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1:09 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Rains Boost Water Levels At Reservoirs

Credit NMFO

  Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost thanks to late summer rains.

The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff from the rain making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.

With 41,000 acre-feet of extra water, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports Elephant Butte's volume increase by nearly 25 percent.

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1:06 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Lawsuit Filed In Wreck That Killed Softball Players

The family of a teenager injured when a tractor-trailer struck a bus carrying a college softball team, killing four players, has filed a lawsuit against the trucking company and the driver of the rig.

A Dallas law firm announced the negligence suit Tuesday, filed on behalf of Rachel Hitt. She was one of two players for North Central Texas College hospitalized following the Sept. 26 collision on Interstate 35 in Oklahoma.

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11:42 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Warrant Issued For Armed Robbery Suspect Who Escaped Custody

 

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have obtained a warrant for a woman wanted in connection with an armed robbery on Oct. 3.

            Myra Villela, 33, is charged with armed robbery, tampering with evidence, escape from a peace officer and battery. The bond for her arrest has been set at $100,000 cash.

            According to court documents, Villela and two other men were arrested Friday following a robbery in Chamberino. After Villela escaped from custody, the Doña Ana County Special Response Team was called out to help locate her.

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9:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Albuquerque Scraps December Election Proposal

Albuquerque voters won't be deciding three ballot questions in December.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the City Council voted late Monday to scrap the idea of a December mail-in special election on three questions that didn't make the Nov. 4 ballot.

The questions would have dealt with changing procedures for petition drives for ballot measures, giving the council a say over selection of police chiefs and authorizing borrowing for redevelopment projects.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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9:28 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Report: New Mexico Man In Beef Jerky Heist

A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he stole thousands of dollars in beef jerky.

Mark Torres was charged last week with embezzlement stemming from an Old Santa Fe Trail Co. delivery van heist.

According to investigators, the stolen van was found at Torres' Tijeras residence in June. Authorities say investigators also discovered hundreds of boxes of jerky inside his home.

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9:25 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Absentee Voting Starts In New Mexico

New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.

Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.

Early voting will expand to more locations on Oct. 18 when counties open satellite polling places across the state. There will be 19 early voting locations in Bernalillo County.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

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9:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Albuquerque Seeks Gag Order In Shooting Case

The city of Albuquerque is asking that lawyers in a civil case stemming from a fatal shooting of a homeless camper by police be barred from discussing the case with the public.

KOB-TV reports that the request for a gag order was one of two motions filed Monday in the case stemming from the March shooting death of James Boyd.

The other motion seeks dismissal of parts of the lawsuit filed by Boyd's family that aren't related to monetary damages.

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8:58 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Suspects In Las Cruces Drive By Shooting Indicted

  Las Cruces---Christopher Guerra and Ashley Elebario have been indicted for allegedly shooting from a motor vehicle.

At 3am on August 22, 2014 two employees at the Papa John’s on Solano closed for the night and were exiting towards their vehicles when a grey SUV traveling south from the intersection of Solano and Missouri fired approximately 6 shots.

  The two employees quickly hid behind a parked car and observed shots being fired from both the driver and passenger sides of the SUV.

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6:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

NMSU Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month With Renowned Author

  More than 53 million people in the United States identify as Hispanic, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, New Mexico State University is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting events honoring the culture’s contributions and traditions. 

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6:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

NMSU Library And Partners Launch G.O. Bond B Campaign

  The New Mexico State University Library, in collaboration with other supporting partners, is launching a campaign bringing awareness to the benefits of supporting Bond B this upcoming election in New Mexico. In-person early voting begins Oct. 18 and the general election is Nov. 4. 

The 2014 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond B will allocate a projected $438,000 for NMSU’s Las Cruces campus to support the updating of materials such as book and journal collections. Other NMSU Library system locations will benefit from Bond B passage as well. The following amounts are projected:

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6:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Flu Shot Clinic Coming To Deming And Columbus

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Luna County Public Health Office will be hosting the following flu shot clinics for adults and seniors in Deming and Columbus, NM

  • Saturday, October 11th; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Columbus Community Center

500 N. Boundary in Columbus, NM

  • Monday, October 13th; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Peppers Supermarket

812 E. Florida in Deming, NM

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10:17 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

President Signs Disaster Declaration For Parts Of New Mexico

  The President Monday declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Mexico and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 27 to August 5, 2014.

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5:51 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Advocates Want Supreme Court To Block Texas Abortion Law

Credit supremecourt.gov

   Abortion providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lower-court ruling allowing Texas to fully enforce tough restrictions approved last year on the procedure.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed an emergency application with justices on Monday. It seeks to reinstate an injunction a federal judge imposed against the 2013 law.

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5:11 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Forensic Intervention Consortium - Ron Gurley

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5:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Mesquite Learning Center - Luly Valencia-Glenn

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3:26 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

New Mexico Congressional, State Candidates Hit The Airwaves

  With Election Day less than a month away, more New Mexico candidates will hit the airwaves in coming weeks seeking your vote. Nearly $7.7 million is being spent for almost 177 hours of political ads in the state, according to a New Mexico In Depth analysis of new ad contracts filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission. The analysis includes ads on traditional TV stations; satellite and cable-only stations aren’t required to file with the FCC. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to lead the way in ad spending, giving her party an edge over Democrats.

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2:41 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Perry Creates Infectious Disease Task Force

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

   Gov. Rick Perry says he's creating a state task force to ensure Texas appropriately responds to infectious diseases like the Ebola virus.

Perry on Monday announced the creation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. It will be overseen by Dr. Brett Giroir (ja-WAH'), who's the CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Perry also called on federal officials to implement screening procedures at all U.S. points of entry. Screeners would take the temperature of travelers and conduct other assessments to determine their overall health.

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2:24 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Medical Pricing Website Suggested For New Mexico

Credit NM Department of Health

  An independent think tank is recommending New Mexico establish a website that provides consumers with information about the cost of medical procedures and quality of care at hospitals.

In a new report, Think New Mexico said 13 states, including Arizona and Colorado, have websites allowing health care price comparisons by consumers and employers.

The group plans to push the proposal when the Legislature meets next year and says more price transparency could help make health care more affordable.

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2:22 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

NMSU Alum And Etsy Co-Founder To Speak At "Startup Weekend" Event In Las Cruces

  Do you have an idea for an app, service or product that you want to explore? Get a chance to pitch the next big thing to top entrepreneurs and hear from the co-founder of one of the Internet’s most successful online marketplaces at the second annual Startup Weekend Las Cruces event Oct. 24 to 26 at New Mexico State University. 

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2:20 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funds To Support New Mexico Produce Industry

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $550,750 in grants to strengthen markets for New Mexico produce by providing tools and resources to help agricultural producers successfully enhance their competitiveness and expand their operations. 

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2:16 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Peace Corps Honors New Mexico Native

  Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will honor Emily Ellison of New Mexico, along with five other returned Peace Corps volunteers with the Franklin H. Williams award Wednesday, Oct. 8, during a ceremony at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The award honors returned Peace Corps volunteers from ethnically diverse backgrounds who exemplify an ongoing commitment to community service and Peace Corps’ third goal of promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

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2:13 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Increased Security Measures At Holloman Air Force Base

  HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Officials with the 49th Wing have increased the Force Protection Condition level of the base to FPCON Bravo in conjunction with a regularly scheduled base-wide exercise.

The heightened security measures apply to all members of Team Holloman to include DoD military, civilian personnel and supporting defense contractors, as well as all persons visiting any facilities on Holloman.

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10:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

A Message Of Inspiration In Silver City

  Silver City, NM – He’s been referred to as the country’s best diversity artist, and now he is ready to inspire audiences at Western New Mexico University on Monday, October 13.

Matt Glowacki will be speaking at the Global Resource Center at 7:00 p.m. to WNMU students and anyone else in the community who wants to hear his inspiring message. His talk is inspired by two animated programs, Family Guy andSouth Park.

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10:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Las Cruces McAlister’s Deli Robbery Suspect Arrested

  The man suspected of robbing a Las Cruces delicatessen last Tuesday evening has been arrested.

Ethan Hunter Burton, 24, is charged with one count of robbery, a third degree felony.

At around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the report of a robbery at McAlister’s Deli at 2800 Mall Drive. Officers learned that a man entered the restaurant, jotted down a note on a to-go menu and handed it to a cashier.

After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled from the store.

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8:40 am
Mon October 6, 2014

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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7:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum Planned

Candidates for the 3rd Congressional District of northern New Mexico are to appear at a forum later this month sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

The group says the candidate forum is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown Santa Fe public library's community room.

Three-term Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan is running against Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd, who lost a bid for the congressional seat two years ago. Republican Thomas Hook of Portales is a write-in candidate.

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7:02 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Farmington To Vote On Funds For Detox Center

Credit http://www.farmingtonnm.org/index.html

Farmington officials are considering a proposal to keep San Juan County's only detox center open until a new program can start.

The Daily Times reports that the Farmington City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss approving more than $79,000 in funding for the Four Winds Recovery Center.

Center executive director Jolene Schneider told officials last month that the increase could keep the facility operating until its contract ends June 30.

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6:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism

Trailers have been set up for a school at a federal immigration detention center in an isolated New Mexico desert town. A basketball court and a soccer field have been installed.

And detainees are pleading their cases over a video link with judges in Denver.

Officials say that the facility could remain open until next summer to house women and children from Central America who were among a wave of immigrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally this year.

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6:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

King, Martinez To Spar In Spanish-Language Debate

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King are set to spar off in a Spanish-language debate aimed at the state's Hispanic voters.

The pair is scheduled Monday to meet in a KLUZ-TV Univision-sponsored forum in their second debate.

A spokesman for Martinez say the governor will answer her questions in Spanish. King will participate through an interpreter.

Political observers say the debate in unique since only one of the candidates in fluent in Spanish.

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1:41 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

"Game of Thrones" Author To Stump For Udall

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  George R.R. Martin is going from the game of thrones to the game of political campaigning.

The author behind the fantasy book series that inspired HBO's "Game of Thrones" will stump for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall at a youth voting rally Tuesday afternoon in Santa Fe.

Campaign representatives for the Democratic incumbent say most seats at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market Pavilion are being reserved for high school and college students.

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