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5:28 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Senator Lee Cotter

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5:17 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Pie Town, New Mexico-Kathy Knapp

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5:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Suspect In Identity Theft Case Sought

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the man suspected of stealing a wallet and using the victim’s personal information to pilfer nearly $6,000 from a bank account.

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4:09 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Hospitalized Detainee Expected To Recover After Second Floor Jump

  A 29-year-old female detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center jumped Friday morning from a second-floor railing in a cellblock at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, landing first on a table and then on the concrete floor below.

   Officers responded immediately to the incident, which occurred at 9:55 a.m. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Stephanie Sepulveda was transported by ambulance with an officer escort to Memorial Medical Center.

   Sepulveda suffered multiple injuries, none of which appear to be life-threatening.

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4:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

House Agrees To Senate Changes; Budget Sent To Governor

The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously concurred on a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers voted 67-0 Friday to agree with Senate amendments to the budget bill largely unchanged from what the House passed last month.

The spending plan includes pay raises for new teachers and state police. Most department budgets remain flat, but education, the state's child welfare agency, public safety, tourism and economic development get more money.

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10:07 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Signs Installed As Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Moves Towards Broader Visitor Engagement

Bureau of Land Management Las Cruces district officer Bill Childress cuts the ribbon on the first official sign in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.
Credit Simon Thompson

 

It has almost been a year  since President Obama designated the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. In the lead up to the anniversary community groups have been working on projects to promote the site. Economists say these projects are key to the monument generating the projected 7.4 million dollars economic activity every year.

About 50 volunteers armed with shovels, rakes and wheel barrels met up at the foot of the Organ mountains for a working day in the weekend sunshine.

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8:48 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Los Altos Ranch Market In Las Cruces Closing

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  In a major blow to the El Paseo Road retail area in Las Cruces, the Los Altos Ranch Market is closing.  Advertisements note that a store closing sale is currently underway, but there is no specific date of closing listed.

Los Altos Ranch Markets recently purchased the store after Pro's Ranch Markets filed for bankruptcy.  

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6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Mexican Consulate Brings Cultural Series To Las Cruces

The Consulate General of Mexico is presenting a series of events in Las Cruces to showcase Mexican Culture. This weekend will be the first of free monthly performances that will bring the Mexican Culture to Las Cruces. Jacob Prado, Consulate General of Mexico says there has been a lot of interest in the event.

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5:53 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico House Panel OK's Mental Illness Treatment Bill

A New Mexico House panel has passed a proposal that would require some residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to forward the measure on to the full House.

The bill has the support of mental health advocates.

It would allow judges in some counties to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community.

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5:51 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Report: Fort Bliss Garrison Commander Fired Over Misconduct

Documents recently released to a newspaper show a high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss was fired for misusing a government-issued credit card after buying two dinners for a woman while traveling on Army business.

The El Paso Times says the details of garrison commander Col. Thomas Munsey's termination were released Thursday in response to an open records request.

The Army documents also show Munsey failed to register his privately owned weapons with the Provost Marshal's Office within 72 hours of arriving at Fort Bliss.

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5:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Official: Navajo Police Officer, Gunman Killed In Shooting

Officials say a Navajo police officer and a gunman are dead following a shooting Thursday in the Four Corners region of northern Arizona.

Tribal spokesman Rick Abasta says police responded to reports of a man armed with an assault rifle holding his family hostage near the northern New Mexico town of Shiprock.

He says the suspect fired on an officer and then fled the scene, setting off a manhunt that stretched into nearby Arizona.

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5:47 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico Legislature Heads Into Final Stretch

New Mexico lawmakers are scrambling to wrap up work on dozens of bills before noon Saturday, and some significant initiatives are still hanging in the balance.

A $6.2 billion budget bill is still sparking last-minute bickering among Republicans and Democrats.

And the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlay projects is still undetermined, as is a bill aimed at boosting state lottery sales.

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5:03 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the Feb. 10, 1990, mass-shooting that claimed four lives that day and left three others critically injured.

The “Las Cruces Bowl Massacre,” as it’s become known, is commonly considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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3:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Member Of Las Cruces-Based Prescription Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced

  ALBUQUERQUE – Kyle Mendenhall, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his prescription drug trafficking conviction.

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1:02 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Social Promotion Bill Tabled By Senate Panel

Legislation that would end social promotion in New Mexico schools has been derailed by a Senate committee.

The bill was among Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's top initiatives. She had wanted schools to hold back third-graders who can't read proficiently and provide them with intensive remediation.

Martinez contends that advancing kids with reading problems to the next grade increases the risk they'll struggle in school later and drop out.

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1:01 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Emergency Petition Over Senate Vacancy

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The New Mexico Supreme Court has denied an emergency petition that was filed in an effort to speed up the process for filling a state Senate vacancy.

The court issued a brief order Thursday but offered no explanation for the decision.

Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa Fe County and Rick Lopez, chair of the Torrance County Republican Party, filed the petition Monday.

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12:59 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Huge Texas Border Security Bill Passes House

Plans to hire hundreds of new state troopers for the Texas-Mexico border is part of a sweeping border security measure that has cleared the state House.

The Republican-controlled lower chamber on Thursday formally sent the bill to the Senate on a 130-11 vote. Its members continued making quick work of heightening border security, which is a priority under new Gov. Greg Abbott.

But closing a $300 million gulf with the Senate's proposed plan over how much to spend on more troopers and border technology still remains.

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12:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

PRC To Hold Silver City Public Hearings On Coal-Fired Electric Plant

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  Southern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to address the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regarding the application submitted by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) for approval to abandon two of four units located at the San Juan Generating Station in Farmington.

PRC Commissioner Sandy Jones (District 5) has announced that two public hearings will be held at the Grant County Commission Chambers, located at 1400 Highway 180 East, in Silver City, on Thursday, March 26. The first hearing will begin at 2 p.m., and the second will begin at 5 p.m.

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12:20 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Experts Say Home Visits Reduce Potential For Child Abuse

Rep. Javier Martínez

 Rep. Javier Martínez was familiar with home-visiting services when his son Camilo was born in January.

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12:17 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

When In Las Cruces, Count "1 MIssissippi" At Stop Signs; Traffic Operation Nets 67 Tickets

  Las Cruces Police issued 67 citations in three hours Wednesday during a special traffic operation held at the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

In response to complaints by residents who frequently travel through the intersection, officers monitored traffic at Lohman and Sonoma Ranch from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday specifically looking for motorists who failed to obey posted stop signs.

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10:28 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Las Cruces Police Academy Accepting Applications; $43,600 After One-Year Probation

  The Las Cruces Police Department is now accepting applications for its 45th training academy that is tentatively set to begin in October 2015.

Applications for the training academy need to be received by the City of Las Cruces no later than May 3. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application well in advance of the closing date.

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10:25 am
Thu March 19, 2015

I-25 Closure Sunday Morning In Las Cruces; University Ramp Closed Starting Monday

  Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office along with FNF Construction continue with work along I-25 between Lohman Avenue (exit 3) and University Avenue (exit 1).

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9:23 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NM Senate Confirms Appointment Of Public Safety Secretary

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed another of Gov. Susana Martinez's Cabinet appointments.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of former federal prosecutor Gregory Fouratt as head of the Department of Public Safety.

Martinez began overseeing the department in March 2014.

He's a former U.S. attorney for New Mexico. While a federal prosecutor, Fouratt handled a wide range of cases that included racketeering, violent crimes and drugs and weapons offenses.

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9:15 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Records Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Santa Fe Deputy

    

A state judge has given lawyers in case involving a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy two weeks to present evidence on certain records.

Las Cruces District Court Judge Fernando Macias told lawyers on Wednesday they had 14 days to present arguments on why or why not employee records of slain Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin should be released.

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8:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

The immigration action was put on hold last month by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a move the U.S. government is appealing.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Aggie Works Against Gun Violence in Chicago

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The Aggies are taking on Kansas tomorrow in the NCAA basketball tournament, while one of the basketball teams alums is looking to take on violence in Chicago.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Controversy Swirls Over Otero County Commission

Video from the January 8 meeting of the Otero County Commission.

The Otero County Commission is getting statewide attention this week. The commission made the front page of the Albuquerque Journal on Monday.  The article focused on a January meeting in which the commissioners whispered during a discussion about the appointment of a county probate judge. 

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7:09 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

New Mexico Senate OKs Bill Limiting Police Drones

The New Mexico Senate has passed a measure that would limit the use of warrant-less drones by law enforcement agencies.

The billed passed by a 38-0 vote on Wednesday and comes as police and sheriffs' agencies across the country test the new drones. Agencies also are trying to develop policies on how and when they can use them for police work.

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4:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Former NMSU Student Pleads Guilty To Hindering Investigation Into Internet Threats

  ALBUQUERQUE – Zachary Milton Hess, 19, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court to a misdemeanor information charging him with being an accessory after the fact to the interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hess will be sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $77,934.00 in restitution.

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12:18 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NMSU Wants "Look Who's Dancing" Nominations

"Look Who's Dancing" Season 7

  The search for the “Look Who’s Dancing” Season 8 celebrity contestants has begun. All are invited to nominate themselves or someone they know.

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