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3:58 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Public Hearing On Senior Programs In Las Cruces

The City of Las Cruces Senior Programs will hold a public hearing to offer senior citizens an opportunity to participate in the planning of services and programs in Las Cruces, and to gather input on requests for Capital Outlay.

 

Capital Outlay is funding intended for the construction, improvement, alteration or reconstruction of assets for long-term use, including land, buildings, major equipment and furnishings, and vehicles.

 

The public hearing will be Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at the Sage Cafe, 6121 Reynolds Dr.

 

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3:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Man Faces Federal Charge In Shooting Of Albuquerque Police Officer

Christopher Cook
Credit mugshot

  The Albuquerque police chief says the man suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer during a weekend traffic stop was homeless and driving a stolen SUV when he was pulled over.

Chief Gordon Eden says the manhunt for 36-year-old Christopher Cook proved to be difficult because he had been moving around and acquaintances had severed ties with him.

Cook has a long criminal history, and Eden says he was released from prison about a year ago after serving time for multiple violent felonies. Online court records don't list a lawyer for Cook.

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3:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Lawmakers Consider Investigating Christie's Free Cowboys Tickets

  The joint legislative committee that led an investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal is now considering looking into Gov. Chris Christie's free tickets and travel to Dallas Cowboys games.

Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski says that he and co-chair Loretta Weinberg have discussed probing whether Christie violated state ethics rules when he accepted tickets from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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12:50 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Albuquerque Journal Twitter Account Hacked

  Federal authorities say they're investigating the latest cyberattack on the Albuquerque Journal.

The newspaper's Twitter account was hijacked Tuesday morning. Someone replaced the profile picture with an image that expressed support for Islamic militants.

Numerous posts followed, including photos of driver's licenses belonging to New Mexico residents, inmate profiles and warnings to residents that their confidential information was at risk.

By midday, the newspaper's account was restored.

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12:48 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

White House Issues Veto Threat On Keystone XL Pipeline

  The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.  A bill that would have forced Obama's hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the pipeline bill will be among the first issues voted on.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says he does not expect Obama would sign any Keystone legislation that reaches his desk.

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12:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Las Cruces Public Meetings On Klein Park Master Plan Saturday

  City Councillor Miguel Silva, District 1, will host two opportunities for the public to view the new master plan concept for Klein Park, East Griggs Avenue, and to discuss future steps.

The concept was approved by the Las Cruces City Council in December. The concept is the result of resident input over a period spanning three months, and consultants who incorporated the input along with anticipated renovations needed for the park.

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12:42 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Southwest Firefighter Recruitment Program Begins

UPDATE:

Please note

There is a schedule change for the Introductory sessions. The first one will be held tonight, Jan. 6 and the next one will be held Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 14. Both are from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Grant County Conference Center.

If you have any questions, please contact Gabe Holguin, Gila National Forest Fire Staff Officer, at 575-388-8233, or Leroy Holguin, Forest Fire Planner at 575-388-8450.

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12:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

New Mexico Indian Health Services Doctor Arrested On Child Porn Charges

  ALBUQUERQUE – Thomas Murray, 61, a non-Indian who resides in Acoma Pueblo, N.M., was arrested yesterday by the FBI on federal child pornography charges.  Murray made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today.  He remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and detention hearing, both of which currently are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

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12:38 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Heinrich Backs Reforms To Prevent Future Use Of Torture

Credit US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

 

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12:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Pearce Votes To Retain Boehner As Speaker Of The House

  Washington, D.C.  – Today, after considering the candidates for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressman Steve Pearce (R.-N.M) cast his vote for current Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.   

Following the vote, Pearce issued this statement:

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9:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

UPDATE: Missing Las Cruces Located In Vado

A 16-year-old Las Cruces girl who had been missing since Dec. 10, 2014 was located by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies in the Vado area Tuesday morning. 

Rosa Hurtado reportedly went to school at Las Cruces High on Dec. 10 but did not return home, according to her mother. The teen called home on Dec. 19, but the phone connection was lost and Hurtado’s mother was reportedly not able to contact her again.

Several tips that were generated through media attention of the investigation led deputies to a house in the Vado area, where Hurtado was reportedly staying with friends.

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8:04 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Police: Arrest Made In Wounding Of Albuquerque Officer

Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and wounding an Albuquerque officer has been arrested after a massive manhunt.

Albuquerque police said Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies took 36-year-old Christopher Cook into custody without incident early Tuesday on suspicion of shooting Officer Lou Golson during a weekend traffic stop.

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8:01 am
Tue January 6, 2015

NM Department Of Public Safety Names New Chaplain

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has a new chaplain.

The agency announced Monday that Jose "Chappy" Villegas will serve as the department's official chaplain and will help victims and department members deal with the emotional aftermath of violent crimes.

He also serves the Santa Fe Police Department and Fire Department and the FBI.

In addition, Villegas also assists with more than twelve agencies in northern New Mexico when needed.

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7:56 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Retrial Of Man Covicted In Two El Paso Killings Delayed

The third capital murder trial for a man charged in the 1993 El Paso deaths of two teens has been delayed for possibly a year in a dispute over phone calls.

The original 1994 trial of Daniel Villegas ended with a hung jury. He was retried a year later, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. An appeals court in 2013 threw out that conviction, citing ineffective counsel.

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7:54 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Gov. Martinez Appoints Farmington Lawyer To 11th Judicial District

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Farmington lawyer Brad Dalley to serve as a judge for the 11th Judicial District.

The 11th Judicial District includes San Juan and McKinley counties.

The Daily Times reports that Dalley was among four applicants for the appointment to replace Judge William Birsdall, who has served as a judge since 1999.

A nominating committee of attorneys, judges and members of the public recommended Dalley and Chief Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw for the appointment, and Martinez chose Dalley.

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7:52 am
Tue January 6, 2015

New Mexico Legislator Wants To Ban Some School Activity Fees

A New Mexico legislator wants to prohibit some public school activity fees.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Sen. Craig Brandt says he believes public school fees violate the New Mexico Constitution's guarantee of a free public education.

The Rio Rancho Republican is sponsoring a bill in the upcoming legislative session to prohibit fees for such things as laboratory classes, fine arts education, physical education and special education and use of libraries.

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3:16 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

U.S. Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuke Dump

Credit facebook.com/energygov

The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.

The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.

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3:01 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Las Cruces Man Arrested For Taking Naked Toddler Out In Freezing Weather

  A Las Cruces man was jailed early Saturday morning after he reportedly kept his two-year-old daughter outside in 28-degree weather without any clothes on the child.

Just after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 3, a Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department investigator was called to the 5200 block of Isaacs Lane after a woman in the area called 911 and reported that she heard her neighbors having an argument.

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2:56 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

NMSU Las Cruces Named A "Bicycle Friendly University"

  New Mexico State University celebrated its achievement as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by putting up its first sign on campus in December. The Bicycle Friendly University Taskforce has plans to improve conditions in 2015 for cyclists at NMSU and its surrounding areas. 

NMSU earned the bronze level designation from the League of American Bicyclists, which recognizes amenities such as good bike access to public transportation, arterial streets with bike lanes and bicycle skills classes among other things. 

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2:56 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Carlsbad Caverns: Water Pipeline Suffers More Severe Damage Than Expected

  CARLSBAD, NM – Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently operating under “limited services” due to a damaged water supply system. Over the New Year’s holiday, southeast New Mexico experienced subfreezing temperatures causing the park’s fresh water pipeline to freeze and burst. Initially, about 1,000 feet of pipeline was thought to be affected, but after partial thawing, it became evident that most of the 6,900 feet of aboveground pipeline was severely damaged. The damaged pipe is 8” cement- lined, ductile iron pipe that was installed in the early '60s.

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1:57 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Farmington Man Arrested For 16th DUI

  Authorities say a 30-year-old Farmington man has been arrested for DUI for the 16th time.

Farmington police say Laurence Pine is being held on a $200,000 bond on suspicion of DUI, two counts of child abuse, failure to maintain traffic lanes, driving with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was unclear Monday if he had a lawyer.

Pine was arrested Dec. 31 after officers were dispatched to Hastings about a possible domestic violence situation.

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1:50 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

New Mexico Businesses Hit By Higher Unemployment Insurance Costs

  Some New Mexico employers are feeling the pinch of an overhaul of New Mexico's unemployment insurance program that has taken effect with the new year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a change in the program's funding was approved by the Legislature in 2013 but with implementation delayed until 2015.

Employers with higher rates of using unemployment insurance in recent years now are being charged the highest rate. Employers' payments pick up the entire cost of the state's unemployment insurance trust fund.

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1:47 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Republicans Push To Block The President On Climate Change Work

  President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress.  Republicans have promised to send Obama a barrage of bills to roll back his environmental rules and force his hand on energy development. GOP leaders will be able to send bills to Obama's desk unimpeded by Senate Democrats for the first time in Obama's presidency.

Success for Republicans would jeopardize a key component of Obama's legacy. And the ramifications would likely ricochet far beyond the United States.

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1:45 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Lawmakers File Second "Right To Work" Proposal

  A new proposal would bar New Mexico private- and public-sector workers from being required to join unions as a condition for employment.

Three Republican lawmakers announced Monday they have filed a bill that would transform New Mexico's labor laws and make it a "right-to-work" state. The measure goes further than a proposal from Sen. Sander Rue which only would bar private-sector employees from the requirement.

Supporters of the bills say they would spur economic growth and attract businesses to the state.

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11:04 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Branson: Virgin Galactic Worth Continuing

Construction on a new SpaceShipTwo craft in Mojave, California.
Credit Virgin Galactic

  

  As New Mexico anxiously awaits Virgin Galactic launches at Spaceport America, Virgin founder Richard Branson is speaking out about the future of commercial spaceflight.

Branson wrote about October's fatal crash of Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo in a New Year’s blog post.

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10:20 am
Mon January 5, 2015

NMSU Graduate Student Named Miss New Mexico USA

KTSM has a story on the 2015 Miss New Mexico USA, a graduate student at New Mexico State University.
Miss Mesilla Valley, Alexis Duprey of Alamogordo, was named Miss New Mexico USA 2015 during the peagant at the Las Cruces Convention Center Sunday night. Duprey was Miss New Mexico Teen USA in 2009 and Miss New Mexico America 2013. She represented New Mexico at the 2013 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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8:05 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New Mexico Regulators Weigh Power Plant Proposal

    State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.

The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists argue it doesn't do enough to wean the state's largest utility off fossil fuels.

The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission began Monday in Santa Fe as dozens of people protested outside.

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8:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Navajo Nation Says It Spent $1.6 Million On Detox Center

Some officials are questioning the Navajo Nation's claim it has spent more than $1 million operating a Gallup detox facility.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services says $1.6 million was spent in the first year of operation of the Gallup Detox Center.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie sponsored the report during a special council session Dec. 30.

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7:58 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New Mexico Senate Leader: Time To Vote On Education Secretary

Credit Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

The Senate's top-ranking leader says it time for lawmakers to vote up or down on Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

New Mexico Senate President Pro-tem Mary Kay Papen says the Democratic-controlled chamber has wasted too much time by preventing Skandera's nomination from coming to the floor over the last four years. The Las Cruces Democrat says Gov. Susana Martinez has a right to appoint her cabinet members and the Senate has the responsibility to vote to approve them or not.

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7:55 am
Mon January 5, 2015

State Regulators Weigh Power Plant Proposal

Credit pnm.com

State regulators will begin hearing testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.

The plan aims to curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmental groups argue it doesn't do enough to wean the state's largest utility off of fossil fuels.

The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission begins Monday. It's scheduled to last through Jan. 16.

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