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4:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

BLM to Waive Fees at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

  Las Cruces, NM – On May 16-17, 2015, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the designation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (Monument), the BLM will waive all site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at Monument recreation sites and areas.  Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day-use sites, will remain in effect. The 496,330 acre Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation.  It was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest, and includes fo

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4:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Dona Ana County District Attorney Discusses Las Cruces Recall Misrepresentation Allegations

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KRWG previously reported that the New Mexico State Police Department is looking into the allegations of fraudulent activity by the petitioners; we have an update on the investigation.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said that he has been made aware of the investigation and is being kept apprise by the New Mexico State Police.

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3:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Preliminary Hearing Set In Fatal Shooting Involving Officers

A hearing has been scheduled for a judge to decide whether two current and former Albuquerque police officers will stand trial in the 2014 fatal shooting of a homeless man.

The preliminary hearing for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy in the killing of James Boyd will be held Aug. 3.

A judge will hear testimony and then decide whether there is sufficient evidence to bind the men over for trial.

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3:58 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Registration Ends Friday For Las Cruces Youth Leadership Summer Camp

  Parents or guardians must register children ages 12-15 before 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, for the Youth Leadership Summer Camp which begins in June.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day of the camp.

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3:57 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Regulators To Enforce Natural Gas Labeling Rule

New Mexico petroleum regulators are about to start enforcing a new state rule on retail sales of natural gas for vehicles.

The Department of Agriculture says the new rule requires that sellers of compressed and liquefied natural gas label the product by mass or gallon equivalent.

According to the department, the rule stems from increases in the number of vehicles that can run on natural gas and of fueling stations to serve those vehicles.

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3:56 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

T or C Gets New Ambulance

   Earlier today, USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner was in Truth Consequence, New Mexico to present the keys to a new ambulance to the administrators of Sierra Vista Hospital located in that community.

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3:54 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Late NMSU History Professor Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

  Lauded as a respected historian, a preservation advocate and a much-loved teacher, Clarence Fielder, the New Mexico State University history professor emeritus who passed away in April, earned one more honor on Friday, May 8. 

Fielder was awarded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award from the Historic Preservation Division in the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs at the organization’s 43rd Annual Preservation Awards. Fielder’s sister Gertrude Boyer along with her husband Hobart and daughter Marcia made the trip to Santa Fe to accept the honor on Fielder’s behalf.

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3:53 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General To Review Police Training Goals

Credit Hector Balderas

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced he will review the much-debated curriculum of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

Balderas said Tuesday as chair of the board that oversees the academy he also will examine if the academy is following state transparency laws and wants to make sure officer discipline is handled appropriately.

The announcement comes as the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board is set to meets in Espanola on June 9 and 10.

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3:51 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

New Mexico Public Defender Shortfall May Spark Legal Action

The public defender state office says a budget crisis is preventing it from providing contract defenders for indigent defendants who aren't jailed.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Chief Public Defender Jorge Alvarado recently sent to chief judges statewide saying the predicted budget crisis had materialized for his office.

Contract defenders typically are hired when there is more than one defendant in a case, or in rural areas such as Lincoln or Cibola counties. Those are places where the Law Office of the Public Defender doesn't have staff.

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3:49 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

UPDATE: 89-Year-Old Las Cruces Man Charged In Son's Murder

The Village at Northrise in Las Cruces, site of this week's shooting death.

  The 89-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting his son Monday at The Village at Northrise has been identified as Carl Fredrick Harlan.  Harlan has been charged with an open count of murder in Monday’s shooting death of his son, 65-year-old Carl Tracy Harlan. The elder Harlan is also charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer.

Carl Tracy Harlan was shot at least once in his upper chest and was pronounced dead at MountainView Regional Medical Center.

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8:22 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Luna County Investigating Complaints About Inmate Treatment

An inmate at Luna County Detention Center says officers handcuffed and pepper-sprayed inmates last week.

The Deming Headlight reports that 28-year-old LCDC inmate Franco Martincigh told the newspaper that the jail was locked down while detention officers searched an area and then ordered 38 inmates on their knees and handcuffed and pepper-sprayed them, despite the inmates' compliance with instructions.

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8:17 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Large Development Plan Near Albuquerque Still Undecided

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The Bernalillo County Commission heard more arguments about a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

But commissioners declined Monday to give a final decision on the development known as Santolina.

Commissioners heard proponents and opponents voice their opinions on appeals concerning the project.

The nearly 22-square-mile development would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed. It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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8:15 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Santa Fe Liable For Tribal Officer's Defense, Says Court

A new court ruling says Santa Fe is responsible for the defense of a tribal officer who is being sued over actions he took to enforce state law.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that Santa Fe is responsible for defending Pojoaque Pueblo tribal officer Glen Gutierrez in a 2010 lawsuit because he was given authority by the sheriff's office commission.

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8:11 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Low Salaries In New Mexico Keeping Teachers Away

A state legislative report says New Mexico is having trouble retaining teachers and recommends additional pay for certain teaching positions.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee found that only about half of the 871 new teachers who entered the state's public school system in 2008 were still teaching five years later.

The report recommends a statewide stipend of $5,000 to $15,000 in additional annual pay for certain teachers in high poverty schools. It also suggests more funding for a teacher loan repayment program.

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6:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

89-Year-Old Man Suspected Of Shooting Son To Death At Las Cruces Independent Living Center

The Village At Northrise in Las Cruces

  An 89-year-old man is suspected of shooting his son Monday morning at The Village at Northrise before being shot by a Las Cruces Police officer.

The man’s 65-year-old son received a gunshot wound to his chest and was pronounced dead at Mountainview Regional Medical Center. The 89-year-old suspect was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso with a gunshot wound to his right hand. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Names will not be released until next of kin can be notified and interviewed.

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6:02 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New York City Man Gets Prison In New Mexico Cocaine Case

A New York City man has been sentenced to nearly nine years in federal prison for cocaine trafficking in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Malik S. Williams, of The Bronx, was sentenced Monday and will be on five years of supervised release after serving his 105-month prison term.

Williams was arrested on Sept. 19, 2014 at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque.

Federal drug agents say Williams had concealed bundles containing more than three kilograms of cocaine in his luggage.

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4:16 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Texas Senate OKs Keeping Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

The identity of execution drug makers for the nation's busiest death chamber would remain confidential under a bill passed by the Texas Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved the measure Monday, a day before a 32-year-old Houston man was scheduled to become the seventh convicted killer executed in Texas this year.

An ongoing court challenge already prohibits Texas from disclosing where the state buys execution drugs. That ruling came after manufacturers reported being threatened by death penalty opponents.

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4:14 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Failed Exams No Longer Barrier To Texas High School Diploma

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill that would allow Texas high school students to fail two high-stakes exams and still graduate.

Abbott said Monday that the state "must protect" students from what he called evolving testing standards. His signature offers an immediate path to graduation for 28,000 seniors who failed one or two of five high schools exams that are typically required for a diploma.

Critics of the bill included influential Texas business leaders. Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond has said it will reduce the value of a diploma.

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4:13 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Father Of Missing Albuquerque Girl Turns Himself In

The father of a six-year-old Albuquerque girl that has been reported missing has turned himself in to police, but the child's whereabouts are still unknown.

KOB-TV reports that Abelino Lopez made a call to the KOB newsroom Sunday and said he planned to turn himself in at KOB's studios in downtown Albuqerque to have his arrest filmed.

Police began looking for Lopez after they said he took Arianna Lopez from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Saturday.

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4:11 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Mexican Ex-Police Chief Recovers, Shooting Seen As Grudge

The top prosecutor in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua says it does not appear a drug cartel was behind the shooting of the former police chief of the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez told local media Monday that a man confessed to shooting former police chief Julian Leyzaola because of a personal grudge.

The suspect had three past arrests for auto theft and authorities are investigating if he was linked to any of Ciudad Juarez's street gangs.

But Gonzalez said Friday's attack did not match the more deadly techniques drug cartels use.

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4:09 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Governor Spends $27,000 On Travel In 3 Months

Credit Office of the Governor

Taxpayers are responsible for the $27,000 in travel expenses Gov. Susana Martinez racked up in the first three months of the year mostly related to her role in the Republican Governors Association, a national conservative group.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports state records show that the money was mostly for the lodging, food and transportation costs of state officers protecting Martinez.

Administration policy states for the safety of the governor and her staff, actual receipts or vouchers aren't included in Martinez's monthly expense report.

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8:25 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Man Hides From SWAT For 15 hours, Found In TV Cabinet

An Albuquerque man kept SWAT busy while he hid inside his house for 15 hours only to be found inside the television cabinet.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque Police SWAT unit was responding to a domestic violence call Sunday.

During the standoff police lobbed flash-bang devices, dispersed tear gas and used a robot to search the house. The long wait ended when a piece of heavy equipment dumped the suspect out of the old cabinet.

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8:23 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Hearing Set On Large Development Plan Near Albuquerque

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The Bernalillo County Commission is set to discuss a planned community west of Albuquerque that developers say could someday be home to as many as 90,000 people.

Commissioners are scheduled Monday to continue a hearing on the development known as Santolina.

The nearly 22-square-mile development would rival some of New Mexico's largest cities once completed.

It's the largest development master plan ever considered by Bernalillo County.

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8:21 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Santa Fe Final Resting Place For US Soldier Killed In Korea

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After more than 60 years of waiting, Pvt. Eugene Erickson will finally be laid to rest in New Mexico.

Clayton Erickson, of Albuquerque, tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that his younger brother's remains will be buried with full military honors Wednesday at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

According to the Army, Erickson was captured during battle in the Korean War in 1951.

Clayton Erickson says the family learned two years later that he died in a camp.

He says he received a call from the Army last month that they had identified Eugene's remains.

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6:00 am
Mon May 11, 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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7:25 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Albuquerque Zoo In Mourning After Elephant Dies

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The Albuquerque BioPark has lost a member of its Asian elephant herd.

Zookeepers say 5-year-old Daizy died Saturday afternoon after collapsing from symptoms related to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus.

The virus is highly fatal when transmitted to young Asian elephants.

They say she first exhibited symptoms Wednesday. A blood sample taken to a University of New Mexico laboratory tested positive for the virus.

Zoo caretakers say antiviral medication was administered immediately but the female elephant succumbed anyway.

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7:20 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Starting Salary For Albuquerque Police Behind Other Agencies

A state report on salaries across New Mexico police agencies has found Albuquerque police's rank-and-file members could earn more elsewhere.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a New Mexico Department of Public Safety survey indicates Albuquerque pays patrol officers less per hour compared to other departments.

According to the report, Albuquerque police cadets earn just above $18 per hour, making them the fifth highest-paid in the state.

City officials say police receive compensation in the form of overtime opportunities, specialty pay and benefits.

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7:16 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Low Profile Fuels Talk Of National GOP Stage For Gov. Martinez

Credit Office of the Governor

Even when keeping a low profile, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez can't quiet speculation that she could play a role in Republicans' hopes for 2016.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Saturday that political pundits still believe Martinez will be given serious consideration as a running mate for the GOP presidential nominee.

Martinez has not been seen publicly campaigning for any of the Republican contenders since appearing at an event in 2013 for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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7:09 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Mexico Probes Border Shooting Of Famed Ex-Police Chief

Authorities in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua say they're probing a shooting that seriously wounded a former police chief who had been targeted by drug cartels while cutting crime in violence-wracked Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.

Chihuahua chief prosecutor Jorge Gonzalez says two low-level drug dealers were captured minutes after Friday's shooting, but he's offered no details about a motive. The local newspaper Diario de Juarez reports they insisted they did not know who they'd been hired to shoot.

Leyzaola is hospitalized with at least two bullet wounds.

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9:01 am
Sun May 10, 2015

NM State Police Seek Driver Who Allegedly Shot Pedestrian

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New Mexico State Police are searching for a suspect in a Cuba shooting last month sparked by road rage.

Authorities say the incident occurred April 16 shortly before 6 p.m. near the intersection of US 550 and SR 197.

According to State Police, a pedestrian and the driver of a pickup truck got into a confrontation that led to the pedestrian being shot.

Police say the driver is wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The suspect is described as Hispanic or Native American, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6 and with a thin to medium build.

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