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Suspects in retired Las Cruces officer's death denied bond

Dec 2, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two Colorado fugitives accused of causing a crash that ended in the death of a retired Las Cruces police officer will remain jailed until trial.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports a Las Cruces judge on Friday ordered Daniel Allen Lowell and Trista Marie Schlaefli, both of Colorado Springs, held without bond.

Judge James Martin told defense attorneys they could file motions to reconsider the detention orders at a later time.

New Mexico St beats South Alabama, ends 57-year bowl drought

Dec 2, 2017

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Tyler Rogers passed for 451 yards and led a drive that brought New Mexico State back into the lead in the final minute for a 22-17 win over South Alabama on Saturday that made the Aggies eligible for their first bowl since 1960.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2-3 p.m. 

Advent Voices: Host Lynne Warfel presents an hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story and its symbolism. 

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.

Candles Burning Brightly: Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities – and plenty of music.

Route for J.R. Stewart’s Funeral Procession Set In Las Cruces

Dec 1, 2017

Those wishing to mourn the loss of retired Las Cruces Police Department officer J.R. Stewart may do so Saturday morning by lining the sidewalks along Picacho Avenue or Solano Drive where the full police honors funeral procession will pass.

Funeral services will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church at 100 S. Espina St. However, space inside the church is very limited.

Hopi Last Of Arizona Tribes To Sign Gambling Agreement

Dec 1, 2017
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Hopi Tribe is exploring the gambling business.

The tribe signed an agreement with Arizona this week that allows it to lease or operate up to 900 slot machines. It's the last of Arizona's 22 tribes to do so.

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie (hoh-NAH'-nee) signed the compact a day before his term expired. The new chairman, Tim Nuvangyaoma (new-VONG'-yow-mah), took office Friday.

The tribe faces economic uncertainties with the expected closure of a coal mine in 2019. The royalties make up about 85 percent of the Hopi budget.

Downed Power Lines Close Portion of Rinconada Boulevard in Las Cruces

Dec 1, 2017

Downed power lines along Rinconada Boulevard, caused by an early Friday morning crash, will force the closure of a small but busy portion of the roadway between Bataan Memorial West and Northrise Drive for most of the day while utility crews make the necessary repairs.

The eastbound offramp from Highway 70 at Rinconada will also be closed for most of Friday.

New Mexico Priest Facing Criminal Sexual Contact Charge

Dec 1, 2017

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico pastor faces charges of criminal sexual contact.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports an arrest warrant was issued for Rev. Ricardo Bauza, pastor of St. Helena Catholic Church, following a report to Hobbs police.

According to a 15-page criminal complaint filed last month, Bauza got into a shower with an adult male, and washed the victim's body with a loofah in the church rectory.

The complaint says two male church members also told police Bauza showed them cell phone photos of his genitals.

Records: NM Gov. Candidate Late On Property Taxes

Dec 1, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Records show Jeff Apodaca, a Democrat running for New Mexico governor, failed to pay his property taxes in Santa Fe County for eight consecutive years.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports records show Apodaca accumulated nearly $15,300 in back taxes that didn't get paid until he sold the vacant lot in Las Campanas last year.

Democrat Keller Set To Take Helm As Albuquerque Mayor

Dec 1, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Tim Keller is set to take over New Mexico's largest city as Albuquerque's mayor amid rising crime and a struggling economy.

The former New Mexico state auditor takes the helm on Friday and promises to immediately make changes to Albuquerque's troubled police department.

Keller has already made appointments including tapping a former Rio Rancho Police Chief Mike Geier as Albuquerque's interim chief.

Keller held a private swearing-in ceremony on Thursday and takes office on Friday.

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Dec 1, 2017

Your Weekend Pulse

Dec 1, 2017

Time now for Your Weekend Pulse! your guide to what is happening in our area this weekend with Alexia Severson, Pulse Editor for the Las Cruces Sun-News and Edmundo Resendez. This weekend, trek to Aztec Cave on Saturday on the Franklin Mountains, A Christmas Story is playing at the Rio Grande Theatre on Saturday, Art in Detail with Bree Lamb at the Las Cruces Museum of Art, and a Holiday Open House at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.  

Suspect Sought: Las Cruces Police Officer Injured In Hit And Run

Nov 30, 2017

Police are asking for the public’s help locating the driver of a vehicle responsible for a hit-and-run crash that injured a Las Cruces police officer.

Shortly before noon on Thursday, Nov. 30, a small 4-door sedan entered the intersection of Amador Avenue and Water Street and broadsided a Kia which then struck a marked police unit. The driver of the Kia did not report any injuries but the Las Cruces police officer’s hand was injured during the crash. The officer was taken to a local hospital. Her injuries are relatively minor.

Audit: $145K In Public Funds Likely Stolen At Deming Schools

Nov 30, 2017
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A special audit of a southern New Mexico school district has resulted in numerous findings that include nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen.

State Auditor Tim Keller released the audit of Deming Public Schools on Thursday. He said the inquiry stemmed from information from the district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.

Woman: Trial Testimony In 2003 Killing Providing Closure

Nov 30, 2017

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A woman who was 15 in 2003 when a Clovis, New Mexico, man was gunned down says testimony in a murder trial 14 years later is providing her with closure.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports that Telia Vancleave of Benton, Louisiana, testified Wednesday she kept silent about the killing of Jessie Clyde "J.C." Tucker partly because she was afraid of defendant William Wilbur Hadix, whom she regarded back then as her godfather.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools. The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.

A Las Cruces woman suspected of smoking methamphetamine near her 17-month-old daughter is charged with child abuse after police learned the toddler tested positive for the drug.

Marissa Dianne Garcia, 22, of the 600 block of Frank Maes Avenue, is charged with one third-degree felony count of child abuse.

Prosecutors: Former NMSU Student 'Lied' To Court About Drinking

Nov 30, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico State University student who pointed a gun at campus police officers, prompting one officer to fire his weapon, received a harsher sentence after prosecutors proved the man "lied" about his drinking past.

Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed As Albuquerque's Deputy Attorney

Nov 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's mayor-elect has appointed a civil rights lawyer and immigrant rights advocate as deputy city attorney.

Tim Keller announced Wednesday that Oriana Sandoval will serve in the new role as the city adopts federal court-ordered reforms focused on the police department.

The Berkeley Law School and public policy school graduate recently worked as the executive director of the Center for Civic Policy in Albuquerque.

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Nov 30, 2017

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Nov 30, 2017

NM Delegation Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Promote Preservation Of Native American Languages

Nov 30, 2017
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Commentary: WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the full Senate passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act by unanimous consent late Wednesday. The bill, S. 254, is backed by the full N.M. delegation and provides grants to Native American language educational organizations to maintain and revitalize endangered Native languages in Indian Country.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Nov 29, 2017

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Pearce: Wolf Recovery Plan Falls Short

Nov 29, 2017
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Commentary:  Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:

'Coco' Draws Latino Audiences, Others With Theme Of Family

Nov 29, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The day before Thanksgiving, a predominantly Latino audience packed an Albuquerque theater on Route 66 to catch the U.S. premiere of "Coco." In San Jose, California, multi-generational Latino families came together to see the movie. At the Vineland Drive-In outside of Los Angeles, Mexican-Americans in trucks and vintage cars sat outside then took selfies with the movie's posters.

A New Mexico State University professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is conducting research on golden eagles being killed by wind turbines and other human-related factors. 

Gary Roemer, professor for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, is conducting a research project to identify whether certain factors impact golden eagle populations. Some of the factors that impact the eagles are electrocutions, vehicle strikes and illegal shootings, but another more recent factor is wind turbine strikes, Roemer said. 

Sprouts Hiring 120+ for Las Cruces Store Opening Feb. 28

Nov 29, 2017

Attorney General Balderas Announces Investigation of Wells Fargo for Illegal Scheme

Nov 29, 2017

  Commentary: Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has been investigating Wells Fargo for over a year and will be making a demand for damages on behalf of thousands of New Mexicans who were victimized by an illegal scheme creating nearly 19,000 fake and unauthorized bank and credit card accounts. Wells Fargo is the largest, most powerful bank in New Mexico with 93 branches doing approximately $9 billion of business in the state.

An associate professor in New Mexico State University’s Journalism Department recently published a book compiling photographs and stories he’s taken of Juárez and the border over the course of more than 40 years.

NM Legislature Joint Statement on No Harassment Policy

Nov 29, 2017

  (Santa Fe, NM) In the following statement, leaders from both the House and Senate announced a plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the New Mexico Legislature:

Lease For Navajo Generating Station Gets Final Approval

Nov 29, 2017

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A lease allowing a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation to operate through 2019 has received final approval.

The tribe and most owners of the Navajo Generating Station near Page signed off on it earlier this year.

But the document also needed the OK from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a former owner in the power plant. Those approvals came ahead of Friday's deadline.

The Salt River Project and other owners decided in February to shut down the generating station in favor of power produced by natural gas.

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