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Shooter in 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid dies

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74. Valdez died peacefully Saturday at his Canjilon ranch after recently suffering two heart attacks, his daughter Juanita Montoya...

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NM river water remains at center of water dispute

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — A dispute over whether New Mexico’s river water is being improperly funneled to Texas or if enough groundwater is being preserved for farmers along the Rio Grande was front and center at a hearing before state...

NM universities may get state's supercomputer

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s $11 million supercomputer could be transferred to New Mexico’s three research universities. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PNRFZI) that the transfer is pending a plan that would allow the...

Martinez comes to the aid of Juarez boy with massive tumor

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AP Photo In this July 20 file photo, the father of a 9-year-old Juarez-born boy suffering from a massive tumor who U.S. Homeland Security identified only as “Jose,” examines his shoulder at the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho. ALBUQUERQUE (AP)...

Court rules for oil companies in royalties dispute

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled in favor of the oil industry in a dispute over whether two companies owed the state nearly $25 million in royalties for natural gas and oil produced on state land. The court’s unanimous...

Ariz. man pleads guilty in child prostitution case

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PHOENIX (AP) — A Paradise Valley businessman accused in a child prostitution case last year has pleaded guilty to attempt to commit pandering. Maricopa County prosecutors say 53-year-old Michael C. Gilliland entered his plea Monday. His faces an Oct. 9...

UNM suspends sophomore DB for team rules violation

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico sophomore defensive back Devonta Tabannah has been suspended from the football team and won’t play in Saturday’s season-opening game. Lobos coach Bob Davie announced Monday that the suspension is for a...

Sapphire Energy starts up algae plant in NM

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Sapphire Energy says operations are now under way at its algae biomass plant in southern New Mexico. The California-based company made the announcement Monday. Construction on the $135 million demonstration plant in Columbus began in...

Court rules for oil companies in royalties dispute

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled in favor of the oil industry in a dispute over whether two companies owed the state nearly $25 million in royalties for natural gas and oil produced on state land. The court’s unanimous...

Martinez comes to the aid of Juarez boy with tumor

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 9-year-old Ciudad Juarez boy who is suffering from a massive tumor has a supporter in New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez. The Republican governor recently sent a letter to federal immigration authorities asking that the boy Homeland...