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4:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

International Conference For Taekwondo Puts NMSU In Spotlight

New Mexico State University International Academic Conference for Taekwondo co-organizer John Johnson of Kyung Hee University presents World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue with a packet that includes the iACT 2015 Conference Booklet, a commemorative medallion (mapae) and NMSU pin, and a cover letter thanking him and the WTF for its sponsorship ($500) and giving a summary of iACT 2015’s success. (Photo courtesy of Ron Dziwenka)

  The New Mexico State University College of Education’s recent International Academic Conference for Taekwondo (iACT) has received international attention.

The January event has already been covered by a global Taekwondo magazine, said event organizer Ron Dziwenka, program manager for assessment in the College of Education. 

“George Vitale, one of the iACT presenters, whose Ph.D. was conferred in North Korea, has written the first of a series of articles on the iACT conference and its significance, in ‘Totally TKD News,’” Dziwenka said.

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1:55 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Las Cruces Launches Business Assistance Program

  The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Office has launched a Business Assistance Program (BAP) designed to assist current and emerging city businesses and would include help in expanding their product or service offerings. It will also assist businesses outside the region to relocate or establish local branches.

“We can help identify markets and competitors, and provide data that will help businesses make informed decisions to develop core strategies,” said Gary Camarano, Economic Development Coordinator for the City.

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1:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

ENMU Considers Dropping Zia Name And Symbol

Students at Eastern New Mexico University are recommending that the school drop the use of the Zia sun symbol and name.

The vote this month sends the recommendation to the university president, who will discuss the matter with the Board of Regents at its April 24 meeting.

The Portales-based university has used the "Zias" name for women's sports teams since 1981. The Zia symbol — a circle with four lines in each cardinal direction — sometimes accompanies a Greyhound.

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1:50 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Martinez Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform; Read Her Letter On The Issue

Credit Office of the Governor

  Governor Susana Martinez has signed legislation that reforms civil asset forfeiture in New Mexico.  The Rio Grande Foundation celebrated the news with this statement: 

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9:24 am
Fri April 10, 2015

State Fair Official: Deal With New Midway Operator A Winner

The New Mexico State Fair's general manager says it's getting a boost from a deal negotiated with a new midway operator.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that General Manager Dan Mourning briefed the State Fair Commission on Thursday regarding the agreement with Reithoffer Shows of Gibsonton, Florida.

Mourning said the agreement will provide the fair with a larger slice of revenue from rides as well as $25,000 for advertising and $25,000 for capital improvements to the fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

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9:22 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Court Ruling Allows Suits By Former State Workers To Proceed

An appellate court ruling allows two lawsuits challenging firings of former employees of the New Mexico Secretary of State's office to proceed toward trial.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Court of Appeals this week overturned a District Court judge's dismissal of one case and upholds a different judge's refusal to dismiss the other case.

Both cases stem from the single term of former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, who left office after losing her 2010 re-election bid.

The lawsuits allege retaliation against former workers who talked to the FBI.

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9:17 am
Fri April 10, 2015

State Official: Veto To Distrupt Magistrate Court Services

A top New Mexico courts official says the state budget signed by Gov. Susana Martinez provides a modest budget increase overall for the court system but that a veto of supplemental funding for Magistrate Court services spells trouble.

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin said the signed budget increases in funding for drug courts' treatment services. He says that will allow more offenders with substance abuse problems to participate in programs that he said are less costly than prison time and more effective in reducing recidivism.

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9:09 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Alamogordo Facility Hosts Contest For Desalination Technologies

    

With limited sources of water available in the western U.S. and developing countries, The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Agency for International Development are looking for innovations that may help meet the growing challenge of water scarcity, and have launched a on a contest for innovators to come up with small, affordable, and sustainable desalination systems.

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6:01 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Climate Change Scientist And Skeptics Both Preparing For Water Scarce Future

Mesilla Valley Pecan Farmer Greg Daviet says when surface water allocations are low he waters his farm with ground water.
Credit Simon Thompson

Mega drought, climate change or a combination of the two scientists and climate change skeptics may not see eye to eye on what’s behind dryer weather and increasingly scarce water supplies in New Mexico but many agree on the need to dramatically improve water management. 

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9:06 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Recall Attempt Against Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza Fails

  A supplemental petition filed by the petitioner seeking to initiate a recall election of City Councilor Olga Pedroza, District 3, lacked the necessary number of valid signatures.  It's the second failure for the group New Mexicans For A Better Tomorrow, which also failed in its recall attempt of District 5 Councilor Gill Sorg.

A total of 949 valid signatures were required to certify the petition for a recall election. A total of 704 valid signatures were verified today by the Las Cruces City Clerk’s office – 245 valid signatures short of the required number.

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4:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lt. Gov. Sanchez Says Talks For Special Session Continue

Credit http://www.ltgov.state.nm.us/

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez say pressure is building for a special legislative session to fund capital improvement projects.

Sanchez spoke at an annual Chaves County Republican Party dinner this week, saying that negotiations with Democratic leaders for a special session are ongoing.

Legislators couldn't agree on about $270 million in a capital outlay bill, leaving the annual spending measure unfunded.

Gov. Susana Martinez says she had no plans to call back lawmakers to reconsider it. However, Sanchez says lawmakers could call themselves back for a special session.

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3:56 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Rio Grande Water Users In For Another Tough Year

Credit NMFO

Federal officials say cities and farmers that depend on Rio Grande water are in for another tight year.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the annual operating plan for the Middle Rio Grande on Thursday.

Snowpack from the mountains that feed the Rio Grande now is halfway gone, and there has been little to no precipitation in the last month.

That means federal officials will be managing the waterway for drought for a fifth consecutive year.

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3:54 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

DA's Office: Las Cruces Man Fatally Shot Himself With Stolen Gun

District Attorney investigators say a Las Cruces man fatally shot himself with a stolen police gun during a confrontation with officers last year.

An autopsy also shows 29-year-old Jose Salas was shot multiple times by Las Cruces police during the Dec. 22 incident but it's unclear which gunshot wound caused his death.

The autopsy report says Salas had five gunshot wounds to his head, back, arm and shoulder.

Police responded to a disturbance at a home and say Salas assaulted an officer who arrived in an unmarked police vehicle.

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7:06 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Man With Firearm Is Arrested At Navajo Technical University

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Tribal police say a man with a firearm has been arrested without incident at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint.

Students at the school were on lockdown after an armed man was reported near the student housing on campus about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Navajo Police and the tribal Strategic Response Team responded to the call.

They say the campus is secured and students are returning to their dorms.

The name of the man arrested wasn't immediately released.

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6:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Lengthy Waits Persist At Texas VA Medical Facilities, Despite Efforts To Streamline Process

An Associated Press analysis shows that Texas veterans spend more time waiting for care than the national average.

An average of 3.4 percent of appointments at the state's 54 VA facilities were delayed longer than 30 days from September to February. Nationally, the average is 2.8 percent.

In the wake of last year's VA scandal and resulting federal changes, some facilities are still struggling to improve how often they meet the goal to have patients seen within 30 days.

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6:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

New Mexico VA Clinic Among Nation's Worst For Care Delays

Credit www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs

A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the nation's worst when it comes to the percentage of appointments delayed a month or longer.

While local VA officials say they're doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and fast.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU Hosts Students From Colombia

    From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7-22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.

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6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

NMSU To Open Community Health Clinics

The new College of Education Community clinics located at the Arrowhead Medical Academy will include a Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, and a speech and hearing Center. Something Marlene Salas- Provance, assistant dean for college community clinics, says is currently underserved in Southern New Mexico.

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5:52 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Competition To Highlight Desalination Technology

With clean water supplies dwindling, federal officials put out a call around the world in hopes of finding innovative technology that could turn brackish water into potable water.

Five finalist teams will be showing off their desalination systems as part of the international completion beginning Thursday in Alamogordo.

They're competing for $200,000 in prizes and the chance at federal grants to continue their research.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the finalists were culled from a list of 68 teams from 29 countries.

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5:46 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Gov. Martinez Signs Bill To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation banning the sales of e-cigarettes and nicotine liquid containers to minors in New Mexico.

Sen. John Ryan's bill also requires those containers to be sold in child resistant packaging and prohibits online sales to minors.

The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Republican says the products are dangerous.

He says nicotine is "addictive and harmful" and can be the "gateway to a lifelong addiction."

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5:52 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Drag-Racing Suspected In Las Cruces Crash That Injured Post Office Worker

  A U.S. Postal Service employee was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon and two teenage boys are facing charges after they crashed their pickups into a mail truck.

The teenage boys, both 17 and driving Ford F250 pickup trucks, are suspected of drag-racing on Engler Road shortly after noon today. Traffic investigators believe the boys were both headed eastbound on Engler where they both ran a stop sign at Jornada Road.

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3:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

New Phone Line For Veterans

A new phone line has been established to hear from veterans who have an appointment scheduled greater than 30 days from a clinically indicated date.  We want to hear from those veterans to assure they have information to consider their options for care within the NMVAHCS or through the Veterans Choice Program.

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3:54 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Updated Animal Ordinance In Las Cruces Has New Fees

  Las Cruces City Councilors made changes to the Animal Control Ordinance last November and adopted a new fee structure associated with the ordinance just last month.

The updated ordinance now requires feral cat colonies to be registered with the city. The ordinance also allows for chickens and ducks to be raised within city limits, and domesticated pets must now be micro-chipped under the new ordinance.

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3:33 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

NMSU Presentations Open To The Public

Kathryn Hanley, associate professor of biology, will speak on “Beyond Ebola: What Lurks in the Shadow of the Forest?” at the Salon Discovery April 14. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  A historian, a biologist and an art gallery director at New Mexico State University will share their perspectives on topics ranging from art to Ebola to J. Robert Oppenheimer during the second Salon Discovery.

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2:36 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rio Grande Water Supply Discussion Planned For Las Cruces

Credit NMFO

  The region’s Rio Grande water supply will be discussed at the next public meeting of the Rio Grande Citizens Forum sponsored by the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).  The meeting takes place on Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Las Cruces City Hall, Rooms 2007 B & C, Las Cruces, NM 88001.  

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2:24 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Great American Cleanup Saturday In Las Cruces

  In addition to the 23rd annual Great American Cleanup that will be held Saturday, local organizers will place six solid waste containers around town for the weekend to make it easier for residents to dump large amounts of trash and unwanted debris that may not fit in their residential garbage receptacles.

Trash and yard debris can be dumped into the containers Friday through Sunday. The containers will be placed at:

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2:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Prosecutors In Albuquerque Police Shooting Want Gag Order

Prosecutors want a judge to limit what lawyers for two Albuquerque police officers charged with murder in a fatal shooting can tell the news media.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a motion filed Tuesday by the District Attorney's Office for Bernalillo County says unrestricted comments by defense attorneys could prejudice proceedings in the case against former Detective Keith Sandy and officer Dominque Perez.

The motion cites defense lawyers' reported comments on a ballistic report in the case.

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2:16 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Texas Senate Votes To Move Public Integrity Unit Out Of Austin

The Texas Senate has voted to move state public corruption investigations out of left-leaning Austin and into district attorneys' offices in the home county of elected officials accused of wrongdoing.

Republican Sen. Joan Huffman's bill makes the Public Integrity Unit part of the Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety.

It passed Wednesday 20-11, but still requires a final, procedural vote.

The measure has Texas Rangers investigating corruption complaints and forwarding cases to district attorneys where the accused official lives.

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2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

House Republicans: Cut Texas Sales Tax Rate, Not Property Taxes

Texas would cut its sales tax rate for the first time in history under a House Republican plan that scraps homeowner tax relief sought by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The current sales tax rate in Texas is 6.25 percent. That would fall to 5.95 percent under a sweeping tax package that GOP House leaders said Wednesday is the best way to deliver significant tax cuts promised by conservatives.

On a $100 purchase, the lower rate would save a consumer 30 cents at the register.

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2:11 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Family Learns Of Man's Death When They Report Him Missing

Police in one northern New Mexico city asked police in another to notify relatives of a man who'd been found dead, but the request was overlooked, and the family only learned of his death when they reported him missing.

Santa Fe police asked Las Vegas police March 31 to provide a death notification for 48-year-old Tony Trujillo Jr.

He died of natural causes. His body was found in a car that had sat in a restaurant parking lot for a few days.

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