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Oil, gas boom boosts earnings in NM

January 8, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings of more than $670 million for the State Land Office, boosting the funding available for public schools, universities and other trust beneficiaries. In announcing the figures Wednesday, Land Commissioner...

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Shiprock man sentenced in machete assault case

January 8, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Shiprock man has been sentenced to nearly 3 ½ years in federal prison for assaulting a man with a machete on the Navajo Nation. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Tyrell Elliot Frank received a 41-month prison term Wednesday to be...

NM agency troubled by staff shortages, turnover

January 8, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state agency under fire for its handling of an abuse claim made by a child allegedly killed by his mother has a history of staff shortages. A recent budget report released by the Legislative Finance Committee shows the vacancy rate...

New Albuquerque police shootings cited for meeting

January 8, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department investigators told activists on Tuesday that recent shootings by Albuquerque police prompted federal officials to return to the city for a closed-door meeting, advocates said. League of United Latin American...

Man barricaded in NM home dies after long standoff

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — A man who has barricaded himself in a home outside the small community of Moriarty and shot at law enforcement officers and a police helicopter is dead. Torrance County Sheriff’s officials confirmed the death Tuesday night, but...

Warrants issued in invasion at MMA fighter’s home

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A third man has been arrested and warrants have been issued for two women in connection with a deadly home invasion north of Las Cruces, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. Court records show Nathan Avalos,...

NM gun shop owner, parents enter pleas in fed case

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs gun shop owner and his parents have pleaded guilty to violations of federal firearms laws. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Carlos Jonathan Cruz, 60-year-old Carlos Carlon Cruz and 56-year-old Norma M. Cruz entered their pleas...

NMED hearing officer: deny permit to horse plant

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing officer is recommending that the New Mexico Environment Department deny a wastewater permit for a Roswell company that wants to slaughter horses. The hearing officer cited what she called the company’s record of...

Homeless man gets prison for robbing a bank in NM

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for robbing an Albuquerque bank last March. Prosecutors say 56-year-old Sheldon David Weisman received a 51-month prison term Tuesday. Weisman was arrested...

NM couple get probation for casino embezzlement

January 7, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho couple has been sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay nearly $75,000 in restitution for embezzling money from a New Mexico casino. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old John Hoffman and his wife,...