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1:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Work Release Inmate Foiled In Smuggling Attempt

              

            Doña Ana County Detention Center officers intercepted an attempt to smuggle heroin and other contraband into the facility on Thursday, March 20.

   Inmate Anthony Ghalayni, 33, returned to the jail Thursday after work, as prescribed by the work-release sentence imposed for an aggravated DWI conviction.

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12:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Martinez Announces Re-Election Staff

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says veteran political staffer Melissa Sousa will serve as her re-election campaign manager.

Sousa was campaign manager for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's re-election last year, and was national voter contact director for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

The Republican governor announced Friday that Jessica Perez is fundraising director. Edith Jorge is political director in charge of grassroots organizing, and Chris Sanchez is communications director.

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12:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

2014 Starting Drier Than Ever

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the first two months of 2014 marked the driest start to any year on record for New Mexico, and things haven't improved.

Senior meteorologist Chuck Jones says the state received less than one-third of its normal snow and rain over the winter, and the lack of snowpack in the mountains is prompting concerns among water managers.

State and federal officials shared the news Friday during their monthly drought briefing.

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12:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Sheriff's Commission Seeks Volunteers

Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission volunteer Angel Gallegos helps McKenna Jameson, 8, get fingerprinted at a recent Ident-a-Child event. The Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission is currently seeking new members.

               

               The Doña Ana County Special Deputy Sheriff Commission is looking for qualified candidates to fill volunteer positions.

       The Commission regularly assists the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office in various community outreach projects, like Neighborhood Watch and the Ident-a-Child program.                  

    To be considered for membership, each applicant must be 21 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen. Each qualified applicant must also pass a background check. Previous law enforcement experience is not required. 

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12:17 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Woman Wanted For Questioning In Burglaries

            

            Following last week’s arrest of a Las Cruces woman and her two sons, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators are following additional leads and are hoping to speak with another woman. 

            Investigators are looking for Marissa Garcia, 18, whose last known address was on Garcia Road in Las Cruces. Garcia is wanted for questioning in connection with a rash of burglaries that have been linked to 50-year-old Faith Elizabeth Clark, her son Richard Clark, 30, and his younger brother, Justin Eric Clark, 21.

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8:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Rep. Steve Pearce

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6:56 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Health Officials: Teen Risky Behavior Declining

Risky behavior among teenagers is on the decline in New Mexico.

That's according to a new survey conducted jointly by the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Public Education Department.

According to the 2013 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, binge drinking and cigarette smoking have fallen by half in the last 10 years, and fewer teens are getting in physical fights.

The survey says only 17 percent of high school students binge drink, and only 14 percent report having had a cigarette in the last 30 days.

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6:50 am
Fri March 21, 2014

2 Dozen Legislators Running Opposed This Year

Two-fifths of the state legislators seeking re-election are unopposed this year.

Sixty of the 70 members of the state House of Representatives are running for another two-term term.

The Legislative Council Service reports that two dozen incumbents — 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans — face no primary or general election opponent from a major political party. That gives them a clear path to re-election unless a minor party or independent candidate files for office in June.

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6:21 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Heartbreaker: NMSU Aggies Lose To San Diego In OT

In the fourth and final overtime game on Day 1 of March Madness, San Diego State outlasted New Mexico State for a 73-69 victory.  New Mexico State's Kevin Arnois made a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in regulation Thursday night to push the game to overtime. The four extra periods were the most in a single day in NCAA tournament history.

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6:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Free Documentary Screening Saturday At DACC East Mesa Campus

The community is invited to a free screening of the documentary, “Stolen Education,” with a keynote address by documentarian Enrique Aleman Jr. from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the NMSU Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus Auditorium. A panel discussion also will be included in “Juntos! Working Together, Working as One.” 

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12:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NM Senator, Newspaper Reporters Want Full Audit Released

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4:48 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Rachel Gioannini, Las Cruces Optimist Club

  Fred Martino speaks with Rachel Gioannini of the Las Cruces Optimist Club to hear about their impact in the community and upcoming events.

More information online at www.lascrucesoptimistclub.org

The group meets Thursdays at 6:30am at the IHOP, near the corner of Del Rey and Telshor in Las Cruces

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4:23 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Evacuation At Las Cruces School After Girls Use Pepper Spray; Charges Possible

  An 8th grade classroom at Lynn Middle School was evacuated today after a 14-year-old student discharged pepper spray from an OC canister.

Las Cruces Police learned that the girl released a portion of the spray shortly before 2:30 p.m. today with 26 students and a teacher in the classroom. Preliminary information appears to reveal the girl obtained the OC canister from another 8th grader and may not have known what it was.

No major injuries were reported but several students were being treated for inflammation and other effects of OC.

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4:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

New Mexico Supreme Court Wants Legislative Fix For Appeals Law

New Mexico's highest court wants the Legislature to correct what it calls "an outdated and dysfunctional" state law governing certain appeals.

Cities can appeal directly to the state Supreme Court — rather than the Court of Appeals — from lower court rulings involving violations of municipal ordinances.

The Supreme Court said Thursday the appeal statute is "contrary to sound principles of judicial and common sense" and expressed hope that lawmakers will change the law.

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3:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Carlsbad Man Survives Car Crash Down A Cliff

A Carlsbad man is recovering after the pickup truck he was driving veered off the road and down a cliff in the Rocky Arroyo area.

Cory Lemon says he fell asleep while driving last Sunday night from Carlsbad to the small community of Queen.

Lemon says that he woke up when the wheels on the passenger side of his truck went off the pavement.

His truck went about 100 feet down the cliff to the bottom of a ravine.

Lemon used his cellphone to call a friend in Queen and get help.

His mother help search for Lemon, who was airlifted to a Carlsbad hospital.

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3:56 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Auto Dealers Sue New Mexico Over Consumer Protection Law

New Mexico automobile dealers are suing the state attorney general over a new rule requiring inspections and damage disclosures for used vehicles before they're sold to the public.

Attorney General Gary King's office says his office now faces three separate lawsuits filed by the New Mexico Independent Automotive Dealers Association, the New Mexico Automotive Dealers and multiple individual dealers over the rule his office enacted.

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3:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty In Threat On President

A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to making threats against President Barack Obama and is facing up to five years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say Tracy York White, of Las Cruces, entered into a plea agreement Thursday in a Las Cruces court.

White remains in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

He was arrested last October, days after making the threats.

A criminal complaint alleged that White threatened Obama during an Oct. 24 telephone conversation with an employee of the Social Security Administration in Ohio.

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3:52 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Planned Parenthood Eyes Texas Election

The advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood is launching a new political action fund to influence the 2014 election in Texas, hoping to build on their success shaping the Virginia governor's race.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Votes, told The Associated Press the group hopes to fight what it sees as an unprecedented attack women's rights, including whether to have an abortion. Richards is the daughter of the last Democratic governor of Texas, Ann Richards, who stepped down in 1994.

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3:50 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Report Decries Slow Pace Of Land Protection

Conservation groups are complaining Congress is taking too long to protect public land.  A new report from the Equal Ground coalition lists 10 bills proposed to protect scenic areas that have long languished in Congress. The measures have bipartisan support. Those include Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River in Colorado, the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico and an expansion to the Alpine Lakes wilderness near Seattle.

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3:49 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NMSU Selected To Take Part In National Science Foundation Program

(Left to Right) Chemical Engineering Professor Jessica Houston, Industrial Engineering Department Head Edward Pines, College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan, Engineering Technology Professor Rolfe Sassenfeld and Electrical Engineering Professor Phillip De Leon are leading the NMSU Pathways to Innovation program. (Courtesy photo)

  New Mexico State University is one of 12 universities from across the country selected to take part in the National Science Foundation’s first cohort of the Pathways to Innovation program. 

The program is led by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, known as Epicenter, and was created to help universities incorporate entrepreneurship and innovation into undergraduate engineering education. The program will equip NMSU to help strengthen regional and global competitiveness.

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9:33 am
Thu March 20, 2014

NM, Texas, Colorado Water Managers Set To Meet

The tension is expected to be thick Thursday as top water officials from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas gather for an annual meeting focused on management of the Rio Grande.

Texas and New Mexico are in the middle of a legal battle before the U.S. Supreme Court over groundwater pumping along the border. The federal government has weighed in, claiming that groundwater falls under its jurisdiction and should be considered part of the Rio Grande Project's irrigation water.

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9:26 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Women Facing Poverty In Juárez Is Focus Of NMSU Event

The struggles of poor women in Ciudad Juarez are the focus on a New Mexico State University event.

Elsa Patricia Hernandez, a professor and former journalist in the Mexican border city, is scheduled to be a feature speaker at the event on campus Thursday.

Hernandez is slated to discuss how violence along the border and the economy has affected women in the troubled city.

The former reporter spent 13 years working in newspapers such as El Diario de Nuevo Casas Grandes and Norte de Ciudad Juarez.

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9:23 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Udall Issues Statement On Plan To Transport Los Alamos Nuclear Waste To Texas

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall responded to the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, NWP, to temporarily stage TRU waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) at WCS in Andrews, Texas, while recovery efforts continue at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M. Udall has worked throughout his career for safe cleanup at LANL, and since joining the Senate Appropriations Committee has led the delegation in securing increased funds to ensure nuclear waste is removed from the lab by June 30, 2014. He issued the following statement: 

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9:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

New Mexico, Federal Officials Differ On Mental Health

New Mexico officials are disputing the federal government's contention that the number of people in the state receiving behavioral health services dropped 23 percent last year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that it's not clear how the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calculated the decrease but that federal officials visited New Mexico last September following a shake-up in the state's provider network.

The federal center cited the 23 percent figure in a Dec. 24 letter to state officials and called it a concern.

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8:37 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges New Mexico Public Education

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP), a non-profit law firm, and the Rosebrough Law Firm, in Gallup, are representing New Mexican parents and students in a legal challenge to the sufficiency and equity of our state public education system. Filing suit in state district court, the families assert that state government has failed to provide a uniform system of schools sufficient for the education of all the children of school age in the state, as required by the state constitution.

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6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Pearce Addresses Immigration Reform And More Tonight On KRWG-TV

Credit Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

  

  Congressman Steve Pearce is in southern New Mexico this week. And tonight on KRWG-TV, he’ll address a number of issues, including immigration reform.

Pearce told KRWG-TV’s Fronteras: A Changing America, that he supports guest worker program….but not a path to citizenship for those here illegally.

When asked if he was comfortable with the end result of that plan…millions of people who cannot vote…Pearce said in part, “People every day don’t vote, they’re not involved.”

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5:40 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Mountain View Market Farm-Lori Garton

Mountain View Market Farm-Lori Garton

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2:28 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

No New Trial For Deming Family In Gun Smuggling Case

A U.S. Appeals Court has reversed a lower court's decision granting a new trial for New Mexico family accused in a gun smuggling case.

The 10th Court of Appeals announced Wednesday it has reversed a U.S. District Court's ruling granting a new trial from Deming couple Rick Reese and Terri Reese and their son Ryin Reese.

A federal judge in the case previously granted the defendants a new trial because the government didn't tell the defense that a prosecution witness had been the subject of an investigation.

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2:25 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Feds Provide Over $300 Thousand For Tribal Transit

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrichannounced that the Pueblos of Isleta, Jemez and Santa Ana have been awarded a total of $307,770 in grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration to improve transit services and connections for tribal members and residents of the surrounding communities. Through a competitive selection process, projects at each Pueblo were chosen to receive funding through the FY 2013 Tribal Transit Program. 

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10:45 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Union To Martinez: Threat To Stop Collecting Dues Is "Declaration Of War"

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says contract talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because she wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees' paychecks.  The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Republican governor raised the issue while criticizing teachers unions for opposing her administration's policy initiatives. She spoke Monday to a real estate luncheon in Albuquerque.

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