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2:24pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

Explosion To Be Commemorated With Roadside Marker

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (AP) — State officials plan to install a historic marker to commemorate the anniversary of a World War II freight train explosion that leveled an eastern New Mexico town.

The marker will be dedicated Friday along U.S. 60 east of Fort Sumner.

State Historian Rick Hendricks says the marker will serve as a reminder that the devastation and loss of life that occurred during the war was also experienced at home in New Mexico.

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2:23pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

Project To Highlight Native Connection To Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to California.

The plan is to create a guidebook using federal grant money that will highlight significant tribal sites along the 2,400-mile route. The book will also detail the histories of Native communities that saw their stretch of the West change because of the road.

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2:22pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

DHS Sec'y: Obama Immigration Plan 'Comprehensive'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says President Barack Obama's executive immigration actions will be comprehensive and include border security measures.

Johnson says the administration came up with a variety of changes to the immigration system that he believes are not only legal but needed in light of inaction by Congress on immigration.

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2:20pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Local and State News

Immigrant Rights Group Sue On NM Jail Detentions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group and three immigrants are suing a northwestern New Mexico county over jail detentions from immigration holds.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday claims all three were stopped for minor traffic violations and held unlawfully by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office while federal officials checked their immigration status.

The Santa Fe-based Somos un Pueblo Unido filed the lawsuit on behalf of the immigrants who live in Farmington.

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11:34am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Billy The Kid Historian To Speak In Old West Town

LINCOLN, N.M. (AP) — Historian Frederick Nolan is giving a speech about Billy the Kid in a southern New Mexico community where the famed outlaw participated in the Lincoln County War.

Nolan is to speak Tuesday at the Lincoln Historic Site, a state monument that includes buildings such as the old Lincoln County Courthouse where the Kid was held as a prisoner but escaped in 1881.

The state Cultural Affairs Department said Nolan is the first historian-in-residence at the historic site under a new program sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

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11:32am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

PNM Installs Panels At Meadow Lake Solar Center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider says work on its newest solar-powered generating station is expected to be done by the end of the year.

PNM officials say solar panels are now being installed at the Meadow Lake Solar Energy Center in Valencia County.

Once complete, the 9.1-megawatt solar farm will have an estimated 122,850 panels capable of generating enough electricity for 3,500 average residential customers.

Utility officials also say the solar farm will provide an estimated $200,000 in new tax revenue for the county next year.

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11:30am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Critics Of Gila River Diversion To Rally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Interstate Stream Commission will be meeting Monday in Albuquerque and the agenda includes a series of presentations on proposals that call for diverting a portion of the Gila River.

The agenda does not include any time for public comment, and that's what has environmental groups upset. They plan to rally outside the meeting.

The commission is already being sued over alleged violations of the state Open Meetings Act, which has spurred questions about the transparency surrounding the commission's handling of Gila River planning.

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11:28am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Agency Reports 2 Wolves Found Dead In New Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — Wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's latest update on the wolf reintroduction effort in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico says the dead wolves were found in October.

The update says the collared population at the end of October totaled 59 wolves, with 18 packs and six single wolves.

Authorities also are investigating several livestock deaths, including one that might be linked to wolves.

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11:27am

Mon November 10, 2014
Local and State News

Cold Front Expected To Strike New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A cold front is expected to strike New Mexico, dropping temperatures as much as 25 degrees below normal.

The National Weather Service says the system will push over the east Tuesday and bring snow showers to the northeastern part of the state.

Hard freeze conditions are expected over the state's eastern plains. Meanwhile, Roswell and parts of southeastern New Mexico will be under a freeze watch until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Albuquerque remains under a wind advisory as winds as much near 50 mph are expected in the region Monday.

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8:35am

Fri September 26, 2014
Local and State News

Sheriff's Office: Accident Kills 3 Near Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say three residents of Nageezi are dead after a head-on collision involving a big rig that crossed the center line as its driver tried to avoid another accident.

County Sheriff's officials say the accidents occurred Thursday on U.S. 550 just south of Bloomfield.

They say the three killed were from the same family and were in a car that collided with the tractor-trailer rig.

The southbound semi had crossed into northbound lanes after braking to avoid a collision between another big rig and a pickup truck.

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8:33am

Fri September 26, 2014
Local and State News

Interior Secretary to Announce $554 Million Settlement With Navajo Nation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to visit the capital of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, Friday to announce a $544 million settlement over allegations of mismanagement of tribal resources.

She released a statement Thursday saying the agreement strengthens ties between the Navajo and U.S. governments and helps empower the tribe's communities.

Navajo officials hailed the settlement as a positive end to a long ordeal. President Ben Shelly, in a statement, called it "a victory for tribal sovereignty."

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8:30am

Fri September 26, 2014
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Dropouts Clustered in 25 New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative auditors report that about 11 percent of high schools account for roughly half of the New Mexico students who drop out without graduating.

An audit released Thursday by the Legislative Finance Committee said New Mexico needs to better target its dropout prevention efforts.

About 25 high schools account for 52 percent of dropout.

Auditors said 4.7 percent of students statewide dropped out in the 2013 budget year, up from 3.6 percent in 2008.

In 2013, nearly 7,200 out of 152,000 students in grades seven to 12 dropped out.

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8:28am

Fri September 26, 2014
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State Official Won't Add County's Ballot Questions

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Secretary of State Dianna Duran is refusing to place advisory questions on the general election ballot in Chaves County.

Duran said Thursday the county missed a Sept. 9 deadline for getting questions on the ballot.

The state Supreme Court last week ordered Duran to add ballot questions polling voters in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties about marijuana penalties. However, Duran said the court wrongly determined that the deadline was Oct. 4.

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8:25am

Fri September 26, 2014
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Son: New Mexico Sheriff Chased Motorist for Reason

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The son of a northern New Mexico sheriff accused roughing up a driver says he and his father chased the motorist because he had run a stop sign.

Thomas Rodella, Jr., told jurors Thursday his father, Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, identified himself as a lawman twice before arresting 26-year-old Michael Tafoya.

Authorities say the older Rodella was in plainclothes in March when he pulled over Tafoya in a fit of road rage, jumped out of his personal SUV with a gun, and shoved his badge in Tafoya's face.

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10:08am

Thu September 25, 2014
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Prosecutors Rest Their Case Vs. Indicted Sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have rest their case against a northern New Mexico sheriff indicted for roughing up a motorist during a heated traffic stop.

Prosecutors called their final witnesses Wednesday in a trial involving Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella who authorities say injured a 26-year-old motorist in a March road rage fit.

Rodella is standing trial on federal charges of deprivation of rights and brandishing a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty.

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10:07am

Thu September 25, 2014
Local and State News

Report Faults New Mexico On Mental Health Services

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative report faults state government for doing a poor job of providing mental health and substance abuse services to needy New Mexicans.

A Legislative Finance Committee report released Wednesday says New Mexico doesn't know whether more than $200 million for behavioral health services for adults is going for effective programs.

The report estimates only 11 percent of state spending is for programs that are proven effective based on research.

New Mexico has high rates of suicide and deaths from drug overdose and alcohol abuse.

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10:06am

Thu September 25, 2014
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Report Alleges District Attorney Deleted Emails

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A report released by the District Attorney's Office in Las Cruces says a former district attorney and staffers deleted politically sensitive emails before leaving office.

The report released by current District Attorney Mark D'Antonio's office says the emails were found to be missing when the office received a public records request last spring by the state Democratic Party.

That request sought records related to then-District Attorney Susana Martinez's first campaign for the governor in 2009 and 2010.

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10:04am

Thu September 25, 2014
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2 Felons Plead Guilty To Possession Of Firearms

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque felons barred from possessing firearms have pleaded guilty to violating federal firearms laws.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 36-year-old Nicholas Richard Blume pleaded guilty Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He previously had been convicted of crimes that included receiving and transferring a stolen motor vehicle.

Blume faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced.

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10:03am

Thu September 25, 2014
Local and State News

USA's Drama 'Stanistan' To Film In Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — USA's television drama pilot "Stanistan" starring Zack Gilford of "Friday Night Lights" is set to start filming in New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said Tuesday production will begin in Santa Fe at the end of the month through the middle of October.

Officials say the production will employ at least 100 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico actors and around 400 local background talent.

"Stanistan" takes audiences behind the fortified walls of the U.S. Embassy in an Afghan-like South Asian hot spot.

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12:17pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Local and State News

$350K Buyout For Albuquerque Ex-School Chief OK'd

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has approved a $350,000 buyout for former Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks who resigned earlier this month.

The judge ruled Friday that the settlement was in the best interest of the public and New Mexico's largest school district.

Brooks resigned after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.

The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

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