Helicopter Wars: Jack Swickard guest

Jack Swickard in Vietnam
News New Mexico is going to speak to Jack Swickard Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in the third hour of the program. He is featured in National Geographic Channel's Helicopter Wars. See it here
Jack writes a blog about healing the wounds of war and the friends in Vietnam he has made. His blog is here

Sunland peanut plant to open in March

The country's largest organic peanut butter processor linked to a national salmonella outbreak says it plans to fully reopen in March but didn't know when its products will be back in stores. 
Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said Friday that the Portales-based company has rehired employees at its peanut mill and will soon hire back workers at the peanut butter mill. 
The company's peanut processing and peanut butter plant had been shuttered since the recall in September but the Food and Drug Administration said last month it could reopen. 
Sunland recalled more than 100 nut and nut butter products after the outbreak. Forty-one illnesses in 20 states were linked to the peanut butter.


Newsbreak New Mexico 12pm Webcast 1/14/13

Newsbreak New Mexico 12pm Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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Pres. elect of NM youth football league porn charges
NMSU hires search firm
Santa Fe gun buyback nets 191 firearms
Sunland peanut plant to reopen


Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Webcast 1/14/13

Newsbreak New Mexico 8am Newscast with Vanessa Dabovich

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New lawmakers head to legislative session
Sunland Park mayoral candidate goes to trial
Sunland Inc. peanut plant to reopen
Gun buyback nets 191 firearms


Santa Fe gun buyback event nets 191 firearms

Authorities purchased 191 guns at the city of Santa Fe's first gun buyback event. 
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that grandmothers, hunters and young men and woman took the city up on its anonymous, no-questions-asked gun buyback offer on Saturday. 
All of the $12,500 in prepaid Visa cards set aside for the first of three buyback events had been used up within the first two hours of Saturday's event.
 Serial numbers were checked on the guns, and one handgun turned out to be stolen. It will be put into police evidence, and police will attempt to contact the registered owner. 
Police Chief Ray Rael says he'll have to seek more money from the City Council if future buyback events are as popular as Saturday's.


Sunland Park mayoral candidate goes to trial

A former New Mexico border town mayoral candidate accused of extortion by secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance is scheduled to go to trial. But an attorney for former mayor-elect Daniel Salinas says the scheduled Monday start date might not happen. 

Joshua Spencer says some discovery has not been produced. The case also will go before a new judge, new prosecutor and new district attorney. 
Salinas is facing nearly three dozen charges that include extortion, bribery, fraud and illegal kickbacks. Salinas has pleaded not guilty.
Former Sunland Park city manager Jaime Aguilera pleaded guilty last month to extortion and evidence-tampering charges related to the case.


YAFL removes president following child porn charges

From KOB-TV.com - By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - Fredrick and Carey Gonzales are behind bars and facing charges of manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. A criminal complaint says Fred Gonzales downloaded child porn videos through a file sharing network. It says he admitted to deputies that he downloaded the videos and burned them to DVD to watch with his wife.
For her part, Carey Gonzales admits to watching the videos with her husband. She's now on administrative leave from her job as an educational assistant at Montezuma Elementary School. Fred Gonzales was the president of the NM Young American Football League. He was a volunteer with the league for years and served as a board member. The league removed him from the league Saturday morning and Jim Summers took over.
"We thought it was some sort of cruel prank the first words we got of this and then when we realized it wasn't a prank, we were speechless," Summers said. Fred and Carey Gonzales have two children who are now in state custody. Summers said Fred Gonzales went through multiple background checks while in the league.
"There were no red flags. We've discussed it among ourselves, and even now with the allegations, we still look back and say we don't see anything," he said. But Summers still wants to make everything available for law enforcement when it comes to this case. The league hired an independent attorney to guide the office through this time. But the league is not stopping there.
"We are going to bring an independent outside investigator to take a hard look at us and tell us where we can do things better," Summers said. The safety of children is the top priorty of the NM YAFL program, Summers wanted to ensure. He said the league will begin looking to hire the private investigator starting Monday. Read more