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8:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Gov. Martinez Appoints Two New Judges For 13th District

Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new judges to serve in New Mexico 13th Judicial District.

Gina Manfredi of Rio Rancho was appointed to fill a new position created under a law that established additional judgeships around the state.

The appointment of Pedro Rael of Los Lunas fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Violet Otero.

The 13th Judicial District includes Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties.

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6:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Las Cruces Woman Accused In Baby Daughter's Death

Authorities say a Las Cruces woman is accused in the death of her infant daughter.

Las Cruces police say 33-year-old Annette Smith is being held on suspicion of intentional child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence.

Police were dispatched to a report of CPR being performed on a 7-month-old girl inside an apartment about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

They say Shania Smith was rushed to Memorial Medical Center, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

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6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Political Action Committee For Gov. Martinez Raises $71,000

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee has raised nearly $71,000 in the past month.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $120,800 after spending almost $20,700 from late May through late June.

The committee contributed about $10,400 to Republican candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and land commissioner.

The PAC collected nearly $43,000 from donors in El Paso, Texas, including $10,000 from the Border Livestock Company.

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6:39 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Post Office In Los Alamos Closer To Historic Designation

The Los Alamos post office is on its way to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee recently recommended its listing on the national registry.

Constructed in 1948, the building was part of a multi-million dollar community center funded by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

It was one of several projects aimed at developing Los Alamos into a permanent scientific and civilian city.

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6:01 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Otero County Wants Game and Fish To Better Fund Feral Pig Eradication

Wild Life Specialist Lewis Reeves tours ranches and forest throughout Otero County hunting and trapping feral pigs posing a threat to wildlife, native plants and livestock
Credit Simon Thompson

Elk, bear, antelope and turkey there has always been plenty of fine game to hunt in New Mexico. But not without limitation.

Feral pigs on the other hand can be hunted without a license, year round, with any legal sporting gun. In fact there is no restriction on the number feral pigs you can hunt and kill in New Mexico.

Otero County pig trapper Lewis Reeves says that is the reason hunters started  trying to build up a feral pig hunting population in New Mexico.

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NMSU Effort Fights Global Warming While Improving The Soil

NMSU scientist David C. Johnson stands in a field at Leyendecker Plant Science Center with a cutting from a sesbania plant grown on his compost system. Johnson's compost work suggests that the solution to global warming lies in the soil. (Courtesy photo)

  A New Mexico State University scientist’s work in carbon sequestration is turning heads – not just here in New Mexico, but also in Austria and Australia. His work suggests a potential solution for dealing with the carbon dioxide-related problems that seem to be causing global warming.

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Water Outage In Part Of Las Cruces Today

Residents and business along Colorado Avenue between San Pedro Street and Campo Street, and Campo Street between Texas Avenue and Arizona Avenue will experience a water outage Thursday, July 10, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a new water main connection. Adjacent areas also may be affected by the outage. 

City crews will post door hanger notices on buildings impacted by the outage a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

NMSU Director Of Golf To Play In U.S. Senior Open This Week

  New Mexico State University Director of Golf Daniel Koesters is at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma, this week to compete in the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.

“The U.S. Golf Association has qualifying tournaments in each state. I qualified as an alternate for New Mexico, and got a last minute call to participate due to a withdrawal,” Koesters said. “It’s a pretty neat deal.”

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12:25 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

New Mexico Film Office Wants To Lure Gaming And App Developers

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   New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis says the industry is thriving in the state, and he hopes to expand the momentum by luring gaming and app developers.

Maniatis discussed his efforts Wednesday at an Albuquerque hearing of the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee. He says he is trying to set up a private fund to also grow the gaming and app industries.

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12:20 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Man Killed By U.S. Marshal In Albuquerque Identified

  An Albuquerque official has identified an alleged probation violator fatally shot by a deputy U.S. marshal in Albuquerque last week.

Deputy City Attorney Kathryn Levy told the Albuquerque Journal that Deputy Marshal Kenneth Daniel shot and killed Anthony Chavez July 2 at a home.

Levy says Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally in the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.

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12:18 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Farmers, Ranchers Take Advantage Of USDA Disaster Program

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  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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12:16 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Immigrant Rights Groups Sue Federal Government

   A coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups is suing the federal government over the fact that few minors have legal representation during deportation proceedings.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle on behalf of eight plaintiffs, all minors. The plaintiffs are from Mexico and Central America, and they range in age from 10 to 17.

At deportation hearings, immigrants must hire their own lawyers or find someone to represent them pro bono, while the federal government has attorneys arguing for them to leave the U.S.

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12:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

County Diabetes Awareness Program Receives National Award

  A Doña Ana County health awareness initiative has received national recognition for its innovative diabetes management and prevention program.

   The Doña Ana County Nuestra Vida program was awarded the 2014 Annual Achievement Award on behalf of the National Association of Counties. Awards are given in 21 different categories, including children and youth, health and county administration.

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11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former West Texas Jail Being Considered For Migrant Children

A closed detention center in West Texas is being considered as a holding facility for hundreds of unaccompanied children entering South Texas from Central America.

The former Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, approximately 40 miles northwest of Lubbock, was built about 15 years ago by the town but has become a financial drain since its closure in 2009. City officials hope they can generate a revenue stream by reopening the 382-bed center to temporarily house migrant children.

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8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WNMU To Honor Silver City LULAC Council

  Western New Mexico University is honoring a Latino civil rights group for their work in Grant County.

WNMU President Joseph Shepard is scheduled later this month to present the 2014 President's Award to the Silver City League of United Latin American Citizens Council 8003 for its long history of community service.

Shepard said the group's passion for service and education has changed the lives of thousands in Silver City and in New Mexico.

Founded in 1929, LULAC is the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the country.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Mexico Among Leading Oil Producing States

Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures Tuesday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the next largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.

And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.

The boom has also been felt by oil and gas developers working on state trust lands.

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8:03 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Martinez Administration To Offer Five Year Film Plan

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The Martinez administration is expected to detail plans for helping the film industry thrive in New Mexico.

Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis are scheduled to appear before the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee in Albuquerque Wednesday morning to present a five-year plan for the industry.

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8:02 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Minor Earthquake Rattles New Mexico-Arizona Border

    

A minor earthquake has struck near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.6 quake struck about 1:15 a.m. PDT Wednesday in southeastern Arizona, about 26 miles northwest of Lordsburg, New Mexico. There was no immediate word of damage from the quake.

USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin says the temblor is an aftershock of the magnitude-5.2 quake that struck the region on June 28. He says the area could see aftershocks for a month.

Baldwin says two people about 10 miles away reported feeling it.

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7:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Texas Man Dies In Fall At New Mexico State Park

Authorities in southwestern New Mexico say a 50-year-old Texas man is dead after falling approximately 75 feet from a mountain in Rockhound State Park southeast of Deming.

The Deming Headlight reports relatives of Scott Allen Coleman of Houston had reported him missing Monday night after he went for a walk that afternoon and never returned.

A Deming Police Department report says family friends located Coleman in the park and that Luna County sheriff's deputies then found Coleman was badly injured after falling.

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Recognized For Water Conservation Research

  A group of New Mexico State University researchers received regional and national recognition from Western and national land-grant university directors for a sustainability project that aims to conserve water.

“NMSU works in many aspects of sustainability,” said Steve Loring, administrative adviser representing the Western Agricultural Experiment Station directors. “We have been part of this ongoing project for a very long time and it is an honor to be selected and recognized for the work we’ve done.”
 

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

NMSU Makes Military And Veterans Programs A Priority

New Mexico State University students and employees turn out for a special Veteran's Day picnic near Garcia Annex in honor of U.S. military veterans. The NMSU Military and Veterans Programs office hosted the event. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

  Adapting to college life can be a challenge, and for military personnel it can seem overwhelming. Military and Veterans Programs at New Mexico State University strives to ease that transition.

“Our goal is to serve our veterans the best way possible,” said Jacobo Varela, director of Military and Veterans Programs and an Army veteran himself. “They have served our country, now it is our turn to serve them. That’s our primary goal.”

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6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Author Speaks At NMSU Las Cruces Tonight

The Jornada Long Term Agricultural Research program and the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Network have created a new speaker program. The inaugural event of the Jornada Speaker Program this week features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan.

Egan will discuss his book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America,” along with the start of the U.S. Forest Service, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

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4:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Starlight Children's Theatre Presents "Patience" At NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall

Starlight Children’s Theatre presents “Patience” at Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU

Fridays and Saturdays, July 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:00 PM           
 

Saturday Matinee July 12, 1:00 PM 
 

Friday Children's Matinee, July 18, 10:30 AM        

“Patience” Synopsis

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3:35 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Las Cruces Confiscates $2500 In Illegal Fireworks

  Las Cruces fire, police and codes enforcement confiscated an estimated $2,500 worth of illegal fireworks and responded to several hundred calls related to fireworks during the 2014 season when vendors were allowed to sell their products.

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12:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man's Death In Clovis Investigated As Homicide

    

Clovis police say they're investigating a man's death as a homicide.

Police say a property manager found the body of 33-year-old Jose Barrera in an apartment on Monday.

According to police, Barrera had a Tucumcari address on his driver's license but recently had been living in Clovis as a transient.

Police say they're awaiting a determination of cause of death but say the death is suspicious because of blood found on the victim's head and because the apartment was supposed to be vacant.

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12:51 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Two Plead Guilty In Gallup Housing Fraud Case

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The Gallup Housing Authority's former executive director and another man each face prison time after admitting they plotted to defraud the federal government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Danny Garcia and 61-year-old Michael Virruso pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit false claims against the government and of false claims against the government. Garcia also pleaded guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds.

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12:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Lawsuit: Inmate Left Untreated In New Mexico Jail

A new lawsuit says a Tennessee man who suffers from bipolar disorder was denied his medication and left untreated in a filthy New Mexico solitary confinement cell.

The lawsuit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says 57-year-old Michael Faziani was thrown in a Sierra County solitary confinement cell for days after getting arrested for a minor accident in a McDonald's parking pot.

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12:08 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces Is Home To Nation's Only Professional Doctorate In Economic Development

Benjamin Widner, an associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Business Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business, teaches courses in the Doctor of Economic Development program. (NMSU photo by Robert Yee)

  A doctoral program at New Mexico State University that is unique in the nation is looking to increase its visibility and expand its pool of qualified applicants.

The Doctor of Economic Development program was launched in 2008 and is offered jointly by the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business in the College of Business and the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

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7:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Official: Application On Loading Crude In N.M. Withdrawn

A Texas company has withdrawn an application to transfer crude oil from tank trucks to rail cars at an industrial site in New Mexico.

Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres says Dallas-based NuDeveCo Midstream Development began the application process for usage of a mothballed American Gypsum drywall plant in Bernalillo but later backed away.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that American Gypsum had a contract with BNSF Railway to use the siding.

Bernalillo residents and officials had voiced concerns about possible oil spills.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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7:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Agency, Lawyer Differ On Applications Backlog

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The New Mexico Department of Human Services and lawyers for low-income people are at odds on whether the state is complying with a judge's order to quickly process applications for food and medical benefits.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales on May 15 ordered the department to process the backlogged applications immediately.

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