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State: Mom, sisters eyed NM prison drug smuggle

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mother and sisters of a New Mexico inmate are facing charges after authorities say the mother tried to smuggle Suboxone into prison through balloons. The New Mexico Corrections Department said Monday that 43-year-old Jo Silva was arrested Sunday at the Springer Correctional Center. Corrections officials said Silva, mother of...

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Court to hear arguments in case by officer's widow

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit by a police officer’s widow who is seeking workers’ compensation benefits after her husband died rescuing a boy from a drowning while off duty. Officer Kevin...

'Breaking Bad' actor hosts NM fundraiser

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Breaking Bad actor has thrown his support behind an effort to curb heroin use among Albuquerque teens. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/MTYDjf) that Stephen Michael Quezada, who plays detective Steve Gomez on the show, recently...

Maintenance woes trouble Pecos Canyon

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Pecos Canyon in northern New Mexico is suffering from limited maintenance. Trash bins at several camping and picnic sites in the canyon area are overflowing at the end of summer weekends. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

3 lawyers recommended for Albuquerque judgeship

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan commission is recommending three Albuquerque lawyers to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez as candidates for appointment to the 2nd Judicial District court in Bernalillo county. The nominating commission screened applicants...

Study on San Juan, Animas rivers begins this week

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A study that starts this week will try to pinpoint the sources of E. coli contamination in the San Juan and Animas rivers. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/OUwOTH) that the San Juan Watershed Group will gather...

New Mexico's chile harvest has begun

August 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The chile harvest has begun as grocery stores in Las Cruces are starting to roll out roasters in preparation for green chile sales. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/Oe6TaC) that this year’s crop is being sold at...

1 dies in rollover crash in Bernalillo County

August 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One person died and two other people were injured in Bernalillo County when the SUV they were traveling in lost control, struck an electric power pole and rolled over. A passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle...

Hobbs narrows city manager search to 4 finalists

August 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The Hobbs City Commission has narrowed its search for a new city manager down to four candidates. The Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/JZ9u7B) that the commission will bring the four candidates to Hobbs on Aug. 21 for closed-door...

Train derailment near Prewitt under investigation

August 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 30 train cars derailed near Prewitt on Friday afternoon, but no injuries and spillage were reported. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/OctCny) that the eastbound coal train derailed on a Burlington Northern...