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4:30 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

NM Senators Sign On To Minimum Wage Legislation

US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

New Mexico's two Democratic senators are throwing their support behind legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said Wednesday that if the legislation were to pass and be signed into law, nearly 38 million workers would see an increase in wages.

Introduced by Democrats last week, the bill would raise the minimum wage for tipped workers and index the federal minimum wage to the national median wage.

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1:20 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Wills Canyon Mauldin Spring Closed To Protect Endangered Species

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  ALAMOGORDO, NM – A special closure order affecting 15.3 acres on the Sacramento Ranger District (Order No. 08-273) is in place until November 30, 2015, unless rescinded sooner, for the Mauldin Spring in Wills Canyon riparian area within the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District. The specified area encompasses occupied habitat for the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse (NMMJM), which has been listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This order is necessary to prevent and/or reduce risk to the endangered species’ occupied habitat.

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1:14 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

NEA Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez

Simon Thompson

  

Simon Thompson interviews National Education Association Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez.  Also includes an in-depth report on the Public Education Department's decision to force the Las Cruces Public Schools to treat contractually-negotiated sick and personal leave days as any other absence for teacher evaluations.

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9:33 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Police: El Paso Man Kills 14-Year-Old Daughter, Himself

El Paso police say a man fatally shot his 14-year-old daughter and then killed himself.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the shootings Tuesday at a house in El Paso.

Police say 51-year-old Ramon Nevarez shot and wounded his daughter, Emily, then shot himself. The father died at the scene. The teenager died at a hospital.

Grief counselors are available Wednesday at Eastwood Middle School, where the girl attended classes.

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9:20 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Lab Workers Recovering After Being Burned In Accident At Los Alamos

One Los Alamos National Laboratory employee has been released from the hospital and another remains in critical but stable condition after being burned in an accident last weekend.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said Wednesday the investigation into what caused the accident could take weeks or even months. Investigators from the nuclear weapons lab and the U.S. Department of Energy are on the case.

The accident happened Sunday while the employees were doing maintenance at an electrical substation that provides power to the lab's Neutron Science Center.

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9:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Doña Ana Water And Soil District Unofficial Election Results

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dona-Ana-Soil-Water-Conservation-District/1409094076019599

 

Unofficial results from Tuesday's Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Election:

 

 

Zone 1:
KURT ANDERSON 241 
JERRY SCHICKEDANZ 462

Zone 2:
SALLY WILLIAMS 208 
DON SANTIAGO JIMMY M. CARRILLO 14
D.J. MARTINEZ 314

Zone 5:
MELISSA GORHAM 1528
ROGER BECK 1349

 

 

 

Information from: Doña Ana County Clerk's Office. (https://www.facebook.com/DonaAnaCountyClerksOffice)

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8:47 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Dona Ana County To Hold Job Fair May 15

  The Commission Chambers, meeting rooms and halls of the Doña Ana County Government Center will be bustling on Friday, May 15, as job seekers have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives of all county departments.

       The all-day event also will feature workshops to assist applicants with the county’s online application process, and there will be sessions devoted to interviewing tips, county benefits and other critical information for applicants seeking to join the Doña Ana County team.

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8:40 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Juvenile Detention Center Temporarily Shuts Down Due To Staffing Shortage

  Juvenile detainees at the Doña Ana County Detention Center are being moved today to a portion of the adult facility, but the adult and juvenile populations will be separated at all times by both sight and sound.

Doña Ana County Manager Julia T. Brown said the transfer is temporary until staffing in the adult detention center can be bolstered with a significant influx of additional, trained officers. In the meantime, combining the adult and juvenile staffing into one building will immediately lower the overall inmate-to-staff ratio.

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6:49 am
Wed May 6, 2015

New Study Shows Increase In Risk For Heart Disease, Diabetes In American Indian Communities

A new study says the risk for heart disease for American Indians is almost twice as high as the rest of the U.S. Population. 

Recently the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute released findings on the Strong Heart Study, an ongoing study to understand more about heart disease and to learn more about its risk factors in the American Indian Population. Dr. Amanda Fretts, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at The University of Washington worked on the study. The study included men and women from 13 tribes in Arizona, Oklahoma, and North and South Dakota.

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10:58 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Las Cruces School Board To Protect Locally Negotiated Teacher Leave, But Not This School Year

Las Cruces Public School Board Maria A. Flores says the board is willing to test the Public Education Departments threat to take over the school district.
Credit Simon Thompson

As part of a locally negotiated contract teachers in the Las Cruces Public Schools could take ten sick days and two personal days before absences started to count against their teacher performance evaluations.

The Public Education department says that the number of days teachers can take without being penalized should be no more than two days and they recently threatened to take over the Las Cruces Public School district if the district did not comply.

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10:17 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Doña Ana County Delays Next Week's Budget Vote

The Dona Ana County Commission is pushing back a vote to approve a preliminary budget after they were unable to come to a consensus during a work session yesterday.

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5:40 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Police Investigate Beating Of Man Outside Texas Mosque

Police say a worshipper leaving a prayer service at a Dallas-area mosque was slightly hurt after being attacked in the parking lot by two men who fled.

Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich (PER'-lik) said Tuesday that the victim told officers that he did not believe his religion or ethnicity was the motive for the attack. However, Perlich said a motive still hasn't been determined.

Perlich says no words were exchanged and no property was taken in the Monday night attack.

Other worshippers at the Islamic Association of North Texas scared the attackers off.

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5:33 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Small Tornado Near Roswell

Authorities say a small tornado briefly touched down about five miles southwest of Roswell, but there are no reported injuries.

Chaves County emergency managers say a shed was destroyed and a garage door was wrapped around a utility pole.

Roswell residents reported seeing the funnel cloud form early Tuesday afternoon as strong thunderstorms moved through the area.

The National Weather Service says the combination of a cool air mass and strong winds aloft allowed short-lived funnel clouds to develop over much of eastern New Mexico.

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5:33 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Senate Approves Cutting Tuition Benefits For Veterans

The Texas Senate has approved slashing higher education benefits for veterans who are given free tuition for military service.

Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell said Tuesday that the Hazlewood Act had become financially unsustainable without reforms. Costs for the program climbed nearly six-fold over the past four years and topped $169 million in 2014.

More dependents have begun receiving free tuition under Hazlewood than veterans.

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5:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

President: Progress "Not Always A Straight Line" On Immigration

President Barack Obama says that when it comes to achieving a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws progress is 'not always a straight line.'

He says that despite his executive actions on immigration, Congress still needs to pass legislation to make more permanent changes.

Obama reflected Tuesday during a large Cinco de Mayo gathering at the White House on the obstacles that have impeded his efforts to allow immigrants illegally in the United States to stay under certain conditions.

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5:21 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

In Depth: A Busy Time In The Texas Legislature

The battle over abortion in Texas returned to the floor where Democrat Wendy Davis staged a nearly 13-hour filibuster as the Senate on Tuesday approved eliminating coverage for the procedure under plans purchased through the federal marketplace.

The measure is not unique: More than two dozen states already have similar bans for coverage obtained through the Affordable Care Act, and abortion-rights groups have expressed surprise that Texas isn't on that list already.

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5:20 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Issues Audit Of No-Bid Contract

City auditors say personnel at Albuquerque's troubled police department bypassed purchasing regulations and compromised the integrity of the city's procurement process when purchasing body cameras from Taser International in 2013.

The city's Office of Internal Audit released the findings Tuesday.

They follow an equally scathing report by New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller, which uncovered a cozy relationship involving Taser and former police chief Ray Schultz.

The city report says the former chief's work for Taser may have violated city law.

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10:25 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Public Meeting Next Tuesday Regarding Dripping Springs And Baylor Canyon Road Improvements

A long-awaited project may become a reality...a fully-paved Dripping Springs Road.

Las Cruces, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are seeking public input on an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the effects of issuing amendments to two rights-of-way (ROW) for road improvements on Dripping Springs Road and Baylor Canyon Road.

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8:59 am
Tue May 5, 2015

More Thunderstorms Could Sock Eastern New Mexico

Forecasters say New Mexico's eastern plains could get more severe thunderstorms with a potential for heavy rain, hail and damaging wind in a region where some communities already have experienced downpours.

According to the National Weather Service, the risk for flash flooding is greatest across the east-central and southeastern plains, with less thunderstorm activity expected in and west of the Rio Grande Valley.

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8:57 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carly Fiorina To Headline New Mexico GOP Fundraiser

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Former technology executive and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is headlining a fundraiser for the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Fiorina, likely the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, is scheduled to speak at the "Silver Elephant Event" in Albuquerque on May 30.

The state party uses the annual fundraiser for Republican candidates in New Mexico and comes months after the GOP gained control of the state House chamber.

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8:53 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Nine Police Officers Kidnapped In Northern Mexico; One Dead

An official says nine police officers were kidnapped by a criminal gang in northern Mexico and later rescued, though one was killed in the confrontation.

The officers from Nuevo Leon state were abducted when they pursued suspects into neighboring Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, Sunday night.

They were following a vehicle carrying armed men. On a highway they encountered two other vehicles full of gunmen. One officer was killed, and the others kidnapped.

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8:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Albuquerque Officials Briefed On Scathing Taser Audit

Albuquerque City Councilors briefed on a recent scathing state audit that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser International have varied opinions on the review.

Some want to look into tightening the city's procurement codes, while one questions how much disclosure is necessary by city officials and workers who might work as contractors.

Two councilors last year requested a risk review after becoming concerned about a nearly $2 million no-bid contract for body cameras and video storage software awarded to Arizona-based Taser.

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8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Most NM Teachers Still Rated Effective Or Better

 

State officials say nearly three-fourths of New Mexico's teachers rated "effective" or better under a much-debated evaluation system partly based on student achievement.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Monday that around 47 percent of teacher evaluated were deemed effective while 24 percent were graded highly effective.

Around 2.5 percent were rated "exemplary."

About 26 percent of teachers were graded "minimally effective" or "ineffective."

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6:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Some Educators Concerned Writing Proficiency Is Suffering As a Result Of Standardized Test Culture

Students at New Mexico State University work through writing tasks.
Credit Hugo Perez

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers…better known as the PARCC test…has been billed by the New Mexico public education department as latest and greatest in public school testing.  Officials say the test increases standards and will improve college and career readiness.  But some educators say the increased focus on standardized testing might be having the opposite effect.

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

La Clinica de Familia Taking Over Mental Health Services In Dona Ana County

La Frontera recently announced that they will no longer be providing mental health services in New Mexico. La Clinica de Familia is planning on taking over the services they provide, but many had questions about the transition. Dona Ana County held a meeting with community members and officials from around the state to learn more about the transition.

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6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Southwest Regional Climate Hub At NMSU Provides Valuable Information To Agricultural Producers

   Established in February 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwest Regional Climate Hub was tasked with supplying science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them to adjust to climate change and weather variability. 

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4:43 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

One Arrest, At Least One Other Suspect Sought In Las Cruces Nightclub Beating

  Las Cruces Police have arrested one of the men suspected of beating a 30-year-old April 17 outside a local nightclub.

Gregory Trevor Derouen, 26, of the 1800 block of Myrtle Avenue, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and conspiracy. Derouen was also found to be in violation of his probation. He is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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4:42 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Las Cruces Youth Leadership Camp Registration Continues

  The Youth Leadership Summer Camp, a collaboration between the Las Cruces Police Department and the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, has expanded its enrollment criteria to youth between the ages of 12-15.

The Youth Leadership Summer Camp will be held 8 a.m. to noon June 1-12 at Lynn Middle School.

The camp will provide youth with CPR and First Aid training, teamwork building, D.A.R.E. and DWI simulations, anti-bullying and harassment lessons, and other activities similar to the Character Counts module.

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4:03 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NMSU Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

  New Mexico State University junior Chiann-Ling Cindy Yeh of Las Cruces has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive award that supports outstanding students in the fields of math, science or engineering. 

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields, and covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Yeh is one of just 260 students nationwide to receive the scholarship this year, and one of two from universities in New Mexico.

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4:01 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Passport Education-Jennifer Archibeque

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