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  Santa Fe, NM: New Mexico Department of Public Safety named State Park Ranger Grant Taylor valedictorian of Law Enforcement Academy Class # 192 at its May 20th graduation ceremony. Taylor, of Elephant Butte Lake State Park, is one of only a few park officers from New Mexico State Parks to receive that honor. 

KRWG Music Spotlight - Robin Hastings

May 24, 2016

  A Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy has received national recognition for her work to educate youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Deputy Michelle Ugalde, who has been with DASO since 2000, has worked for over a decade in the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program, an evidence-based gang, violence and drug abuse prevention program built around classroom instruction for children in middle school. 

Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death Near Santa Teresa

May 24, 2016

 

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate what was described as a “suspicious death” over the weekend of a 25-year-old male.

   The body of Justin Baquera was found just after 12 p.m. on Sunday by some off-roaders who were in the area of Pete Domenici Highway near Santa Teresa. Sheriff’s detectives who were called to investigate noted the body was found wearing only undergarments, and did not appear to have suffered any type of trauma.

Udall Statement On Overwhelming House Passage Of Chemical Safety Reform

May 24, 2016
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 403-12 of landmark reform of our nation's broken chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Udall authored the reform bill, the Frank R.

The Latest: Supporters Line Up For Trump In Albuquerque

May 24, 2016
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The Latest on campaign stops in New Mexico by Bill Clinton and Donald Trump (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Hundreds of supporters have gathered in downtown Albuquerque for a chance to see Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during his first campaign visit to New Mexico.

He'll be headlining a rally Tuesday evening amid promises of protests.

New Mexico Officials: County Board Broke Open Meetings Law

May 24, 2016

The New Mexico Attorney General's office has found that a former county board violated the state's Open Meetings Act by failing to provide specific descriptions in its agendas.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the state says the Eddy County Board of Commissioners violated the law in approximately 26 agendas in 2013 and 2014. Three members of the current board were commissioners at that time: Susan Crockett, Glenn Collier and Royce Pearson.

All three said they were unable to comment because they have not yet seen the document from the state Attorney General's Office.

Returning Heroes Firefighters Answer Call for Help in Texas

May 24, 2016

  Santa Fe - New Mexico State Forestry is sending two crews from the Returning Heroes Wildland Firefighters program to aid wildfire suppression efforts at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas.  One crew arrived at the park today and a second is pre-positioned in Ruidoso in Lincoln County.

Martinez Announces 81 New Information Technology Jobs in Santa Fe

May 24, 2016

  Santa Fe, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that IT company Wildflower International, the largest woman-owned business in New Mexico, will create 81 new jobs in Santa Fe. These new jobs will include IT, engineering, management, and customer service positions, ranging in salary from $18 an hour to $150,000 annually.  

Feds Announce $10 million For Wildfire Projects In 12 States

May 24, 2016
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday toured a massive wildfire rehabilitation effort in southwest Idaho that's part of the federal government's new wildfire strategy and then announced $10 million for projects in 12 states to reduce wildfire threats.

The money is part of the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program intended to restore public lands.

Recipients include:

—Southern Utah, which will receive $3.5 million to improve habitat for greater sage grouse.

—About $1 million to protect habitat for Bi-State sage grouse on the Nevada-California border.

New Mexico Awards Prison Health Care Contract To Centurion

May 24, 2016
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The New Mexico Department of Corrections says it has awarded a $41 million contract for state prison inmates' medical care to Centurion LLC.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the department chose Centurion over the current provider, Corizon Correctional Healthcare, and Wexford Health Sources, which the state fired in 2007. Both companies have come under scrutiny over the quality of health care services they provided to the state's 7,000 prison inmates.

  A White Sands Missile Range teenager, who was recommended by Congressman Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in June. Gavin Joseph Lambert, 17, will be the fourth generation attending West Point, his great-grandfather, Henry G. Lambert, graduated in 1920 and Lambert is expected to graduate in 2020. 

“I hold the idea of service to your country in high regard,” Lambert said. “I just really always wanted to go there and now I can do what I always wanted to do since I was a child.”

Alameda Ave. Planned Water Outage In Las Cruces

May 24, 2016
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  Residents and business along Alameda Avenue from West Mountain Avenue to West Court Avenue, and from West Hadley Avenue from Armijo Street to Water Street, will experience a water outage between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, May 26, for water main tie ins. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage.

Once service is restored, water may be discolored due to mineral deposits. Although the water is safe to drink, city officials recommend waiting to wash laundry until after the water becomes clear.

"Plastics Unwrapped" Coming To Las Cruces

May 24, 2016

  The Branigan Cultural Center presents Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibit that explores how material culture was rapidly and, perhaps, permanently changed by plastics. The exhibition opens Friday, June 3, and will be on display through Saturday, August 20.  An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 3. 

Is New Mexico tipping back to La Niña?

May 24, 2016

  At a water conference last week, David Gutzler, a professor in the University of New Mexico Earth and Planetary Studies Department, noted that the El Niño weather pattern didn’t exactly work wonders for New Mexico’s mountains, rivers, and reservoirs. And now, warmer and drier conditions are expected to return to the Southwest.

Living Here - El Bug O in El Paso

May 24, 2016

Living Here City of Rocks

May 24, 2016

Fronteras 610: U.S. Senator D-NM Tom Udall

May 24, 2016

Fronteras 611: Dangers of Zika Virus - Dr. Paul Ettestad

May 24, 2016

  Silver City, NM – A video titled Gila’s Fight showcasing the beauty of the Gila National Forest and surrounding areas was intended to be an end-of-semester project for Chris Theulen, it turned out to be a catalyst for film projects with regional and national organizations.

NMSU highlights spicy new Jolokia products from Chile Pepper Institute

May 24, 2016
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  It’s going to be a hot summer – in more ways than one – with a number of new, super-spicy products available at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute. Holy Jolokia mustard, ketchup and spice mixture, each produced in collaboration with CaJohns Fiery Foods, are the newest in the growing line of Holy Jolokia products. 

US Appeals Court Revisits Texas Voter ID Law

May 24, 2016

A federal appeals court is preparing to take a second look at a Texas voter ID law.

Texas' law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification. The state and other supporters of the law say it prevents fraud. Opponents, including the U.S. Justice Department, say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-income, African-American, and Latino voters.

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Last week, New Mexico State Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Dist. 12) called for the resignation of the Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest after he said the agency failed to "come clean" on allegations that state employees were directed to falsify food stamp applications (http://krwg.org/post/ortiz-y-pino-calls-new-mexico-hsd-secretary-s-resignation?nopop=1).

Mexican Nationals Arrested In New Mexico On Meth Charges

May 23, 2016

  ALBUQUERQUE – Two Mexican nationals are facing federal drug trafficking charges arising out of a seizure of 65-pounds of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Waldemar Rodriguez of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, and New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Chief Pete N. Kassetas.

Governor Susana Martinez Announces Mako Medical Laboratories to Create 100 New Jobs

May 23, 2016

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Mako Medical Laboratories will partner with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to establish a location in Albuquerque, creating 100 new jobs. The jobs include laboratory technicians, administrative staff, and sales and marketing positions. The company is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and chose New Mexico for its first location in the Western U.S.

New Mexico Probes Its Handling Of Emergency Food Aid

May 23, 2016
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New Mexico Human Services Sec. Brent Earnest says a practice of altering emergency food assistance applications that results in delayed benefits may date back more than a decade.

Earnest told state lawmakers Monday that he heard from agency employees that the practice is long-standing and dates back to 2003 without providing additional details.

New Mexico lawmakers are raising concerns of intimidation against whistleblowers as court and internal investigations probe whether records were falsified and kept emergency benefits from the poor.

Ex-Albuquerque Halfway House Guard Pleads Guilty To Abuse

May 23, 2016

A former employee at an Albuquerque halfway house for women has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing six inmates under his custodial authority.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Eric Trujillo, of Albuquerque, entered his plea Monday in federal court to six felony counts.

They say Trujillo will be sentenced within the range of four to 15 years in federal prison and be required to register as a sex offender.

His sentencing hearing hasn't been set yet.

Police Hope Albuquerque Trump Protests Don't Spark 'Chaos'

May 23, 2016
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Albuquerque police say they are hoping planned protests targeting GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's Albuquerque visit don't turn into "chaos."

Police spokesman Tanner Tixier said Monday the department is working with state and federal authorities to make sure all demonstrations remain peaceful.

Trump is scheduled to hold a rally Tuesday evening at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It's his first campaign stop in the most Hispanic state in the nation.

   

  ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Monte A. Cason of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, Dallas Field Office, announced that a former employee of a halfway house in Albuquerque, N.M., has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing six female inmates who were under his custodial authority.

New Mexico To Give Judges More Defendant Information

May 23, 2016

New Mexico officials plan to merge most of the state's major criminal, court and personal information databases to give judges access to more information before they set bail.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state officials say they hope the Criminal History Clearinghouse will be operational by winter, but it could take longer. The project will link at least six databases to give judges a quicker, more thorough way to check defendants' backgrounds.

Officials say the project could also be more expensive than legislators budgeted for.

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