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Poll: Heinrich, Wilson leading in US Senate race

May 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — According to the results of a new poll, Democrat Martin Heinrich and former Republican Heather Wilson are the front-runners in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman. The poll conducted by a firm for the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/MP7Gxp) shows that 51 percent of [&hellip...

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McKinley County ordered to hire outside accountant

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — McKinley County has been ordered to hire an outside accountant to conduct a special audit based on the state’s questionable findings with a contractor. New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas told the Gallup Independent on Friday...

Police: NM man stole chickens from children

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police said he stole chickens from Montessori school children. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KieKU2) that Harvey Aragon Jr. was arrested this week and was found hiding in a downtown...

NM jail official in bribes case avoids jail

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico jail officer who authorities said took cash from inmates to let them out has avoided jail time. Vincent Peele was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for taking bribes...

Navajo panel opposing NM school district split

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is opposing a proposed split of a large school district in the Four Corners. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/JV0IZN) that the panel said Friday that a split of the Central...

Security prompts Tierra Amarilla court move

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chief District Judge Barbara Vigil is planning to move the state court’s office and clerk employees from Tierra Amarilla to Santa Fe by July 1. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/LmJfbG) that news of the move was...

New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Firefighter Jay Dimoff, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, carries hose as his crew tries to keep fire from crossing a San Diego County road Friday, May 25, 2012, near Julian, Calif. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon east of Julian near Banner...

Smoke from massive fire spreads across NM, Ariz.

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildfires cast a pall over Memorial Day weekend in parts of the West Friday as smoke from a massive New Mexico blaze prompted widespread air-quality warnings and high fire danger in Colorado spurred officials to put thousands of...

Governor names Deming Republican to judgeship

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Deming lawyer Jarod Hofacket to a judgeship in southern New Mexico. Martinez announced the appointment on Friday. Hofacket at least temporarily fills a vacancy created by the retirement of District...

Democrats in 1st Congressional District raise $2M

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic candidates in the hotly contested Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District have raised about $2 million so far as the primary election approaches, according to new federal campaign finance reports. State Sen. Eric Griego...