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Captured bear rips off part of NM boy’s finger

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A captured bear in Rio Rancho has ripped off a chunk of a 12-year-old boy’s index finger. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/J7ERyX) that the bear attacked the boy after he stuck his hand in a cage housing the bear. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers put the bear in the [&hellip...

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Musical mural in Clovis vandalized

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A music-themed mural created by at-risk youth alongside a Clovis storefront has been vandalized. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/J8dNsM) that the mural at the Sports Angle, a sports memorabilia story, was damaged this...

Lack of funds stalls repairs to historic NM church

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest churches in the U.S. that was once visited by Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate has run out of money for much-needed renovations. Crews at Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro, N.M., stopped work this week on repairs due...

Fire strikes iconic Gallup building

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An iconic building in downtown Gallup that had been in the planning stages of being converted into apartments has been damaged by fire. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that firefighters were called Friday to the...

NMSU approves budget with $626M in cuts

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spending across the New Mexico State University system will drop around 2 percent next year and the system will see a new grading structure. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LB6Jbp ) that NMSU regents approved Friday a...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...

Police: NM woman tried drug smuggle on broom straw

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is accused of using a straw from a broom to pass drugs through the hole in a speaker that separated her from her inmate husband at a prison visitation room. Mariana Montoya, who was with her young daughter, was...

VP of Navajo Code Talkers Association dies at 89

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Samuel Tso, a Navajo code talker who campaigned for a Navajo Code Talkers museum and WWII veterans’ center, died Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced Thursday. The 89-year-old Lukachukai, Ariz., resident died at San Juan...

NM sheriff’s deputy shooting ruled ‘justified’

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County investigative grand jury ruled this week that another officer-involved shooting was “justified under New Mexico law.” Deputy District Attorney Gary Cade told the Albuquerque Journal...