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Man sentenced in connection with Tucumcari murder

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for tampering with evidence in the murder of a Tucumcari woman. New Mexico prosecutors say 37-year-old Dennis “D.J.” Hendren was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum sentence. He was about to go on trial in Tucumcari District Court, but opted to plead [&hellip...

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Governor names new leader for NM National Guard

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named an Air Force National Guard colonel with more than 30 years of military experience to lead New Mexico’s Guard forces. Col. Andrew Salas will serve as the state’s adjutant general,...

Female golden eagle found dead near Dulce, NM

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a female golden eagle has been found dead near Dulce. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the bird was shot and the case is under investigation. The birds are protected under the federal Bald and...

NM prison 'shakedown' nets 20 homemade weapons

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prison officials say a statewide shakedown of the state’s prisons found a small amount of drugs, a tattoo machine and 20 homemade weapons. Jerry Roark, director of adult prisons, said Tuesday that the seven-day...

Judge rejects elections ban on Albuquerque workers

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Albuquerque’s prohibition on employees running for office is unconstitutional. State District Judge Beatrice Brickhouse has granted an injunction to block City Hall from taking disciplinary action...

NM judge orders removal of names from online site

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database. The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after a state employees’ union...

EPA plans for disposing uranium waste near Gallup

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to move radioactive waste from a former uranium mine on the Navajo Nation to a site outside of Gallup. The EPA announced the proposal for cleanup of the Northeast Church Rock Mine late last...

Chemical fumes force closure of Carlsbad Caverns

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park remained closed Tuesday after heavy chemical fumes caused several employees to become sick. The park closed Monday afternoon and offered refunds to visitors. Park Superintendent John Benjamin tells the...

2 apply for vacant NM Supreme Court position

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Only two lawyers are seeking possible appointment to New Mexico’s highest court, but that’s because voters will end up deciding who fills the job beyond this year. A judicial nominating commission announced Monday that...

NM switches to online review of construction plans

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it’s implementing an online system that should speed up state approval of architectural and construction plans. The governor and Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent...