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NM Balloon race command center serves as liaison

October 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As balloons in the America’s Challenge long-distance gas balloon race neared Oklahoma City on Oct. 8, two men inside a plain, white trailer more than 500 miles away stayed on alert in Balloon Fiesta Park. This is the race command center: a 24 hour-a-day operation, and ground zero for the marathon [&hellip...

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Carlsbad mental health center faces payment probe

October 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit center that provides mental health services in Eddy County is being investigated for its billing practices and may be forced to close if its funding is cut off. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/SZfSlo )...

AF delays sending F-22s from New Mexico to Florida

October 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is delaying the planned transfer of F-22 fighters from a New Mexico base to one in Florida because of a defense spending freeze. The stealth fighters now based at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo were...

Ex-Albuquerque officer gets probation for 2 DWIs

October 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer who was facing nearly two years in jail for a pair of drunken driving arrests instead will serve probation. April Sanchez also faced charges of vandalism from the first arrest in July 2011 where...

Court orders filings in straight party voting case

October 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court wants more information about a lawsuit seeking to restore a straight party ticket voting option. The court on Friday ordered the secretary of state to submit a written response to the lawsuit, which was filed...

NM sheriffs may fight immigrant license law

October 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A newly formed sheriffs group said Friday it may lobby for the repeal of a New Mexico law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. A number of sheriffs oppose the law, saying it could lead to illegal immigrants...

Santa Fe man gets 7½ years in child porn case

October 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former church organist in Santa Fe has been sentenced to 7½ years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Patrick Railsback has been in federal custody since a jury convicted him of seven child porn counts in...

Probation for man who stole from tribal casino

October 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former slot machine supervisor at Pojoaque (poh-WAH’-kay) Pueblo’s Cities of Gold Casino has been sentenced to five years’ probation for faking wins on the machines and pocketing the money. A federal judge also...

Panel recommends candidates for NM judgeship

October 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An independent nominating commission is recommending three Santa Fe lawyers to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacant judgeship. One of the candidates endorsed by the commission on Thursday is David...

NM lawsuit seeks straight party ticket voting

October 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to restore an option for straight party ticket voting in the general election. The lawsuit asks the state Supreme Court to order election officials to change ballots to...