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9:30 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Police Say Carjacking Suspect Was Sought In Robbery Case

Authorities say a suspect in two Albuquerque carjackings was being sought by investigators in an armed robbery case when he started to steal vehicles in a bid to evade capture.

Thomas Martinez, 26, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of vehicle theft, carjacking and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Investigators say the spree began as officers were conducting surveillance at a hotel in hopes of taking Martinez into custody in the robbery case.

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9:26 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Jail Inmates Start Fire, Disturbance Brought Under Control

Inmates started a fire at the McKinley County Detention Center on Thursday as they were being moved to another part of the jail in response to a plumbing problem.

County spokesman Doug Decker said a group of inmates who had yet to be moved had barricaded themselves in and somehow started a fire.

Inmates were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor injuries, but none were taken to hospitals. No jail employees were injured.

The disturbance started when wardens were called into an area of the jail where toilets had backed up.

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2:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Gila River Diversion Entity Gets Approval After Long Road

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The Interstate Stream Commission has approved a resolution designating a 14-member unit to design and build the Gila River diversion project in southwestern New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the resolution was approved Wednesday at an Albuquerque meeting and identified parties making up the New Mexico CAP, or Central Arizona Project, entity.

The creation of the unit was necessary to proceed with the project that provides for the annual diversion of water from the Gila River for use in Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties.

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2:10 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Officials: Progress Made Cleaning Up Massive Jet Fuel Spill

State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they'll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque before it reaches drinking water wells. 

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the effort during a meeting Thursday evening.

A pump-and-treat system began operating earlier this month, and officials have plans to bring more extraction wells online before the end of the year. More monitoring wells are also planned.

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2:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Appeals Court Dismisses Suit By Former Sunland Park Official

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A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a former Sunland Park mayor pro tem who claimed New Mexico State Police invaded his privacy.

The Denver-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said Daniel Salinas "alleged insufficient facts" to show he was harmed by the alleged misconduct.

Salinas' lawsuit cited the inclusion of his birth date, Social Security number and home address in a criminal complaint filed against him and news media coverage that included publication of the complaint.

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8:11 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kirtland And State Officials To Update Public On Jet Fuel Spill

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday evening.

A pump-and-treat system began operating earlier this month. It's part of a long-term effort to keep the contamination from reaching drinking water wells.

Tons of soil that had surrounded the old pipeline at the fueling station were removed last summer and the Air Force also used a vacuum system to suck vapors from the soil at deeper levels.

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8:09 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Veterans Alzheimer's Unit In Truth Or Consequences To Expand

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Construction is set to begin next month on a $23 million addition to the New Mexico State Veterans' Home, which will help serve the growing demand among veterans for memory care.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that administrator Lori Montgomery says the Truth or Consequences facility will expand its Alzheimer's unit with an additional 59 beds. The project is meant to cut down the waiting list for the existing 20-bed facility.

The addition is scheduled to be completed in early 2017, with 39 beds for Alzheimer's patients and 20 beds for skilled nursing care.

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8:07 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Corrales Covers 'For Sale' Signs To Remind Real Estate Agents To Pay

Those looking for property in the Albuquerque suburb of Corrales need only look for homes with black trash bags out front after the city covered 35 "For Sale" signs.

Mayor Scott Kominiak tells the Albuquerque Journal that the signs were covered in an effort to enforce a local ordinance that charges a $35 fee for every sign.

He says the sign fee serves as a reminder to real estate agents that paperwork on their home sales should be filed in Corrales, not Rio Rancho or Albuquerque where most agents' offices are.

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8:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

NM Democratic Lawmaker To Stay On LULAC Board

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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker says she will not resign from the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite calls to step down.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero said this week she has the support from members of the League of United Latin American Citizens and looks forward to her role at the group's national treasurer.

Caballero, who was elected last week, faced calls to resign since LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation."

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6:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer who is up in Albuquerque for an Interstate Stream Commission meeting.   

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8:12 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Albuquerque Police Say Carjacking Suspect Ran Over Officer

Police in Albuquerque have arrested a man suspected of running over a police officer Wednesday during a series of carjackings.

The officer's injuries weren't considered to be serious.

Police say Thomas Martinez, 26, is suspected of carrying out the carjackings and was taken into custody after he eventually crashed a vehicle into a tree.

Investigators say an undercover officer was run over when trying to rescue a hostage in one of the carjackings.

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8:10 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Balderas: New Mexico Regulators Reject Study On Renewables

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says state regulators have turned down his request to study the costs and benefits of renewable energy within the state.

Balderas made the request last month, asking the Public Regulation Commission to investigate the value of distributed generation systems, such as rooftop solar.

He says the state's current electricity system is dysfunctional and that reforms should ensure renewable energy is an affordable option.

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8:08 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Texas Fights Immigrants' Lawsuit Over Birth Certificates

Texas health officials have asked for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because local authorities refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.

Lawyers representing the Texas Department of State Health Services said in papers filed in Austin on Wednesday that the federal court lacks jurisdiction over claims against the state agency.

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2:13 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

U. Of New Mexico Contracts Former Lobbyist With 3 DWIs

A former lobbyist with three DWI arrests is under contract with the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center.

The Albuquerque Journal reportsa third DWI arrest and pressure from university officials prompted Marc Saavedra to resign in September of last year from directing the government and community affairs department, a job that came with $156,000 in annual salary.

Following his second arrest for DWI in 2006, Saavedra signed an agreement with the university that said he could be fired if another incident occurred.

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2:11 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Pojoaque Pueblo Sues New Mexico Over Vendor Licenses

Pojoaque Pueblo is accusing the New Mexico Gaming Control Board of illegally interfered with its casino operations since the tribe's gambling compact with the state expired last month.

Pojoaque has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking that state gambling regulators be prohibited from taking any action against licensed vendors who do business with the tribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the tribe is also seeking millions of dollars in what it says could be lost revenue if the regulators fail to renew licenses for those vendors.

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2:10 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison In Mail Theft Case

An Albuquerque man who admitted stealing mail from mailboxes and then stealing a victim's identity for fraudulent purposes has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 28-year-old Jeremy Boucher to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

Boucher also was ordered to pay restitution to victims. He pleaded guilty March 27 to a four-count indictment charging him with mail theft, bank fraud and identity theft.

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10:51 am
Wed July 22, 2015

NMSU Names Interim Dean For College Of Engineering

New Mexico State University has selected Steven Stochaj as interim dean of the College of Engineering. Stochaj, an electrical engineering distinguished professor, will assume his new role on Aug. 1 following the retirement of Ricardo Jacquez. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Steven Stochaj has been selected as interim dean for the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. An electrical engineering distinguished professor, Stochaj will begin his term on Aug. 1. He replaces Ricardo Jacquez, who is retiring this month. 

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9:47 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Votes To Loosen Language Requirements For Top Leaders

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos have voted to loosen a requirement for their top two elected officials to speak the tribe's language.

The vote Tuesday raises the possibility of the tribe electing a non-Navajo-speaking president and vice president.

The law now will state that voters can determine if candidates speak and understand the language well enough to hold office, starting with the 2018 election. Tribal courts no longer can enforce the requirement.

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9:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Code Talker From New Mexico Has Died

A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico.

Kee Etsicitty was 92 years old when he died on Tuesday, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council said in a news release. He lived in the community of Chichiltah, about 25 miles from Gallup.

The Navajo Nation Council held a moment of silence for Etsicitty and flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.

Etsicitty joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, helping use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

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9:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

State To Offer Free Water Testing In Clovis

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two state agencies will be offering free well water testing for Clovis residents.

The New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health say they'll host no-cost testing on July 24 and 25.

The agencies say that's a savings of at least $150.

The water testing will include checking on levels of pH, arsenic, fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate and manganese.

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9:37 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Project Set To Take On Digital Divide In Northern NM

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More than two dozen communities in northern New Mexico will now have broadband service thanks to one of the largest communication projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.

The new system was recently dedicated during a ceremony in Taos.

Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner says before the project, many people in the mountainous areas of northern New Mexico didn't have access to broadband and high-speed internet.

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9:32 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Office Of State Auditor To Conduct Public Documents Review From Preliminary Investigation

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has announced it will conduct a review of public documents from a preliminary investigation of Taxation and Revenue Department Officials today.

Earlier this month, State Auditor Tim Keller provided notice that his office has conducted an initial independent investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by senior level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

The State Auditor and staff have announced they will be available for questions today regarding the investigation. 

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8:08 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Lawmaker Facing More Charges In Criminal Case

Prosecutors have filed seven more criminal charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker in an investigation of a now-defunct discretionary fund.

Mel Begay faces 16 charges in tribal court, including conspiracy to commit fraud, conflict of interest, and permitting a false voucher.

Criminal complaints allege that Begay illegally authorized payments to his children. Those include $1,800 for a school band trip that already was funded and more than $800 in costs for summer school tuition that didn't exist.

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6:00 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Camp Teaches Children The Value Of Peace

The peace village of Las Cruces is hoping to teach children ways to lead a peaceful life and communicate effectively through a Peace-Camp for kids.

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5:23 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

NMSU Regents Reduce Credits For Bachelor's Degree From 128 To 120

  During their regular meeting Tuesday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved changing the number of credits required for a bachelor’s degree from the university from 128 to 120. The move better aligns NMSU with other universities across the country. 

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2:32 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Archie' Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies In His Native El Paso

Tom Moore, the cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character named Archie, has died.

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The El Paso native was 86.

Sunset Funeral Home Director Howard Holderfield in El Paso confirmed that Moore died early Monday morning.

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2:25 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Election To Civil Rights Board Draws Irk

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City. Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation." The Albuquerque Democrat is a member of the New Mexico House but receives no annual salary.

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1:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Ex-Inmate Must Follow Judge's Orders In Santa Fe Prison Dig

A state judge has set limitations on an ex-inmate's search of a now-closed state penitentiary for evidence he says would prove that prisoners had been abused.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that under District Judge Sarah Singleton's order filed last week, Samuel Chavez and his search team will be given a 30-minute time limit and one shovel for their dig in the Penitentiary of New Mexico's recreation yard. Chavez has also been permitted to search the cells he may have been confined in.

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1:18 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Rises To 6.4 Percent In June

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New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June, up from 6.2 percent in May but down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the state added 12,700 jobs in June, a 1.6 percent increase since June 2014 as the state notched its 34th consecutive month of over-the-year job growth.

The education and health services industry led June's over-the-year job growth with 7,700 jobs, a 6.2 percent increase for the industry and 45 percent of the state economy's total over-the-year June job growth.

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1:14 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Navajo Nation Leaders Sign Off On Priorities For Tribe

Navajo Nation Seal
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Leaders of the Navajo Nation have signed an agreement detailing a commitment to enhance the quality of life for Navajo people.

The Daily-Times reports that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Speaker LoRenzo Bates and acting Chief Justice Eleanor Shirley signed the agreement on Monday in Window Rock, Arizona.

The three-page document prioritizes nine areas for leaders to address during their terms in office. Among the focus areas are water rights, housing, education, and natural resources.

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