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3:17 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Attorney General’s Anti-Money Laundering Unit Announces Successful Prosecution, $100,000 Restitution

  Albuquerque, NM - The Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has successfully prosecuted a New Mexico man, resulting in $100,000 in restitution to victims. Bernalillo County District Court has scheduled sentencing for August 26, 2015 and the OAG can argue for the maximum sentence of seven years of incarceration at the sentencing hearing.

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3:14 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Stolen Wheelchair-Stroller Recovered In Burglary Investigation

  A customized wheelchair made for a disabled Las Cruces girl was recovered during a recent burglary investigation by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.

   The chair, a Convaid EZ-Rider Mobility Stroller, was specially ordered by Ana Salinas, whose six-year-old daughter Dominique was diagnosed at birth with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome – a rare disorder that left Dominique unable to walk or talk.

   Salinas reported the wheelchair stolen last month and publicized the incident on social media.

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3:11 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Texas Republicans Work To Remove Power From Democratic-Leaning Austin

Credit Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Texas Republicans are putting their boot down in one of the few places they don't politically control: the capital city of Austin.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is signing new laws that will draw power away from solidly Democratic Travis County. That's where a grand jury indicted former Republican Gov. Rick Perry and where judges have authorized a gay wedding and struck down GOP laws.

Liberal Austin has made itself a painful exception to Republican rule. But the big college town where Whole Foods got its start won't have such a prominent say in state business anymore.

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2:45 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Good Economic News In Las Cruces: GRT Revenue Is Up

Some good economic news in Las Cruces.  

Gross Receipts Tax revenue was up nearly three percent (2.76%) compared with May of last year.

The city says this marks the sixth month revenue exceeded the same period in the preceding year.

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10:38 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Mexico Weighs In On New Texas Law Beefing Up Security On Border

The Mexican government says it regrets Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to sign into law an $800 million border security package that will mean more state troopers, cameras and a spy plane to patrol the U.S. state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico.

One of the provisions will toughen punishments for convicted human traffickers.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said Wednesday the new law will "promote division between our societies, and runs contrary to the principles and values governing the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship."

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8:25 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Chope's Town Cafe and Bar Gets National Designation

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On May 26th, Chope’s Town Cafe and Bar in La Mesa was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

What started off as a then-student project by New Mexico State University graduate Addison Warner and NMSU graduate student Norma Hartell has flourished into a year-long effort to land “Chope’s” on the National Register of Historic Places.

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6:00 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Las Cruces Police Department Hosts Youth Leadership Academy

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Kids in Las Cruces are learning what it takes to be a first responder through a new camp held by the Las Cruces Police Department and New Mexico State University.

Officer Julian Gomez is a school resources officer who is running the first Youth Leadership Academy; he says they have been trying to put something like this together for years.

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5:50 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Senate Republicans Deny Funds For Lawyers For Immigrant Children

A GOP-controlled Senate panel has blocked President Barack Obama's request for $50 million to pay for legal help for unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in Central America.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is behind the move. He's the chief author of a spending bill funding the Justice Department.

The measure won initial approval Wednesday but has a long way to go before becoming law.

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4:48 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Public Meetings Set For Unified Development Code

  The Doña Ana County Planning and Zoning Commission will host a series of public meetings beginning this week to solicit public input on the latest draft of the Viva Doña Ana Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code (UDC).

Each meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on a Thursday in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center. The meeting schedule is as follows:

June 11, 2015 – Work session and public input for the second draft of the Doña Ana County Comprehensive Plan

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10:39 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Turmoil Grows In Las Cruces Public Schools As Collective Bargaining Agreements Are Violated

  

  The turmoil continues in the Las Cruces Public Schools, which recently cut the 2015-2016 school year to 180 days.

At this week’s school board meeting…union representatives asked the school board to reconsider its decision to furlough employees for three days…effectively cutting pay in the next school year.  The move was approved to fill a budget gap. 

National Education Association Las Cruces President Patrick Sanchez asked the board to reconsider its decision, noting that the teachers' contract stipulates a 183-day school year.

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9:34 am
Wed June 10, 2015

NM Attorney General Sets Goals For Law Enforcement Academy Board

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

The state attorney general is asking the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board to review its training for officers and to make sure it remains transparent.

Hector Balderas, who chairs the board that oversees the academy, said Tuesday the move was to reassure the public that law enforcement officers are prepared.

Balderas announced at the Espanola meeting the formation of two subcommittees to examine the challenges officers face and to make sure the board is compliant with transparency laws.

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9:32 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Approval Given For Gambling Compacts With NM Tribes

Gambling compacts negotiated by the state and a handful of American Indian tribes have cleared their final hurdle.

The U.S. Interior Department reviewed the compacts but took no action. Under federal law, the agreements are considered approved by the agency as long as they're consistent with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, spelled out some concerns the department had with the compacts in a four-page letter sent Tuesday to Gov. Susana Martinez and tribal leaders.

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9:20 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Woman Arrested For Threatening Deputy With Knife

  A Chaparral woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly tried to injure a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputy with a knife.

   Deputies responded to the 700 block of Gala Way in Chaparral Saturday after hearing reports that a domestic disturbance was in progress.

   When they arrived, Kayla Herring, 23, was allegedly trying to harm herself and others in the house with a knife. Once deputies identified themselves, Herring reportedly began to run from the scene.

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9:18 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Las Cruces Police Hope To Solve 25-Year-Old Murder

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that helps identify the person or persons who killed a gas station attendant in January 1990.

Salvador Lozano was 32 years old when he was killed on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 14, 1990, at Ray’s Shell Service station, 2417 W. Picacho Ave. He died from at least one gunshot wound to his head.

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6:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

NMSU Endowed Chair And Las Cruces Police Host First Youth Leadership Camp

Forty Las Cruces students are participating in the first Youth Leadership Academy organized by NMSU Stan Fulton Endowed Chair for Education Azadeh Osanloo, the City of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Police Department. (Photo courtesy Azadeh Osanloo)

  Forty Las Cruces students in the seventh through ninth grades are expected to graduate this week from the first Youth Leadership Summer Camp.

The graduation is being organized by Azadeh Osanloo, the Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Education at New Mexico State University, in conjunction with the City of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Police Department.

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6:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Educators To Attend Conference At NMSU To Establish Statewide Organization

  New Mexico State University’s College of Education will host a three-day conference later this month to establish a statewide organization.

Nearly 40 high school teachers from across the state are expected to attend the New Mexico Educators Rising Conference June 24 to 26 at NMSU’s O’Donnell Hall, 1220 Stewart St. 

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6:00 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Las Cruces Moving Forward With Plan For Historic Preservation

Southern New Mexico and Las Cruces is full of history and strong local traditions, something that draws many to the city. A group of residents is working with the city of Las Cruces to make sure they can preserve that history.

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10:44 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Hurricane Remnants To Bring Heavy Rain To Parts Of NM

The National Weather Service says heavy rain is possible in central and western parts of the state as the remnants of Hurricane Blanca move east.

The weather service on Tuesday afternoon issued a flash flood watch for much of northwest New Mexico but warned that heavy rain in other areas also could trigger flooding. Mountainous areas of northern and western New Mexico will see the most rain with as much as two inches possible.

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10:42 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Feds say Southwest, Northwest Could See Catastrophic Fires

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Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration is warning of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell discussed wildfire threats and fire outlook Tuesday in Denver.

Jewell says drought and climate change are increasing wildfire danger.

Federal fire managers say heavy precipitation in May reduced the likelihood of wildfires this month across much of the nation, but the danger will increase from July through September.

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10:40 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Guards At Los Alamos Nuke Lab Ratify Contract Agreement

Security workers who protect Los Alamos National Laboratory have ratified a new five-year contract.

Union officials announced Tuesday that the deal was reached after both sides compromised and union workers got a no-lockout pledge from security contractor SOC-Los Alamos.

International Guards Union of America Local 69 negotiators walked out of talks last month, accusing SOC-Los Alamos of negotiating in bad faith. But the talks that began in January got back on track.

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3:45 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

   Christopher J. Cleveland, 35, a resident of Las Cruces, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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9:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Two Lose Jobs For Failures Causing Albuquerque Sewage Spill

Two water utility employees have lost their jobs as a result of the dumping of 6 million gallons of partly treated sewage into the Rio Grande in February.

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Chief Operating Officer John M. Stomp tells the Albuquerque Journal the spill occurred because of a lack of system maintenance.

He says an electrical supervisor was fired, a superintendent retired in lieu of termination and other disciplinary action may be taken.

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8:59 am
Tue June 9, 2015

New Mexico Capital Outlay Includes $8 Million For Santa Teresa Port Of Entry

  From football field bleachers to police cars, road projects to seniors, the $295 million capital outlay project bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers Monday appears to have something for everyone.

That includes House and Senate members who met in a special session to iron out their differences and Gov. Susana Martinez, who called the special session after lengthy negotiations.

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8:51 am
Tue June 9, 2015

NM Nuclear Laboratories Fined For Security Violations

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Two nuclear laboratories in New Mexico are facing hefty fines for the faulty handling of classified information of material.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the federal Department of Energy has fined Sandia Corp. $577,500 for violation of control of nuclear weapons data.  

Sandia Corp. is a Lockheed Martin company that serves as the private operator of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

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8:49 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Gov. Martinez Begins Review Of Capital Spending Bill

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is beginning her review of a $295 million capital spending bill passed by lawmakers in special session.

Martinez said Monday she would take her time to examine the projects in the measure and may veto some if she feels the community doesn't want or need them.

She said any line-item veto won't be based on a lawmaker's vote but on if she deemed the project worthy.

Senate Democrats said the passage of the capital spending measure would create jobs across the state.

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8:45 am
Tue June 9, 2015

UPDATE: Teen Charged In Las Cruces Area Murder To Be Tried As Adult

  

The suspect charged in the homicide of a 20-year-old Doña Ana County man will be held without bond, as ordered Tuesday by a Magistrate Court judge.

            Jose Luis Salazar, Jr., 17, pled not guilty Tuesday during an in-jail arraignment.  Judge Conrad Perea then ordered that he be held without bond.

            Doña Ana County Sheriff’s detectives charged Salazar with an open count of murder after he allegedly stabbed Carlos Contreras, 20, during a party in the 7500 block of El Centro Boulevard in the East Mesa area of Las Cruces early Saturday morning.

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8:23 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Doña Ana County: No Immediate Plans To Close Park In Chaparral, Skate Park To Be Replaced

When the sun starts to set in Chaparral, the Dolores Wright Center Park comes to life.

Basketball courts are filled with players, parents surround a playground where children play, an abandoned tennis court holds five-on-five street soccer matches, and organized youth soccer games are held on nearby fields.

Residents in Chaparral, like Daniel Kerr, have been very vocal about the possible closure of the park. Kerr, who uses the park to rollerblade, says that people come here to play sports and be active.

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6:00 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Survey Shows What The Public Wants To See In Las Cruces

Better Employment opportunities, improved road conditions, and more youth activities, were all things Las Crucens said were important to them in a recent community survey for the city’s comprehensive plan.

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8:31 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

In Depth: Hundreds Rally To Protest Police Officer Who Pulled Gun On Teens At Pool Party

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Hundreds of demonstrators have rallied outside a McKinney, Texas, elementary school in protest of a white police officer's actions against a mostly black group of teens at a pool party.

Some who gathered in the Dallas suburb held signs Monday that included the phrases, "My skin color is not a crime," and, "Don't tread on our kids."

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7:57 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Legislature Passes Capital Projects; Martinez Won't Promise Zero Vetoes

Credit Office of the Governor

  New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she was pleased that state lawmakers came together for a special session and passed measures on capital funding and tax incentives.

But the Republican stopped short Monday of saying she wouldn't veto specific line items for projects.

Martinez says she will take her time to examine the details of a capital spending bill for roads and water projects. She praised the GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate for putting aside differences for the state.

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