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Albuquerque may ban touching by strippers

February 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strip club owners in Albuquerque would have to be licensed and their performers could no longer touch their customers under a proposal being drafted by several city council members. Councilors Dan Lewis, Debbie O’Malley, and Isaac Benton plan to present the bill next week. If it passes it would also ban [&hellip...

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EPA issues decision on NM coal plant permit

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants state regulators to clarify some requirements in the operating permit for the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in northwest New Mexico. The EPA’s order, issued late...

Ex-Kayenta Township manager in AZ sues over firing

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who was fired as manager of the Kayenta Township in Arizona is suing for wrongful termination. Hygi Waetermans says he was fired about 10 months after he accepted the job and signed a three-year contract. He’s filed legal...

NM woman finds euthanized dog alive with new owner

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman who was told months ago that her Chihuahua needed to be euthanized after it was viciously attacked by another dog has discovered that the dog is alive and has been living with another owner. Lisa Gossett of...

NM ex-inmates awarded more than $3M in rape case

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded more than $3 million in damages to three former inmates raped by a prison guard at a New Mexico prison for women. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/zlgXrK ) that the federal jury on Thursday...

Zuni man sentenced for federal manslaughter

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Zuni man to more than five years in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction. The FBI says 21-year-old Cameron Kalestewa was sentenced Thursday in Santa Fe. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales...

BLM gets new NM state director

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico has a new state director. Jesse Juen was sworn in Thursday during a special ceremony at the BLM’s New Mexico state office in Santa Fe. Juen will oversee the management of more than 13.4...

Clovis mayor pushing economic development

February 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Clovis says the community needs more rental housing to accommodate Cannon Air Force Base while helping jump start the economy of eastern New Mexico. Mayor Gayla Brumfield says a private Arizona developer has been working...

NM House Speaker Lujan ends era with session

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan brought his gavel down on the end of an era Thursday as he closed out his last regular session after nearly 40 years in the chamber. “Que viva, que viva,” House members chanted as the 76-year-old...

Federal judges named to hear NM redistricting case

February 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three federal judges from New Mexico have been named to consider a lawsuit over new districts for the state House of Representatives. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday appointed appellate Judge Harris Hartz and District...