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5:37 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Authorities Find Body Of Missing Ex-White House Chef

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Authorities say searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains.

The New Mexico State Patrol says the body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area.

The police statement did not provide a cause of death or any other details about the discovery of the body.

Scheib recently moved to New Mexico. He served as White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

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5:26 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Last Of Atari Games Dug Up In Alamogordo Landfill Set To Sell Online

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The last batch of Atari game cartridges dug up in an Alamogordo landfill will be going up for auction.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that 150 remaining games and they will be put on eBay in 30-40 increments until the last one is sold.

The games up for bid include "Warlords," ''Asteroids" and "Super Breakout."

Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, says some "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" cartridges and other titles will be kept off until the very end.

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1:56 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Teacher Bonuses On Tap In Santa Fe

Santa Fe public school teachers and staff are expected to get nearly $5 million in bonuses as part of a pilot program that some of them have criticized.

Santa Fe Public Schools are getting the payments as part of a merit-based system approved by lawmakers last year.

Some teachers had opposed the program, arguing it placed too much focus on state standardized tests when gauging a teacher's success.

Nearly 900 teachers, administrators and other staff opted into the incentive program while 27 declined.

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1:55 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Texas Abortion Law Teed Up For Supreme Court Review

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Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they're likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.

If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

The justices are considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas. They want the Supreme Court to block two provisions of a Texas law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state.

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1:54 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

TEA Party Tension In Texas

Texas can sometimes feel like tea party heaven. It's home to Ted Cruz and a state Legislature packed with hard-right devotees. Even the governor heeds fringe fears that a routine U.S. military exercise could be a ploy to seize the state.

But with so much power comes pressure. The Texas Legislature's tea party leaders are struggling to deliver on some of their most conservative promises and to shepherd insurgent lawmakers who aren't accustomed to being team players.

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1:53 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Search In New Mexico Mountains For Former White House Chef

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Authorities say they have no new leads in the search for a former White House chef who went missing more than a week ago while hiking in New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say volunteers and search teams fanned out Sunday morning in the mountains near Taos Ski Valley to look for any signs of 61-year-old Walter Scheib.

The White House chef for 11 years under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Scheib recently moved from Florida to Taos, N.M.

He reportedly went hiking June 13.

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1:51 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

New Mexico Fiesta Queen Dethroned For Comments

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A northern New Mexico fiesta queen, who sparked a furor over disparaging comments made about her mother's crime-ridden town, has been ousted from her throne.

The executive council of the Fiesta Council stripped 24-year-old Angelina Vigil of her crown late Saturday.

Officials said on the Espanola Valley Fiesta's Facebook page that there will be no "La Reina" at this year's festivities.

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8:44 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Abbott Cuts $300 Million From Budget; Vetoes Two Bills That Would Have Tightened Ethics Rules

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  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has cut $300 million from the Texas budget and vetoed 42 bills, including two that would have tightened loose ethics laws that he vowed to strengthen upon taking office.

Abbott on Saturday cleared his desk of thousands of bills to sign into law or reject. His vetoed softer penalties for prostitution and another that would have given state employees more flexibility to work from home.

The spending cuts are a mere fraction of a $209 billion two-year budget.

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8:27 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Pinon Fire Grows To 1600 Acres

The Pinon Fire was more noticeable Saturday as it grew to 1,600 acres on the Reserve Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday, June 16 and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives such as protecting livestock forage and improving wildlife habitat.

Fire crews will continue to take management actions, generally along Forest Road 94, to prevent the fire from spreading outside the pre-determined boundary. Fire activity was characterized as low to moderate with isolated torching as it spread through ponderosa pine, oak, grass and mixed conifer.

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5:14 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Moore Fire Nearly 900 Acres

While thunderstorms struck Mimbres Friday afternoon, little to no precipitation fell on the Moore Fire on the Wilderness Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire was measured at 867 acres after an aerial survey and mapping of the perimeter was completed. The continued hot and dry conditions have contributed to an increase in fire activity.

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3:58 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Three New Mexico Teens Charged In Cyberattack

Authorities say three Rio Rancho, New Mexico, teenage boys orchestrated a cyberattack on the Enfamil baby formula website, attracting the attention of the FBI and Secret Service.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Rio Rancho police have charge the boys with felony computer abuse and conspiracy.

Police say the boys, all juveniles, used a school computer at V. Sue Cleveland High School shortly before the beginning of summer break. The high school began investigating on May 20 after learning of the cyberattack from the Secret Service.

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3:56 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

In September, Truancy Won't Be A Crime In Texas

A Texas law that's sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court for missing school — and even some to jail — is off the books, though a Justice Department investigation into one county's truancy courts continues.

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences and require school districts to implement preventive measures. It will take effect Sept. 1.

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3:54 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Martinez Pushes Anti-DWI Campaign

Gov. Susana Martinez has rolled out a new advertising campaign to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of drunken driving.

The governor announced the campaign during a stop Friday in Albuquerque. She says drunken driving has had a devastating impact on New Mexico families and it needs to stop.

She called for tougher penalties and crackdowns by law enforcement.

The campaign also addresses the dangers of texting while driving and refusing to wear a seatbelt.

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3:53 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

New Mexico Lawmakers Join Republican Push For Diversity

Two New Mexico state lawmakers have been named to a national Republican group seeking to recruit and train GOP candidates from diverse communities and backgrounds.

Officials said this week Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, of Los Lunas, and Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, of Kirtland, will join the Republican State Leadership Committee's "Future Majority Project."

The Republican State Leadership Committee announced this month the relaunch of the project, which recruited hundreds of new candidates and elected 43 new leaders to office over the last two years.

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6:00 am
Sat June 20, 2015

New NMSU Arthropod Museum Curator Plans To Grow Collection

  Jennifer Shaughney, the new senior program specialist and curator of the New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum, is excited to begin interacting with the community and help them make positive connections with insects and arthropods. 

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6:41 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

In Depth: NMSU Hall of Fame Football Player, Univision Co-founder Leaves Legacy of Giving

  Danny Villanueva, a former Aggie football star, former NFL football player and Spanish-language television pioneer, leaves behind a lifetime of success, a loving family and a legacy of giving that has benefited New Mexico State University in many ways. His support for various university programs over decades included several million dollars.

Villanueva passed away after suffering a stroke earlier this week. He was 77.

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6:39 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Steady Growth On Pinon Fire

  The Pinon Fire continued spreading at a moderate rate as it reached 600 acres on the Reserve Ranger District Friday. The lightning-caused fire started Tuesday, June 16 east of Eagle Peak and is being managed to achieve multiple resource objectives. Some of the objectives managers have identified for this incident include protecting cultural resources and livestock forage in the area and improving wildlife habitat.

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4:39 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Same Sex Divorce

The Texas Supreme Court has upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple, rejecting challenges in a state where marriage eqaulity remains outlawed.

The court ruled Friday that the state lacks standing to intervene in the divorce of Angelique Taylor and Sabina Daly, who were married in Massachusetts in 2004. The decision has no impact on Texas' marriage equality ban, but comes ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court potentially legalizing the marriage of same sex couples later this month.

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4:37 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

New Law Allows Prisoners To Apply For Medicaid

Inmates at New Mexico prisons will be able to apply for Medicaid under a new law that may reduce recidivism.

The new law was among 78 others that took effect Friday. It opens the door for thousands of inmates to apply for Medicaid and receive services once they're released.

Advocates say access to medical and mental health treatment immediately after release could prevent future offenses.

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4:35 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Report: Caller Threatens Regulator Of PNM Coal-Fired Electric Plant

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State officials are investigating recent threats made to a state Public Regulation Commission member.

The commission's chief of staff, Vincent Martinez, wouldn't name the commissioner who was targeted but said that they had received two threatening phone calls. The caller threatened to shoot them if they didn't approve Public Service Company of New Mexico's plan to retire part of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The controversial plan would replace part of the San Juan plant with other sources, including nuclear, wind and solar.

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4:30 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

New Mexico House Goes Digital !

It's been a witness to New Mexico's political history for the last three decades, but the old light bulb board that records votes in the state House of Representatives soon could be going away.

Like other statehouses around the nation, New Mexico is looking to go digital.

The Legislative Council Service has issued a request for proposals to replace the voting system that the House has relied on since the 1980s. It not only records lawmakers' votes and helps maintain order during debates but is tied to software that keeps the chamber's calendar.

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4:29 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Mexican Artist Shows Off Trump Pinata

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After Donald Trump's Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own.

Call it revenge, Mexican style. Artisan Dalton Avalos Ramirez has launched a Trump pinata, featuring The Donald's inimitable hairstyle and a big, big mouth.

The papier-mache figure will come in a variety of sizes. The first was on display Friday at the Pinatas Ramirez store in the border city of Reynosa.

Avalos Ramirez says he created it "because of the hatred Trump expressed for the Mexican people."

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4:26 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Texas Town May Face Challenge Over "Jesus" Welcome Sign

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Leaders of an East Texas town must decide whether to stick with a sign that says, "Jesus Welcomes You To Hawkins," or face a possible legal challenge.

The Wisconsin-based group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, says the sign in Hawkins is unconstitutional and must come down. The sign was made by local students in their shop class and has been on display for several years.

A concerned local resident had contacted the organization.

The mayor says the sign doesn't belong to the city, though it's believed to be on city property.

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4:23 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

New Mexico Jobless Rate Holds At 6.2 Percent

New Mexico's unemployment rate stayed at 6.2 percent in May while the state continued a long string of over-the-year job growth.

The Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday the economy added 8,200 nonfarm jobs last month compared with May 2014, when the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

The department said May was New Mexico's 33rd consecutive month with over-the-year employment growth.

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4:21 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Whataburger Resolves Egg Crisis, Resumes Full Breakfast

Whataburger has resumed serving its overnight full breakfast menu after resolving egg shortages linked to the Midwest bird flu crisis.

San Antonio-based Whataburger says its restaurants would resume 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. breakfast service Friday.

Whataburger began limiting its breakfast-serving hours on June 1 to 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends.

At the time, Whataburger said the changes would allow it to supply all of its locations.

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11:31 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Teaching Future Ranchers About The Business At NMSU

  VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — After a week of learning about the many aspects of managing a ranch, the participants at the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp presented their plans for combining a cattle operation with wildlife and forest management to make the Valles Caldera National Preserve a feasible business.

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service and members of the beef industry of New Mexico sponsored the fourth annual ranch camp during the first week of June.

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9:55 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Former Clerk's Office Employee And Three Others Plead Not Guilty In IRS Check Cashing Scam

Las Cruces—Four of the  individuals involved in the check cashing scam were indicted on a number of charges during grand jury proceedings late yesterday afternoon.  All the defendants have pleaded not guilty and trial dates are pending.

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8:36 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Group Shares Reaction Of Historic "Chope's" Getting National Designation

It took over a year to land Chope’s Town Café and Bar in La Mesa on the National Register of Historic Places.

What started off as a then-student project by New Mexico State University graduate Addison Warner and NMSU graduate student Norma Hartell took the café and bar’s nomination beyond the classroom and into history.

Their professor at the time Dr. Beth O’Leary who is now retired knew Warner and Hartell’s project was special.

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5:56 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Armed Man, Woman Dead After Shooting Involving Hobbs Police

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New Mexico State Police say an armed man and a bystander are dead following a shooting involving Hobbs police officers.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday after Hobbs police were called to a home on reports of a suicidal person.

At the scene, officers encountered 48-year-old Kenneth Lanphier.

State police say Lanphier had a gun and shot at officers.

A Hobbs police officer returned fire, striking Lanphier who later died at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.

A woman outside the home who was believed to be Lanphier's roommate was struck by gunfire.

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5:51 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Mexico: One Dead In Crash Of Migrant Boat, US Customs Vessel

Mexico says one of its citizens died after a boat carrying Mexican migrants capsized in U.S. waters off Southern California.

The Foreign Relations Department said the boat collided with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vessel early Thursday near Encinitas, California.

A statement said one woman died, one was seriously injured and two others suffered less severe injuries. It said 16 people were pulled from the water, apparently including the casualties.

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