Newsbreak New Mexico 5pm Webcast 11/12/12

Newsbreak New Mexico 5pm Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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State legislature to change leadership
Gov. names new 1st Judicial District Judge
"Breaking Bad" inspires blue bath salts in ABQ
$7 million Los Ranchos home property tax issue 



State legislature change in leadership

The New Mexico Legislature elected last week not only will have far more new members than usual when it convenes in Santa Fe early next year, it also will have new leaders in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

The fact that there will be an opening for House speaker has been known since January, when longtime Speaker Ben Luj├ín, announced he wouldn’t seek re-election due to his struggle with lung cancer. 

The speakership generally is considered the most powerful post in the Legislature. 

Then, last week, Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Tim Jennings was defeated for re-election by Republican Cliff Pirtle.

 At least two senators — Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, and Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque — have said they are interested in the position. 


Taos Ski Valley to offer shuttle service

Taos Ski Valley officials are launching daily shuttle service to and from the Albuquerque International Sunport and Santa Fe Municipal Airport Nov. 21.
The shuttle service will take passengers to and from the Taos Ski Valley and the Town of Taos.
Officials are beginning the service to coincide with the opening of Taos Ski Valley’s 2012-2013 ski season on Nov. 22 and its “Yuletide in Taos” events which begin Nov. 23.
“Thanks to the ease of the new shuttle service offered by Taos Ski Valley, visitors can relax and enjoy a unique, warm holiday season with their family and friends,” Taos Mayor Darren Cordova said in a news release.
Shuttle service pick up from the Sunport is at 3:30 p.m. daily and drop off is at 11 a.m. Passengers can be dropped off at any lodging facility in Taos or at the Taos Ski Valley.
The cost for a round trip ticket to or from the Sunport is $85; a one way ticket is $50. Roundtrip tickets to or from Santa Fe Municipal Airport are $65; one way tickets are $40.
Reservations are required for the shuttle service and must be made 48 hours in advance. Passengers are allowed two bags including skis and snowboards. Pets are not allowed. To make reservations, call 800-776-1111.


Newsbreak New Mexico 12pm Webcast 11/12/12

Newsbreak New Mexico 12pm Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich
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"Breaking Bad" inspires blue bath salts in ABQ
Pearce spends Veteran's Day in Sinai
Elephant Butte channel project
NM House District 37 race tied


Carlsbad woman arrested for using nunchucks while driving

A woman was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation after she was seen swinging nunchucks from the sunroof of her yellow mustang Wednesday evening. 

Bonnie Morris, 46, was arrested after police say she failed to stop for an officer, leading him on a slow-speed chase through Carlsbad. Officer Wayne Atchler saw Morris in her vehicle near the intersection of 6th and Church streets, where she was swinging nunchucks out the rooftop window.

She failed to stop when he tried to pull her over, leading Atchler on a path through a residential neighborhood. She then sped off toward the Artesia Highway, where she reached a speed around 65 miles per hour, police said. 

Sgt. Jason Griffin responded to the call and was able to stop Morris at mile marker 42 after spike strips were deployed.

Morris attempted to resist arrest, but was ultimately taken into custody, police said. Charges were still pending as of Thursday afternoon, police said.

NM Health Department participating in antibiotic campaign

The New Mexico Department of Health is participating in “Get Smart about Antibiotics” campaign that runs from November 12 through 18, 2012. 
According to the department, antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health threats. 
The program works with healthcare facilities and providers statewide. It recognizes that a critical component in preventing healthcare-associated infections is appropriate antibiotic use. 
The Department says patients must take steps to reduce antibiotic resistance and to remember that antibiotics are of no use in treating most common viral, and even some common bacterial, upper respiratory infections.


$7 million NM home only pays $25 in property taxes

County and state officials want to know how the owner of a Los Ranchos mansion listed for sale at $7 million was billed only $25 for property taxes this year.  

Bernalillo County assessor Karen Montoya says she's trying to find out how the newly built home still is listed as vacant agricultural land. 
The state Taxation and Revenue Department sent a letter to Montoya last month pointing out the designation and noting it now had a 12,000-square-foot luxury home. 
The tax bill should be about $83,000.


NM company selling "Breaking Bad" bath salts

Photo-ABQ Journal
A New Mexico company is selling "bad" blue, meth-looking bath salts in honor of the AMC TV show "Breaking Bad." 

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Great Face & Body is selling a line of bath salts that look very similar to the pure meth sold on the drama show filmed in Albuquerque. The "Bathing Bad" bath salts, which are used in baths and not as illegal drugs, come in 8-ounce plastic bags. 
The move follows a similar trend by others in Albuquerque to sell products influenced by the show. One candy store is selling "Breaking Bad" meth sugar candy and a doughnut shop is selling meth doughnuts with blue candy on top.


Pearce spends Veteran's Day with troops in Sinai

Steve Pearce
United States congressman Steve Pearce spent Veteran’s Day on the Sinai Peninsula, which is where New Mexico National Guard soldiers have spent the past nine months on a peace-keeping mission on the border between Egypt and Israel.

 Pearce took a 30-hour flight to be with the troops on Veteran's Day.  Pearce served the soldiers a little taste of home, too, on his visit -- red and green chile. 
He added it's a lot like being at home because home is thinking of the soldiers and has the jobs to prove it.


Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Webcast 11/12/12

Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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Governor sends NM resources to help Sandy victims
NM Border Patrol project delayed
NM House District 37 race tied 


NM Border Patrol outpost delayed

A new $15 million U.S. Customs and Border Patrol outpost in southern New Mexico is a year behind schedule because federal planners failed to make sure the local power co-op could provide enough electricity. 

Customs agents assigned to the border crossing in Antelope Wells are instead operating out of trailers. The project kept growing and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't foresee the power needs until final construction plans were in place.
 The line is now being built after a year delay and the outpost is expected to open early next year.


Governor sends NM resources to help Sandy victims

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an order to support the deployment of New Mexico resources to northeastern states that need help in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. 

Friday's executive order makes $200,000 available to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to coordinate the deployment and support of New Mexico resources for relief efforts. 
The storm made landfall on the East Coast on Oct. 29 and has caused an estimated $50 billion in damages. 
The cost of sending personnel and equipment eventually will be reimbursed by the federal disaster declaration for the storm.