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8:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

NM Democratic Lawmaker To Stay On LULAC Board

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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker says she will not resign from the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite calls to step down.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero said this week she has the support from members of the League of United Latin American Citizens and looks forward to her role at the group's national treasurer.

Caballero, who was elected last week, faced calls to resign since LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation."

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6:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Silver City Report

Time now the Silver City Report with Edmundo Resendez and Silver City Press and Independent reporter, Ben Fischer who is up in Albuquerque for an Interstate Stream Commission meeting.   

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8:12 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Albuquerque Police Say Carjacking Suspect Ran Over Officer

Police in Albuquerque have arrested a man suspected of running over a police officer Wednesday during a series of carjackings.

The officer's injuries weren't considered to be serious.

Police say Thomas Martinez, 26, is suspected of carrying out the carjackings and was taken into custody after he eventually crashed a vehicle into a tree.

Investigators say an undercover officer was run over when trying to rescue a hostage in one of the carjackings.

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8:10 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Balderas: New Mexico Regulators Reject Study On Renewables

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says state regulators have turned down his request to study the costs and benefits of renewable energy within the state.

Balderas made the request last month, asking the Public Regulation Commission to investigate the value of distributed generation systems, such as rooftop solar.

He says the state's current electricity system is dysfunctional and that reforms should ensure renewable energy is an affordable option.

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8:08 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Texas Fights Immigrants' Lawsuit Over Birth Certificates

Texas health officials have asked for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children because local authorities refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.

Lawyers representing the Texas Department of State Health Services said in papers filed in Austin on Wednesday that the federal court lacks jurisdiction over claims against the state agency.

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2:13 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

U. Of New Mexico Contracts Former Lobbyist With 3 DWIs

A former lobbyist with three DWI arrests is under contract with the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center.

The Albuquerque Journal reportsa third DWI arrest and pressure from university officials prompted Marc Saavedra to resign in September of last year from directing the government and community affairs department, a job that came with $156,000 in annual salary.

Following his second arrest for DWI in 2006, Saavedra signed an agreement with the university that said he could be fired if another incident occurred.

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2:11 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Pojoaque Pueblo Sues New Mexico Over Vendor Licenses

Pojoaque Pueblo is accusing the New Mexico Gaming Control Board of illegally interfered with its casino operations since the tribe's gambling compact with the state expired last month.

Pojoaque has filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking that state gambling regulators be prohibited from taking any action against licensed vendors who do business with the tribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the tribe is also seeking millions of dollars in what it says could be lost revenue if the regulators fail to renew licenses for those vendors.

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2:10 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To Prison In Mail Theft Case

An Albuquerque man who admitted stealing mail from mailboxes and then stealing a victim's identity for fraudulent purposes has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 28-year-old Jeremy Boucher to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

Boucher also was ordered to pay restitution to victims. He pleaded guilty March 27 to a four-count indictment charging him with mail theft, bank fraud and identity theft.

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10:51 am
Wed July 22, 2015

NMSU Names Interim Dean For College Of Engineering

New Mexico State University has selected Steven Stochaj as interim dean of the College of Engineering. Stochaj, an electrical engineering distinguished professor, will assume his new role on Aug. 1 following the retirement of Ricardo Jacquez. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Steven Stochaj has been selected as interim dean for the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. An electrical engineering distinguished professor, Stochaj will begin his term on Aug. 1. He replaces Ricardo Jacquez, who is retiring this month. 

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9:47 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Votes To Loosen Language Requirements For Top Leaders

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos have voted to loosen a requirement for their top two elected officials to speak the tribe's language.

The vote Tuesday raises the possibility of the tribe electing a non-Navajo-speaking president and vice president.

The law now will state that voters can determine if candidates speak and understand the language well enough to hold office, starting with the 2018 election. Tribal courts no longer can enforce the requirement.

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9:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Code Talker From New Mexico Has Died

A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico.

Kee Etsicitty was 92 years old when he died on Tuesday, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council said in a news release. He lived in the community of Chichiltah, about 25 miles from Gallup.

The Navajo Nation Council held a moment of silence for Etsicitty and flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.

Etsicitty joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, helping use the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II.

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9:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

State To Offer Free Water Testing In Clovis

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Two state agencies will be offering free well water testing for Clovis residents.

The New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health say they'll host no-cost testing on July 24 and 25.

The agencies say that's a savings of at least $150.

The water testing will include checking on levels of pH, arsenic, fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate and manganese.

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9:37 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Project Set To Take On Digital Divide In Northern NM

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More than two dozen communities in northern New Mexico will now have broadband service thanks to one of the largest communication projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.

The new system was recently dedicated during a ceremony in Taos.

Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner says before the project, many people in the mountainous areas of northern New Mexico didn't have access to broadband and high-speed internet.

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9:32 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Office Of State Auditor To Conduct Public Documents Review From Preliminary Investigation

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has announced it will conduct a review of public documents from a preliminary investigation of Taxation and Revenue Department Officials today.

Earlier this month, State Auditor Tim Keller provided notice that his office has conducted an initial independent investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by senior level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

The State Auditor and staff have announced they will be available for questions today regarding the investigation. 

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8:08 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Navajo Nation Lawmaker Facing More Charges In Criminal Case

Prosecutors have filed seven more criminal charges against a Navajo Nation lawmaker in an investigation of a now-defunct discretionary fund.

Mel Begay faces 16 charges in tribal court, including conspiracy to commit fraud, conflict of interest, and permitting a false voucher.

Criminal complaints allege that Begay illegally authorized payments to his children. Those include $1,800 for a school band trip that already was funded and more than $800 in costs for summer school tuition that didn't exist.

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6:00 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Camp Teaches Children The Value Of Peace

The peace village of Las Cruces is hoping to teach children ways to lead a peaceful life and communicate effectively through a Peace-Camp for kids.

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5:23 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

NMSU Regents Reduce Credits For Bachelor's Degree From 128 To 120

  During their regular meeting Tuesday, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved changing the number of credits required for a bachelor’s degree from the university from 128 to 120. The move better aligns NMSU with other universities across the country. 

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2:32 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Archie' Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies In His Native El Paso

Tom Moore, the cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character named Archie, has died.

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The El Paso native was 86.

Sunset Funeral Home Director Howard Holderfield in El Paso confirmed that Moore died early Monday morning.

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2:25 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Lawmaker Election To Civil Rights Board Draws Irk

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero
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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City. Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation." The Albuquerque Democrat is a member of the New Mexico House but receives no annual salary.

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1:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Ex-Inmate Must Follow Judge's Orders In Santa Fe Prison Dig

A state judge has set limitations on an ex-inmate's search of a now-closed state penitentiary for evidence he says would prove that prisoners had been abused.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that under District Judge Sarah Singleton's order filed last week, Samuel Chavez and his search team will be given a 30-minute time limit and one shovel for their dig in the Penitentiary of New Mexico's recreation yard. Chavez has also been permitted to search the cells he may have been confined in.

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1:18 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Rises To 6.4 Percent In June

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New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in June, up from 6.2 percent in May but down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the state added 12,700 jobs in June, a 1.6 percent increase since June 2014 as the state notched its 34th consecutive month of over-the-year job growth.

The education and health services industry led June's over-the-year job growth with 7,700 jobs, a 6.2 percent increase for the industry and 45 percent of the state economy's total over-the-year June job growth.

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1:14 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Navajo Nation Leaders Sign Off On Priorities For Tribe

Navajo Nation Seal
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Leaders of the Navajo Nation have signed an agreement detailing a commitment to enhance the quality of life for Navajo people.

The Daily-Times reports that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Speaker LoRenzo Bates and acting Chief Justice Eleanor Shirley signed the agreement on Monday in Window Rock, Arizona.

The three-page document prioritizes nine areas for leaders to address during their terms in office. Among the focus areas are water rights, housing, education, and natural resources.

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1:09 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mexico MMA Fighter Arrested For Aggravated Assault

A New Mexico mixed martial arts fighter at the center of a 2014 deadly home invasion has been arrested for aggravated assault in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Police Department said Joseph "Joe" Torrez was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault, although details were not released.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Carlsbad Magistrate Court.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies said Torrez fatally stabbed 25-year-old Sal Garces in 2014 after Garces and other people forced their way into Torrez's home.

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8:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

NM Lawmaker Draws Criticism After Election To LULAC Board

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A New Mexico Democratic lawmaker has been elected to the board of the nation's oldest Latino civil rights group despite concerns over partisanship and bylaw violations.

Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero became national treasurer for the League of United Latin American Citizens last week at the group's convention in Salt Lake City.

Yet LULAC's bylaws prohibit elected officials from serving on the national board if they receive "wage compensation."

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8:29 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Election Focuses On Navajo Language Fluency Requirement

Navajos are voting Tuesday in a rare referendum that could loosen the requirement for presidential hopefuls to speak the tribe's language.

Candidates for president and vice president must understand Navajo and speak it fluently. It's a requirement that can be enforced by tribal courts.

A "yes" vote on the referendum lets individual Navajos decide if those candidates speak and understand Navajo well enough to hold office, starting with the 2018 election.

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8:28 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Few Answers One Year After Albuquerque Woman's Death

One year after an Albuquerque woman was found dead in her home, friends and family members are still waiting for an arrest.

The Albuquerque Journal reports 53-year-old Danette Webb was found dead last summer with her hands and feet bound with duct tape.

Police say there were no signs of sexual assault, though she was found naked, and nothing was stolen from the home.

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6:00 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office Offers Community Use Of Force Class

According to a 2014 Pew Research Study on 7% of people think police forces do an excellent job of using the right amount of force for each situation, and 30% of people surveyed say police do a poor job.

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10:32 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Albuquerque Homeless Man Burned When Fireworks Thrown At Him

Police are looking for a suspect who seriously injured a homeless man after throwing fireworks at him.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the homeless man was sleeping on a street corner on July 11 when someone threw fireworks at him. The man caught on fire and suffered serious burns across his body, police said.

Police believe the person involved was driving a purple GMC Sports Utility Vehicle.

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10:29 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Texas Officials To Vote On $1B For Water Projects

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State officials will vote later this week on approving $1 billion in loans and financial help to fund future water projects across Texas.

Many of the 21 applicants are in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, where the population is expected to grow. There are also projects in the Rio Grande Valley, Central Texas, the Gulf Coast and West Texas.

The Texas Water Development Board will vote on the projects Thursday in Austin.

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2:47 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Police Arrest DWI Suspect In Fatal Bicycle Crash

Albuquerque police have arrested a man who was suspected of driving drunk when he killed a bicyclist inside a gated Tanoan community.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says 25-year-old Coulter Cook was arrested Sunday after refusing a Breathalyzer test.

Witnesses had called 911 to report a truck that had been swerving through the Tanoan Country Club gated community. Drobik says the truck hit a bicyclist and dragged the rider about 150 feet.

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