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1:27 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

La Semilla - Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard & Tae-Young Nam

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1:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela

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1:22 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kennedy Center Theatre Festival Recognizes NMSU Student Work

  New Mexico State University’s recent production of “The Misanthrope” earned four nominations from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Two representatives from the regional committee attended a performance at NMSU’s Center for the Arts in April, bestowing nominations for acting awards and costuming awards. The group also is awaiting word on whether the production will be selected as part of the regional festival in Texas in January.

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12:44 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Bike Patrol Gets Boost

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’ Office will roll out a new and improved bike patrol this week, thanks to nearly $14,000 in grant money that purchased eight new bicycles for the unit.

The funding was part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant through the U.S. Department of Justice.

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12:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

UPDATE: Rape Charges Dropped Against UNM Football Player

  Rape charges have been dropped against a University of New Mexico football player and a community college student.

The Bernalillo County district attorney's office said Tuesday that prosecutors won't pursue charges against Crusoe Gongbay, a Lobos running back, and Ryan Ruff, a Central New Mexico Community College student.

However, officials said charges may be refiled pending an investigation.

Officials say charges against New Mexico cornerback SaQwan Edwards in the same case also are expected to be dropped later this week.

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12:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Progress In The Fight Against Feral Pigs

State and federal wildlife managers in New Mexico are making progress in their fight against feral pigs.

They say they have eliminated the majority of invasive porkers from 10 counties and progress is being made in another seven counties where pigs have taken up residency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service Division says federal hunters tracked down and eliminated about 700 pigs last year as part of a $1 million pilot project. Most of the work was done across New Mexico's eastern plains.

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12:38 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Former Lincoln County Postmaster Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

A former Lincoln County postmaster will likely get probation for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 55-year-old Kristi K. Sepkowitz pleaded guilty to a federal embezzlement charge Tuesday morning in federal court in Las Cruces.

As part of her plea agreement, Sepkowitz will receive three years of probation and pay a $1,000 fine.

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12:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New Mexico Approves Investment Settlement

A New Mexico agency says Markstone Capital Group will pay $1 million to settle allegations that political connections to former Gov. Bill Richardson improperly influenced the awarding of a public investment deal.

The State Investment Council announced the settlement on Tuesday with the private equity firm, which has offices in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, Israel. The firm denied any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

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12:06 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Championship Marathon Coming To Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, NM - Dust off your running shoes and rinse out your favorite wine glass for the inaugural Run Then Wine MarathonSeptember 20, 2014 in Las Cruces. 

  

The 26.2 mile race begins at 6:30 a.m., with men and women competing for cash prizes (must be USATF member to collect cash prize) of $500.00 for 1st Prize, $300 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd place. The race starts and ends at the at the Lunarossa Winery & Pizzeria, located at 1321 Avenida de Mesilla.

  

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9:02 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Mexico Announces Five-Year Asthma Plan

   The New Mexico Council on Asthma (NMCOA) and the New Mexico Department of Health have announced a five-year plan to be used as a guide to reduce the burden of asthma and improve asthma outcomes in New Mexico.  The plan, Breathing Easy in New Mexico: Addressing the Burden of Asthma through Action 2014-2019, outlines four goal areas designed to enhance asthma care for New Mexicans in the next five years.  The goals address the following:

  · Coordinating data sharing and efforts among organizations

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8:56 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Navajo Wildfire Nearing Full Containment

  Firefighters say a wildfire that has burned nearly 23 square miles of terrain on the Navajo Nation just east of the Arizona-New Mexico border is nearing full containment.

Fire officials said Tuesday that the Assayii (UH'-saw-he) Lake Fire is now 75 percent contained.

Crews say they are continuing to patrol the area for any hot spots, clearing debris and constructing fire lines secure. Some of the fire is expected to continue to smolder.

Authorities say some roads are still closed, which may prevent some residents from returning.

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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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