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NM’s Sabinoso Wilderness beautiful, off limits

September 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Midway between the small towns of Roy and Trujillo in northeastern New Mexico are 16,030 acres of pristine woodlands nestled among high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff-lined canyons. The untrammeled Sabinoso Wilderness, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, would be a hiker or a hunter’s wonderland but for one problem....

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Lawyer: NM gov aide recorded on state email use

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque attorney said Tuesday he has a recording of the governor’s top aide telling one of his clients that he never uses state email to conduct business because “I don’t want to go to court (or)...

Prosecutors accused of bad faith in Ponzi plea

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have reneged on two key terms of a plea deal for Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan, his defense attorney says, which could make the difference between whether the 65-year-old gets sentenced to a minimum security federal...

6 new human West Nile virus cases in New Mexico

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Six more New Mexicans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection, bringing the total in the state this year to 14 human cases. No deaths have been reported so far. New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Tuesday...

Wandering bears in NM cause campground closures

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wandering bears have caused officials at the Cibola National Forest to close two campgrounds and one trailhead. KOB-TV says the Cienaga Canyon picnic ground, the Sulphur Canyon picnic ground and the Cienaga Horse bypass trailhead...

Hobbs police chief on paid administrative leave

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The police chief in Hobbs has been placed on administrative leave following an incident with a police officer at a public event. City officials say J.D. Sanders was put on paid leave last week while authorities investigate the matter....

Ex-National Guardsman sentences in child sex case

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former national guardsman to 10 years in prison for child sexual exploitation. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Tuesday that 44-year-old Jeffrey Neal Jackson was sentenced following his...

UNM men’s soccer team to join Conference-USA

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program has announced that it will join Conference-USA in 2013. The school said Tuesday that the Lobos will be one of three new men’s soccer programs joining the conference....

Richardson-era whistleblower settles lawsuit

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/RCEQEB) that under a settlement...

Minn. report details 2011 collision that killed 2

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A recently unsealed report says a collision last year that killed two motorcyclists in North Mankato was caused by a teenager who veered into oncoming traffic after falling asleep behind the wheel. The crash happened in July 2011, but...