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UPDATE: Albuquerque will order outside review of APD video allegations

Nov 23, 2016

  Mayor Richard Berry’s administration says it will bring in an independent investigator to review allegations that city police employees tampered with videos from police shooting cases.

The announcement Tuesday afternoon comes less than 24 hours after City Attorney Jessica Hernandez told city councilors that her staff and APD already were investigating the claims and that an outside review would not be necessary.

Police: Robbery Victim Fatally Shot Wounded Robber

Nov 23, 2016

Albuquerque police say a man robbed at knifepoint shot the alleged robber and then fatally shot the wounded man in the head as he lay on the ground cursing, waiving his knife and making threats.

Police say 19-year-old Damian Hidalgo faces an open count of murder in the incident that occurred Tuesday in a parking lot where Hidalgo went to purchase marijuana.

According to police, another man got into Hidalgo's car, demanded Hidalgo's wallet at knifepoint and then started running.

Blaze Set To Catholic Pro-Life Offices

Nov 23, 2016

The FBI and Albuquerque Fire Department need help finding the person responsible for arson at a pro-life Catholic organization on Wednesday.

Authorities say someone set several fires at the office of Project Defending Life, a Catholic-based ministry that offers help to pregnant women.

The office and a chapel inside the building were damaged.

Firefighters quickly put the blaze out and nobody was injured.

The office is on San Mateo and Lomas boulevards.

  

  A 57-year-old man who lives south of Las Cruces has surrendered to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives on accusations he molested a girl under the age of 13. 

            Gerald Chavez is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a child under the age of 13. He was jailed Tuesday at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.

New Mexico Democratic Chairwoman Won't Seek Second Term

Nov 23, 2016
New Mexico Democratic Chair Debra Haaland

Democrats in New Mexico will be able to get new leadership as the head of the party has announced she will not seek a second term.

Democratic Party of New Mexico state Chairwoman Debra Haaland said Tuesday that she will step down in April, when the party will elect a new state leader.

On Tuesday the party's 24-year-old vice chairman, Juan Sanchez of Belen, declared his interest in the position.

New Mexico Lawmakers Ask UNM To Stop Fetal Tissue Research

Nov 23, 2016

A group of Republican lawmakers are calling for the University of New Mexico to stop research involving fetal tissue that has come from abortions.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that in a letter to the board of regents the New Mexico legislators also requested that UNM suspend the transfer of fetal body parts to or from the university until administrators can prove they're not violating laws that ban profiting from the sale of such material.

Gov. Martinez: Officers To Crack Down On Drunk Driving This Holiday

Nov 23, 2016
Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez says law enforcement across the state is stepping up patrols over the holiday season to crack down on drunken driving.

She says state police officers will be placed every 20 miles along Interstate-40 over the Thanksgiving weekend to patrol for drunken drivers, and to catch other traffic violations. The boost in officers on the highway is part of a nationwide project that other state highway patrols and police in the U.S. are participating in.

According to United Health Foundation when it comes to health New Mexico ranks 37th nationally. When it comes to young people those numbers are even worse. 

‘Advocacy at work’ is a New Mexico State University” initiative project that’s training school students to teach their classmates about health issues.

Simon Thompson

A Guttmacher Institute study found teen use of contraception was higher in states with more comprehensive sex education.  New Mexico has the highest rate of teen pregnancy. But there is an effort to improve sex education the state.

New Mexico governor says permanent fund is off limits

Nov 23, 2016

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants incoming state lawmakers to know that the state's land grant permanent fund should be off-limits from efforts to resolve a budget deficit.

Martinez and other members of the State Investment Council that oversee the investment of $20.8 billion in state assets discussed Tuesday ways to inform newly elected legislators that the State Land Grant Permanent Fund is an endowment and not a rainy-day fund for use in lean budget years.

New Mexico considers partial closure plan for nuke dump

Nov 23, 2016
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New Mexico regulators are now considering a proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to close part of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository due to safety and contamination concerns.

The plan was first announced in October but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department confirmed this week that they recently received the federal government's written request.

It's unclear when a decision will be made.

State regulators must also conduct a site inspection in the coming weeks as the federal government looks to reopen the troubled facility.

Ski Apache to delay opening due to lack of snow

Nov 23, 2016

A ski resort in southern New Mexico won't be able to open on Thanksgiving due to warm temperatures and minimal precipitation.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports (https://goo.gl/M7n4ZV) Ski Apache announced the lack of snow is forcing the Alto, New Mexico resort to delay opening until mid-December.

Ski Apache spokesman Justin Huffmon says the resort tried to make snow, but it hasn't been enough so far.

Officials say Ski Apache boosts Ruidoso's economy by helping it attract more than 130,000 visitors.

The lack of snow is forcing some to cancel reservations.

New Mexico, West Texas advocates eye immigration campaign

Nov 23, 2016

 Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas are launching a campaign aimed at defending immigrants amid uncertainty after the presidential election.

The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance are scheduled Wednesday to announce in El Paso, Texas, plans to educate immigrants on their rights and fight potential proposals by President-elect Donald Trump.

Silver City Report

Nov 23, 2016

Time now for the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Christine. This week, a guilty plea in a murder case, a juvenile waits to hear from the New Mexico Supreme Court after waiting for nearly 4 years for a double murder trial to begin, and a meth bust.  

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Use Holidays to Learn Your Family Health History

Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Many of us will be home with family tomorrow, enjoying a meal, taking in some football, even some evening shopping.

While you’re hanging out, consider taking a few minutes to talk about one of the last topics that would cross your mind until it’s too late: your family to share everything from a meal to your family health history.

Texas governor's returns show no owed federal taxes in 2015

Nov 22, 2016
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's latest tax returns show he doesn't owe any federal taxes for 2015 after deductions lowered most of nearly $120,000 in reported income.

Abbott released the tax filings Tuesday, keeping with a pledge to make the returns public while governor.

The returns only provide a partial picture of Abbott's finances. He has received millions of tax-exempt dollars made from a settlement following his 1984 accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down after a tree fell on him while jogging.

Judge to retire after controversy over Trump remarks

Nov 22, 2016
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A federal magistrate judge in San Antonio who told people at a citizenship swearing-in ceremony that they "need to go to another country" if they object to Donald Trump's presidency now plans to retire next year.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo disclosed his plans in a letter Tuesday to Western District federal judges and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Monday, the district judges barred Primomo from presiding over future naturalization ceremonies.

  Carlsbad, NM - There are 10 more reasons to enjoy Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2017! The park will offer free admission for 10 days in 2017. The free days are:

 

·         January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

·         February 20  - Presidents Day 

·         April 15-16 & April 22-23 - National Park Week Weekends

New DACC Las Cruces Ceramics Lab to Hold Open House

Nov 22, 2016

Las Cruces – Dona Ana Community College (DACC) will hold an open house to showcase a new ceramics studio.

“The new laboratory provides the equipment necessary to complete all phases of ceramic production from preparing clay, forming and decorating ceramic wares and glaze firing finished art works,” said Art Professor Glenn Schwaiger. “Previously we were teaching classes at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. We appreciate the museum letting us work there but classes were limited by space and growth potential, so to have this new lab will help our students immensely.”

New Mexico State Parks to Waive Day-Use Fees on Black Friday

Nov 22, 2016

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico State Parks is proudly joining other states by waiving fees on Black Friday in support of retailer REI and a growing number of other organizations who are encouraging people to spend more time outdoors.  New Mexico State Parks will be waiving the $5 day-use fees for all 35 state parks on Friday, November 25, 2016.

NM USDA Rural Development Director Terry Brunner

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner has announced a grant of $50,000 to Tierra del Sol Housing, Inc. to make improvements to 6 homes in Columbus and Anthony, NM.

The funds were made available through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program which provides financial support in the form of a grant to help non-profits and public entities make repairs to existing housing for low income residents in rural communities.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's December Calendar

Nov 22, 2016

Crafts for Kids

Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to come to the Museum and create their own holiday craft to take home. Regular admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.

Stories of Holidays Past: Preparing for Christmas in New Mexico

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Santa Fe, NM – Western New Mexico University officials met with the incoming governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa Monday to sign a letter of intent between WNMU and Sinaloa. 

The agreement is the first step in initiating future collaborations with Sinaloa in the areas of academic, science and culture for the secondary and higher education institutions in the Mexican state. 

Ornament Workshop at the Las Cruces Museum of Art

Nov 22, 2016

The Las Cruces Museum of Art is offering a free holiday ornament making workshop from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Materials will be available to make a variety of ornaments and gift tags.

Put your imagination to work to make something truly unique for family or friends. This family-friendly event is for children of all ages, accompanied by a caregiver. 

Silver City, NM – Acclaimed violinist Krzyszt of Zimowski will perform for the second President’s Chamber Music Series event on Tuesday, November 29. 

The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A Meet the Artists reception will follow the performance in Light Hall patio. 

Zimowski was born in Poland and began his musical studies at the age of six. He has performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany. 

New Mexico Statewide DWI Crackdown

Nov 22, 2016

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that law enforcement across the state will be out in full force to crack down on drunk driving this holiday season. In addition, State Police will join a nationwide effort to nab drunk drivers along I-40 over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Albuquerque Police Accused Of Editing Video Footage

Nov 22, 2016

A City Council member is calling for the city lawyer to arrange for an independent investigation into allegations that Albuquerque police officials erased, altered or corrupted video recordings from officers' lapel cameras.

Pat Davis' letter to city attorney Jessica Hernandez on Tuesday requests that she appoint outside counsel to investigate the allegations because her office faces potential accusations of having conflict of interest. The city attorney defends civil cases against the Albuquerque Police Department.

  The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center received more than 300 calls on suspicious poisonings in 2015. To help protect New Mexicans against potential toxins during the Thanksgiving holidays, the Poison Center is making recommendations.

The tips includes safe handling of meats, storage of alcohol, and holiday decorations like angel hair and snow spray. If ingested, holiday plants such as mistletoe and Christmas holly, can result in toxic affects.

Food preparation and alcohol:

Las Cruces Woman Dead In Crash Near Alamogordo

Nov 22, 2016
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New Mexico State Police say a 21-year-old Las Cruces woman is dead after crashing her car outside of Alamogordo on Monday.

Police say 21-year-old Ariel Avalos lost control of her vehicle while heading east on U.S. 70. The car ran off the road and overturned. Avalos, of Las Cruces, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. She was pronounced dead on scene.

Police say they are still investigating the crash.

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DA: Albuquerque Police Allegations Warrant Federal Investigation

Nov 22, 2016

  Kari Brandenburg, the outgoing Bernalillo County district attorney, said Monday a federal “criminal investigation is absolutely warranted” into allegations that Albuquerque Police Department employees have tampered with videos that show police shootings.

Brandenburg said Monday in a telephone interview she is sending documentation detailing the allegations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

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