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6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NMSU Students Compete In National "Concrete Canoe" Competition

  New Mexico State University’s concrete canoe team placed 13th of 23 other universities that competed at the American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. This year’s national concrete canoe competition took place at the University of Pennsylvania at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 18-22.

In three out of four different categories, NMSU’s 13-member team took top 10 honors. The team earned 10th place in the oral presentation, ninth in the combined race category, and the final product of the concrete canoe team also placed ninth.

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9:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

More Immigrants Deported From New Mexico Detention Center

Officials say more Central American immigrants detained briefly in New Mexico have been deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said one plane Friday took the immigrants from Artesia to Honduras and another flight sent the women and children to Guatemala and El Salvador.

ICE officials say more of the 600 or so women and children at the Artesia center are scheduled to return to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador soon.

The deportations are part of an effort to quickly remove immigrants who were part of a recent surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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3:59 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Plans To Establish A "Free Speech Task Force"

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  In a memo issued today by NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers, NMSU announced the formation of a "free speech task force."

Here is the full text of the memo:

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3:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

NMSU Student Designs Water Filters To Be Used In Mexico

Joshua Gomez, NMSU chemical engineering sophomore, designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. At the Border Partners Facility, residents of Puerto Palomas learn how the filter works and how to put the filter together. (Courtesy photo by Erin Ward)

  New Mexico State University chemical engineering sophomore Joshua Gomez designed and developed water filters that will be installed in houses and schools in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Puerto Palomas is located just south of Columbus, New Mexico. Water supplies in both Palomas and Columbus are drawn from the same arsenic- and fluoride-contaminated aquifer. While Columbus has installed a reverse osmosis system to provide all residents clean water, Palomas’ water supply is only disinfected with chlorine.

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3:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Major Drop In Minors Crossing Border

  The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says a daily average of about 150 children were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Second Plague Case Of 2014 In New Mexico

  A second case of plague has been reported in New Mexico this year.

The Department of Health says testing has confirmed that a hospitalized 43-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County had plague.

An environmental investigation will take place at the woman's home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.

The first case of plague in New Mexico this year was reported in April. It involved a 57-year-old man from Torrance County. He's still recovering.

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3:33 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Perry Deploys National Guard To Border

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of "lip service" from the federal government.

Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week.

Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the U.S.

Perry says criminals are exploiting the situation for human and drug trafficking.

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3:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

CBO: Border Crisis To Cost $25 Million In 2014

   A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis assumes Obama's request for handling the border crisis won't be enacted until mid- to late-September. Lawmakers are struggling to address the issue before leaving Washington for their annual August recess, but appear unlikely to succeed.

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11:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Police Look For Suspects Who Stole NMSU Golf Cart

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of two men suspected of stealing a golf cart from an academic building at New Mexico State University.

NMSU police learned that during the early-morning hours of Saturday, July 12, two men entered the courtyard of O’Donnell Hall and stole a golf cart belonging to the Learning Resource Center. Evidence from the courtyard indicates the men damaged the golf cart as they drove it through a pedestrian gate on the west side of O’Donnell Hall.

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8:29 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Migration Spotlights Mexican 'Coyote' Smugglers

Human smuggling is a high-risk, often high-yield business, with migrants in Latin America paying $5,000-$10,000 each for the long, illegal journey in the care of smugglers.

Smugglers, known as "coyotes," say they must pay off officials, gangs operating on trains and drug cartels controlling the routes north.

Judging by the dramatic increase in the number of minors apprehended in the United States in recent months, it seems the human smuggling business from Central America is booming.

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8:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

UPDATE: $5 Million Bond For Three Teens Held In Albuquerque Homeless Killings

Three Albuquerque teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition have been ordered held on $5 million bonds.

Police say they are also investigating claims by one of the teens that the trio had been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months.

Prosecutors requested $1 million bond for each of the three during initial appearances Monday, but Metropolitan Court Judge Linda Rogers set bond at $5 million. She cited the gravity of the alleged crimes and the suspects' potential to flee.

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8:25 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Report: Visitor Spending Up At New Mexico National Parks

Credit facebook.com/nationalparkservice

A new report shows visitors and spending were up last year in national parks across New Mexico.

The analysis released Friday by the National Park Service shows more than 1.5 million people visited the state's 13 national parks in 2013, spending $83.2 million and supporting 1,136 jobs in the state.

Sue Masica, director of the Park Service's Intermountain Region, says the report confirms that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

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7:49 am
Mon July 21, 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 Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Organ Monument Designation Key Factor In ETA's Denial Of Commercial Zoning Near Tortugas Mountain

Outdoors man and local resident Duane Mosley anxiously awaits the Extra Territorial Zoning Authorities decision on proposed commercial development near the base of Tortugas Mountain
Credit Simon Thompson

Tortugas Mountain is a site of cultural significance for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tortugas Pueblo congregation, who climb the mountain in an annual pilgrimage to honor the Virgin Mary.  But it’s also an important place for local residents like Duane Mosley who go to the mountain to unwind, hike, and watch the sunset and the stars at night.

“It has always been a special place for me” he says “Eating the mesquite beans and watching lizards crawl around on the rocks it is something that brings me back to my center” he says.

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11:56 am
Sun July 20, 2014

FBI: Scams Aimed At Families Of Child Immigrants

Federal authorities are warning the public about fraud schemes aimed at exploiting relatives of unaccompanied children who've recently entered the United States.

San Antonio-based FBI officials say in a statement that perpetrators have demanded payments from family members, claiming the monetary payments will cover processing and travel expenses needed to allow the children to be reunited with their families.

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11:53 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Schools Work On Water Filter System For Colonias

  A university research project is helping some border residents get clean drinking water through filtration systems made out of supplies found at many hardware stores.

The project is led by a group of students and professors at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University. They build filtering systems that can be made with supplies that cost anywhere from less than $50 and up to $300.

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11:52 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Navajos Struggle To Get Birth Certificates

Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation say getting a birth certificate to access retirement and health benefits has been a struggle under Arizona's strict regulations.

Most residents born before the 1970s were commonly delivered at home without any hospital-issued certificate.

Many of those residents today can obtain a "delayed birth certificate," but not without proper documentation.

Officials say sometimes as many as six documents are required in Arizona.

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11:51 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Major Texas Planned Parenthood Campaign

  The political arm of Planned Parenthood expects to spend $3 million on an aggressive campaign to support Texas Democrats in the 2014 general election.

The move has raised concerns from anti-abortion groups, who may not be able to match that sort of spending in a fight to attract women voters.

President of Planned Parenthood Votes Cecile Richards says the campaign will draw differences between gubernatorial candidates Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott.

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11:49 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9 Million Bonus After Fire

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Nuclear Waste Partnership the funds based on an "excellent" job performance in maintaining the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

Some observers say last February's fire and the radiation leak that followed nine days later show the contractor failed at its job.

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12:52 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Navajo Leader On Paid Leave Files Appeal

  The speaker of the Navajo Nation Council is appealing a judge's decision that kept him away from his administrative duties.

The Navajo Nation Council placed Johnny Naize on paid administrative leave months after he was charged with bribery and conspiracy in a criminal case. Naize has pleaded not guilty.

Naize challenged his colleagues' decision, saying it was invalid and denied him due process.

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12:50 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Las Cruces Trio Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

  Federal authorities say three Las Cruces residents have pleaded guilty to charges of methamphetamine trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico said 42-year-old Jennifer Sanders entered a plea Friday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Co-defendants Jose Luis Nino and Aubrey Savage already entered guilty pleas to multiple drug charges.

Prosecutors say all three were indicted in March after a lengthy undercover sting.

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12:49 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Communities Help Migrants

  As thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into the U.S., community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse are offering to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border.

In Dallas County, Judge Clay Jenkins has offered three county buildings that could hold up to 2,000 migrants. He says the offer comes from compassion, not politics. Communities in other states are offering to build or rehab facilities.

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12:47 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Martinez Tours Migrant Detention Facility

Credit Office of the Governor

   New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says hundreds of detained immigrants represent the humanitarian consequence of false beliefs that anyone can stay in the U.S.

The Roswell Daily Record reports Martinez made the remarks Saturday afternoon after touring a temporary detention facility in Artesia.

Martinez says the facility is "no place for young mothers and babies."

However, she praised medical staff for caring for immigrants who were severely dehydrated from their journey.

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12:46 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Perry: Feds Must Secure Border

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his border security criticisms to an audience of Hispanic ministers in San Antonio, telling them the federal government should put more Border Patrol troops on the ground and drones in the air to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry has sparred with President Barack Obama over the recent flood of Central American children crossing the border. On Saturday, he aired those grievances to the Libre Initiative, a religious group courting Hispanic voters to conservative candidates.

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4:04 pm
Fri July 18, 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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1:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Cruz Making Saturday Border Trip

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  Sen. Ted Cruz is traveling to the Texas-Mexico border for a firsthand look at a surge of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the U.S.

Saturday's visit to a Customs and Border Patrol facility in McAllen will be the tea party darling's third trip to his state's southern border since taking office last year. It's the first trip for Cruz since the influx of young immigrants became a national issue.

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1:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Conflict Of Interest? Texas Allows Paid Trips To Charter Schools

  The state Board of Education has given approval for its members to take all-expenses-paid trips touring out-of-state charter school networks seeking approval to operate in Texas.

The fact-finding missions will be funded by private foundations or individual donors — not taxpayers or the charter schools themselves.

Friday's vote was unanimous among the board's 10 Republicans and five Democrats.

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1:06 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Fears That Immigrants Are Not Getting Needed Help

  New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham says she fears detained immigrant women and children aren't getting required legal representation and proper health care.

The Albuquerque Democrat told The Associated Press on Friday she also wants migrant girls as young as 9-years-old to be given pregnancy tests since many girls are reportedly being raped on their way to the United States.

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1:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Latino Groups Fighting Proposed Admission Plans

Latino civil rights groups are criticizing New Mexico State and University of New Mexico proposals seeking to increase admission standards.

The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and NM LULAC said Friday plans by the two schools could affect the Hispanic student enrollment in the state and they vowed to fight any proposed changes.

The New Mexico State University's Board of Regents is scheduled next week to vote on a plan that would raise the minimum GPA from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016.

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12:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Las Cruces Man Charged With Using Sword To Kill Mother

  Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of using a sword to kill his mother early Friday morning.  Joshua J. Hunt. 35, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a possible homicide at 5855 Organ Peak Drive. Officers arrived and were met by Hunt who appeared to be waiting for officers just outside the home. Hunt was taken into custody without further incident.

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