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8:52 am
Tue February 17, 2015

El Paso Dentist Offering Free Care During Dental Health Month

  El Paso dentist Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj will be providing free emergency dental care to help the under-served in the community during February Dental Health month.

The Free Emergency Dental Care Clinics will be held in each of her 3 dental locations as follows:

Feb. 20th, 2015 from 8am-3pm at 10760 North Loop Dr Ste 3A, Socorro, TX 79927

Feb. 20th, 2015 from 8am-3pm at 211 Texas Ave, El Paso, TX 79901

March 14th, 2015 from 8am-3pm at 1861 Robert Wynn St Ste D, El Paso, TX 79936

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8:01 am
Tue February 17, 2015

State Police: Robbery Was Motive In 2011 Killings Of Three

Credit nmsp.dps.state.nm.us

  

A New Mexico State Police investigation concluded that robbery was the alleged motive a 2011 triple homicide in northern Santa Fe County.

According to State Police, 53-year-old Dixie Ortiz, 55-year-old Lloyd Ortiz and their special-needs son, 21-year-old Steven Ortiz, were found dead from head trauma in their El Rancho home on June 29, 2011.

Police later found a blood-stained pick axe in a nearby field and linked the weapon to the killings.

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7:59 am
Tue February 17, 2015

El Paso Woman Identified As New Mexico Ski Accident Victim

An El Paso, Texas, woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal skiing accident near Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said Angela Marie Erale was skiing at Ski Santa Fe during a Valentine Day's getaway Saturday with her fiance when she lost control and struck a tree.

A Ski Santa Fe instructor and two physicians at the ski area tried unsuccessfully to revive her.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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6:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Udall Pushes For Homeland Security Funding, Immigration Reform

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Congress must approve a budget for the Department of Homeland Security by the end of the month to avoid funding problems.  And New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall says he is concerned about several issues related to the budget.

Udall urged Congress to pass a clean appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security in a recent Senate floor speech. Udall voiced concern about the impact a DHS shutdown could have on New Mexico’s security, job market, and economy should a bill not pass by February 27.

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6:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Senate Bill Seeks To Increase Oversight Of New Mexico Spaceport Authority

State Senator Lee Cotter is hoping to provide more oversight for the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, and a local government agency is hoping to support him.

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2:05 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Storefront Lending Industry Gives Big To New Mexico Officials

 

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1:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Adam Sandler Netflix Project To Film In New Mexico

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  SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that, the Happy Madison Production, "The Ridiculous Six" will begin principal photography in February in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas.

 

"We are pleased to have the Happy Madison team back in New Mexico and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship," Maniatis said.

 

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1:42 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Public Meeting On NM 90 Bridge Project In Silver City

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office will be holding a public meeting to discuss the NM-90 Bridge Reconstruction project for Silver City..

When:

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Where:

Grant County Convention Center

3031 Highway 180 - E

Silver City, NM

Purpose:

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1:38 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Retired Texas Teachers Could Face Higher Health Coverage Costs

More than 200,000 retired educators and their dependents in Texas could have to pay more for health care due to rising coverage costs.  Texas legislators are trying to shore up a nearly insolvent health care plan.

Officials from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas told a Senate panel last week that the plan for retired public education employees, at the current pace, will be insolvent during fiscal 2016.

The coverage plan could face a $768 million shortfall by the end of fiscal 2017.

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1:36 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Albuquerque Police Sued Over Encrypted Records In Shooting Probe

An Albuquerque law firm is suing the Albuquerque Police Department over what it say is encrypted records from a police shooting probe.

Kennedy Kennedy & Ives Law Practice recently filed the lawsuit in connection with records related to the shooting death of Armand Martin. Authorities say the 50-year-old Air Force veteran was shot by police during a standoff in May.

The law firm requested information in connection with the shooting investigation, but the firm said three of the CDs were password protected.

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1:35 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Drug Courts Plead For Funding As Martinez Proposes Office Of The Courts Cuts

Credit Office of the Governor

Participants in New Mexico's drug courts are asking lawmakers to keep the program's budget whole.

They say the program ends up costing the state less because rehabilitation and counseling help them turn their lives around. At a committee hearing last week, Derek Graham told lawmakers that he would be in jail if he had not ended up in drug court 15 years ago.

Gov. Susana Martinez is recommending a $1 million cut to the Administrative Office of the Courts. Court officials say that cut will have the biggest impact on the drug courts.

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1:34 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Monday Business Watch

Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Edmundo Resendez covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Jason Gibbs. 

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1:32 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Woman To Lead Texas A&M Corps For First Time

Texas A&M University has announced the Corps of Cadets will be led by a woman for the first time in the university's 139-year history.

The university said Monday that junior Alyssa Marie Michalke of the Fayette County town of Schulenburg will assume command of more than 2,400 cadets in the spring.

Michalke currently is corps sergeant major, the highest rank for a cadet who is not a senior. She's the first woman to hold that rank.

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1:31 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Congressional Democrats Seek Fracking Oversight

Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.

Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania is the lead Democrat on a House oversight subcommittee. He is pressing agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia for answers on their level of enforcement and inspections. Republicans on the panel haven't taken a position on the probe.

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1:30 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Very Large Array Gets Major Upgrade

The Very Large Array has undergone a major upgrade and officials say it will now be able to reveal more of the universe.

The 1970s-era telescopes near Magdalena, New Mexico, recently went through a $90 million technology update thanks to the National Science Foundation, Canada and Mexico.

Up until recently, the array of radio telescopes was still using technology from when they were built in the 1970s.

Officials say the new VLA is so powerful it recently discovered a star-killing storm in the core of a galaxy.

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1:25 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Oil Downturn Hits Hard In Lea County

   A southeastern New Mexico county once booming with oil and gas production is expecting a 23 percent reduction in revenue for the next fiscal year. Lea County estimates the gross receipts taxes from all levies are projected to be $3.3 million less thanks to a dramatic fall in oil prices.

Sherri Bunch, Lea County finance director, says the drop in oil and gas production has also lead to readjustments to this fiscal year's spending plan.

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8:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Albuquerque Police Officer, Wife Charged With Child Abuse

A fired Albuquerque police officer and his wife appeared in court Sunday for allegedly abusing the woman's son.

KOB-TV reports that 31-year-old Skyler McClaskey and 34-year-old Jodi McClaskey were arraigned on one count each of child abuse.

A judge ordered the couple held on $15,000 cash bond and to not have contact with the boy.

New Mexico State Police say officials at Edgewood Middle School noticed several bruises on the boy's body on Friday.

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8:04 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Mexican Officials Arrest Cartel Operatives, Find $1 Million

Authorities in Tamaulipas state say a presumed leader of the Gulf Cartel and two of his accomplices have been arrested and police found high-caliber arms, cocaine and $1 million in cash in their truck.

A spokesman for the state government, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said the men arrested in the city of Matamoros were local leader Jorge Omar Aguilar Gallardo, his accountant Alejandro Delgado Blanco and Luis Daniel Guevara Rios.

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8:02 am
Mon February 16, 2015

UPDATE: Skandera Confirmed As Education Secretary

Credit NM Education Secretary-Designate Hannah Skandera

 The New Mexico Senate has voted to confirm Hanna Skandera as education secretary four years after she took the job.

The Senate approved her nomination 22-19 Monday.

Gov. Susana Martinez's nomination of Skandera in 2011 drew criticism because of her having never been a teacher or administrator.

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6:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

NMSU International Festival Comes To Las Cruces In March

Students, exhibitors and staff gather at the 2014 International Festival at the Las Cruces Convention Center (Courtesy Photo)

  New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs and various groups from the city will host the International Festival 2015 from 11 am-5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival offers the NMSU campus and local community an opportunity to experience different cultures from across the globe. Currently, NMSU has more than 1,300 international students from 75 countries on campus.

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6:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Intel Innovation Apprenticeship Program Kicks Off At NMSU College of Engineering

New Mexico State University Intel Aggie Innovation Apprentices Justin Squire (left) and Caleb Roy work on a low-resolution prototype during a training session. (NMSU photo by Linda Fresques)

  Engineering students in New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering now have a new resource to make their project and business ideas come to life with the help of a team of Intel Student Innovation Apprentices. Through a grant from the Intel Foundation, the college has established an apprenticeship program within the Aggie Innovation Space to assist students with engineering projects, innovative ideas and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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5:34 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Las Cruces Police Arrest Murder Suspects

Joshua Jones

   Las Cruces Police have arrested two suspects in Saturday’s double-shooting that killed one man and critically injured his brother.  Joshua Jones, 19, and Christopher D. Silva, 20, are each charged with one count of first-degree felony murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

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1:51 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Report: Nuke Lab Failed To Keep Some Information Classified

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General says a lack of managerial oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory led to improper disclosures of sensitive information.

In a summary of a report released last week, the inspector general says the lab's classification officer at times misclassified national security information.

The summary, which is dated Wednesday, says there were at least six incidents where lab documents were misclassified.

It also says lab officials didn't investigate any alleged violations by the classification officer.

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11:55 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Desalination Technology: Randy Shaw

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11:52 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Rep. Andy Nunez

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11:32 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico

Fred Martino discusses the New Mexico legislative session with Viki
Harrison, Executive Director of Common Cause New Mexico.

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11:31 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Living Here: Alamogordo

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11:28 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Duke Professor To Discuss Racial Inequality At NMSU

  Duke University Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department Eduardo Bonilla-Silva will present “Why We Cannot Just Get Along? Race Matters in the Color-Blind Racial Movement” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 13 on the New Mexico State University campus.

The event is being presented by NMSU Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo, who holds the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Bonilla-Silva’s presentation will be in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, Hershel Zohn Rehearsal Hall, second floor.

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11:16 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Lawmakers: Duran Not Enforcing New Mexico Campaign Finance Law

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

Some New Mexico lawmakers say the many uncollected fines stemming from campaign finance violations show a lack of enforcement by Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Sen. Peter Wirth says a bill he's sponsoring that would improve campaign finance transparency may not be enough if Duran doesn't pursue fines.

Rep. Jim Smith is sponsoring the same bill in the House.

The newspaper reviewed campaign finance data obtained through a public records request. It found Duran waived more than a third of fines and more than 60 percent went uncollected.

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11:13 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Digital Wall Debuts At El Paso Museum

The El Paso Museum of History has given visitors a high-tech way to remember the past.

A new so-called Digital Wall provides an electronic method to view the history of the West Texas city.

The Digital Information Gateway, called Digie (DIJ'-ee), opened Saturday. The wall is made up of five massive touch screens.

The wall includes a 3-D cityscape with the history of El Paso from the late 1600s. Visitors can touch a spot on a screen to get additional information about specific pictures, buildings or other items.

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