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11:19 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Growing Pains For Marfa

Marfa's rise as a hip and cultural mecca has made the quirky small Texas town not so picture-perfect for many residents living there.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday that reappraisals this summer of all homes and businesses in rural Presidio County this summer instantly doubled the tax base to $1.14 billion.

The skyrocketing property values are the result of Marfa becoming a darling getaway spot for well-heeled arts lovers and tourists from around the country.

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11:18 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Space Film Contest For New Mexico Residents

  SANTA FE--- Residents of New Mexico have the opportunity to enter a filmmaking contest in which the winner receives $5,000 to produce a short film about human space exploration. The New Mexico Film Foundation, and space industry experts including astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to walk in space un-tethered to a space vehicle, will evaluate the submissions and choose a winner.

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10:06 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Task Force Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting In Las Cruces

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  A 21-year-old man wanted on a warrant for allegedly beating and holding a woman against her will Friday night was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after an affray and disarming a deputy, and barricading himself in a home on the city’s East Mesa.  Preliminary information from the investigation appears to show that at around 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, a Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputy located Davalous Brown at a home on the 5200 block of Melody Lane.

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11:45 am
Sat July 12, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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11:42 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Earthquake Aftershock Near Arizona-New Mexico Border

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck near the Arizona and New Mexico border and officials say it was the largest in a series of aftershocks from a temblor last month.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 7:48 p.m. PDT Friday and was centered about 40 miles south of Clifton and 5 miles west of the New Mexico border.

The Greenlee County Sheriff's office in Clifton says it hasn't received any calls from people reporting the quake.

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11:41 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Millions Paid In New Mexico Mining Settlement

A Rio Arriba company accused of illegally mining pumice from the Santa Fe National Forest has paid the federal government $2.25 million as part of a settlement.

Federal prosecutors announced the settlement with Copar Pumice Co. Inc. this week. They say the agreement requires the company to relinquish all rights to its mining claims within the Jemez National Recreation Area.

The U.S. Justice Department in 2009 filed a civil lawsuit against Copar and owners Richard Cook, Shirley Cook, Debbie Cantrup and Kelly Armstrong.

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11:40 am
Sat July 12, 2014

New Mexico Air Pollution Settlement

  The owner of a natural gas plant in southeastern New Mexico has agreed to pay the state nearly $70,000 to settle a case involving allegations of air quality violations.

The New Mexico Environment Department announced the settlement with Regency Field Services LLC on Friday.

State officials say Regency reported the violations as required by law and has since taken action to prevent further violations.

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11:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New Deluge

  The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.

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11:35 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Scientists Identify New Plant Species In Texas

  Botanists in West Texas have identified a new species of plant that is likely poisonous and may be near extinction.

The spiny distant relative of the eggplant had already been discovered twice in 1974 and 1990 but were misidentified.

The study identifying the plant is published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Journal of the Botanical Research of Institute of Texas, which was released Wednesday.

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11:33 am
Sat July 12, 2014

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Hires CEO; Delays Decision On Status

  At a special board meeting Friday, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) Board of Directors decided to delay a possible decision on whether it would remain as part of the FFM (Federally Facilitated Marketplace) or become a state-based exchange until its July board meeting and selected Amy Dowd as the NMHIX permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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4:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UPDATE: U.S. 70 Reopens After Major Las Cruces Crash

  The two-vehicle crash that intermittently closed a portion of Highway 70 Friday afternoon is believed to have been caused by one of the drivers running a red light.

The crash, reported at around 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 11, sent the 19-year-old driver of a white Toyota Solara to University Medical Center of El Paso. The young man was airlifted and is now listed in stable condition at the hospital.

The 85-year-old female driver of the Chevrolet Traverse was not seriously injured.

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2:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

57th Annual "Bat Flight Breakfast" Coming To Carlsbad Caverns

  CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Carlsbad Caverns National Park will hold the 57th annual Bat Flight Breakfast on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 5 a.m. Visitors are invited to meet in the Bat Flight Amphitheater to watch the return of Brazilian free-tailed bats to the cave. Most bats will have returned to the cave by 6:30 a.m.

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2:44 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lawmaker Appears Before Grand Jury In Perry Probe

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Rep. Phil King is appearing before the grand jury investigating whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by making good on a veto threat.

The Weatherford Republican entered the room at the Austin courthouse where the grand jury is meeting Friday. Asked why he was there, King said only, "You probably know."

A special prosecutor is investigating whether Perry abused his power by threatening to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

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2:43 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Yikes! There's A Snake Under The Hood!

When a woman's pickup stalled on a street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, local chef Jackson Ault stopped to lend a hand.

Ault and the driver both ended up with a surprise Thursday when Ault popped the hood and found a brown and yellow python slithering across the engine block.

A police lieutenant responded to a call for help. He retrieved the 20-pound snake.

The python was taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, where spokesman Ben Swan says the reptile has minor injuries but otherwise is in good shape.

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2:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Visits New Mexico Immigrant Detention Facility

  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited a New Mexico immigrant detention facility and warned future migrants that "we will send you back" if they try crossing into the country.

Johnson said the agency is working rapidly to open new detention facilities to house and more quickly deport the influx of immigrants fleeing violence, poverty and extortion in Central America.

After touring the recently opened center in Artesia, New Mexico, he said staff told him that some of the immigrants told them they were surprised to be detained.

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2:40 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Migrant Boy's Body Arrives Back In Guatemala

The body of a 15-year-old boy who died while crossing the Texas desert has arrived in his home country of Guatemala.

The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez were flown to Guatemala City in a cargo plane and were turned over to his father at the airport's small chapel on Friday.

Gilberto's father, Francisco Ramos, is taking the gray and silver coffin in a pickup truck to his mountain hometown of San Jose de las Flores, where the family will hold a wake for him.

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2:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Free Class In Alamogordo Details Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

  The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease will be the subject of a free class offered by The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter at 11:00am on Friday, July 25th , at the Alamogordo Senior Center, 2201 Puerto Rico Ave, Alamogordo, NM 88310. Titled, “Know the 10 Signs,” the presentation will help participants differentiate between normal, age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease indicators.  While there is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, proper diagnosis is critical for prescription of care and medications, as well as for caregiver training.

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2:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

NMSU New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp

  VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE – Some are calling the New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Twenty-eight teens, an enthusiastic group of instructors from New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, and the picturesque landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico created a unique event for the future ranch managers.

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2:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Major Convention Coming To Las Cruces In 2015

  LAS CRUCES, NM - The largest amateur astronomical organization in the world is having their annual convention, ALCon, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Astronomical League's convention is set for July 5ththrough the 11th of 2015.

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2:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

NMSU Carlsbad Teams With Community On Early College High School

  New Mexico State University Carlsbad will be the site of the third NMSU-affiliated early college high school this fall.

The campus is providing a building for the new school, which will give high school students in southeastern New Mexico the ability to earn a two-year degree or certificate while still in high school.

NMSU-C President John Gratton said the project was not possible without widespread support from the community.

“Community support has been huge,” he said. “The community said this is a great opportunity for Carlsbad.”

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2:27 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sinkhole Closes Portion Of Dona Ana Road

A section of Doña Ana Road between Eagle Nest and Thorpe roads will be closed indefinitely while crews repair a sinkhole that has developed in the northbound lane.

Warning signs and detours are prominently posted.

Motorists are advised to slow down and to expect delays in the construction areas. Motorists also are reminded to exercise caution in all areas where workers are deployed.

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2:25 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Three Toddlers Found Wandering The Street; Father Arrested

  Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old man for negligent child abuse after three toddlers were seen wandering around a Mesilla Park neighborhood for several hours, unattended.

Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor in the 4800 block of South Main Street called 911 and reported seeing a two-year-old girl wandering around wearing pink pajamas. A sheriff’s deputy responded to the call and witnessed the little girl standing in the middle of the street.

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2:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Las Cruces Crash Temporarily Closes Part Of U.S. 70

  A two-vehicle crash on Highway 70 temporarily closed eastbound traffic between the Interstate 25 interchange and Rinconada Boulevard in the early afternoon hours Friday.

The traffic crash occurred at around noon when it appears a vehicle exited I-25 and was crossing the eastbound lanes of Highway 70 and was struck broadside by a vehicle heading eastbound. An occupant from one of the vehicles has been airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. The condition of that motorist is not known at this time.

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12:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

U.S. Border Effort Sputters As Migrants Cross Again

A U.S. effort to discourage immigrants' repeated attempts to enter the country illegally by dropping them back in Mexico hundreds of miles away from where they were caught has been sharply scaled back after producing relatively modest gains.

U.S. authorities insist the Alien Transfer Exit Program has contributed to overall achievements in border security and say the cutbacks reflected a need to shift resources to deal with Central Americans pouring into Texas.

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12:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Dispute Over Western Mouse Spurs Legal Action

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Environmentalists are accusing the federal government of not doing enough to protect a rare western mouse that's already at the center of a dispute over access to national forest land and water rights.

The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse was recently added to the list of endangered species as a result of a multi-species settlement with the Santa Fe-based environmental group WildEarth Guardians.

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12:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Team Assessing Damages, Risks From N.M. Fire

Santa Fe National Forest officials say work is underway to assess damage and recommend work to be done in a 5.6-square-mile area burned by a wildfire.

Lightning started the Diego Fire on June 25 eight miles south of Coyote. The fire is fully contained.

Forest officials say the burned-area response team's work in the area is intended to identify post-fire threats to human life and safety, property and critical natural or culture resources on national forest land.

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8:38 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Former Las Cruces Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Felony Sex Charges

 

  Michael Garcia pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of Criminal Sexual Contact a Child. Each count is a 2nd degree felony, carrying a penalty of up to 15 years prison. He entered the guilty plea in District Court in Las Cruces, NM. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio said that he was happy to secure convictions in this case which is so important to the victim,  to the police, to the community, and to him.

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8:34 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Sipapu To Manage Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Credit twitter.com/SkiPajarito

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is taking over management of Los Alamos's Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

Los Alamos County and Sipapu on Thursday announced the agreement for the upcoming season. Sipapu also says it will offer a New Mexico Power Pass for unlimited access to both mountains, plus free lift tickets at more than 20 other ski areas throughout the country.

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8:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

DHS Secretary Johnson To Visit New Mexico Migrant Detention Center

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to visit a newly opened temporary immigration detention center in southeastern New Mexico.

Johnson will meet later Today with officials in Weslaco, Texas. There, they'll discuss the ongoing humanitarian immigrant crisis caused in South Texas by the surge in unaccompanied minors and family groups. Most of the immigrants are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

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8:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Gov. Martinez Appoints Hobbs Lawyer To Judgeship

Credit Office of the Governor

Hobbs lawyer Laura Castillo has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico.

Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, and before that worked in a private law firm in the community and was an assistant district attorney.

She received her law degree in 2004 from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Castillo received an undergraduate degree from the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

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