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Espanola officer under fire for suspected DWI

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — The head of Espanola police has called for an internal probe after an officer suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was allowed to go home without taking a field sobriety test. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/AFeXCA ) reports Police Chief Leo Montoya wants to know why the officer, Moises Pena (pen-YAH’), wasn’t...

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Madoff victim helping NM Ponzi investor

February 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A noted New York lawyer and Ponzi scheme victim of Bernie Madoff has signed on to help victims of a New Mexico swindler fight a flurry of so-called claw-back lawsuits that seek to recapture some of the $75 million lost by 600...

Mesilla Valley shelter trying to place puppies

February 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the Mesilla Valley Animal Services Center say they are struggling with an unusually high number of puppies. The shelter says it has more than 40 puppies, ranging in age from day-old newborns to 12 weeks. Population...

Officials: Albuquerque waste site took in asbestos

February 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque sanitation officials say a city garbage collection center inadvertently accepted materials containing asbestos in violation of department policy. KRQE (http://bit.ly/yH5Dqw ) reported Saturday that a worker at the Eagle...

GOP Clovis state senator announces retirement

February 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Sen. Clint Harden announced Saturday that he will retire from the Legislature at the end of his term. The Clovis Republican said in a statement that he would step down after 18 years of public service. He said he...

Suit on weapons buy reporting rule to stay in NM

February 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit challenging reporting requirements imposed on Southwest gun dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will stay in New Mexico. U.S. District Judge John Edwards Conway on Friday...

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...

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...