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12:57 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Wall of Excellence Touts Achievements in NMSU School of Nursing

The Nursing Wall of Excellence greets students and visitors to the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  The entrance to the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services building received a new look in fall 2014 with the addition of the Nursing Wall of Excellence. The newly constructed 3-D wall features visual and audio historical accounts of the NMSU School of Nursing.

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12:55 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

DASO Bomb Squad Provides Training To Army

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad recently conducted specialized training for more than three dozen U.S. Army troops.

   About 41 soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 438th Reserve Military Police Unit received improvised explosive device (IED) recognition and combat post-blast training June 20-21 at a range near Las Cruces. The training was done in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which has three members on the DASO Bomb Squad.

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12:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Man Wanted For Questioning In Ongoing Investigation

UPDATE:  This man has been located.

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a Las Cruces man who they say could have valuable information related to an ongoing investigation.

Jorge Barraza, 20, is described as five feet, seven inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He also has dark hair and dark eyes and sometimes goes by the nickname “Ghostie.”

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12:45 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

In Depth: U.S. Requires Emission Reduction At Four Corners Power Plant

Credit Four Corners Power Plant. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight and San Juan Citizens Alliance

  ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a federal Clean Air Act settlement with several Arizona and New Mexico-based utility companies to install pollution control technology to reduce harmful air pollution from the Four Corners Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation near Shiprock, N.M. 

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10:36 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Thursday Night Closure Of Missouri Avenue In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with overnight closures as work progress within the intersections of Missouri Avenue, Triviz Drive and Don Roser Drive.

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7:19 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Lawsuit: New Mexico AG Staffer Bullied Nonprofit

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A lawsuit says a New Mexico Attorney General staffer bullied nonprofit employees and harassed a female worker on social media while using the name "Mr. Smooth."

Court papers filed Monday in Santa Fe District Court claim Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Casares Owens tried to control the day-to-day operations of the United South Broadway Corp. and prevented staff from doing outreach on foreclosure prevention.

The lawsuit also says Owens invited a female employee for drinks and tried to "friend" her on Facebook while other staffers felt intimidated.

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7:06 am
Wed June 24, 2015

More Nonprofits Sue Over Medicaid Funding

Three more nonprofits forced out of the behavioral health business when their Medicaid funding was cut off have sued the Human Services Department and the state.

The Counseling Center, Easter Seals El Mirador, and Border Area Mental Health Services filed lawsuits last week, bringing the total number of lawsuits alleging the state violated providers' rights to 10.

The nonprofits, which provided services to the mentally ill and addicted, say they hadn't been told what they did wrong.

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7:03 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Luna And Grant Counties To Vote On Joint Agreement For Gila River Diversion Project

Credit NMFO

Earlier this month, the Interstate Stream Commission approved a joint powers agreement to move forward with the New Mexico Central Arizona Project (CAP) that will be in charge of the Gila River Diversion Project as part of the 2004 Federal Arizona Water Settlement Act. The project will divert the Gila River water use for Grant, Luna, Catron, and Hidalgo Counties.

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6:00 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Truth Or Consequences To Hold Vote On Use Of Senior Center Building For Spaceport Visitor's Center

Wednesday’s grand opening of the Spaceport America’s Visitor Experience in Truth or Consequences is being met with some concern. The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center was closed in order to house the interim Spaceport Visitor’s Center, and some residents are trying to get the building back.

In an effort to preserve the senior center, Citizens initiated a petition for an ordinance.

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6:00 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

NM Attorney General Eyes Audit Of Foreclosure Prevention Nonprofit

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

The New Mexico Attorney General's office says a nonprofit that helps people facing foreclosure is blocking efforts to see how it's spending public money.

The office sent a letter Tuesday to attorneys for the United South Broadway Corp. asking the nonprofit to give an accounting firm information needs for an audit.

The letter says the New Mexico Finance Authority has asked the nonprofit to account since January and United South Broadway has not provided the information.

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4:47 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Former Belen Detective Gets Probation For Excessive Force

  John Lytle, 42, a former detective with the Belen Police Department in Belen, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court for violating an arrestee’s civil rights by assaulting him during the course of an investigative stop and arrest. 

Lytle was sentenced to five years of probation.  As part of his plea agreement, Lytle is precluded from working or seeking future employment as a law enforcement officer in any capacity.  He also must forfeit his law enforcement certification. 

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4:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

County Network Manager Addresses Security Concerns

  Doña Ana County Information Technology Application Manager Geof Abruzzi addressed the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners today to address questions about the security of the county’s database.

   His statement was as follows:

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4:44 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Las Cruces Police Conducts Foot Patrols In Areas Hit By Auto Burglaries

  Several residents of the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods woke up this morning to find a flyer hanging on their doorknob, courtesy the Las Cruces Police Department.

The flyers were left at the homes of 45 residents whose vehicles were found unlocked by officers conducting foot patrols during the early-morning hours of Tuesday, June 23.

Over the past weekend, LCPD took reports of 15 auto burglaries in the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods. All 15 vehicles were believed to have been left unlocked by their owners.

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4:42 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Martinez Administration Pushes Requirements For Food Stamps

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration has proposed a return to old rules that would expand work, training and job-search requirements for low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

The rules proposed by the Human Services Department would require parents of children older than 6 to participate in up to 80 hours a month of specified activities. That could include community service work.

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1:00 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

County Accepts State Funding For Roads Project; Final Vote On July 14

  The Dona Ana County Commission Tuesday voted to accept state funding for a major roads project.

The project would pave parts of Baylor Canyon and Dripping Springs Roads.

The proposal has been allotted $9 million dollars in federal funding.

The county is required to cover the remaining 15% of funding and was offered $120,000 from the state department of transportation to do that.

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12:17 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley - Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock

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6:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Creative Startups Works To Increase Economic Development In New Mexico

The Albuquerque based program Creative Startups is looking to increase economic development in New Mexico by helping to launch businesses in the creative industries.

Alice Loy, Co-Founder of Creative Startups, says she started the business accelerator program after seeing a need to help creative entrepreneurs.

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6:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Las Cruces Mayor Attends U.S. Conference Of Mayors Meeting

  Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima attended the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, which wrapped up on Monday.

Miyagishima talked with us about about a variety of issues covered at the conference…including energy independence and immigration.  He says there’s a need to balance increased energy production with climate protection and he says it’s important to recognize the great potential of immigrants to not only be employees…but also employers…creating jobs and boosting the economy.

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6:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

NMSU Works With Small Acreage Farmers To Meet Local Produce Demands

Eli Burgione, of Chispas Farm in Albuquerque, displays the fresh vegetables he has grown at a growers market. New Mexico State University is working with small-acreage growers to increase the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables as the trend to eat locally grown food increases. (NMSU photo by John Garlisch)

  Trending nationally, including here in New Mexico, is an increasing desire to eat local food, including locally grown fruits and vegetables. The change in consumer purchasing could be a windfall for small-acreage farmers around the state.

New Mexico State University is working with small-acreage farmers to help meet the demand.

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5:21 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Watershed Projects To Get A Boost In New Mexico

Credit Office of the Governor

Watershed restoration work will be getting a $3.5 million boost thanks to the capital spending legislation recently signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez visited Rio Rancho on Monday to announce the additional funding.

She mentioned the one-two punch of wildfires and post-fire flooding, saying the work being done in vulnerable watersheds around the state will help to make the areas more resilient and protect community water supplies.

The spending in this year's capital outlay bill adds to the $6.2 million secured as part of last year's legislation.

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5:20 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Feds Warn Of Rising Water Levels On Pecos River

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Federal officials are warning that water levels on the Pecos River will be rising in the coming days.

The Bureau of Reclamation says it's moving water downstream for farmers who are part of the Carlsbad Irrigation District.

The release from Santa Rosa Reservoir began Monday morning. Water will be released from Sumner Reservoir on Tuesday, once the water from Santa Rosa arrives.

Federal water managers plan to increase the release from 100 cubic feet per second to about 1,500 cfs. The release is expected to last seven days.

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5:18 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Albuquerque Police Monitor To Speak On Pending Reforms

A court-appointed independent monitor overseeing Albuquerque police reforms is set to introduce his monitoring team.

James Ginger is scheduled Tuesday to discuss his role in helping reform the troubled force a year after demonstrations over police shootings rocked the city.

In January, federal officials and the city selected Ginger to lead a team to monitor a settlement agreement to overhaul the Albuquerque Police Department.

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5:16 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Mexico Announces Underwater Gas Pipeline To Texas

The Mexican government has announced plans for nearly $10 billion worth of electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline under the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to the port of Veracruz.

The Federal Electricity Commission said Monday that the costliest project would be the 500-mile underwater pipeline for carrying natural gas from South Texas. The pipeline is intended to go into operation in June 2018.

Officials hope that facilitating the importation of cheap natural gas will help lower Mexico's electricity rates.

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8:39 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Centennial High School In Las Cruces Wins National Contest For Free Prom

High School Nation (HSN) has announced that Centennial High School in Las Cruces is the winner of its national contest for a free prom.

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8:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gila National Forest Wildfire Update

  Firefighters continue to manage several wildfires on the Gila National Forest that started by lighting over the past week. Three are being managed to achieve resource objectives. Dave Warnack, Acting Gila Forest Supervisor, says “These incidents are helping us return fire to the ecosystem and reduce hazardous fuels. The goal is to use these fires to lower the risk of future severe wildfires across the forest.”  Two other fires are being managed under a suppression strategy.

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3:51 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Las Cruces Museums Reduce Weekday Hours

Las Cruces – Starting July 6, 2015, all four museums in the Las Cruces Museum System will operate with new gallery hours. The Branigan Cultural Center, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, and the Las Cruces Railroad Museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The museums will continue to be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Currently, most Las Cruces museums are open 9:00 am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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3:45 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Newsmakers 717, 6/18/15

Field reports include:  Hopes are raised for a proposal to create an enforcement mechanism for the Las Cruces minimum wage law; a profile of a Deming museum that offers free admission to a wealth of area history; and we'll examine why southern New Mexico spelling bee champs are competing for Texas.

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3:38 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

In Depth: Analyzing The Martinez Captial Outlay Vetoes

Credit Office of the Governor

  Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of  Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats.

But Martinez did veto some GOP projects, including three Albuquerque projects advocated by House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

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3:36 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Spike In Las Cruces Auto Burglaries

  The Las Cruces Police Department saw a spike in automobile burglaries this weekend, including at least 10 that occurred in the High Range and Sonoma Ranch neighborhoods.

It appears the vast majority of auto burglaries reported this weekend may well have been prevented had windows been rolled up and doors locked. Police discovered that nearly all of the vehicles were knowingly left unlocked or showed no signs of forced entry.

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3:32 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Sandia Gets First Woman Director

The largest U.S. national security research and development laboratory is poised to have a woman run its operations for the first time.

Jill Hruby will become the president and director of Sandia National Laboratories next month.

With main facilities in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, Sandia's responsibilities cover nuclear weapons, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Hruby most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia's efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security.

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