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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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8:51 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Billions Unspent In Texas House Budget, Setting Up Funding Battle

Billions of available dollars remain unspent under a House budget that sets up battles over tax cuts and extra money for roads and classrooms in the final two months of the Legislature.

More than $8 billion is left on the table in the two-year spending plan that advanced Tuesday to the House floor. Pressure to use that money on overcrowded Texas highways and prekindergarten expansion is likely ahead.

Texas is flush with cash after years of booming oil production but a slowdown has some urging caution.

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8:48 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Mexico Nabs Suspected Zetas Cartel Figure Near Texas Border

Mexican authorities say they have detained a suspected drug cartel figure who was on their list of the country's 122 priority targets for arrest.

The Mexican navy says 34-year-old Ramiro Perez Moreno was arrested early Monday along with four other suspects in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The navy said in a statement that Perez Moreno was apparently in line to take over the Zetas drug gang following the March 4 arrest of suspected capo Omar Trevino Morales.

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8:43 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Man Convicted Of Killing Daughter Faces 63 Years In Prison

  

An Albuquerque man convicted of killing and sexually assaulting his 1-month-old daughter faces 63 years in prison.

KRQE-TV reports that Juan Galindo cried and apologized in state District Court during his sentencing Monday.

A jury in January convicted Galindo of child abuse resulting in death and child rape.

Galindo had said the 28-day-old baby choked on a bottle and died, and his trial defense was that he was actually trying to save her and any beating marks were related to CPR.

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8:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Delegates From Mongolia Visit NMSU

Recently five delegates from a University in Mongolia visited New Mexico State University.

The delegates from Mongolia National University of Education visited New Mexico State University to discuss ways to find more collaboration and future educational opportunities.

Dr. Candace Kaye, from NMSU’s College of Education worked as a liaison for the trip. Dr. Kaye talks about this unique visit.

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7:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Update: Albuquerque Police Say 1 Killed, 6 Others Hurt In Skate Park Shooting

Police say they're still trying to identify any suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque skate park that left a teenager dead and six others injured.

They say Sunday night's shooting at Los Altos Park appears to be gang related and involved more than one shooter.

Albuquerque police identified the person killed as 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis.

They say one person remains hospitalized in critical condition and five others have non-life threatening injuries.

Police say two vehicles were towed from the scene as investigators arranged to get search warrants.

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6:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Agriculture Expert Warns Of Invasive Pest Near New Mexico

Sugarcane Aphid. (Image courtesy of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University)

Jane Pierce, agronomic entomologist at New Mexico State University, is warning growers of the possibility of finding sugarcane aphid moving into New Mexico.

“Sugarcane aphid is a new aphid pest of sorghum. This aphid either expanded its diet from eating sugarcane to sorghum or came in as a new biotype,” Pierce said. 

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6:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

New Exhibit Shows Life In New Mexico In 1815

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum recently opened a new long-term exhibit, a Spanish Colonial Home that helps you experience life in 1815.

Toni Laumbach, Chief Curator at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum says the new exhibit helps you see life in the colonial era.

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6:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Senator Heinrich Promotes Sportmen's Act of 2015

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

Heinrich delivered a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month on the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. The New Mexico Democrat introduced the bill with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska with the hope of enriching the experience of those who enjoy the outdoors.

Heinrich spoke about the bill’s growing bipartisan support as well as the connection Americans have with the outdoors.

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4:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Depth: Busy Times For The Texas Legislature

About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of "Biblical marriage" — a union between a man and a woman — at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore, a staunch gay marriage opponent, instructed Alabama's state probate judges to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite a federal ruling that Alabama's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Texas has a similar ban that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2005.

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4:50 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NMSU Student's Short Film Sweeps Festival Awards

  A short film made by New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute, which qualified for the Academy Awards last month, swept top honors at the recent Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival.

“Princess,” a 7-minute film written by NMSU CMI student Mary Grace Hill and directed by CMI assistant professor Ross Marks, was among only 20 films selected to be part of the screening on Saturday, March 21, in Wilcox, Arizona. 

The film won in six categories, including Best Short Film, Best Production, Best Director, Best Sound, Best of Fest and Audience Favorite.

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4:48 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Report: Feds To Exceed Costs For Cleaning Up Los Alamos Nuclear Waste

A government watchdog says work to clean up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories is costing more than expected.

The Government Accountability Office says by the end of the last fiscal year, the National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million to remove contaminated equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

That's $202 million more than the agency's 2006 estimate.

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4:45 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

1 Dead, 6 Hurt In Albuquerque Skate Park Shooting

Police say they're still trying to identify any suspects in a shooting at an Albuquerque skate park that left one person dead and six others injured.

They say Sunday night's shooting at Los Altos Park appears to be gang related and involved more than one shooter.

The name of the person killed is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Albuquerque police say one person remains hospitalized in critical condition and five others have non-life threatening injuries.

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10:56 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Fatal Crash On U.S. 70 In Las Cruces

  A two vehicle crash late Sunday on Highway 70 claimed the life of a 37-year-old motorcyclist and sent one passenger of a sport utility vehicle to the hospital.

Timothy Garcia of Las Cruces was pronounced dead shortly after emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the crash that occurred at around 10 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on Highway 70 near Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

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8:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Funeral For Slain Navajo Police Officer To Be Held Friday

A Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman on tribal land will be remembered this week.

The owners of Desert View Funeral Home tell the Farmington Daily Times that a funeral service will be held for 42-year-old Alex Yazzie on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Center.

Authorities say Yazzie was killed March 19 after 24-year-old Justin Fowler shot at officers in Red Valley, Arizona.

Fowler led police on a high-speed pursuit from a Shiprock home where he allegedly had been beating his wife and mother.

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