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6:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Las Cruces Mayor Attends U.S. Conference Of Mayors Meeting

  Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima attended the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, which wrapped up on Monday.

Miyagishima talked with us about about a variety of issues covered at the conference…including energy independence and immigration.  He says there’s a need to balance increased energy production with climate protection and he says it’s important to recognize the great potential of immigrants to not only be employees…but also employers…creating jobs and boosting the economy.

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5:21 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Watershed Projects To Get A Boost In New Mexico

Credit Office of the Governor

Watershed restoration work will be getting a $3.5 million boost thanks to the capital spending legislation recently signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez visited Rio Rancho on Monday to announce the additional funding.

She mentioned the one-two punch of wildfires and post-fire flooding, saying the work being done in vulnerable watersheds around the state will help to make the areas more resilient and protect community water supplies.

The spending in this year's capital outlay bill adds to the $6.2 million secured as part of last year's legislation.

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5:20 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Feds Warn Of Rising Water Levels On Pecos River

Credit www.facebook.com/bureau.of.reclamation

Federal officials are warning that water levels on the Pecos River will be rising in the coming days.

The Bureau of Reclamation says it's moving water downstream for farmers who are part of the Carlsbad Irrigation District.

The release from Santa Rosa Reservoir began Monday morning. Water will be released from Sumner Reservoir on Tuesday, once the water from Santa Rosa arrives.

Federal water managers plan to increase the release from 100 cubic feet per second to about 1,500 cfs. The release is expected to last seven days.

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5:18 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Albuquerque Police Monitor To Speak On Pending Reforms

A court-appointed independent monitor overseeing Albuquerque police reforms is set to introduce his monitoring team.

James Ginger is scheduled Tuesday to discuss his role in helping reform the troubled force a year after demonstrations over police shootings rocked the city.

In January, federal officials and the city selected Ginger to lead a team to monitor a settlement agreement to overhaul the Albuquerque Police Department.

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5:16 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Mexico Announces Underwater Gas Pipeline To Texas

The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday that the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.

Officials hope that facilitating the importation of cheap natural gas will help lower Mexico's electricity rates.

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8:39 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Centennial High School In Las Cruces Wins National Contest For Free Prom

High School Nation (HSN) has announced that Centennial High School in Las Cruces is the winner of its national contest for a free prom.

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8:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gila National Forest Wildfire Update

  Firefighters continue to manage several wildfires on the Gila National Forest that started by lighting over the past week. Three are being managed to achieve resource objectives. Dave Warnack, Acting Gila Forest Supervisor, says “These incidents are helping us return fire to the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuels. The goal is to use these fires to lower the risk of future severe wildfires across the forest.”  Two other fires are being managed under a suppression strategy.

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3:51 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Las Cruces Museums Reduce Weekday Hours

Las Cruces – Starting July 6, 2015, all four museums in the Las Cruces Museum System will operate with new gallery hours. The Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The museums will continue to be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Currently, most Las Cruces museums are open 9:00 am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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3:45 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Newsmakers 717, 6/18/15

Field reports include:  Hopes are raised for a proposal to create an enforcement mechanism for the Las Cruces minimum wage law; a profile of a Deming museum that offers free admission to a wealth of area history; and we'll examine why southern New Mexico spelling bee champs are competing for Texas.

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3:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In Depth: Analyzing The Martinez Captial Outlay Vetoes

Credit Office of the Governor

  Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of  Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats.

But Martinez did veto some GOP projects, including three Albuquerque projects advocated by House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

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3:36 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Spike In Las Cruces Auto Burglaries

  The Las Cruces Police Department saw a spike in automobile burglaries this weekend, including at least 10 that occurred in the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods.

It appears the vast majority of auto burglaries reported this weekend may well have been prevented had windows been rolled up and doors locked. Police discovered that nearly all of the vehicles were knowingly left unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry.

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3:32 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Sandia Gets First Woman Director

The largest U.S. national security research and development laboratory is poised to have a woman run its operations for the first time.

Jill Hruby will become the president and director of Sandia National Laboratories next month.

With main facilities in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, Sandia's responsibilities cover nuclear weapons, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Hruby most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia's efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security.

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3:29 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Albuquerque Police Officers Face Second-Degree Murder Charges In Homeless Man's Death

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

Two New Mexico police officers will face second-degree murder charges in last year's shooting death of a homeless man near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping.

Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn's office said Monday it will pursue charges against Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez that could land each officer 15 years in prison.

Both officers have denied wrongdoing in the case.

James Boyd's death sparked angry demonstrations around Albuquerque, with protesters calling for reforms following several police shootings.

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3:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Man Wanted In New Mexico Murder Arrested In El Paso

 

  A man wanted in New Mexico in connection with a homicide and kidnapping case has been arrested in Texas.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry say 31-year-old Matthew Sifuentes of Albuquerque was taken into custody Friday.

They say Sifuentes entered the country from Mexico as a pedestrian and presented a college identification card to the CBP officer working at the primary inspection station.

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3:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Texas Case Shows Challenges In Recouping Cash From Fraud

The case of a troubled Texas hospital system shows how a federal program that distributes funds to help computerize health-care records has been vulnerable to fraud.

The Dallas Morning News reports that it also shows the challenges in recouping the money that wasn't used for those purposes.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department gave nearly $18 million through its $24 billion stimulus program to Tariq Mahmood's rural hospital chain.

The newspaper reported in 2013 that the vast majority of the money wasn't used to upgrade the hospital's electronic records.

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9:32 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Silver City Report

Join Edmundo Resendez every Thursday for The Silver City Report, with guests from the Silver City Daily Press.

Catch up on the most important stories in Silver City, Grant County, and the region every Thursday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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6:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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6:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Heinrich Continues Push For Immigration Reform

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is continuing his push for comprehensive immigration reform. 

The prospects for immigration reform anytime soon seem highly unlikely….with many Republicans unwilling to accept a long path to citizenship included in a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.

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6:00 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Las Cruces Participates In National Water Safety Event

Every Year Swimming pools around the country team up to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson offering free lessons to children, and this year Las Cruces Aquatic Center participated for the first time. The national event works to promote water safety.

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5:37 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Authorities Find Body Of Missing Ex-White House Chef

Credit www.walterscheib.com

Authorities say searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains.

The New Mexico State Patrol says the body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area.

The police statement did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of the body.

Scheib recently moved to New Mexico. He served as White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

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5:26 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Last Of Atari Games Dug Up In Alamogordo Landfill Set To Sell Online

Credit facebook.com (Alamogordo Daily News)

The last batch of Atari game cartridges dug up in an Alamogordo landfill will be going up for auction.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 150 remaining games and they will be put on eBay in 30-40 increments until the last one is sold.

The games up for bid include "Warlords," ''Asteroids" and "Super Breakout."

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says some "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" cartridges and other titles will be kept off until the very end.

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1:56 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Teacher Bonuses On Tap In Santa Fe

Santa Fe public school teachers and staff are expected to get nearly $5 million in bonuses as part of a pilot program that some of them have criticized.

Santa Fe Public Schools are getting the payments as part of a merit-based system approved by lawmakers last year.

Some teachers had opposed the program, arguing it placed too much focus on state standardized tests when gauging a teacher's success.

Nearly 900 teachers, administrators and other staff opted into the incentive program while 27 declined.

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1:55 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Texas Abortion Law Teed Up For Supreme Court Review

Credit supremecourt.gov

Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they're likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.

If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

The justices are considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas. They want the Supreme Court to block two provisions of a Texas law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state.

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1:54 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

TEA Party Tension In Texas

Texas can sometimes feel like tea party heaven. It's home to Ted Cruz and a state Legislature packed with hard-right devotees. Even the governor heeds fringe fears that a routine U.S. military exercise could be a ploy to seize the state.

But with so much power comes pressure. The Texas Legislature's tea party leaders are struggling to deliver on some of their most conservative promises and to shepherd insurgent lawmakers who aren't accustomed to being team players.

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1:53 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Search In New Mexico Mountains For Former White House Chef

Credit www.walterscheib.com

Authorities say they have no new leads in the search for a former White House chef who went missing more than a week ago while hiking in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say volunteers and search teams fanned out Sunday morning in the mountains near Taos Ski Valley to look for any signs of 61-year-old Walter Scheib.

The White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos, N.M.

He reportedly went hiking June 13.

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1:51 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

New Mexico Fiesta Queen Dethroned For Comments

Credit Santa Fe New Mexican

A northern New Mexico fiesta queen, who sparked a furor over disparaging comments made about her mother's crime-ridden town, has been ousted from her throne.

The executive council of the Fiesta Council stripped 24-year-old Angelina Vigil of her crown late Saturday.

Officials said on the Espanola Valley Fiesta's Facebook page that there will be no "La Reina" at this year's festivities.

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8:44 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Abbott Cuts $300 Million From Budget; Vetoes Two Bills That Would Have Tightened Ethics Rules

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has cut $300 million from the Texas budget and vetoed 42 bills, including two that would have tightened loose ethics laws that he vowed to strengthen upon taking office.

Abbott on Saturday cleared his desk of thousands of bills to sign into law or reject. His vetoed softer penalties for prostitution and another that would have given state employees more flexibility to work from home.

The spending cuts are a mere fraction of a $209 billion two-year budget.

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8:27 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Pinon Fire Grows To 1600 Acres

The Pinon Fire was more noticeable Saturday as it grew to 1,600 acres on the Reserve Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday, June 16 and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives such as protecting livestock forage and improving wildlife habitat.

Fire crews will continue to take management actions, generally along Forest Road 94, to prevent the fire from spreading outside the pre-determined boundary. Fire activity was characterized as low to moderate with isolated torching as it spread through ponderosa pine, oak, grass and mixed conifer.

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5:14 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Moore Fire Nearly 900 Acres

While thunderstorms struck Mimbres Friday afternoon, little to no precipitation fell on the Moore Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire was measured at 867 acres after an aerial survey and mapping of the perimeter was completed. The continued hot and dry conditions have contributed to an increase in fire activity.

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3:58 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Three New Mexico Teens Charged In Cyberattack

Authorities say three Rio Rancho, New Mexico, teenage boys orchestrated a cyberattack on the Enfamil baby formula website, attracting the attention of the FBI and Secret Service.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Rio Rancho police have charge the boys with felony computer abuse and conspiracy.

Police say the boys, all juveniles, used a school computer at V. Sue Cleveland High School shortly before the beginning of summer break. The high school began investigating on May 20 after learning of the cyberattack from the Secret Service.

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