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Romney effort pulls 3 key staffers from NM

September 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the latest sign that Republicans are failing to gain traction in New Mexico, national party leaders are pulling three key staffers from their effort here to elect Mitt Romney. Party officials confirmed Wednesday that the GOP Victory campaign’s director, Hispanic outreach director and communications director will be...

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Board backs changes to teacher pension program

September 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state pension board is recommending that teachers and other educators contribute more to help shore up their retirement fund. The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board endorsed the union-supported changes on a 4-3 vote Wednesday...

Guidelines eyed in Farmington immigrant checks

September 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An immigrant advocacy group is asking Farmington police to provide clear guidelines on when officers will ask for an individual’s immigration status. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Qmx5iN) that Somos un...

Bandelier assesses damage from paint truck crash

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials from Bandelier National Monument are assessing the mess left behind by a truck that spilled barrels of road striping paint when it plunged off a highway near Los Alamos. The truck was carrying about 2,200 gallons of paint...

2 fence workers killed on I-40 near Gallup

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two workers have died and a third was injured after a recreational vehicle hit them on Interstate 40 near Gallup. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the Valley Fence Co. workers were preparing to...

NM woman wanted on child abuse charges in custody

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Deputies in Dona Ana County say a Mesquite woman wanted after her year-old son tested positive for cocaine has surrendered to authorities. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson said Wednesday that 30-year-old Crystal Giron saw...

NM governor helps with adoption efforts

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A gallery of special portraits is planned for New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center that will highlight some of New Mexico’s foster children. Gov. Susana Martinez announced the Heart Gallery during a visit to...

NM health officials report 2 new West Nile cases

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say two new cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in the state, bringing this year’s total to 28. The Department of Health announced the new cases Wednesday. They involve a 64-year-old man from...

Former NM prison captain arraigned on rape charges

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a former high-ranking prison guard accused of raping an inmate at a state prison in Los Lunas. Television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RuVsQx) Kenneth Carrejo was arraigned Wednesday on four...

Police make gains in Albuquerque cold case

September 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators have solved half the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Albuquerque man more than 30 years ago. DNA tests confirm that bones found near the Santa Fe ski basin in 2007 belonged to Ernest Salazar, state police...