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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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12:15 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

ABQ Police Shooting Video Headed To FBI

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico State Police have been told by Gov. Susana Martinez's office to turn over recordings of a fatal shooting of a homeless camper by Albuquerque police directly to the FBI.

It is unusual for State Police to bypass an Albuquerque police investigation and turn over evidence directly to the federal agency.

The FBI has opened an investigation into the March 16 shooting of James Boyd as officials have said he appeared to be surrendering.

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2:37 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Earthquakes Lead Texas To Hire Seismologist

A key state agency has hired a seismologist, part of an effort to tackle a sudden increase in earthquakes in areas of Texas with significant oil and gas drilling activities.

The Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates drilling statewide, announced Friday that it had hired seismologist David Craig Pearson, a former team leader for a Los Alamos National Laboratory seismic experimental field team. He holds a doctorate in geophysics from Southern Methodist University.

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7:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Texas Jobless Rate Remains At 5.7 Percent

The Texas unemployment rate remained at 5.7 percent for the second straight month, continuing to reflect the state's lowest jobless figure since November 2008.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the seasonally adjusted rate for February is down from 6.5 percent for the same month last year.

The nationwide jobless rate stood at 6.7 percent in February.

TWC officials say Texas employers in February added 37,600 seasonally adjusted jobs. They say the state added more than 314,000 jobs from February 2013 to February of this year.

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7:38 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

HHS Secretary: "Constant Barrage Of Misinformation" Hurt Texas Health Enrollment

Credit Texas Governor Rick Perry (R)

  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn't helped the state's underperforming sign-up numbers.

Sebelius visited Austin on Friday for one last push before next week's open enrollment deadline. Millions of uninsured have until Monday to pick a plan or face penalties.

About 295,000 people in Texas had enrolled as of March 1. That's less than half the 629,000-person target for Texas that federal officials originally set.

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7:35 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Accused Roswell School Shooter Competent To Stand Trial

A judge in Roswell says the 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire in his middle school gym and injuring two students is competent to stand trial.

The juvenile faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for the Jan. 14 shooting at Berrendo Middle School. A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were seriously wounded.

State District Judge Freddie Romero presided over Friday's brief hearing for the boy, who is too young to be tried as an adult.

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7:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

UNM Regents Reject Tuition Hike; Approve Raises

  The University of New Mexico's Board of Regents has rejected a proposed tuition increase for students but approved raises of 3 percent for faculty and 2 percent for staff.

The school's administration had proposed a 1.5 percent increase in tuition to help pay for the raises, which will affect some 10,000 faculty and staff members.

Instead, the regents on Friday instructed the administration to look for savings in health benefits and elsewhere to help pay for the raises.

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7:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

New Mexico Jobless Rate Rises

  New Mexico's unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent last month, up from 6.6 percent in January.

The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the unemployment rate in February was down from 6.9 percent a year ago.

The state agency says jobs have shrunk by 0.2 percent since February 2013, a loss of 1,900 jobs.

State officials say six industries added jobs, six lost employment and one remain unchanged.

The largest employment gains were reported in the financial activities industry, which added 1,800 jobs since February 2013.

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7:29 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Alaska Airlines To Begin Daily Seattle Nonstop From Albuquerque

Alaska Airlines will begin service to Albuquerque this fall.

The daily non-stop flights to Seattle out of Albuquerque International Sunport will begin on Sept. 18.

So far, there is one scheduled flight from Albuquerque to Seattle every morning and one return flight in the late afternoon.

Alaska Airlines also announced Friday that it is offering introductory fares starting at $99 each way.

Tickets must be purchased by April 3 with travel completed by Nov. 19.

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7:27 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

NMSU Arrowhead Center Announces Launch Competition Awardees

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has named its 2014 Launch competition grant winners from the university.

The NMSU faculty members selected to participate in technology commercialization through the Launch proof of concept program will receive mentoring, market analyses, demonstration-validation services, access to investment networks and up to $25,000 in cash investment in their technology. This support allows campus inventors to work on technology development while exploring commercial markets for the products of their research.

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10:46 am
Fri March 28, 2014

NMSU Professors: Danger Of Chile-Damaging Virus Still Low

Experts say there should be little impact this year from a chile-damaging virus.

New Mexico State University professors announced this week that although the danger of curly top virus is higher than last year, it's still in the low percentage range.

Rebecca Creamer, professor of plant virology, says most chile growers won't have major problems because the region didn't have large amounts of fall rains.

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10:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Gov. Martinez Seeks To Dismiss Records Case

Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Susana Martinez is raising constitutional arguments in defending against a lawsuit by The Associated Press. The news organization is seeking public records about her travel and work schedules as well as cell phone calls by the governor and her staff.

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10:28 am
Fri March 28, 2014

N.M. Behavioral Health Firm Cutting Expenses

A New Mexico behavioral health company created last year when state officials replaced other providers is reducing staff pay and taking other steps to reduce expenses.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Agave Health Inc. has told staff that it is operating at a loss and needs to change that.

The company said salaries will be reduced 5 percent and that merit increases for supervisors and managers will be frozen through this year.

Agave also says it is reducing its mileage reimbursement rate.

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9:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Pearce Accepts Resignation Of Press Secretary

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce asked for and accepted the resignation of his Press Secretary, Rebekah Stevens.  The group Progress Now New Mexico alleged Stevens was behind the PolitixFireball Twitter account and blog, which included a variety of offensive statements.

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8:06 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Second Suspect Arrested, Suspected Of Molesting Boy

A second man suspected of sexually assaulting a young Las Cruces boy was arrested Thursday on a warrant in Carlsbad, N.M.

Juan Antonio Serrano-Jusino, 34, was arrested shortly before noon by officers with the Carlsbad Police Department. Serrano-Jusino is charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration of a child, criminal sexual contact of a child, criminal solicitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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4:28 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Now Booking For Mars!

  Whether your young explorer dreams of landing on the Red Planet, searching for extraterrestrials, finding the ultimate home away from home on another planet or delving into the mysterious world of the dinosaur, the New Mexico Space Academy’s summer camp program has just the right camp. Registration is underway for the state’s summer science camp for cadets entering grades kindergarten through 12th grade at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Camp begins the first week of June and continues through the last week of July, with new sessions starting each Monday.

 

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4:20 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Udall, Heinrich Want Explanation Of Missing Inspection At Carlsbad Nuclear Waste Plant

Credit Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

   U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that they have sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking for a written report on why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) had not done legally required regular inspections at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M.

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4:18 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Endangered Species Act Protection Approved For Lesser Prairie Chicken

Credit State of Colorado

  U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement today on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to list the lesser prairie chicken, found in five states including New Mexico, as a threatened species:

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4:04 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

NMSU Las Cruces To Host Talk On Border Patrol And Homeland Security

  New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a presentation on the book “Border Patrol Nations: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security” by Todd Miller at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. 

Miller, a journalist with experience writing about U.S.-Mexican border issues, tells the story of the U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security’s reach into lives of U.S. citizens, legal immigrants and undocumented immigrants in his first book. 

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3:35 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Sign Replacement Project Continues In Otero County

Cloudcroft - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began replacing traffic signs on U.S. 82 and N.M. 244 in Otero County last September to ensure safety and make sure the signs met federal standards.  However, due to weather, the project was suspended.

It will resume on Monday, March 31 and is expected to be completed by this summer. Motorists can expect to encounter short lane closures in areas without shoulders, but should see no significant delays.

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3:35 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Artist Sought For Las Cruces Bridge

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District One and the Federal Highway Administration are seeking an artist or artist team to create a design for the I-25/Missouri Avenue Bridge in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Artists in New Mexico are encouraged and invited to submit profiles of their work, which will grant them an opportunity to display their renderings locally.

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8:24 am
Thu March 27, 2014

State Investment Council OKs Funding For Start-Ups

The State Investment Council on Tuesday approved providing an additional $40 million for venture capital investments in local companies.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the money will be invested in startups in health care, energy and other fields in the next three years.

The allocation increases the state Co-Investment Fund to $150 million from $10 million.

The money comes from the state's severance tax permanent fund.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal.

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8:20 am
Thu March 27, 2014

N.M. Pharmacists Can Prescribe Anti-Overdose Drug

New Mexico pharmacists are being trained to prescribe a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overrode if administered quickly.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday completed training the first 60 pharmacists on the use of naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan.

The medicine is administered by attaching a nasal-tip inhaler to a small vial, which is used to spray a mist into the nose membrane. The drug flows directly to the brain, blocking opioids and restoring breathing.

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8:18 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Officials Anxious About Albuquerque's Reputation

Some Albuquerque officials are concerned about fallout from recent fatal shootings involving police officers.

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce says some potential new and repeat visitors are voicing reservations because of the shootings, and chamber President Terri Cole says she's assuring them that Albuquerque is a safe city.

But Cole tells the Albuquerque Journal that a widely circulated police video of one shooting is not good for the city's reputation.

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8:17 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Report: More New Mexico Women-Owned Businesses

New Mexico has an estimated 53,500 women-owned firms, employing 49,800 and attributing to roughly $7,586,600 according to the fourth annual American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, a comprehensive report released today analyzing the 1997, 2002, and 2007 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s business census, the Survey of Business Owners.

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8:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Las Cruces Traffic Crackdown Nets 146 Tickets

  Las Cruces Police, with help from five New Mexico State Police officers, issued 146 citations during a traffic enforcement operation held today on Lohman Avenue.

Today’s operation was held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. along Lohman near Foothills Road. LCPD Traffic Unit officers issued 96 citations while the NMSP officers were responsible for 50.

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