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Nev. man pleads guilty to bank heists in 3 states

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Nevada man has pleaded guilty to robbing three banks last year, including one in New Mexico and another in Arizona. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Justin A. Wolaver, of Las Vegas, entered a plea agreement Friday in an Albuquerque federal court. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors say Wolaver will get [&hellip...

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Police seek help in identifying body in Shiprock

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are seeking to identify a woman whose body was found in an irrigation canal in Shiprock. The FBI says no one matching the woman’s description has been reported missing in the area. The woman is believed to be Native...

101-year-old northern NM dam on brink of failure

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A century-old dam in northern New Mexico that holds a city’s water supply is riddled with holes and on the brink of failure. About 60 million gallons of water is leaking through the 101-year-old Peterson Dam in Las Vegas every...

Muskie caught at Bluewater Lake sets state record

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BLUEWATER, N.M. (AP) — Bluewater Lake State Park has become a hot spot for catching record big fish. An Edgewood man recently landed a 46-inch tiger muskie that weighed 31 pounds and 14 ounces, setting the state record. The New Mexico Department of Game and...

Troubled NM border town approves spending plan

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A spending plan approved by a troubled New Mexico border city keeps the library open but requires employee furlough days. Most Sunland Park offices, excluding public safety, will be closed an additional day every two weeks. Officials...

Court: No license loss if DWI arrest flawed

July 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court says the state can’t revoke the driver’s license of someone stopped for drunken driving if the arrest was improper. The state Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday in upholding the...

Lawyer withdraws as NM Supreme Court candidate

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pool of candidates is shrinking for possible appointment to a vacancy on the state Supreme court. A judicial nominating commission said Thursday that Santa Fe lawyer Paul Mannick has withdrawn his application. That leaves two...

Troubled NM authority plans to scale back loans

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency’s...

10 nabbed in NM in nationwide synthetic drug sweep

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A DEA official says 10 people have been arrested in New Mexico as part of a countrywide sweep on processors and distributors of synthetic drugs. Joseph Arabit, director of DEA’s El Paso sector, says 36 search warrants were...

Audit shows Grants inmate released months late

July 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — An audit of the women’s prison in Grants shows that one inmate was in custody seven months longer than expected. The New Mexico Corrections Department is undertaking an audit of each prison, which is expected to last up to six...