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Thursday News Roundup
8:33 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Headlines: Martinez Begins 2nd Term, No Bonus For WIPP Operator...

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Martinez To Start 2nd Term As New Mexico GovernorThe Associated Press

A public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Susan Martinez is planned New Year's Day at the State Capitol.

This time, she's taking the show inside.

The Republican is scheduled to take the oath of office for her second term inside the House chamber while Santa Fe battles freezing temperatures. Martinez held her first inauguration ceremony four years ago outside in frigid weather.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:54 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Headlines: Difficult Driving Conditions On NM Roads, Martinez Prepares For 2nd Term...

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Winter Weather A Problem For Driving In New MexicoThe Associated Press

Snow, sleet, freezing fog and slick spots on pavement are producing difficult driving conditions are reported on numerous New Mexico highways, particularly in the east.

The National Weather Service says frigid temperatures and very low wind chill readings will also persist through Wednesday.

Snow is forecast to spread into western New Mexico in the evening and then into central New Mexico early Thursday as low pressure system approaches the state.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:21 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Headlines: Snow, Ice And Cold, Feds Dock LANL...

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Snow And Ice Reported On Some New Mexico HighwaysThe Associated Press

Snow and ice are reported on sections of some highways in eastern and northern New Mexico as a winter storm moves into the state.

The state Department of Transportation says snow and ice were reported Tuesday morning on Interstate 25 near Las Vegas and on Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

Other highways in the regions also have snow and icy spots.

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Monday News Roundup
8:41 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Headlines: Right To Work Bill Pre-Filed In NM Legislature, Las Cruces Minimum Wage Increase...

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New Mexico Bill On Union Membership IntroducedThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

A bill pre-filed in the New Mexico Senate would make it illegal to require labor union membership as a condition for employment.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the pre-filed bill is sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue.

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Weekend News Roundup
7:45 am
Sat December 27, 2014

Headlines: Fort Union Gets An Artist, Hospital Escapee Caught, Suspected Vehicle Vandal Arrested...

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Fort Union Monument To Get Resident Artist The Associated Press

Officials at Fort Union National Monument have teamed up the National Parks Arts Foundation as the nonprofit group works to expand its artist-in-residence program to parks and monuments across the country.

The application process started Friday. It will be up to a group of curators and advisers to choose the artist for Fort Union.

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Friday News Roundup
8:52 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Headlines: Winter Weather Advisory For Snow, Euthanasia At ABQ Animal Shelter Drops...

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Winter Weather Advisory For SnowNational Weather Service

A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect until 6 pm MST.  1 to 2 inches of additional snow over the Santa Fe Metro Area and surrounding high country and over the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Up to an inch of additional  snow over the western and southwestern high country.

Areas of snow, heavy at times, will continue through the morning before tapering off around noon. Snow impacts this afternoon will be primarily limited to higher

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Thursday News Roundup
8:45 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Headlines: Water Table Drops, Ice Skate In ABQ, Imagination Library Coming To SF...

As water tables get lower New Mexico wells are going dry.
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Water Table Drops As Drought Forces More Pumping The Associated Press

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain.

Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in the groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:41 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Headlines: Police Shootings, Politics Top NM Headlines...

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Police Shootings, Politics Top NM HeadlinesThe Associated Press

Officers surrounded James Boyd as they tried to talk him into surrendering from his campsite in the Sandia foothills. He told officers he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him.

The standoff dragged on for hours, with Boyd threatening to kill officers at one point. Video from a helmet camera shows him gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Headlines: Man Killed In Las Cruces Police Shooting, Woman Reports Sexual Assault On ABQ Trail...

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Man Killed In Las Cruces Police ShootingThe Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Authorities say police shot and killed a man after an hourslong manhunt and standoff in Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that police spokesman Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez says officers were called to a fight around noon Monday on La Fonda Street. A man fled in a stolen Ford pickup. Police say they believe he was armed.

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Friday News Roundup
8:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Headlines: NM Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike, More Federal Money For Counties...

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New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage HikeThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.

Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.

Varela told the Albuquerque Journal that the current minimum wage isn't a livable wage.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of Corruption, Flu Season Could Be Difficult...

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Santa Fe Paving Company Convicted Of CorruptionThe Associated Press

The owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jurors convicted Joe Anthony Montoya yesterday of bribing public officials, committing fraud and engaging in conspiracy.

The jury also convicted Montoya's company, Advantage Asphalt, of charges involving bribery, fraud and conspiracy. Montoya and his company faced more than 30 charges combined.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:31 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Headlines: Driver's License Repeal Bill Pre-Filed, Dunn Still Ahead After Recount...

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Another NM Immigrant Licenses Repeal Effort BeginsThe Associated Press

Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal yesterday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

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Tuesday News Roundup
9:09 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Headlines: Paseo/I-25 Interchange Opens, Judge Must Step Down...

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Major Albuquerque Construction Project FinishedThe Associated Press

Dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting last night to celebrate the completion of the $93-million dollar reconstruction of the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange.

This morning the flyover that takes drivers headed northbound on I-25 to westbound Paseo del Norte is open.

Government officials had to piece together money from city, county and state bonds to pay for the project.

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Monday News Roundup
8:33 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Headlines: ABQ To Receive Bloomberg Grant, APD Accidental Shooting...

14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants - The Associated Press

Fourteen cities ranging from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jerusalem are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues.

New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday. They'll receive from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years.

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Friday News Roundup
8:32 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Headlines: DOJ Says Tribes Can Legalize Pot, Judge Refuses To Shut Down Lyft...

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DOJ Says Tribes Can Decide Whether To Legalize Pot  - The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot. 

Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall was co-chair of a group that developed the policy announced yesterday.

Marshall says the policy was developed after a handful of tribes asked how legalization of pot in states like Oregon and Washington would apply to them.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:34 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Headlines: Tapia Documentary Set To Air, Man Sought In ABQ Manhunt In Custody...

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Tapia Documentary Set To Air On HBO On Dec. 16The Associated Press

A documentary on the rise and fall of Albuquerque-born, world champion boxer Johnny Tapia is slated to air on HBO next week.

The network says 'Tapia,' using first-person narration and archival footage, will be shown Dec. 16.

The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and was shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:26 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Headlines: APD & DOJ Hold 'Frank' Meetings, APD Indictments Sought...

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Albuquerque Police, DOJ Hold 'Frank' Meetings  - The Associated Press

Albuquerque police and U.S. Justice Department officials have held a series of private but contentious briefings following a signed agreement on reforms.

Officials say officers and federal authorities gathered Tuesday for the last of five meetings on how reforms will be adopted. But some officers expressed anger on how the Justice Department investigated Albuquerque police and pressed federal officials on why they only focused on certain excessive force cases.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:48 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Headlines: Ex-Official Pleads Guilty On Bribe, $1M Lottery Prize Unclaimed...

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Santa Fe County Ex-Official's Guilty Plea RevealedThe Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico prosecutors in a fraud case against a contractor have disclosed that a former Santa Fe County official previously pleaded guilty to taking a bribe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2012 guilty plea by former county road supervisor James Martinez was revealed for the first time yesterday as testimony began in the fraud case.

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Monday News Roundup
8:32 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Headlines: Senators Welcome NMED Fines, Bernco DA Investigated...

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Senators Welcome Fines For Nuke Repository MishapsThe Associated Press

New Mexico's two U.S. senators are welcoming more than $54 million in penalties being levied against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

The state Environment Department on Saturday announced it was imposing the penalties for 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Friday News Roundup
8:41 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Headlines: King Owes $700K Campaign Debt, APD Briefing At Legislature...

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Defeated NM Dem Governor Hopeful $690K In DebtThe Associated Press

New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King not only lost by a historical margin against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Records show he was left with a nearly $700,000 debt.

Campaign finance disclosures filed Thursday showed that King's unsuccessful big left him with $691,000 in unpaid bills and an ending balance of only $6,500.

Meanwhile, Martinez reported spending more than $574,000 from Nov. 1 to Thursday and had an ending balance of $246,000.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:28 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Headlines: NAACP Leader Hired For Police Reform, Changes At LANL...

Albuquerque Hires NAACP Leader On Police ReformThe Associated Press

The city of Albuquerque has hired a local NAACP leader to help with upcoming changes into the city's troubled police.

But some advocates are criticizing the move.

The city announced this week NAACP Albuquerque president Harold Bailey will be paid $20,000 as a consultant for a team that will oversee changes. Bailey says he will help the team with community engagement.

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KUNM News Update
11:26 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Headlines: NM Water At Risk, Ski Santa Fe To Open Saturday...

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Task Force: New Mexico Water Supplies At Risk Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Researchers from universities around the state say New Mexico is undoubtedly dealing with a dire situation thanks to a persistent drought and there's no telling when conditions will improve.

The task force of experts on Tuesday delivered their preliminary findings to lawmakers on the vulnerability of the state's water supplies.

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KUNM News Update
8:15 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Headlines: Fired Police Officer, Protected Forest Land...

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Project Protects NM Forested Land From Development – The Associated Press

More than 11,000 acres that adjoin the Carson National Forest have been permanently protected from development through a conservation easement.

A conservation effort on the Upper Rio Chama River property in northern New Mexico began in 2009. The final and largest piece of the nearly 12-thousand-acre property became part of the easement Monday.

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Monday News Roundup
8:36 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Headlines: State Senate Confirmations Backlog, Census Jobs...

New Mexico Senate Has Backlog Of ConfirmationsThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Democratic-led New Mexico Senate will convene in January with a backlog of pending confirmation decisions on dozens of appointees of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez's office says the 85 first-term appointees awaiting confirmation votes include numerous members of state boards and commissions as well as three Cabinet secretaries.

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Friday News Roundup
8:24 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Headlines: Loon Seen In ABQ, Murder Suspect Returns...

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Rare Loon Takes Flight In Albuquerque - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A "common loon" has been making uncommon visits to an Albuquerque pond.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Bernalillo County bird watchers have been eyeing a bosque pond to glimpse the loon after it was spotted earlier this month.

Bird watcher Nancy Hetrick first spotted the bird Nov. 16 in the pond near Tingley Beach.

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Thursday News Roundup
8:55 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Headlines: Regulators Approve Solar Plan, Ferguson Decision Opens Wounds...

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Regulators Approve PNM Solar Plan - The Associated Press

PNM's plan to build four more solar-powered generating stations has been approved by state regulators.

The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the utility's renewable energy procurement plan for next year. The solar arrays will represent a more than $79 million-dollar investment.

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Wednesday News Roundup
8:42 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Headlines: ABQ Demo For Michael Brown, Hobbs Voter ID Election...

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Albuquerque Activists Hold Ferguson ProtestThe Associated Press

Around 200 Albuquerque protesters joined demonstrators nationwide after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.

The demonstration last night forced Albuquerque police to momentarily close traffic in the city's International District but the protest remained peaceful.

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Tuesday News Roundup
8:51 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Headlines: Prosecutor Eyes Charges In S.F. Police Shooting, Man Survives Fall And Elements...

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Prosecutor Weighs Santa Fe Police Shooting ChargesThe Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A southeastern New Mexico prosecutor is considering whether two Santa Fe police officers will face any charges in the nonfatal shooting of a motorist.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks says she expects to decide on possible charges by early next year.

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Monday News Roundup
3:55 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Headlines: House Dems Elect Leadership...

New Mexico House Democrats Elect Egolf As Leader - The Associated Press

New Mexico House Democrats have chosen a new leader now that they'll be the minority in that legislative chamber.

Democratic representatives over the weekend elected Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe to serve as the House minority leader when the Legislature begins its 2015 session on Jan. 20.

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Friday News Roundup
8:45 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Headlines: Stream Commission Meets Monday, Broker Suspensions Proposed...

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Judge Lifts Restraining Order In Gila LawsuitThe Associated Press

The Interstate Stream Commission can now move forward with a meeting next week to consider the future of the Gila River.

During a hearing yesterday, state District Judge Francis Mathew lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked action by the commission.

New Mexico faces a December 31st deadline for deciding how to manage its share of the river under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.

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