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Governor has another chance to appoint GOP judge

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state Court of Appeals judge who lost in the general election is among three candidates recommended to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to an upcoming vacancy on the court. A Judicial Nominating Commission on Tuesday recommended Judge J. Miles Hanisee, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Judith...

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Ex-contractor pleads guilty in NM child porn case

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a former federal contractor in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Lawrence Lucero of Tucumcari entered his plea Tuesday morning in a federal court in Albuquerque....

Hobbs man killed in semi-truck rollover in NM

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Hobbs man is dead after his semi-tractor truck crashed and caught fire near the city of Loving. New Mexico State Police identified the victim of Tuesday’s crash as 48-year-old David Tyler. They say the accident...

Federal judge dismisses Mexican gray wolf lawsuit

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed claims by environmentalists that New Mexico wildlife managers violated the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping in Mexican gray wolf territory. U.S. Magistrate Lorenzo Garcia dismissed the suit...

Body found in NM cave; 2 suspects arrested

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two men are in custody in connection with the death of an unidentified man whose body was found at the El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Bryce Franklin and 22-year-old...

Police: NM reserve unit deputy shoots himself

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Luna County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy is recovering after authorities say he shot himself. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/11xKhZC) that Deming police say officers found 28-year-old Victor Ramirez lying in his...

Man sentenced to 3 years for southern NM car chase

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of leading authorities on a car chase in southern New Mexico while transporting nearly 200 pounds of marijuana has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/11MDSsI)...

Regulator issues report on NMFA fake audit

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former controller at the New Mexico Finance Authority was able to fake a financial audit because of management and oversight failures as well as a “culture of complacency” at the agency, according to a report Monday by...

Albuquerque man accused of meth trafficking

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested on federal charges involving methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 44-year-old Charles Padilla made his initial appearance in federal court Monday on a criminal complaint...

Salazar issues potash, oil and gas plan in NM

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued an order Monday aimed at ending a decades-long fight over development of oil and natural gas in an area that makes up the nation’s greatest potash reserve. Under the new order,...