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10:20 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Drones To Be Used In Flood Response Training

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Drone technology will be part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms.

The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding runs Sunday through Tuesday at A&M's Riverside campus in Bryan.

Memorial Day weekend flooding in parts of Texas, including Wimberley, claimed more than two dozen lives statewide. That's prompted a closer look at how emergency responders can better deal with high-water issues, flood recovery and evolving technology, such as use of drones.

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10:19 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Convicted Murderer In New Mexico Transition Program

An ex-convict who terrorized a couple in southwestern New Mexico, leading to the woman's death, is the first participant in a New Mexico inmate transition program.

The Department of Corrections has hired 40-year-old David VanHorn to be a kitchen cook at a Santa Fe state prison.

The job is part of a pilot initiative to help released inmates settle into life outside prison.

VanHorn was released in May from the state penitentiary in Santa Fe.

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5:45 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

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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11:01 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Judge: U.S. Violates Agreement In Detention Of Immigrant Children

A federal judge has ruled that the current U.S. Justice Department system of detaining children with their mothers who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally violates an 18-year-old court settlement.

The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a victory for the immigrant-rights lawyers who brought the case, but its immediate implications for detainees aren't yet clear.

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4:24 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Indictments Charge 6 Teens In Killing Of New Mexico Man

New indictments charge six previously arrested New Mexico teens with murder in the shooting death of a 60-year-old Albuquerque man.

They've also been charged with attempted murder in another shooting and numerous other crimes.

The indictments stem from a June 26 streak of break-ins and auto burglaries that led to shots being fired at one man and the slaying of Steven Gerecke in his driveway.

The teens charged in the indictments announced Friday range in age from 14 to 17.

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3:07 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Officials: New Mexico's Drug Deaths Highest Ever Last Year

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The state Department of Health says more New Mexicans died last year of drug overdoses than in any other year on record.

The Albuquerque Journal reports state numbers show the 536 deaths in 2014 mark a 19 percent increase over the year before, following a two-year decline.

New Mexico's deaths per capita were 26.4 per 100,000 last year.

State Epidemiologist Michael Landen says the high number of deaths means New Mexico needs to step up efforts to curb addiction, including better monitoring of prescription painkillers.

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3:03 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting

Police have a new suspect in a fatal Bernalillo County shooting after police arrested the wrong man based on an informant's statement.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 20-year-old Emilio Marquez has been charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jared Clark, who was found lying on a road in the Albuquerque area in early June.

An informant pointed police to 29-year-old Carlos Escudero, but tips to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office said a different man was responsible for the crime.

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3:01 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Gov. Martinez Defends State Tax And Revenue Chief

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Gov. Susana Martinez says she has total faith in state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla about allegations of wrongdoing by Padilla until evidence reveals that she shouldn't.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports  that Padilla, who has served as tax secretary since 2011, is accused of trying to pressure employees to give preferential treatment to her former client in a tax audit.

The allegations against Padilla were brought to light this month by State Auditor Tim Keller. Keller's office hired a firm that found evidence supporting the accusations.

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12:26 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Las Cruces Police Search For Man Suspected of Using Bogus Traveler’s Checks

  An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of passing fictitious traveler’s checks in exchange for merchandise at local retailers.

Raymond L. Adkins, who has addresses in San Antonio, Texas, and Lynwood, Calif., is charged with 10 counts of forgery. A nationwide warrant for Adkins’ arrest was issued by a Magistrate Court judge in Las Cruces.

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8:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

ENMU Struggling To Fill Positions

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Eastern New Mexico University officials say they are struggling to fill vacancies before the fall 2015 semester starts.

ENMU President Steven Gamble told the Portales News-Tribune this week that despite the university's website containing all the available jobs to the public, the candidates have not been very strong in some areas.

Gamble says the university is having a difficult time getting a good pool of candidates for some positions.

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8:52 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Minutemen Founder's Trial On Sexual Abuse Charges Postponed

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement on sexual abuse charges has been postponed.

No new trial date has yet been set for Chris Simcox.

He is accused of sexually abusing two girls under the age of 10.

Simcox has pleaded not guilty to charges and denied allegations that he abused the two girls in 2012 and 2013.

Simcox, who isn't a lawyer, is representing himself.

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8:49 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Two Hospitalized After Explosion At Santa Fe Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating an explosion and fire at a Santa Fe medical marijuana dispensary that injured two people.

Santa Fe Police Lt. Andrea Dobyns told The Associated Press on Friday that the DEA is looking "into the process" that started the fire. Dobyns says DEA agents have seized evidence and are examining the site.

Authorities say the explosion and small fire in a production building at NewMexiCann Natural Medicine on Thursday damaged a room and sent two people to the hospital.

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6:00 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Southern New Mexico Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The ADA

25 years ago, the American’s with Disabilities Act was signed into law guaranteeing civil rights to people living with both physical and mental disabilities. A celebration and fair held at Doña Ana Community College was held in honor of the anniversary.

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5:00 am
Fri July 24, 2015

National Spanish Spelling Bee Got Start In The Gadsden Independent Schools

Winner Andres Arreola New Mexico, runner up Kiara Vasquez of Beaverton, Oregon and Ashley Celaya of Miami, Florida came third. (Left to Right)
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The nation’s best Spanish spellers from all over the nation flocked to Albuquerque over the weekend to compete in the national Spanish Spelling Bee. New Mexico has dominated the national competition every year since it began. But that is no coincidence, while the national event has only been going for 5 years the Gadsden Independent School District has been holding Spanish spelling bees for more than two decades.

Santa Teresa Middle School 8th grader Andres Arreola won this years competition, defending his 2014 title.

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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

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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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