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8:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Albuquerque Police Shootings Spurs Budget Request

Albuquerque's mayor is seeking additional city spending for police training and for the city's response to a still-pending federal review of allegations of excessive use of force and complaints of civil rights violations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Mayor Richard Berry's budget proposal will include setting aside approximately $1 million for those purposes.

The Police Department is under scrutiny because of numerous shootings by officers, including two fatal ones in March that prompted a large protest on Sunday.

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8:32 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Virus Outbreak Diminishing In Las Cruces Care Home

The New Mexico Department of Health says an outbreak of a highly contagious virus at a Las Cruces senior living facility appears to be diminishing.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that more than 80 residents and workers at the Good Samaritan Society Las Cruces Village have been sickened with norovirus.

Since the outbreak was first reported to the state on March 19, seven people have been hospitalized. Six of those have recovered or been discharged.

Visitation is limited and all social activities at the facility have been canceled.

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6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Crime Victims' Expo And Walk Saturday In Las Cruces

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit will join several area organizations and programs Saturday in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Month.

The Crime Victims’ Expo and Walk, in memory of victims of violent crime, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Klein Park near the corner of north Mesquite Street and Griggs Avenue. The Expo is free and the public is invited to visit with exhibitors and participate in various activities.

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6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Scholarship And Teaching Award At NMSU Las Cruces

New Mexico State University marketing professor Pookie Sautter and her husband, Michael, have given two $25,000 gifts to fund a scholarship for marketing students and a teaching award through the NMSU Teaching Academy. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips

  After nearly 25 years as a faculty member in New Mexico State University’s College of Business, numerous teaching awards and a focus on bringing innovative learning technologies to the classroom, you’d think Pookie Sautter would be satisfied with her legacy as an educator and supporter of student success.

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12:19 am
Tue April 1, 2014

NMSU Gender Center: Too Few Local Resources

NMSU'S Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center recently kicked off a week-long series of events to recognize the presence of gay, lesbian and transgender students.

"We have an increase of students…increase in the number of transgender students that we see," said Jessica Spohn.

Spohn is the center's program coordinator.

"Our center…the SGDRC Center…is typically just for students, faculty and staff," said Spohn.

After the GLBT Center closed in Las Cruces in the summer of 2013, more people called from the community who were not students.

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10:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Four More Workers Contaminated At Carlsbad Nuclear Dump

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The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.

Officials also said Monday that they're planning to get a crew underground Tuesday for the first time since the Valentine's Day accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

The DOE says a total of 21 workers received low doses of radiation, all well below levels deemed unsafe.

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3:34 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Testing Drones At NMSU Las Cruces

The SenseFly eBee unmanned aircraft system recently completed an airworthiness test at the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center. (Courtesy photo by Zachary Aaron Balge)

  The SenseFly eBee unmanned aircraft system recently completed an airworthiness assessment, an Federal Aviation Administration-accepted public aircraft process, at the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center. 

The eBee is now being flown under the NMSU FAA Certificate of Authorization to develop safety of flight procedures for mapping extractive industry projects such as open pit mining and oil and gas operations. 

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3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

NMSU Rodeo Still On Top In Regional Competition

The New Mexico State University rodeo team continues to lead the pack in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Grand Canyon Region, picking up another win in Tucson.

“Coming down to the wire, with only three rodeos to go, there are going to be some exciting races in some events,” NMSU rodeo Coach Jim Brown said. “I am confident that our NMSU rodeo athletes will shine in these races.” 

The Aggie men’s rodeo team earned first place by gaining 100 points over the competition at the University of Arizona, Saturday, March 22.

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3:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

More Construction To Snarl Traffic On I-10

Construction work on two interchanges is expected to slow traffic on a four-mile stretch of Interstate 10 in Las Cruces for much of the rest of the year.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is starting a project to rebuild a bridge at the Mesquite interchange, build roundabouts at the Vado interchange and realign ramps for both interchanges.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the $9.1 million project begins this week.

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3:12 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Martinez Calls For Calm After Protest Against Albuquerque Police

Credit Office of the Governor

A day after hundreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over a recent police shooting, Gov. Susana 

Martinez says she understands the public's frustration but called on protesters to remain calm and let the FBI complete its investigation.

At least one officer was injured and six people arrested as protesters marched for 10 hours Sunday, calling for the police chief and other city officials to resign.

Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters, and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break its windows.

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3:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Police Use Social Media To Warn Drivers About "Speed Traps"

Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Colin Cates

Police in North Texas say the term "speed trap" is becoming a misnomer as they're turning to social media to notify motorists where officers are watching for speeders.

Police in Keller, north of Fort Worth, started using Twitter and other social sites earlier this month to post the locations of officers with radar guns. They say the intention is to get motorists to slow down.

Two weeks after starting the routine, Keller police added 1,113 followers on Twitter and 2,187 friends on Facebook.

Dallas police began the practice shortly after Keller.

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3:08 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Prediction: Tough Wildfire Season Possible

Gov. Susana Martinez is warning New Mexicans that the state is entering what could be another season of dangerous wildfires.

At a press conference in Albuquerque Monday to kickoff "Wildfire Awareness Week," she said continuing historic drought conditions heighten the risk of what already has the potential to be another active summer of fires.

So far this year, nearly 100 fires have burned close to 6,000 acres of state and private land.

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2:58 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Alamogordo Pays $250,000 Settlement To Former Police Officer

A former Alamogordo police lieutenant has settled a whistleblower lawsuit against the southern New Mexico city for $250,000.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Lee Wilder agreed as part of his February settlement with the city to resign from the police force.

Wilder had alleged in a suit filed in U.S. District Court that he was the victim of retaliation for criticism of department policies and of alleged misconduct and reactions to incidents that included a fatal fire and car accident.

He now works for the Otero County Sheriff's Office.

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1:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Cruceño CleanUp - Abbey Carver

Cruceño CleanUp - Abbey Carver

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12:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Latinos And Mental Health: Devora Kestel

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9:51 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Columbus Port Waits For Needed Expansion

New Mexico's first, historic port of entry is awaiting a much needed facelift.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the border crossing at Columbus is scheduled to receive $7.4 million to fund the design phase of a planned $66 million expansion. The port of entry shares a border with Palomas, Mexico.

Two of New Mexico's three border crossings have received updates in recent years — Antelope Wells and Santa Teresa — while the 25-year-old Columbus port has been neglected.

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9:49 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Mexicans Face Insurance Enrollment Deadline

New Mexico officials are making a final push to enroll individuals in health insurance plans before a looming deadline under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Open enrollment through a federal online marketplace ends at midnight Monday.

New Mexico is using the federally operated website to sign up individuals.

The state's health insurance exchange and advocacy groups hosted enrollment events during the weekend and more were planned on Monday to encourage people to begin an enrollment application before the deadline.

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9:49 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Dona Ana County Meetings Will Solicit Public Input On Capital Project Needs

  A series of five community meetings – one in each of Doña Ana County’s five commission districts – has been scheduled to solicit public input on priority needs for capital-outlay funding in individual communities. Once a priority list is compiled, it will be used to lobby the 2015 New Mexico Legislature for funding.

Meeting Dates & Locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 15 – Radium Springs Community Center, 10260 Lindbeck Rd.

Wednesday, April 16 – Betty McKnight Community Center, 190 County Line Rd.

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9:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Albuquerque Police Face Hundreds Of Protesters

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said last night a 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters.

The demonstrators blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. The Albuquerque Journal reports Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows.

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6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces Hosts GLBTQ Awareness Week

The symbolic rainbow flag gets signed by students in support of GLBTQ Week (Photo provided by Tara Melton)

  Celebrating the fifth annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Awareness Week, the New Mexico State University Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center presents fun and informative events for March 31-April 4. 

“This week is a way to share the history of the GLBTQ culture and diversity,” said Jessica Spohn, coordinator for SGDRC. “Diversity is not just race and ethnicity, it’s sexual orientation, gender identity; it’s many things.” 

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6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

NMSU Faculty Helping New Mexico Teachers

  The two hundred miles separating four small towns in southeast New Mexico and Las Cruces doesn’t prevent College of Education faculty members at New Mexico State University from finding a way to help teachers improve reading education in rural communities. 

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2:08 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Report: Tesla Not Considering Las Cruces-El Paso Right Now

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A report in the El Paso Times states that Tesla is not considering the Las Cruces-El Paso area right now for the electric car company's planned battery plant.
The El Paso-Santa Teresa-Las Cruces area isn't on electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors' list of areas where it's looking to locate a $5-billion battery factory with about 6,500 jobs, a top El Paso area economic development official said.
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12:19 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Can The Texas Economy Keep Going Strong?

  Oil and gas production is up, construction is on the rise and unemployment is low. Economists say the Texas economy is strong with no trouble in sight.

Texans of a certain age have seen this before, and they know what usually happens next. Bust.

Independent economist Ray Perryman told lawmakers last week that this oil and gas boom looks more sustainable than the one in the 1970s. Growing global demand for energy and new technologies that boost production are driving the industry this time.

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12:17 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Planned New Mexico Potash Project Nearing Final Approval

Officials say a planned $1 billion potash mine in southeastern New Mexico could break ground this year.

The final licensing hurdle for the proposed polyhalite mine west of Jal, N.M., could be cleared in a few weeks.

News of the conclusion of the final environmental impact statement for the project came earlier this month and a record of decision is expected within 30-days from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

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12:16 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

El Paso Police Officer Being Investigated For Driving Through Group Of Bicyclists

El Paso police say one of their officers is being investigated for driving through a group of bicyclists on his motorcycle.

Police say Jorge Gonzalez drove through the cyclists who were blocking traffic on one of downtown El Paso's main streets and later chased one of them. Some cyclists were injured.

Riders were participating in a "Critical Mass" event to call attention to the need of improving conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city.

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12:13 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Cyberattack On Albuquerque Police Website

Albuquerque police say that the department's website is down due to a cyberattack.

Department spokesman Simon Drobik said the Albuquerque police website was struck just before 11 a.m. Sunday and remains down. Drobik says investigators believe the website disruption is due to a cyberattack.

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12:12 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

BLM: Proposals Needed To Control Wild Horses

Credit Courtesy: Linda Kemmerer via NMFO

Federal officials are seeking ideas on how to control the populations of wild horses and burros in 10 western states, including New Mexico.

The Bureau of Land Management recently announced it is seeking research proposals on controlling the wild populations that roam on public lands.

The agency wants experts who have project proposals aimed at creating new or improving existing techniques and establishing protocols for the contraception.

The request for applications is opened to veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies and other researchers.

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12:09 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

NMSU Speaker Series Explores "A History Of Violence"

Credit Steven Pinker

  New Mexico State University’s annual Speakers Series will feature Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists and a psychology professor at Harvard University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Music Center’s Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe Drive. Admission is free.

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12:18 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

NM Scientist To Lead Water Research Group

A scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been tapped to help New Mexico with complex issues related to energy and water science.

The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department says Jeri Sullivan Graham will lead the Brackish Water Work Group.

One of the group's overarching goals is to identify the state's brackish water resources and find ways to make it more available and useable as a buffer against drought.

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12:17 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

El Paso Children's Hospital $59 Million In Debt

The El Paso Children's Hospital, which opened in 2012, is $59 million in debt and will work with another medical center to ease the deficit.

Officials with the El Paso Children's Hospital will meet in April with University Medical Center executives to modify the terms of the debt, which comes due in September.

UMC spokeswoman Margaret Althoff-Olivas says the 2008 recession, federal changes in reimbursement payments and changes in the state's Medicaid waiver program led to the hospital's financial problems.

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