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Rights group says Mexico's government should investigate army slayings of 22 in June incident

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 22:00
The New York-based group Human Rights Watch is calling on the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which soldiers killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded.
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Gun-rights group persuading dozens of towns to repeal firearms regs in legal blitz

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 22:00
A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states.
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Mexico creates special force to fight widespread economic crime

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 22:00
Mexico is now launching a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime.
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Drought has literally lifted the Western US

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 22:00
If you're in the western US, the ground you're standing on may be a little higher than it was a few years ago.
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Interpol seeks clues to Japanese businessman dubbed 'baby factory'

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 22:00
Interpol says it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand calls the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies.
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New Mexico city may pay farmers to not use water - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 21:14

New Mexico city may pay farmers to not use water
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
CLOVIS — A New Mexico city struggling with drought is considering a plan to pay farmers with federal grant money to stop watering crops. Clovis-area farmers would be paid about $400 an acre to make the switch under a proposed conservation program ...

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Remembrance of times Southwest: "Souvenir of New Mexico" - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 19:33

Remembrance of times Southwest: "Souvenir of New Mexico"
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
It's close to 150 years since the Long Walk of the Navajo, the forced relocation of more than 8,500 people from their homes to internment at Hwéeldi, the Place of Suffering, at Bosque Redondo in southeastern New Mexico. Thousands met their deaths from ...

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New Mexico woman tests negative for Ebola - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 17:14

Guardian Liberty Voice

New Mexico woman tests negative for Ebola
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Health officials say test results show a New Mexico woman is not infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The New Mexico Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital received the results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...
In New Mexico and California, Two Women Tested for Ebola VirusGuardian Liberty Voice
New Mexico woman, other patient in Calif. both being tested for Ebola virusNew York Daily News
UNMH patient not infected with Ebola virusKOAT Albuquerque

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Does US border crisis present opportunity for terrorists?

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:25
New security concerns as ISIS threat escalates
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New Mexico woman tests negative for Ebola - Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:12

Guardian Liberty Voice

New Mexico woman tests negative for Ebola
Las Cruces Sun-News
ALBUQUERQUE - Health officials say test results show a New Mexico woman is not infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The New Mexico Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital received the results from the U.S. Centers for Disease ...
In New Mexico and California, Two Women Tested for Ebola VirusGuardian Liberty Voice
New Mexico woman, other patient in Calif. both being tested for Ebola virusNew York Daily News
UNMH patient not infected with Ebola virusKOAT Albuquerque

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Indicted NM sheriff under pressure to quit, but will he?

Capital Report New Mexico Blog Postings - Thu, 2014-08-21 15:30

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE TOMMY?: The Rio Arriba County commission wants embattled sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign but there’s little indication that Rodella will step down.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

ESPAÑOLA – The three members of the Rio Arriba County Commission on Thursday morning unanimously called for county sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign.

But whether Rodella will step aside is another matter.

Rodella and his son, Tommy Jr., were arrested Friday by FBI agents and have been indicted on charges in connection to a traffic stop in which a local motorist was arrested and claimed the older Rodella assaulted him. Both Rodeallas pleaded not guilty in federal court and were released on their own recognizance.

In an unsparing three-page letter to Rodella, commissioners Danny Garcia, Barney Trujillo and Alfredo Montoya called the sheriff “reckless” and “abrasive,” said he has conducted “vindictively motivated investigations” and called on Rodella to resign by Tuesday.

“If he would bow out gracefully now, I think that would show what kind of individual he is,” Trujillo told New Mexico Watchdog after the commission meeting wrapped up. “The controversy that surrounds him is not good for the office, it’s not good for the county.”

New Mexico Watchdog went to Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office to get reaction from Rodella, but was told he wasn’t in the office.

Since Friday’s arrest, Rodella has been showing up for work, although the federal judge who arraigned him Friday ordered the sheriff to give up his gun. On Wednesday, Rodella’s lawyers blasted back at prosecutors, accusing U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez of having a “personal vendetta” against Rodella and calling on Martinez to drop all charges by Friday.

The attorneys claim Martinez withheld information from the grand jury that would have cleared Rodella and say they can produce witnesses who can testify Martinez threatened Rodella “if he were to interfere with the activities of U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel.”

After Rodella and his son were released by a federal judge last week, some members of the Rodella family wore T-shirts that said, “When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty.”

APPLYING PRESSURE: Rio Arriba County commissioners on Thursday called for Tommy Rodella to quit and insists the county taxpayers won’t pay for his legal defense.

There’s been some question about whether Rio Arriba County taxpayers would have to pay for Rodella’s legal fees, but on Thursday morning county commissioners voted 3-0 to rescind any contract with Rodella and his attorneys.

“Be advised that from the Aug. 12 date of your indictment forward we will not authorize payment of your legal defense in the criminal case,” the commissioners’ letter to Rodella said.

Does the commission have the authority to do that? New Mexico Watchdog left a message with one of Rodella’s attorneys, Robert Gorence, but didn’t receive a response.

What if Rodella simply refuses to quit?

“All we can do as commissioners is basically what we did today — give him a vote of no confidence,” Trujillo said. “We hope he does the right thing.”

Copies of the letter were to be sent to the offices of the governor, the state attorney general, the state district attorney who is responsible for Rio Arriba County and the U.S. Justice Department.

“If (Rodella) feels it’s not the right thing to resign, then we have to ask higher authorities than us, is it the right thing, what does he do to us and how does he jeopardize the county,” Trujillo said.

Rodella lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic Party primary in June. His term as sheriff expires in January.

“Clearly, the County would be better served if you would step aside and allow your office to re-group itself,” the letter said. “There is no reason to continue to put the integrity of your deputies in jeopardy by having you as their leader.”

Rodella has had a tumultuous political and law enforcement career.

In 1994, the Rio Grande Sun newspaper reported an internal investigation by New Mexico State Police concluded Rodella had tickets tossed out of court to help his wife, state Rep. Debbie Rodella, a Democrat representing Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties, in her 1992 campaign. Rodella resigned from the state police.

In 1994, the paper reported Rodella paid a $2,500 fine to the Jicarilla Apache Game and Fish Department for shooting a decoy of a deer from his patrol car.

After getting elected as a magistrate court judge, Rodella was investigated by the state Judicial Standards Commission regarding three cases, including a drunken driving allegation. In 2010 the state Supreme Court banned him from ever serving on the bench.

In Thursday’s letter, county commissioners cited 11 examples of what it called Rodella’s “substandard performance.”

Among them were allegations, first reported by KOB-TV, that drivers in the county were pulled over for alleged traffic citations but were told they could avoid getting a ticket if they contributed to a scholarship fund supported by the sheriff. “It does not appear there has ever been a scholarship recipient of the fund since it was set up” in 2012, the station reported.

“The commission is very, very concerned about the integrity of Rio Arriba County and our department,” commission chairman Garcia said after Thursday’s meeting adjourned. “There have been so many things that have been happening in the sheriff’s office. We feel it’s currently putting us in more liability in any cases he moves forward on.”

Here’s New Mexico Watchdog video of commissioners Trujillo and Garcia talking about the case:

And here’s the letter the county commissioners sent to Rodella:

Rio Arriba County Commission letter

'Outnumbered Overtime': Obama having an optics problem?

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 15:26
The 'Outnumbered' crew weighs in
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New Mexico man steals electric shopping cart to visit probation officer - KMTV

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 14:41

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New Mexico man steals electric shopping cart to visit probation officer
KMTV
It is probably not a good idea to show up for an appointment with your probation officer driving a stolen electric shopping cart. Michael Johnson, 18, of New Mexico has certainly learned that the hard way. According to KOAT-TV Channel 7, Johnson was ...
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New Mexico State athletics director to step down - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 09:15

New Mexico State athletics director to step down
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State has announced Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year. The school said in a statement Wednesday that Boston's contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be ...

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New Mexico signs off on Air Force clean-up plan - Santa Fe New Mexican.com

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 09:04

New Mexico signs off on Air Force clean-up plan
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
ALBUQUERQUE — State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque's drinking water wells. The Air Force submitted its plan ...
Air Force: Airman found dead at New Mexico baseAlbuquerque Journal
Airman at base in New Mexico found deadStars and Stripes

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New Mexico State athletics director to step down - Sacramento Bee

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 09:02

New Mexico State athletics director to step down
Sacramento Bee
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State announced Wednesday that Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year. In a statement, the university said Boston's contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be ...

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2 OC Sisters Quit University Of New Mexico Soccer Team Over Hazing Incident - CBS Local

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 08:53

2 OC Sisters Quit University Of New Mexico Soccer Team Over Hazing Incident
CBS Local
TRABUCO CANYON (CBSLA.com/AP) — Orange County twin girls may have been victims of hazing by members of the University of New Mexico women's soccer team where players were allegedly sprayed with cleaner and forced to drink alcohol. Freshman ...
University of New Mexico suspends soccer coach over hazingReuters
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New Mexico protects its chiles with trademark - The Spokesman Review

New Mexico News from Google ... - Thu, 2014-08-21 07:07

New Mexico protects its chiles with trademark
The Spokesman Review
BERNALILLO, N.M. – Idaho has its potatoes. Florida has its fresh fruits and juices. Vidalia is the name synonymous with the nation's most famous sweet onion. Now New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and ...

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Revising its calculation upward, Mexico government now says 22,322 reported missing since 2006

New Mexico News from FoxNews.com ... - Wed, 2014-08-20 22:00
The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday.
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