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1 of 2 burned bodies found in NM is identified

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say they’ve identified one of two bodies found in a burned-out vehicle on Pajarito Mesa. KOB-TV says 41-year-old Alfonso Garcia was identified through dental records. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of death has yet to be determined. The second victim hasn’t...

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NM crews fully contain wildfire near Silver City

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Crews have fully contained a nearly 900-acre wildfire that was sparked by a train south of Silver City. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says crews were able to get ahead of the blaze Wednesday afternoon after it started...

ACLU sues Roswell police for street preacher busts

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is suing the city of Roswell and its police department for repeatedly arresting two local street preachers. The ACLU’s suit says the arrests violate the free speech rights of Joshua...

Roswell police still faces officer shortage

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The city’s police department is still short more than a dozen officers as the city faces high rates of gang violence, officials said. In January, Roswell police announced it was 25 officers down, and Police Chief Alfonso Solis...

Board reinstates 2 fired Albuquerque officers

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s personnel board has voted to reinstate two fired Albuquerque police officers with back pay and benefits The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ipu1C7) that the panel voted unanimously Wednesday to rehire...

District attorney challenger restored to ballot

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court is allowing a Democratic primary election challenger on the ballot against Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Albuquerque lawyer...

NM agency to develop teacher evaluation changes

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will develop a new system this summer for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals partly based on student achievement. The Public Education Department will propose regulations...

Court hears election challenge to GOP legislator

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering an election challenge that could knock a Republican legislator off the ballot. The court heard arguments in the case Wednesday but will issue a decision later. At issue is whether Rep. Dianne...

'Quiet cars' a hit on NM's Rail Runner

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pilot program designating some cars on New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express trains as quiet zones is a hit with passengers. The cars have been on two weekday commuter trains in each direction since January. Quiet car etiquette bars...

2 bodies found in New Mexico still unidentified

April 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say they still can’t identify the bodies of two people found in a burned-out vehicle on Pajarito Mesa. At a news conference Wednesday, county Sheriff Dan Houston says an accelerant was probably...