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6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Las Cruces High Schoolers Discuss Voting In School Board Elections

 3% of registered voters voted during this year’s School Board Elections. Legislator Javier Morales is sponsoring a bill that could change that.
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9:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

New Mexico Students Protest State-Mandated Testing

Some students at Santa Fe High School and Capital High are protesting over state-required testing.

At Capital, some students briefly tore down a gate to leave campus Monday.

About 40 Santa Fe High students reportedly walked out of class and gathered for a indoors "town hall" style meeting with the principal.

The students are upset about the standardized tests known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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4:23 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Overnight I-10 Exit Closures This Week

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with El Terrero Construction, continue with work at the Vado exit where motorists will encounter overnight closures starting Tuesday night February 24 until Friday morning February 27.

The contractor will need to close this section of roadway on NM 227/Vado Drive in order to mill, sub grade preparation and pave this section as it will align with the newly constructed roundabout. The closures will be stationed from 8:00 pm and will be lifted by 6:00 am the following morning.

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4:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Mother Of Abused Child Will Serve One Year Of 12-Year Sentence

  Las Cruces, NM---Judge Marci Beyer has sentenced Sierra Salas to 12 years imprisonment but suspended all but 1 year on (6) counts of Child Abuse-Intentional and (3) counts of Child Abuse-Negligently Permit, all third degree felonies. Salas pled “no contest” in June 2014 to all the charges.

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3:35 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

"Gathering Of Quilts" Coming To T or C

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM—At least 20 handcrafted quilts which will be exhibited as part of the 17th annual Gathering of Quilts show in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico will be donated to comfort foster children, cancer patients and people in distressed situations. The Gathering of Quilts show takes place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28.

In the past 10 years, the Winter Quilters – who are responsible for organizing the show – have donated at least 150 quilts annually.

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12:21 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

"Hellbent" To Film In New Mexico

Credit nmfilm.com

  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the DDP Productions feature "Hellbent" will begin principal photography mid-February and continue filming mid-March in Albuquerque, Moriarty and Santa Fe. 

 

"I am pleased to welcome the new movie, 'Hellbent', to Albuquerque," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Albuquerque is open for business and is excited to see the economic boost this production brings to the city."

 

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12:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Texas: After Thinking About It...I Guess The Public Does Have A Right To Know

Texas officials have reconsidered their decision to withhold details of how many trains carry at least 1 million gallons of crude oil across the state each week.

The Texas Attorney General's office decided last week that the records BNSF and Kansas City Southern railroads gave the state should be disclosed.

Previously, the Texas Department of Public Safety refused to share those records when The Associated Press and others requested them.

It was not immediately clear Monday morning how quickly Texas officials will produce the records.

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12:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Hearing On Dairy Pollution Set For March

A plan to clean up contaminated groundwater resulting from dairy operations in southern New Mexico will be considered at a public hearing next month.

Officials with the state Environment Department say the hearing will be in the community of Anthony on March 25. It's expected to continue the following day.

The department says shallow groundwater beneath and beyond the boundaries of dairies along the Interstate 10 corridor between Anthony and Mesquite is contaminated with nitrate-nitrogen, chloride and dissolved solids.

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12:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

U.S. Seeks Stay Of Ruling On Immigration Lawsuit

The federal government has filed a notice of appeal of a ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

The three-page notice was filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas. The appeal will be handled by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans.

Court documents detailing the legal arguments were expected to be filed at a later date.

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12:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Perry Lawyers: We'll Ask Again...Drop The Indictment

Credit Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attorneys are again arguing that the abuse-of-power case against the Republican shouldn't continue.

Perry was indicted in August by an Austin grand jury on two felony charges, abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. In response to an order from the state district judge overseeing the case, the special prosecutor modified one of those charges in a Feb. 14 filing.

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11:56 am
Mon February 23, 2015

NMSU Student Receives Top Award At New Horizons Symphony Competition

  New Mexico State University’s Joseph Seth Zamora received first place at the New Horizons Young Artist Competition, securing the chance to perform as a soloist during the Atkinson Recital Hall symphony performance taking place on March 15 at 3 p.m. 

Seventeen year old Zamora, a 2014 graduate of Tularosa High School, beat out fellow musicians including brass players, woodwind players, string players and other pianists. He has been playing the piano for about four years.

“This performance means so much to me,” Zamora said. “It represents a musical milestone.”

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10:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns Closed Monday Due To Poor Road Conditions

  Carlsbad Caverns will remain closed today, Monday, February 23, due to hazardous road conditions. We will monitor the weather overnight and determine if the roads are safe in the morning for an early am opening.  Please check our website at www.nps.gov/cave or call 575-785-2232 for updates on the park's status. 

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7:51 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Difficult Conditions On Some New Mexico Routes Due To Storm

  Difficult driving conditions are reported on numerous highways in northern and eastern New Mexico as a winter storm plows southward and westward over large sections of the state.

Highways with difficult conditions reported Monday morning included Interstate 25 between Rowe and Raton, U.S. 64 between Agua Fria and Clayton and Interstate 40 between Clines Corner and Glenrio.

The National Weather Service says the cold front will be accompanied by accumulating snow, focused over the northern mountains, the upper Rio Grande Valley, northeast highlands and the plains.

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7:48 am
Mon February 23, 2015

State Office Won't Fine Ex-Official Over Campaign Spending

State officials are not imposing any fine against a former New Mexico utility regulator who had reported paying himself thousands of dollars from his public campaign funding.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the Secretary of State's Office this month wrote that it was closing its file on former Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall.

The office said that was because Hall had submitted amended reports that didn't show any wages or salary paid to him.

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7:43 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Dona Ana County Sheriff Says Vehicle Fleet At Crisis Point

Credit Dona Ana County Sheriff

The Dona Ana County sheriff says the woeful condition of his department's fleet of vehicles has reached a crisis point.

Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil says many vehicles' high mileages pose a risk to deputies and the public. Meanwhile, some vehicles' paints jobs have deteriorated to the point that they resemble Dalmatian dogs.

Vigil says the department recycles from vehicles being retired to keep others going. The department also has commanders and other non-patrol employees drive seized vehicles so deputies can use newer patrol vehicles.

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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 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 February 23, 2015

New Mexico Legislature Considers Bill To Limit Driving Privileges For Truants

  Legislators in New Mexico are considering bills that are designed to keep children in school.  The bills would use a powerful punishment for truants and those who drop out.

The Senate Education committee passed a bill that is designed to keep students in school or have them risk losing their driving privileges. The bill, sponsored by Senator Craig Brandt, is meant to discourage truancy and decrease dropout rates. 

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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

"Cowboy Days" Coming To Las Cruces Museum

  LAS CRUCES – For 15 years, Cowboy Days has brought plenty of Western fun to Las Cruces.

As the festival at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum enters its 16th year, more activities are being added to help keep the Old West and New Mexico’s ranching traditions alive. This year’s event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7-8. Admission is $5 for everyone age 5 and older (no discounts or passes).

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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

State Of The City And County At Las Cruces Chamber Of Commerce

Mayor Pro-Tem Greg Smith and County Manager Julia Brown spoke at a Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Update Luncheon to let people know about the State of the City and of the County.

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6:14 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

New Mexico Woman, Former Coach, Gets Three Years In Prison For Sex Crimes Against Student

Despite pleas from family and even her victim, a former Melrose high school volleyball coach convicted of sexual assault will serve three years in prison.  29-year-old Allison Draper was sentenced in Curry County District Court to six years in prison, but with three suspended.

Draper pleaded guilty to four felony counts of sexual assault.

Prosecutors say Draper groomed the then 14-year-old girl for sex acts and presented hundreds of text messages as evidence.

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11:16 am
Sun February 22, 2015

NMSU Aggies Clinch WAC Title

  The New Mexico State Aggies are the Western Athletic Conference regular season champions after taking a 72-55 victory over Grand Canyon at GCU Arena Saturday night.

The Aggies (19-10, 11-1 WAC) won their ninth straight and wrapped up the regular season title with two games remaining, while the ‘Lopes (16-12, 7-4 WAC) had their four-win streak come to an end.

Playing in front of a raucous home crowd of 7,005, Grand Canyon got off to a quick start, building a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the contest.

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10:55 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Virtual Teaching In Public Education

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10:53 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Senator Joseph Cervantes

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10:38 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Newsmakers 706-Public Policy In Southern New Mexico

Field reports include: A look at compulsory voting policies following
low voter turnout levels; an update on plans to create new rules to
protect homeowners from arroyos in Las Cruces; and the Dona Ana County Commission considers a gross receipts tax increase.

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10:25 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Republicans Pass Bill That Would Hamper New Mexico Community Efforts To Regulate Oil/Gas

A House committee has approved legislation that would give New Mexico greater authority than local governments in regulating the oil and gas industry.

The House Energy and Environment Committee passed House Bill 366 on Wednesday on a party-line 6-5 vote.

Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, of Albuquerque, is sponsoring the legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to set limits for oil and gas producers.

Gentry says the bill is necessary so counties and other local governments don't issue all-out bans on oil and gas.

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10:22 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Attorney's Family Must Repay Albuquerque Legal Fees

The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney that sued the city over its probe into her death must pay officials' legal fees.  A judge ruled Thursday that the family of Mary Han owes the city of Albuquerque $5,000 in attorneys' fees.

The city had initially asked for more than $60,000.

City officials said in a statement they are pleased by the ruling and will continue "to protect the taxpayers from frivolous lawsuits."

A Han family representative says the family respects the ruling.

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10:20 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Oscars For Texas Politicians And A Look At The Week Ahead

To celebrate Sunday's Oscars, here's which Texas politicians would win golden statues in top categories for their roles so far this legislative session. Who needs a red carpet when you've got a pink state Capitol dome?

— Best Picture: The Internet video showing a testy exchange between gun rights activists and Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevarez. From panic buttons to security details to the difference between bills allowing open carry versus "constitutional carry" of handguns, the 121-second video has turned the Texas Legislature upside down.

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10:18 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Authorities Regain Control Of Texas Prison

Security personnel have regained control of a South Texas prison where inmates had set fires and caused significant damage after taking over part of the facility.

The private contractor that operates the Willacy County Correctional Center for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says about 300 of the 2,800 inmates were moved Sunday to other federal facilities.

Issa Arnita, spokesman for Management & Training Corp., says a few hundred more will be transferred before the day is out, and that the transfers will continue over the next several days until all inmates are relocated.

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10:17 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Fugitive Shot And Killed Near Ruidoso

A fugitive in an overnight standoff with authorities in a Lincoln County RV park is dead.

New Mexico State Police say officers fatally shot the male fugitive Saturday at an RV park outside Ruidoso.

State Police, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, first attempted to take the man into custody Friday afternoon.

According to officers, he barricaded himself inside his RV and refused to surrender. Negotiators tried talking with him throughout the night.

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10:15 am
Sun February 22, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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