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NM governor's PAC raised $336K since October

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top source of money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee is a Texas billionaire who has donated millions of dollars to conservative groups seeking to defeat President Barack Obama. Martinez’s political organization, called Susana PAC, reported Monday that it raised about $336,000 in the past...

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Commercial venture to appeal NM water decision

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A commercial venture that sought to drill water wells in western New Mexico plans to take its case to state district court. Augustin Plains Ranch announced Monday it will appeal a recent decision in which the state’s top water...

Life prison sentence in NM kidnapping case

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for a kidnapping that led to the death of a Texas teenager in 2005. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Larry Lujan, of Chamberino, was sentenced Monday. Lujan was...

Group formed to keep ultra-runner's message alive

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

This June 25, 2010, photo provided by Sole Sports Running Zone, shows, from left, Lance Muzslay, Maria Walton, Micah True and Karen Pitre Seymour in Tempe, Ariz. Organizers of a photography exhibit in Philadelphia say it has taken on new poignancy after the...

Jury selection set to begin in Astorga sentencing

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in the sentencing phase of a trial of a man convicted of killing a Bernalillo County deputy. Jurors will be asked to sentence Michael Paul Astorga to life in prison or to death, even though...

Santa Fe treasurer candidate faces fraud charges

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A candidate for the Santa Fe County treasurer post faces six misdemeanor fraud charges for allegedly using fake vouchers for prepaid car washes. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/Hvn3Jm) that deputy treasurer Oliver...

Police: 4th man arrested in Gallup shootings

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup police says a fourth man has been arrested in connection with a string of unrelated shootings last month that sparked hysteria and led a group of men to arm themselves. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that...

NM pension fund seeks repayment from 6 retirees

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pension fund that represents state and local government retirees is asking six retired managers from the city of Santa Fe to repay thousands of dollars they received when they were overpaid for more than a year because of an error...

Dozens escape sinking riverboat in Carlsbad

April 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of sightseers had to be rescued after a riverboat taking them for a tour on the Pecos River in Carlsbad sank in the middle of the river, officials said. Residents who saw the stern-wheeler sinking Saturday afternoon launched...

Support waning for Mexican gray wolf program

April 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the third time in recent weeks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has had one of its partners abandon an agreement that was meant to bring more collaboration to the troubled effort to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves to the...