Fugitive New Mexico Priest Accused In Abuse Case Arrested

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest accused of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has been arrested.

Court documents show 80-year-old Arthur J. Perrault was arrested Thursday in New York, and has been charged with criminal aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact in assaults that federal authorities say happened at Kirtland Airforce Base and Santa Fe National Cemetery.

He is scheduled for a first federal court appearance Friday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Perrault had been a chaplain at the base in Albuquerque.

The multi-agency investigation into the Sept. 13 officer-involved shooting on Tiffany Drive is ongoing, but preliminary information has revealed that 47-year-old Gary Daniel McKinney was armed with a knife and had a slip-knot ligature wrapped around his mother’s neck when Las Cruces police officers entered the home.

Public Comment Period Ends On Proposed Nuke Dump Expansion

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The public comments period has ended on a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports critics, however, are accusing the state Environment Department of rushing the approval process.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico's top academic official says "hard decisions" loom due to a steeper-than-expected drop in student enrollment.

The Albuquerque Journal reports interim Provost Richard Wood announced in an email this week that the university's main campus enrollment dropped 7 percent this fall. That means the school would make $9.7 million less than projected in tuition and fees.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A $3.2 billion federal grant has been awarded to construct a state veterans' cemetery in the northern New Mexico town of Angel Fire.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, on Wednesday announced approval of funding for the cemetery through a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Udall says the facility will make it easier for many veterans to visit the gravesites of loved ones. Angel Fire is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest national cemetery in Santa Fe.

The Bulletin On The Radio

Sep 20, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that mysteriously closed earlier this month sparking popular rumors of alien visitors appears to be linked to a child pornography investigation.

A search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces last week shows that the FBI began investigating after a wireless signal at the Sunspot Solar Observatory, located in the Lincoln National Forest, accessed child porn multiple times since January.


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor of New Mexico drew sharp distinctions Wednesday about approaches to the statewide minimum wage, funding for public education and oil industry regulation — but they acknowledged one similarity: Neither has ever smoked pot.

In a televised debate — the first of the general election campaign allowing direct interaction between candidates — Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Congressman Steve Pearce both denied using marijuana, but clashed on legislation concerning recreational use.

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Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, a new grassroots movement formed. It’s called Indivisible, and it has thousands of chapters all over the United States. The founders, former congressional staffers, studied how Tea Party members blocked much of President Obama’s agenda. They created a manual for progressives, encouraging them to use similar tactics to resist President Trump. Now, as the midterm elections draw near, their work is evolving.


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Rubel: Gary Johnson's Senate Bid Taking After A Hollywood Plotline

Sep 19, 2018

Las Cruces Passes Resolution in Support of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Sep 18, 2018

Commentary:  The Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce applauds the Las Cruces City Council for voting 5 to 0 on Monday, passing a resolution urging Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is our nation’s most important program to conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities in every state, including New Mexico. However, LWCF will expire on September 30 unless Congress acts to reauthorize the program before then.

Commentary:  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a highly-respected California psychology professor, publicly shared her story of being physically and sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

During a gathering at a student’s house, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom, locked the door, pinned her down — along with an accomplice — attempted to disrobe her, and placed his hand over her mouth. She feared that Kavanaugh was going to ‘inadvertently kill’ her. She managed to escape and fled.

City of Anthony stands behind ‘Medicaid Buy-in’

Sep 17, 2018

Commentary: The City of Anthony’s Board of Trustees, after hearing testimony from NM Together for Healthcare family leaders who live in Anthony, passed a resolution on Monday in favor of continuing the state’s efforts to shape a healthcare solution that would open up Medicaid for any New Mexican to buy into -- regardless of their current Medicaid eligibility.

Look Beyond The Headlines On The Refugee Crisis

Sep 16, 2018
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Commentary: We should keep in mind our role in creating the conditions refugees are fleeing. 

For example, U.S. actions in 1954 had lasting impacts on Iran and Guatemala.

Mohammad Mossadegh became Iran's Prime Minister in 1951. A genuine national leader, popular and competent – and intent on land reform and nationalizing the oil industry controlled by Britain. The U.S. (C.I.A.) and Britain engineered a coup in 1954. The Shah of Iran agreed only when the U.S. told him it would go ahead without him. Many Iranian leaders were executed. U.S. and U.K. support for Shah Reza Pahlavi was a major factor in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Any surprise that (after overthrowing Pahlavi) Iranians held Americans hostage in our embassy for 444 days? And still distrust us? They remember a past we've forgotten.

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