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Court upholds NM law in 'tax lightning' dispute

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership. Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and [&hellip...

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Colo. man missing after going running at NM resort

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have launched an air and ground search in the Gila National Forest for a 58-year-old Boulder, Colo., man who never returned from a run Tuesday. Police spokesman Robert McDonald said about 18 people on foot...

NM State Police detonate TNT found in Pojoaque

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police has detonated some dynamite found outside a storage facility in Pojoaque. State Police Lt. Robert McDonald says a security guard discovered the explosives Thursday in a small container at the Roadrunner RV...

NM tuberculosis rate above national average

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cases of active tuberculosis have stayed steady in New Mexico, but health officials say the mortality rate among some minority populations in the state is four times the national average. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and...

Groups call for releases of Mexican gray wolves

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of 30 conservation groups is calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the wild. Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first release done as part of the federal...

Corrections department service dog gets reprieve

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — During his time at the state Corrections Department, Fito worked closely with his handler and was described as an exemplary worker. But when his handler left last October, things changed for the Czechoslovakian shepherd and he...

Roswell PD say loud music led to shooting

March 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell police say loud music led a man to shoot his neighbor then turn the gun on himself. Police tell KRQE-TV 51-year-old Monico Carbajal (car-BUH’-hahl) was upset with his 26-year-old neighbor, identified as Roman Hernandez,...

Owens pleads not guilty in latest DWI case

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth has pleaded not guilty in a new drunken driving case. Scott Owens is facing a charge of aggravated DWI stemming from...

NM seeking more Native American foster families

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico needs more Native Americans willing to serve as foster families. The governor made the appeal Wednesday at a forum with tribal leaders. New Mexicans willing to become foster families can contact the...

Ex-state regulator gets probation for felonies

March 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. avoided a lengthy prison sentence Wednesday as a state judge gave him probation for election law violations, misuse of taxpayer money and other felonies. Block had faced up to 4½ years...