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Counties In Arizona Want More Funds For Mexican Wolf Recovery

Jun 13, 2018


BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — The Cochise County Board of Supervisors is requesting more federal funding for Mexican wolf recovery efforts.

They're sending a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, asking him to consider a fairer compensation plan for the eastern Arizona communities hosting the recovery program and the state agencies managing it.

Federal authorities began efforts to conserve Mexican wolves in the southwestern United States in 1977 and released the first wolves into the wild in 1998.

New Las Cruces Utilities Office Opens

Jun 12, 2018

Two days before the official opening of the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) East Mesa Customer Service Center, the ribbon was ready and so were the customers. “We had to turn away two residents who came by to pay,” said Estela Sauceda, LCU customer service supervisor. “It speaks to the need that we want to address in this area.”

A professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education has co-authored a book exploring how binational students learn English and Spanish, and how they also contribute to dual language curriculum by applying their cross-border culture to lessons learned in the U.S. 

335 Pounds Of Meth Seized At New Mexico Ports Of Entry

Jun 12, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE – Officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 335 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested two Mexican nationals during two border inspections at ports of entry in New Mexico last week announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson of New Mexico, Acting Special Agent in Charge Jack P. Staton of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso, and Director of Field Operations Hector A. Mancha of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, El Paso Field Office.

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  A southwestern New Mexico district attorney has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2016 traffic stop, and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas demanded Tuesday that she resign.

Francesca Martinez-Estevez entered pleas Monday to a charge of reckless driving and two counts of disorderly conduct. Judge Douglas Driggers ordered her to serve a year of unsupervised probation, despite prosecutors' calls for her to spend more than a year in jail. If she successfully completes probation, the charges can be dismissed.

WWII Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday Dies At Age 94

Jun 12, 2018

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side.

He was 94.

Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to transmit messages in World War II. The Japanese never broke it.

The Latest: New Colorado Wildfire Forcing Evacuations

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DENVER (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in Colorado (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

A new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains is forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

The fire was reported Tuesday near the town of Silverthorne in Summit County, which is home to several ski resorts.

It's not clear how many homes are being evacuated from two affected housing developments.

New Mexico Health Exchange Attracts Additional Competitor

Jun 12, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest health care provider said Tuesday it is seeking to re-enter the state's federally subsidized insurance exchange for individuals and families after a two-year absence, potentially providing consumers with increased options.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokeswoman Melanie Mozes said the company has submitted proposed premium rates to state insurance regulators. The plans would be run by affiliate Presbyterian Health Plan.

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Jun 12, 2018

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Families and individuals shopping for health insurance on New Mexico's federally subsidized exchange may have more companies to choose from next year.

The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance said Monday that five companies have applied to offer exchange plans for 2019, including four companies that currently participate.

Agency spokeswoman Heather Widler says an affiliate of Presbyterian Health Services has proposed new exchange offerings in a development that could benefit consumers.

New Mexico Judge Limits Sanction Against Medical Pot Producer

Jun 12, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has ruled that New Mexico health officials went beyond the scope of the law when they sanctioned a licensed medical marijuana producer for displaying a marijuana plant at the 2016 State Fair.

The Health Department initially ordered Ultra Health to close for five straight days during a period that included April 20, the busiest day of the year for cannabis sales.

Judge David Thomson in a recent order reduced the sanction to two days at some point over the next eight weeks.

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Jun 12, 2018

Alamogordo NOW

Jun 12, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Edmundo Resendez and Duane Barbati, Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, fire update on the Mescalero fire, a Ruidoso man has been arrested and charged child abuse resulting in death, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library stopped in Alamogordo.  

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Lawsuit advances after raid on New Mexico youth program

Jun 11, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a ranch for troubled youth said Monday a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages from a New Mexico State Police raid cleared a crucial hurdle earlier this month when a federal judge refused to dismiss the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Armijo said the lawsuit raises valid questions about to whether police may have violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures when they accessed the ranch near Hillsboro in September 2013.

New Mexico Feels The Heat As June Temperatures Rise

Jun 11, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National weather forecasters have issued a heat advisory for parts of southern New Mexico, saying more triple-digit temperatures were expected across the region.

New Mexico is coming off of its third warmest May on record as climate predictions for June show greater than average chances that the state will see above average temperatures again this month.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The remains of a young gunner from New Mexico who was killed during World War II will soon be brought home to be reburied at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The U.S. Department of Defense recently notified the family of Sgt. Alfonso Duran that his remains had been identified.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces Catholic Diocese, the governing body of all Catholic churches in southern New Mexico, is investigating a statue of the Virgin Mary at a Hobbs church that appears to be shedding tears.

Missing Air Force officer found 35 years later

Jun 10, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A high-ranking Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.

Hughes was involved in classified planning and analysis of NATO's control, command and communications surveillance systems during the Cold War. He specialized in radar surveillance.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Announces Guided Tour

Jun 10, 2018

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument announced today that Interpretive Park Rangers will offer 45-minute guided tours of the cliff dwellings at 1:00 pm on weekends. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, visitors can meet a ranger at the dwellings to explore and discover the fascinating history of this special place that was home to the Mogollon people almost 800 years ago. Tours by requested on other days and at other times, but are dependent on staff availability.

Economist projects New Mexico to reap oil, gas benefits

Jun 10, 2018
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  CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A legislative economist has projected that growth in the production of oil and natural gas in southeast New Mexico will continue to drive up revenues for the state.

Economist Dawn Iglesias presented the revenue outlook to members of the state Finance Legislative Committee at a meeting Monday in Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported .

The Latest: Tribal president lifts evacuation orders

Jun 8, 2018


Saturday update:

Authorities say Mescalero Apache Tribal President Arther "Butch" Blazer has lifted evacuation orders issued because of a wildfire near Mescalero on the tribe's reservation in southern New Mexico.

Carlsbad Schools Feel Impact Of Housing Shortage

Jun 8, 2018


CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A housing shortage in southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is an obstacle to recruiting educators and retaining students, the superintendent of Carlsbad Municipal Schools said.

Superintendent Greg Rodriguez told members of the state Legislative Finance Committee on Wednesday that the district's academic achievement was lacking, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported .

Members Of NM Congressional Delegation Stress Jobs For Los Alamos

Jun 8, 2018

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say their first concern for the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory is assuring the stability of the workforce and the safety of employees and the public while the lab meets its national security mission.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan weighed in Friday as the federal government announced a $2.5 billion-a-year management contract for the lab.

The winning team is made up of the University of California, Texas A&M and Ohio-based research firm Battelle.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overseeing a top nuclear weapons laboratory that has had security and safety problems will be the responsibility of a new management team that includes two universities and a research firm that does work around the world, the U.S. government announced Friday.

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Jun 8, 2018

FBI Rolls Out Campaign To End Hoax Threats On Social Media

Jun 8, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI is urging people to "think before you post" a hoax on social media that purports to threaten a school.

At an Albuquerque news conference Thursday, local FBI officials said agents see a surge in threats intended as hoaxes or a joke after school shootings with a high-number of fatalities — such as in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, this year.

$600K Settlement In US Natural Gas Royalty Case

Jun 8, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has reached a settlement with a Texas-based company over money owed on natural gas production on leased lands in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say they recovered $600,000 to settle allegations that Great Western Drilling Corp. underreported and underpaid royalties due from July 2010 through June 2016.

They say the company received a lower sales price from its third-party purchasers because those purchasers paid another company for the transportation, compression and processing of the gas.

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Jun 8, 2018