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2:28 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

No New Trial For Deming Family In Gun Smuggling Case

A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed a lower court's decision granting a new trial for New Mexico family accused in a gun smuggling case.

The 10th Court of Appeals announced Wednesday it has reversed a U.S. District Court's ruling granting a new trial from Deming couple Rick Reese and Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese.

A federal judge in the case previously granted the defendants a new trial because the government didn't tell the defense that a prosecution witness had been the subject of an investigation.

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2:25 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Feds Provide Over $300 Thousand For Tribal Transit

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrichannounced that the Pueblos of Isleta, Jemez and Santa Ana have been awarded a total of $307,770 in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration to improve transit services and connections for tribal members and residents of the surrounding communities. Through a competitive selection process, projects at each Pueblo were chosen to receive funding through the FY 2013 Tribal Transit Program. 

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10:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Union To Martinez: Threat To Stop Collecting Dues Is "Declaration Of War"

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says contract talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because she wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees' paychecks.  The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Republican governor raised the issue while criticizing teachers unions for opposing her administration's policy initiatives. She spoke Monday to a real estate luncheon in Albuquerque.

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10:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Two Plead Guilty In Las Cruces Murder

Two men have pleaded guilty to murder charges in the shooting death of a Las Cruces smoke shop clerk during a 2012 robbery attempt.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 36-year-old Ernest Bloberg and 24-year-old Shawn Barela pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges Monday in state District Court.

Roy Santos was shot in his car in the robbery attempt.

Barela was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

A third person, 26-year-old Rose Hinjosa, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other charges. She and Bloberg haven't been sentenced.

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10:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Medicaid Enrollment Grows

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration reports that about 103,000 low-income New Mexicans have enrolled in Medicaid since the state expanded who qualifies for the health care program last year.

Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott said the state is on track to meet projections that about 130,000 people will gain medical coverage during the first year of the Medicaid expansion.

Enrollment opened in October and services started in January. Medicaid provides health care for nearly 30 percent of the state's population.

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9:43 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Top NMSU Attorney Leaving At End Of Semester

Bruce Kite

  Bruce Kite has submitted his resignation after serving as general counsel for New Mexico State University for the past 12 years. He will remain on staff through the end of the academic semester and will continue his academic responsibilities at DACC for the remainder of the term.

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6:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

NMSU Cooperative Extension Participates In Disaster Training

Participants in a cascading events full-scale exercise practice proper de-contamination procedures. Multiple New Mexico governmental agencies participated in the exercise to improve response time to a real life situation. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

  Early spring blizzards have been making headlines around the country. The unexpected storms leave many travelers stranded, causing problems for emergency response personnel.

While major storms have largely missed the Southwest this year, they can and do happen in New Mexico. Preparation and training are key to efficient emergency response. 

A multi-agency cascading events full-scale exercise was held recently in Socorro to address some of the issues that could occur in a spring blizzard situation.

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6:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Sunshine Week Event Thursday At NMSU Las Cruces

Credit Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

  As part of the celebration of Sunshine Week, the New Mexico State University library will co-sponsor a panel discussion on open government and the state of mental health care in New Mexico at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 20, on the third floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.

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6:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

New Mexico Students Fight Tobacco Today Statewide

  Kids in New Mexico will stand up against tobacco on March 19 as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 19th annual Kick Butts Day. More than 1,400 events are planned across the nation. (See below for a list of local events.)

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. On Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the tobacco industry’s harmful marketing practices.

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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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