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Ex-NM police captain enters plea in tampering case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A former Portales police captain has pleaded no contest to tampering with traffic citations last year. Lonnie Berry was placed on administrative leave with pay by the city on Dec. 2 and agreed to resign from the police department six days later. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Thursday that [&hellip...

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NM Legislature finishes politically heated session

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers finished an election-year legislative session Thursday that was dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature. Key parts of the first-term...

Parents arrested after kids test positive for meth

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say two adults have been arrested after their children tested positive for methamphetamine. Police say 27-year-old Mical L. Culpepper and 25-year-old Bertha Alicia Ocon were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of...

2 men sentenced in swastika branding case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Two men who branded a swastika on the arm of a Navajo man with mental disabilities are facing nine years in state prison. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/xrp383) reports 28-year-old Paul Beebe and 26-year-old Jesse Sanford were...

Navajo president to sign adult protection bill

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo President Ben Shelly is set to sign a new law aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/weZAIf) that Shelly is scheduled to sign the...

Court stalls effort to revamp NM oil and gas rules

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has stalled administrative efforts by New Mexico regulators to revamp rules that govern how oil and gas developers handle drilling waste. Judge Raymond Ortiz has granted a request by the New Mexico Environmental...

NM lawmakers rush to finish as adjournment nears

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers raced Wednesday to complete their work as the deadline loomed for New Mexico’s 30-day legislative session. The Legislature adjourns Thursday and there’s a long list of pending business, including proposals to...

New Mexico freed from federal school rating law

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is becoming the latest state to free itself from an unpopular federal system of rating public schools. President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday granted New Mexico the flexibility to implement its own school...

Young giraffe doing well at Clovis zoo

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A young giraffe at the Clovis zoo has grown 2 inches and is said to be doing fine. Hillcrest Park Zoo assistant director Mark Yannotti tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/wqjiJ4 ) staffers are working around the clock to keep up...

Candidates line up for US Senate and House seats

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two candidates have dropped out of the race for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, but candidates on both sides of the aisle will still face competitive primaries in June. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, of Albuquerque, and Las...