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6:00 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Local Wilderness Painter Uneasy About Potential Development Near Tortugas Mountain

Las Cruces artist Meg Freÿermuth is painting a view of Organ Mountains that is likely to be blocked by a proposed retail development.
Credit Simon Thompson

Area residents are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.  But some are concerned about how the surrounding area will be managed. 16 acres of land at the base of Tortugas Mountain is at the center of a long-running dispute.  The landowners are pushing for commercial zoning that could pave the way for retail businesses like fast-food restaurants.

Native Las Crucen Meg Freÿermuth is a professional artist who paints abstract, color drenched portraits of natural landscapes mainly around Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.

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6:00 am
Thu May 14, 2015

NMSU To Host Adolescent Mental Health Conference Saturday

  The New Mexico State University School of Nursing and the National Alliance for Mental Illness on Campus chapter at NMSU will host the Adolescent Mental Health Conference, “Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating for Action,”Saturday, May 16, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. 

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7:25 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Court Arguments Heard In Las Cruces Recall Petition Case

The petitioner for a recall election against Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg is suing the city.  The lawsuit contends the City Clerk wrongfully withdrew signatures from the recall petition. Attorneys for Councilor Sorg are intervening in the case on his behalf. Arguments were made in court Wednesday.

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4:50 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NMSU Exchange With The University Of LaSalle

This episode profiles an exchange between New Mexico State University and the University of LaSalle in Colombia. 

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4:48 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Public Meetings Scheduled To Present Unified Development Code

  The Doña Ana County Planning and Zoning Commission will host a series of public meetings beginning this week to solicit public input on the latest draft of the Viva Doña Ana Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code (UDC).

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – Sunland Park

Gadsden School District Administrative Complex

4950 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park, NM

6:30-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Hatch

Hatch Community Center

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4:46 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Las Cruces Animal Control Officers Now Certified Animal Cruelty Investigators

  A pair of Las Cruces Animal Control officers have completed intensive training to become certified animal cruelty investigators.

Animal Control officers Abraham Flores and Juan Valles completed the National Animal Control and Humane Academy’s Levels I, II and III and are now certified animal cruelty investigators.

Flores and Valles now have the formal training required to investigate a possible felony animal abuse cases and turn evidence over to the Las Cruces Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section for prosecution.

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4:40 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

New Mexico Gets Waiver From Federal Teacher Requirements

Credit ped.state.nm.us

The U.S. Department of Education will give New Mexico a waiver on requiring all classrooms have a "highly qualified" teacher as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced late Tuesday that the waiver will give state officials more flexibility to teacher qualification restrictions.

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4:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Lawsuit: Pedophile Priest Sent To New Mexico

A new lawsuit says the Vatican sent a New England priest accused of raping boys and stealing parish money to New Mexico for treatment and that he later abused a boy in that state numerous times.

The lawsuit recently filed in Albuquerque District Court says a religious order in Massachusetts wrote the Vatican seeking to fire Rev. John George Weisenborn. However, the Vatican instructed the diocese to send Weisenborn to New Mexico in 1964 where he was later hired as a full-time priest.

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4:36 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Report: New Mexico Revenue Stabilizing

Despite weak oil and natural gas prices, New Mexico's budget picture is stabilizing with personal and corporate income taxes largely driving an increase in anticipated revenues.

The latest estimates show that revenue for the current fiscal year is expected to increase by $136 million to $6.25 billion as compared with a February forecast.

State financial analysts are trying to figure out what's driving the uptick in those taxes but say it's generally attributable to the improving economy.

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4:34 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dell Urges Texas Lawmakers To Stop Anti-Marriage Equality Law

Dell Inc. has joined opposition to a Texas bill that would attempt to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if marriage equality is legalized.

The computer maker released a statement Wednesday saying it has let Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott know that the Round Rock-based company considers diversity a "business imperative."

Texas business groups have urged lawmakers for months to pursue Indiana-style laws that gay rights activists say discriminate. But Dell is now the most visible company to voice public opposition.

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4:32 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

$6 Million Deficit For New Mexico Health Department

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

The state health department is facing a projected deficit of nearly $6 million.

The department had a $27 million surplus only two years ago and its practice of contracting with private nursing services may have contributed to budget problems.

State Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela says the budget shortfall is a result of the system. He says there has been excessive turnover among nurses, so the department has been hiring temporary nursing services to fill the gaps.

The amount spent by the department on nursing services has increased more than four-fold in recent years.

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4:19 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

New Mexico PRC Rejects PNM Rate Hike

Credit pnm.com

New Mexico regulators have rejected a proposal by the state's largest electric utility to raise rates and charge more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.  The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously during a meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe.  The vote follows a hearing examiner's recommendation that the utility's application be denied over concerns that it was incomplete.

Environmentalists argued that PNM failed to provide regulators with enough information to justify a 12 percent rate hike.

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7:42 am
Wed May 13, 2015

New Mexico Regulators Approve Dairy Agreement

New Mexico regulators have signed off on an agreement brokered by dairy farmers, state officials and environmental groups.

The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously to approve the agreement during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe. It marks a compromise over how best to protect groundwater from potential contamination from dairy operations.

Settlement talks began earlier this year as regulators prepared for a public hearing to consider changes to New Mexico's dairy regulations.

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7:38 am
Wed May 13, 2015

El Paso Electric Seeks To Raise Rates In Southern New Mexico

A Texas-based utility that serves electric customers throughout southern New Mexico wants to raise rates to cover the costs of a new power plant and transmission lines.

El Paso Electric announced Tuesday it has filed its request with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, residential customers could see their monthly bills increase by an average of 9 percent.

The rate hike would generate about $8.6 million for the utility.

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7:36 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Carlsbad Site Could Be Used For Plutonium Disposal

A U.S. Department of Energy report indicates that a site in Carlsbad may be used to dispose of plutonium from surplus nuclear weapons.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the report released Saturday says Carlsbad's Wasted Isolation Pilot Plant could be a lower cost alternative to a federal program that would convert the weapons plutonium into commercial nuclear fuel.

That program is called the mixed oxide nuclear program or MOX.

A spending bill passed by Congress in December required the DOE to review the costs of plutonium disposal.

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7:33 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Proposed Road Paving Puts Monumental Divide Between Dona Ana County Residents

  Should the two roads leading up to the Organ Mountains be fully paved?  That is a question that has put a monumental divide between many Dona Ana County residents.

In 2013, Dona Ana County applied for federal money to pay for the proposed road enhancements with the intention of improving public and tourist access to the Organ Mountains and public lands.

In a Tuesday night meeting at the Farm and Ranch Museum County residents got a chance to discuss the proposal.

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6:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Las Cruces AIDS Candlelight Memorial Saturday

(Las Cruces) – The New Mexico Department of Health joins the Southwest Action Group (SWAG) to participate in the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, Saturday May 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Rd. in Las Cruces, NM. The event is free and open to the public.

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6:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Missouri Closure In Las Cruces Wednesday Night And Early Thursday

  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). An overnight closure is scheduled for Wednesday May 13, 2015 as work progresses on the southbound bridge.

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4:28 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

NMSU On Team For National Center Of Excellence For Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Unmanned aircraft, better known as a drone.
Credit Courtesy of Holloman AFB

  New Mexico State University is a core member-university on a team that will operate a new Federal Aviation Administration National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

On May 8, the FAA announced that the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) would operate the new center. NMSU, as a core university of ASSURE, is helping lead the partnership of academic and industry members that will begin a new era of commercial unmanned aircraft research, development and integration into the nation’s airspace. 

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4:20 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Lobbyists Spend Big Money In New Mexico

Lobbyists and organizations feted New Mexico legislators and other officials with more than $519,000 worth of food, drink and gifts from Jan. 15 through the end of April. Of the 600 lobbyists registered with the Secretary of State’s office to represent more than 750 clients, only 116 spent money during the session. Those individual lobbyists spent $334,419 on events such as the 100th Bill Party, electric toothbrushes, teddy bears, gift certificates and, in one instance, ammunition for concealed carry training. And 14 companies spent $184,685.

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4:18 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Living Here: Women's Progress Club

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4:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

BLM to Waive Fees at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

  Las Cruces, NM – On May 16-17, 2015, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Monument), the BLM will waive all site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at Monument recreation sites and areas.  Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day-use sites, will remain in effect. The 496,330 acre Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation.  It was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest, and includes fo

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4:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dona Ana County District Attorney Discusses Las Cruces Recall Misrepresentation Allegations

Credit facebook (Mark D'Antonio)

KRWG previously reported that the New Mexico State Police Department is looking into the allegations of fraudulent activity by the petitioners; we have an update on the investigation.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said that he has been made aware of the investigation and is being kept apprise by the New Mexico State Police.

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3:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Preliminary Hearing Set In Fatal Shooting Involving Officers

A hearing has been scheduled for a judge to decide whether two current and former Albuquerque police officers will stand trial in the 2014 fatal shooting of a homeless man.

The preliminary hearing for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy in the killing of James Boyd will be held Aug. 3.

A judge will hear testimony and then decide whether there is sufficient evidence to bind the men over for trial.

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3:58 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Registration Ends Friday For Las Cruces Youth Leadership Summer Camp

  Parents or guardians must register children ages 12-15 before 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, for the Youth Leadership Summer Camp which begins in June.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day of the camp.

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3:57 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Regulators To Enforce Natural Gas Labeling Rule

New Mexico petroleum regulators are about to start enforcing a new state rule on retail sales of natural gas for vehicles.

The Department of Agriculture says the new rule requires that sellers of compressed and liquefied natural gas label the product by mass or gallon equivalent.

According to the department, the rule stems from increases in the number of vehicles that can run on natural gas and of fueling stations to serve those vehicles.

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3:56 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

T or C Gets New Ambulance

   Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Truth Consequence, New Mexico to present the keys to a new ambulance to the administrators of Sierra Vista Hospital located in that community.

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3:54 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Late NMSU History Professor Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

  Lauded as a respected historian, a preservation advocate and a much-loved teacher, Clarence Fielder, the New Mexico State University history professor emeritus who passed away in April, earned one more honor on Friday, May 8. 

Fielder was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award from the Historic Preservation Division in the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs at the organization’s 43rd Annual Preservation Awards. Fielder’s sister Gertrude Boyer along with her husband Hobart and daughter Marcia made the trip to Santa Fe to accept the honor on Fielder’s behalf.

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3:53 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General To Review Police Training Goals

Credit Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced he will review the much-debated curriculum of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

Balderas said Tuesday as chair of the board that oversees the academy he also will examine if the academy is following state transparency laws and wants to make sure officer discipline is handled appropriately.

The announcement comes as the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board is set to meets in Espanola on June 9 and 10.

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3:51 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Public Defender Shortfall May Spark Legal Action

The public defender state office says a budget crisis is preventing it from providing contract defenders for indigent defendants who aren't jailed.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Chief Public Defender Jorge Alvarado recently sent to chief judges statewide saying the predicted budget crisis had materialized for his office.

Contract defenders typically are hired when there is more than one defendant in a case, or in rural areas such as Lincoln or Cibola counties. Those are places where the Law Office of the Public Defender doesn't have staff.

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