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2:30 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Hobbs Teen Arrested In Murder

  A Hobbs teen has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting of a former Lovington High School football player.

17-year-old was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder for the Oct. 28 shooting death of 20-year-old Gary Nash.

Hobbs Police Chief Chris McCall would not elaborate on the case or what led officers to the teen.

Authorities say Nash was found Tuesday lying in the street, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Nash was taken to Lea Regional Medical Center, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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2:28 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Denton Ready To Fight If Fracking Ban Is Approved

   The mayor of Denton says he's expecting legal challenges if the North Texas city bans fracking in a closely-watched vote.

Chris Watts says that Tuesday's vote "is not the end of the story. It may just be the beginning."

The proposed ordinance coming up for a referendum would prohibit hydraulic fracturing, which pumps water, sand and chemicals underground to release otherwise-unreachable reserves of oil and gas.

Opponents complain the practice may increase earthquakes and that the resulting waste fluid can cause environmental damage.

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9:26 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Rare Voter Fraud Case Reported In New Mexico

The Rio Arriba County Clerk’s office reported Saturday that a voter signing in to vote early at the Rio Arriba Health Commons Clinic in Española was told he had already voted three days earlier, on Wednesday, October 29, at 11:24 AM.

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4:26 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

In Depth: Details On Virgin Galactic As New Mexico Continues To Wait For Spaceport Launch

Credit facebook.com/virgingalactic

  The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:

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4:23 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Can Private Space Business Survive?

  Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again Friday to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise — so routine that if you have lots of money you can buy a ticket on a private spaceship.

But it all depends on flying becoming safe and routine. This week hasn't helped.

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4:21 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Texas Official Wants Border Security Panel

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter says he'll convene a panel to advise him on possible threats to oil and gas infrastructure by Mexican drug cartels.

Porter, who's from Midland, wants more information on protecting pipelines and state inspectors. He says his informal advisory team could include lawmakers and representatives of the private sector.

Porter says solutions could include issuing satellite phones to inspectors working in remote areas where cellphone service is spotty.

He's raised South Texas pipeline security issues with federal authorities.

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4:20 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Pilot Killed In SpaceShip 2 Crash Identified

  California authorities have identified the pilot killed during a test flight of Virgin Galactic's prototype space tourism rocket over the Mojave Desert.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the pilot was 39-year-old Michael Tyner Alsbury of Tehachapi, California.

Alsbury worked for Scaled Composites, the company developing the spaceship for billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism company.

The pilot who survived Friday's crash has not been identified.

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4:18 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Former El Paso School Leader Sent To Halfway House

  A former El Paso Independent School District superintendent sentenced to more than three years in prison over a testing scandal has been released to a halfway house.

Federal prison records show Lorenzo Garcia was released Friday in the south-central area of the country to complete his sentence.

Garcia was hired in 2006 and served as superintendent until his 2012 arrest. He pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to improve the district's test scores by holding back some students so they would not take a state-required knowledge and skills test.

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4:17 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Murdered Santa Fe Deputy Remembered; Colleague Accused Resigns

Credit Jeremy Martin

  A Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy who was allegedly killed by another deputy was honored at a public memorial.

Mourners gathered at a service for Jeremy Martin on Saturday at Capital High School in Santa Fe.

Authorities say Martin was shot by fellow deputy Tai Chan at a Las Cruces hotel on Monday.

KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1rJwCsk) Chan, who was arraigned on a murder charge, resigned Wednesday.

Chan failed to show up to work or call his supervisor for two days, which is considered job abandonment under department rules.

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4:14 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Mexico: DNA Tests Confirm Three Dead Were Missing Americans

  Mexican authorities have officially confirmed through DNA testing that three U.S. citizens were among the four bodies found shot to death near the border more than two weeks after they went missing.

The statement issued late Friday by the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office did not mention the fourth body, which is thought to be the Mexican boyfriend of one of the dead Americans.

The Mexican father of the three Americans had previously identified his children from photos of the bodies found near the border city of Matamoros.

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1:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Las Cruces Police Arrest Driver After Crash

  A motorist pulled over Thursday afternoon for a relatively minor traffic violation was arrested after he allegedly pushed a police officer, and fled the area before crashing into a parked car and a house.

Jasper Garcia Montano, 20, then ran from the crash leaving behind his girlfriend and his two children, an infant and toddler.

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1:14 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

NM Secretary Of State Candidates Face Complaints

Credit NM Sec. of State Dianna Duran / Official photo

  Candidates in a heated Secretary of State race are facing dueling complaints.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Republican incumbent Dianna Duran, is facing a complaint she used a government website to attack Duran. The complaint filed earlier this month by Sandia Park resident Carolyn Freeman says the disputed material was later taken down.

Oliver's campaign manager Alan Packman called the complaint a "complete fabrication."

The Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review board is scheduled to discuss the matter Monday.

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1:11 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

New Mexico Candidates Shine Light On Domestic Violence

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   Domestic violence has come into focus in the final stretch of New Mexico's election season.

First-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat, is running ads touting his support for anti-domestic violence and anti-stalking legislation.

Former prosecutor Susan Riedel, a Republican vying to be New Mexico's next top cop, says she has a plan for helping victims.

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1:06 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Reports: 1 Fatality, 1 Major Injury In Virgin Galactic Crash

   Virgin Galactic reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has been lost in Southern California and the status of the pilots is unclear.  The California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after the accident; witness reports indicate an explosion and crash.

The company tweeted Friday: "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo."

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12:03 pm
Fri October 31, 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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9:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Judge Orders Fast Track For N.M. Water Panel Dispute

A judge on Thursday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.

A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.

That order was based on allegations by a former director who claims the body conducted meetings without proper public notice or behind closed doors.

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9:19 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Language Fluency Case Back Before Navajo Court

The Navajo Nation's highest court is taking up a request Friday to hold election officials in contempt for not removing a disqualified candidate from the ballot.

The Supreme Court issued an order last week to postpone Tuesday's presidential election and reprint ballots without Chris Deschene's name. Deschene was disqualified from the race after refusing to show he met a requirement to speak fluent Navajo.

Deschene says he unfairly was singled out to demonstrate his speaking skills.

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9:14 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Federal Agents Rescue Immigrant Lost In Desert

Border Patrol agents rescued a man who got lost in the southwestern New Mexico desert after crossing the border illegally from Mexico.

The Border Patrol says the rescue was performed Wednesday after Luna County authorities received a 911 call from the man, who said he was lost, in distress and needed help.

Agents used his cell-phone signal to identify a search area, and Customs and Border Protection helicopters then were sent to search for the man.

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6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Disabled El Paso Veteran Receives Home

When Veteran’s return home it can be difficult for them to find work, proper health care, and even a place to live. But the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and Bank of America are working to change that.

55-year old William Chasten, a retired US Army Sgt. 1st class has never owned a home, until now.

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4:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

BLM Announces Brush Treatments Throughout Southwestern New Mexico

  Las Cruces ‒ Beginning around November 1, 2014, and continuing for approximately three weeks, the Sierra and Otero Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts will treat approximately 39,000 acres of creosote and tarbush.  Treatments will occur on BLM public lands, State trust lands and private lands throughout Sierra, Luna, Hidalgo, and Otero Counties. 

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4:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Clothing With Bodies Matches Missing Texans

  The Tamaulipas state governor and prosecutor have confirmed that three Americans missing in northern Mexico for more than two weeks have been found dead near Matamoros.

State Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta says the father of the three identified them from photographs of the bodies showing tattoos. Clothing found with the bodies near the border city also match that of the three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a fourth person.

He spoke Thursday with Radio Formula.

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4:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Firm Hired To Conduct NM Health Audit Did Not Follow Normal Procedures

Credit Office of the Governor

  A Massachusetts firm that audited 15 health organizations in New Mexico last year normally gives companies it’s scrutinizing a chance to respond before issuing official findings.

It is a common practice for auditors. Running the findings by staff gives organizations the opportunity to refute findings or address misunderstandings. It’s a way of ensuring the accuracy of an audit, among other things.

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11:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Chihuahuas Bark At The Park Voted Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year

  EL PASO – It started with a jersey that took the nation by storm. The jersey, featuring the face of a Chihuahua dog, kicked off the Bark at the Park festivities, a promotion that saved a life, raised money and brought national, regional and local attention to pet owner education.

It was announced on Thursday, that the Chihuahuas Bark at the Park won Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year in their inaugural season. Bark at the Park has been done before, but the Chihuahuas took it over the top. 

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11:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Charges Dismissed Against Former Athletic Director

Prosecutors are dropping a criminal case against a former Albuquerque high school athletic director who was accused of planting drug paraphernalia in a coach's office to frame him.

KRQE-TV reports that prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss charges against Tom Knauber, the former athletic director of Sandia High School.

Prosecutors and defense attorney Jason Bowles both said surveillance video that showed Knauber entering coach Alvin Broussard's office with something in his hands didn't prove that Knauber actually planted drug paraphernalia.

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10:47 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Judge Won't Toss Most Charges In Homeless Killing

A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

KOV-TV reports that a state District Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss 24 of the 27 charges. The teens are charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.

In July, Albuquerque police arrested 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old in the killings of 44-year-old Allison Gorman and 46-year-old Kee Thompson. Their bodies were discovered in a vacant lot.

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9:52 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Exclusive Coverage: New Mexico U.S. Senate Debate Between Sen. Tom Udall And Allen Weh

 

   KRWG TV  will rebroadcast the U.S. Senate debate Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 11am.  The debate was taped Wednesday in Albuquerque.  Democratic Senator Tom Udall is facing a challenge from Republican Allen Weh.  

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8:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Denies Request In Water Fight

The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state's top water manager to continue considering an application by a commercial venture that calls for piping drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas.

The court this week denied a motion filed by a ranching family that sought to toss the latest application filed with the state engineer's office by Augustin Plains Ranch.

It will be up to the state engineer whether to grant a public hearing on the application.

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6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Alamogordo City Commission Works To Create Government Accountability

    

Government accountability in local politics is usually an elected official holding themselves accountable for their actions. The Alamogordo city commission is trying by allowing commissioners impose a civil fine if anyone on the commission breaks the code of conduct.

But is the new ordinance targeting anyone in particular?

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10:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bodies Found In Mexico Where Americans Went Missing

A Mexico state official says four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamaros, which is the area where three young Americans have been missing more than two weeks.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira will say only that the four bodies were found Wednesday morning.

A second state official says investigators are trying to determine if the dead include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who went missing with a fourth person Oct. 13. The official insisted on speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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10:01 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Deputy Accused Of Murdering Partner Pleads Not Guilty

A New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting a fellow deputy following an argument at a hotel has pleaded not guilty.

Tai Chan entered his plea to the murder charge at his first court appearance in Las Cruces on Wednesday.

Police say Chan shot Deputy Jeremy Martin at the Hotel Encanto after the two drank at a nightspot and got into a heated argument. They were staying there after dropping off a prisoner in Arizona.

It's not clear why the two men were arguing.

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