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New Mexico Bail Reform Debate Heavy On Ideas, Light On Data

Jan 31, 2016

  State lawmakers are debating whether to ask voters to change the Constitution and give judges more flexibility in the state’s longstanding cash bail system.

Two proposals vie for their attention and if either wins the Legislature’s approval, it would go before voters in November.

One would allow judges to deny bail to defendants deemed dangerous but let those who are not go free before trial if financial hardship is all that’s keeping them behind bars. The other addresses dangerous defendants but not individuals too poor to afford bail.

Voter Activism - Sharon Thomas

Jan 30, 2016

Land Tawney , President/CEO-Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Jan 30, 2016

Fred Martino interviews Land Tawney, President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  The group recently visited the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.  

Senator Bill Soules

Jan 30, 2016

Jacob Sommers

Jan 30, 2016

Free Private Well Water Testing In Las Cruces

Jan 30, 2016
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  The Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Department of Health and the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University are offering private well owners the opportunity to test their well water for free.

Private well owners in Doña Ana County may stop by the Cooperative Extension Office located at 530 N. Church Street in Las Cruces to pick up their free water sampling kit from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New Mexico's economy is losing potential business because of a lingering perception of corruption and cronyism in its government, according to a new report.

The Santa Fe New Mexican says (http://bit.ly/1NDXnc7 ) that a report from University of New Mexico researchers released Thursday indicates that business leaders believe some companies already curry government and bureaucratic favors.

Suspect Stable After Being Shot By New Mexico State Police

Jan 30, 2016

New Mexico State Police say a suspect who previously escaped arrest was shot and wounded by authorities after he allegedly pinned an officer with a vehicle.

Twenty-six-year-old Agustine Fransisco Carrillo-Ortiz was in stable condition Saturday at an Albuquerque hospital.

Officers located him in Valencia County on Thursday afternoon.

They say Carrillo-Ortiz put his vehicle in reverse as officers approached him.

He crashed into the passenger side of a police vehicle, trapping an officer between two cars.

That is when three officers fired their weapons.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

 

 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may get approval to use donor money to fight criminal charges of defrauding investors.

A state ethics board is expected to decide Monday if the Republican can lean on supporters to cover what will likely be a lengthy and expensive courtroom battle. Paxton was indicted last summer and has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of securities fraud.

New Mexico Officials Announce Teacher Evaluation Changes

Jan 29, 2016

The New Mexico Public Education Department has announced new changes to its much-debated teacher evaluation system amid a court challenge and feedback from educators.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said the revisions unveiled late Friday will simplify the system and will likely lead to less testing of students. She also said teach evaluations will be more uniform statewide instead of each district submitting 89 different versions.

New Mexico Child Pornography Loophole Bill Heads To Senate

Jan 29, 2016

A New Mexico-House approved bill aimed at closing what many consider a loophole in the state's pornography law protecting children faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

The proposal was assigned Friday to three committees in the Democratic-controlled Senate, drawing an angry response for House Republicans.

GOP House Majority Leader Nate Gentry says the move likely kills the bill which passed Tuesday by a 60-2 vote.

The proposal would allow prosecutors to charge a suspect for each child pornography image in their possession

Udall Bill To Childproof E-Cigarettes Signed Into Law

Jan 29, 2016
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed news that a bill he championed to improve e-cigarette safety has been signed into law by the president. The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015 requires manufacturers to put childproof caps on the small bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The number of e-cigarette users — especially young users — has soared in recent years, and this is the first piece of national legislation to help regulate the impact on public health.

New Mexico Three-Strikes Bill Heads To Hostile Senate

Jan 29, 2016

A recently House-approved proposal to broaden New Mexico three-strikes sentencing law for violent criminals now heads to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future.

That's because the Democratic-controlled Senate announced Friday it would be assigned to three committees, effectively dimming hopes it could pass before the 30-day Legislative session ends.

The legislation targets criminals with three or more violent felony convictions.

The Latest: Change-Of-Venue Motion Denied In Police Shooting

Jan 29, 2016

The Latest in recent developments stemming from legal motions filed ahead of the trial for two Albuquerque police officers charged with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

A judge has denied a motion to move the trial for two former Albuquerque officers charged with second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man in 2014.

Ex-Judge Ordered To Pay Restitution To New Mexico Couple

Jan 29, 2016

A former El Paso County judge has been ordered to pay restitution after being convicted of embezzling a New Mexico couple.

Prosecutors say a judge on Friday suspended a nine-year jail sentence for 48-year-old Antonio "Anthony" Cobos and gave him years of probation.

Cobos also was ordered to pay the victims at least $28,675 in restitution.

He was found guilty of embezzlement earlier this month and already is serving a four-year sentence for an unrelated 2013 federal corruption conviction.

State Police: Officers Shot Man During Arrest Attempt Near Los Lunas

Jan 29, 2016

New Mexico State Police say state police officers shot and wounded a man as they tried to arrest him in drug and stolen vehicle cases.

State Police Chief Peter Kassetas said 26-year-old Augustine Carillo Ortiz was shot Thursday near Los Lunas.

According to Kassetas, three officers fired after Ortiz drove his car toward an officer who had gotten out of his vehicle and pinned the officer between his car and another.

The special prosecutor in the case of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the on-duty shooting death of a homeless man has asked the judge to keep the victim's and the officers' backgrounds out of the trial.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that prosecutor Randi McGinn said in a motion that sealing the motions related to James Boyd's criminal history and the background of the officers will allow an impartial jury to be seated.

Storm To Hit New Mexico With Snow, Wind, Low Temperatures

Jan 29, 2016

Forecasters say northern and central New Mexican can expect a strong dose of winter weather over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says a storm system will produce strong and gusty winds in the region between Saturday and Monday night, with snow accumulations in much of the north and west.

Forecasters say cold temperatures below seasonal norms will spread over northern and central New Mexico Sunday night through Tuesday.

New Mexico REAL ID Debate Moves To Senate

Jan 29, 2016

The heated debate on making New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act now moves to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

But no Senate committee meetings on any proposals have been scheduled as of Friday. And a recently passed GOP-House bill faces an uncertain future.

Senate Democrats say committee hearings will be scheduled soon on a proposal that would create a "two-tier" driver's license system for state residents who want a REAL ID compliant license and for those who don't.

Darren Phillips

In a poignant ceremony and reception Thursday, New Mexico State University celebrated the life and gifts of its most passionate Aggie football fan, Lori Paulson.

A 2002 and ’04 graduate of the College of Business, Paulson has served an important and meaningful role the past two seasons as honorary team captain, becoming a friend and confidante to players and coaches. During that time, she has also been battling a rare type of pancreatic cancer, and her toughness and character have served as an inspiration to the team.

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3 Proposals For Stricter DWI Sentencing Pass Committee

Jan 28, 2016

Three proposals to tack on sentencing enhancements for violating the state's DWI laws have won approval in their first House committee vote.

The bills proposed by Republican lawmakers would add more prison time for people convicted of multiple DWIs, and add a charge of "party to a crime" for people who toss the keys to convicted drunk drivers with driving restrictions.

Ex-New Mexico Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse

Jan 28, 2016

A former tribal corrections officer in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a female inmate last year and violating her civil rights.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Trevor Hunt, of Paguate, entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Hunt pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward and one count of violating the civil rights of the woman.

Authorities say Hunt accompanied the victim to the laundry room of the Pueblo of Laguna's Detention Facility and sexually assaulted her on May 23, 2015.

Albuquerque Tax Preparer Is Indicted For Identify Theft

Jan 28, 2016

Authorities say a tax preparer in Albuquerque has been indicted for filing fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities.

They say 54-year-old Flora Mascarenas has been charged with two felony counts each of identity theft, forgery and computer access with intent to defraud or embezzle.

Authorities say the charges carry a maximum sentence of nine years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Mascarenas was indicted by a Bernalillo County Grand Jury in the Second Judicial District of New Mexico.

New Mexico Three-Strikes Law Goes To House Floor

Jan 28, 2016

Legislation to broaden the state's three-strikes law for violent offenders with three or more felony convictions is scheduled for a vote on the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Paul Pacheco's proposal to add 16 felonies to the list of crimes that make repeat offenders eligible for life sentences is part of a slate of tough-on-crime bills proposed by Republican lawmakers.

The proposals come as strict sentencing laws already on the books in other states are being re-evaluated amid concerns nationally about burgeoning prison populations.

Poll: At Least 3 Out Of 5 New Mexicans Support Legal Marijuana

Jan 28, 2016

   A new poll finds that three out of five New Mexico residents support the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana.

The survey released Thursday by Albuquerque-based Research & Polling, Inc. found that 61 percent of residents support proposed legislation to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales among adults of ages 21 and over.

Support rises to 69 percent when residents are informed that tax revenue generated by marijuana sales would be used to pay for health care and substance abuse programs.

Roswell Republican Considering Secretary Of State Run

Jan 28, 2016
Representative Nora Espinoza - (R)

A Roswell Republican is thinking of throwing her hat into the Secretary of State race.

Rep. Nora Espinoza told The Associated Press on Thursday that she is gathering signatures and will make a decision later on whether she'll seek the statewide office.

So far, Espinoza is the only Republican to publicly say she wants to run for the seat to fulfill the remaining term after Dianna Duran resigned amid a fraud case.

Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says will seek the Democratic nomination for the office.

Lawsuit Looks To Stop Food Stamp Work Requirement In New Mexico

Jan 28, 2016

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty has asked a federal judge to temporarily stop the state from implementing rules that tie food assistance to employment.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the filing Wednesday is part of a decades-old federal case in which the state agreed to improve how it communicates with low-income residents about public health benefits — including food assistance.

State Police: Santa Fe Police Officer Fatally Shot Suspect

Jan 28, 2016

Authorities say a Santa Fe police officer fatally shot an armed robbery suspect at a motel.

New Mexico State Police said no officer was hurt during the Wednesday night shooting, which state police are investigating.

No details were released about the suspect or circumstances of the shooting.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m.

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Texas Militia Member Gets 30 Months In Weapons Case

Jan 28, 2016

A South Texas militia member who in 2014 pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent must serve 2½ years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

John Frederick Foerster of Brownsville was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Brownsville.

The 46-year-old Foerster has a 2001 burglary conviction. He pleaded guilty to having a pistol during the August 2014 incident in which prosecutors say he pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent near Brownsville.

The agent then opened fire, believing Foerster was a smuggler. Nobody was injured.

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