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1:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Mexico Healthcare Facilities Meet National Infection Prevention Goals

  The New Mexico Department of Health announced that New Mexico healthcare facilities are meeting several national healthcare-associated infection prevention goals. Healthcare-associated infections can be acquired by patients in healthcare settings during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions. Many healthcare-associated infections are preventable through proven practices. New Mexico continues its initiative to monitor and prevent healthcare-associated infections and to share findings with the public.

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12:58 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Heinrich Marks 20 Years Of AmeriCorps

Credit Senator Martin Heinrich (D) New Mexico

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the United States Senate and a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus, released the following statement commemorating the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Senator Heinrich is a cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. The anniversary is tomorrow, Friday, September 12, 2o14.

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12:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Amigo Airsho On Tap For November

  Less than two months from now the skies over Santa Teresa will be filled with the aerial amazement of the 2014 Amigo Airsho.  The long-running event is scheduled for November 1-2 and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the entertainment as the Airsho debuts at the Santa Teresa Jetport in Dona Ana County.  The organization is working within an aggressive timeline to get Santa Teresa ready for this year, which will be its inaugural event in its new location. 

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8:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Governor's Ex-Campaign Manager Seeks Probation

Credit Office of the Governor

    

Gov. Susana Martinez's former campaign manager is asking a federal court to sentence him to probation rather than imprisonment for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.

Jamie Estrada pleaded guilty in June to charges of unlawful interception of electronic communication and lying to FBI agents. He provided the hijacked email to the governor's political opponents.

Estrada faces up to a year and one day in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.

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8:13 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Gun, Other Equipment Stolen From Officer's Vehicle

A handgun, ammunition and other equipment have been stolen from a law enforcement officer's vehicle in northern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says the gun and two boxes of ammunition were stolen along with a baton, handcuffs, a bulletproof vest and a stun gun from the vehicle of a state probation and parole officer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the theft occurred last weekend in the Eldorado area of Santa Fe County.

The Sheriff's Office says it has no suspects so far.

Information From: Albuquerque Journal. 

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8:12 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Med School Dean: Financial Aid Limited At Start

The dean of a new medical school being established in Las Cruces says its students won't be eligible for an array of federal financial aid for at least the school's first two years.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean George Mychaskiw says that's because for-profit schools are ineligible for Title IV aid during the beginning of the schools' existence.

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3:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New Mexico Secretary Of State: Ballot Questions Cannot Simply Poll Voters

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

SANTA FE—Secretary of State Dianna Duran today informed the county commissions of Bernalillo County and Santa Fe County that her legal counsel advises her that local ballot questions that merely “poll” voters and are not questions that serve to adopt or reject public policy, are both unconstitutional and incompatible with state law.

The legal counsel for the Secretary of State stated:

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3:19 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

425 New Jobs For Rio Rancho

  Rio Rancho - Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that S&P Data, LLC, a customer service solutions provider, will locate in Rio Rancho and create 100 new jobs right away, growing to 425 jobs over the next few years.

 

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3:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Marking 9/11 At NMSU Las Cruces

NMSU ROTC cadets Kyle Harbison and Robert Tronti fire the cannon during the 9/11 tribute. (photo by Tonya Suther)

  New Mexico State University’s Air Force and Army ROTC units are inviting the NMSU and Las Cruces community to join them in events honoring the victims of 9/11.

The commemoration will include a memorial run beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. NMSU police will escort ROTC cadets participating in the run, which will begin at Young Hall and head west on the Horseshoe to Espina Street, south onto Wells Street, left (north) at Locust Street, on to Stewart Street, and back toward the Horseshoe ending at Young Hall.

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3:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

King And Martinez Battle Over Comments

Credit Office of the Governor

   Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King says he's not apologizing for comments at a weekend fundraiser that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez "does not have a Latino heart."

King said Wednesday in an interview that he doesn't consider his remarks racist. He said his statement was meant to point out the governor's policies are contrary to values held by many New Mexico Hispanic families. He pointed to the governor's veto of a minimum wage increase as an example.

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3:09 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Navajo Leader Pleads Guilty

The Navajo Nation's former legislative leader has pleaded guilty in what prosecutors say was a scheme to divert tribal funds to his family.

Lawrence Morgan entered the plea Wednesday as part of an agreement to aid prosecutors in cases against his onetime colleagues on the Navajo Nation Council.

The agreement logged in Window Rock District Court allows Morgan to avoid jail time if he fully cooperates.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Alamogordo Women Sentenced In Drug Fraud

  Two Alamogordo women have been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to fraudulently obtain prescription drugs.

Prosecutors say 57-year-old Sharon Carter was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Also sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces was 52-year-old Connie Coble, who received a 36-day term of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

Carter and Coble were charged in a 66-count indictment six months ago.

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3:07 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Abbott Calls For More Women's Health Funds As Opponent Presses The Issue

Credit Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R)

   Republican Greg Abbott is emphasizing women in his new health agenda for Texas, which comes after Democrat Wendy Davis has lately made abortion and sexual assault issues in the governor's race.

Abbott on Wednesday called for increasing state funds for women's health by $50 million. The longtime Texas attorney general also proposed expanded services for sexual assault victims and postpartum depression.

The Davis campaign called the plan "hollow promises."

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8:12 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New Mexico State Fair Begins

The New Mexico State Fair is starting today in Albuquerque with a round of baking contests and other exhibits.

The fair's general manager, Dan Mourning, says this year's event will include local and regional entertainment and educational and interactive events aimed at honoring the state's diverse cultures and agriculture.

The fair will run through Sept. 21.

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8:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

New Mexico's Green Chile Harvest In Full Swing

Credit facebook.com/NMChileAssociation

The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is near and the green chile harvest is in full swing.

The annual ritual has everyone from Gov. Susana Martinez to farmers, chefs and hot pepper aficionados professing their love for all things green chile. They're quick to argue that the quality of New Mexico's signature crop is unmatched.

The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico-grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.

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8:03 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Former Navajo Legislative Leader Due In Court

Five former and current Navajo Nation lawmakers accused of misusing tribal funds are set to go on trial next month.

Window Rock District Judge Carol Perry has set aside more than two months for the trial, starting with jury selection on Oct. 14.

Perry says consolidating the trials of Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize, Delegate David Tom, and former delegates George Arthur, Leonard Teller and Ernest Yazzie Jr., will save money.

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8:01 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shooting Contest To Draw Rally

Activists say they will protest a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque — with water guns.

A coalition of groups has scheduled a march and rally Sunday where advocates are slated to shoot mock targets with water guns and Nerf darts.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

Advocates want the event canceled.

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7:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Governor's PAC Has Cash-On-Hand Of $93,000

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled more than $90,000 in a political committee that helps other candidates and pays for some of her political travels.

According to a new fundraising report, Susana PAC raised $59,675 during the past two months. Among the contributors giving $5,200 were pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., the American Beverage Association and United Healthcare Group.

One of United's businesses, OptumHealth New Mexico, has a multi-million dollar contract to manage non-Medicaid behavioral health spending by state agencies.

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6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Students Prepare For Role At NMSU's Domenici Public Policy Conference

University of New Mexico student Holly Marquez asks a question during the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference hosted by NMSU at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Marquez was one of 20 student panelists selected to ask questions of the speakers at the conference. (Photo by Niki Rhynes)

  Specially selected students from across New Mexico have spent the recent months preparing for their opportunity to learn from and question national and international policymakers and experts as part of the 2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference, hosted by New Mexico State University on Sept. 17 and 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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5:24 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 627 Protection from arroyos- part 2; arts educator Irene Oliver Lewis

Field reports include:  The dangers of building near arroyos-a closer look at a cautionary tale from Dona Ana County; the challenges for medical marijuana dispensaries; and a profile of Las Cruces arts educator Irene Oliver Lewis.

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5:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 626 Protecting homes from arroyos; public transit tax proposal

Field reports include:  A plan to protect property owners in Las Cruces by ensuring homes are not built in the path of floods; concerns over the New Mexico medical marijuana program; and voters in Dona Ana County will decide on a tax increase to support public transit.

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5:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mexican Gray Wolf Debate

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5:20 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

La Piñon - Linda Quintana-Armijo

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4:48 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

NMSU's Arrowhead Center

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4:46 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mesilla Valley Community Of Hope

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 625 - Foraged food, GO teacher program, Feral pigs

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Newsmakers 624 - Border Reality Checkpoints, Service Dogs; Onion Breeding

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12:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Fort Bliss Boosts Security

  The Army is ramping up security at Fort Bliss, its sprawling West Texas post near the US-Mexico border.

The tighter security is to include random vehicle checks and access limited to Defense Department personnel at some of its gates.

The move comes a week after key lawmakers warned that the United States is being eyed as a target by militants of the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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12:56 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Las Cruces Medical Flight Got Wrong Fuel Before Crash

  Federal safety investigators say an air ambulance got the wrong fuel at a New Mexico airport before it took off and crashed, killing all four people aboard.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the twin-engine aircraft was refueled with 40 gallons of jet fuel instead of aviation gasoline at the Las Cruces airport on Aug. 27.

The plane crashed after taking off on a flight to Phoenix. All three crew members and one patient were killed.

The NTSB preliminary report issued Monday does not say whether the wrong fuel caused the crash.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dona Ana County Will Not Enforce Immigration Laws

  New Mexico's most populous border county has joined a movement prohibiting local officials from going out of their way to enforce federal immigration laws.

Dona Ana commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to make their area a "safe county" and restrict county employees from asking residents about immigration status.

The move comes after commissioners received a petition in February with 10,000 signatures.

The resolution calls for county departments and employees not to enforce federal immigration laws unless required by federal and state statues.

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