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Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, an aspen tree shows off fall colors on a hillside near Los Alamos, N.M. Residents and land managers say this marks one of the first years that aspens in and along burn scars in the Los Alamos area are big enough and bright enough to catch the attention of [&hellip...

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New Mexico prisons on lockdown in contraband hunt

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In an unannounced move, New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel ordered a lockdown of the state’s 11 prisons on Monday as part of a massive hunt for contraband among inmates. The department said staff members...

VA hospital in Albuquerque to operate fewer beds

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is reducing the number of inpatient beds at its Albuquerque hospital by 20 percent due to a nationwide nursing shortage. The department says the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center is...

Santa Fe police: Wanted man arrested at motel

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police have arrested a 33-year-old man accused of attempting to ram a police car while trying to avoid arrest during a pursuit. Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says Robert Pacheco was arrested early Monday morning after...

Officials: Dead chickens left at NM cemetery

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say dead chickens and pigeons are being left at a New Mexico cemetery. Bernalillo County officials told KRQE-TV (http://goo.gl/V0CRDL) that Animal Care Services reported at least eight mysterious cases where the dead...

New Mexico man killed in head-on crash of 2 trucks

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A head-on collision between two commercial trucks has claimed the life of a New Mexico man. The New Mexico State Police says 39-year-old Stephen Houghtaling of Lake Arthur was killed Sunday on State Route 128 near Loving when his...

Couple sentenced in NM embezzlement case

October 21, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico couple has been sentenced to five years of supervisory probation after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax evasion charges in a case that involved the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from an...

Santa Fe hospital union agrees to new contract

October 20, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A union that represents hundreds of nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe has overwhelmingly ratified a new, three-year labor contract. Saturday’s vote brings an end to several...

New Mexico house party ends with stabbing death

October 20, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputies say one teen is dead following a stabbing at a house party near Las Cruces. The stabbing happened Saturday after 17-year-old David Escamilla and a friend of his became involved in a...

Santa Fe County sued over mine moratorium

October 20, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proponents of a proposal to mine basalt on La Bajada mesa are suing Santa Fe County for imposing a 12-month moratorium on such developments. Albuquerque landowner Buena Vista Estates and gravel company Rockology Limited are seeking to...