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Feds Say Colorado Agreed To Mine Cleanup

Nov 16, 2015

A federal agency is standing behind its assertion that Colorado officials signed off on a cleanup project that led to a 3 million-gallon toxic waste spill from an inactive gold mine.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's statement Monday was the latest twist in a dispute between state and federal agencies over what role Colorado officials had in the spill.

Colorado has objected to federal agencies' claims that its experts endorsed the plan.

El Salvadoran Men Arrested In New Mexico On Federal Cocaine Charges

Nov 16, 2015

  ALBUQUERQUE – Jose Remberto Guzman-Dominguez, 33, and Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Flores, 47, both of El Salvador, made their initial appearances today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., on a criminal complaint charging them with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  Both men remain in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing which have not yet been scheduled.

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will again offer a unique, one-day class to educate the public on the use of force in police work, and the split-second decisions law enforcement officers are trained to make in potentially deadly situations.

This is the third time DASO has offered this type of training, which was initiated after a few highly-publicized shootings around the nation involving police officers.

The class is free and open to the public. Due to the subject matter, the class is limited to the first 25 people who apply.

Las Cruces Museum Announces December Events

Nov 16, 2015

  Crafts for Kids

Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to come by the Museum and create their own Christmas crafts to take home. Regular admission is required for all family members: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 17, and free admission for children 3 and under.

Culture Series: Stories of Holidays Past

Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

El Paso Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Drug Charges In New Mexico

Nov 16, 2015

  ALBUQUERQUE – An El Paso, Texas, man was arraigned this morning in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., on a 45-count indictment charging a total of 20 defendants with drug trafficking, money laundering and immigration offenses.  During this morning’s proceedings, Pablo Alberto Arana-Delgado, 34, a naturalized citizen of the United States, entered a not guilty plea to the indictment and was ordered detained pending trial. 

New Mexico VA Cites Access Improvements

Nov 16, 2015

  ALBUQUERQUE   –   A team of clinical leaders and administrators were on site at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque on Nov. 14 for an Access Stand Down.  This first-ever event was designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reach out to all veterans waiting for urgent care and to make sure that VA is meeting their health care needs.

Texas Governor Says His State Won't Accept Syrian Refugees

Nov 16, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas will not accept any more Syrians following the Paris terrorist attacks, though an immigration official counters that the governor lack legal authority to do so.

In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Abbott said he has directed state health officials not to participate in the resettlement of Syrians. Abbott also urged scrapping federal plans to accept more Syrian refugees anywhere in the country, saying the federal government can't perform "proper security checks."

Gov. Martinez Says Holly Holm Was 'Class Act' In Victory

Nov 16, 2015

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says new UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm showed class in her victory over Ronda Rousey.

Martinez said the Albuquerque native demonstrated to the "world what it means to be New Mexico True" with her win and likely inspired little girls all across the state to become "champions in their own right."

Holm pulled off a stunning upset victory over Rousey in UFC 193, knocking out the women's bantamweight champion in the second round with a powerful kick to the head Sunday in Australia.

Martinez Announces $350,000 In State Money For Cheese Company Expansion

Nov 16, 2015
Office of the Governor

  Clovis, NM - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that Southwest Cheese will expand in Clovis, creating more than 50 new high-paying jobs. Southwest Cheese will increase its operational capacity by 30 percent as part of the expansion, and these new jobs will have an average compensation of $62,000, including benefits. 

New Mexico Department of Health Receives National Accreditation

Nov 16, 2015

(Santa Fe) – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that the New Mexico Department of Health has been awarded national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

The New Mexico Department of Health is now one of the 12 state health departments in the country to receive PHAB accreditation. The Department of Health’s accredited status could make New Mexico more competitive for funding. In the future, health departments that are accredited could be favorably looked at when federal funding decisions are made.

Witness Statements Suggest Shooting Of Officer Premeditated

Nov 16, 2015

A 17-year-old girl who was with the ex-convict accused of shooting an Albuquerque police officer at the time of the incident says the suspect told her he was going to "do something he would regret" as he was pulled over.

Officer Daniel Webster died of injuries suffered when he was shot during a traffic stop on Oct. 21. Davon Lymon, the 34-year-old suspect, is in federal custody and faces one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm after police found a gun near the shooting scene.

Snow In The Forecast For Parts Of New Mexico

Nov 16, 2015

Significant accumulation of snow and dangerous driving conditions are expected in mountain areas of in northern New Mexico through Monday and into Tuesday morning.

A winter storm warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Tuesday in the far northwest highlands as well as the San Juan Mountains, the Jemez Mountains and parts of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

The National Weather Service warns of winds gusting to around 40 mph and up to 50 mph over ridgetops.

ACLU New Mexico Unveils Mobile App To Record Authorities

Nov 16, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is launching a mobile app for people to report improper encounters with law enforcement agencies.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the ACLU of New Mexico late last week unveiled the Mobile Justice New Mexico app, which will allow anyone to file reports of misconduct by local police or U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The app has four functions including recording incidents, alerting nearby users when an incident is being recorded near them and guidance on their rights when documenting law enforcement with their cellphones.

Every year, there are around 419,000 New Mexicans who act as a family caregiver for a loved one. Most New Mexicans do not meet the economic threshold to qualify for Medicaid, and are also not able to afford full-time private care- leaving many of the caregiving responsibilities to family members.

Cathy Lindsay has been acting as a family caregiver for her parents for a little over a year now.

Monday Business Watch

Nov 16, 2015

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.  This week, Jason discusses Sundt Construction which was founded in New Mexico 135 years ago! 

NMSU Gets Ready For "Giving Tuesday"

Nov 15, 2015

  What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. New Mexico State University wants to build on the strength of this global movement to increase exposure and build support for student success.

Water Expert To Speak In Silver City Saturday

Nov 15, 2015

    Dan Beard will be speaking in Silver City on Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the WNMU Global Resource Center, 1000 W. College Ave.


DANIEL P. BEARD, the author of Deadbeat Dams, has been a forceful advocate for water policy reform for nearly four decades. He has extensive experience working in the government and private sector. His positions include:

·        Chief Administrative Officer, U.S. House of Representatives

·        Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

  LAS CRUCES, N.M.– The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) is reminding New Mexicans that there’s a law governing firewood sales in this state – and that it exists to ensure that people buying firewood get their money’s worth.

NMDA’s Standards and Consumer Services Division (SCS) regulates New Mexico’s Weights and Measures Law, which covers how firewood and other agricultural commodities must be advertised and sold in order to maintain fairness in the marketplace for both buyer and seller.

New Study Shows Risk To New Mexico's Snow-fed Water Supplies

Nov 15, 2015
Laura Paskus

  Last month, NMID published a story about the challenges forecasters and water managers in New Mexico face when trying to determine how and when snowpack will melt.

As NMID reported:

Lawsuit Calls Martinez Supreme Court Appointment Unconstitutional

Nov 15, 2015
Office of the Governor

A lawsuit is disputing the appointment of District Court Judge Judith Nakamura of Albuquerque to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Former attorney Stuart Stein, of La Cienega, says her selection is unconstitutional and that the process was illegally rushed.

Nakamura declined to comment on the litigation Friday but told the Santa Fe New Mexican that she followed the process "to the T."

Gov. Susana Martinez chose Nakamura, a former chief judge in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson.

New Mexico residents are rushing to get passports before driver's licenses are no longer accepted at federal facilities next year.

The U.S. Postal Service tells KOAT-TV that the earliest available appointment to apply for a passport at an Albuquerque post office is Feb. 4.

USPS officials say hundreds of residents have made appointments since October.

A passport fair this weekend hosted by the Postal Service to help people sign up is already full.

USPS spokesman Peter Hass says there will likely be more.

Audit Shows Special Treatment At Texas Agency

Nov 14, 2015

An internal audit of the Texas Facilities Commission has found some employees were hired without facing competition, promotions were made with little supporting material and people were being paid after they stopped working for the agency.

The Austin American Statesman reported Saturday that its review of the agency also found that some of the individuals who seem to have benefited from the actions listed in the audit had personal or political connections to its executive director at the time, Terry Keel.

In Depth: Sting Of Sage Grouse Rules Begins

Nov 14, 2015

  One of the first, actual on-the-ground disruptions caused by new U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse isn't on a cattle ranch in Oregon or an oil field in Colorado.

It's in the backyard of a residential neighborhood north of Reno, Nevada, where plans to acquire federal land to build a badly needed school are on hold because the government considers it sage grouse habitat.

Albuquerque Man Sentenced To 18 Years In Squirt Gun Assault

Nov 14, 2015

  A man accused of spraying children with a squirt gun loaded with his semen will go to prison.

Kevin Jaramillo pleaded no contest to charges stemming from two indictments, including child abuse without great bodily harm, criminal sexual contact and sexual exploitation, in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, courtroom Friday.

Under the plea agreement, Jaramillo must serve 18 years. Jaramillo initially faced going to prison for more than 57 years.

Four Hurt In Helicopter Crash During Deer Survey

Nov 14, 2015

A pilot and three passengers have been hurt when a private helicopter crashed into the side of a canyon during a deer survey in West Texas.

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday afternoon at the Yarborough Ranch, 25 miles south of Alpine.

Sheriff Ronny Dodson said Saturday that the men on board shot some feral hogs. The chopper hit a tree and the side of the canyon while chasing the pigs.

Dodson says two passengers walked 5 miles to summon help. Emergency personnel used four-wheel drive vehicles to reach the scene.

Victim In Las Cruces Shooting Held On Contempt Charge

Nov 14, 2015

The victim of a shooting has been arrested for contempt-of-court in Las Cruces after flying into a rage during a suspect's sentencing.  A judge on Friday ordered 37-year-old Fernando Molina to be held at Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Christopher Silva, who was being sentenced for conspiracy to commit residential burglary, was giving an apology when Molina interrupted him with profanity-laced threats.

It's not clear how long Molina will be detained but a contempt charge can bring up to six months in jail.

Las Cruces Recount Set For Next Wednesday

Nov 13, 2015
Richard Hall

  A recount of ballots from five of the 15 voting convenience centers used in the Nov. 3 Las Cruces municipal election is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at City Hall, 700 N. Main St. The recount will take place in City Council Chambers.

The application for a recount was filed with Interim City Clerk Linda Lewis on Nov. 10 by unsuccessful city council candidates Melecio Guzman and Richard Hall. Guzman, who sought the District 1 city council seat lost to Kassandra Gandara by 18 votes. Hall was defeated by Jack Eakman in the District 4 city council race by 11 votes.

Clinton Has Support Of Key New Mexico Democrats

Nov 13, 2015

Some of New Mexico's top Democrats are throwing their support behind Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.

The Associated Press surveyed the state's nine superdelegates about which candidate they plan to support at the party's national convention next summer. Seven responded, with four naming Clinton as their choice. Three have yet to commit.

Lawyers For Gallup Diocese Say Deal In Bankruptcy Case Near

Nov 13, 2015

Attorneys for a New Mexico diocese and its insurance companies say they are optimistic they will soon reach a resolution during mediation talks in their bankruptcy proceedings.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Diocese of Gallup's Chapter 11 case has been winding its way through bankruptcy court for nearly two years. At a status conference Tuesday, attorneys said they believe a successful resolution might be obtained during mediation talks scheduled to take place in Phoenix Dec. 3-4.

Arizonan Pleads Guilty To Heroin Trafficking In New Mexico

Nov 13, 2015

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to heroin trafficking charges in New Mexico and is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Fabiola Soriano-Tlapanco, of Phoenix, entered into a plea agreement Friday.

Soriano Tlapanco and a co-defendant were arrested in May.

A criminal complaint charged the two with conspiracy and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Federal drug agents say they found almost four kilograms of heroin concealed in the suspects' baggage at an Albuquerque bus station on May 16.