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North Fire at 36,110 Acres

Jun 20, 2016

  Magdalena, NM; June 20, 2016 – The North fire on the Magdalena Ranger District grew in size yesterday and is now 36,110 acres; at 30% containment.  The lightning-caused fire started on May 21st and is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. It continues to be actively managed for multiple resource benefits. 

FBI veteran, a rare outsider, to lead US Border Patrol

Jun 20, 2016

An FBI veteran has been named to head the U.S. Border Patrol, bringing in an outsider to run an agency traditionally led by agents who rise through the ranks.

Mark Morgan, who briefly led the internal affairs department at the Border Patrol's parent agency, has been chosen to oversee a multibillion-dollar annual budget and about 20,000 agents who patrol the nation's land borders with Canada and Mexico and its maritime boundaries.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske informed staff Monday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

$2.7 Million for New Mexico E-book Purchasers from Apple Price-Fixing Victory

Jun 20, 2016
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that New Mexico residents who purchased electronic books (E-books) can expect to receive account credits or checks on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 as a result of the successful prosecution of a price-fixing case against Apple, Inc. New Mexico consumers are expected to receive over $2.7 million. New Mexico, along with 32 other states, investigated and prosecuted Apple for its participation in the conspiracy to artificially inflate E-book prices.

Wildlife officials euthanize bear that attacked marathoner

Jun 20, 2016

Wildlife officials have euthanized a black bear that attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says conservation officers tracked the female bear down on Sunday and will be tested for rabies, as a required by state law. Results from the necropsy are not yet available.

The woman was racing Saturday afternoon when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers say the victim surprised the bear after her cub had run up a nearby tree.

Crews fighting New Mexico blaze get help from Mother Nature

Jun 20, 2016
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  Hundreds of firefighters assigned to a blaze that has destroyed two dozen homes and charred 28 square miles in central New Mexico are making progress with more favorable weather.

Crews were helped Monday by double-digit humidity levels, cooler temperatures and cloud cover.

They have established at least some kind of line all the way around the fire burning in the Manzano Mountains using bulldozers, natural features in the terrain and hand-clearing by firefighters over the last few days.

Dispute Over Hatch Chile Labeling Heats Up

Jun 20, 2016

A federal appeals court is siding with an association of green chile producers in the Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico in a dispute over what food can be fairly labeled with the renowned Hatch name.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Hatch Green Chile Association and allied food distributor El Encanto in their efforts to subpoena records that may indicate whether a rival's products contain Hatch chiles as marketing suggests.

New Mexico State University is offering many different opportunities for students to participate in STEM education over summer vacation.

The New Mexico State University PREP academy offers middle and high school students the opportunity to live at NMSU for a two-week camp and participate in a variety of engineering activities.

Patricia Sullivan, Associate Dean College of Engineering at NMSU it’s designed to bring students in the STEM field and give them an experience of what it’s like when they are in college.

StoryCorps: Maribeth Hulsey

Jun 20, 2016
StoryCorps

Time now for KRWG’s StoryCorps which visited our area in January. Sisters, Maribeth Hulsey (72) and Sherry Hulsey (70) share their childhood memories and remember their parents.

Maribeth Hulsey and Sherry Hulsey on KRWG’s StoryCorps which airs Mondays at 8:45 am and 6:45 pm. KRWG is proud to have hosted 3 StoryCorps so that our stories too can be included in the Library of Congress. You can hear this....and other interviews on the StoryCorps page in the radio section....at krwg-dot-org.

Monday Business Watch

Jun 20, 2016

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. This week, El Paseo development is moving slowly, but there are signs of growth.

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Dog Head Fire 9% Contained

Jun 19, 2016
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   Acres: 17,617                                                 Containment: 9%

Cause: Under Investigation                            Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency, BLM           

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Reusable unmanned rocket makes 4th successful Texas flight

Jun 19, 2016
www.blueorigin.com

The private space company run by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has completed its fourth successful unmanned rocket launch and safe landing in West Texas using the same vehicle.

Officials with Blue Origin say the latest launch of New Shepard happened Sunday morning near Van Horn. The rocket landed upright, with Bezos (BAY'-zohs) tweeting: "Successful mission."

New Shepard consists of a capsule designed to take people into space for suborbital flights, along with a booster.

Bear Attacks Woman Running Marathon In New Mexico

Jun 19, 2016

Wildlife officials say a bear attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico.

The woman suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck and upper body that weren't life-threatening.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says the woman was racing Saturday afternoon when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers say the victim surprised the bear after her cub had run up a nearby tree.

Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

Jun 19, 2016

  The worst oil bust since the 1980s is leaving Texas and other states with newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells.

At least 60 oil producers have declared bankruptcy since 2014 as U.S. rig counts plunge to historic lows. Even with oil prices slowly creeping upward in recent weeks, energy-producing states are confronting both holes in their budgets and potentially leaking ones in the ground.

Office of the Governor

  Tijeras, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that she has directed the New Mexico National Guard to take extra measures to secure evacuated communities and prepare for flooding. In response, the National Guard will deploy additional guardsmen to patrol communities that have been evacuated to stop any threats of looting. The guardsmen will also begin assisting with the placement of sandbags and other flood controls in affected areas to help stop potential flood damage.

Dog Head Fire Expands To More Than 17,000 Acres

Jun 18, 2016
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Estimated Acres: 17,615                Start Date: June 14, 2016                                                                                      

Cause: Under investigation         Location: 6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Containment: zero                          Fuels: heavy dead/down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Total personnel: 741

Horse Tests Positive For Virus At Ruidoso Downs

Jun 18, 2016

 

(Ruidoso Downs, N.M.) –The New Mexico Livestock Board and the New Mexico Racing Commission are working with officials at Ruidoso Downs Race Track to ensure that a horse-specific virus is limited to the one racehorse confirmed positive late Friday.

 

Dispute over Hatch chile labeling heats up

Jun 18, 2016

A federal appeals court is siding with an association of green chile producers in the Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico in a dispute over what food can be fairly labeled with the renowned Hatch name.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Hatch Green Chile Association and allied food distributor El Encanto in their efforts to subpoena records that may indicate whether a rival's products contain Hatch chiles as marketing suggests.

Julian Castro: I'm not being vetted for vice president

Jun 17, 2016
HUD Secretary Julian Castro

U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro says he isn't being vetted as a potential running mate for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Castro deflected questions Friday while in his hometown of San Antonio about whether he would accept an invitation from Clinton to become her vice presidential running mate. The 41-year-old former San Antonio mayor says he doesn't think an offer is "going to happen."

Alamogordo July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza

Jun 17, 2016

  The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a community tradition for 38 years, is scheduled for Monday, July 4th. The show is one of the largest in the state. Museum members have the opportunity to tailgate in the museum’s parking lot and enjoy live music along with the fireworks show.

Newsmakers 813- 6/16/16

Jun 17, 2016

This episode of Newsmakers includes a report on former President Bill Clinton's visit to Las Cruces and what area residents are saying about Hillary Clinton's run for the Presidency; we'll meet a new citizen who's excited to be voting for the first time in November; and "Living Here" takes us to the City of Rocks State Park.

FACT SHEET: Economic Benefits of America's National Parks

Jun 17, 2016

  As America celebrates the 100th anniversary of the creation of our national park system this year, the President and the First Family are traveling to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California.

 

Attorney General Issues Scam Alert for Grand Jury and Magistrate Judge Scam Calls

Jun 17, 2016
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes.

Las Cruces Metro Verde Splash Park Closure - Update

Jun 17, 2016

  As repairs to the Metro Verde Splash Park are finalized, the City of Las Cruces (City) is looking into the possibility of installing a splash pad at Unidad Park, 1500 E. Hadley Ave., northwest of Meerscheidt Recreation Center.

“Due to the overwhelming popularity of the splash pad at Metro Verde Splash Park, the City is in the initial stage of determining the feasibility of opening a splash pad at a second location,” said Interim City Manager Daniel Avila.

Las Cruces Codes Enforcement Receives New Bicycles

Jun 17, 2016

  The Las Cruces Police Department’s Codes Enforcement section now has 16 new bicycles and 50 new helmets that will be used at the many bike rodeos sponsored by the department.

The new bicycles, ranging in size from tricycle to adult, were purchased through a grant from the Healthy Communities Initiative. The Planning and Revitalization section of Las Cruces’ Community Development department was responsible for obtaining the necessary funding.

  Albuquerque, NM- To ensure both public and fire fighter safety, a Closure Order has been issued for the following areas within the Sandia Ranger District:

New Mexico Superdelegates All Back Clinton

Jun 17, 2016

The final undecided Democratic superdelegate from New Mexico says he will back Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

The Friday announcement by state Democratic Party Vice Chairman Juan Sanchez means all nine superdelegates from the state plan to support Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidential nomination. Superdelegates are party leaders who can vote for the candidate of their choice.

Clinton won the popular vote among Democrats in the New Mexico's June 7 primary and will receive 18 pledged delegates to Sanders' 16.

Department Of Health Reports Plague Case In Rio Arriba County Teenager

Jun 17, 2016
New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of plague in a 16-year-old boy from Rio Arriba County who is currently hospitalized.  Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Scientific Laboratory Division. This is the first human case of plague in New Mexico and in the United States this year.

 

New Mexico Unemployment Rate Remains At 6.2 Percent In May

Jun 17, 2016
New Mexico Department for Workforce Solutions

New Mexico's unemployment rate is holding steady.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in May, unchanged from April and March.

By comparison, New Mexico's unemployment rate a year ago at this time was 6.6 percent.

The state's economy added 2,900 jobs between May 2015 and last month.

Industries with the largest job gains included business and professional services, leisure and hospitality and construction.

San Miguel County pays out $38,000 to email scam

Jun 17, 2016

San Miguel County is out $38,000 after a sophisticated email scam persuaded the county finance supervisor to transfer the funds to an outside account.

New Mexico State Police is working to figure out who is behind the email, which made it appear that Les Montoya instructed finance supervisor Melinda Gonzales to transfer the money to pay a consultant.

The false email appeared to have been sent from Montoya's iPhone.

Montoya says that if policies and procedures had been followed, the money would not have been transferred.

At Least 150 New Mexico Coal Workers Laid Off

Jun 17, 2016

At least 150 coal workers were laid off this week as two of the state's largest producers cut back due to the declining market.  Peabody Energy officials confirmed Thursday that the company was laying off 65 workers from mines in Cibola and McKinley counties and San Juan Coal Mine in Farmington laid off 85 salaried and hourly workers.

Peabody spokeswoman Beth Sutton says the cuts come as the coal market continues to struggle. The two affected mines produced 6.4 million tons of coal in 2015, 2 million tons less than in 2013.

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