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12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

BLM Considers New Mexico Oil Pipeline Proposal

A Colorado company plans to build a 140-mile pipeline across northwestern New Mexico that would be capable of carrying 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to permit the project by Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC. A public meeting was set for Thursday evening in Lybrook, but it could be early next year before the agency makes a final decision.

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9:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Impact Undocumented Status Can Have On Mental Health

Credit Simon Thompson

Fear of being arrested and deported, family separation, and poverty just some of the daily anxieties faced by an estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.  The stress can also take a toll on mental health.

Cynthia Pizana came to the US from Mexico as a child with her mother fleeing poverty and domestic abuse. Despite living in an equally impoverished and violent household with her mother’s second husband once they got to the US Pizana’s aspirations were sky high.

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8:18 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Appeal Filed In Case Challenging Navajo Candidate

A former Navajo presidential hopeful who lost a bid to remove a candidate from the race is appealing the ruling.

An attorney for Myron McLaughlin filed the appeal Wednesday to the Navajo Supreme Court.

He's hoping to overturn a decision from the tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals that kept Russell Begaye in the race.

McLaughlin says he disagrees with hearing officer Richie Nez's legal analysis and questions whether Nez had the right to preside over the case.

Repeated calls to the Office of Hearings and Appeals on Wednesday went unanswered.

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8:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Texas House Panel Examines Cost Of Border Surge

A legislative panel is again examining how much Gov. Rick Perry's National Guard troop surge to the Texas-Mexico border will cost the state.

Perry deployed as many as 1,000 guardsmen amid an influx of children crossing illegally into the U.S. this summer.

That wave has since slowed dramatically, but Perry says the order was a success disrupting drug- and people-smugglers.

A Texas House committee on the fiscal impact of border security operations convenes Thursday.

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8:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Police: 1 Arrested, 1 Sought In Albuquerque Homicide

Albuquerque police say one man has been arrested and a second is being sought in a November killing.

Police identify the man arrested Tuesday night in the killing of Ray Gurule as 30-year-old Billy V. Cordova and say the second person sought is 25-year-old Charlie Montoya.

According to police, a woman found Gurule's dead body in her back yard on Nov. 24.

Police say Gurule was shot during a confrontation between two groups of people and that he died after trying to flee.

Montoya is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-8, 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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8:09 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Albuquerque Hires NAACP Leader On Police Reform

The city of Albuquerque has hired a local NAACP leader to help with upcoming changes into the city's troubled police.

But some advocates are criticizing the move.

The city announced this week NAACP Albuquerque president Harold Bailey will be paid $20,000 as a consultant for a team that will oversee changes. Bailey says he will help the team with community engagement.

However, Jewel Hall, president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center and a police critic, says Bailey sold his soul since others have been asking to be more engaged with reform efforts.

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8:07 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Auditor, Education Dept. At Odds Over Oversight

Two state agencies are at odds over oversight of New Mexico charter schools.

The State Auditor's Office says the Public Education Department failed to properly address reports of conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement at Albuquerque-based Southwest Learning Center.

The charter school operator has been under FBI investigation for several months.

State Auditor Hector Balderas says the department hasn't been responsive to requests that it sign a contract for a forensic audit of the operator.

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8:04 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Mexico Has First Case Of Measles Since 2012

State health officials say New Mexico has its first confirmed case of measles since February 2012.

The Department of Health says the case involves a 1-year-old Rio Arriba County child who had not been immunized against the disease.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department is trying to prevent more cases by working with the child's family and the hospital that treated the child to identify people who may have been exposed to the disease.

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6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Exhibits By NMSU Students Debut Friday In Las Cruces

New Mexico State University’s public history students have curated “Fabian Garcia: Cultivating Character” and “The Branigan Building: Then and Now,” two new exhibits opening Friday at the Branigan Cultrual Center, 501 North Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.

The students were enrolled in Museums of North America, a new course taught by Assistant Professor Peter Kopp.

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6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NMSU Doctorate In Nursing Receives Accreditation

  New Mexico State University’s doctorate in nursing practice in the College of Health and Social Services’ School of Nursing received national accreditation for five years from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Pam Schultz, director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Health and Social Services, made the announcement.

NMSU’s Doctorate in Nursing Practice has specialty tracks in Family Nurse Practitioner, Family/Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult/Geriatric Nursing and Public/Community Health Nursing. 

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6:01 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Confirmed Case Of Measles In New Mexico, First Since 2012

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced today that it is investigating a confirmed case of measles in Rio Arriba County. The 1-year-old child had not yet been immunized against the disease.  This is the first confirmed measles case in New Mexico since February 2012.

People who may have been exposed to measles and develop an illness should call their medical provider first to make arrangements to be seen without exposing other patients to the virus. Signs and symptoms of measles include an illness with fever, cough, runny nose, or pink eye and the development of a rash.

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4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Changes In Nuclear Waste Cleanup At Los Alamos

   Federal officials plan to issue a temporary contract for nuclear waste cleanup operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory while those responsibilities are shifted away from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced earlier this year he would pull cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked and forced the closure of the government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

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4:02 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Las Cruces Police Need Help Identifying Man Suspected Of Stealing Another's Identity

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify a man suspected of illegally obtaining false personal information and stealing the identity of someone else.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that since at least 2009 the man has been using the assumed alias of “Armando Ryan Alvarez.” Police believe the man who assumed that name moved to Las Cruces, presumably from San Antonio, Texas, in 2009 and used the identity of a Texas man to obtain a New Mexico driver’s license.

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2:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Department Of Labor: Workers Exposed To Amputation And Electrical Hazards At El Paso Plant

EL PASO, Texas – The Department of Labor reports a federal inspection prompted by employee complaints found workers exposed to amputations and other hazards at D&D Manufacturing Inc. The El Paso company has been cited for 41 safety and health violations, including 36 serious violations, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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2:06 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

U.S. 54 Bridge Replacement Work Begins

  Alamogordo- The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began preliminary work this week to replace the US 54 Bridge between Tularosa and Alamogordo in Otero County.  The estimated $4.9 million project will consist of the demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a new bridge at the same location.  A temporary detour will be in place for the duration of the project.  The work is estimated to take a year to complete, weather permitting.

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1:50 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Group Organizing Las Cruces Recall Effort Raises Over $30,000

New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow, the group organizing a recall petition campaign against three Las Cruces city council members, has announced it will file its first campaign disclosure with the New Mexico Secretary of State Thursday.  In a prepared statement, the group said it will report raising over $30,000 since October by over 100 donors, all of which are local to Dona Ana County.

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1:34 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

GOP Opposes Obama Pick For Immigration Post

Republicans are opposing President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency over her support for Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Sarah Saldana, now the U.S. attorney in Dallas, would likely be confirmed by the Democratic Senate majority anyway if her nomination is voted on before the end of the year, when Republicans will regain control. She cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 10 to 8 vote Wednesday.

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1:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Cruz Pushes Budget Showdown

Credit Senator Ted Cruz (R) Texas

  Immigration hardliners in Congress are mounting a challenge to House Republican leaders' plans for legislation to keep the government running. They are insisting that the funding bill include explicit language to block President Barack Obama's move to extend deportation relief to millions here illegally.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas warns against holding what he calls a "meaningless show vote" and says Congress cannot let a single dime go for a "lawless and unconstitutional amnesty."

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1:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Sues Over President's Immigration Order

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

  Texas is leading a multistate coalition in suing over the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration.

Many top Republicans have denounced the president's unilateral move designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation.

But Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further with filing a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

Texas is joined by 16 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho and Indiana.

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1:27 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Public Land Measures Placed In Defense Bill

Wilderness in New Mexico and other western states and a program for streamlining oil and gas permitting would be expanded as part of a $585 million defense bill crafted by House and Senate negotiators.

Lawmakers managed to squeeze the energy and public land proposals into the bill following weeks of negotiation. Final action is expected before the end of the year.

A bipartisan contingent of lawmakers is touting the legislation, but critics say the bill shouldn't be used as a bargaining chip to get the land packages through Congress.

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1:25 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Las Cruces Mayor Responds To Questions About Automated Phone Calls Against Recall Election Effort

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Organizers of a recall campaign against three Las Cruces city council members are calling for Mayor Ken Miyagishima to recuse himself from discussions about the recall. 

The group New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow issued a statement demanding that the Mayor recuse himself from any discussions relating to its recall effort because of the Mayor’s recent automated phone call asking people not to sign recall petitions.

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8:46 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Convicted Ex-Sheriff's Bid For New Trial Changes

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RIOARRIBACOUNTY

A convicted former northern New Mexico sheriff has a new strategy in his attempt to win a new trial.

Attorneys for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella had been seeking a new trial on grounds that two key witnesses lied while testifying against Rodella.

However, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that defense attorney Robert Gorence says in court documents that he can't prove that the witnesses perjured themselves.

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8:33 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Expected To Sue Over Obama Administration Immigration Order

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott appears poised to keep his promise and sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration — the 31st time he's filed suit against the federal government since 2009.

The outgoing Texas attorney general is addressing reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Abbott vowed "swift action" after President Barack Obama announced his order Nov. 21, then suggested last week that a lawsuit was coming soon.

It's Abbott's first major issue since his easy victory to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who's also clamored for a lawsuit.

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8:29 am
Wed December 3, 2014

New Mexico Drops Proposed Fee For Medical Pot ID

Credit New Mexico Department of Health

New Mexico officials continue to make changes to proposed new medical marijuana regulations, including one that drops a proposed new $50 annual fee for identification for pot purchasers.

Department of Health spokesman Kenny Vigil says the proposed fee is being dropped because many people said they couldn't afford it.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the proposed fee was criticized by many people during a June public hearing after the department unveiled several proposed rule changes in May.

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8:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Report: Fewer New Mexico Adults Dying From Falls

State health officials say the rate of fall-related deaths among New Mexico adults has dropped nearly 10 percent over a two-year period.

A report released Tuesday on fall-related deaths and injuries shows the rate among adults age 65 and older decreased to 79.6 per 100,000 people. That's nearly the same rate as in 2002.

Older adults accounted for 85 percent of fall-related deaths in New Mexico in 2013. Unintentional falls among adults resulted in 234 deaths and more than 12,000 emergency room visits last year.

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8:26 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Lawsuit: New Mexico Inmate Denied Showers, Health Care

A New Mexico inmate says he's been in solitary confinement for seven years and prison officials aren't giving him proper health care nor letting him shower enough.

A lawyer for Justin Hinzo filed a federal lawsuit this week against the New Mexico Department of Corrections and claims the 39-year-old prisoner isn't being allowed to exercise or leave his cell.

But corrections spokeswoman Alex Tomlin says logs show Hinzo often refuses to take showers and is given access to health care.

The lawsuit seeks attorney fees and $1.4 million in damages.

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5:01 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Task Force: New Mexico Water Supplies At Risk

Researchers from universities around the state say New Mexico is undoubtedly dealing with a dire situation thanks to a persistent drought and there's no telling when conditions will improve.

The task force of experts on Tuesday delivered their preliminary findings to lawmakers on the vulnerability of the state's water supplies.

University of New Mexico Professor David Gutzler says the current drought has been bad but not as bad as the 1950s. However, he says matters are more complicated now thanks to warmer temperatures and four straight years of dismal snowpack.

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3:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

ATM Stolen From Coffee Shop Dragged Down Street

Silver City police say an ATM was stolen from inside a coffee shop and then draggd down the street behind a pickup truck as the thieves left the scene.

The theft occurred at the Javalina Coffee House just before dawn Monday. That's when a man walking his dog saw what he later realized was the ATM lying on the street. When Terry Sheffield returned a short time later, he saw a truck dragging away a large metal box.

Javalina owner Pauline Hassler-Cook says the thieves broke a window and smashed open the front door, apparently to get the ATM outside.

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3:05 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Applications Sought For Vacant Senate Seat

The Bernalillo County Commission is accepting applications for a vacant seat in the state Senate.

Tim Keller, a Democrat who represented much of Albuquerque's Southeast Heights, won the race to become state auditor.

The commission is tasked with appointing a person to serve out the remainder of Keller's legislative term.

Bernalillo County Deputy Attorney Peter Auh says since Senate District 17 is wholly within Bernalillo County, commissioners will appoint a replacement.

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3:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NM Agency Seeks More Details On Water Proposal

A revamped application by a commercial venture to pipe billions of gallons of drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas of the drought-stricken state still lacks key information.

That's the latest finding by the state engineer's office.

The agency's general counsel told state lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday that Augustin Plains Ranch has been directed to provide more specifics on what type of water rights would be developed and what municipalities or industries would benefit.

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