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6:00 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Hawks Nesting On NMSU Campus

A family of Swainson’s hawks have taken a liking to New Mexico State University, nesting near Rentfrow Gymnasium and stirring up concern as a potential threat to the campus.

“They’ll go through their nesting cycle and then they’ll move on,” said Martha Desmond, professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, confirming the hawks pose no threat to the campus community.

“Their young are fully grown and ready to fly on their own. Once they’re capable of extended flight, the adults aren’t going to be as aggressive,” Desmond said.

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4:25 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

This Week In The Las Cruces Bulletin

  Every Saturday at 5:30pm on Images, Fred Martino speaks with Las Cruces Bulletin Managing Editor Brook Stockberger about the week's top stories and much more in the Bulletin.

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3:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Vehicle Chase, Gunshots Lead To Attempted Murder Charges

  An ongoing dispute between two parties led to a Wednesday evening vehicle chase with gunshots fired and the arrest of a couple on attempted murder charges.

Anthony J. Herrera, 26, and Anna Herrera, 29, of the 6000 block of Aerosmith Court east of Las Cruces, are charged with one count each of attempted first degree murder and intentional child abuse. Anthony Herrera faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and tampering with evidence.

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3:54 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Reward In Las Cruces Armed Robbery At Smoke Shop

  Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man suspected of the Aug. 1 armed robbery at a local smoke shop.

On Friday, Aug. 1, Las Cruces Police learned that a man walked into the Hookah Outlet, at 1900 S. Espina St., at around 9 p.m. and used a black handgun to threaten an employee. The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and his own personal iPod before the suspect left.

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3:51 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Las Cruces Police Are NOT Soliciting For Money Or Credit Information

  The Las Cruces Police Department has received at least one report that a perpetrator is calling local residents, claiming to be a representative of the department, and demanded money or credit information in exchange for avoiding arrest.

LCPD is reminding residents that the collection of any debt is a civil matter and the Las Cruces Police Department, and most law enforcement agencies, have limited roles in civil matters. Police will not make an arrest simply for an outstanding debt.

Some of the most common scams reported to the Las Cruces Police Department:

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10:44 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Judge: New Mexico City Must Remove Ten Commandments Monument

A federal judge says a New Mexico city must remove a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued a ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying the monument constitutes government speech and has the "principal effect of endorsing religion."

In a 32-page opinion, Parker says the city of Bloomfield clearly violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and must take the monument down by Sept. 10.

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10:44 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Former New Mexico Police Chief Charged With Rape

A former New Mexico police chief is facing charges that he raped a woman while she was in custody.

A grand jury indicted fired Jemez Springs police chief Shane Harger on Thursday on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion.

State police arrested Harger at his Edgewood home.

According to a complaint filed in January, the 19-year-old victim says she and three men were stopped by Jemez Springs police. The woman says Harger raped her while holding her at the police station for three hours.

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8:52 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Bighorn Sheep To Be Released In Jemez Mountains

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Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep will be reintroduced into the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico in an area burned by a 2011 wildfire.

The state Game and Fish Department hopes to capture 30 to 40 adult sheep and their lambs next week near Wheeler Peak northeast of Taos and release them near Cochiti Canyon, which is southwest of Los Alamos.

The agency said the Las Conchas fire created a treeless area in the mountains that's become prime habitat for a sheep herd, which is expected to expand into the nearby Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area.

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8:50 am
Fri August 8, 2014

ICE Asks Rep. Pearce To Moderate Immigration Town Hall

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Federal immigration officials have asked Congressman Steve Pearce to moderate the first town hall meeting in southeastern New Mexico since a temporary Artesia center began housing immigrants.

Pearce spokeswoman Jill McLaughlin said Thursday the Republican is happy to moderate the town hall, which could happen within two weeks.

She says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked Pearce about the possible meeting during his recent visit to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia.

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8:48 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gov. Martinez Favors Widened Primary Plan By Democrats

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez says she would support a Democratic plan allowing voters without a party affiliation to cast ballots in New Mexico primary elections.

The Republican told the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday it's important for all voters to be allowed to participate in primaries.

Those remarks contradict an earlier statement by New Mexico Republican Party Chairman John Billingsley, who said allowing independent voters to participate in major party primaries would "dilute" elections.

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8:42 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Violence Against The Homeless In N.M. Brings Calls For Legislation And Awareness

In July, the brutal murder of two homeless men in Albuquerque raised calls for violence against the homeless to be classified as a hate crime. Now, a New Mexico State Senator is working to reintroduce a bill that would make it a hate crime to bring violence against the homeless in New Mexico.

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8:32 am
Fri August 8, 2014

New Mexico Holocaust Museum Remembers Youngest Victims

  As the Holocaust & Intolerance Museum of New Mexico comes of age, it’s honoring children who never got the chance.

Marking 13 years of advocating tolerance, the museum celebrates its Bar Mitzvah year remembering the 1.5 million children murdered under the Nazi regime, many of whom didn’t live to see their own coming of age.

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8:28 am
Fri August 8, 2014

No Employment Protections For Medicinal Cannabis Patients In New Mexico

Medicinal Marijuana patient Robert Pack says Hastings Book store withdrew his job offer after he failed a drug test even though he is a registered medicinal marijuana patient
Credit Simon Thompson

Robert Pack was working as the manager of ticketing and audience services for Monterrey Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, California, when he was diagnosed with adult onset epilepsy.

“I had my first seizure at work” he says.

To get it under control doctors prescribed him a string of different pharmaceuticals, the only one that worked gave him debilitating nausea, anxiety and difficulty sleeping, so his doctor recommended using cannabis medicinally.

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6:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

NMSU To Host Chile Field Day In Los Lunas

  LOS LUNAS –New Mexico State University is home to some of the world’s top experts on growing New Mexico’s famous chile. 

Commercial producers and home gardeners in the Middle Rio Grande Valley will have an opportunity to learn the latest information on research being done by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences during a chile field day in Los Lunas.

The free event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 22, at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, 1036 Miller Road.

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4:50 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Irene Oliver-Lewis: The First Twenty Years

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4:38 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Federal Jury Rules In Favor Of Las Cruces Officers

A jury has ruled in favor of two Las Cruces Police officers in a federal lawsuit filed by a man arrested in 2010.  Joey Valdez Perea, 38 at the time of the arrest, filed the lawsuit in United States District Court alleging illegal arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution by officers Richard Garcia, Isaiah Baker and Gil Mora. The lawsuit also alleged negligent training and supervision by the Las Cruces Police Department. The jury trial was set for Aug. 5-6 in front of U.S. District Judge Gregory B. Wormuth.

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2:47 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Las Cruces Fire Department Hazmat Team Places Second At Annual Challenge

Las Cruces Fire Department hazardous materials technicians mitigate a railcar chemical leak scenario during the 18th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratories Hazmat Challenge.

  The Las Cruces Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT) placed second in the Overall Division after competing last week in the 18th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratories Hazmat Challenge.

The team missed first place by less than one point and placed third in the Technical Division.

The 13 teams came from New Mexico, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. They represented fire departments, and civilian industrial and military agencies.

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11:58 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Report: Monsoons Ease Drought; More Progress Needed

A generous monsoon season has helped ease drought conditions in Colorado and the Southwest but parts of the hard-hit southern plains still have a long way to go.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday said that between 2 and 6 inches of rain fell in storms last week across the plains of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, which have been stuck in a drought for nearly four years. However, report author Brad Rippey says they'll need extended rain and snowfall to make up for the 20 to 30 inches of moisture they've lost during that time.

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11:57 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NMSU Ranked As LGBT-Friendly Campus

  New Mexico State University has been awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars in its latest ranking for being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender friendly school by campuspride.org. The university began as a 2.5-star school in 2009. 

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11:53 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Prehistoric Remains Found At White Sands Missile Range

Remains of a prehistoric elephant-like creature have been found in southern New Mexico.  White Sands Missile Range recently announced the discovery of a fossilized mastodon skeleton on the expansive military installation.

Stan Berryman, an archaeologist at WSMR, says the mastodon was first found in January in the foothills of the San Andres Mountains to the west of U.S. 70. He says a 10-person crew was searching for remnants of early Native American cultures.

Officials say the team was led to the specimen via a trail of tooth fragments.

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11:49 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Lawsuit Tossed In Albuquerque Lawyer's Death

  A lawsuit filed by the daughter and sister of a late civil rights attorney against the Albuquerque Police Department and city officials has been dismissed.  U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Garza tossed out Tuesday the lawsuit involving the late Mary Han.

The 53-year-old Han was found dead in the driver's seat of her BMW inside her garage in November 2010. An autopsy report determined that the death was suicide from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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11:48 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Texas Detective Fired For Facebook Post

  A Marlin police detective has been fired after allegedly using Facebook to complain about people on public assistance.

Police Chief Darrell Allen on Wednesday dismissed Rob Douglas, a five-year veteran of the force southeast of Waco.

A post attributed to Douglas expressed frustration about grocery shopping on the first of the month. It spoke of seeing people on public assistance or food stamps, and complained that some have tattoos and expensive car accessories.

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11:46 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Tick Bite Can Create Allergic Reaction To Red Meat

  A tick bite might make you a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat.

Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by Lone Star ticks, which are found in the Southwest and eastern half of the U.S.

This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread to more areas. Eating a burger or steak landed some people in the hospital.

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11:45 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Davis Questions National Guard On Border

Credit Senator Wendy Davis (D)

  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says that if elected governor she will listen to elected officials in South Texas if they say the National Guard is not needed for border security.

Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, made the remarks after speaking Thursday in McAllen at an event hosted by The Monitor newspaper and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, was their guest in May.

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10:30 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NMSU Professor Uses Community Garden As A Way To Grow Mental Health Education

  Mental health is an important issue that often isn’t discussed openly especially in Hispanic communities, and New Mexico State University Social Work Associate Professor Maria Gurrola is working on ways to change stigmas on the issue. 

In spring 2014, Gurrola partnered with a community organization, Del Cerro Nuevos Horizontes, in Vado, New Mexico, to build a community garden and to research mental health issues in the region, which the College of Health and Social Services funded. 

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8:21 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Interior Secretary To Visit New Mexico, Arizona

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting New Mexico and Arizona this week as her department celebrates a federal program that has helped establish urban parks and other outdoor recreation opportunities around the country.

Jewell is scheduled to tour the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque on Friday.

Approved in 2012, the refuge is the Southwest's first urban national wildlife refuge. The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed more than $5.8 million to the establishment of the refuge.

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8:20 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Nearly $97 Million Awarded For School Construction In State

The state has awarded nearly $97 million for the design and construction of public schools across New Mexico.

The Public School Capital Outlay Council said the state aid will be matched with nearly $91 million in local financing.

School districts in Raton, Ruidoso, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Gallup, and Mountainair as well as the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the New Mexico School for the Deaf will receive the capital improvement money.

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8:18 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Las Cruces Jail Inmate's Sentencing Delayed

Sentencing for a Las Cruces prisoner convicted of stabbing and slashing a fellow inmate in 2006 has been delayed so a judge can hear evidence of his previous murder conviction.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that District Court Judge Douglas Driggers on Wednesday scheduled a hearing for next month instead of sentencing 38-year-old Dominic Montoya.

Prosecutors say Montoya has previous felony convictions, including one for a 1999 murder in Albuquerque.

Montoya says he was never convicted. Court records show he pleaded guilty in that case.

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6:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NMSU To Host Organic Farm Walking Tours

A great way to learn about farming techniques is to visit successful operations. With the increased interest in organic farming, an opportunity is being afforded for new and transitioning organic growers to visit farms and observe some of the ways they manage pests and encourage beneficial insects.

New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Organic Program are presenting a series of four farm tours hosted by organic growers throughout New Mexico who produce a variety of crops.

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6:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Celebrity Gala To Honor NMSU Professor

“Mark Medoff: Far From Finished” fundraiser will honor the award-winning playwright and long-time NMSU faculty member and support an endowment that will bring celebrity lecturers to NMSU. (Photo by Mike Jones)

  Mark Medoff believes among the most satisfying results of his long, prosperous career are the many friendships he has nurtured along the way. Some of his celebrity friends will be in Las Cruces in September to honor the Tony award-winning playwright and to fund an endowment in his name at New Mexico State University.

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