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5:53 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico House Panel OK's Mental Illness Treatment Bill

A New Mexico House panel has passed a proposal that would require some residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to forward the measure on to the full House.

The bill has the support of mental health advocates.

It would allow judges in some counties to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community.

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5:51 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Report: Fort Bliss Garrison Commander Fired Over Misconduct

Documents recently released to a newspaper show a high-ranking officer at Fort Bliss was fired for misusing a government-issued credit card after buying two dinners for a woman while traveling on Army business.

The El Paso Times says the details of garrison commander Col. Thomas Munsey's termination were released Thursday in response to an open records request.

The Army documents also show Munsey failed to register his privately owned weapons with the Provost Marshal's Office within 72 hours of arriving at Fort Bliss.

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5:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Official: Navajo Police Officer, Gunman Killed In Shooting

Officials say a Navajo police officer and a gunman are dead following a shooting Thursday in the Four Corners region of northern Arizona.

Tribal spokesman Rick Abasta says police responded to reports of a man armed with an assault rifle holding his family hostage near the northern New Mexico town of Shiprock.

He says the suspect fired on an officer and then fled the scene, setting off a manhunt that stretched into nearby Arizona.

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5:47 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Mexico Legislature Heads Into Final Stretch

New Mexico lawmakers are scrambling to wrap up work on dozens of bills before noon Saturday, and some significant initiatives are still hanging in the balance.

A $6.2 billion budget bill is still sparking last-minute bickering among Republicans and Democrats.

And the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlay projects is still undetermined, as is a bill aimed at boosting state lottery sales.

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5:03 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

$25,000 Reward In Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men suspected of the Feb. 10, 1990, mass-shooting that claimed four lives that day and left three others critically injured.

The “Las Cruces Bowl Massacre,” as it’s become known, is commonly considered one of the most hideous crimes in the city’s history as the gunmen pulled the trigger on four children – two of them younger than 7 – and three adults.

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3:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Member Of Las Cruces-Based Prescription Drug Trafficking Ring Sentenced

  ALBUQUERQUE – Kyle Mendenhall, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces federal court to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his prescription drug trafficking conviction.

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1:02 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Social Promotion Bill Tabled By Senate Panel

Legislation that would end social promotion in New Mexico schools has been derailed by a Senate committee.

The bill was among Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's top initiatives. She had wanted schools to hold back third-graders who can't read proficiently and provide them with intensive remediation.

Martinez contends that advancing kids with reading problems to the next grade increases the risk they'll struggle in school later and drop out.

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1:01 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Emergency Petition Over Senate Vacancy

Credit Office of the Governor

The New Mexico Supreme Court has denied an emergency petition that was filed in an effort to speed up the process for filling a state Senate vacancy.

The court issued a brief order Thursday but offered no explanation for the decision.

Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa Fe County and Rick Lopez, chair of the Torrance County Republican Party, filed the petition Monday.

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12:59 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Huge Texas Border Security Bill Passes House

Plans to hire hundreds of new state troopers for the Texas-Mexico border is part of a sweeping border security measure that has cleared the state House.

The Republican-controlled lower chamber on Thursday formally sent the bill to the Senate on a 130-11 vote. Its members continued making quick work of heightening border security, which is a priority under new Gov. Greg Abbott.

But closing a $300 million gulf with the Senate's proposed plan over how much to spend on more troopers and border technology still remains.

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12:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

PRC To Hold Silver City Public Hearings On Coal-Fired Electric Plant

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  Southern New Mexico residents will have the opportunity to address the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regarding the application submitted by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) for approval to abandon two of four units located at the San Juan Generating Station in Farmington.

PRC Commissioner Sandy Jones (District 5) has announced that two public hearings will be held at the Grant County Commission Chambers, located at 1400 Highway 180 East, in Silver City, on Thursday, March 26. The first hearing will begin at 2 p.m., and the second will begin at 5 p.m.

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12:20 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Experts Say Home Visits Reduce Potential For Child Abuse

Rep. Javier Martínez

 Rep. Javier Martínez was familiar with home-visiting services when his son Camilo was born in January.

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12:17 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

When In Las Cruces, Count "1 MIssissippi" At Stop Signs; Traffic Operation Nets 67 Tickets

  Las Cruces Police issued 67 citations in three hours Wednesday during a special traffic operation held at the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Sonoma Ranch Boulevard.

In response to complaints by residents who frequently travel through the intersection, officers monitored traffic at Lohman and Sonoma Ranch from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday specifically looking for motorists who failed to obey posted stop signs.

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10:28 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Las Cruces Police Academy Accepting Applications; $43,600 After One-Year Probation

  The Las Cruces Police Department is now accepting applications for its 45th training academy that is tentatively set to begin in October 2015.

Applications for the training academy need to be received by the City of Las Cruces no later than May 3. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application well in advance of the closing date.

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10:25 am
Thu March 19, 2015

I-25 Closure Sunday Morning In Las Cruces; University Ramp Closed Starting Monday

  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).

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9:23 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NM Senate Confirms Appointment Of Public Safety Secretary

The New Mexico Senate has confirmed another of Gov. Susana Martinez's Cabinet appointments.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of former federal prosecutor Gregory Fouratt as head of the Department of Public Safety.

Martinez began overseeing the department in March 2014.

He's a former U.S. attorney for New Mexico. While a federal prosecutor, Fouratt handled a wide range of cases that included racketeering, violent crimes and drugs and weapons offenses.

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9:15 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Records Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Santa Fe Deputy

    

A state judge has given lawyers in case involving a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy two weeks to present evidence on certain records.

Las Cruces District Court Judge Fernando Macias told lawyers on Wednesday they had 14 days to present arguments on why or why not employee records of slain Santa Fe County Deputy Jeremy Martin should be released.

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8:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Hearing Set On Allegations In Immigration Lawsuit

Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration was implemented.

A Thursday hearing is set in federal court in Brownsville, Texas, related to a lawsuit filed by 26 states against Obama's plan, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people in the U.S. illegally.

The immigration action was put on hold last month by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, a move the U.S. government is appealing.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Aggie Works Against Gun Violence in Chicago

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The Aggies are taking on Kansas tomorrow in the NCAA basketball tournament, while one of the basketball teams alums is looking to take on violence in Chicago.

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6:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Controversy Swirls Over Otero County Commission

Video from the January 8 meeting of the Otero County Commission.

The Otero County Commission is getting statewide attention this week. The commission made the front page of the Albuquerque Journal on Monday.  The article focused on a January meeting in which the commissioners whispered during a discussion about the appointment of a county probate judge. 

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7:09 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

New Mexico Senate OKs Bill Limiting Police Drones

The New Mexico Senate has passed a measure that would limit the use of warrant-less drones by law enforcement agencies.

The billed passed by a 38-0 vote on Wednesday and comes as police and sheriffs' agencies across the country test the new drones. Agencies also are trying to develop policies on how and when they can use them for police work.

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4:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Former NMSU Student Pleads Guilty To Hindering Investigation Into Internet Threats

  ALBUQUERQUE – Zachary Milton Hess, 19, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court to a misdemeanor information charging him with being an accessory after the fact to the interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.  Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hess will be sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $77,934.00 in restitution.

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12:18 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NMSU Wants "Look Who's Dancing" Nominations

"Look Who's Dancing" Season 7

  The search for the “Look Who’s Dancing” Season 8 celebrity contestants has begun. All are invited to nominate themselves or someone they know.

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12:14 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

NMSU Plans Celebration Of Heritage During Founders Day April 10

The cornerstone of the university’s first building, McFie Hall, still remains on the campus Horseshoe. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  An event this spring will celebrate the heritage of New Mexico State University April 10 with guest lectures, a historic carriage ride across campus, a portrayal of NMSU’s first president, Hiram Hadley, by current President Garrey Carruthers, and a picnic lunch on Traders Plaza for employees, spouses and retirees. 

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12:10 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Medical Marijuana Growers Sue New Mexico Over New Rules

New rules for New Mexico's medical marijuana program are being challenged in court.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a lawsuit filed by 19 growers against the state Department of Health contends the rules are arbitrary and capricious, not based in evidence and go beyond the department's authority.

The department adopted the new rules last month after a lengthy public process. The lawsuit was filed Monday in state District Court.

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12:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

New Mexico State Police Officer Fired After Minivan Shooting Hired In Taos

A fired New Mexico State Police officer who made national headlines after he shot at a minivan full of children near Taos has a new job.

Taos Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe announced this week that Elias Montoya was one of two new deputies hired out of a pool of 17.

The 12-year veteran was fired in December 2013 after an internal investigation into his use of force during an October shooting. Video footage showed Montoya firing into a van with five children inside during a chaotic traffic stop.

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12:03 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

One Dead In Plane Crash 30 Miles East Of El Paso

Authorities say a pilot has been killed in the crash of a single-engine plane on a West Texas mountaintop.

Law enforcement officers flying over the area located the debris Wednesday morning about 30 miles east of El Paso.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement says the pilot was believed to alone on the Cessna 182. The crash happened near Hueco Tanks State Park.

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9:57 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Farmworkers In Crisis

Today we conclude with our two part series looking at the lives of farm workers in our region. Joseph Sorrentino is a freelance journalist based in Albuquerque who recently had an article titled “Social Security Doesn’t Come To All Who Paid” published in the magazine, In These Times, reported in collaboration with the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund. Sorrentino recently had a conversation with Edmundo Resendez about the article and the time he spent in the region. 

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8:40 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Big Texas Border Security Bill Heads To House Floor

A sweeping border security bill that would accelerate the hiring of state troopers along the Texas-Mexico bill is set to clear a major hurdle in the Capitol.

The House on Wednesday is expected to give preliminary approval to the measure that would put retired troopers back on duty and explore putting more southbound checkpoints in the Rio Grande Valley.

Some Democrats had expressed concerns that the original proposal contained anti-immigrant language. Republicans say the wording has been tweaked to allay those worries.

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8:38 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Albuquerque To Award $2 Million In Contracts To Combat Homelessness

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The city of Albuquerque will award more than $2 million to six nonprofits to help address homelessness and mental health issues.

Mayor Richard Berry said the funding announced Tuesday shows Albuquerque that has a heart for the most vulnerable and that it backs up its concern with substantial resources.

Almost half of the money will help with improving access and distribution of food to the homeless and other at-risk people. The funds will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank, St. Martin's and the First Nations Community Health Source.

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8:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Feds: Fugitive In Albuquerque-Area Killing Caught In Mexico

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Authorities say a United States citizen sought in a 2008 drug-related killing in the Albuquerque area has been apprehended in Mexico and deported to the United States.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Mario Jerardo Talavera is being held in the Otero County Prison Facility in southern New Mexico after being deported from Mexico on Friday.

The Marshals Service says Talavera was sought in the killing of Danny Baca, whose burned and bullet-riddled body was found in the West Mesa area by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.

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