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4:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pearce Discusses Trip To Central America

  U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says more than 200 Central American immigrants being held at a federal detention facility in southern New Mexico have been processed by immigration officials and are awaiting approval from their home countries to be returned.

The New Mexico Republican says that approval has yet to come despite assurances by Guatemalan officials.

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4:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawyer: Man In DEA Lawsuit Fears For His Life

  A lawyer for a New Mexico man who says federal agents used him to broker drugs deals in exchange for crack cocaine says her client is getting threatening phone calls.

Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, attorney for Aaron Romero, said Wednesday her client is being wrong accused of working for the DEA, but he was unknowingly targeted.

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4:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Former NM Governor Anaya Reaches Settlement In Fraud Case

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case involving an investment company that was focused on recovering and selling water from aquifers in New Mexico and elsewhere.  Anaya was one of four charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company, Natural Blue Resources Inc.

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4:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Lincoln National Forest Area Closed To Protect Endangered Mouse

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  The Lincoln National Forest has decided to close the Mauldin Spring area near Cloudcroft in an effort to protect an endangered mouse.

Forest officials announced the closure order Wednesday, saying it has a responsibility to prevent any damage to the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse's habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The closure will be in effect until Nov. 30.

The order means people and livestock must stay out of the Mauldin Springs riparian area along Wills Canyon. Officials say the public can use existing trails outside of the closed area.

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12:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Mother Of Gay Teen Charged With Abuse, Hate Crime

 

  The mother of a 17-year-old girl has been arrested by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies for what they allege was physical and sexual abuse in reaction to the girl’s sexual orientation. The charges have been enhanced, because the incident qualifies as a hate crime.

   Magdo Haro, 40, was taken into custody Tuesday after her daughter told investigators her mother beat her repeatedly with a shoe after the girl confessed that she was gay.

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11:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

New Mexico, Navajo Nation Team Up For Public Art Project

   Coyote Canyon is a remote spot on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.

Bordered by sandstone outcroppings and dotted with pinon and juniper, the location served as a perfect backdrop for an unprecedented venture into high-tech public art by the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico.

Wednesday marks the public launch of "Pull of the Moon," in which Navajo teacher and artist Bert Benally and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei teamed up to transform the canyon with their sand drawings, sculpture and sound.

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11:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Law Enforcement Academy Votes To Undo Training Changes

  The board for the state's main law enforcement academy has decided to undo training changes that lowered firearms scores and equalized physical tests among male and female cadets.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board voted unanimously to reverse the changes adopted last year by director Jack Jones following complaints by police chiefs and sheriffs that the academy wasn't properly preparing cadets.

Officials had said the changes could reduce police shootings, although some critics argued otherwise.

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11:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Police: Man Shot By Deputy Had BB Gun

Albuquerque police say an alleged probation violator threatened a deputy U.S. marshal with a BB gun before the deputy marshal shot him.

Authorities have said Deputy Marshal Kenneth Daniel shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Jacob Chavez at a home on July 2.

Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally in the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.

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11:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Education Battle Heats Up In Texas

The Texas Board of Education is scolding the state's top education official for overriding a board veto and allowing an Arizona-based charter school operator to open campuses in suburban Dallas.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams endured sharp, bipartisan criticism while addressing the board Wednesday. At issue is his decision to allow Great Hearts Academies to expand in Texas.

The board voted in November to block a new charter in Plano for Great Hearts, saying it might not effectively serve economically disadvantaged students.

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11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Scout Staffer Investigated In Bathroom Photo Scandal

  A worker at a Cub Scout Camp in Central Texas has been arrested after a camera was found in a staff shower and some individuals were videotaped.

The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Cory Cason of Round Rock surrendered Wednesday on a charge of improper photo/video recording without consent.

Bond was set at $200,00 for Cason, who worked at Camp Tom Wooten, about 30 miles east of Austin. The GoPro camera was discovered June 21 when the shower was being cleaned.

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11:47 am
Wed July 16, 2014

More Texans Enroll In Medicaid

  The number of Texans enrolled in Medicaid has grown by 80,000 despite the Texas Legislature's decision last year to reject the program's expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Health officials attribute the spike that began last summer and extended until May to greater public awareness about the health care reform law. Many people were made aware of their Medicaid eligibility when they inquired about joining the federal insurance marketplace created by the law.

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11:46 am
Wed July 16, 2014

UT Chancellor: No Trust In UT Austin President

The chancellor of the University of Texas System insists a lack of trust and communication led him to press for the resignation of the president of the Austin flagship campus.

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa praised President Bill Powers' record on items such as graduation rates and luring research money. But Cigarroa also told state lawmakers on Wednesday the two have had a "fractured" relationship for years and it was time to make a change.

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11:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Bergdahl Hires Lawyer For Military Probe

  Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired a well-known lawyer and military justice expert to represent him as the Army investigates how and why the soldier left his post in Afghanistan five years ago, before being captured by the Taliban.

The Pentagon says Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, has spoken with the Army officer handling the case, Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl.

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11:43 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Fraud Charges Against Former NM Governor Anaya, Others

The Security and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges against four people, including former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya, and an investment company that was focused on recovering and selling water from aquifers in New Mexico and other areas with depleted resources.  KRWG News will have more on this story later today.

Regional
11:40 am
Wed July 16, 2014

NMSU Hosts Wine And Grape Field Day

  With New Mexico’s grape harvest quickly approaching, New Mexico State University will host a wine and grape field day to discuss production issues from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 26, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center.

Bernd Maier, NMSU Extension viticulturist, said the field day is for producers and the general public alike.

“We’ll have tours through the vineyard, including the 40-plus varieties of grapes we have planted,” Maier said. “Our newly renovated Fermentation Lab will also be open for tours.”

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11:38 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Martinez Allows Farm Stands To Serve WIC Program

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  Today Governor Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s successful expansion of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits to include reimbursement for any authorized farmer food roadside stand selling fresh, local produce. WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for women, infants, and children, which helps more kids and families get the nutritious food they need to eat and live healthier. The program also includes Senior Dollars, a supplemental food program for low-income seniors.

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8:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Law Enforcement Academy To Discuss Changes

The board for the state's main law enforcement academy is scheduled to discuss recent changes to its cadet curriculum and vote on revoking licenses of troubled officers.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board is slated to meet Wednesday morning in Albuquerque as protesters vowed to picket outside over recent Albuquerque police shootings.

Attorney General Gary King, chair of the board and who is running for governor against Gov. Susana Martinez, also has come under criticism for not aggressively revoking the licenses of fired officers.

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8:01 am
Wed July 16, 2014

New Feature "Bare" To Begin Filming In New Mexico

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Another feature film is coming to New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Tuesday that the feature "Bare" will begin principal photography in Albuquerque and Moriarty at the end of July and film through mid-August.

He says "Bare" is the story of a young girl living in Nevada who starts a complicated relationship with a female drifter who introduces her to a darker world and forces her to grow.

The movie stars Imogen Poots, Riley Keough, Chris Zylka and Rachel Korine.

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7:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Portales Breaks Ground On Water Treatment Plant

Portales has officially broken ground on a $27 million treatment plant that will help the eastern New Mexico community meet its future water needs.

State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn was among the officials at Tuesday's ceremony. He says the plant represents the largest state investment in a water facility in the department's history.

A state loan program provided more than $26 million. Portales also received state and federal grants for the project.

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7:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Navajo Nation To Hold Tribal Energy Summit

    

The Navajo Nation is hugely dependent on coal for revenue.

Tribal officials want to get their government talking about how to diversify the portfolio at an energy summit.

The tribe's Division of Natural Resources is sponsoring the summit to be held July 23-24 at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort east of Flagstaff.

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7:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization

Activists have submitted thousands of petition signatures to try to force a November vote in Santa Fe on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action on Tuesday submitted petitions bearing more than 7,100 signatures. They need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters to force a vote on their proposal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Santa Fe proposal mirrors one which the groups are trying to get on the ballot in Albuquerque.

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6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Proposed Changes To NM Medicinal Cannabis Program Could Make Medicine Harder To Access For Patients

Different strains of marijuana are spread across the counter at dispensaries Compassionate distributor in Ruidoso New Mexico
Credit Simon Thompson

Green Crack, Super Silver Diesel Haze and Snowberry- Just three of the names given to cannabis being legally used in New Mexico to treat anything from cancer to chronic pain to post traumatic stress disorder.

The New Mexico Department of Health is proposing changes to the state's medicinal marijuana program. Dispensaries are concerned that it will make the medicine even more expensive when some patients already faced shortages and difficulty paying for their medicine.

Mandy Denson is the co-owner of Compassionate Distributors dispensary in Ruidoso.

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3:07 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Appeals Court: Texas May Use Race In College Admissions

A federal appeals court panel has ruled that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions.  A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in New Orleans ruled 2-1 Tuesday that barring the University of Texas from "limited use of race" would hurt diversity on campus.

The university was sued in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, who is white, for being denied admission.

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3:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Lawsuit: DEA Paid New Mexico Man In Crack

A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.

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12:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Mexicans Age 65 And Older Increases 12 Percent

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The Census Bureau reports that New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade.

University of New Mexico demographer Jack Baker said that trend is expected to continue in the coming decades and is partly why New Mexico's population growth is slowing.

Baker said the state's birth rate has been fairly constant and an aging population means there are more deaths each year, which depresses the overall population growth.

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11:21 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Pearce Opponent Announces Best Fundraising Quarter To Date

  Rocky Lara, candidate for Congress in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, will report her strongest fundraising quarter to date, raising more than $375,000 in the second quarter of 2014.

Lara will report having more than $710,000 cash on hand. Since entering the race in September, the campaign has raised more than $945,000.

The campaign reports that nearly 1,600 individual donors contributed in the second quarter of 2014, with 84% of individual donors contributing $100 or less. The average individual contribution was $105. 

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11:12 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Augustin Plains Ranch Files New Application for NM Water Permit

A commercial venture that sought to drill dozens of wells in western New Mexico in hopes of shipping the water to more populated areas is making another run at getting approval for the $600 million project.

Augustin Plains Ranch filed a new application with the state engineer's office Monday.

The plan calls for drilling 37 wells capable of pumping more than 17 billion gallons of water a year for up to 300 years to supplement dwindling supplies in the Rio Grande Valley. The company would capture runoff from the surrounding hills and use that to help recharge the aquifer.

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11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Areas In New Mexico With Highest Rates Of Preventable Hospitalizations

  A New Mexico Department of Health analysis reveals that the southeast and northwest regions had the highest hospitalization rates due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) in 2012 -- conditions for which outpatient care or early interventions can prevent hospitalizations and/or complications.  These conditions include, but are not limited to asthma, bacterial pneumonia, dehydration and congestive heart failure.

The top three ACSC age-adjusted rates for hospitalizations in New Mexico during 2012 were:

·         Bacterial pneumonia (214.6 per 100,000 population)

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11:05 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Free Course For Families Facing Alzheimer's Disease

Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Las Cruces offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. Beginning Tuesday, July 22nd, the “Savvy Caregiver Program,” will meet once per week for seven consecutive weeks at the Alzheimer’s Association offices, 1121 Mall Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

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11:01 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Las Cruces Arson Suspect Sought

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the person suspected of setting fire in June to a commercial building on west Picacho Avenue.

Fire and police investigators believe the person, possibly a man, entered The Gen on the 1200 block of west Picacho Ave. at around 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, wearing a white Tyvek-type suit similar to those worn by painters. The person was captured on a surveillance camera walking through the building to a back room where the fire was set.

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