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11:54 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Dangerous Fire Conditions In New Mexico

A hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service warns of dangerous fire conditions in northern and central New Mexico.

The warning will be in effect until 9 p.m. MDT and is the result of single-digit humidity levels and gusty winds.

Forecasters in Albuquerque say the most critical fire conditions are expected from the central highlands to the northeast plains.

More strong winds are expected from a strong cold front that is expected to move through the Four Corners region by early evening and advance eastward Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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11:52 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Promotion Begins For Movie Based On Legendary New Mexico Racehorse

Chip Woolley(Skeet Ulrich) has a heart-to-heart talk with Mine That Bird (Sunday Rest).
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The improbable journey of Mine That Bird from southern New Mexico to the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby is coming to the silver screen.

The cast and filmmakers of "50-1" are embarking Monday on a cross-country tour to promote the movie, with Mine That Bird scheduled to make appearances along the way..

After a few stops between Las Cruces and Roswell, they'll arrive in Albuquerque for Wednesday's world premiere. Then, they will spend the next month weaving their way across the country until they reach Kentucky.

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11:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Texas Lagging On Health Insurance Enrollment

As a March 31 deadline draws near, Texas stands out among the nation's four most populous states for lagging behind on health insurance signups.

Nearly 1 in 4 Texans is uninsured, the highest rate in the nation. So the state's enrollment helpers are making a final, frenzied push to get people to buy policies.

But many of the uninsured say they won't participate in the new federal marketplaces, even at steep discounts.

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11:45 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Las Cruces Mayor's Top Teens Program Accepting Nominations

 The Mayor’s Top Teens program is accepting nominations for Las Cruces teens completing 9th, 10th or 11th grades (may not be an 11th grade student graduating early) and either attending a school or being home-schooled within the Las Cruces Public Schools District. 

Teens may be nominated by teachers, counselors, friends, clergy, or family (but not their parents, guardians or students).   Nomination forms should be completed on the Mayor’s Top Teen website at www.mayorstopteens.com

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11:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

UPDATE: Walnut Near Lohman In Las Cruces Reopens After Gas Leak

The natural gas leak that closed a portion of Walnut Street near Lohman Avenue Monday morning has been repaired.

The leak was reported at around 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, and briefly forced the closure of southbound lanes of Walnut Street from Lohman Avenue.

Las Cruces Police encourage motorists who drive along Walnut Street south of Lohman Avenue to proceed with caution as utility crews are still working in that area.

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9:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Traffic Alert For I-10 Bridge Project In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One office and La Calerita Construction have switched traffic over to the eastbound lanes on I-10 at the Avenida de Mesilla exit. This has been done in order to begin the demolition of the westbound bridge at Avenida de Mesilla.

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9:16 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Two NM Tribes Consider Opening Casinos

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Two New Mexico tribes have approached the governor about gambling compacts, making for a crowded field in the world of Native American gambling operations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials with Zuni Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo said Friday that fewer federal and state funds and the economy's downturn factored into their decision.

Both tribes sent letters to Gov. Susana Martinez in January expressing their interest.

According to New Mexico law, the state must negotiate gambling compacts with every tribe that requests it.

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9:14 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Investigation Underway Into Allegations And Suicide Of Border Agent

Law enforcement officials are trying to figure out a Texas mystery story on the border of Mexico. Esteban  Manzanares was a U.S. Border Patrol agent on patrol this past week when a trio of Honduran immigrants spotted him and offered to surrender.

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9:08 am
Mon March 17, 2014

States, Tribes Team Up To Conserve Trout

New Mexico and Colorado have teamed up with Native American tribes and several federal agencies to conserve the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

Officials signed an updated conservation agreement earlier this month. Managers hope the 10-year agreement will prevent the need for protection of the fish under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to make a decision in September on whether to list the species.

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9:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Los Alamos Historical Society To Host Trinity Tour

The Los Alamos Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the site of the first man-made nuclear explosion.

The group is selling $150 tickets for a visit to the Trinity site in southern New Mexico scheduled for April 5.

As part of the tour, visitors will see a restored house where nuclear core was assembled and visit the spot where the bomb was detonated.

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6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Monday BusinessWatch

  Every Monday at 7:51am on Morning Edition, Fred Martino covers the week's top local business stories with Las Cruces Sun News Business Editor Brook Stockberger.  Subscribe to our podcast on the right side of this page so you never miss a segment.

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7:30 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Aggies Play Thursday In Spokane In NCAA Tournament

Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are in the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year, earning the No. 4 seed in the West and a matchup against some old friends with 13th-seeded New Mexico State.

The Aztecs (29-4) and Aggies (26-9) will play Thursday in Spokane.

New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies was on Fisher's first staff after he was hired at SDSU in 1999. One of their first recruits, Aerick Sanders, is on Menzies' staff.

Says Fisher: "There will be a San Diego State connection. We'll look forward to the challenge."

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12:29 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

King Part Of Trip To Mexico To Discuss Cross-Border Crime

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Attorneys general from five U.S. states plan to visit Mexico for three days starting March 24 to discuss cross-border crimes.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris' office said Sunday that she will be joined by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.

They and Mexican authorities plan to discuss what joint actions they can take to fight international money laundering.

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12:24 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Big Plans For El Paso Baseball

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  The Famous San Diego Chicken, the ZOOperstars!, 12 nights of fireworks extravaganza and more than 20 giveaways, highlight the El Paso Chihuahuas inaugural promotional schedule.

Dedicated to offering something for everyone, the Chihuahuas will also feature recurring weekly promotional specials that include Military Mondays, Seniors Eat Free Tuesdays, Kids Eat Free Wednesdays, Thrifty Thursdays, Fetch the Fun Fridays, fireworks on Saturdays, and Kids Day Sundays.

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12:22 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Two Weekend House Fires In Las Cruces

  Las Cruces Fire Department extinguished a fire at a mobile home late Saturday night. Las Cruces Firefighters were dispatched to the 2200 block of Holiday Avenue just before midnight Saturday for a residential structure fire.  The first arriving fire crew witnessed heavy flames and smoke coming from the structure.  The initial fire crew had the blaze contained within minutes after arrival.   Prior to fire personnel arrival, one adult female occupying the home was able to evacuate with the help of an LCPD officer.     The mobile home suffered fire and heavy smoke damage.

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12:18 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

New National Science Foundation Director Has New Mexico Ties

An internationally recognized astrophysicist with ties to New Mexico has been tapped to serve as the next director of the National Science Foundation.

The nomination of France Cordova was approved by the U.S. Senate this week.

Cordova, a Santa Fe resident, is a former president of Purdue University. She's also on the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution and she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1979 and 1989.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says he looks forward to working with Cordova.

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12:17 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Teens Arrested For Vandalism Spree

Police have arrested four teenagers suspected of damaging property around Alamogordo over the last month.

19-year-old Justin Broberg, 19-year-old Jesse Hardway, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were arrested Saturday on 15 counts of criminal damage to property — but more charges may come.

Sgt. Roger Schoolcraft says the 19-year-olds face counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 16-year-old faces unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and DWI charges.

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6:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Alamogordo Event Will Examine Issues Facing Cattle Producers

ALAMOGORDO – Cattle producers face many challenges, from perennial concerns like the health of the cattle and the chances of drought to new worries about the spread of wild hogs. New Mexico State University’s Cattleman’s Current Issues Program will give producers an opportunity to get the latest updates on these topics and more March 28.

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6:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

NMSU To Host Youth Ranch Management Camp

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service hopes to build on the success of its New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp when it hosts the event June 8-13 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

“The camp has been a great success,” said Tom Dominguez, Otero County Extension agricultural agent and co-chairman of the camp. “The event is designed to be a unique educational experience and the first two camps definitely exceeded expectations.”

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4:16 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Lawsuit Against Santa Fe Hospital Now Class Action

A lawsuit alleging a Santa Fe hospital denied employees unpaid lunch breaks may gain hundreds of more plaintiffs. A judge has granted class-action status to the lawsuit brought against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

The ruling means an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 previous and current employees who worked between 2008 and the present can join in the litigation.

Seven plaintiffs originally filed the suit in 2010.

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4:14 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

New Mexico Gas Co. Sale Opposed

  Opposition against a Florida company's bid to buy New Mexico Gas Co. is growing amid concerns about layoffs and costs to consumers.

The state attorney general and other New Mexico stakeholders have expressed concern about Teco Energy Inc. gaining approval to purchase the utility.

Teco reached an agreement last May to buy the utility in a deal worth about $950 million.

The company needs approval from the Public Regulation Commission.

Opponents say Teco is paying too much for the deal and has plans to cut 100 jobs in New Mexico.

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4:10 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Santa Fe Schools Reach Out To Dropouts

Credit Courtesy: US Dept. of Education

  Santa Fe schools are hoping to turn around low graduation rates by getting students who dropped out back in class.

Santa Fe Public Schools is allowing Atlantic Education Partners, a private Florida-based firm, to use state funds for a program aimed at recruiting high school dropouts.

School district officials say the new Engage Santa Fe program will begin next semester.

The program will allow returning students to go to class at a separate place, away from existing high schools, but learn online too.

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4:08 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Opening Day For El Paso Baseball Sold Out

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  EL PASO –Team officials announced that the first ever Opening Day for the El Paso Chihuahuas is SOLD OUT. Individual game tickets, which went on sale to the general public on Saturday, are no longer available for the home opener. 

The game, to be held Monday, April 28, kicks off with an eight (8) game homestand which begins with a 4-game series versus the Fresno Grizzlies (S.F. Giants).

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8:30 am
Sat March 15, 2014

"Life In New Mexico" Film Project Now Taking Submissions

  SANTA FE –The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance, Friends of Film, Video and Arts, and the New Mexico Tourism Department, is now seeking submissions from the New Mexico public to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico.”

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6:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces Part Of National Pilot Program Examining Behavioral Health

  Grappling with behavioral health problems, especially substance use and abuse and mental health, is a continual struggle for many communities across the country. The challenge for leaders in those communities is that the occurrence of these issues can vary greatly from place to place, but accurate local data for a community can be hard to come by.

A team from New Mexico State University is part of a national pilot project to address that challenge in communities like Dona Ana County.

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6:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

A New Name At NMSU Las Cruces: Department Of Educational Leadership And Administration

The Department of Education Management and Development (EMD) at New Mexico State University’s College of Education will now be known as the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA), following the Board of Regents’ approval to change the name at the March 10 meeting. 

“We have been talking about a name change on and off for years,” ELA department head Mary Prentice said. “We believe that this name change will make our department more visible to potential students who are seeking a degree in educational administration or educational leadership.” 

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9:29 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Officials: Attacked Immigrants Were Surrendering

A federal law enforcement official and a Border Patrol agent say three immigrants who said they were kidnapped and assaulted by a border patrol agent were in the process of surrendering to the agent when the ordeal began.

The agent, who officials say later committed suicide, is accused of driving the women away from the river after they surrendered and assaulting them. A border agent involved in the later search said the agent cut the adult woman, assaulted one teenager and fled with a second teenage girl. That girl was later found in the agent's home in Mission, in South Texas.

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9:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Sunland Peanut Plant To Be Auctioned Next Week

  A New Mexico peanut-butter processing plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak shuttered its operations and prompted a nationwide recall last year is headed to the auction block.

The reserve price for all bidders in Thursday's auction is $18.5 million. That's the amount California-based Ready Roast Nut Co. already has offered to buy the defunct Sunland Inc. plant.

The sale seemed imminent when a bankruptcy trustee backed Ready Roast's offer. But the Clovis News Journal reports another potential buyer has emerged.

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1:47 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Confidential Deal For Officer Involved In Minivan Shooting

A New Mexico State Police officer fired after shooting at a minivan full of children near Taos has reached a deal with the state, but both sides are keeping quiet on the agreement.

Elias Montoya and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety recently came to an undisclosed agreement regarding Montoya's job or any settlement.

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1:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

New Mexico County Wants Drilling Ban Extended

The San Miguel County Commission is being urged to slow work on a proposed ordinance on oil and gas drilling.

The Planning and Zoning Commission says it's not ready to address perceived shortcomings in the proposed ordinance and that a moratorium on exploration should be extended for another two years.

The moratorium has been in effect for more than three years.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that the planning panel presented its recommendation to the proposed ordinance to the commission on Tuesday.

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