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Farmington mall shooting sparks fears of gang war

May 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A recent mall shooting in Farmington has sparked increased policing in neighborhoods amid fears of a new gang war. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/10xKMig) that aggressive patrols come after the Farmington Police Gang Unit said the shooting at Animas Valley Mall last weekend was gang-related and has caused...

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$32.2M collected in Spaceport America sales tax

May 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New data shows that of the $32.2 million Dona Ana County residents have paid in a spaceport tax that took effect five years ago, $1 in $4 has been routed to local education. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/13VMZIt)...

UNM law school hires new dean

May 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico law school has a new dean. The school announced the appointment of David Herring on Friday. Herring replaces Kevin Washburn, who was appointed last year as the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs...

NM to impose fire restrictions for all counties

May 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fire danger is high across New Mexico, and state officials announced Friday that they will impose fire restrictions for all 33 counties starting next week. The restrictions will take effect Wednesday at 8 a.m. They will prohibit the...

Feds revise proposal for lesser prairie chicken

May 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are criticizing federal wildlife officials for their plan to revamp proposed protections for a prairie grouse found in several western states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that it will reopen...

4 lawmakers express reservations about Carruthers

May 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Four Las Cruces state lawmakers say they have “serious reservations” about former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers, who’s up for the New Mexico State University presidency. Democratic Reps. Phillip Archuleta, Nate...

Drought across the West spurs resurgence of faith

May 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

This April 19, 2013 photo shows Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church parishioners Albert Lucero, left, and Nick McGovern, center, leading a prayer procession for rain in Bernalillo, N.M. From the heart of New Mexico to West Texas and Oklahoma, the pressures of...

NM governor tightens control over capital projects

May 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is tightening controls over capital improvement financing by requiring local governments, school districts and others in New Mexico to have a current audit before state money is released for...

NM firefighters battle blaze in Sandia Mountains

May 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire is burning in the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque. The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and grew to an estimated 50 acres by the evening. Officials say no structures are in danger and the cause of the blaze...

Shot NM intruder may have entered wrong home

May 3, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say a man suspected of intruding into an Albuquerque home and was later shot by the homeowner may have been unaware that he walked into the wrong home. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Williamson said the...