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8:19 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Flash Flood Watch In Effect In Parts Of New Mexico

A flash flood watch is in effect for parts of east-central New Mexico and the state's southeastern plains as storms move across the state on Friday.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is forecast in the watch area in amounts ranging from 2 to 5 inches.

Forecasters also say locally heavy rainfall of up to nearly 2 inches is possible across the central and southwestern mountains late Friday.

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8:18 am
Fri September 5, 2014

New Mexico Sheriff Wants U.S. Taken Off Case

A New Mexico sheriff accused of roughing up a motorist is asking a judge to disqualify the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico from prosecuting him in the civil rights case.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, a motion filed Thursday on behalf of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella says U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez has a personal vendetta against Rodella.

A federal indictment issued last month accuses Rodella of conspiring to violate a motorist's civil rights during the March encounter. He was pleaded not guilty.

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8:16 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Counties Warned They May Be Sued Over Detentions

Attorneys for people who have been detained in New Mexico jails at the request of federal immigration agents pending status checks are putting counties across the state on notice that they might be sued over the practice.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that counties receiving letters include Bernalillo County, which recently changed its policy that previously allowed for detaining inmates without a court order.

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6:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Medoff To Be Honored At NMSU Gala Saturday

  “Mark Medoff: Far From Finished” will honor Tony award-winning playwright Mark Medoff and fund an endowment in his name at New Mexico State University.

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, the fundraiser will include two separate programs: a dinner and silent auction at Atkinson Recital Hall; followed by performances by the Las Cruces Symphony and the NMSU Dance program along with a roast by Medoff’s celebrity friends at NMSU’s Center for the Arts.

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6:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

NMSU Offers Free Tuesday Night Dance Classes

New Mexico State University student Zachary Pohl is one of the instructors for the NMSU DanceSport Company that is offering free dance lessons every Tuesday night. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University’s College of Education DanceSport Company offers free dance lessons every Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m. Classes are held at Rentfrow Gymnasium.

Beginning classes in salsa, foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, east coast swing, tango and Viennese Waltz will be taught. Experience isn’t necessary and a partner is not required. Advanced classes are offered at 8:15 p.m. for $5 per session. The lessons conclude Dec. 2 with a dance party.

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4:27 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Overnight Closure On U.S. 70 In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces:  The District One office for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Smith and Aguirre Construction continue with the project development of the concrete wall barrier, lighting, and placement of a large digital message board.

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3:29 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

State Conference Next Week In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES, NM - The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2014, New Mexico Recreation and Park Association State Annual Conference and Trade Show September 10-12 at Hotel Encanto located at 705 South Telshor Boulevard.  

 

The conference attracts industry professionals from public schools, universities, city and county municipalities, federal government agencies, as well as the private sector. More than 100 attendees are expected to attend the 3-day conference.

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3:20 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

More Than 76,000 Texas Students Fail Standardized Tests On Third Try

Texas education officials say more than 76,000 students in the fifth and eighth grades didn't pass standardized math or reading tests on the third try this summer.

The Texas Education Agency says 11 percent of fifth-graders and 9 percent of eighth-graders failed in reading.

The Dallas Morning News reports that in the math section, 9 percent of fifth-graders and 11 percent of eighth-graders didn't pass.

Texas law says in order to advance, students in those grades must first pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR.

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3:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Texas Group To Open Las Cruces Abortion Clinic

A Texas company has announced it's opening an abortion clinic in southern New Mexico to help increase abortion care access near West Texas amid a restrictive new law.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Whole Women's Health confirmed Wednesday it's opening a clinic in the Las Cruces area Sept. 15.

The clinic will be the second in Dona Ana County to provide abortion services, along with Hill Top Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa. Hill Top also operates a clinic in El Paso that remains open for now.

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3:13 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

An Education Project Called ISIS? Think We'll Have To Change That

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Texas Christian University has changed the name of an education program because its acronym is the same as that commonly used for the terrorist group responsible for widespread violence in Iraq and Syria.

Project ISIS was the name for an education initiative offered by TCU at a school it runs for children with learning disabilities. But the student publication TCU 360 reports officials wanted to avoid any similarity to the Islamic State group.

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3:10 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

$10,000 Reward In Las Cruces Robberies

  Las Cruces Pic Quik stores are offering a $9,000 reward and an additional $1,000 is available from Crime Stoppers for information that helps identify the suspects in any of the recent robberies and Aug. 19 shooting at their stores.

The $9,000 Pic Quik reward is only good for the first viable tip received before Nov. 23, 2014.

The three robberies at Pic Quik stores include:

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8:12 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Tesla Plant Decision Sparks Campaign Criticism

Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for a battery factory by electric car maker Tesla Motors.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that New Mexico wasn't selected because of "a failure of leadership" by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the state hasn't heard officially from Tesla. An announcement is scheduled Thursday in Nevada.

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8:07 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Man Gets Life Sentence For El Paso Prostitution Scam

A man who lured girls and women from Mexico into prostitution with false newspaper advertisements for U.S. jobs must serve life in federal prison.

Charles Marquez was sentenced Wednesday in El Paso.

Prosecutors say the victims from 2007 through early 2012 were transported to El Paso, put up in motels and forced into prostitution.

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8:05 am
Thu September 4, 2014

El Paso School Employees Resign Amid Allegations

The president of the El Paso Teachers Association says 16 school district employees have resigned over concerns about the authenticity of their GED certificates.

The El Paso Times reports the employees are mostly custodians who left the El Paso Independent School District last week. Custodians can be dismissed for any reason and typically do not belong to the teachers association.

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8:02 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Taos Ski Valley Buys Lodge, Restaurant

Taos Ski Valley is buying a privately owned lodge and restaurant located near one of its ski lifts.

Ski area CEO Gordon Briner said Wednesday that an agreement has been reached to buy the Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant and the current owners — Thomas and Jamie Schulze — will continue to manage it.

The lodge, which is built of large logs and features German cuisine, is near chairlift No. 4 in what skiers consider the backside of the ski area.

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8:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Monsoon Showers, T-Storms Returning To New Mexico

Northern and central New Mexico will see a return of monsoon showers and thunderstorms Thursday, with the potential for heavy rainfall increasing Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service says a front will be pushing southward and westward across the region.

Forecasters say the greatest threat of heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding on Friday will occur in the eastern plains and south-central mountains.

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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

NMSU Ranks Among Best Colleges

New Mexico State University continues to be listed among the best colleges in the country according to the Washington Monthly National Universities rankings.

NMSU is the highest-rated institution in the state and is listed at 104 in the national rankings for 2014.

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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Udall Announces Award To Increase New Mexico Small Business Exports

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  Senator Tom Udall, who oversees the Small Business Administration (SBA) as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, announced that the New Mexico Economic Development Department Division of International Trade has been selected for an award through the SBA's State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) Program to help small businesses enter and succeed in the international marketplace.

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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

NMSU Plant Clinics Return To Farmers Markets

Extension service senior entomologist Carol Sutherland answers questions at the Plant Clinics, where NMSU experts diagnose plant problems. (Courtesy Photo)

  New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service specialists will be answering questions and helping people determine the causes and possible solutions for their plant problems.

Everyone is invited to bring their plants, photos and questions to the listed local farmers markets. Experts will help determine problems caused by diseases, insects, nutritional deficiency or the environment, among others.

The Plant Clinic tour will begin Saturday, Sept. 6, at Los Ranchos Market in Albuquerque.

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4:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

NASA To Fund Research At NMSU

Patrick Gaulme is part of an international team of researchers that has received funding to develop an instrument that will be attached to the one-meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory, owned and operated by NMSU. (Photo by Arl L. Cope)

  New Mexico NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has awarded a grant of $749,893 to New Mexico State University astronomers for research to be conducted over the next three years.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

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  Another blow for New Mexico's economy.  Tesla Motors has selected Nevada for a massive, $5 billion factory that it will build to pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars.  A person with familiar with Tesla's plans said Wednesday that Nevada beat out four other states which were vying for the project.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made, said work soon will resume on a site outside Reno.

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1:21 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

NMSU Reinstates National Merit, Hispanic Scholars Programs

NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

  New Mexico State University has reinstated the National Merit Scholarship and Hispanic Scholars Award program after it was discontinued four years ago as part of budgetary cuts associated with the Great Recession.

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12:50 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Child Immigrants At Border Declining

  The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States is continuing to drop.

Officials of the Customs and Border Protection agency, a part of the Homeland Security Department, say agents apprehended 3,129 unaccompanied child immigrants in August. In July, agents found more than 5,400 children. Homeland Security said that in June, agents were finding more than 2,000 children a week.

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12:48 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Texas Gives 30 Year Sentence To Woman For Identity Theft

A South Texas woman convicted of trying to steal the identity of her husband's ex-wife must serve 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors in San Antonio say Toni Stringfellow since 2012 tried to open credit cards in the name of her spouse's former wife and used her Social Security number.

The 54-year-old Stringfellow has a history of identity theft and served prison time, had targeted the ex-wife before and was sentenced Tuesday as a habitual offender.

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12:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Cartel Boss Bodyguard Sentenced To 28 Years

   A federal judge in West Texas has sentenced the bodyguard of a Mexican drug cartel boss to 28 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of murder and drug-trafficking.

Rigoberto Ruiz-Alatorre said nothing on his behalf Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo. His attorney, Ray Ortega, had argued for a maximum sentence of 10 years.

In May, Ruiz-Alatorre admitted to the July 2006 killing of Fermin Rodriguez-Gonzalez in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rodriguez-Gonzalez was a former associate who had begun trafficking on his own.

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12:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

New Mexico Overdose Deaths Drop

  State health officials say New Mexico's rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.

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12:42 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Another Gold Award For "Keep Las Cruces Beautiful"

  Keep Las Cruces Beautiful has received its sixth consecutive Gold Award from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful.

Keep Las Cruces Beautiful is a program of the Las Cruces Police Department’s Codes Enforcement Division.

KLCB has been honored with a Gold Award each year since 2008. The 2013 award signifies that KLCB maintains good standing with the Keep America Beautiful and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful campaigns.

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12:38 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Padres And Chihuahuas Extend Player Development Contract

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  EL PASO, TX – The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas have agreed to extend the Player Development Contract to run through the 2016 season.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Padres,” said Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports Group President. “They are a terrific partner and we appreciate their assistance in bringing a top quality product to El Paso. Their entire organization have been great to work with and we sincerely appreciate all the support they have provided.”

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9:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting

Albuquerque police say an arrest has been made in a fatal shooting over the Labor Day weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Daryl Martinez was arrested late Tuesday in the shooting of James Lucero on Saturday in northeast Albuquerque.

No additional information was immediately released.

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8:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kirtland Wants To Yank Reports On Fuel Spill

Credit Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base's commander says reports on contamination of the aquifer in Albuquerque are flawed and incomplete and that more time is needed to come up with a final plan to clean up a long-ago spill of jet fuel.

Col. Tom Miller told state environmental regulators in an Aug. 27 letter that the Air Force wants to formally withdraw thousands of pages of reports submitted in March. He cites data gaps, clerical errors and other circumstances.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the depth and spread of the fuel contamination has yet to be determined.

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