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Deming’s tortilla-tossing contest is Saturday

August 21, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — They’re warming up their arms in Deming in preparation for the Great American Tortilla Toss competition. Just like it sounds, the competition to be held Saturday will have contestants in several age categories trying to throw tortillas as far and straight as possible. The Deming Headlight (http://bit.ly/1aoApI4 ) reports that...

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Flags to be flown at half-staff for NM lawmaker

August 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered that flags on all state buildings be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday to honor and mourn a deceased New Mexico legislator. State Rep. Stephen Easley died Wednesday after a prolonged...

NM election consultant gets 10-year prison term

August 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of conspiring to steal money intended for voter education efforts in New Mexico has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 65-year-old Armando C. Gutierrez also was sentenced Monday to three...

NM man is facing charges in police dog stabbing

August 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man is accused of stabbing a police dog. Police say 23-year-old Alan A. Golden is facing one count of injury to a police dog. They say the charge is a fourth-degree felony. Police say the 6-year-old canine was stabbed...

Navajos round up horses on drought-stricken land

August 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation rangers have rounded up numerous horses on the reservation under an operation conducted as part of the tribe’s response to the continuing drought. A natural resources law enforcement official says least 248 horses...

New Mexico’s jobless rate edges up slightly

August 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials report that New Mexico’s unemployment increased slightly last month and that job growth remains slow. The Department of Workforce Solutions said Monday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9...

Santa Fe won’t use ranked-choice voting in March

August 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The ranked-choice voting system that Santa Fe voters approved six years ago won’t be used in the city’s municipal elections in March. Ranked-choice voting is a way of electing a winner from a field of candidates when no one...

Las Vegas drinking water in violation of standards

August 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas say the city is in violation of drinking water standards, but that the water remains safe to drink. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/12dDANU ) that three of 10 samples taken during a recent test showed...

Albuquerque sees drop in number of police officers

August 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque has seen its number of police officers drop by 15 percent over the last three years Albuquerque’s number of sworn officers climbed to 1,099 in June 2010 but has fallen to 939 officers this month. The...

Detective hits pedestrian in car on way home

August 18, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has been treated for non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a detective’s vehicle while crossing an Albuquerque street. Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Aaron Williamson said Saturday...