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Mexican gray wolf program sparks another lawsuit

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over what environmentalists claim is the agency’s failure to implement decade-old recommendations aimed at boosting recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit Wednesday in Washington, D.C. “The only wild Mexican...

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Commission exempts NM lab from animal ordinance

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County commissioners have decided to exempt a large research laboratory from the county’s animal protection laws. The commission voted to approve the amended animal welfare ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. With...

NM deputy shooting nabs ‘person of interest’

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A man arrested in the shooting of a Lea County sheriff’s deputy is a person of interest in two recent Chaves County murders. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RipsPV) that Chaves County Sheriff’s Department says Juan Uribe-Vidal...

Cudi man pleads guilty in fatal DWI crash

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico man faces up to 8 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a fatal DWI crash outside Shiprock. The U.S. attorney’s office in Albuquerque says 20-year-old Jervis...

SF county to require cat licenses, higher pet fees

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed overhaul of Santa Fe County’s pet licensing rules would require cat owners to license their pets and people who feed feral cats to get permits. The draft proposal approved by the county commission on Tuesday also would...

NM, Navajo Nation complete land exchange

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Navajo President Ben Shelly have signed off on a land exchange that officials say will benefit both governments. The signing ceremony was Tuesday in Santa Fe. The exchange involves a block of...

NM gardening business closes after 29 years

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Greenhouses has closed its doors after 29 years, blaming a combination of drought, fire, the poor economy and competition from big box stores. The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/UqDCO0) the gardening business plans to sell...

Recounts ordered in 2 New Mexico legislative races

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Recounts are set to start next week in two close New Mexico legislative races that will determine the strength of the Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives. The state Canvassing Board on Tuesday ordered the recounts...

Man sues NM state police over son’s shooting death

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state police have been sued by the father of a Glorieta man who was shot and killed at his home by officers last year as they responded to a report of road rage on an area highway. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

Former NM teacher avoids jail time in sex case

November 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A former Robertson High School teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been sentenced to three years of probation. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/TrEhPm) that Jay Quintana will also have...