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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

New Mexico news at 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION-SECURE BORDER

Once, the barren mesas and shrub-covered canyons that extend east of the Pacific Ocean held the most popular routes for illegal immigrants heading into the U.S. Dozens at a time sprinted to waiting cars or a trolley stop in San Diego, passing border agents who were too busy herding others to give pause. Now, 20 years after that onslaught, crossing would mean scaling two fences (one topped with coiled razor wire), passing a phalanx of agents and eluding cameras positioned to capture every incursion. The difference, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on a recent tour, is like "a rocket ship and a horse and buggy." In pure numbers it is this: Where border agents made some 530,000 arrests in San Diego in fiscal year 1993, they had fewer than 30,000 in 2012.

By Elliot Spagat, Juan Carlos Llorca, Christopher Sherman and Brian Skolof. AP Photos.

COYOTE KILLING CONTEST

ROSWELL, N.M. — A coyote hunting contest sponsored by a southeastern New Mexico gun store has drawn "several hundred" hunters this weekend, the shop's owner said. Wiley Maloney, owner of Larry's Discount Gun Shop and Sporting Goods in Roswell, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he didn't know exactly how many teams of two-hunters had entered, but the two-day competition has drawn participants from around New Mexico. Under contest rules, teams of two hunters can shoot as many coyotes as possible from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset on Saturday and Sunday. The team that kills the most coyotes wins a pair of AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. Teams that place high also win a variety of other prizes.

ALSO:

— PET FOOD STAMPS — Around 400 New Mexico residents have applied to receive help from a "food stamps" for pet program.

— CHILD-DAD SHOOTING — Prosecutors in a case involved a then-10-year-old Belen boy accused of killing his father have hit a major roadblock.

— FORGOTTEN LATINO SCHOLAR — An Albuquerque-born Mexican-American scholar who is celebrated across the country but until recently was virtually unknown in New Mexico is getting another honor.

— SCHOOL CHIEF MEMORIAL — Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who died earlier this month in Albuquerque, N.M., is set to be remembered.

— UNM-SATELLITE — NASA is preparing to launch a University of New Mexico student-built satellite

— RIO GRANDE RESTORATION — Work to restore more than two dozen acres of habitat along the Rio Grande near Rio Rancho is set to begin in March.

— NAVAJO GENERATING STATION — The Navajo Nation is giving the public more time to comment on legislation that would extend the lease for a coal-fired power plant.

— RESERVATION SHOOTING — A 20-year-old woman charged in the killing of a man in southwestern Colorado has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25--NEW MEXICO-COLORADO STATE

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State, unbeaten at home in conference play, hosts New Mexico in a showdown of the top two teams in the Mountain West. By Arnie Stapleton.

MMA--UFC 157

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey takes on Liz Carmouche in the main event at UFC 157 in the first women's bout in the promotion's history. Dan Henderson faces Brazil's Lyoto Machida in a meeting of ex-champions, and Urijah Faber also fights on the undercard. Main event starts about 8:45 p.m. PST. With AP Photos.

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