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Blue Star Mothers need items for troop care packages 

An Albuquerque group is working to provide Christmas care packages to troops overseas.

The Blue Star Mothers said they send out care packages five times a year and the winter holiday shipment is their largest donation drive.

However, the group is in dire need of more gifts.

“November 19 is our biggest Christmas packing and we hope to send out 600 packages that day and our shelves are pretty bare,” Dot Bossard, Blue Star Mother spokesperson said.

The group said they have plenty of candy to ship, but want items such as individually wrapped protein snacks, beef jerky and foot or hand warmers.

You can see the complete list of wanted items and contact the Blue Star Mothers to make a donation at the group’s website.

(Un)Occupy group blasts UNM for permit issues 

(Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters continue to blast University of New Mexico President David Schmidly.

They blame him for attempting to drive them off campus and making it difficult to get a permit to protest.

The group also contends Schmidly was pressured to meet with them after they organized a petition with more than 2,000 signatures.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 tried to find out who's actually behind the permit decisions at UNM.

UNM spokesperson Karen Wentworth said it's not Schmidly's responsibility to look over and approve outdoor space permits.

Debbie Morris, the Director of the Student Activity Center, is in charge.

We went to the center to ask some questions.

However, Morris wasn't there and later deferred us to UNM's Public Information Officer.

South Valley woman mistakenly detained by sheriff deputies 

Rosa Long said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office confused her for a murder suspect.

Long was on her way to work when deputies began chasing her.

“Everybody was pointing their guns at me,” long said. “I said please God, please don’t kill me, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Minutes after a murder in the South Valley, deputies got information that the suspect may be in a light colored Ford Mustang.

When Long drove by in her yellow Ford Mustang, deputies said they wanted to check out who was inside. “I felt like I was a criminal,” she said. “They made me feel terrible.”

Deputies began the chase at the intersection of Rio Bravo Boulevard and Broadway Avenue until spike strips stopped Long at Alameda and I-25.

Deputies detained Long for a period of time before releasing her.

Amnesty for overdue child support ends Friday

Deadbeat parents who do not pay child support will soon have a warrant out for their arrest.

New Mexico officials offered a short amnesty period for parents who owe back pay on their child support, but the grace period ends Friday.

Despite the warrant, the parents are often difficult to track down.

The three men owe a total of $222,530, just a small portion of the $650 million dollars dead beat parents owe in New Mexico.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 attempted to track down the some of the people on the outstanding payment’s list.

The search takes us to a Northeast neighborhood to look for a man who owes nearly $123,000.

The state said Charles Hartsfield hasn't paid child support since 2004 but his listed address is worthless.

His sister Lisa Hartsfield answers the door bur doesn't know is whereabouts.

She said he has four children.

Are dry conditions, high winds, leading to another Southwest Dust Bowl? 

Some scientists are now predicting the Southwest could be heading into a period of huge dust storms – ones that will dwarf the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Look at Lubbock, Texas on October 17, just a few days ago.

70 mph winds propelled a dust cloud 8,000 feet high and nearly 100 miles wide.

Downed power lines, traffic jams, grounded airplanes - and scientists say it could be a frontrunner of many more to come, across Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas and other western states.

Herb Hughes of Albuquerque knows about the Dust Bowl of the thirties.

He was there, a small boy growing up In Roy, New Mexico, in Harding County on the northeastern prairies.

It was one of the counties hit hardest in the Dust Bowl.

Desert big horn sheep removed from endangered species list

The desert big horn sheep is no longer considered an endangered species.

On Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish voted to take the desert bighorn sheep off the state’s threatened and endangered species list.

The bighorn sheep has been considered endangered for more than 30 years.

At one point there were only 50 in the state.

Officials said cougars killing the sheep were a big reason they couldn’t get the numbers back up.

Elise Goldstein is a sheep biologist with Game and Fish and said they plan to continue protecting some sheep in a special sanctuary.

“We plan to continue with the management as is because although there are 625 sheep in the state,” she said. “If we were to simply stop managing them, I think over the next few years you'd start to see the numbers reverse and go down again.”

(Un)Occupy protesters petition UNM

(Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters still have a list of requests for University of New Mexico President David Schmidly.

But, they’ve called his meeting Wednesday with one protester, a small victory.

petition with more than 2,070 signatures is being credited with that meeting yesterday.

Schmidly met with Sebastian Pais, who had been on a hunger strike for more than a week.

At that meeting Schmidly agreed to allow protesters to remain at Yale Park, as long as they follow the rules and file a permit.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to Tim Newman with Change.org via Skype.

The petition started on is website.