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4:48 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NMSU's Arrowhead Center

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4:46 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mesilla Valley Community Of Hope

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 625 - Foraged food, GO teacher program, Feral pigs

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 624 - Border Reality Checkpoints, Service Dogs; Onion Breeding

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12:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fort Bliss Boosts Security

  The Army is ramping up security at Fort Bliss, its sprawling West Texas post near the US-Mexico border.

The tighter security is to include random vehicle checks and access limited to Defense Department personnel at some of its gates.

The move comes a week after key lawmakers warned that the United States is being eyed as a target by militants of the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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12:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Las Cruces Medical Flight Got Wrong Fuel Before Crash

  Federal safety investigators say an air ambulance got the wrong fuel at a New Mexico airport before it took off and crashed, killing all four people aboard.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the twin-engine aircraft was refueled with 40 gallons of jet fuel instead of aviation gasoline at the Las Cruces airport on Aug. 27.

The plane crashed after taking off on a flight to Phoenix. All three crew members and one patient were killed.

The NTSB preliminary report issued Monday does not say whether the wrong fuel caused the crash.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dona Ana County Will Not Enforce Immigration Laws

  New Mexico's most populous border county has joined a movement prohibiting local officials from going out of their way to enforce federal immigration laws.

Dona Ana commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to make their area a "safe county" and restrict county employees from asking residents about immigration status.

The move comes after commissioners received a petition in February with 10,000 signatures.

The resolution calls for county departments and employees not to enforce federal immigration laws unless required by federal and state statues.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

King Refunding Sex Offender Contributions

  Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King says he's returning $30,400 in contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who is a convicted sex offender in Florida.

King said in a statement Tuesday his campaign fundraising staff missed the connection between the contributions and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to a charge of soliciting prostitution. Epstein served just over a year in jail.

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12:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mouse Listing Leads To Lawsuit By New Mexico Ranchers

Credit fws.gov

  New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas in the wake of a tiny mouse winning endangered species protections in the Southwest.

Ranchers from throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and several cattlemen groups filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

They contend their private property rights as well as the ranching traditions of some rural New Mexico communities near the Santa Fe and Lincoln national forests are at stake.

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9:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Decreased Enrollment Leading To Budget Cuts At NMSU

Credit NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers

  A decline in student credit hours of about 4.5 percent will lead to budget reductions at New Mexico State University.  That's according to a memo released Tuesday by NMSU President Dr. Garrey Carruthers.  The memo states that the reduced credit hours will lead to a revenue reduction of about $4.8 million.  $1.5 million in reductions have already been identified, leaving another $3.3 million still to be cut.

Here is the full text of the memo from Dr. Garrey Carruthers:

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7:45 am
Tue September 9, 2014

UNM Gets Grant To Study Fetal Alcohol Disorders

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of New Mexico $8.1 million over the next five years for research into fetal alcohol disorders.

The NIH says the New Mexico Alcohol Research Center at UNM's Health Sciences Center is one of 18 alcohol research centers in the U.S., and the only one targeting fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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7:42 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Balderas Holds Money Edge In Attorney General Race

Hector Balderas

Democratic candidate Hector Balderas holds a more than 4-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general.

According to the latest fundraising disclosures, Balderas had cash-on-hand of $822,000 at the start of the month and Riedel reported a balance of about $178,000.

Balderas is a two-term state auditor and Riedel is a former prosecutor and district judge from Las Cruces.

Riedel raised $92,725 during the past two months and Balderas collected $70,037.

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7:35 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Santa Fe County Eyes Marijuana Ballot Question

Santa Fe County Commissioners are expected to consider a nonbinding measure on decriminalizing marijuana.

The possible vote Tuesday comes a day after Bernalillo County commissioners approved a similar proposal asking voters whether possession of an ounce or less of marijuana should be decriminalized.

Critics said the marijuana measure is just an attempt by some Democrats to get younger voters to the polls.

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6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

NMSU Sponsors Global Connections Lecture Series

NMSU professors Elvira Hammond, Margaret Goehring and Ed Boles led a group to China in March 2014. The group visited the Terra Cotta Army guarding the imperial tomb of the Qin dynasty.

  For the fourth year, the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor “Global Connections,” the lecture series featuring the globetrotting adventures of NMSU faculty.

The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kinds of experiences they might otherwise never encounter.

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11:10 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Mexico Students Feeling Pressure Of Standardized Tests

Mayfield High School Senior Jacqueline Sanchez prepares for state mandated math test.
Credit Simon Thompson

State standards have dramatically increased the number of standardized tests in public schools and some educators say it’s causing undue pressure on students and damaging their education.

Jacqueline Sanchez, daughter of National Education Association President Patrick Sanchez is a senior at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces and she says all the tests they are taking have become a source of despair among her classmates.

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7:03 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Las Cruces Jurors Award $67 Million In Lawsuit Over Pacemaker

Jurors have awarded a pacemaker patient more than $67 million in damages in a lawsuit.

A 3rd Judicial District Court jury in Las Cruces on Monday found German pacemaker manufacturer Biotronik negligent in the case of Tommy Sowards.

Sowards claimed in his suit that he was unnecessarily implanted with a pacemaker as a result of an alleged conspiracy between the company, a Las Cruces doctor and a hospital to boost sales of the device.

The jury awarded $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages.

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4:53 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Las Cruces City Council Votes To Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage

Minimum wage workers, supporters and community group CAFE celebrate the passing a the city ordinance to raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Credit Simon Thompson

Minimum wage workers and supporters of the $10.10 minimum wage clapped, cheered and hugged in front of the Las Cruces City hall, in celebration of the passed ordinance to raise the Las Cruces minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Councilors voted 4 to 3 in favor. But Sarah Nolan, Executive Director of Cafe ,the group that collected petitions to get the minimum wage proposal before the city council says the fight is far from over.

“Today minimum wage earners got a raise, today they will have to fight to keep it.” she says

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4:39 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Drones Banned At White Sands National Monument

Credit White Sands National Monument

  Alamogordo, NM –White Sands National Monument announces the banning of unmanned aircraft within the Monument. This regulation change implements a policy memorandum signed by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on June 20, 2014. The new policy directs National Park Service superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

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2:59 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Albuquerque Studies Las Vegas, NV Police Reforms

   Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and the city's police chief are in Las Vegas, Nevada, to study how that city reformed following a series of police shootings.

Berry and Police Chief Gorden Eden are attending sessions on how Las Vegas police changed its use of force policies. Also attending are members of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce's Albuquerque Police Department Reform Task Force and ACLU representatives.

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2:56 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

UNM Coach Gets $5.7 Million Contract

Credit unm.edu

   The University of New Mexico has given men's basketball coach Craig Neal a new six-year contract worth $5.7 million.

The school announced the new deal Monday that will keep Neal as Lobos coach through 2020.

In his first year at New Mexico last season, Neal led the Lobos to a 27-7 record and an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Neal's 27 wins is tied for the 12th-most in NCAA history for first-year head coaches.

He became the first New Mexico coach to bring the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his initial season.

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2:50 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Mexico's Largest County To Vote On Decriminalizing Marijuana

  Commissioners in New Mexico most populous county have approved a measure that would allow voters to voice their opinion on decriminalizing marijuana.

Bernalillo County commissioners voted 3-2 on Monday on a proposal that would place the marijuana question on the November ballot.

The results of the ballot wouldn't be binding or change any policy. The questions would poll public opinion.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry last month vetoed a measure that would have allowed voters to decide whether to decriminalize marijuana possession in the state's largest city.

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2:48 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Martinez Dominates Fundraising In Race For Governor

Credit Office of the Governor

  Democratic Gary King has stepped up his fundraising in New Mexico's governor's race but Republican incumbent Susana Martinez still enjoys a enormous advantage in campaign cash.

According to the latest financial reports, King raised about $379,000 during the past two months, including a $30,000 loan from the candidate.

King relied heavily on personal loans to finance his primary election campaign.

Martinez collected about $962,000 in contributions since late June.

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2:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

WNMU President Teaches And Learns In The Classroom

  Silver City, NM – It is not everyday that a student receives a syllabus for the semester from the University President. At least 25 students are experiencing just that this semester with President Joseph Shepard as the professor of a developmental math class.

“It’s not something that I expected when I enrolled so I think it’s a good surprise that the President is teaching our class,” said freshman Alex Sarkissian. “We know he’s the President, but when we are in class he feels just like any other professor.”

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2:39 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

U.S. 70 Closure Tuesday Morning

  HWY 70 is scheduled to be blocked at 0720am for approximately 1 hour and should be lifted at 0820am. The roadblock will be located at Blue Block (2 miles East of the access road - Mile Marker 172) and @ Yellow Block (located at the WSNM Headquarters). 

St. Augustine Pass and LC Gate are NOT affected.

Roadblocks are subject to change.  Please call 575-678-1178 for updated
information.

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7:38 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Sheriff Group Wants New Mexico Law Changed

The New Mexico Sheriff's Association is seeking to tightening eligibility rules for who can run for sheriff in the state.

Association Executive Director Jack Levick tells KOAT-TV that the organization wants legislation requiring a candidate for sheriff have no felony convictions and at least five years of law enforcement experience.

Levick says the group will urge lawmakers during next year's legislative session.

State law currently only requires a sheriff candidate be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen.

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7:36 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Eastern, Southern New Mexico See Ample Rain

Parts of eastern and southern New Mexico avoided serious flooding this weekend but still received a pretty good soaking from heavy rains.

The National Weather Service said Sunday as much as 5 inches of rain has fallen since Thursday in the Guadalupe Mountains and in other parts of the region.

Meteorologists say between 2 and 4 inches of rain also fell in the last few days in Eddy County.

A flash flood watch was issued Friday and has since expired.

Officials say only minor flooding has been reported on some roads in Carlsbad.

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7:34 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Aggie Games At Pan-American Center Will No Longer Be Dry For Fans

    

Fans can now sit back at an Aggie sports event with a cold beer or wine.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports concessions at the Pan American Center began including alcoholic beverages this month, beginning with last week's New Mexico State University volleyball tournament.

NMSU officials recently announced that a liquor license was granted for the arena following years of debate.

Alcohol has mostly been sold exclusively at concerts and shows at the on-campus venue since 2002.

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6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

New Exhibit Coming To NMSU Museum

  Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrive in the United States. The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities.

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6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Cooking With Green Chile

Pete Atencio, Hatch Chile Sales
Credit krwg.org

ER: Tis the holiday season for chile lovers. Yes, the smell of roasting green chile permeates the air. I love hot green chile. I can’t get enough it! So I wanted to see how other aficionados of green chile are cooking and eating the delectable fruit. Lucky for me, Hatch, the chile capitol of the world is nearby. So, I hopped in my truck and a short drive later I found myself in downtown Hatch during the Hatch Chile Festival learning about the secrets of picking the right sack of green chile from Pete Atencio of Hatch Chile Sales.

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1:47 pm
Sun September 7, 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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