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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
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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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10:31am

Thu October 2, 2014
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Take Home NM Music After the Balloon Fiesta

If you’re visiting New Mexico for the Balloon Fiesta or have friends or relatives who are, please stop by the KANW Music and Merchandise Store. You can take back home genuine New Mexico music CDs or your free bumper sticker. New Mexico music is just as an important part of the culture here as the Balloon Fiesta. The KANW Music and Merchandise Store is located at 2020 Coal SE, at the corner of Coal and Buena Vista.

8:35am

Fri September 26, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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$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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12:14pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Mayor Appoints Navajo To Homelessness Task Force

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has appointed Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly's former chief of staff to chair the city's new Native American Homelessness Task Force.

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12:13pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Costs Of NM Coal Power Plant Proposal Challenged

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Renewable energy advocates say the state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe-based group New Energy Economy in a filing with the Public Regulation Commission on Friday accused the utility of withholding from regulators key information about the plan's price tag.

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12:09pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Sheriff's Office: Man Fatally Shot During Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say an armed robber was shot and fatally wounded by an employee at an Albuquerque-area Dairy Queen.

Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says deputies in the area on a traffic stop heard the gunshots, went to the business and found the wounded man outside with apparent gunshot wounds late Thursday. He later died.

Williamson says the robber pointed a gun at a worker at the counter, demanded and received money but continued to point the gun. Williamson says that's when a second employee shot the man multiple times.

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12:08pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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County Changes Policy On Immigration Checks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's most populous county no longer will keep inmates in jail while their immigration status is being checked if there's no order to keep them in custody once they've posted bail.

Bernalillo County officials say the new policy means the county won't keep inmates confined at the Metropolitan Detention Center merely on the basis of a request from immigration authorities.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, County Attorney Randy Autio said the policy change is a result of court cases around the country.

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9:21am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Lawsuit Argues Medicaid Evaluations Hurt Disabled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Family members of developmentally disabled New Mexicans suing the state say a Medicaid assessment system puts recipients of services at risk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorneys for eight families asked a judge Wednesday to halt a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include 24-hour residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

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9:20am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Snake Sightings on the Rise in Southern New Mexico

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday that the Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes.

Treatment for a bite from a Mojave rattler requires different anti-venom.

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9:18am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Homicide Probe Leads to Albuquerque Chop Shop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say an Albuquerque man is facing charges of operating a chop shop where he sold off stolen car parts.

A judge ordered Jack McComas Jr. held Saturday on $15,000 bond. McComas faces six charges of receiving stolen property.

Authorities say investigators of a homicide went to a food equipment supply store in northwest Albuquerque in search of a truck involved in the crime.

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9:16am

Mon August 25, 2014
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UNM Expands Online Courses After Early Success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is expanding its global presence in the online world in a massive way.

School officials say they are increasing the number of free Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, after one course last semester drew thousands of students from nearly 200 countries.

The Albuquerque Journal reported earlier this month that UNM will offer three courses this fall.

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9:13am

Mon August 25, 2014
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3 Sharks Born at ABQ BioPark Aquarium

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three baby Whitespotted Bamboo sharks have been born at Albuquerque's BioPark Aquarium.

ABQ BioPark officials announced Friday that the shark babies were born last Monday.

They were hatched from eggs laid by one of the female sharks in the aquarium's Shark/Ray Encounter exhibit.

The baby sharks measure about 4 inches long. They are projected to grow up to 3 feet.

Officials say Whitespotted Bamboo sharks are harmless to people. They are known for reproducing without the need for a male presence.

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11:43am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Court Reverses Conviction for 2005 Child Abuse

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has reversed the child abuse conviction of a Las Cruces man for allegedly causing severe brain injuries to his 2-month-old nephew in 2005.

The court on Thursday ordered the child abuse charge against Daniel Consaul dismissed with prejudice so it can't be refiled. Consaul was sentenced in 2009 to 18 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted when Gov. Susana Martinez was district attorney in Las Cruces.

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11:41am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Bear And Cub Removed From Santa Fe Neighborhood

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Game and Fish officers have tranquilized a mother bear and her cub that were treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

City police had been warning parents driving their children to Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast one street so the treed bears would not be spooked.

Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says neighborhood residents called police about 6 a.m. Friday to report the roaming bruins. Officers chased the bears into a tree and called Game and Fish.

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