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4:27 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

A Test For Life

Rachel Torres (left), New Mexico Department of Health Community Collaborative Care Program councilor provides a New Mexico State University student on testing instructions during the Get Yourself Tested event this month at the NMSU Health Center.

  In the Public Health field, there are many things talked about every day about what you can do for your health. Diet and exercise are just the beginning.

Getting yourself tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Not only is it quick and simple, it's also usually confidential.

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2:44 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Subject Of Las Cruces SWAT Incident Charged With Child Abuse

  Rocky Gardner, the 36-year-old man who was in a brief standoff with police Wednesday evening, has been charged with one count of intentional child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

At around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Las Cruces Police were called to the report of a disturbance on the 3800 block of Van Ess Court. Officers learned that the suspect in the disturbance, later identified as Gardner, was inside of his residence and refusing to exit.

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2:33 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

First West Texas Test Flight For Company Owned By Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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  On Wednesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos issued this statement on the website of his spaceflight company, Blue Origin:

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1:48 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Legal Team Seeks To Intervene In Attempt To Recall Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg

Las Cruces city councilor Gill Sorg

 

   The controversy continues over efforts to recall three Las Cruces city councilors.  The political action committee New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow is trying to get a court to force the city of Las Cruces to reinstate petition signatures that were thrown out.  More than 700 people asked the city to remove their signatures from petitions to recall city councilors Gill Sorg, Nathan Small, and Olga Pedroza. Currently, there are not enough valid signatures to require a recall election.

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11:17 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center To Close; DACC Considers Options For Students

  Efforts are underway to find a new home for educational services provided in a low-income area of Las Cruces. 

Since 2001…the Mesquite Neighborhood Learning Center has provided services through Dona Ana Community College at a Tornillo Street building owned by the city of Las Cruces.  The college building lease expires at the end of May and the city is planning to locate an afterschool program in the building. 

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11:13 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Navajo Pride Flour Mill To Close; 26 Jobs Lost

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down.

The closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

NAPI CEO Tsosie Lewis said some of the displaced employees are being placed in other departments of the company and some of the mill's top workers will be sent to college for additional training.

During the closure the mill will replace the old equipment — some of which is 30 to 40 years old — in order to increase output.

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11:11 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Las Cruces Police Arrest Man On Child Abuse Charges

  Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of choking his son late Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., April 29, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the 3800 block of Van Ess Court. Officers learned that the male had gone back into his home and left his children outside of the residence. The man refused to exit his home to speak to officers. The Las Cruces Police Department SWAT team was called out.

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11:09 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Four Charged In Dairy Animal Abuse Case

Four men have been charged with cruelty to animals after undercover video showed workers at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals.

The four were charged Monday. They were employees of the former Winchester Dairy LLC near Dexter.

All four men are scheduled to be arraigned May 11.

The farm ceased operations in September after an undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals documented employees whipping, kicking, stabbing and shocking the animals.

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9:35 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Authorities Seek Robbers Who Stole Over 68,000 Pills

Federal officials and Albuquerque police are looking for three robbers who target pharmacies and have stolen more than 68,000 oxycodone pills on their spree.

that agents are looking for four suspects in the robberies. Agents say the fugitives are part of an operation that has stolen thousands of pills from metro stores. Some of the robbers have been caught on camera robbing pharmacies at gunpoint.

Three others connected to the robberies were arrested and are facing federal charges.

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Information from: KOAT-TV.

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9:06 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Santa Fe Council Approves Ten Cent Paper Bag Charge

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Santa Fe shoppers will be regretting not bringing their own bag to the grocery store this summer after the City Council approved a 10-cent fee for paper bags.

The Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve the fee after the ban on plastic grocery bags did not motivate enough people to bring their own reusable totes. The amendment to the city's shopping-bag ordinance will go into effect in 60 days.

When the plastic-bag ban initially included a fee, the City Attorney called it an impermissible tax. The Council now calls it an "environmental service fee."

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6:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Public Hearing Thursday Night Over Commercial Zoning Near "A" Mountain

  Land at the base of Tortugas Mountain near Las Cruces is once again in the spotlight.  A 16-acre parcel just west of Tortugas…or "A" Mountain…is being considered for commercial zoning that would allow retail businesses to move in. Tonight (Thursday) at 6pm…a public hearing on the matter will be held at the Dona Ana County Government Center.

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8:48 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

"Blessing Of The Fields" May 15 In Las Cruces

  LAS CRUCES -- The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will celebrate an old tradition with the annual Blessing of the Fields procession on May 15.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, will lead the colorful procession around the museum grounds, to bless the animals, plants, acequia and fresh-baked bread. Before the procession, Henry Narvaez, Cacique of Tortugas Pueblo, will lead the prayer to the four directions.

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8:38 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Texas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Students To Bypass Test Rules And Still Get A Diploma

The Legislature has approved a proposal allowing thousands of Texas high school seniors to potentially graduate this year despite failing standardized tests needed to earn a diploma.

Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger's bill offered an alternative graduation plan to an estimated 28,000 Class of 2015 seniors who failed to pass at least one statewide exam in algebra I, biology, English I and II and U.S. history.

It established individual educational committees to determine whether a student could graduate instead based on other factors, like attendance and grades.

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5:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

NMSU Model U.N. Team Wins Top Award For Ninth Year In A Row

NMSU Model United Nations team - Top Row: Ismael Torres, Isaac Morales, Bethany Blundell, Alex Garcia, Matthew McNeile, Professor Neil Harvey, Rylee Stenberg Bottom Row: Tiffany Cox, Danielle Ceballes, Joli McSherry, Joseph Cairns, Theadora Trejo, Jasmine Bentley (Courtesy photo)

  Going into the annual Model United National Conference, the students representing New Mexico State University had a simple strategy: remain a team of placated dolphins among aggressive sharks. The plan seemed to work as the team took home the Distinguished Delegation award at the Model United Nations Conference, where they competed against other teams from around the world. The award is a distinction among the top 15 percent of groups. 

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4:55 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Stolen Bank Card Suspect Faces Charges in 3 Additional Incidents

  The man arrested in March suspected of using personal information from a stolen wallet to steal nearly $6,000 from someone’s bank account has now been charged for his involvement in three additional crimes including stealing close to $15,000 worth of property – including an estimated 20,000 rounds of ammunition – from his mother’s home.

Cody L. Payton, 20, is now charged with two counts of residential burglary, two counts of larceny and one count each of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, attempted forgery and conspiracy.

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12:02 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Faculty Recital Tuesday At NMSU

Daniel Vega-Albela, music assistant professor (Photo by Darren Phillips)

  New Mexico State University will present a violin and piano recital featuring faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Atkinson Recital Hall. 

The concert will include performances from music department faculty Laura Spitzer, Daniel Vega-Albela and Jorge Martinez-Rios. 

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11:57 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Neighborhood Expo Saturday In Las Cruces

  The City of Las Cruces will host its second annual Neighborhood Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at City Hall, 700 N. Main St.

The Expo is an opportunity for residents to learn more about services, programs and activities the City provides, and to meet one-on-one with City staff.

A camera crew will be available for residents to record video messages that will be shown to the City Council.

One-hundred free t-shirts will be given away and attendees can participate in a drawing for a new iPad mini at 11 a.m.

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11:24 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Newsmakers 712, 4/23/15

Field reports include:  

A visit to Magdalena, New Mexico, a village that ran
out of water two years ago; students who fail to take the PARCC standardized test won't qualify for a diploma in New Mexico; and a visit with southern New Mexico photographer Wayne Suggs.

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11:22 am
Wed April 29, 2015

NMSU Offers Help For Students Affected By Nepal Earthquake

New Mexico State University’s International Student & Scholar Services office and the NMSU Nepalese Student Association are offering assistance for students and families affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. More than 4,000 people have been killed and at least 7,000 people were injured in the quake and the resulting aftershocks. Durga Prasad Sapkota, the father of NMSU doctoral student Rishi Sapkota, was one of those killed. Rishi Sapkota’s mother, Khina Devi Sapkota, was critically injured. 

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11:16 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Film Screening And Discussion At NMSU Explores Aid In Dying

  LAS CRUCES, NM. - In 1994, Oregon became the first state to authorize aid in dying. As a result, any individual who meets the strict requirements of the law can request a prescription to end their life. Since 1994, more than 750 Oregon residents have taken their mortality into their own hands.

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10:51 am
Wed April 29, 2015

AG to PRC on Uber/Lyft: Strengthen Public Safety Standards with Drug Testing Enforcement

  Santa Fe, NM – The Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas delivered a letter to the Public Regulation Commission Wednesday regarding its upcoming action on Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft.

Attorney General Balderas says he wants the PRC to strengthen public safety standards by ensuring TNCs retain proof of compliance with the same drug testing requirements that apply to taxi drivers.

Additionally the Attorney General would like the PRC to take more input from the public regarding the issue.

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8:25 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Texas Proposal Would Name Judges Who Grant Teen Abortions

State lawmakers are considering a bill to reveal the names of judges who permit teenagers to terminate a pregnancy if they can't get the required consent from their parents.

On Wednesday, a Texas House panel will hear Republican Rep. Ron Simmons' proposal that critics say would further politicize the election of judges.

State law since 1999 has allowed judges to grant abortions to girls younger than 18 years in extreme cases. A separate bill that advanced to the House floor this week would tighten those requirements.

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8:23 am
Wed April 29, 2015

New Mexico Research Company Donates Water Purifiers To Nepal

Forty handheld water purifiers are on their way the Nepal, devices that can treat up to 80 gallons of water in a few minutes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Aqua Research LLC donated the purifiers at a cost of about $100 each. Operation Blessing is a nonprofit organization based in Virginia that will distribute them, as they did in Haiti following the earthquake there.

The devices use salt to purify the water, and operate on batteries that can be charged with solar energy or through a USB port. They can be recharged at least 500 times and clean 40,000 gallons of water.

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8:17 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Immigrant Removals Continue To Decline Under Obama Administration

 

The Obama administration is on pace to deport the fewest number of immigrants in nearly a decade.

Federal immigration officials have sent home about 127,000 people as of mid-April. That's about 19,730 people a month since the government's fiscal year started in October.

At the current pace, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is on track to remove the fewest number of immigrants since then-President George W. Bush's administration sent home about 207,700 people in 2006.

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8:14 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Portales Man Sentenced To 18 years In Prison In Abuse Case

A Roosevelt County man has been sentenced to a maximum term of 18 years on his conviction for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Cody Schattschneider of Portales was sentenced Tuesday in a case involving a 4-month-old child who was in his care when the incident occurred in December 2012.

The District Attorney's Office says the child suffered a broken arm and a fractured skull and had bleeding and swelling of the brain.

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8:13 am
Wed April 29, 2015

NM State Police: Train Crew Apparently Jumped Before Crash

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A New Mexico State Police official says the two crew members on a freight train that struck a parked train on a siding apparently jumped before the impact.

A Southwestern Railroad official said the crew applied their train's brakes to try to stop it as the accident unfolded Tuesday morning on tracks about 10 miles southeast of Roswell.

State Police Capt. Lance Bateman said it appears that the two train workers then jumped to try to save themselves.

However, one of the two Southwestern Railroad crew members was killed and the second was injured.

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8:04 am
Wed April 29, 2015

El Paso Passport Agency Will Host Event To Help People Apply For Passports

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The summer travel season is just around the corner and many folks may be planning trips abroad. One important thing they will need for international travel is a passport. The El Paso Passport Agency is hosting a local passport day this Saturday to help people apply for U.S. Passports.

Customer service Manager, Jennifer Archibeque, with the El Paso Passport Agency says the event is to help people apply for U.S. Passports.

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6:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Envrionmental Eduction Center Opens At NMSU Las Cruces

Located in Regents Row, the new Environmental Education Center is fully made of sustainable materials such as blue jean insulation. (NMSU photo by Ada Ciuca)

  What began as a University of San Diego green campus tour turned into a new facility for New Mexico State University when the Office of Sustainability opened its new Environmental Education Center earlier this year. 

“They had just constructed their Environmental Education Center and I looked at that space and thought that there is no reason why we can’t do that,” NMSU sustainability manager joni newcomer said. 

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2:44 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

North Carolina Man Sentenced In New Mexico For Meth Trafficking

  ALBUQUERQUE – Travis Lavar Clark, 35, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.  Clark’s crime of conviction involved possession of more than 750 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

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2:43 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Las Cruces Man Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn

  ALBUQUERQUE – Juan C. Rodriguez, 36, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced in Las Cruces federal court this morning for his child pornography conviction.  Rodriguez was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison to be followed by seven years of supervised release.  He will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

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