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8:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

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 Interim Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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7:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice To Speak In New Mexico

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice
Credit supremecourt.gov

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will speak at a summer symposium in Santa Fe by the Women's International Study Center.

Ginsburg is to speak along with Albuquerque lawyer Roberta Cooper Ramo at the Aug. 15 opening of the symposium entitled, "Risk and Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World."

There will be panel discussions the next day about women in the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business. The sessions will be at the Drury Plaza Hotel.

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7:21 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gila Forest Officials Warn Of Black Bear Activity

Gila National Forest Black Bear
Credit wildlife.state.nm.us

Officials on the Gila National Forest are warning visitors of increased black bear activity in southwestern New Mexico.

They say activity is on the rise due to the continuing hot and dry conditions across the Gila. As drought persists, they say black bears will be in search of food and water.

Homeowners and forest visitors have been seeing an increasing number of black bears in close proximity to their property or within recreation areas.

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7:15 am
Mon June 23, 2014

1 Dead In Albuquerque Hit-And-Run

Police in Albuquerque are searching for a vehicle they say was involved in a deadly hit-and-run.

Authorities say a woman was pronounced dead late Sunday night at a hospital after being struck in a traffic accident near Carlisle and Indian School.

They are searching for a white pickup truck they believe was involved.

Investigators say it is unknown if alcohol was a factor.

No other details were released.

Police had to close a nearby intersection for approximately two hours.

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7:14 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Police Seek Suspect In Los Lunas Killing

Los Lunas police say a man whose body was discovered in an apartment complex parking lot appears to be the victim of a homicide.

Authorities responding to a 911 call around 6 a.m. Sunday at Gerald Chavez apartments found the man lying in the parking lot in a pool of blood.

Police say the unidentified man suffered several injuries but did not give further details.

Investigators say the victim lived at the complex for some time.

They say it's unclear if he was a random victim.

Police say the man was in his 50s and possibly suffered from mental illness.

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8:26 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

WNMU Signs Agreement With School In Mexico

  Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with a Mexican school to exchange faculty members and students for study and research projects.

Officials from Western New Mexico and the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez gathered recently in Mexico to sign the agreement.

The two universities first began discussing a possible agreement when Mexican officials visited Silver City in March. Further talks about what the two schools have to offer followed.

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11:26 am
Sun June 22, 2014

UPDATE: Border Patrol Cancels Flights From Texas

  The Border Patrol's parent agency says it has canceled flights to bring nearly 300 Central American migrants from South Texas to California for processing but says plans could be reinstated.

Spokesman Ralph DeSio (dah-SAY-oh) said Sunday that he didn't know why flights to San Diego and El Centro were shelved. He says planning is "in a very fluid state."

Paul Beeson, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief, told The Associated Press Saturday that there would be two flights Monday with 140 passengers each. The flights were expected to continue every three days.

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11:25 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Albuquerque May Assist Homeless Ex-Inmates

New Mexico's most populous county is considering providing shelter for inmates with mental illness who are released from jail with nowhere to go.

The Bernalillo County Commission will consider a $1.1 million proposal at a meeting Tuesday offer beds for some newly released inmates.

Officials say the program would give homeless people, just out of jail and struggling with mental illness, a safe place to stay.

Social services agencies would be charged with running the program, which would offer 75 beds at places throughout the community.

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11:24 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Immigrant Children Can Stay In The United States For Years

Thousands of immigrant children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America and crossing alone into the United States.  They can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work in the U.S. for years without consequences.

Why?  An Associated Press investigation finds two main reasons.

One is an overburdened and deeply flawed system of immigration courts.

The second is a 2002 law that's intended to protect children's welfare.

And what's driving the dramatic increases in these immigrants?

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11:22 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Report: Soutwest VA Officials Knew Of Wait Time Problems

  An audit by the Veterans Affairs health care network in the Southwest shows officials knew years ago that employees were manipulating data on doctor appointments.

The Arizona Republic reports that officials failed to stop the practice despite a national directive.

The 2012 audit found hospitals and clinics in Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas chronically violated department policy and created inaccurate data on patient wait times using a variety of methods.

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11:20 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Military Considers Allowing Most Veterans To Make Online Purchases

The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.

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11:19 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Navajo Fire Contained

  Firefighters are gaining the upper hand against a blaze that has charred more than 22 square miles on the Navajo Nation.

Officials say crews have contained 60 percent of the Assayii Lake Fire. The human-caused fire has been burning for more than a week in the Chuska Mountains just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

All areas to the north of the fire opened Sunday, but roads south of Highway 134 remain closed for firefighter and public safety.

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11:18 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Seeking To Protect O'Keeffe's "Black Place"

Credit taosartschool.org

   Some artists and environmentalists are concerned oil and gas drilling is encroaching on the black, white and gray hills in northwestern New Mexico made famous in Georgia O'Keeffe's drawings and paintings.

While the "Black Place" itself remains untouched, there dozens of drilling tanks 500 yards from the site and it's surrounded by rigs and a maze of dusty dirt roads traveled by oilfield workers.

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7:30 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Albuquerque Police Protest

Credit twitter.com/occupy new mexico

   Protesters advocating for reforms within the Albuquerque Police Department put the embattled police chief "on trial" during a rally.

Dozens of protesters, including some who brought children, marched Saturday from Roosevelt Park with signs and a makeshift coffin inscribed with names of people killed by Albuquerque officers in recent years.

The protesters marched peacefully before returning to the park to continue the rally.

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7:09 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

New Wildfire In Lincoln National Forest

Name:  Rogers II

Date and Time Reported:  06/21/14, 2:37 pm

Cause:  Lightning

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District

Location:  Lat: 32 deg, 42 min, 7.56 sec X  Long: 105 deg, 42 min, 24.85 sec (T18S, R12E, Sec 34)

General Vicinity:  About 4 miles north of Timberon, NM 

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12:10 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

University Medical Center Wants To Take Over El Paso Children's Hospital

Lead in text: 
The El Paso Times reports that the financially troubled El Paso Children's Hospital may getting new management.
Posted: 06/20/2014 09:31:28 PM MDT The University Medical Center board's secret proposal to save financially strapped El Paso Children's Hospital is to take control of the 2 1/2-year-old facility, the new Children's Hospital chief executive officer said Friday.
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12:07 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Report: New Phone Scam In New Mexico

  A tip was called in to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office Friday from a woman who reported that she was the target of a scam that used the sheriff’s office by name.

   According to the victim, a man claiming to be a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy called the woman to inform her she had warrants for her arrest. In order to clear the warrants, the victim was reportedly told she had to call a phone number with a 904 area code to pay the so-called fines with either a credit or debit card.

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12:02 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Crews Closer To Containing Navajo Wildfire

  Firefighters say they are strengthening their hold on a wildfire that has charred more than 21 square miles of forest and grazing land on the Navajo Nation.

Fire officials say crews by Friday night had contained 40 percent of the Assayii Lake Fire.

They plan to continue removing debris and vegetation while building containment lines around the fire's edges.

Firefighters say some livestock have been discovered near the blaze.

Navajo Nation emergency workers are helping to set up safe escorts for those animals.

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12:01 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Wedding Tent That Collapsed Failed Fire Code

A company whose tent collapsed on top of a wedding reception in Albuquerque, causing injuries to several people, now faces allegations of violating fire code.

A deputy fire marshal filed six citations late Friday against an employee of America Tent Rentals.

The citations allege a worker used duct tape to bind extension cords, didn't mark emergency exits or place a fire extinguisher inside and never got the proper permit and inspection.

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12:01 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Mass Immigrant Graves Uncovered In Texas Cemetary

  Volunteer researchers recently have uncovered mass graves in a South Texas cemetery that they believe contain the bodies of immigrants who died crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Two university anthropologists say the remains in Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias were found in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags or without a container.

The researchers say some remains were found under small, temporary grave markers bearing the name of local funeral home Funeraria del Angel Howard-Williams.

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11:59 am
Sat June 21, 2014

ACLU: Immigrant Detention Should Be "Last Resort"

  LAS CRUCES, NM—The Obama administration said it will open new detention facilities to house immigrant families, many of whom are being apprehended in South Texas as part of the humanitarian crisis of migration from Central America.

Initial reporting indicates the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Artesia, NM, will be one of the locations housing hundreds of immigrants, including children.

Brian Erickson, Policy Advocate with the ACLU of New Mexico, Regional Center for Border Rights, had this comment:

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11:54 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Pearce: New Mexico Immigrant Detention Facility Will Only Be Used For Families

 

  Congressman Steve Pearce says a new detention facility planned for New Mexico would only be for immigrant families, not unaccompanied minors.

Pearce said Friday that an area of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia could house families.

The Republican says that children without parents won't be able to stay there because there are no proper day care facilities.

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4:33 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

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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4:26 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Falls To 6.5 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in May, down from 6.8 percent the previous month and 6.9 percent a year ago.

The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state's economy lost 600 jobs over the year.

Over the year, the sector with the largest job gain was financial activities and retail trade sectors. They each have added 2,200 jobs since May 2013.

Education and health services added 1,500 jobs, mining gained 1,300 jobs, and the leisure and hospitality industries added 1,000 jobs.

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1:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

20 Years Later, Family Of Murder Victim Pleads For Clues

Truck driven by Robert Rocha

  On June 28, 1994, 43-year-old Robert Rocha got in his 1985 Ford pickup and headed out to a shady area near the Rio Grande River south of Las Cruces. He was looking for a nice spot to have a party for his niece, who was getting ready to go to college. Just as the sun was about to go down, Rocha’s nude body was found shot to death next to his truck.

Twenty years later, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is still hoping that someone who knows something about the murder will come forward.

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11:56 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Perry Says Comments On Gays Were A Mistake

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

   Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views.  The speech in which Perry made the comments airs Saturday at 7am and Sunday at 11am on KRWG-FM 90.7 during the broadcast of The Commonwealth Club.

Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

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11:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Some Immigrant Children Coming To New Mexico

Advocates say some of the immigrant families caught crossing the border together illegally will be coming to New Mexico and housed by the Catholic Church.

Thomas Baca, executive director of Catholic Charities in Las Cruces, told The Associated Press on Friday that close to 300 people will be housed at a parish in Anthony after being released from federal immigration authorities.

He says the Diocese of Las Cruces is working on raising funds to house the immigrants and racing to get the facility ready.

Baca says the Diocese of El Paso is housing around 300 immigrants.

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11:52 am
Fri June 20, 2014

FAA Approves Corpus Christi As Fully Operational Drone Test Site

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) has met federal requirements to begin full operations as a test site for unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated the center as one of only six test sites in December, and approved it as operational on Friday, June 20.

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11:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

NMSU Alamogordo To Offer Bachelor's Degree In Nursing

Nursing students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree entirely in Alamogordo. A celebration of the new partnership between the New Mexico State University School of Nursing and NMSU Alamogordo’s Allied Health Pre-Nursing will be marked with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the NMSU-A Science Center Atrium.

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10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Black Bear Activity Increasing In Gila National Forest

  Due to the continuing hot and dry conditions that the Gila National Forest is experiencing, black bear activity is on the rise.  Homeowners and recreationists have been seeing an increasing number of  black bears in close proximity to their property or within recreation areas.  As drought conditions persist, black bears are in search of food and water.

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