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11:40am

Fri August 22, 2014
Local and State News

Gov. Susana Martinez Travels To Meeting In Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled across the international border to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.

The governor's office said Martinez went Thursday to the Sonoran city of Hermosillo to attend a meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission along with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday.

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11:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
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NM, Mexico Sign Work Safety Agreement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.

Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.

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11:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
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Air Force: Airman Found Dead At New Mexico Base

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

Base officials say in a news release that the airman's body was discovered at housing on the base about 8 a.m. Thursday.

No other details were released, including anything related to a cause of death.

The Air Force says an investigation is underway.

The name of the airman is being withheld until after the family has been notified.

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9:52am

Wed August 6, 2014
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New Judge Files Lawsuit to Appear on Ballot

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A newly appointed judge is challenging New Mexico's system of allowing political parties to select the general election nominees in certain state judicial races.

District Judge Gina Manfredi in Sandoval County filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the 1st Judicial District court in Santa Fe to place her on the ballot rather than Bernalillo lawyer Christopher Perez.

A Democratic Party committee picked Perez to appear on the ballot rather than Manfredi, a Democrat appointed last month by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to a newly created judgeship.

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9:49am

Wed August 6, 2014
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State Building Plan Could Topple Historic Casitas

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state proposal to construction a new multimillion-dollar office complex near the state Capitol could come at the expense of some historic Santa Fe buildings.

The New Mexican reports that officials presented the state Capitol Buildings Planning Commission with a proposal Monday for the $25 million government office building.

City officials, however, say the plan calls for the demolition of four 80-year-old "casitas."

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9:46am

Wed August 6, 2014
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New Mexico Man Blames Robbery on Stomach Scratch

(Information in the following story is from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man facing robbery and larceny charges says he merely scratched his stomach and didn't pull a gun when a grocery store clerk handed him cash.

KRQE-TV reports that Patrick Silva told police he only asked for change Sunday when a grocery store clerk thought he was robbing her and handed him more than $1,600.

Silva told police anyone handed lots of cash would take it and run, so that's what he did.

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9:44am

Wed August 6, 2014
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VA Review: No Patient Deaths Linked to Wait Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Veterans Affairs officials in New Mexico say a review has determined there was no link between the deaths of dozen veterans and their place on the waiting list for medical care.

Amid an investigation into lapses in care, the New Mexico VA health care system initially identified 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor. Officials promised to investigate each case to determine if the wait was a factor in their deaths.

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9:42am

Wed August 6, 2014
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NM Teens Indicted in Homeless Men Killings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers arrested for the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque have been indicted on first-degree murder, aggravated assault and numerous other charges.

The indictments were returned Tuesday by a Bernalillo County grand jury. Arraignments for the three teens have yet to be scheduled.

Because the 15- and 16-year-old suspects were charged as serious youthful offenders and indicted on first-degree murder charges, they will be tried alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios in adult court.

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9:04am

Tue August 5, 2014
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State Proposes Work Requirement For Food Stamps

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is proposing to re-impose work requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for childless adults to get food stamps. That was suspended in 2009 because of the national recession.

The administration also proposes a new food stamp requirement for parents of children age 6 and older. Adults would have to search for a job or participate in community service.

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9:02am

Tue August 5, 2014
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FBI Investigating 4 Charter Schools In Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The top administrator of four Albuquerque charter schools is taking a leave of absence amid an FBI investigation.

Southwest Learning Centers on Monday announced he voluntary leave of Scott Glasrud until the schools' governing councils can meet to consider next steps.

Officials say the councils have no knowledge of wrongdoing by anyone associated with the schools.

The FBI says agents removed boxes Thursday from Southwest Secondary Learning Center charter school as part of an ongoing investigation.

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9:02am

Tue August 5, 2014
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Gary King Files Lawsuit Over Campaign Money

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King is asking New Mexico's highest court to resolve a dispute over whether his campaign accepted excessive contributions after the June primary election.

King filed a lawsuit Monday asking the state Supreme Court to stop Secretary of State Dianna Duran from forcing him to give up $10,900 in contributions.

Duran contends King improperly collected $10,400 from a Taos couple and $500 too much from a Santa Fe retiree after last month's primary. Duran says King must deposit the contributions in a state fund.

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9:01am

Tue August 5, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of central and western New Mexican are under a flash flood watch a wee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of central and western New Mexican are under a flash flood watch a week after severe weather brought heavy rains and damaging floods.

The National Weather Service says the flash flood watch from Albuquerque to Gallup will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Monday. The watch includes Los Alamos and Taos.

Last week, strong rains brought flooding to Albuquerque and towns in eastern New Mexico.

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8:58am

Tue August 5, 2014
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Agency: Confusion Caused Missed Nuke Dump Checks

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich say the Mine Safety and Health Administration put the repository's workers and the surrounding community at risk by not doing the inspections.

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9:43am

Wed July 16, 2014
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New Mexicans Over Age 65 Fastest Increasing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Census Bureau reports that New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade.

University of New Mexico demographer Jack Baker said that trend is expected to continue in the coming decades and is partly why New Mexico's population growth is slowing.

Baker said the state's birth rate has been fairly constant and an aging population means there are more deaths each year, which depresses the overall population growth.

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9:05am

Wed July 16, 2014
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Lawsuit: DEA Paid New Mexico Man With Crack

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.

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9:05am

Wed July 16, 2014
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Santa Fe Fire Department Provides Home Visits

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe has a new program underway to help residents with health problems before they need to call an ambulance.

The Fire Department says its so-called "Community Protection Initiative" results from collaboration between department administrators, the firefighters' union and health care providers.

According to the department, it has found that many medical-related 911 calls are either preventable or could be handled through a means other than an ambulance ride to an emergency room.

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9:04am

Wed July 16, 2014
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Company Tries Again To Tap NM Plains For Water

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A commercial venture that sought to drill dozens of wells in western New Mexico in hopes of shipping the water to more populated areas is making another run at getting approval for the $600 million project.

Augustin Plains Ranch filed a new application with the state engineer's office Monday.

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9:03am

Wed July 16, 2014
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State Police: Officers Fire Shots At Woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two officers fired shots at a woman's vehicle as she fled from a criminal investigation in northeast Albuquerque.

Police say officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant on 27-year-old Kayenta Jackson about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

They say she was wanted on suspicion of fraud and forgery and taken into custody.

When agents went to Jackson's home, they say 28-year-old Roxanne Torres fled in a vehicle.

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9:12am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Obama Official Says Immigrant Kids Draining Funds

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh  Johnson says the agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August if lawmakers don't approve a $3.7 billion emergency budget request.

Additionally, Johnson says Customs and Border Protection, whose agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the "current burn rate" as the agencies deal with a flood of children and families, mostly from Central America, streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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9:11am

Fri July 11, 2014
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New Mexico Governor's PAC Raises $71,000

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee has raised nearly $71,000 in the past month.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $120,800 after spending almost $20,700 from late May through late June.

The committee contributed about $10,400 to Republican candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and land commissioner.

The PAC collected nearly $43,000 from donors in El Paso, Texas, including $10,000 from the Border Livestock Company.

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9:10am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Amtrak CEO To Stop In New Mexico About Train Route

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak's top executive is to travel through New Mexico to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.

But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said Thursday no state official plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the administration never received a formal invitation.

Boardman is taking a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas to Albuquerque.

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9:09am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Albuquerque Police Arrest Suspect In Market

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted on several felony warrants is in custody after hiding in an Albuquerque market and triggering a SWAT situation.

Albuquerque police say 42-year-old Gabriel Matthews was spotted by police in a reported stolen truck Thursday afternoon and that started a pursuit.

The man then parked the vehicle in the Pros Ranch Market's parking lot and ran inside.

He wasn't armed, but customers were evacuated from the market by police and then a SWAT team and K-9 units began their search. They say Matthews was arrested about 5 p.m.

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9:08am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Santa Fe Forest Proposes Fencing To Protect Mouse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service wants to put up fencing as soon as possible on a portion of the Santa Fe National Forest as protections take effect for an endangered mouse found in New Mexico and parts of Arizona and Colorado.

The agency said previously it had made no decisions regarding the fencing, but a letter received by ranchers Thursday details a plan to put off-limits 120 acres along the lower Rio Cebolla.

The fencing would keep livestock out and a closure order would prevent campers from pitching tents in the area.

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8:50am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Federal Agency Accused Of Violating Artifacts Law

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent federal agency is calling for an investigation into allegations that U.S. officials ignored a law requiring them to monitor, preserve and ultimately return human remains and relics to American Indian tribes.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has directed the Interior Department to investigate whether U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials in California and parts of Nevada and Oregon have violated the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

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8:49am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Artist: Santa Fe Police Pulled Rifle For Dog Poop

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A well-known American Indian artist says police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.

Pueblo painter Mateo Romero told The Associated Press that a Santa Fe officer pointed a weapon at him during the bizarre misunderstanding Monday.

According to a police report, the officer pulled out a rifle and detained Romero after Maria Markus reported a burglary in progress at her home.

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