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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to a law that gives preference to American Indian families in adoptions of Native children.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn't rule on the constitutionality of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.

Rather, it dismissed the complaint from a Phoenix-based right-leaning think tank, the Goldwater Institute, saying it's moot.

The institute had sought to keep two children with ties to the Gila River and Navajo tribes from being removed from their non-Native foster parents.

Remains Of Child Found At NM Compound; Man Due In Court

Aug 8, 2018
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AMALIA, N.M. (AP) — For months, neighbors had been concerned about a squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they had brought their concerns to authorities long before sheriff's officials first found 11 hungry children, and then the remains of a small boy on the lot.

Las Cruces Police Seek Video, Photos of July 29 Shooting

Aug 7, 2018
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Police continue to investigate the July 29 shooting on Arizona Avenue that injured a 16-year-old boy and 23-year-old man, and Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps identify the shooters.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, July 29, police were dispatched to reports of shots fired on the 1600 block of Arizona Avenue. Officers arrived to find a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head.


PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teen on the other side of the border doesn't have immunity and can be sued by the boy's family for violating his civil rights.

The ruling on Tuesday has wide implications and came almost two years after the agent's attorney argued he was immune from a civil lawsuit because the U.S. constitution didn't extend to 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was in Mexico when agent Lonnie Swartz shot him about 10 times through a border fence.

Alamogordo NOW

Aug 7, 2018

Time now for Alamogordo NOW with Anthony Moreno and Duane Barbati, Editor of the Alamogordo Daily News. This week, a couple of lawsuits are "brewing" in Alamogordo over the construction of a well-known coffee chain.  



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CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A massive sinkhole on the southern edge of Carlsbad and along a busy intersection will take officials two years to fill.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports New Mexico Department of Transportation engineer Tim Parker said last week the $43 million project will proceed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as workers fill in the sinkhole with 300,000 to 1 million cubic yards of materials.

New Navajo Nation Program Aims To Manage Horse Population

Aug 7, 2018


FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.

The Daily Times reports the nation's Department of Agriculture rolled out a voluntary horse sale and equine reward program last week to mitigate the overpopulation of animals on the range.

Missing Boy's Father Arrested At NM Compound To Face Court

Aug 7, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A plea for help and the search for a missing boy drew sheriff's deputies to a desolate New Mexico compound, walled off by stacks of old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Just past the crude "no trespassing" sign, the officers found 16 people — including 11 children — living in squalid conditions.

Children ages 1 to 15 were rescued Friday from the compound that had been under investigation for months. However, the boy reported missing from Georgia was not among them and authorities haven't released many details about their search for him.

Las Cruces Officer-Involved Shooting Death Under Investigation

Aug 6, 2018

The investigation continues into what led to Friday evening’s officer-involved shooting that claimed the life of 29-year-old James Bishop.

So far, the investigation has revealed that, about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a home on the 1900 block of Arlington Avenue. Shortly after arrival at the home, one of the officers was injured by Bishop while a second officer discharged at least one round that struck the 29-year-old man.

Bishop was pronounced deceased on scene. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released.


TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Three women believed to be the mothers of 11 children found hungry and living in a filthy makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico have been arrested, following the weekend arrests of two men, authorities said Monday.

A message that people were starving, believed sent by someone inside the compound, led to the discovery of the children. A boy last seen in Alabama in December traveling with one of the men who was arrested has not been found.

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Aug 6, 2018

Study On 'Trinity Test' Cancer Risks To Be Published Next Year

Aug 6, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute says its long-anticipated study into the cancer risks of New Mexico residents living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test likely will be published in 2019.

Institute spokesman Michael Levin told The Associated Press that researchers are examining data on diet and radiation exposure and expect to finish the study by early next year.

Levin says the study will then be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and could be available by spring 2019.

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Aug 6, 2018

Monday Business Watch

Aug 6, 2018

What’s happening in the world of business in the Mesilla Valley? Time now for the Monday Business Watch with Edmundo Resendez and, Algernon D’Ammassa, business reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. This week, new business openings – a salt therapy spa and a men’s clothing store, a look at an app service for dog walkers and sitters, Forghedaboutit is up for sale, and the impact of road construction on Valley Drive.         

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Residents of the southeastern New Mexico city of Lovington are celebrating the induction of Brian Urlacher into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Urlacher starred at Lovington High School and the University of New Mexico before embarking on a 13-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears.

The Bears won four division titles and one conference championship with Urlacher, their career tackles leader who also had 41 1/2 sacks and 22 interceptions.

Solstar Space tests commercial Wi-Fi system during launch

Aug 5, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe startup tech firm working to bring commercial Wi-Fi to space has successfully completed a second test of its system.

Solstar Space posted a message to social media while using its system about 74 miles (119 kilometers) above sea level last month, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

  An eight-year-old girl named Anna has sparked a movement to end childhood trauma in New Mexico.

Libertarian Party courts Gary Johnson for Senate run

Aug 4, 2018

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate Gary Johnson received a formal invitation Saturday to run for the U.S. Senate under the Libertarian Party banner.

The central committee of New Mexico's Libertarian Party offered Johnson the party's nomination as a replacement to State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, who abandoned his Senate bid earlier in the week.

Johnson has two weeks to decide whether to accept. He said in a statement Saturday that he was giving serious consideration to the offer.

New Mexico sheriff: Compound searched, 11 kids removed

Aug 4, 2018
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  TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers searching a rural northern New Mexico compound for a missing 3-year-old boy didn't locate him but found 11 other children in filthy conditions and hardly any food, a sheriff said Saturday.

The children ranging in age from 1 to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia, New Mexico, and turned over to state child-welfare workers, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said.

Sunland Park Suing EPA Over Ozone Pollution Dispute

Aug 4, 2018
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  According to a press statement, the City of Sunland Park, Familias Unidas del Chamizal, and Sierra Club announced that they are suing the EPA for violating the Clean Air Act by failing to list El Paso as a nonattainment area for ozone.  Ozone—or “smog”—is a dangerous air pollutant that contributes to serious health problems such as asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature deaths.  Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions are at greatest risk from smog pollution.

Task Force Investigates Officer-involved Shooting Death In Las Cruces

Aug 4, 2018

Las Cruces police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating a shooting that occurred late Friday evening and resulted in the death of a 29-year-old man.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that, about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a home on the 1900 block of Arlington Avenue. Shortly after arrival at the home, one of the officers was injured by a 29-year-old man while a second officer discharged at least one round that struck the man.

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Aug 3, 2018

New Mexico Lottery Sales Bounce Back After Slide

Aug 3, 2018


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lottery ticket sales jumped nearly 6 percent in the 2018 fiscal year as the lottery bounced back from its worst year since 2001.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden said Wednesday the uptick in the fiscal year that ended June 30 was largely due to increases in ticket sales for numbers games like Powerball and Mega Millions.

NM Lawmaker Says He Won't Resign Amid Misconduct Investigation

Aug 3, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker who recently lost in the Democratic primary amid a sexual harassment investigation says he won't resign.

And State Rep. Carl Trujillo says he may even run for office again.

The Nambé Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal this week he plans to finish his term which ends this year and will continue to fight the case against him.

New Mexico Open Government Group Has New Executive Director

Aug 3, 2018


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A public relations specialist who used to work as a journalist has been selected as the next executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Melanie Majors was recently selected to lead the advocacy group that pushes transparency in open government.

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