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1:37 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Balloon Stolen At Albuquerque Fiesta

A California woman wasn't able to honor her late husband at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta after a thief made off with the balloon her daughter planned to pilot.

Police say Lucinda Wallace's hot air balloon was taken sometime early Saturday morning from the Nativo Hotel. The suspect also took a trailer holding the balloon and a Chevrolet Suburban with a California license plate that reads "baluner."

Wallace says daughter Marilyn was going to fly it in memory of her father. Rick Wallace died more than two months ago of cancer.

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1:36 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Hotel Group Sued By U.S. For Racial Discrimination

  A federal agency is accusing a hotel chain of breaking the law by subjecting minority employees in New Mexico, Texas and South Carolina to a hostile work environment and firing those who complained.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Friday that it had filed suit against four Whitten Inn hotels and is seeking back pay, lost benefits and damages for workers.

Federal officials say employees endured racial slurs and derogatory comments.

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7:30 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Film Festival Coming To Alamogordo

Even those who have not seen the 1902 classic A Trip To The Moon will recognize this iconic image. The film will be one of several featured during the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne Film Festival October 16 – 18 at the Tombaugh Theater.

  As part of Induction Days at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne Film Fest will be held October 16-18. The film fest is a tribute to Inductees Verne and Wells and will premiere selected classic films based on their works. It will be held at the Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the museum.

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7:23 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

"Sex Week" Organizer Slams UNM Officials

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  An organizer of a program promoting sex education at the University of New Mexico is criticizing school administrators for apologizing for the event.   Hunter Riley says it was disappointing to see UNM officials apologize "for offering clear and empowering sex education to students."

Riley works at the Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center in Albuquerque, one of the organizations sponsoring "Celebrate Sex Week at UNM."

Riley also urged students who object to the university's position to contact administrators.

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7:21 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

New Photonics Hub Coming To New Mexico

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  New Mexico's Democratic congressional delegation is applauding an announcement that more than $200 million will be invested in a new federal integrated photonics facility led by the U.S. Department of Defense.  Photonics technologies are used in robotics and other fields.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday they welcomed plans for a photonics manufacturing hub in the U.S. and the second of four new institute competitions.

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7:19 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

One In Custody After Triple Stabbing In Albuquerque

  Police say one suspect is in custody after three people were stabbed outside an Albuquerque cigar bar.

Officer Fred Duran said early Saturday that officers were called to a fire station, where all three victims showed stab wounds.

Duran says one of the victims was detained as possibly being the primary aggressor.

One victim was in critical condition but all three are expected to recover.

Authorities say the incident took place around 2:30 a.m. in the city's Nob Hill area across the street from Imbibe bar.

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7:17 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Standoff Ends With One Escape, Two In Custody

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  Two men were arrested Friday following a robbery in Chamberino that led to a SWAT standoff in the 400 block of Medina. A third suspect remains at large.

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2:53 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexico School District Bans Cell Phones

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A southeastern New Mexico school district has banned students from having cell phones after officials say bullying comments were made on social media.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Tatum Municipal Schools Superintendent Buddy Little announced Thursday students won't be allowed to carry cell phones on campus due to anonymous comments made on the Yik Yak app.

Little says some students complained to officials and administrators started monitoring the site. He says officials found cases of bullying and comments directed at staff.

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2:50 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Weather Service: Tornado Touched Down Near Chama

The National Weather Service says a tornado briefly touched down and caused some damage near Chama in a sparsely populated mountainous area of northern New Mexico earlier this week.

According to the weather service's Albuquerque office, the tornado developed late Monday afternoon and had peak winds of 110 mph and a path 2.3 miles long and fourth-tenths of a mile wide.

The weather service says the tornado passed tore off the roof of a ranch headquarters, damaged other buildings and uprooted numerous trees.

However, there were no reported injuries.

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2:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Judge Rules Defendant Incompetent To Stand Trial

A judge in Alamogordo has ruled that an 18-year-old woman is mentally incompetent to stand trial in the smothering death of her foster mother.

The woman was charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the 2011 death of Evelyn Miranda of San Patricio.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that District Court Judge James Counts ruled Tuesday that the 18-year-old probably won't become competent in the near future.

Counts ruled that she could be a danger to others. He ordered that she remain in custody pending action by health authorities.

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2:46 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bill Richardson Decries Ad By GOP Gov. Martinez

Former New Mexico Governor
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Former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is firing back at Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for a hard-hitting campaign ad that renews allegations of corruption during Richardson's tenure.

Richardson said in a statement Friday that Martinez is airing the TV ad against Democratic Gary King in the governor's race because of "her pathetic accomplishments" and a need to "divert attention from a miserable record" on education and the economy.

Richardson called Martinez a "clueless governor."

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2:42 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Grand Jury: Santa Fe Police Shooting Not Justified

A grand jury has concluded that Santa Fe police officers weren't justified in shooting an unarmed 25-year-old man in the face.

Neither of the two officers has been charged but District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco said she'll turn over the case to a special prosecutor to determine whether charges should be filed. She announced the grand jury's findings Friday.

Roberto Mendez was shot in the cheek at a convenience store during the August 2013 incident. Police said at the time that the officers were checking an SUV matching the description of a stolen vehicle.

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7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

MS-13 Gang Member Arrested In Southwestern AZ

U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector have arrested an MS-13 gang member near San Luis.

They say record checks identified the subject as a Honduran national and active member of the MS-13 gang who was last removed from the country through Phoenix in February 2013.

The subject was arrested Wednesday and is in custody of the Border Patrol's Yuma Station.

The person's name and age wasn't immediately released Thursday.

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6:58 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Sheriff Faces Challenges In Troubled New Mexico County

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A newly appointed sheriff in a troubled northern New Mexico county faces challenges in winning over supporters of his recently convicted predecessor and patrolling a vast area overrun by drug trafficking.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan takes over an office just a week after former Sheriff Thomas Rodella was convicted of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights during a traffic stop.

Rodella, once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, was ousted from office Thursday by county commissioners after he refused to resign.

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6:50 am
Fri October 3, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to take action on the state's request for a major disaster declaration due to summer flooding.

Severe storms in late July and early August resulted in flooding that damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure in several New Mexico counties and tribal communities.

A disaster declaration would free up federal funding to help with recovery efforts and repairs.

Gov. Susana Martinez requested the declaration in a letter sent Monday.

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6:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Tribal Development Projects To Get Funding Boost

More than a dozen tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico will be getting a boost of federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say more than $2.8 million has been awarded to the projects through a program within the U.S. Interior Department.

The senators say the money will help the tribes better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources.

The Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache and the pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Nambe, Jemez, San Felipe and Zuni will share in the grants.

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6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

National Firefighter Training In Las Cruces

We trust firefighters to keep us safe during an emergency, but firefighters also have safety concerns when they enter burning buildings. A new, free program is hoping to help keep firefighters safe, while they keep the public safe.

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6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

National Firefighter Training In Las Cruces

We trust firefighters to keep us safe during an emergency, but firefighters also have safety concerns when they enter burning buildings. A new, free program is hoping to help keep firefighters safe, while they keep the public safe.

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4:58 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Donut Shop Robbery Suspect Sought

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Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the man suspected of committing a robbery Monday at a local donut shop.

At around 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, a man entered the Bosa Donuts, at 190 Avenida de Mesilla, and demanded money from a store employee. The suspected indicated that he was armed with a gun but never displayed one.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the store.

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4:52 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Appeals Court Allows Texas To Enforce Anti-Abortion Law

An appeals court is allowing Texas to enforce parts of a tough new law that would close all but seven of the state's abortion facilities.  A panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court ruled Thursday that Texas can immediately enforce a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in August that requiring such upgrades was less about safety than making access to abortion difficult.

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4:13 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Teen Jailed After Thtreatening Family With A Gun

A 17-year-old Las Cruces teen was arrested Wednesday after Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators said he allegedly came home from school drunk and threatened his mother and brother with a stolen handgun.            Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9500 block of Arrowhead road at 4 p.m. after Adam Terrazas reportedly hit his mother and threatened his 15-year-old brother with a handgun.The 15-year-old told investigators Terrazas started drinking after school. When the two did not come home after school, the boys’ mother called to tell them to come home.

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4:11 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $2.8 Million In Grants To New Mexico Tribes

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that more than $2.8 million has been awarded to 13 tribal energy and mineral development projects in New Mexico. These awards to eight tribes will help them better evaluate and make use of their energy and mineral resources to benefit the tribal, state, and national economy.      The Pueblo of Acoma, Pueblo of Cochiti, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Jemez, Pueblo of San Felipe, Pueblo of Zuni, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo Nation will receive individual grants ranging from $40,000 to $1 million.

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4:05 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Dona Ana Man Wanted On Sex Abuse Charges

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for a Doña Ana man accused of sexually abusing a female family member.            Francisco Fierro, 58, has been charged with criminal sexual penetration. The incident allegedly happened on Sept. 28 in Fierro’s home. The victim told her father about what had taken place and the father called the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

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3:19 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

New Mexico Delegation Requests Expedited Major Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S.

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9:08 am
Thu October 2, 2014

$1 Million In Marijuana Seized In Jemez Valley

Authorities have seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana plants during a raid of a grow operation in the Jemez Valley.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the farming operation was composed of two large areas where hundreds of plants had grown to nearly 5 feet tall.

Some of the plants already had been harvested.

Sheriff's deputies say more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found growing on public land in the national forest Wednesday.

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9:04 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Judgeships Become Vacant In Gallup, Aztec

Two district court judgeships in northwestern New Mexico are becoming vacant in January and an independent nominating commission will take applications from lawyers who want to be considered for the positions.

The terms of District Judges Grant Foutz in Gallup and William Birdsall in Aztec expire at the end of the year. Neither judge sought to be retained in the general election.

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8:52 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Reputed Drug Cartel Member To Change Plea In U.S.

A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords is due in a New Hampshire court for a change of plea hearing.

Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman had pleaded not guilty to charges that he planned to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the United States, including in New Hampshire. His hearing is Thursday in federal court in Concord.

Prosecutors say his cousin is Joaquin Guzman, who led the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico until his arrest in February.

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8:50 am
Thu October 2, 2014

UNM Apologizes On 'Sex Week'

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A University of New Mexico senior administrator says the Albuquerque school didn't adequately supervise topics included in a program of workshops called "Celebrate Sex Week at UNM."

Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres issued an apology when campus officials received dozens of complaints about the four-day program that began Monday.

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8:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Mexico County Eyes Removing Convicted Sheriff

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Officials in a northern New Mexico county are expected to replace a convicted sheriff who is refusing to resign.

Rio Arriba County commissioners are scheduled Thursday to vote on naming a replacement for Sheriff Thomas Rodella, who was convicted last week in what prosecutors called a road rage traffic stop.

Authorities say Rodella in plain clothes pulled a gun on a motorist and violated the man's civil rights.

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8:47 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Sunland Park OK's Tax Increase Due To Phase-Out

Another New Mexico local government is raising taxes in response to the state's decision to phase out a revenue-sharing program.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Sunland Park City Council has approved a new gross receipts tax increase that charges 37.5 cents of additional tax on a $100 of purchase.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea says the city simply cannot afford to lose the revenue that the state has been providing under the "hold harmless" program.

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