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3rd city employee arrested in extortion case

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A third employee of a New Mexico border city was arrested Tuesday during an investigation of a suspected extortion attempt against a mayoral candidate who was secretly recorded getting a lap dance from a topless woman. Martah Lozano, the temporary head of human resources for Sunland Park, turned herself in [&hellip...

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Farmington PD ID body of missing Fruitland man

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington police have recovered and identified the body of a 27-year-old Fruitland man missing since last November. San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies discovered Dereck George’s body submerged in water at a Farmington RV...

NM county considers changes to septic system rules

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s most populous county is considering making changes to its rules for septic systems in an effort to stop groundwater pollution. Bernalillo County has had three meetings to discuss the proposed changes, and another...

Man claims Albuquerque dispatcher faked call

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man claims in a lawsuit a former police department dispatcher, who is the mother of his children, conspired with co-workers to fabricate a police call in a child custody case. Attorneys for Mario Garcia claim...

NM high court ruling helps drunken driving victims

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Victims of drunken drivers who have been overserved will have an easier time holding liquor establishments accountable, according to a new ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court. The state’s high court reversed earlier this...

Santa Fe school board ousts superintendent

February 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe school board has ousted Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/zPPf18) that the board voted late Monday to end Gutierrez’s contract before it was scheduled to expire June...

NM senator won't seek re-election after 4 terms

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Mark Boitano says after 16 years of serving in the New Mexico Senate, he won’t seek re-election and will step aside at the end of his term. Boitano is a Republican who has represented District 18 around the Northeast and...

Bond reduction denied in NM lap dance extort case

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — When state police descended on City Hall looking for video of a New Mexico mayoral candidate getting a topless lap dance, workers scattered amid the chaos, court records show. “They are coming, get rid of the video,”...

Judge issues decision in NM House redistricting

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court. The...

UNM Arena placed on fire watch

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A broken ventilation system inside University of New Mexico Arena has led to fire watch patrols during basketball games. UNM officials tell KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/xeM3nw ) that while fans are watching the action on the court, high...