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11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mexico Blasts Kirtland Cleanup Plan

   New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base's proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque's water supply.

Kirtland's plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells are located. The contaminated water then would be treated to meet drinking water standards.

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11:28 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Man Gets 32+ Years For Attempted Murder

  Las Cruces, NM—Cornelius Renteria received the maximum sentence of 32½ years from Third Judicial Court Judge Darren Kugler at the urging of Prosecuting District Attorney Heather Chavez.

On May 8, 2014 after 8 hours of deliberation a jury found Cornelius Renteria guilty of attempted first degree murder, aggravated burglary, child abuse and felon in possession of a firearm for the events that took place in March, 2013.

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11:24 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Doctors Who Perform Abortions Regain Admitting Rights

Two doctors whose clinics perform abortions have had their admitting privileges at a Dallas hospital reinstated as part of a settlement in their lawsuit.

Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia argued in their suit that University General Hospital revoked their privileges because they perform abortions. They said University General violated a state law that forbids hospitals from penalizing doctors for either performing abortions or declining the procedure.

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11:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Texas Woman Jailed For Enrolling In School As A Teen

  A 34-year-old woman who posed as a teenager to enroll as a sophomore at an East Texas high school has pleaded guilty to failure to identify.

A judge in Longview on Tuesday sentenced Charity Johnson to 85 days in jail in a plea agreement.

Johnson was arrested May 13 after a woman who allowed Johnson to stay at her apartment called the police when she discovered Johnson was not a teenager. New Life Christian School officials said Johnson enrolled last October with a guardian and indicated she was 15 years old.

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8:57 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A California Company Expands East To Las Cruces

A California-based business has decided to expand operations in Las Cruces. The move is said to provide much needed manufacturing jobs to the city.

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez and other elected representatives, along with area business leaders where in Las Cruces Monday morning to welcome Franco Whole Foods to New Mexico.

The company is national supplier of uncooked tortillas to companies like Whole Foods and Costco.

Franco Whole Foods will be renovating a West Amador warehouse in Las Cruces that has been vacant for almost eleven years.

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8:47 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Albuquerque Police Chief Forbids More Justice Dept. Meetings

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden is forbidding his employees from meeting with the U.S. Department of Justice without his permission.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Eden sent a text message to all employees on Monday. The text message, obtained by the Journal, says officers have been meeting with the DOJ for various reasons and that those meetings should stop immediately.

A dozen or more such unofficial meetings have been held.

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8:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

N.M. High Court Ruling On Vehicle Search Prompts Dissent

A state Supreme Court ruling has drawn a dissent from a justice who says the decision could undermine New Mexico's constitutional protections against unreasonable searches of automobiles.

Justice Richard Bosson dissented from a court ruling Monday that upheld a warrantless search of a vehicle by Farmington police in 2010.

Bosson disagreed with the court's majority that there were emergency conditions justifying the search of the vehicle's truck.

He wrote that warrants usually have been required in New Mexico to search locked compartments of an automobile.

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8:43 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Las Cruces Billboards Seek Info On 1994 Killing

Las Cruces-area residents will be learning about an unsolved fatal shooting two decades ago, and the victim's family hopes it jogs loose information that helps find his killer or killers.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that three digital billboards in Las Cruces will seek information on the June 1994 killing of 43-year-old Robert Rocha.

His nude body was found next to his pickup in an area where relatives say he was scouting locations a niece's going-to-college party.

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8:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Democrat Gary King Responds To Criticism With Hard-Hitting TV Ad

Democrat Gary King is punching back in New Mexico's race for governor with a television ad criticizing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's record in running state government.

The ad began airing Tuesday and is in response to hard-hitting advertising by the Republican Governors Association against the Democratic nominee.

King's ad points out that New Mexico has been losing jobs during Martinez's tenure and says King "will clean up her mess." King backs a minimum wage increase.

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8:07 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Environmental Agency Criticizes Kirtland Spill Proposal

New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base's proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque's water supply.

Kirtland's plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells are located. The contaminated water then would be treated to meet drinking water standards.

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6:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

NMSU Center For The Arts Manager Is One Busy Man

  William Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” If that’s true, Matt Reynolds is a key player at New Mexico State University who makes the magic happen. In the midst of constant activity at the Center for the Arts, where he claims there’s never a dull moment, Reynolds strives for excellence and stays busy fulfilling a number of responsibilities. 

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3:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Udall: Audit Shows "Unacceptable" Wait Times For VA Care

  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall responded to the results of a nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities, which found New Mexico’s veterans wait an average of 46 days for primary care and identified New Mexico as being one of a select number of facilities that need a follow-up investigation.

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3:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Man Dead After Shooting By Carlsbad Police

New Mexico State Police say they're investigating a fatal shooting involving Carlsbad police officers.

State police say 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick died in the 10 a.m. shooting Monday, but didn't immediately release any details.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Kirkpatrick was shot at the Tia Maria apartment complex.

The newspaper says Kirkpatrick had escaped from custody and was facing burglary charges.

He reportedly was taken to the Carlsbad Medical Center, where he died of his wounds.

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2:52 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Tortilla Manufacturer Expanding In Las Cruces; 160 Jobs On Tap

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that California-based tortilla producer Franco Whole Foods, will expand its operations into Las Cruces, bringing 160 new jobs with an average salary of $37,000 plus benefits.  Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA), Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, and Mike and Gus Franco of Franco Whole Foods joined Governor Martinez for the announcement.

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12:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

USDA Report Shows Impact Of Limited Federal Firefighting Budget

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released information showing how limited federal firefighting budgets have impacted states over the last two fiscal years (FYs 2012 and 2013).

 

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12:27 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

New Campaign Eyes Albuquerque Police Reforms

  Advocates are keeping the pressure on Albuquerque police to quickly adopt reforms amid a pending U.S. Justice Department agreement.

Activists from a number of New Mexico organizations are scheduled Monday to launch a new campaign aimed at advocating for Albuquerque Police Department reforms. Meanwhile, demonstrators arrested for staging a sit-in at the Albuquerque mayor's office are planning to picket outside of a scheduled city council meeting.

Last week, 13 demonstrators were arrested for their role in holding a sit-in inside Mayor Richard Berry's office.

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12:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

High Court Refuses Texas Case Regarding Execution Drug Secrecy

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys were demanding state officials disclose the source of drugs intended to execute him.

Robert James Campbell had a pair of appeals in federal courts last month as his scheduled execution neared. While the Supreme Court appeal on drug secrecy was pending, a lower federal appeals court stopped the 41-year-old inmate's punishment to allow his lawyers to pursue appeals that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

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12:24 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses Texas Death Row Appeal

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  The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and death sentence given to a Fort Worth man for a 2010 convenience store holdup that left two men dead.

The high court without comment Monday refused an appeal in the case of 38-year-old Kwame Rockwell.

A Tarrant County jury decided in 2012 that Rockwell should be executed for the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Daniel Rojas, a clerk at a southeast Fort Worth store.

Evidence showed a 70-year-old deliveryman for Mrs Baird's bread, Jerry Burnett, also was gunned down during the robbery.

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12:23 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Report: Long Wait Times For Care From El Paso VA

Four medical centers serving veterans in Texas have some of the nation's worst wait times for new patients.

A federal report released Monday shows that Texas' eight Veterans Affairs Department medical centers scheduled at least 92 percent of their patients for appointments within 30 days. However, facilities in Harlingen, El Paso, Dallas and Amarillo rank among the longest waits for new patients.

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12:22 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

1 Dead, 3 Injured In Albuquerque Hit And Run

Albuquerque police say the driver of a black SUV that struck four pedestrians downtown may have hit them intentionally. One of the pedestrians died and the other three were injured but are expected to survive.

Police say the incident happened at about 2:20 a.m. Monday around 1st Street and Iron Avenue.

According to police, officers observed unspecified evidence that suggests the incident was not an accident and might have been malicious.

Police say the SUV had faded black paint, that it has front-end damage and was occupied by two men.

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12:19 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Southern New Mexico Casino Delay Prompts Lawsuit

  Today, the Fort Sill Apache Tribe filed a lawsuit against the National Indian Gaming Commission after waiting for half a decade for the agency to review the Tribe's appeal of a notice of violation that its Chairman issued to the Tribe in 2009.  (Read the entire complaint here.)

“We are asking the court to do what the NIGC promised to do five years ago: review our case in a reasonable amount of time,” said Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous. 

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8:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Arrested Protesters To Picket Albuquerque City Council

Demonstrators arrested for staging a sit-in at the Albuquerque mayor's office are planning to picket outside of a scheduled city council meeting.

Protesters say they will hold a demonstration Monday as city councilors are meeting to discuss pending reforms into Albuquerque police.

Last week, 13 demonstrators were arrested for their role in holding a sit-in inside Mayor Richard Berry's office. Twelve face trespassing citations and one faces a battery on a police officer charge. All have been ordered to stay away from City Hall.

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8:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

N.M. Rafters Get Bump From Extra Water

Whitewater rafting in northern New Mexico is making waves bigger than expected this summer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that spring rains and mountain runoff have resulted in high water on the Rio Grande since Memorial Day weekend.

Many river guides say they had been expecting a summer filled with taking patrons on lazy floats.

The state is currently in its fourth year of a drought.

Rafting companies say the drought has caused a significant drop in business because the lack of consistently high water flows on popular stretches of the river.

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8:44 am
Mon June 9, 2014

New Trail Opens In Cloudcroft

A new trail in the Lincoln National Forest is officially open to the public.

The Alamogordo Daily News says the New Mexico Rails to Trails Association inaugurated the trail over the weekend.

President Grady Nicholson said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday that the trail is part of the original railroad bed that came through around 1900. The railroad connects Alamogordo to Cloudcroft.

Nicholson says the group funded a bridge to connect the new trail section to the Trestle Recreation Area Trails.

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8:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Voter Turnout Drops In N.M. Primary

Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the primary election than the last time the state selected gubernatorial nominees.

According to unofficial election returns from the secretary of state's office, about 20 percent of registered Democrats and Republicans cast ballots in last week's primary.

That turnout rate is down from 28 percent in 2010.

A total of 201,498 votes were cast compared with 258,614 in 2010. That's a drop of about 22 percent.

Turnout ranged from 13 percent in Dona Ana County to 52 percent in Guadalupe County.

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6:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

North-South All-Star Baseball Classic Comes To Las Cruces Friday/Saturday

Baseball players from across the state will be in Las Cruces on Friday and Saturday.  

Senior high school baseball players from across New Mexico will play in the 39th annual North-South All-Star Baseball Classic.

It takes place in Las Cruces on Friday and Saturday, June 13th and 14th.

The event will be played in Apodaca Park -- one on Friday, and a double-header on Saturday. For many players, this will be the last chance to showcase their skills to universities and junior colleges.

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4:57 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Boy Rescued From Cliff In Sandia Mountains

A 15-year-old boy stuck on a cliff in the Sandia Mountains has been rescued.

Albuquerque police say the boy, who is described as developmentally delayed, became separated Saturday while hiking with his church group.

Police spokesman Simon Drobnik says officers from the Open Space Unit joined Bernalillo County Fire Department medics for a search and rescue operation.

Officers found the boy nearly a mile up the trail stuck on a cliff face.

They say he had slid about 200 feet down and was stuck 500 feet from the bottom.

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10:29 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Report: Las Cruces Inmate Stabbed 43 Times

An inmate killed in a gang-related attack at a Las Cruces state prison was stabbed more than 40 times, according to an autopsy report released this week.

The state Office of the Medical Investigator found 34-year-old Javier Enrique Molina suffered 43 stab wounds and five other cuts.

The report states the fatal blows were to his heart and lungs.

Molina was stabbed March 7 in a common area at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

New Mexico State Police say the assault involved several inmates.

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10:28 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Accuracy Of New Mexico Teacher Evaluations Questioned

Some New Mexico educators say released state teacher evaluations that are based on erroneous data have left them confused and frustrated.  Albuquerque school officials and the state Public Education Department say the evaluations were based on data that had some factual errors.

Matt Montano, the department's director of educator quality, says some of the mistakes came from information submitted by districts but they are working to correct evaluations.

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10:26 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Albuquerque Police Share Video From Fatal Shooting

  A knife-wielding man shot and killed by Albuquerque police after he reportedly attacked his girlfriend and another man was repeatedly ordered to drop his weapon, newly released police video and audio show.

Police on Friday released an arriving sergeant's lapel camera video and audio from the May 22 shooting of suspect Ralph Chavez.

The video shows the two officers who shot Chavez backing away from him across traffic lanes just before firing.

Officer Ryan Graves can be heard shouting several times at Chavez to put the knife down.

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