted a response to a petition filed last month by the Fort Sill Apache Tribe.

The tribe wants to operate a casino on land near Deming in southern New Mexico that was put into trust in 2002. It says it doesn't matter that the tribe's land hasn't been federally approved yet for gambling.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Opponents Of New Albuquerque Development Cite Limited Water Availability

A hearing is set to continue on the future of a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Developers are scheduled Thursday to outline their plans for the nearly 22-square-mile development that would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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12:18 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Partisan Fights Killed Law Enforcement Reforms

Partisan wrangling in the New Mexico Legislature killed a number of bills sought by New Mexico law enforcement agencies, including a measure requiring sheriffs to actually be law enforcement officers.

State lawmakers failed to get the sheriff requirement bill out of committee while they debate such measures as daylight savings time and allowing wine and beer home delivery. They also failed to pass a bill setting limits on the use of warrantless drones by police.

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12:16 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Texas House Approves Ban On Texting While Driving

The Texas House has given final approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving, which now faces a Senate vote.

Representatives voted 104 to 39 on Thursday to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, a former House Speaker who has sponsored similar legislation for the past two sessions.

This isn't the first time the ban has passed the House. Representatives approved it in 2013, but it died in the Texas Senate.

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12:14 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Lea County Grows While Other New Mexico Counties Lose Population

   A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the Hobbs area saw a population increase of more than 2 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels of oil produced each day more than double over the last several years. The boom has led to housing shortages and more traffic throughout southeastern New Mexico.

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10:22 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Sarah Nolan-Executive Director, Communities In Action And Faith

  

  Communities in Action and Faith Executive Director Sarah Nolan was born in Las Cruces and raised in Vado, New Mexico with her mom and sister.

After graduating from Gadsden High School, she attended the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA where she received degrees in Theology and Latin American History.

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7:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Tuition Program Faces Uncertainty After Lawmakers Don't Act

Credit nmlottery.com

The New Mexico Legislature's failure to bolster the state's Legislative Lottery Scholarship program's financial underpinnings has students and higher education institutions bracing for cutbacks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the lack of action during the legislative session that ended Saturday spells trouble for the in-state tuition assistance for university and college students.

The lottery scholarship fund is currently about $40 million. According to legislators and lottery officials, annual demand tops $60 million.

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7:56 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Hobbs Sees Growth, But Exodus From New Mexico Continues

Credit census.gov

A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation.

New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the Hobbs area saw a population increase of more than 2 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

The region includes part of the Permian Basin, which has seen the number of barrels of oil produced each day more than double over the last several years. The boom has led to housing shortages and more traffic throughout southeastern New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission's Plan For New GRT Revenue

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a GRT tax of 3/8ths of 1 percent, which is expected to bring in close to 12 million dollars in revenue.

The Doña Ana County Commission passed a resolution that outlines how the GRT revenue will be spent. Commissioner Billy Garret says it was important for residents to know how the money was being spent.

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5:05 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Suspect In Stolen Bank Card Case Charged And Jailed

  The man suspected of using personal information from a stolen wallet and pilfering nearly $6,000 from the victim’s bank account has been identified and located.

Cody L. Payton, 20, has been charged with 18 counts of unauthorized use or theft of a bank card, two counts of forgery and one count of identity theft. Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Payton is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges in the Otero County Detention Center in Alamogordo.

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3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Las Cruces Receives Top Rating For Fire Services, A Possible Benefit For Insurance Rates

  Las Cruces has obtained a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), making it the first in New Mexico and one of only 97 communities nationwide, to achieve the top ranking. The rating is based on a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being the highest. The rating could result in lower insurance premiums for residential and commercial policy holders.

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3:30 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Heinrich Applauds VA Decision To Revise "40 Mile Rule" For Healthcare Choice Program

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to revise the 40-mile eligibility rule for the Veterans Choice Program by measuring the driving distance between a veteran's home and the nearest VA medical center, instead of the current "as the crow flies" definition.

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12:57 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

County To Participate In Food System Initiative

  After a competitive process, Doña Ana County has been selected as one of eight communities from across the country to receive training and assistance to connect family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food.

The Growing Food Connections program will be facilitated locally by the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department in partnership with La Semilla. The partnership will focus on plans, policies and partnerships to strengthen ocal food systems.

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11:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Lobbyists Spend Nearly $300,000 In New Mexico Legislature

  Lobbyists and their employers reported spending nearly $300,000 during the 60-day session that ended Saturday – and that’s just the spending that totaled more than $500 at a time. State law requires lobbyists to report any spending of $500 or more within 48-hours. All told, lobbyists and employers reported spending $295,300 during the session. This session, that included spending on meals, receptions, teddy bears and more. More lobbyists will report individual expenditures under $500 at a time in reports to be filed May 1.

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11:37 am
Wed March 25, 2015

How A Reform Bill Loses Its Teeth In 60 Days

  For 60 days, New Mexico’s lawmakers debated in legislative committees and in hallways of the Roundhouse whether or not to reveal to the public how lobbyists go about influencing legislators.

The answer came back “not” last week.

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11:26 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Not In The Lesson Plan: Dallas Teacher Shows Students Nude Photo Of Herself By Mistake

J.L. Long Middle School

A Dallas middle school teacher could be disciplined after showing a nude photo of herself to students in class.

The Dallas Independent School District on Tuesday sent a letter to parents of students at J.L. Long Middle School.

Principal Danielle Peters says an "inappropriate" photo was inadvertently shown Monday to students by a teacher. The letter says it's an embarrassing situation for the teacher and students. Peters says the matter is being handled administratively.

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11:25 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Experts: New Mexico Could Lose 2,000 Drilling Jobs

State energy officials say the downturn in the oil and gas industry could cost New Mexico around 2,000 jobs.

New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary David Martin spoke Tuesday at an energy conference in Farmington. He says the number of drill rigs operating in the state has dropped from 85 to 60 over the past year.

Martin says the state hasn't seen a decrease in production but activity is expected to level off and lead to fewer jobs and revenue in the coming months.

Industry leaders say they're finding ways to make operations more efficient.

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11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Deaths Of Three Children Draw Foster Care Scrutiny From Abbott

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is putting more scrutiny on the troubled Texas foster care system following the deaths of three children this year who were under state supervision.

Abbott on Wednesday ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services to enforce face-to-face visits between caseworkers and children and develop new screening methods for foster placement.

A 2-month-old in Dallas whose family was on the radar of state caseworkers was drowned in January. A teenager has been arrested in the child's death.

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10:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

SWAT Standoff Ends With Arrest In Las Cruces

  The subject of Tuesday’s hours-long SWAT standoff on Richard Drive has been charged with multiple felonies related to an alleged domestic incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Santana D. Jaramillo, 23, is charged with two counts of battery against a household member and one count each of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Jaramillo also had an outstanding warrant issued out of Magistrate Court.

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8:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Planned City Near Albuquerque Draws Opposition Over Water

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernalillo-County-NM

A planned city west of Albuquerque is drawing opposition over concerns about water.

Bernalillo County officials are scheduled to hold a two-day hearing beginning Wednesday to decide the fate of the 14,000-acre development.

The new city dubbed Santolina would be located along Interstate 40 and would have its own business parks and town centers.

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8:07 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Groups Threaten To Sue Over Wolf Protections

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the federal government over protections for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their intent to sue Tuesday.

It would mark just the latest legal challenge over changes to the wolf reintroduction program that were announced in January. Under the changes, wolves will be able to roam a greater expanse of Arizona and New Mexico and will be released at more sites.

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6:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

NMSU History Professor Sharing Experience At NM History Museum With Students

While serving as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum in 2014, Jon Hunner guided students from the Dona Ana Community College Architectural Summer School on a tour of the Palace of the Governors and its courtyard on their field trip to northern New Mexico. (Courtesy Photo)

  Longtime New Mexico historian and expert on the Atomic West Jon Hunner is a modern-day time traveler, sharing the past to help college students build their futures. For the better part of the past year he took on another duty in service to the state, as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors Historic Landmark in Santa Fe.

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9:48 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Doña Ana County Commission Votes To Increase GRT Tax

The Doña Ana County Commission voted to increase the Hold Harmless GRT Tax by 3/8th’s of 1 percent, bringing the gross receipts tax in Las Cruces to a total of 8.31%.

The Commission passed the gross receipts tax increase by a vote of 4-1. Commissioner Ben Rawson was the only one to vote against the increase.

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5:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Economic Development In New Mexico

This episode of Newsmakers includes field reports on the incentives being used to attract new business and grow existing firms in New Mexico.  Also:  Simon Thompson interviews Davin Lopez, President/CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

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5:20 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

El Paso Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Transporting Undocumented Into New Mexico

  ALBUQUERQUE – Victor Corral, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for transporting undocumented immigrants into Doña Ana County, N.M.

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4:12 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dona Ana County Commission Votes To Increase GRT

  The Dona Ana County Commission has voted to increase the gross receipts tax by 3/8 of one percent.  This amounts to a 37.5 cent increase on a $100 purchase.  The vote was 4 to 1, with Commissioner Ben Rawson voting against the increase.  KRWG News will have more on this story, including video from the meeting.

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2:54 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Officers 'On Watch' For Texas Lawmaker Who Recieved Threats

Law enforcement is being extra-vigilant with a Texas Republican legislator who has received threats over a bill that would limit independent bloggers filming police.

Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba's spokeswoman Jordan Hunter said Villalba hasn't been assigned a security detail at the Texas Capitol.

But she said that state troopers are "on watch" and Dallas police are "regularly checking on him and his family."

Hunter said threats received via phone and Facebook contained "alarming language."

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11:16 am
Tue March 24, 2015

New Effort To Treat TB Patients In New Mexico

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  Today the New Mexico Department of Health and Project ECHO announced a new collaborative effort to treat TB patients in New Mexico. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) utilizes telementoring and knowledge sharing to build primary care capacity to treat complex conditions such as TB.

According to Department of Health data, there were 50 cases of active TB in New Mexico in 2014, which is a rate of 2.4 per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 3.0.  Tuberculosis is an airborne disease and is the second leading infectious disease killer in the world.

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11:14 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Las Cruces Police Investigate Monday Night Stabbing

  Las Cruces Police are investigating a stabbing that sent a 33-year-old man to the hospital.

Sometime before 9 p.m. Monday, March 23, Las Cruces Police learned that a stabbing victim was transported to Memorial Medical Center by private vehicle and that gunshots were heard on Ash Avenue just east of Solano Drive.

The victim had multiple stab wounds to his back and left arm, and was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday morning.

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