Good Morning  New Mexico,     

I'm Frank Haley with news on KKIM, am 1000   New Mexico's Christian Heritage Station on Friday August 29, 2014

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Now the news:

>>Obama cautions against using force to solve crises
in the Middle East and Ukraine

 WASHINGTON  -- ***Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President   Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.....

In the conflict between Russia and Ukraine,  Putin appears to be   getting more aggressive, with Ukrainian officials accusing Russia of sending two military columns across the border Thursday.

  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey,  said   that the Islamic State can  only be defeated if the U.S.   goes after the group in Syria as well as Iraq.

>>>Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

 MOSCOW  --***Meanwhile  Russia's President   Putin has  called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine......

Putin's statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops.

>>>10K tickets sold for Zozobra; big crowd expected for burn in SF tonight.

SANTA FE –***With fair weather in the forecast and advance ticket sales booming, expect a big crowd at Santa Fe's Fort Marcy park when Zozobra goes up in flames tonight......

 Organizers have already  sold more than 10,000 tickets — 10 times the number of advance tickets sold last year.  

>>> Robbery suspect shot and killed by employee at SW Albuquerque Dairy Queen

ALBUQUERQUE -- ***A robbery suspect was shot multiple times by a Dairy Queen employee while attempting to rob the restaurant at 427 Isleta SW...... just after 6 p.m. last  evening.   The man died after being transported to University Hospital.

The man had  demanded money from an employee at the DQ, who gave him cash. A fellow employee then opened fire on the robber, shooting him multiple times.
No names have been released.

>>>New voting machines set for Nov. 4 election

SANTA FE –*** New Mexico voters in the Nov. 4 general election will cast ballots using new voting machines, .... which have cost the state nearly $12 million over the past two years.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran  says county clerks in all 33 counties have received thorough training on the machines recently.

More than 1,700 of the new voting tabulators  have been distributed statewide.

As in previous elections, voters will still fill out paper ballots and feed them into the machine that counts the votes cast.

>>>NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST, N.M.  — For more than a century, the Lucero family has grazed livestock in the majestic landscape near Fenton Lake in the Santa Fe National Forest. They started with sheep and, in the 1920s, switched to cattle.

But that may all come to an end because of an endangered mouse.
In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat.  

The Luceros,  who are  holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle   from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days in the fall.

No final decision has been made ... yet.  

>>Carlsbad Caverns National Park is banning drones

CARLSBAD, N.M.  -*** Carlsbad Caverns National Park has   outlawed  the use of  drones.....

Officials say anyone caught using model airplanes,   or other types of drones within the park's boundaries could face fines and possible jail time.

The National Park Service directed all parks in June to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircraft that are often used to take photos and videos.

>>****Los Alamos ranked as 2nd most-affluent city in America....

A new report from American City Business Journals,  says Los Alamos is the country’s second-most affluent city, and the most affluent small city with a population of less than 100,000. Only Washington, D.C., came ahead of Los Alamos in the national  affluent ranking.

>>>***Half in NM don’t meet welfare work rules....

Only about half the families receiving government cash assistance in New Mexico meet federally mandated work requirements.

Still, the compliance rate is much higher than it is nationally for those enrolled in the program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known here as New Mexico Works.

There are about 9,000 adults and 26,000 children receiving assistance under the  program.

****Santa Fe City Council votes to decriminalize pot...

SANTA FE, N.M.  - The Santa Fe City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana, making the city the first in New Mexico to make possession of small amounts of pot a civil infraction.

The council voted 5-4 Wednesday night to make possession of an ounce or less punishable by a fine of no more than $25. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor.
Gov. Susana Martinez has said she opposes efforts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to reduce marijuana possession penalties, and that she doubts a municipality can decriminalize pot without legislative action.


4 killed in New Mexico crash of medical flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - ***All four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces......  

New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.



Dona Ana County commission may censure treasurer

LAS CRUCES, N.M.  - Dona Ana County commissioners are scheduled  to consider possibly reprimanding county Treasurer David Gutierrez today.
 It's not clear  why the commission will consider the possible censure.

Gutierrez  has been treasurer since January 2009.



FBI offering reward in attack on Iraqi woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  - The FBI is offering a reward in a case involving a man who assaulted and robbed an Iraqi Catholic refugee in Albuquerque and yelled obscenities about Muslims.

The FBI is offerong  a $2,000 reward for the capture of the suspect who stole $20,000 in gold during the violent home invasion in June.


Man pleads guilty to 4 robberies in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank and three businesses during a two-day crime spree in 2011.

  24-year-old Daniel Lujan, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty Thursday to a four-count superseding indictment.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lujan will be sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.


  2 men beat dairy employee over firing

ROSWELL, N.M.  - Two immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally are accused of beating and stabbing a Chaves County dairy worker who had been tasked with firing one of the suspects.

  21-year-old Ismael Chairez and 18-year-old Esequiel Chairez were arrested this week after authorities found the injured employee early Tuesday.

The 35-year-old employee at the Cheyenne II Dairy was beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed.

The men arrested are brothers, and   they admitted to the attack. The attack appears to be in retaliation for one of the brothers being fired.


Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

WASHINGTON  - President Barack Obama says he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.

Obama  says if Congress does not act on a broader immigration overhaul, he will do what he can to improve the system.

Obama has ordered a review of executive actions he could take on immigration and had said he intended to act by summer's end.

Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY') in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

On this date:

In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa (ah-tuh-WAHL'-puh), was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

In 1814, during the War of 1812, Alexandria, Virginia, formally surrendered to British military forces, which occupied the city until September 3.

In 1864, the Democratic National Convention, which nominated Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan for president, opened in Chicago.

In 1877, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 76.

In 1910, Korean Emperor Sunjong abdicated as the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty went into effect.

In 1935, the film "Top Hat," starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

In 1958, pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana.

In 1964, Roy Orbison's single "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released on the Monument label.

In 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz of the United States won the third of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter freestyle.

In 1982, Academy Award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died in London on her 67th birthday.

In 1987, Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Arizona, at age 63.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.

Ten years ago: Tropical Storm Gaston made landfall in South Carolina at near-hurricane strength. Protesters filling 20 city blocks peacefully swarmed Manhattan's streets on the eve of the Republican National Convention to demand that President George W. Bush be turned out of office. A car bomb at the office of a U.S. security contractor in Afghanistan killed about ten people, including three Americans. Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece, for the Olympic games.

Five years ago: Funeral services were held in Boston for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was eulogized by President Barack Obama; hours later, Kennedy's remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington. Eight people were found beaten to death at a mobile home in Glynn County, Georgia; family member Guy Heinze Jr., who reported finding the bodies, was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Space shuttle Discovery and seven astronauts blazed into orbit on a flight to the international space station.

One year ago: In a sweeping new policy statement, the Justice Department said it would not stand in the way of states that wanted to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana as long as there were effective controls to keep marijuana away from kids, the black market and federal property. The NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players who developed dementia or other concussion-related health problems they say were caused by the on-field clashes.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betty Lynn (TV: "The Andy Griffith Show") is 88. Movie director William Friedkin is 79. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 78. Actor Elliott Gould is 76. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 75. TV personality Robin Leach is 73. Actor Ray Wise is 67. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 62. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is 59. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 58. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 58. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 55. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello (n-DAY'-gay-OH'-chehl-oh) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 44. Actress Carla Gugino is 43. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 39. Actor John Hensley is 37. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 34. Rapper A+ is 32. Actress Jennifer Landon is 31. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 29. Actress-singer Lea Michele (TV: "Glee") is 28. Rock singer Liam Payne (One Direction) is 21.

Thought for Today: "People are very open-minded about new things — as long as they're exactly like the old ones." — Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (1876-1958).

That's the news on KKIM,  am 1000 New Mexico's Christian Heritage station!!
I'm Frank Haley   cjf,  …

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