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3:20 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Las Cruces Police Identify Man Found Dead In Garbage Truck

  The man whose body was found Thursday morning in a city refuse truck has been identified as 61-year-old Roy Vigil of Vado, N.M.

Vigil’s body was found at around 10:30 a.m. in the hopper of a city garbage truck that was collecting trash from a commercial bin behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave. Vigil had a visible injury to his head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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11:47 am
Fri July 10, 2015

EPA Removes Tons of Contaminated Soil from Grants, NM, Area Residences

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed the removal of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from eight residential properties near San Mateo, NM, known as the Crossroads area. The properties are part of the Grants Mining District Superfund site, an area of legacy contamination associated with uranium mining operations.

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7:29 am
Fri July 10, 2015

6 Teens Charged With Murder In Slaying Of Man In Driveway

Police say six teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 60-year-old man who was gunned down in his driveway.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier says the male teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, were arrested Thursday.

According to police, the teenagers had been stealing from several cars and homes in a Sandia foothills neighborhood before one of them shot and killed Stephen Gerecke on June 26. Officers found Gerecke dead in his driveway with multiple gunshot wounds.

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7:27 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Arizona Woman Pleads Guilty In New Mexico Drug Case

An Arizona woman has pleaded guilty to federal narcotics trafficking charges in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Serina Josephina Rivera, of Sells, entered her plea Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Rivera and a woman from Phoenix were arrested in April 2014 and charged in a criminal complaint with possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County.

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7:22 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Judge: Family of Mexican Teen Shot By Agent Can Sue

A federal judge has ruled the family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent from across the U.S.-Mexico border can continue its lawsuit.

The civil rights case against the agent who shot him, Lonnie Swartz, will go forward after U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins denied a part of his motion to dismiss the case. Swartz claimed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez wasn't protected by the U.S. Constitution because he was in Mexico when he was shot.

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6:45 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Former Apple Employee Who Helped Create iPhone Shares Thoughts

When you think about the decade of the 2000s you may think of major events that happened like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina. Another thing that changed during the decade was how we communicate.

As the decade of the 2000’s progressed, so did technology and we became more connected than ever before.

Andy Grignon used to work for Apple, and worked on a small team that helped created the first iPhone. He is also one of the people interviewed for a two-part series about the 2000s set to air on National Geographic Channel.

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6:00 am
Fri July 10, 2015

New Mexico Attorney General Partners with Water Resource Research Institute

With water resources shrinking, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is trying to prevent legal battles for water between communities in New Mexico. To do this he is partnering with the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute at New Mexico State University.

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9:04 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

New Mexico Tax Officials Accuse Auditor Of Politics

Officials at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department are firing back after the state auditor raised questions about senior-level officials inappropriately exerting influence over tax matters.

Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says the allegations are nothing more than unsubstantiated claims being driven by disgruntled former employees.

He also accused State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, of playing politics.

Keller announced Thursday that he forwarded allegations of wrongdoing to the state attorney general's office.

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4:39 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Alleged Use Of Force Violation By Hatch Police Officer Under Investigation

  An alleged use-of-force violation by a Hatch Police officer is being investigated by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives, who filed a warrant for the officer’s arrest Thursday.

Detectives filed the warrant along with a criminal complaint, which charges Officer Mariano Fraere, 42, with battery and false imprisonment in an incident involving a 30-year-old male victim who the officer had in custody at the Hatch Police Department on June 10, 2015.

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2:02 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Las Cruces Police: Man Found Dead In City Trash Truck; No Foul Play Suspected

  Las Cruces Police are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a city refuse truck Thursday morning.

Police were called to an area behind the Lowe’s supermarket, at 1404 Missouri Ave., shortly after 10:30 a.m. There, officers located the man’s body in the garbage truck hopper where solid waste is held for transport to a transfer station. The man appeared to have an injury to his head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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10:48 am
Thu July 9, 2015

More Major Construction Work Starting In Las Cruces Soon

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) with La Calerita Construction will be holding a public involvement meeting to discuss the I-10/University Ramp E Bridge Reconstruction Project for Las Cruces, NM.

When:

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Where:

NMDOT-District One
Construction Complex Bldg.

750 N. Solano

Las Cruces, NM

Purpose:

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10:14 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Bilingual Education

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8:46 am
Thu July 9, 2015

New Mexico Auditor Investigating State Officials

Credit New Mexico State Auditor Timothy Keller (D)

  SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller provided notice that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has conducted an initial investigation into alleged wrongdoing by senior level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD). The OSA says an anonymous complaint to OSA’s fraud hotline alleged that senior level officials of the state agency improperly intervened in tax matters.

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8:00 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Head Start Program In Northern NM Gets Federal Funding

A northern New Mexico school district has been awarded a federal grant of more than $8 million to expand Head Start programs.

The funding will be awarded over a five-year period to the West Las Vegas district. It will be used to open 10 new Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms.

Officials say Head Start is one of the few early childhood education options available in the community.

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7:58 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Border Officers Seize Over 3,400 Pounds Of Marijuanna

Officers stationed at the Santa Teresa port of entry have seized more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana from inside a flatbed trailer.

Port Director Ray Provencio says the drugs were found July 1 when a commercial tractor hauling the empty trailer entered the port from Mexico.

An officer at the primary inspection station selected the rig for an X-ray scan, which revealed a dense area in the floor of the trailer. A drug-sniffing dog also alerted to the trailer's floor.

Officers drilled into the floor and discovered a green substance that tested positive for marijuana.

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7:57 am
Thu July 9, 2015

San Jose Cemetary In Las Cruces Damaged, Officials Concerned

Officials are concerned about how long it will take for damages at what is believed to be the oldest cemetery in Las Cruces to be repaired.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that broken bricks and a path of destruction were still visible Wednesday from a vehicle that crashed into the San Jose Cemetery's wall Friday.

Officials from the St. Genevieve Catholic Church, located next to the cemetery, say they don't know how long it'll take until repairs are made or how much the repairs will cost.

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6:00 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Silver City Report

  Fred Martino speaks with Stewart McClintic of the Silver City Daily Press in this week's Silver City Report.

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6:00 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Students Working On Rio Grande Theatre Mural

Students in Las Cruces are working on creating a public art project for the city of Las Cruces, a mural on the outside of the Rio Grande Theater. This week Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved the project.

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8:37 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Albuquerque Police Arrest Suspect After Apartment Standoff

A man who allegedly fired shots at Albuquerque police before taking a hostage and holding up in an apartment for hours has been arrested.

Police say 21-year-old Justin Brouillette was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

They say no officers were hit in the shooting and police didn't fire their weapons.

The hostage was able to escape before police arrested Brouillette.

A SWAT team was called to negotiate with Brouillette, who police say was wanted on four felony warrants including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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8:34 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Judge Fines State Agency For Violation Of Open Records Law

A judge has fined the New Mexico Public Education Department $485 and ordered it to pay attorney fees to a teachers union for violating the state's open records law.

State District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled last week that the Public Education Department did try to locate the records requested by the union but did not respond in a timely and thorough manner.

The National Education Association-New Mexico sued in September after the department failed to produce a study related to teacher evaluations.

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8:32 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Former Police Chief Says Firing Was Over Sexual Orientation

A former police chief in southern New Mexico is saying she was fired over her sexual orientation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Diana Mejia had been leading the Anthony police force for 18 months when she was fired following a closed-door meeting of four elected officials.

Trustees Betty Gonzalez, Pilar Madrid, Diana Murillo-Trujillo and James Scott voted unanimously July 1 to dismiss Mejia despite numerous comments from the public in support of the police chief.

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8:28 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Ex-City Manager Of New Mexico Border City Files Lawsuit

A former city manager of a troubled New Mexico border city has filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and violation of the state's Whistleblower Protection Act.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Vernon Wilson said in recently filed court papers that the Sunland Park City Council conducted his job performance evaluations "in bad faith" and made up information to fire him.

Wilson was hired in 2013 after state officials threaten to take over the troubled border city amid an extortion case and allegations of voter fraud.

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5:20 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Judge Orders Homeland Security Chief, Others To Court

A federal judge in Texas is threatening to hold top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court for not fixing problems that led to work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama's executive immigration action after the judge had put it on hold.

The Justice Department had said about 2,000 individuals were sent three-year work authorizations after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily blocked the immigration action on Feb. 16.

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5:18 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

California Joins New Mexico As The Second State With An Hispanic Plurality

The long-expected moment when Latinos surpass whites as California's largest racial or ethnic group has come and gone.

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in late June, Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014.

As of July 1, 2014, the state had about 15 million Latinos to about 14.9 million non-Hispanic whites.

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5:16 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Abbott Has $17 Million In Leftover Campaign Cash

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott still has more than $17 million in campaign cash socked away after his first six months in office.

Abbott did not yet disclose his biggest donors Wednesday in revealing his account balance. Those names will be made public next week in required campaign finance filings.

But Abbott has continued to aggressively fundraise even after a landslide win in November and his next election three years away. His roughly $47 million raised during his campaign for governor was also a record.

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12:44 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Las Cruces Girl Leads Deputies On Pursuit After Alleged Shoplifting Spree

  A 17-year-old Las Cruces girl was arrested Tuesday after she and two teenage friends allegedly went on a shoplifting spree and then fled from a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy who tried to stop her for running a stop sign.

According to a criminal complaint, Sandra Becerra took her uncle’s 2004 Chevrolet Blazer without permission Tuesday morning and picked up two female friends, 16- and 14-years-old.  Becerra reportedly drove to Mesilla Valley Mall where the trio allegedly stole clothing, makeup and hair accessories.

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8:05 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Navajo Utility Fined For Violating Clean Water Act

A Navajo Nation utility has been fined $25,000 for discharging more pollutants into a waterway than its permit allowed.

The fine was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its counterpart on the Navajo Nation.

Under settlements with the agencies, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority must bring its Window Rock treatment plant into full compliance by the end of the year. The utility also agreed to build new infrastructure for the treatment plant.

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8:00 am
Wed July 8, 2015

New Mexico Working To Modernize Voting System

New Mexico is embarking on the final phase of an effort to modernize the state's election management and voter registration system, but officials say some changes won't be fully implemented until after the 2016 general election.

The secretary of state's office briefed lawmakers on its progress during a meeting this week in Albuquerque.

The agency already has updated the candidate filing system and streamlined the reporting of election results, but work has yet to start on revamping voter registration.

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6:00 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Doña Ana County Residents Express Concern Over El Paso Electric Rate Case

El Paso Electric is looking to increase rates in New Mexico by almost 9%, Doña Ana County has filed to become an intervener in the case and held a public hearing to see what concerns the public had.

Turning on a light could soon be more expensive. But, Rocky Bacchus, owner of One Hour Air Conditioning in Las Cruces think’s rates should be lowered to meet prices in El Paso.

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10:12 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Elephant Butte Lake State Park Sets Holiday Weekend Record With Over 125,000 Visitors

Credit NMFO

Elephant Butte Lake State Park recorded over 125,000 visitors during the recent holiday weekend. With a final total of 125,325 visitors, Elephant Butte Lake State Park saw more guests than ever recorded. The 2015 Independence Day guest total is a significant increase from 98,000 in 2014 and 47,000 in 2013. Historically, the Independence Day weekend leads Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, which also bring large crowds, as the busiest time of the year for the park.

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