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8:38 am
Thu July 3, 2014

GOP Group Spends $571,000 On N.M. Ad Blitz

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A national Republican group reports spending more than a half million dollars in the past month on advertising against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King.

A fundraising report by the Republican Governors Association lists expenditures of $571,000 to produce and air ads in June.

The RGA started airing hard-hitting TV ads against King a few days after he won a five-way primary election contest for the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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4:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

115 Layoffs At Los Alamos Contractor

The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government's nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

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3:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Emergency Closures In The Gila National Forest

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  During the summer and fall of 2013, the Gila River reached record flow rates.  This caused extensive damage to the riverbanks and flood plains along the river.  The low areas along the Gila River in the vicinity of the Forks and Grapevine Campgrounds on the Wilderness Ranger District experienced major flooding from these high river flows.  This caused much of the riverbank and adjacent flood plains to erode away.  Many of these eroded areas were popular camping spots along the river.  Due to the repeated large forest fires from the past few years and monsoonal rains, it is expected for th

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3:39 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

U.S. Army: Bergdahl Venturing Out In Public

  A U.S. Army spokeswoman says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, is being allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl has been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio since returning to the United States last month.

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2:46 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Afternoon Power Outages In Las Cruces

UPDATE:  Crews restored power to over 7,000 customers in Las Cruces after a bird got into El Paso Electric equipment. The issue was reported at 1:53 p.m. and power was fully restored at about 2:20 p.m.

Original post:  Many parts of Las Cruces appear to be experiencing an electrical power outage that has had a negative effect on traffic signals at intersections. The Las Cruces Police Department reminds drivers to treat non-working traffic signals as an all-way stop and to proceed with extreme caution.

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12:53 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Artesia Residents Express Anger Over Detention Center

Southeastern New Mexico residents are speaking out against a detention center for immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally.

Around 400 people attended Tuesday a contentious town hall meeting in Artesia to express their anger that close to 700 Central American women and children will be stay at a nearby facility.

Residents say they were afraid the immigrants might take away jobs from locals and resources away from American-born children.

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12:52 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Central Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Terror Charges

  Federal prosecutors say a Central Texas man has pleaded guilty to attempting to support terrorists overseas and faces up to 15 years in prison.

Rahatul Khan, a 23-year-old University of Texas student, entered his plea Tuesday morning in Austin.

Khan was arrested last month on charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors say Khan was recruiting fighters to go to Somalia for "jihad" — an Arabic term sometimes used to mean a Muslim holy war.

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12:49 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Martinez Role In Parade Under Fire

Credit Office of the Governor

  The decision to make Republican Gov. Susana Martinez the grand marshal in heavily-Democratic Las Vegas's fiesta parade Saturday isn't universally welcomed.

Parade organizers had announced the selection of Martinez by saying she'd demonstrated a commitment to the community, including Las Vegas-area reservoir and hotel projects.

However, the Las Vegas Optic reports that San Miguel County Democratic Chairman Martin Suazo says it's inappropriate to honor Martinez.

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12:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Northern New Mexico Wildfire Continues To Grow

  A wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.

Officials said Wednesday morning the lightning-sparked Diego Fire has burned more than five square miles, an increase of about 400 acres since Tuesday.

However, the fire remained zero percent contained.

Still, some residents say they felt isolated and uninformed about the fire's dangers. And ranchers who have livestock roaming in the fire area are worried about their cattle.

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12:46 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

CBP Campaign To Note Immigration Dangers

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske says a new international media campaign will be aimed at slowing illegal immigration.

Kerlikowske made the announcement Wednesday in South Texas while standing beside the Rio Grande in Mission. He says 226 immigrants have died crossing the border since October.

The campaign will include hundreds of billboards and some 6,500 public service announcements for radio and television stations in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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10:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Community Mental Health - Esther Devall & Jon Schwartz

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10:24 am
Wed July 2, 2014

APA = ACTion Program for Animals

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10:21 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Newsmakers 6/19/14

This week on Newsmakers:  A look at the difficulties faced by veterans seeking care from the VA; challenges for the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission; and the impact of the annual Border Book Festival. 

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9:46 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bizarre Las Cruces Abduction Story Leads To Arrest

  A Las Cruces man who claimed a group of men abducted him at knifepoint has been arrested and charged with filing a false report after his co-workers refuted his story and told investigators they were all at a bar together.

   Angel Ray Figueroa, 24, called his live-in girlfriend in the early morning hours of May 22, 2014 from a convenience store and told the woman he didn’t come home after work because he had been taken by three black men in a white car.

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8:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Early Voting More Popular In Primary Election

Official primary election returns show a growing portion of New Mexico voters are casting their ballots before Election Day.

About 40 percent of Democratic and Republican voters in this year's primary election took advantage of absentee ballots or early in-person voting, according to official returns from the secretary of state's office.

That's up from 35 percent in 2010, and 24 percent in 2006. Both were gubernatorial election years.

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8:07 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces To Beef Up Fireworks Patrols

The Las Cruces fire and police departments are beefing up fireworks patrols this year.

Because of the continued drought, the city is only allowing fireworks on barren or paved lands with a readily available water source nearby. The restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks in any city park.

Officials will increase patrols Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks.

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8:06 am
Wed July 2, 2014

PNM Plans To Add More Renewable Energy

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New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

PNM released details of the resource plan it filed with state regulators Tuesday. The utility considered future changes in the cost and reliability of potential resources — from coal to solar and wind — in determining what should be included in the mix.

The plan outlines the utility's objectives for the next two decades and includes specific recommendations for the next few years.

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8:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Mexico Boy, 12, To Be Sentenced In Shooting

A 12-year-old boy who pleaded no contest to opening fire in a New Mexico middle school gym and injuring two students is scheduled to be sentenced.

The boy is expected Wednesday to appear before a judge for the Jan. 14 shooting at a Roswell middle school. As a juvenile, he faces possible detention until he's 21 years old.

Authorities say the 12-year-old took a modified shotgun to Berrendo Middle School and opened fire on students as they waited for classes to begin.

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7:59 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Albuquerque Police: Woman's Death Is Suspicious

Albuquerque police have identified a woman whose dead body was found in her home and they say her death is suspicious.

Police identify the woman whose body was found Monday as 53-year-old Danette Webb but they haven't released details on the circumstances of her death.

Police request anybody with information on the victim's death to contact police.

The home in southwest Albuquerque is located on Dunhill Avenue, in a neighborhood south of Central Avenue and west of Unser Boulevard.

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7:57 am
Wed July 2, 2014

College Partners With University On Nursing Degree

A partnership with the University of New Mexico will enable San Juan College nursing students to graduate with a four-year bachelor's degree after they get their associate degrees.

The Daily Times reports that San Juan College President Toni Pendergrass and UNM Nursing School Dean Nancy Ridenour signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday night.

According to Nisa Bruce, the director of the college's nursing program, the partnership will help students unable to transfer to UNM in Albuquerque or to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

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7:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reports: Men Fatally Shot By Police Were Impaired

Toxicology reports say two men were impaired when they were fatally shot by Albuquerque police in May.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Office of the Medical Investigator on Tuesday released death investigations and toxicology reports for 50-year-old Armand Martin and 37-year-old Ralph Chavez.

A report says Martin had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Tests also found a drug that can be prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia. He was shot outside his home following a domestic dispute and barricade situation.

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6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Managing Storm Water At NMSU

Much of the landscape design on the NMSU campus was created to manage storm runoff. From swales to cuts in curbs, it all serves a purpose – moving storm water away from buildings and to areas where it can absorb into the ground. (Courtesy photo)

  The National Weather Service Forecast Office says the North American Monsoon System affects New Mexico and other areas across the Southwest every summer between June 15 and Sept. 30. During that time, large amounts of rain can fall astonishingly quickly, but where does it all go? How is it managed?

Jack Kirby, assistant director of New Mexico State University’s Environmental Health and Safety office, runs New Mexico State University’s Storm Water Management Program, which is mandated by law and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces Plans Patrols To Target Illegal Fireworks

  The Las Cruces fire and police departments have scheduled increased patrols this year in order to combat the use of illegal fireworks within city limits.

The increased patrols will be held July 3-5. Police and fire are prepared to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks. Residents who witness the use of illegal fireworks are asked to call the Central Dispatch non-emergency telephone number of (575) 526-0795. Only in the event of an emergency should residents dial 911.

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1:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Las Cruces Dioceses Opens Its Doors To Immigrant Families

Bishop Oscar Cantu announces the Las Cruces Dioceses project to house, clothe and feed immigrant parents and their children
Credit Simon Thompson

When someone is apprehended crossing the border illegally they are handed over to Immigration and Customs enforcement or ICE.

But they don’t have enough of facilities needed to house the minors and families coming across the border. So once they have been processed they are released on their own reconnaissance, while they wait for their immigration hearings.

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4:51 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Mother Arrested In Ongoing Child Abuse Investigation

  The mother of a four-year-old girl who was injured while she was in the care of her mother’s girlfriend has also been arrested in connection with the child’s injuries.

   Maria Gurrola-Nevarez, 23, was taken into custody Friday, June 27. She is charged with one count of child abuse and one count of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. At the time of her arrest, Gurrola-Nevarez also had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines. 

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4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Fugitive May Be Back In Las Cruces Area

  A man arrested on residential burglary charges who reportedly fled to Mexico after posting bond could be back in Doña Ana County, according to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators.

Guillermo Velasquez, 19, was arrested on July 10, 2013 for residential burglary and conspiracy to commit a third-degree felony after deputies reportedly caught Velasquez and another suspect coming out of a window in the 5800 block of Stern Drive.

Velasquez was booked at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, where he posted bond on July 29, 2013.

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3:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Electric Fish Research In The Desert? It's Happening At NMSU Las Cruces

  A New Mexico State University professor is among a group of researchers that has co-authored an article about electric fish appearing in the latest edition of “Science” magazine. 

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1:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Sandbags Available At Volunteer Fire Stations

 With the onset of the monsoon seasons in southern New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department has authorized each of its 16 Volunteer Fire Districts to stock and distribute sandbags.

   Because of limited availability, distribution will be limited to 10 sandbags per residence or business. The sandbags allocated should be placed in doorways where there is a threat of water coming inside. Sandbags will not be issued to protect landscaping or to build water-diversion barricades.

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1:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Johnson Named Marijuana Company CEO

   Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.

Johnson said Tuesday he was recently named CEO and president of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.

The former Libertarian presidential candidate says the company will make marijuana-based oils aimed at helping children with epilepsy. He also says it will make cough drop-like products for recreational use.

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1:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Wild Horse Advocates Drop Lawsuit

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

  Wild horse advocates have dropped a lawsuit challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor the critics claimed were allowing some mustangs that were gathered to be sold for slaughter.

Bonnie Kohleriter and Laura Leigh of the Nevada-based group Wild Horse Education said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service couldn't account for the majority of the 140 horses J&S Associates of Mississippi rounded up last fall from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

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