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Federal help sought to avert flooding at NM pueblo

May 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government for help to prevent possible flooding at Santa Clara Pueblo. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan say the northern New Mexico Indian community is as risk as a result of last summer’s Las [&hellip...

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Less than 100 inspectors to oversee 100K NM wells

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of oil and gas wells is steadily increasing in New Mexico, but there are still fewer than 100 state and federal inspectors to watch over them. The Bureau of Land Management and the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division...

Deming plant that got $500K city loan closing

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A food processing plant in Deming is closing its doors just four years after receiving a $500,000 city loan. City officials say they’ve just learned the Proper Foods plant plans to close and aren’t sure what they can do. Luna...

5-year-old Albuquerque boy dead of suspected abuse

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police says a 5-year-old Albuquerque boy who was allegedly abused by his mother’s boyfriend had died of his injuries. Police tell KOB-TV that Isaiah Ithurria was taken off life support and died of major head trauma on...

NM Bootheel ranchers in fight with big landowner

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVERDALE, N.M. (AP) — Deep in New Mexico’s Bootheel along the U.S.-Mexico border sits a historic 500-square mile ranch once owned by William Randolph Hearst. Now called the Diamond A Ranch and operated by Seth Hadley, a descendant of Anheuser-Busch...

Lawyer for ex-UMN leader wants him cleared

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia says it’s time for prosecutors to clear his client in a sensational prostitution case that made headlines nearly a year ago. Attorney Robert Gorence says...

Judge tosses Las Cruces teacher stalking case

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Las Cruces has taken the unusual step of finding prosecutors failed to present enough evidence for a jury to convict a former teacher of stalking and issued an acquittal. The action by Third Judicial District Court...

State tells McKinley Co. sheriff to stop policing

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The state’s police certification regulator has ordered McKinley County Sheriff Felix Begay not to do police work because he lacks certification. New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training and Recruiting Division Director Louis...

Commissioner’s use of Martinez pic in mailer hit

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Embattled Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener’s use of Gov. Susana Martinez’s picture in a recent campaign mailer is being called deceptive by her spokesman. Scott Darnell says in a statement to the Albuquerque...

Stahmanns Farms closing stores, ending mail order

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico company that has been selling pecan treats for decades has shut its international mail-order business and is closing its two retail shops. Stahmanns Farms has operated its retail business since the early 1980s...