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Clovis woman admits guilt in drug trafficking case

December 19, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 33-year-old Clovis woman awaits sentencing after becoming the last of four defendants to plead guilty in a methamphetamine trafficking case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Tina Tafoya pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday under an agreement calling for her to serve 6.5 years in prison. Tafoya admitted conspiring with...

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Santa Fe paving company convicted of corruption

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a paving company accused of embezzling $1 million from Santa Fe County has been found guilty of multiple corruption charges. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1GRKWqQ) that jurors convicted Joe Anthony...

Driver shot during Bernalillo County traffic stop

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy fatally shot a motorist during a struggle after a traffic stop. Officials on Tuesday identified the man as 34-year-old Adam Padilla. They say Padilla had a gun that was...

New Mexico immigrant license repeal effort begins

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses. Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy...

Dunn ready to take over as NM land commissioner

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The results of the recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner, one of the most powerful positions in state government, confirm Republican Aubrey Dunn has ousted Democrat incumbent Ray Powell. The secretary of state’s...

Thefts raise security concerns at Los Alamos lab

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A series of tool thefts has occurred from the largest nuclear waste disposal zone at Los Alamos National Laboratory, raising concerns about security and the lack of public notice about the crimes. Lab workers told police the thefts...

Phillip Archuleta, New Mexico lawmaker, dies

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

LAC CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Phillip Archuleta, a New Mexico state lawmaker and a longtime labor and civil rights advocate, has died. The Democratic Party of Dona Ana County says Archuleta died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia. He was 65. Friends say...

Albuquerque police: No charges in fatal shooting

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who’d broken into the man’s home. Police say the intruder had broken into the home Tuesday shortly after trying to break into...

New Mexico oil division to get new director

December 18, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Oil Conservation Division will be getting a new director at the start of the year. The state announced the appointment of David Catanach earlier this week. He’ll be filling the position left vacant by the...

New Mexico State Police ID man in vehicle standoff

December 17, 2014 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have identified the man shot by officers after fleeing from Albuquerque to Los Lunas and barricading himself in his car. State Police say he’s 30-year-old Christopher Gallegos of Albuquerque. The...