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2:15 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Charges

ALBUQUERQUE –Eddie Gallardo, 31, of Las Cruces, N.M., entered a guilty plea yesterday afternoon in Las Cruces federal court to cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking charges.  The guilty plea was entered pursuant to a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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12:42 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

NMSU Seeks Alternative Method To Produce Healthy Feedlot Cattle

  Northeast New Mexico and the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, known as “cattle feeding country,” is the largest cattle-feeding region in America. The facilities annually market more than six million fed cattle – 28 percent of the nation’s feed-cattle production, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

This region is also home to one of the nation’s premier cattle research facilities – New Mexico State University’s Clayton Livestock Research Center.

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12:41 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Abortion Law Before Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers.

A federal judge had said the requirement — part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in 2013 — is an unconstitutional obstacle to abortion access.

Texas officials defending the law say its purpose is to improve health by raising the standards of care.

Wednesday morning's arguments are before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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12:37 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Texas Laws On Hair Braiding Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled as unconstitutional Texas laws regulating businesses that teach African hair braiding.

The judge in Austin ruled the regulations do not advance public health and safety or any other legitimate government interest.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by Isis Brantley, a Dallas woman who contended the laws related to her hair braiding school were unreasonable and unconstitutional.

State rules required Brantley to convert her small business into a fully equipped barber college.

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12:36 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Balloon Pilots Plan To Break Records

An international team led by two veteran pilots is preparing to break a pair of major ballooning records when it launches its helium-filled balloon this week.

Albuquerque pilot Troy Bradley and fellow pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia say they anticipate launching early Friday morning from Saga, Japan.

The team's mission control will be located in Albuquerque at the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.

The two pilots aiming for the shores of North America, an attempt that will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles.

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10:47 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Arizona Files Notice Of Possible Suit Over Mexican Wolves

Arizona officials are putting the federal government on notice that they may sue to force development of an update of the current recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolves.

The state Game and Fish Department announced Tuesday it has served a notice of intent with Interior Department officials.

State officials contend the current recovery plan is outdated and lacks recovery criteria required by federal law.

According to state officials, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has 60 days to respond to the notice, which is a requirement before a lawsuit can be filed.

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10:45 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Dona Ana County Men Plead Guilty To Meth Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Derek Cruz Rubalcava, 24, of Anthony, N.M., and Mark Jessie Rodriguez, 24, of Las Cruces, N.M., entered a guilty plea yesterday afternoon in Las Cruces federal court to methamphetamine trafficking charges.  The guilty pleas were entered into pursuant to plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

   Rubalcava and Rodriguez were arrested on a criminal complaint on July 25, 2014, in Doña Ana County, N.M.  The two men subsequently were indicted on methamphetamine trafficking charges in a four-count indictment filed in Nov. 2014.

  

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10:38 am
Wed January 7, 2015

BLM Postpones Oil And Gas Lease Sale In New Mexico

Credit Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management has postponed an oil and gas lease sale for a handful of parcels in northwestern New Mexico, saying more time is needed to review public comments.

The federal agency says three of the parcels will be considered again during the October sale. The remaining two will be put off while the agency reviews the potential environmental effects of managing an expected shale oil boom in the San Juan Basin.

Environmentalists contend the leases would have opened the door for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, before the agency updates its management plan.

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10:37 am
Wed January 7, 2015

El Paso Couple Sentenced To Prison For Prostitution Ring

Federal officials say an El Paso couple has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of bringing women across the U.S.-Mexico border to work as prostitutes.

The El Paso Times reports 45-year-old Maria Blake was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Her 45-year-old husband, Ronald Blake, was sentenced to six months.

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10:31 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Mexican Official Quits; US Ties $1 Million Account To Bribes

An official in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas has resigned three weeks after U.S. prosecutors said over $1.1 million found in his Texas bank account was linked to bribes.

Homero de la Garza Tamez said Tuesday that he resigned as Tamaulipas' social development secretary to take care of personal affairs, including the U.S. civil forfeiture suit seeking confiscation of the funds.

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8:57 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

UPDATE: Nine Small Earthquakes Hit North Texas

Nine small earthquakes have rattled a Dallas-area city in a span of less than 24 hours.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the temblors in the Irving area, including a 3.1 magnitude quake early Wednesday.

No major damage or injuries have been reported in the earthquakes that began around 7:30 a.m. CST Tuesday. USGS reports the magnitudes ranged from 1.6 to 3.6.

USGS geophysicist Carrieann Bedwell said Wednesday that the agency's senior scientists will be looking at the data from a seismic standpoint.

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7:20 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

UPDATE: FBI Confirms Gunman Shot Doctor At El Paso VA Clinic

The FBI has confirmed that a doctor was fatally shot at a West Texas veterans' clinic in an attack that also left the suspected gunman dead.  Special Agent Mike Martinez on Wednesday declined to identify the doctor or the gunman. The FBI is in the process of questioning hundreds of patients, staffers and others at the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System clinic at Fort Bliss who may have witnessed the shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Martinez says the FBI is taking the lead in the investigation because the shooting occurred on federal property.

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5:16 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

KVIA-TV Reports Doctor Shot, Gunman Dead In Fort Bliss Shooting

KVIA-TV is reporting that a doctor was shot and the gunman is dead in a Fort Bliss shooting.
A doctor was shot and the gunman is dead in a reported active-shooter incident at William Beaumont Army Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for Congressman Beto O'Rourke.
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5:03 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

AP: Active Shooter Confirmed At Fort Bliss

 

  Fort Bliss spokesman Gil Telles says an "active shooter" has been confirmed at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. Telles says he has no information on casualties or arrests. However, the entire hospital complex and its adjacent veterans' hospital have been placed on lockdown.

The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Mountain Time Tuesday.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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4:57 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Authorities Search For Suspect After "Active Shooter" Reported At Fort Bliss Hospital

KVIA-TV is covering reports of an "active shooter" incident at the Fort Bliss Hospital.
The Army is searching for a suspect after an "active shooter" was reported as a West Texas military hospital.
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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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