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5:55 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Records Show Debate Over Undue Influence In UT Admissions

Records show the former chancellor of the University of Texas System believed he had barred the practice of having anyone, including university administrators, unduly influence admissions decisions at the system's campuses, including the flagship school in Austin.

But a review of emails, minutes of meetings and other records by the Austin American-Statesman shows that UT-Austin President Bill Powers believed it appropriate to overrule the admissions office in limited cases to protect the university's interests.

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5:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

New Mexico Senator Phil Griego Resigns Amid Scrutiny

New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego has resigned.  The Democratic senator handed in his letter of resignation Saturday to Secretary of State Diana Duran's office as well as the chief clerk of the Senate.  In the letter, Griego says he has decided to step down effective immediately.

Griego says the action is necessary "to avoid a major distraction to the important work that needs to be accomplished for the families and children throughout the state of New Mexico."

Griego has drawn scrutiny for a real estate deal involving a state-owned building in Santa Fe.

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5:10 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Colfax County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested On Federal Narcotics Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Pete N.

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4:51 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Federal Judge: Tigua Tribe Near El Paso Violated Gaming Injunction

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A federal judge has ruled the Tigua tribe's sweepstakes game violates a previous injunction that closed down Speaking Rock Casino and prohibits the tribe from hosting gambling activities on its property.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone ordered Tigua officials to cease all gaming operations and submit a proposal for a sweepstakes that operates in accordance to state and federal laws. The tribe will be fined $100,000 per day if they do not stop gaming operations.

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12:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

ASNMSU President Promotes Higher Education At Las Cruces Elementary Schools

ASNMSU President Wesley Jackson reads to Sonoma Heights Elementary children, promoting a positive image of NMSU in the community. (Photo provided by Wesley Jackson)

  Spread across an alphabet carpet of a brightly decorated classroom, observant and curious little children patiently wait for Wesley Jackson, president of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, to read the part about the dinosaur being, “gone, gone, gone.” 

Through a new reading campaign, Jackson plans to visit each elementary school in the Las Cruces Public School District, in an effort to teach children the importance of reading and education. 

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11:26 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NM House Votes To Reduce Renewable Energy Standard

A measure that would reduce the amount of renewable energy utilities have to provide to customers by 2020 has narrowly passed the New Mexico House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Larry Scott of Hobbs cleared the chamber on a 33-32 vote late Thursday. It now heads to the Senate.

From New Mexico to New York, utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

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9:56 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Senate Backs Bill To Add Info To New Mexico Sunshine Portal

Legislation to enhance New Mexico's Sunshine Portal by requiring additional information on state contracts to be posted online has cleared the Senate.

The Senate's unanimous vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House as lawmakers enter the 60-day session's final stretch.

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry has voiced support for the bill, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque.

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is co-sponsoring the bill in the House.

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9:55 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NM House Approves Rules For Popular Ride-Booking Companies

The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at regulating ride-booking companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the skyrocketing use of the services has captured the attention of lawmakers since it appears the popular companies are here to stay.

New Mexico lawmakers waded into the regulatory space Thursday, voting 56-8 in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque and Democrat Sen. Phil Griego of San Jose.

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9:53 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Police: Two Found Dead From Gunshot Wounds In Alamogordo Home

Authorities say two people have been found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in an Alamogordo home.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports that Alamogordo Police Detective Lt. Roger Schoolcraft says officers responded to shots fired late Thursday and found the bodies of a man and a woman at the scene.

Schoolcraft says detectives have a man in custody who they believe is connected to the shooting.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police assisted in the investigation.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

NMSU To Host The 6th Annual Kidd Literacy Conference

One in five Americans do not have the skills to read beyond a fourth grade level, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. As the Don and Sarrah Kidd Chair in Literacy in New Mexico State University’s College of Education, Anita Hernandez is working to continue to give teachers the opportunity to promote literacy in Southern New Mexico through the Kidd Literacy Conference.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Doña Ana County Officials Discuss Moving Juvenile Detainees

Due to staffing problems at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, there is a risk of having too few officers to safely guard the detainees. One solution offered was temporarily closing the Juvenile Detention Center, and moving the juvenile detainees to a facility in McKinley County.

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6:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Fifth Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair Kicks Off

  The Las Cruces Arts Fair is a juried fine art show that features around eighty artists from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The idea for a Las Cruces arts fair was conceived six years ago and its origin might come as a surprise for some.

Dona Ana Arts Council Executive Director Kathleen Albers tells the story of the two men who came up with the idea for a Las Cruces arts fair five years ago over a glass of wine and how they brought the idea to fruition.

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6:06 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Some NM Republicans Want To Eliminate Local Rules On Mining, Drilling

Many counties and municipalities in New Mexico have passed restrictions on mining, oil and gas that go beyond state laws. These are things like: dictating how close wells can be to homes or imposing weight limits on trucks.

  

A controversial bill (HB 366) that would limit that local control, and give the state exclusive power over all matters relating to oil and gas, passed the House Tuesday.

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5:44 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

NMSU Students Travel To India For Learning Experience Focused On Water

NMSU students and faculty will travel to India over spring break as part of an Aggies Go Global/UBELONG expedition focused on water issues. (Courtesy Photo)

  For one group of New Mexico State University students, this spring break will be a different kind of adventure. Aggies Go Global in partnership with UBELONG, an international volunteer service organization based in Washington, D.C., is taking 10 students and one faculty member and her spouse on an expedition to India from March 20-29. 

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1:52 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Recall Effort Against Sorg Continues

  New Mexicans For A Better Tomorrow says the recall petitioner for Gill Sorg filed an intent to amend recall petitions with the Las Cruces City Clerk's office on Wednesday.  The clerk's office promptly provided supplementary recall petitions.  Organizers must collect 95 valid signatures within 15 days to force a recall election of Sorg, who represents the 5th District. The city clerk will then have five business days to validate these signatures.

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10:17 am
Thu March 12, 2015

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7:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

NM Senate Confirms Secretary Of Human Services Dept.

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The state agency that oversees the distribution of support services to low-income New Mexicans has a new leader.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Brent Earnest in a 38-0 vote as the secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department.

Gov. Susana Martinez chose Earnest to replace Sidonie Squier, who resigned in November.

Earnest was the deputy secretary of the department from March 2011 until December 2013.

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7:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

NM House OK's Bill To Deny Licenses To Truant Students

The New Mexico House has approved a bill that would take away the driver's licenses of habitually truant eighth through 12th graders.

The House voted 36-32 Wednesday to send Albuquerque Republican Rep. Jimmie Hall's bill to the Senate.

The proposal calls for suspending or denying driving privileges of any public school student who racks up 10 or more unexcused absences in a year until the student turns 18.

Lawmakers opposed say the bill will push students into driving without a license. Supporters say it helps keep students in school.

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6:56 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Carlsbad Approves Resolution Addressing Nuke Dump Fines

Credit Department of Energy

Carlsbad officials have approved a resolution that makes several recommendations to state and federal officials as they fight over fines stemming from the radiation leak at the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway's nuclear taskforce announced Wednesday that the city has signed off on the resolution.

A similar resolution is being considered by Eddy County officials and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

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6:08 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Disability Advocates Keep Close Eye On New Texas Governor

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

  The new Texas governor, Greg Abbott, is the first U.S. governor in nearly 30 years to use a wheelchair.

Abbott's physical limitations provide more exposure to the difficulties faced by disabled Americans, and the new governor could be an asset to organizations pressing for changes to ease the public lives of the disabled in Texas and elsewhere.

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6:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

State Of The County Highlights Past Year And Looks Forward

Billy Garrett, Chairman of the Dona Ana County Commission and County Manager Julia Brown delivered the State of the County Address this week discussing the highs and lows in Dona Ana County over the past year and looked at issues the County would be facing in the coming year

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9:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Federal Jury Finds Las Cruces Man Guilty On Conspiracy And Explosives Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal jury found Clifford Salas, 38, of Las Cruces guilty late this afternoon on a four-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy, explosives and firearms charges, including a charge that requires the imposition of mandatory 30-year prison sentence.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya.

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9:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New Mexico Budget Heads Toward Senate Vote

A $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year has been left largely intact by a New Mexico Senate committee.

Adopting a budget is a must-do assignment for lawmakers before the session adjourns March 21.

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the budget bill Tuesday. The full Senate could vote on the plan as early as Saturday.

The measure cleared the House last month.

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4:44 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Free Performance By Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra And Chorus Of Ciudad Juárez

LAS CRUCES, NM - The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico are pleased to announce a free performance by the Esperanza Azteca Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Ciudad Juárez Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3 pm in the Oñate High School Auditorium, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive.

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4:31 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Groups Sue Feds Over Drilling Near Chaco Canyon

Credit National Park Service

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.

The groups filed their lawsuit Wednesday as they prepared to rally at the State Capitol. They contend that more development and hydraulic fracturing could harm the environment and sites such as the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

The suit names the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Interior Department.

The BLM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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4:27 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Phil Collins Is An Honorary Texan !

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State lawmakers have named pop star Phil Collins an honorary Texan, saluting his donation of hundreds of Alamo artifacts back to the historic outpost — while offering numerous quips referencing his song lyrics.

The former Genesis singer-drummer appeared Wednesday in the Texas Senate and House. He didn't give a speech, but greeted lawmakers who crowded to shake hands.

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4:27 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

A Second Day Without Water For Portales

Portales residents are now entering a second day with no water.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that residents were lining up Wednesday to fill buckets with water from temporary sources.

City officials say crews are expected to finish repairs by later afternoon or early evening.

The main break happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday when a contractor working on a wastewater project hit a water pipeline.

City manager Sammy Standefer says the town's water supply had to be turned off to isolate the leak.

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4:26 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Outrage Over Texas Border Security Bill

A sweeping Texas border security bill that Hispanic pastors worried could target their congregants now includes tighter language over immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The bill unanimously passed a House committee Wednesday after assurances that someone wouldn't be arrested for driving their grandmother who is in the U.S. illegally to a hospital. Lawmakers say the bill was tweaked to clarify that human smugglers are the target.

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4:24 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Could Hemp Farming Be Coming To New Mexico?

A Senate bill that would allow farmers in the state to grow industrial hemp for research only has sailed through its first New Mexico House panel.

The Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee Wednesday unanimously approved and moved Albuquerque Democrat Sen. Cisco McSorley's proposed legislation to the Judiciary Committee.

McSorley's proposal would allow the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to set up regulations and fees for the processing of hemp for research and development, not for sale.

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4:19 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New Chief Administrator For Albuquerque VA Medical Center Speaks In Ruidoso Friday

  New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce is hosting a Veteran's Town Hall this Friday in Ruidoso.

 

Andrew Welch, the new chief administrator of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center and staff will  be in Ruidoso at Village Hall - Friday - to meet with area active-duty and military Veterans.

 

Organizers say this will be a good opportunity to discuss the new "Choice Cards" for rural communities more than forty (40) miles away from a Veteran's Medial Center.

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