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Ex-NM policeman acquitted of vehicular homicide

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state police officer has been acquitted of vehicular homicide. However, Alfred Lovato’s trial will continue on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident, which is a fourth-degree felony. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/xTBOpQ) says a Santa Fe judge Monday ordered a directed verdict of acquittal from the jury,...

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New Mexico legislator won't run for re-election

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator says he won’t seek re-election. Sen. Vernon Asbill announced Monday that he won’t be running for a third term for the Senate District 34 seat in southeastern New Mexico. The Carlsbad Republican has...

State officials not expecting major wildfires

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say a lack of moisture likely means there won’t be a repeat of the devastating wildfires of last year, but residents are still urged to take precautions before wildfire season arrives. Southwest Coordination...

Balloonists waiting for Monument Valley flyover

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Monument Valley, Ariz., from ground level is amazing but from a hot air balloon can be even more spectacular, and balloonists will once again float over the valley’s rock formations during the second annual balloon festival...

Albuquerque teen injured car surfing

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque teenage boy is recovering after police say he was car surfing and fell off an SUV. It happened Sunday night on the west side of the city. Police tell KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/yOFf5S ) a 19-year-old had just dropped off a...

Difficult driving conditions reported on I-25

February 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state transportation department reports difficult driving conditions on Interstate 25 Monday from Tecolote to Glorieta. It’s snowing lightly and visibility is poor because of blowing snow. Crews have plowed the highway and...

Skier dies in accident at Sandia Peak resort

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A skier is dead after he collided with another skier at Sandia Peak Ski Resort. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/ACOx8L) the accident happened Sunday afternoon. Sandia Peak Resort manager Brian Coon says the two skiers...

Las Cruces gun show attracts thousands

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A limited-edition lever-action rifle finished in 24-karat gold and shiny nickel was among the firearms, both new and old, on display and for sale at the Sunrise Lions Club’s annual gun show running through Sunday. The rifle,...

Santa Fe voters to consider $5M bond question

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in this northern New Mexico city will be asked whether Santa Fe can borrow $5 million to build a fire station and make improvements to police headquarters when they go to the polls next month. The March 6 ballot proposal would...

San Ildefonso Pueblo elects women for 1st time

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A mother of three has become one of the first women elected to the tribal council of the San Ildefonso Pueblo. Irene Tse-Pe was sworn in Saturday as a council member of the pueblo in northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe....