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New Mexico marks year of weather extremes

December 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this March 19, 2013 file photo, a trickle of water left in the Rio Grande is pushed downstream by the wind near the chile growing community of Hatch, N.M. In southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry, and farmers are worried about dwindling water supplies as the state enters [&hellip...

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Clovis man gets prison time for drug trafficking

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Adolph Padilla was convicted on three counts of trafficking controlled substances. An undercover police informant reported in July...

NM man accused of driving drunk for the 11th time

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say a man is in custody for allegedly driving while intoxicated for the 11th time. Santa Fe police say 51-year-old Robert Ortiz was arrested late Tuesday. Ortiz told officers he was coming from work when he...

Los Lunas police shot suspect during SWAT standoff

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A man is in critical condition after authorities say he was shot by Los Lunas police during a SWAT standoff. Police say the man was shot Thursday following a domestic disturbance call. Officials say they believe the man was holding...

Southeast NM county continuing to experience boom

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The good news: New studies show Lea County is continuing to experience a boom thanks to oil and gas. The bad news: The southeastern New Mexico county is still facing a housing, teacher and police officer shortage. According to the latest...

New Mexico gaming proposal likely to face critics

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It doesn’t appear that a proposed gambling compact between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico will get any warmer of a reception than it did during the 2013 legislative session when it was met with complaints. The...

Dona Ana County’s health director resigning

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The health and human services director for Dona Ana County is resigning from her post. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/19NFSXY ) that Silvia Sierra is set to leave her job at the end of the month. Sierra submitted a...

Farmington bus company under fire over drivers pay

December 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Drivers for the Farmington public transit bus system say they are being shortchanged in their paychecks. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/K6iH13) that Red Apple Transit bus drivers have confronted the company First...

NM eyes new tourism amid same-sex marriage ruling

December 25, 2013 • Business, State NewsComments (0)

Staff Sgt. Aisha McClain, left, and Shannelle Williams kiss after getting married at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in Las Cruces, N.M. The New Mexico’s highest court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage...

Man steals car from mom, jumps to death

December 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are identifying the driver in a Christmas Eve crash near Los Lunas as a 35-year-old man who reportedly stole his mother’s car. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says Victor Padilla stole the vehicle...