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Funeral Mass for House Speaker Lujan draws crowd

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A crowd of family members, longtime friends and politicians turned out Saturday morning to pay their final respects as House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history, was laid to rest. A funeral Mass drew about 1,000 people to the [&hellip...

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Federal judge OKs Thornburg settlement

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has signed off on a settlement that would return $11.5 million to pension funds that lost millions on mortgage-backed securities sold by a defunct Santa Fe company. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

A former Republican candidate accused of slashing the tires

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Republican candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District is being accused of slashing the tires on his opponent’s vehicles. Albuquerque police arrested Gary Smith at his home Friday evening. According to...

NM changing rent money procedure for parolees

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Having enough rent money will no longer be a must for indigent parolees before they are released from prison under a change being made by New Mexico corrections officials. Probation and Parole Director Jose Cordova told the...

Capitol filled with Lujan mourners

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 400 people, including politicians of all stripes, filled the Capitol Rotunda to pay final respects to longtime House Speaker Ben Lujan. Among those at the first visitation and memorial service Thursday for the 77-year-old who...

Man who called judge a fool appeals sentence

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who called a Farmington judge a fool is appealing his 60-day jail sentence for contempt of court and asking a district court to release him while it considers his case. Robert Hockman, 29, was arrested Dec. 13 after he called...

Man convicted of fatal Rio Arriba Co. DWI crash

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting and killing an oncoming motorcyclist near Chimayo last year has been convicted by a jury in Santa Fe. Juan de Dios Cordova faces up to nine years in state...

Mesilla Valley balloon rally cancelled

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Organizers have officially cancelled a rally of balloonists in the Mesilla Valley set for next month but some enthusiasts are likely to make the trip to Las Cruces anyway. The Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally has been a fixture of the...

ABQ zoo has 3 new joeys

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque zoo has three new red kangaroo babies, or joeys, on display. Two joeys are still in their mothers’ pouches, but can be seen poking their heads out. And zoo officials say the larger joey, which is about six...

NM lakes’ low water means fewer New Year’s plunges

December 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Every year, hundreds of New Mexicans of all ages participate in a New Year’s Day tradition some consider just a bit loco — jumping into freezing cold water at noon. But this year, water levels remain low for both favorite Polar...