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7 members of NM drug trafficking ring indicted

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven members of a Las Cruces-based prescription drug trafficking ring have been indicted on federal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the 14-count indictment Friday. It alleges that the defendants obtained close to 3,200 Oxycodone and Adderall pills over a six-month period and intended to...

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Director of NM Livestock Board stepping down

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The executive director of the New Mexico Livestock Board is stepping down. Myles Culbertson has held the position for nearly six years. His last day will be Jan. 31. He says he’s taking a general management position with a...

Salazar to discuss Rio Grande del Norte area

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be in New Mexico for a public meeting regarding the future of hundreds of square miles of federal land north of Taos. Salazar says he will be looking for the best path forward to preserve and protect the...

Audit of finance authority finds no embezzlement

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An ex-controller who faked an audit of the state’s lending arm did not take any money and was acting alone, the state auditor said Friday. However, the report concluded Greg Campbell was able to carry out the deception because...

Attorneys: NM family’s rights violated in gun case

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for a family acquitted of charges that they sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels through their southern New Mexico gun shop say federal prosecutors violated their clients’ constitutional rights. The Albuquerque...

NM woman parlays $1 investment into $5,500 payout

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman has parlayed her sister’s $1 investment in an old ammunition box into a $5,500 payout. Marlene Arsola received the check this week from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She tells the Albuquerque Journal...

State computer system operational after shutdown

December 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A shutdown of a computer system that handles the state’s financial transactions has created a backlog of payments due to vendors. The system was running again Thursday after being shut down for more than a week. A spokesman for...

NM Senate Republicans choose leaders

December 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senate Republicans have voted to keep Stuart Ingle of Portales as their minority floor leader. They voted during a meeting Thursday in Santa Fe to retain their current leaders as they prepare for the Legislature’s...

Health officials confirm norovirus cases around NM

December 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are urging residents to take precautions after a series of norovirus cases have been confirmed around the state. The state Department of Health says no deaths have been attributed to the infections, but...

NM regulators shut down Espanola liquor store

December 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have shut down an Espanola bar for serving alcohol to minors. The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department announced Thursday that an agreement was finalized this week in which Fairview Liquor Store and Bar...