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2:38 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sheriff's Citizens Academy Rescheduled; Deadline Extended

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office has delayed the start of its fall citizen’s academy until Saturday, Sept. 6. Because of the shift, the deadline for applications to be submitted is now Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The Citizen’s Police Academy will take place on six consecutive Saturdays beginning Sept. 6. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Anyone who submitted an application earlier this year is currently on the Fall 2014 class roster.

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9:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Fired NMSU Officer Wants Job Back

A New Mexico State University-Alamogordo officer fired for removing a school soda cooler and selling it online wants his old job back.   David Moon is appealing his termination and says his civil rights were violated.

Moon says in court records university and city officials retaliated against him for investigating a stalking case on campus and for speaking out about problems within the former Alamogordo Department of Public Safety.

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9:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

What? Albuquerque Questions May Not Fit Onto Ballot

   All of Albuquerque's proposed questions for voters may not fit onto Bernalillo County's general election ballot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that county election workers are testing different ballot combinations of questions submitted by the city.

The City Council wants to add five items to the general-election ballot, which includes state and county races.

The proposed questions include a marijuana decriminalization measure and a proposed tax increase for social-service programs.

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9:55 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Strong Revenue Forecast For New Mexico

  A new financial forecast estimates about $285 million will be available in the next budget year for spending increases on state government programs, public education and to offset potential tax cuts.

Officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration outlined the revenue projections Monday to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting in Las Vegas.

If the Legislature and governor agree to put all $285 million into programs and services, that would allow a 4.6 percent increase in spending in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins next July.

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9:54 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Survey: Little Gain From New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Publicity

Credit NM Department of Health

  A survey commissioned by New Mexico's health insurance exchange has found that a campaign to publicize the online marketplace for buying coverage is having little success so far.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the survey of uninsured New Mexicans found that three of five don't even know what an insurance exchange is.

The survey also found that respondents had little memory of television advertising to encourage visits to the exchange's website and that few had heard of events where insurance shoppers could consult exchange representatives.

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9:52 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Soccer Team Apologizes For Hazing Case

Credit unm.edu

  University of New Mexico women's soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity.

Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women's soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.

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9:51 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Motion To Dismiss Filed In Perry Indictment

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry are asking a judge to dismiss criminal charges alleging that the possible 2016 presidential candidate abused his power with a veto last summer.

Perry's attorneys filed the motion Monday in district court in Austin. They say the law being used to prosecute Perry is unconstitutionally vague.

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7:42 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Stolen NMSU Laptop Had Students' Information

New Mexico State University officials say a theft of a university employee's laptop containing dozens of students' personal information is unlikely to lead to identity theft.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Sunday that 170 students received a letter Aug. 11 saying the thief wasn't targeting the computer's data.

NMSU head of information technology Norma Grijalva says there was no information that could make the school's central computing system vulnerable to hackers.

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7:40 am
Mon August 25, 2014

New Mexico Lawmakers To Get Revenue Update

New Mexico legislators are to receive a new revenue forecast that will help shape the debate over spending in next year's state budget.

Top officials in Gov. Susana Martinez's administration will outline the revenue projections Monday to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting in Las Vegas.

The report will estimate how much revenues are expected to grow next year, providing money for spending increases on programs and services. The Legislature meets in January to work on a budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which starts next July.

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7:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Sheriff: El Paso-Area Man Charged In Kidnapping

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it's charged a 43-year-old man in the kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl.

Forty-three-year-old Carlos Holcombe was arrested and charged on Sunday. Authorities say other unspecified charges are pending.

The girl tells authorities a bearded man kidnapped her at the Horizon High School football scrimmage on Friday. She says the man intercepted her when she was walking to the restroom and took her to his car. She says he sexually assaulted her before dropping her off at a movie theater.

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6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs.

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6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Teachers Say State Evaluation System Does Not Effectively Measure Performance

Mayfield High School physics teacher Del Hansen is concerned the Public Education Department evaluation system is driving good teachers out of the profession.
Credit Simon Thompson

Before Del Hansen started teaching physics at Mayfield high in Las Cruces, he  accumulated a slew of teaching awards and held  a number influential positions in state education;  As an evaluator, school administrator and even working with the Golden Apple Foundation selecting the top teacher in the state each year. 

He says teacher evaluations must prioritize two things; subject knowledge and being able to impart key concepts

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9:59 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Seed Company Sued By Migrant Farm Workers

  A major seed company is being sued by more than 30 migrant farm workers who say they were underpaid while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan.

The workers are mostly from Texas and were hired in 2012 to work in Cass County. Detasseling is hot, labor-intensive work that occurs while the corn still is in the ground.

The lawsuit in Grand Rapids federal court accuses Johnston, Iowa-based DuPont Pioneer and two recruiters of violating federal wage and migrant labor laws.

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9:58 am
Sun August 24, 2014

UNM Expands Online Classes After Early Success

Credit unm.edu

  The University of New Mexico is expanding its global presence in the online world in a massive way.

School officials say they are increasing the number of free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, after one course last semester drew thousands of students from nearly 200 countries.  

UNM will offer three courses this fall.  The three courses include web application architecture, curanderismo or the art of traditional healing and a bilingual course on global business in English and Spanish.

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9:54 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Texas Police Chief Killed Executing Arrest Warrant

  The police chief of a small Texas town has been killed while executing an arrest warrant.

Authorities say Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was killed Saturday. The mayor of Elmendorf, a small town located about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio, said in a news release that the subject of the warrant opened fire, striking Pimentel once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen.

A 24-year-old man is in custody and will face a charge of capital murder of a police officer.

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9:54 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Mexico Blasts Perry Over Comments Regarding Terrorist Threats

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."

Perry last week asserted that "there is a very real possibility" that Islamic terrorists could be entering the United States from Mexico across what he called an "unsecured" Southwest border. But he added that there is "no clear evidence" that they are.

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9:52 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Santa Fe Bear And Cub Relocated To Gila National Forest

Credit U.S. Forest Service

   New Mexico Game and Fish officers say a bear and her cub have been safely relocated to a remote area after being treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

Both have already been taken to the Gila National Forest since being tranquilized near an elementary school Friday morning.

Game and Fish officials say this is the third time the tagged adult female bear and the cub have been captured in towns and relocated.

Biologist Rick Winslow says they did not euthanize her since she has cubs.

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9:50 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Three Sharks Born At ABQ Biopark

Three baby Whitespotted Bamboo sharks have been born at Albuquerque's BioPark Aquarium.

ABQ BioPark officials announced Friday that the shark babies were born last Monday.

They were hatched from eggs laid by one of the female sharks in the aquarium's Shark/Ray Encounter exhibit.

The baby sharks measure about 4 inches long. They are projected to grow up to 3 feet.

Officials say Whitespotted Bamboo sharks are harmless to people. They are known for reproducing without the need for a male presence.

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4:53 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

Poodle Stuck In The Bathtub...Albuquerque Police To The Rescue!

A poodle was freed with the help of Albuquerque firefighters after one of its paws got stuck in a bathtub drain for several hours.

Twelve-year-old Selene Ortega says she was giving her dog, Morita, a bath Friday at her northeast Albuquerque home when the poodle started screaming.

Ortega says she and her family called their veterinarian, a plumber and then 911.

A 911 dispatcher contacted Albuquerque Animal Welfare. The agency ended up calling the fire department.

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10:35 am
Sat August 23, 2014

UNM Soccer Coach Suspended Over Hazing

Credit unm.edu

   University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident.

Athletic director Paul Krebs says he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo will receive letters of reprimand.

School officials say last Sunday's hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital for excessive alcohol consumption.

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10:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.

A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.

In a statement, SpaceX spokesman John Taylor says the test flight involved a three-engine version of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket. He said an "anomaly" was detected in the rocket and it automatically self-destructed.

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10:31 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Crowded Field In Navajo Presidential Race

  Seventeen candidates are running for president of the Navajo Nation, a post that wields important influence on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

The top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election will advance to the general election in November. More than 114,000 Navajos are registered to vote.

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10:30 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Man Sentenced To Life In Tularosa Murder

  An Otero County man has received life in prison for the murder of a Tularosa woman more than a year ago.

A state District Court judge on Friday imposed the maximum sentence on Paul Reynolds, who also received 4 ½ years for other charges.

Reynolds pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree felony murder in the January 2013 killing of 63-year-old Rita Gallegos.

Reynolds must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

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10:28 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Police: Las Cruces Woman Fires Gun From Vehicle

  A Las Cruces woman suspected of firing at least one round from a moving vehicle Friday morning has been arrested.

Ashley Elebario, 27, of the 500 block of Chaparro Street, is charged with one count each of shooting at or from a motor vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of shots fired near the Papa John’s pizza store at 1701 S. Solano Dr. Officers discovered that a vehicle in the parking lot and a sign to the business were struck by gunfire.

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6:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

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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2:55 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

$5,000 Reward In 2008 Las Cruces Murder

James Francis Wilson

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons who killed 72-year-old James Francis Wilson in March 2008.
 

Wilson’s body was discovered at his home, at 1800 Camino Del Rex, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Las Cruces Police are investigating Wilson’s death as a homicide. Investigators believe Wilson may have been killed on March 10 or 11, 2008.

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11:31 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Scientists Urge Rehiring Of Fired Lab Worker

A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

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11:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Perry's Legal Team To Ask Judge To Dismiss Case Against Him

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  An attorney for Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will file a motion seeking to stop the criminal case against the possible 2016 presidential candidate.

Austin attorney David Botsford said Friday that Perry's defense team will attack the constitutionality of the prosecution and two felony indictments that accuse the governor of abusing his power. A Republican judge presiding over the case gave Botsford a week to file the motion.

The special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum, says he remains confident in the charges.

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11:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Over Immigrant Access To Lawyers

  A coalition of lawyers has filed a lawsuit against federal immigration authorities, claiming detainees at a New Mexico detention center aren't getting proper legal representation.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday it filed the federal lawsuit to get U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to change its policies that quickly deport immigrants without attorneys.

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9:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Las Cruces Mayor Pledges To End Veteran Homelessness In City

  Mayor Ken Miyagishima has joined First Lady Michelle Obama in committing to end veteran homelessness in Las Cruces by the end of 2015. With the First Lady’s announcement of the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Las Cruces joins a growing number of communities across the country making the pledge.

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