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New NM sheriffs' group aims to 'professionalize'

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — They are known for going head-to-head with outlaws like Billy the Kid and chasing fugitives through mountainous terrain once ruled by Apache leader Geronimo. New Mexico sheriffs and their deputies have long served as the only law enforcement agents in some parts of the state’s vast territory. Their exploits over the [&hellip...

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Improvements at NM jail aim to prevent misconduct

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County plans to spend more than $2 million to prevent misconduct inside its detention center. Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Ramon Rustin says the improvements include a digital camera system, two body scanners and a...

Landmark NM building with colorful history ruined

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A landmark building in Corrales that had a colorful history has been destroyed by fire. The building best known as the Territorial House restaurant and bar from 1972 to 1987 went up in flames Sunday afternoon. A Texas couple...

Metro court judge seeks vacant district judgeship

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Cristina Jaramillo is among five applicants for a vacant state district court judgeship in Albuquerque. A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission meets Aug. 9 in Albuquerque to screen the...

Lawyer quits board of NM open government group

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer resigned as a board member for an open government group in New Mexico after private emails he sent to high-ranking members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration were highlighted in news stories. The Santa Fe New...

Feral hogs now in Otero County

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The feral hogs that live in 18 of New Mexico’s 33 counties are now in Otero County. Officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/SOVkIF) that the hogs destroy property and habitat and prey upon native species. Feral...

More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060....

Bankruptcy filings continue to fall in New Mexico

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico have been sliding since mid-2010 and continued to decrease during the first half of 2012. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MvFRMS) that the clerk’s office for the U.S. Bankruptcy...

NM Ed Retirement Board sues to reclaim funds

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has filed lawsuits against 24 people who received more than $181,000 in overpayments due to a computer error at the teacher pension fund. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/O5UupR)...

Attacked NM inmate released from hospital

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility hospitalized after being assaulted by other inmates has been released from the hospital. New Mexico Corrections Department said Saturday that the inmate was treated for his...