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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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5:18 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

NMSU Engineering To Hold Robotics Camps

Two robotics summer camps will be held at New Mexico State University for students ages 10-17. Advanced Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 14-16 and Beginning Robotics Summer Camp will be held July 21-23. The camps are provided by the Engineering New Mexico Resource Network, part of the College of Engineering.

The beginning camp provides an introduction to robotics using radio-controlled components and basic programming skills. The advanced camp provides a more in-depth look at these topics.

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5:15 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Missouri Man Charged With Holding Girlfriend Against Her Will

Credit Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of holding his girlfriend against her will and injuring the woman during a heated argument Sunday evening.

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5:12 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Heinrich, Risch Introduce Bill To Reduce Federal Government Energy Use

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, today introduced the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act in an effort to reduce the federal government's energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars. The bipartisan legislation would require the federal government to develop plans to reduce energy consumption at federal data centers.

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5:06 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

NMSU Selected For Inaugural UAS Inspection Of Elephant Butte Dam

Credit Courtesy: NMFO

The Bureau of Reclamation has selected New Mexico State University to be its lead unmanned aircraft system subject matter expert to perform the first Reclamation dam inspection. This proof of concept aeronautical research project will occur at Elephant Butte Dam in New Mexico later this summer.

The research flight will include working with the Reclamation dam site personnel to develop the concept of operations and addressing the safety requirements, selecting the sUAS and the correct sensors, validating the flight procedures and performing the inspection.

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4:21 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Running Driver’s License Scheme

  Albuquerque, NM — An Albuquerque man has been sentenced for running a scheme to fraudulently obtain and sell New Mexico driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Eduardo Chavez, 34, pleaded guilty to forgery and possession of an altered, forged, or fictitious license, both felonies. He was sentenced by Second Judicial District Court Judge Alisa Hadfield, and sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

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1:49 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Las Cruces Library Will Be Closed For One Week In August...For Cleaning

  Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will temporarily close Monday, Aug 10, through Friday, Aug 14.

But when the library’s doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 15, it will feel, look, and smell like a new library! That’s because approximately 180,000 books, 15,000 DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, along with nearly 19,500 linear feet of shelving, will have received a much needed cleaning.

The overall cleaning will include carpeting and tile throughout the building, clean and wax the computer lab and children’s craft room, plus new paint in the magazine/newspaper reading room.

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9:17 am
Tue July 7, 2015

New Spaceport Visitor's Center Draws Some Controversy

Spaceport America’s Visitors Experience opened last week, and the opening is being met with both support and concern. The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center was closed in order to house the interim Spaceport Visitor’s Center, and some residents are trying to get the building back.

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6:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Young Riders Saddle Up For The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo

Group photo of youth competing in annual 4-H Dona Ana County Rodeo. (NMSU photo provided by Teresa Dean)

  The Dona Ana County 4-H Rodeo, held July 11-12 at the Southern NM State Fairgrounds, draws in youth from throughout the state for their shot at a first place prize. The rodeo is open to 4-H members and is free for spectators. 

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5:42 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Mom Who Fled Police With Van Of Kids Accepts Plea Deal In Taos Case

A plea deal has been reached in the 2013 case of a woman who was fired at by a New Mexico State Police officer as she fled from police in a van full of children.

The reports the state reached the deal with 40-year-old Oriana Farrell Monday. The details of the deal are to be disclosed next Monday, when her trial had been scheduled to start.

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