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9:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Felons Charged With Using Gun In Las Cruces Assault

  Las Cruces Police arrested a pair of convicted felons suspected of using a stolen firearm during a late-night assault at a local motel.

Robert N. Sprague, 23, and Thomas Michael Bowyer, 22, are both charged with one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, violating terms of probation and conspiracy. Sprague also faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

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9:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Congratulations To Our KRWG Winners!

  Hal & Beverly Wetter of Las Cruces are the winners of the Three Crosses pendant that flew into space.  Thanks to Sally & Glenn Cutter for all the wonderful pieces of jewelry that they have donated to the station over the last two decades.

The best in public media is only possible thanks to our donors and underwriters.  Thank you!

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8:07 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Santa Fe Police Hand Out Food Bags To Homeless

Santa Fe Police Department
Credit santafenm.gov

Santa Fe police are trying to make connections with members of the northern New Mexico city's homeless populations through their stomachs.

Four officers in the Police Department's community relations unit spent an hour Thursday handing out 40 food bags to homeless people in the downtown area.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that police want to meet some of the homeless, hear their stories and learn of any possible mental illnesses before they have other interaction with them.

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8:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana 

program.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.

One would have instituted criminal background checks for patients approved to grow their own marijuana. The other would reduce the number of marijuana plants allowed for personal consumption.

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7:58 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Former Detention Officer Indicted On Drug Charge

A newly unsealed indictment charges a former Bernalillo County jail detention officer with a drug crime.

Lucas Segura of Los Luna appeared in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday on a heroin trafficking charge.

At the time of the alleged offense on April 1, the 22-year-old worked at Metropolitan Detention Center.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says Segura also faces related state charges alleging drug trafficking.

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7:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

10-Year-Old Boy To Become Honorary Police Officer

Make A Wish New Mexico
Credit newmexico.wish.org

A 10-year-old boy is being sworn in as Albuquerque's newest police officer.

In partnership with Make-A-Wish New Mexico, the department Friday will grant Andrew Martines's dream of becoming a SWAT officer.

Martines will receive his uniform, ID badge and be sworn in by Chief Gorden Eden. Then he will be briefed on the fictional "Sunday Morning Bandit" that has been terrorizing Albuquerque.

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7:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Governor Appoints Insurance Exchange Board Member

The leader of New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer has been named to a board governing the state's health insurance exchange.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico President Kurt Shipley was appointed to the board by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Shipley succeeds Lovelace Health Plan CEO Ben Slocum, whose term had expired.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently acquired Lovelace's commercial insurance business and Medicare customers.

Shipley's term expires June 30, 2016.

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7:26 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Mexico Senators Push For New State VA Director

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

New Mexico's two senators are urging Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to hire a permanent director for Albuquerque's VA hospital.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a letter Thursday the hiring is needed in order to gain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling.

The letter comes as the VA deals with a national outcry over reports of long delays for treatment and medical appointments and of veterans dying while on waiting lists.

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7:24 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Shiprock Woman Pleads Guilty In Fatal Accident

A Shiprock woman could face a lengthy prison term when she's sentenced in connection with a fatal accident.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 29-year-old Samantha Deal pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and assault charges in federal court in Albuquerque.

According to prosecutors, Deal was driving while under the influence of alcohol in San Juan County when the February 2013 accident occurred, killing a woman and seriously injuring two other people.

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7:22 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Veterans Affairs Chief To Visit El Paso Facility

Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson
Credit va.gov

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is visiting El Paso's VA medical center to meet with officials and discuss how to improve veterans' access to health care.

During his Friday visit, Gibson will meet with the VA Health Care System leadership, employees and others to hear about the problems they still face.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, says he hopes to set goals with Gibson to improve veteran's access to health care.

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6:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Recent News Of New Manufacturing Jobs Brings Hope To Mesilla Valley

Recently, the announcement of Franco Whole Foods soon occupying a West Amador warehouse may signal movement for more well-paying manufacturing jobs heading to town.

The company will be moving into the city’s fourth district where City Councilor, Nathan Small serves. Small says he has been working to bring more manufacturing jobs to the city. He says that special incentives offered through state and city government helped lure Franco Whole Foods to the area.

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6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Restored "Nighthawk" F-117 Returns To Holloman

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - History was made once again as crews with the 49th Maintenance Squadron returned the famed F-117 Nighthawk to the Holloman Heritage Park. The completely restored aircraft takes its place in the park following a 4-month restoration project.

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1:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

El Paseo Road Closure Saturday Near Las Cruces High School

  El Paseo Road from Boutz Road to Farney Lane will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday, July 19, to 5 a.m. Sunday, July 20, for the installation of infrastructure on El Paseo related to the Las Cruces High School construction project.

Detour routes via South Main Street and Espina Street will be available. Motorists wanting to avoid possible delays should seek alternate routes.

Access to businesses will be maintained during construction.  The closure will affect RoadRUNNER Transit route #20.

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1:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Texas Measles Alert Issued After Tournament

  Texas health officials say more than 30 people who traveled to a softball tournament in Kansas over the Fourth of July weekend may have been exposed to the measles virus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement Thursday it wants to alert Texans who traveled to Wichita for the tournament.

Kansas health officials said eight softball teams from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas participated in the tournament.

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1:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Acting VA Secretary: Albuquerque Staff Acted Properly

  Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson says he is "proud" how staff at Albuquerque's Veterans Affairs hospital responded to a veteran who collapsed in a VA cafeteria and later died.

Gibson said Thursday an initial review found staff properly reacted in providing help after 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia last month collapsed and had to wait for an ambulance to take him to an emergency room 500 yards away.

But he said the Veterans Affair Department is reviewing the case to see if any system wide changes are needed.

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1:40 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

GOP Senate Candidate Lends His Campaign $500,000

Credit Allen Weh (R) U.S. Senate candidate

  New finance reports show that Republican Allen Weh has lent his Senate campaign more than a half million dollars in the past three months while outpacing the fundraising of Democratic incumbent Tom Udall.

But Udall holds an overall financial advantage with cash-on-hand of $3.4 million at the end of last month. Weh had a campaign account balance of nearly $628,000.

Weh raised $905,000 from April through June, with $555,000 coming from personal loans.

Udall reported total receipts of $890,000 during the past quarter.

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10:43 am
Thu July 17, 2014

BLM Puts Focus On Oil And Gas Inspections

Credit Bureau of Land Management

  Citing a shortage of inspectors, declining budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze highlighted the importance of the BLM’s budget request for a fee system to increase the agency’s oil and gas inspection capacity.

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8:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Albuquerque Officer In Beating Video Loses License

The state law enforcement certificate has been revoked for an Albuquerque police officer fired after a video showed him kicking a suspected car thief.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board voted Wednesday to rescind the license for John Doyle.

Former Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz fired Doyle and officer Robert Woolever for excessive force in connection with the February 2011 arrest of Nicholas Blume. A surveillance video of the arrest shows one officer on top of Blume while another kicks him repeatedly.

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8:27 am
Thu July 17, 2014

New Mexico Incumbants Hold Campaign Cash Edge

New campaign finance reports show that Democratic challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara has raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.

However, Pearce still maintains an overall campaign cash advantage.

Pearce reported cash-on-hand of nearly $1.5 million at the end of last month and Lara had almost $712,000.

According to Federal Election Commission reports, Lara raised $375,000 from April through June. Pearce had receipts of $289,000.

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8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Companies That Helped Build Rail Hub In Southern N.M. Settle Allegations Of Lacking Licenses

Arizona and Minnesota companies that worked on a railroad construction project in New Mexico will pay fines totaling $150,000 to settle allegations that didn't have necessary state licenses when they bid on the work.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the settlement accepted Wednesday by the state Construction Industries Commission resulted from closed-door talks between state officials and representatives of Tempe, Arizona-based Sundt Construction and Burnside, Minnesota-based Ames Construction.

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8:23 am
Thu July 17, 2014

UPDATE: Doña Ana County Inmate Expected To Recover Following Apparent Suicide Attempt

  A 24-year-old female detainee at the Doña Ana County Detention Center jumped Wednesday night from a second-floor railing in a cellblock at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, landing headfirst on the concrete floor below.

   Officers responded immediately to the incident, which occurred 9:17 p.m. Laura Delhierro was transported with an officer escort by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center. She was later airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso.

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8:14 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary To Visit New Mexico

Credit www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs

      

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is scheduled to visit the Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque as New Mexico's system works to whittle down its patient waiting list.

Gibson is expected Thursday to meet with hospital staff and officials to discuss ways the hospital can improve care amid a national outcry over treatment delays and patient deaths.

Last week, the New Mexico's congressional delegation sent Gibson a letter expressing concern over the handling of a veteran's death in the hospital's cafeteria.

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6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

NMSU Named To Center For World University Rankings

  The Center for World University Rankings listed New Mexico State University at No. 467 on their 2014 rankings, which placed NMSU in the top 2.2 percent among the more than 22,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide. 

“This recognition serves to highlight something we have known for quite some time,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. "New Mexico State University is home to outstanding faculty members and some of the brightest students in the nation."

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4:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

ETA Denies Appeal For Commercial Zoning Near Tortugas Mountain

Residents are concerned the proposed commercial zoning of a piece of land near Tortugas mountain would ruin the surrounding recreational area
Credit Simon Thompson

On Wednesday night the Extra-Territorial Zoning Authority or ETA denied the appeal of the decision that rejected commercial zoning near Tortugas mountain.  After the 8 hour long public meeting, the 5 ETA members present voted unanimously against changing the decision.  A successful appeal would have allowed the property’s owners to build a strip mall on the site.

Dona Ana County Development Staff was the applicant making the appeal. The ETA says staff failed to prove a commercial zoning would be consistent with the comprehensive plan for the area.

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5:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Carl Graham-Coalition For Self-Government In The West

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5:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

USA Today: El Paso Has The Best Jersey In All Of Sports!

  USA Today says the El Paso Chihuahuas now have the best jersey in all of sports...but we should note they were talking about a special jersey.  You can see that jersey on the field at the Bark at the Park on Sunday, August. 3, 2014. First pitch versus the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) is slated for 6:05 p.m. The first 2,000 fans through the gates with paid admission will receive a Chico Bobblehead.

 

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4:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pearce Discusses Trip To Central America

  U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says more than 200 Central American immigrants being held at a federal detention facility in southern New Mexico have been processed by immigration officials and are awaiting approval from their home countries to be returned.

The New Mexico Republican says that approval has yet to come despite assurances by Guatemalan officials.

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4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawyer: Man In DEA Lawsuit Fears For His Life

  A lawyer for a New Mexico man who says federal agents used him to broker drugs deals in exchange for crack cocaine says her client is getting threatening phone calls.

Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, attorney for Aaron Romero, said Wednesday her client is being wrong accused of working for the DEA, but he was unknowingly targeted.

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4:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Former NM Governor Anaya Reaches Settlement In Fraud Case

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case involving an investment company that was focused on recovering and selling water from aquifers in New Mexico and elsewhere.  Anaya was one of four charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company, Natural Blue Resources Inc.

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4:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lincoln National Forest Area Closed To Protect Endangered Mouse

Credit fws.gov

  The Lincoln National Forest has decided to close the Mauldin Spring area near Cloudcroft in an effort to protect an endangered mouse.

Forest officials announced the closure order Wednesday, saying it has a responsibility to prevent any damage to the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse's habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The closure will be in effect until Nov. 30.

The order means people and livestock must stay out of the Mauldin Springs riparian area along Wills Canyon. Officials say the public can use existing trails outside of the closed area.

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