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12:43 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Small Businesses And The Minimum Wage

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8:36 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Another Radiation Release At Carlsbad Nuclear Waste Site

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.  Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.

Engineers say they believe the contamination is from previous deposits on the inner surface of exhaust ductwork.

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4:21 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

New Mexico Solar Companies Invited To Meet German Delegation

  New Mexico solar companies are cordially invited to meet eight visiting German solar companies on 
Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4 at the UNM Science Park Rotunda Room (801 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque).

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4:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Now You've Heard It All...Reports Of A Stolen Pool In Las Cruces

          

           A Las Cruces woman was arrested Monday after she was seen trespassing onto her mother in-law’s property to allegedly take back her own belongings and also to sell a reportedly stolen above-ground swimming pool.

            Laura Elizabeth Maestas, 28, was interviewed by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies after a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity at a nearby residence in the 5200 block of Comanche Trail.

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3:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Man Arrested For Lewd Behavior In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of exposing himself to at least a pair of women walking in parking lots.

Jason Alfredo Molina, 30, of the 5400 block of Clavel Road, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that on March 11 a woman was walking through a parking lot near Pro’s Ranch Market, on El Paseo Road, when a heavy-set man driving a white sport utility vehicle began circling her. The woman told police that the man eventually drove up next to her and asked for directions.

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3:43 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Mexican Education Officials Visit WNMU

Silver City – Several members of Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) visited Western New Mexico University on Monday, March 17, to explore possibilities of creating partnerships for Mexican students to study at the main campus in Silver City. 

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3:40 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Pearce: Delayed Honor For American Hero

Today, the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest honor, was posthumously awarded to Victor H. Espinoza, an El Paso native and Korean War veteran.  His nephew, Roswell resident Amado “Sonny” Espinoza, received the medal on his behalf.

“Though decades too late, our nation today recognized the incredible courage, bravery, and sacrifice of one of our heroes,” said U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce.  “Mr. Espinoza’s family should be proud of his valor and heroism.  I know his story will be remembered in New Mexico, and his legacy will live on.”

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11:48 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Television Pilot Filming Set To Begin In Albuquerque

Another television series has set its sights on Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Film Office reports that CBS Television Studios is producing the television pilot The Messengers in Albuquerque for The CW.

The show starts with a mysterious object crashing down to earth. A group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse

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11:47 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Immigrant Groups Target Pearce

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Immigrant advocates are preparing for another string of demonstrations targeting the lone Republican of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

The group Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced this week that activists will hold at least three protests in the district of Congressman Steve Pearce. He represents the state's border region and its most Hispanic congressional district.

Advocates have scheduled a protest march Tuesday in Los Lunas and a candlelight vigil Wednesday in Portales. They also are planning a protest march in front of Pearce's office in Roswell on Thursday.

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11:46 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Report: Six Hate Groups Operating In New Mexico

A national group that monitors hate groups says New Mexico has six such active organizations operating in the state.

Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center has identified two Ku Klux Klan cells, two anti-Muslim groups, a skinhead group and an anti-Semitic group in New Mexico.

The center named the groups in the agency's 2013 report released this spring.

SPLC lead fellow Mark Potok says one of the groups is a racist skinhead organization in northwest New Mexico.

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11:45 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The New Mexico "Batcave"

Researchers report finding twice as many bats hibernating in a cave at a national monument in in northwestern New Mexico and they say that may be the result of fewer human visitors.

The Gallup Independent reports that researchers found 180 bats hibernating in Junction Cave at El Malpais National Monument near Grants during a winter count.

That's up from between 80 and 90 in the past.

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11:42 am
Tue March 18, 2014

NMSU Hosts International Festival Saturday In Las Cruces

  New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs and the City of Las Cruces will host the International Festival 2014 from 12-4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

The festival offers the NMSU campus and local community an opportunity to experience different cultures from across the globe. Currently, NMSU has more than 1,100 international students from 75 countries on campus. 

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11:41 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Big Wins For NMSU Rodeo

  The New Mexico State University rodeo team took more wins during the March 15-16 doubleheader at Central Arizona College in Florence, Ariz.

The women’s and men’s teams captured more than 22 places in the eight events. 

“I am very excited to see our men continue their dominance of the region,” NMSU rodeo coach Jim Brown said. 

Brandi Pfeifer and Tyke Kipp took the All-Around wins the first day, scoring the highest points for their teams. 

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9:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Debra Hammer, New Mexico Health Exchange

  Fred Martino interviews Debra Hammer, Chief Communications Officer for the New Mexico Health Exchange, for an update on progress as the March 31 deadline to sign up for insurance approaches.

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9:43 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Bill Childers, Masons of New Mexico

  Fred Martino interviews Bill Childers, Grand Master of the Masons of New Mexico.  The Masons are holding their annual meeting in Las Cruces Thursday through Saturday at the Hotel Encanto.

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9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Las Cruces Chase: Vehicle And Foot Pursuit Ends With Arrest

  The motorist suspected of leading Las Cruces Police officers on a high-speed pursuit late Sunday evening, before crashing into the back of another vehicle and attempting to run away, has been arrested.

Dakota D. Strausser, 19, has been charged with one count each of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and evading arrest.

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8:39 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Mother And Two Sons Arrested In Burglaries

          

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators hope to close a gap between a string of recent burglaries in the North Valley and East Mesa areas after a months-long investigation led to the arrest of a Las Cruces woman and her two adult sons.

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8:37 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Cat Rescued From Las Cruces Utility Pole After Three Days

            

            After being stranded atop a 60-foot electric pole for three days – enduring gusting winds, a rainstorm and Monday’s direct sun – it took a group effort of several Doña Ana County Animal Control Officers, one veterinarian and two El Paso Electric linemen to rescue a female tabby-mix named Athena from her harrowing ordeal on the East Mesa near her family’s home on Eason Road, just off Berry Patch Lane.

            Athena’s plight circulated Monday on Facebook, prompting calls to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

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8:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

NM To Study Cost-Sharing For Amtrak Route

New Mexico plans to study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.

A state budget signed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving more than 600 miles of track through their states.

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8:30 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Border Security Expo To Open In Downtown Phoenix

The 8th annual Border Security Expo is set to open in Phoenix with keynote speeches from the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The event also includes speeches from the deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

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8:29 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Gov. Martinez: Special Session For Tesla Weighed

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says a legislative special session to help the state win a Tesla Motors facility is a possibility.

New Mexico is one of four states that Fremont, Calif.,-based Tesla has identified as finalists for a battery factory. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Martinez says her office is evaluating whether a special session is necessary to complete a package of economic incentives being crafted to help make New Mexico more appealing to Tesla.

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5:09 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Backlot Planned Near Las Cruces Airport

Rep. Jeff Steinborn helped allocate about half a million dollars for a new backlot to be built on the outskirts of Las Cruces.

“What we have found is that other places that recruit the film industry… have film infrastructure…that the industry needs… back lots and soundstages,” said Rep. Steinborn.

The back lot is planned for an area west of the Las Cruces Airport, on the Corralitos Ranch.

“Close to the Sleeping Lady Hills and the Sierras de las Uvas Mountains,” said Rep. Steinborn.

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4:41 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Nearly Unchanged; Job Losses Continue

New Mexico's unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged in January at 6.6 percent.  The state Workforce Solutions Department said Monday that the unemployment rate in January was down from 6.9 percent a year ago. The state agency says jobs have shrunk by 0.5 percent, a loss of 3,700 over the year.

State officials say seven industries lost jobs, four added employment and two remain unchanged.

The largest employment gains were reported in the mining industry, which added 1,700 jobs since January 2013.

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4:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

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12:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

"Justice For Native Peoples" Is The Topic For Annual Symposium At NMSU Las Cruces

Poet and author Luis Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium. (Courtesy Photo)

  Native Americans face a variety of injustices including poverty, lack of access to quality health care and education among many others. This year’s J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium will address “Justice for Native Peoples: Historical Trauma, Contemporary Images, and Human Rights” as it marks its 10th anniversary at New Mexico State University on April 3-4.

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11:54 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Dangerous Fire Conditions In New Mexico

A hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service warns of dangerous fire conditions in northern and central New Mexico.

The warning will be in effect until 9 p.m. MDT and is the result of single-digit humidity levels and gusty winds.

Forecasters in Albuquerque say the most critical fire conditions are expected from the central highlands to the northeast plains.

More strong winds are expected from a strong cold front that is expected to move through the Four Corners region by early evening and advance eastward Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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11:52 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Promotion Begins For Movie Based On Legendary New Mexico Racehorse

Chip Woolley(Skeet Ulrich) has a heart-to-heart talk with Mine That Bird (Sunday Rest).
Credit 50to1themovie.com

The improbable journey of Mine That Bird from southern New Mexico to the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby is coming to the silver screen.

The cast and filmmakers of "50-1" are embarking Monday on a cross-country tour to promote the movie, with Mine That Bird scheduled to make appearances along the way..

After a few stops between Las Cruces and Roswell, they'll arrive in Albuquerque for Wednesday's world premiere. Then, they will spend the next month weaving their way across the country until they reach Kentucky.

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11:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Lagging On Health Insurance Enrollment

As a March 31 deadline draws near, Texas stands out among the nation's four most populous states for lagging behind on health insurance signups.

Nearly 1 in 4 Texans is uninsured, the highest rate in the nation. So the state's enrollment helpers are making a final, frenzied push to get people to buy policies.

But many of the uninsured say they won't participate in the new federal marketplaces, even at steep discounts.

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11:45 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens Program Accepting Nominations

 The Mayor’s Top Teens program is accepting nominations for Las Cruces teens completing 9th, 10th or 11th grades (may not be an 11th grade student graduating early) and either attending a school or being home-schooled within the Las Cruces Public Schools District. 

Teens may be nominated by teachers, counselors, friends, clergy, or family (but not their parents, guardians or students).   Nomination forms should be completed on the Mayor’s Top Teen website at www.mayorstopteens.com

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11:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UPDATE: Walnut Near Lohman In Las Cruces Reopens After Gas Leak

The natural gas leak that closed a portion of Walnut Street near Lohman Avenue Monday morning has been repaired.

The leak was reported at around 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, and briefly forced the closure of southbound lanes of Walnut Street from Lohman Avenue.

Las Cruces Police encourage motorists who drive along Walnut Street south of Lohman Avenue to proceed with caution as utility crews are still working in that area.

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