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NM man pleads guilty to hammer assault on woman

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Nambe Pueblo man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman with a hammer and child abuse charges in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Everett D. Williams entered into a plea agreement Wednesday in federal court in Albuquerque. Williams was arrested in March on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting [&hellip...

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Scuffle preceded shooting of Curry County rancher

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A Curry County sheriff’s official says an eastern New Mexico rancher and another man were wrestling for control of a rifle when the rancher was fatally wounded. Undersheriff Wesley Waller says 73-year-old Max Allen of Bellview and...

NM parks hope to draw more visitors for July 4th

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — During the last big holiday weekend, state parks around New Mexico saw their revenues and the number of visitors drop by more than 40 percent. Park officials place the blame squarely on the relentless drought, the seemingly endless...

Lawmakers question NM mental health audit

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several New Mexico lawmakers said the state’s largest behavioral health providers have been smeared by the suspension of funding and the secrecy surrounding alleged wrongdoing. Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen said a...

NM police search lake for missing teens

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

QUEMADO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are searching for two teenagers who went missing at Quemado Lake in western New Mexico. Authorities say the boys were last seen Sunday jumping from island to island in the deeper end of the lake. They were there...

NM court asks for response to gay marriage lawsuit

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has asked the attorney general and the Santa Fe County clerk to respond to a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday said their legal arguments in the case...

Martinez urges July 4 fireworks ban amid drought

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — All fireworks and campfires will be banned on state lands as July Fourth approaches and crews continue to battle wildfires across New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday. At a news conference at the Albuquerque Balloon...

Police plan DWI crackdown over July 4 holiday

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico motorists can expect a law enforcement blitz against drunken driving during the July Fourth holiday. State Police officials and law enforcement in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas said Tuesday they will operate checkpoints...

Navajo Nation declares drought emergency

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation’s largest American Indian reservation is awash in extreme drought, and that has forced its leaders to declare an emergency. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed the emergency declaration Monday along with a...

Police: NM man beat sleeping man with nunchucks

July 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after Artesia police say he beat a sleeping man with nunchucks. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/13jKzaQ) that the bizarre beating occurred Saturday when police say Steven Banda used...