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Ramah man sentenced on assault conviction

July 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Ramah man convicted of assault with a deadly weapon has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Kerley Biggs admitted to beating a Navajo man in the head and face with an expandable metal baton at Biggs’ home in Ramah two years ago. The victim [&hellip...

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Lawyer: NM jail guard in rape case can't be fired

July 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney says a New Mexico jail guard accused in a settled federal lawsuit of raping three female inmates can’t be fired. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MEI0Ck) that Bernalillo County Attorney Randy Autio...

Some food vendors bowing out of NM balloon fiesta

July 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some food vendors unhappy with a new contract are bowing out of this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Florida-based Ovations Food Services has been hired to manage the fiesta’s food vendors. Regional Vice...

Deputies kill mountain lion in southern NM

July 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in southern New Mexico have shot and killed a mountain lion that tried to attack a woman who was getting in her vehicle. Otero County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Tarantino says the animal had been pacing along...

Hunting bill stirs up New Mexico Senate race

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental group that is part of a coalition behind a $2 million dollar advertising blitz supporting U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich’s campaign for U.S. Senate has joined sportsmen groups in pushing his legislation to improve...

Lawyer seeks governor's testimony in prison firing

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Department of Corrections employee says he’s subpoenaed Gov. Susana Martinez to testify at a State Personnel Board hearing on the worker appealing his firing. Former corrections worker Larry Flynn contends...

NM securities agency probing fake financial audit

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico financial regulator is investigating possible violations of state securities laws by a fake New Mexico Finance Authority audit being distributed to investors. The probe by the state Securities Division was announced Monday...

NM Tourism report shows 5 percent rise in visitors

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tourism was up nearly 5 percent in New Mexico last year, marking a shift in momentum that is creating new jobs and pumping millions of new dollars into the economy, officials announced Monday. At a press conference with tourism...

3 men settle sexual abuse suits against church

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Three men who filed the first sexual abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system against the Catholic Church have recently settled their cases. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/4FPz5i) that the men will receive money as...

Suspect in break-in in Dulce dies in shootout

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DULCE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect matching the same description as a New Hampshire man who police say opened fire on officers in northern New Mexico last week has died in a second shootout in the town of Dulce. Authorities say the rifle-wielding suspect opened...