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Drug cartel member testifies in NM gun raid trial

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An associate of a Mexican drug cartel says he told members of a Deming family that the guns he purchased from them were bound for battle with a rival cartel. Jose Roman made the comments Thursday in the trial of New Deal Shooting Sports owner Rick Reese, his wife and [&hellip...

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Feds charge 23 with illegal gun possession

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 23 people have been charged with illegally owning guns as part of a gang crackdown in Farmington and San Juan County. At a press conference in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzalez says 16 people have been indicted...

State investigating cause of stomach illness in 11

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a dozen people who say they ate food from a booth at a Santa Fe folk art market last weekend have reported stomach illnesses. Frank Fiore is the acting chief of the state Environment Department’s Health Bureau. He tells...

Former Albuquerque police union leader loses job

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former president of Albuquerque’s police union has been fired. Joey Sigala resigned from the union in March amid controversy over a practice of giving money to officers who have been involved in shootings. He had been on...

Marker to be dedicated for potter Maria Martinez

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Six generations of Maria Martinez’s family will be celebrating the dedication of a historical marker in honor of the famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter. The dedication ceremony is planned for Friday morning along state...

Report faults NM police, sheriffs on profiling

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A large majority of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico aren’t in compliance with a state law intended to combat racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday by civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy...

Groups offer cleanup in NM wildfire destruction

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Debris from nearly half of the homes burned in a southern New Mexico wildfire has been cleared up and taken to a landfill. But officials in Lincoln County say some part-time residents whose homes were damaged still aren’t on a...

Troubled NM border city doubles property tax

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in a troubled New Mexico border city have doubled the property tax and are looking into layoffs and closing a senior citizens center and library. Sunland Park faces a nearly $2 million budget deficit that some City...

Feds plan environmental study of NM power plant

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The federal government says it will study the environmental impacts of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it. Environmental groups had pushed the U.S. Department of Interior to prepare an environmental...

Mayor Berry launches anti-drug campaign

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and the head of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association are launching a public service campaign to combat prescription drug abuse. Berry and Dr. Jeremy Gleeson are holding a news conference next...