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5:05 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Magdalena Water Use Reduced By More Than 50 Percent After Water Crisis

Magdalena Water Utility Manager Steve Bailey checks on the villages ground water wells. He now checks the villages three wells every single month to avoid the water crisis of almost two years ago,
Credit Simon Thompson

In June of 2013, a small New Mexico village ran out of water.  Magdalena is home to about a thousand people in the central part of the state. Hydrologists regard the village as a canary in the coal mine; a taste of what the future could hold for New Mexico if rising temperatures and scarce water supplies aren’t managed for the future. Almost two years Magdalena’s recovery is shaping the state’s ground water policy. 

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6:56 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Long Distance Surveillance Camera Check Leads to Burglary Arrests

Kasady Absher

  The arrests of three burglary suspects can be attributed to a Las Cruces resident vacationing in Hawaii who, using his cell phone, checked his home video surveillance system and saw three people burglarizing his residence.

Jonathan Paul Hall, 24, Kasady Absher, 20, and 19-year-old Benjamin Barela are charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and two counts of larceny of a firearm. Hall and Absher were arrested Friday at their shared apartment at 201 Three Crosses Ave. Barela was detained Saturday.

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6:50 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Auditor Keller Designates McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for Special Examination

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is examining allegations of financial irregularities in the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. The special examination is focused on the potential misuse of DWI prevention program funds by the Sheriff’s Office during the period from 2010 to 2014.

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6:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

NMSU Regents Approve Small Tuition Increase

During its regular meeting Monday, April 6, the New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted 4-1 to approve a 2.4 percent blended increase in tuition and fees for the 2015-16 academic year. 

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4:50 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Woman Counselor Indicted For Alleged Sex With Boy In Detention Center

A former state Children, Youth and Families Department psychotherapist has been indicted for allegedly having sex with a boy incarcerated at a juvenile detention center near Ruidoso.

The indictment of 36-year-old Julie Ann Barham came after the minor alerted staff at the Lincoln Pines Youth Center on Feb. 8.

The boy reported that Barham allegedly gave him prescription medication and would snort the drug with him prior to engaging in sex.

Barham was hired by CYFD last fall. She resigned the day after the minor reported the alleged incident.

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8:08 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Las Cruces Veterans Use Theatre Performance To Voice Concerns With VA

Last month the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an outside committee to help the V.A. improve customer service. Last year’s scandal brought to light serious issues within the VA Medical System, when it was discovered that veterans faced long wait times for medical care.

In Las Cruces, a group of veterans are expressing their concerns with the VA Medical System through a theatre performance.  

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7:57 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Gov. Martinez Expected To Sign Santa Teresa Border Town Bill

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to sign a bill aimed at helping the booming border town of Santa Teresa even more.

Martinez is scheduled Monday to sign a measure that would extend the overweight zone in Santa Teresa and two other Ports of Entry.

The Republican also is planning to make an announcement about new projects for the border region.

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7:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

New Mexico Oil And Gas Group To Embark On Media Campaign

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association is hitting back at environmentalists with a new promotional campaign.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the organization will debut a 30-second commercial May 1 to spotlight its importance to the state's economy.

The television ad is part of a new "Funding Education, Fueling Our Future" campaign.

Spokesman Wally Drangmeister says the group is spending $250,000 to air the commercial and also publish print ads.

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7:53 am
Mon April 6, 2015

New Mexico To Consider Dairy Regulations

State regulators are gathering in Roswell to consider revamping rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water.

A public hearing before the Water Quality Control Commission starts Monday. Officials say it's possible the proceeding could last all week and that more meetings could be scheduled elsewhere.

The commission has said Roswell serves as an ideal place for the hearing since it's in the heart of New Mexico's dairy country.

Environmentalists were unsuccessful in trying to get the commission to hold the hearing in Santa Fe.

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6:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Monday Business Watch

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. 

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6:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Panel Disscusses Journalism And Officer-Involved Shootings

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, 36% of people believe that Police do a poor job of holding officers accountable when misconduct occurs, and that jumps to 70% when you take into account only the Black population.

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6:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Senator Udall Calls For Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Earlier this year, Senator Udall visited Guantánamo Bay and met with members of Joint Task Force Guantánamo for a tour of the detention facilities.

In a conference call with reporters, Udall said he believes the confinement of prisoners without due process is a stain on our nation’s history.

The New Mexico democrat said he would use his positions on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to keep pushing to close Guantánamo Bay prison permanently.

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12:11 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

 

   Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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12:00 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

In Depth: Could "Religious Freedom" Law Be Coming To Texas?

Could the uproar over religious freedom laws that engulfed Indiana and Arkansas be coming to Texas? The next couple weeks in the Legislature should provide the answer.

Lawmakers in Indiana scrambled to clarify that state's law amid complaints it could be used to promote discrimination against gay people. The Arkansas Legislature approved a similar measure, but backlash from top employers prompted Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson to hold off signing it.

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11:58 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Texas Group Builds Confederate Memorial

A Confederate memorial with flags and columns will soon stand on private property on Interstate 10 over objections from some local residents in the East Texas city of Orange.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports that the Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to raise 32 waving flags representing Texas regiments of the Confederate army. Thirteen columns for each Confederate state already stand at the site along Interstate 10, visible to drivers entering Texas from Louisiana.

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11:56 am
Sun April 5, 2015

I-35 Closed For Two Hours After Standoff With Veteran

A portion of Interstate 35 south of Waco was closed for about two hours as authorities negotiated with a veteran who threatened to harm himself.

Officials closed the interstate and access roads near the small town of Lorena on Saturday morning until the man surrendered.

Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson says the 38-year-old man parked alongside the interstate said he wanted to walk into traffic or wanted police to kill him. The man also covered a shiny object, later identified as car molding, with his sleeve and held it to his head.

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11:53 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Thousands Visit Trinity On Anniversary Of Bomb Explosion

Credit http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/default.aspx

Thousands of visitors converged Saturday on the New Mexico site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated nearly 70 years ago.

White Sands Missile Range officials say more than 5,500 people attended the first of two tours being offered at the Trinity Site this year.

Visitors came from all over the U.S. and included several documentary crews.

Many attendees posed for pictures near an obelisk marking the exact location where the bomb went off.

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11:49 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Controversy Over College Name Change

A name change is at the center of a dispute involving a northern New Mexico school already entangled in accusations of budget mismanagement and poor leadership.

A vote to change Northern New Mexico College's name to Northern New Mexico University is irking several lawmakers and even some school officials.

The school's Board of Regents approved the change in January.

However, newly confirmed regent Damian Martinez said Saturday that the school should stop referring to itself as a university because the Legislature never approved the change.

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3:05 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Denver Takes Lead In Hiring DREAMer Teachers

A national organization that works to help disadvantaged students by encouraging bright college graduates to teach them has included a special group of immigrants in a pilot project that began in Denver.

Teach for America's pilot program has grown from just two teachers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status to 40 in classrooms across the country. Recipients or those eligible for deferred action status are known as DREAMers.

This year, 11 DREAMer teachers in Denver are the largest group, with others in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

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3:04 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Navajo Pride Flour Recall

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington has issued a voluntary recall of flour that may be contaminated with salmonella.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports the tribal company said Thursday that bleached, all-purpose flour labeled with an expiration date of March 16, 2016 should not be used.

NAPI initially put out a recall of more than 42,000 pounds flour from customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

The flour is sold under the company's Navajo Pride label. It comes in 5-pound, 25-pound and 50-pound cloth bags.

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3:03 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Las Cruces Police Rolling Out Body Cameras

Credit taser.com

The Las Cruces police department will be the latest law enforcement agency in New Mexico to outfit officers with body cameras.

Police expect to implement 72 cameras on traffic and patrol officers in the coming weeks.

The cameras are only about 3 inches tall and weigh less than an ounce. They can be worn on shoulder lapels, helmets and sunglasses.

Deputy Chief Justin Dunivan says the main goals of the cameras are to protect officers and enhance the accountability of the department.

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3:01 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Major Pot Busts

Border Patrol Agents in West Texas and southern New Mexico have confiscated more than $648,000 worth of marijuana in four separate incidents.

In the four incidents on Thursday, agents seized nearly 810 pounds of marijuana.

Two of the seizures took place near the Texas town of Fort Hancock, where agents confiscated more than 473 pounds and arrested six men from Mexico and Honduras. All six men were taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Administration's office in El Paso.

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2:59 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

More Water For Santa Fe River

Credit NMFO

Planned releases from Nicholas Reservoir this spring will mean more water for the Santa Fe River.

Utility officials say the releases will be managed to keep the reservoir at an acceptable level to ensure a buffer against snowmelt and other runoff as temperatures warm up.

They also say the releases will allow construction to move forward on a new intake tower at McClure Reservoir. That work will allow future runoff to be captured and treated for drinking water and irrigation needs and to boost river flows.

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2:56 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake In West Texas

A minor earthquake has shaken an area in rural West Texas.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3 magnitude quake occurred at 7:16 p.m. CDT Friday in Reeves County.

Experts say the earthquake was centered about 23 miles southeast of Pecos (PAY'-kuhs).

The Reeves County Sheriff's Office on Saturday had no reports of any injuries or damage.

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2:55 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Another Busy And Wild Week In Texas Politics

Rep. Stuart Spitzer says he was a 29-year-old virgin. He wants more Texans to be like him.

The first-term Republican from Kaufman successfully amended the House version of the state budget to shift $3 million from programs to prevent HIV to abstinence education initiatives, saying: "My goal is for everyone to be abstinent until they are married."

A physician, Spitzer met his wife Shari while doing his residency and volunteered: "I've only had sex with one woman in my life, and that's my wife."

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4:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

$270,000 In Pot Left Under Brush In The New Mexico Desert

Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol have seized more than a quarter-million dollars of marijuana found abandoned in the southern New Mexico desert.

Agents spotted footprints crossing into the United States around noon Thursday while they were participating in a training session. They tracked the prints for about 3 miles until they came across two large bundles of marijuana under some brush.

A search ensued for the smugglers but it appeared from the tracks they headed back to Mexico.

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3:10 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Examining Education Reform-Dr. Audrey Amrein-Beardsley

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3:07 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Public Involvement Meeting

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with Interstate Highway Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the NM 90/Hudson Street Bridge Reconstruction Project for Silver City, NM.

When:

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday April 8, 2015

Where:

Grant County Convention Center

3031 Highway 180 – E

Silver City, NM

Purpose:

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3:06 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Las Cruces Issues Crosswalk Safety Alert

  Las Cruces motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are reminded to use caution when approaching or utilizing crosswalks.

Over the past several months, the Las Cruces Police Department has responded to several crashes between vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists. All of the crashes could have been avoided had one or both parties followed regulations established by the state and city.

Drivers:

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3:04 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

County Targeting Texting Drivers

  The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be taking part in a nationwide crackdown on drivers who – despite laws that prohibit it – refuse to put their phones down while driving, and they will be using creative patrolling techniques to catch drivers in the act.

The “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign, spearheaded by the Department of Transportation, will utilize high-visibility enforcement along with advertising and media outreach to publicize the enforcement.

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