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Water flowing in Rio Grande riverbed in Las Cruces

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Water is flowing in the Rio Grande’s riverbed in Las Cruces for the first time this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ZqViMe) reports that water reached Las Cruces on Monday after releases from reservoirs in Sierra County started Saturday for a 45-day irrigation season. A Bureau of Reclamation official says...

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NM political consultant arrested by FBI

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico says a political consultant who formerly lived in Albuquerque has been arrested on child pornography charges. The prosecutor’s office announced Monday that Jason Loera was...

NM governor: No FBI probe of racetrack lease

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday she was confident there’s no federal investigation of her administration’s handling of a lease for a horse-racing track and casino on state land in Albuquerque. Martinez made the...

NM governor: No FBI probe of racetrack lease

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday she was confident there’s no federal investigation of her administration’s handling of a lease for a horse-racing track and casino on state land in Albuquerque. Martinez made the...

Las Cruces man facing animal cruelty charges

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Las Cruces man is facing felony animal cruelty charges. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say 26-year-old Justin Ortiz allegedly left three dogs in a car for several hours and May 23 and one of them died....

NM officer’s murder trial begins amid probe cloud

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After years of stops and starts, allegations of a police cover-up and extramarital affairs, the trial of an Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife began Monday, shining the spotlight anew on an embattled police...

Carlsbad gets water pact from NM State Land Office

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state land office has signed a water agreement with the city of Carlsbad. The agreement was signed by State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Carlsbad Mayor Dale W. Janway at a ceremony. It assures the city secure and...

Suspect arrested in death of man at NM motel

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they’ve made an arrest in the death of a man at a Fort Sumner motel. Authorities say 20-year-old William Caleb West is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy and giving...

NM man pleads guilty in car crash that killed 3

June 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Crownpoint man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a car accident last year that left three people dead. Prosecutors say 21-year-old Brendan Harry entered his plea Monday. An indictment had charged him with three...

Crews on 2 NM fires hope to get break from weather

June 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PECOS, N.M (AP) — Crews fighting two large uncontained wildfires in New Mexico focused Sunday on building protection lines around the blazes amid anticipation that a forecast of storms could bring moisture to help reduce the intensity of the fires. Still,...