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8:55 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Mexico Woman's Body Pulled From Lake Powell

The body of a 41-year-old woman who went missing over the weekend has been recovered from Lake Powell.

Spokeswoman Denise Shultz of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area says the body was taken from the water near Lone Rock Beach on Monday morning. Shultz says the woman was from New Mexico.

Details about her disappearance weren't immediately available.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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8:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

We Still Have Free Speech! Ruidoso's "No Criticism" Rule Struck Down

A federal judge has come down hard on Ruidoso officials who tried to ban residents from saying anything negative at council meetings.  U.S. District Judge James O. Browning issued an injunction Monday finding that the village of Ruidoso's rule or policy barring speakers from being critical is "an unconstitutional burden on free speech."

Under the village rules, a speaker could praise personnel, staff or the village council, or could make a neutral comment, but could not voice criticism.

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8:36 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Garcia Alleges Fraud; Challenges Election Result

 

Las Cruces, New Mexico— Attorneys for the campaign of Rep. Mary Helen Garcia have formally a filed a motion challenging the results in the June Primary Election.

Specifically, the attorneys cite irregularities in the signatures associated with absentee voting in the primary election for New Mexico House District 34.

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7:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

UNM's Project Echo Gets $6.4 Million

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has received $6.4 million to expand diabetes care. 

The Helmsley Charitable Trust announced the grant on Monday for UNM's Project ECHO, a program that links community-based clinicians with UNM specialists to treat patients with complex conditions.

The university says the grant will be used to pilot a program called Endo ECHO, which aims to provide greater access to complex diabetes care and specialized endocrinology treatment, especially among publicly insured and uninsured patients.

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7:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Canvassing Board To Certify New Mexico Primary

Results of New Mexico's primary election are about to become final.

The state Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday in the Capitol to certify official returns from the June 3 primary election.

The board is made up of Gov. Susana Martinez, Secretary of State Dianna Duran and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Barbara Vigil.

By law, only Democrats and Republicans can vote in New Mexico's primary election.

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7:53 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Teams To Test Bomb Squad Robots At Los Alamos

Eight teams from around the Southwest will be putting their bomb squad robots to the test as part of a three-day competition at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The annual robot rodeo begins Tuesday.

The teams will be using their skills and their robots to search vehicles for explosive devices, recover stolen weapons and navigate obstacle courses. Other challenges include investigating possible homemade explosive labs, dealing with suicide bombers and using common tools to disable dangerous devices.

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7:52 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fishing Limits Lifted On Santa Fe River

State wildlife officials have lifted restrictions on the number of fish that anglers can catch and keep from a two-mile stretch of the Santa Fe River over the next week.

The lifting of the bag limit and the suspension of tackle regulations are part of a salvage order aimed at removing as many trout as possible from the river before it runs dry.

The state Game and Fish Department stocked more than 500 trout in the river this spring to provide fishing opportunities. People have caught most of the fish, but some remain.

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7:48 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Security Boosted At Albuquerque Mayor's Office

The Albuquerque mayor is getting additional security for his office after protesters recently occupied the building.

KOB-TV reports that new security features have been added around the office suites occupied by Mayor Richard Berry and his staff.

Officials say the changes include a second entry door and electronic features to quickly alert police if there is a break-in.

Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry says some administrative staff have been fearful for their safety.

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7:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Man Sues Albuquerque Schools For 2007 Arrest

A man is suing an Albuquerque school district over an arrest that happened seven years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that Quentin Scott has filed a lawsuit against two former Albuquerque Public Schools officials for what he says was his unlawful arrest at age 12.

Scott says he was arrested in 2007 after trying to sell a small blade from a pencil sharpener.

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4:27 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Mayors Urge Federal Courts To Enforce Marriage Equality

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging federal courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples nationwide to marry.

More than 200 mayors gathered in Dallas for a 4-day conference that ended Monday. The resolution urging courts to support allowing same-sex couples to marry was among those passed by the group.

In 2009 the conference endorsed the freedom of same-sex couples to marry and reaffirmed that in the current resolution. The group noted that 19 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to marry.

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4:25 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man Charged With Stabbing Teen At Party

  The man suspected of stabbing a 16-year-old boy during a brawl at a party early Friday morning has been arrested by Las Cruces Police.

Pascual Jose Diaz, 25, is charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The 16-year-old boy was taken by a friend to Memorial Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

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4:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Las Cruces Diocese Announces New Parish In Santa Teresa

Credit archdiocesesantafe.org / New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

   Bishop Cantú, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces will hold a press conference at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 26 at 11:00 AM. Bishop Cantu will announce that he has issued a canonical decree to establish a new Catholic parish in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The new Catholic parish will be named in honor of Saint John Paul II.

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2:39 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NMSU Names Interim Associate Dean Of Arts And Sciences

  Enrico Pontelli, computer science professor and department head, will take the position of interim associate dean in New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences as of July 1. 

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2:33 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Truck Driver For Kidnapping

  Las Cruces Police arrested a long-haul truck driver suspected of holding a 49-year-old Louisiana woman against her will.

William Joseph Tayler, 54, from Oroville, Calif., is charged with one count each of kidnapping and assault with intent to commit a violent felony.

At around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, the 49-year-old woman entered the TravelCenters of America, at 202 N. Motel Blvd., and asked a store clerk to call 911. Las Cruces Police arrived and made contact with the woman, and learned that she had been held against her will for at least one day.

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2:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NMSU Extension Agent Brings World Of Experience To Position

  With a passport filled with stamps and a world of experiences, Lynda Garvin has learned the key to helping people improve their lives is listening.

The Sandoval County Extension agriculture and horticulture agent brings a wide variety of Extension-type experiences to her new position in northern New Mexico. Ten years in the Peach Corps and numerous additional years of service with Food for the Hungry and CARE international programs have prepared Garvin to work with the diverse cultures of New Mexico.

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2:29 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Report: Some Texas Doctors Did Not Treat Veterans Due To Delayed Payment

A federal review has determined some South Texas physicians stopped accepting veterans as patients because a Veterans Affairs center was not reimbursing the doctors in a timely manner.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel in a report released Monday also found the VA center in Harlingen did not comply with rules for credentials and privileges granted to doctors who treated veterans.

The report from Carolyn Lerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, and addressed to President Barack Obama also notes failings at VA centers elsewhere.

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2:27 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court: Parent Cannot Sue Child's Guardian

The state Supreme Court has ruled that a court-appointed guardian for children cannot be sued by a parent in a custody dispute.

The high court said Monday guardians at litem have immunity from lawsuit related to their duties as an arm of the court in determining what's in the best interests of children who are the subject of a custody fight between parents.

The justices also said the parent can't bring a lawsuit on behalf of a child because that would create a conflict of interest in the custody case.

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2:27 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Las Cruces Inmate Takes Stand At Murder Trial

   A Las Cruces prisoner says he was off his anti-psychotic medication when he allegedly slashed a fellow inmate to death in 2006.  38-year-old Dominic Montoya took the stand in his defense Monday morning.

Montoya is charged with first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner and tampering with evidence.

Investigators say Montoya was detained at the Dona Ana County Detention Center when he stabbed and slashed 29-year-old Adam Avalos and cut his right ear off. They say he also scrawled in blood his initials and those of an ex-girlfriend on a shower wall.

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12:29 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Navajo Wildfire Moving Toward Full Containment

   Firefighters say they have made significant progress reducing hot spots in a wildfire that has been burning for more than a week just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Fire officials say the Assayii (UH'-saw-he) Lake Fire, which has scorched more than 22 square miles of Navajo Nation land, is now 65 percent contained.

Crews say they will spend Monday continuing to construct fire lines and clearing trees and other debris that could fuel any fire activity.

They say smoke will continue to be visible due to hot and dry weather conditions.

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12:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

New Mexico Well Owners Urged To Test Water

   The oil and gas industry, as well as watchdog groups, are urging New Mexico well owners to get their water quality tested.

The  New Mexico Oil and Gas Association launched a campaign last week to convince domestic well owners to voluntarily test their water.

Wally Drangmeister, spokesman for the association, says testing can help prove water quality isn't threatened by drilling and fracking.

Watchdog groups, however, say the testing is needed to help make industry stakeholders accountable.

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12:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Widow Of Indian Activist Files Lawsuit Against New Mexico Doctors

The widow of Native American activist Russell Means has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors in New Mexico of overlooking his esophageal cancer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Monday that the lawsuit by Pearl Means in state District Court in Las Vegas, New Mexico, accuses doctors who work at clinics owned by Santa Fe's Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center of allowing his condition to worsen. He died in 2012 at age 72.

Lawyers for the hospital deny any wrongdoing.

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10:02 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Mexico Solar Industry Shadow Of What It Could Be

The Macho Springs Solar Facility near Deming is the New Mexico's largest solar plant.
Credit Simon Thompson

The Macho Springs Solar Facility spans 300 football fields and generates as much as 669 kilowatt hours of electricity per month enough to power as many 18,000 homes.

State land commissioner Ray Powell helped broker the public private partnership needed to get the solar plant built on state land.  He says solar power’s potential in New Mexico is without limit.

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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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