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Former PRC commissioner jailed — again

December 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is in jail — again. Santa Fe County Undersheriff Ron Madrid says the 34-year-old Espanola resident was ordered arrested at noon Tuesday for violating “regulations” of his court-ordered drug treatment program. This is Block’s third trip to lockup for...

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Former NM lawman, liquor director dead at 78

December 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Carlos Jaramillo, a long-time lawman, Santa Fe city councilor and one-time state liquor director, has died. He was 78. The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/vjakew ) that Jaramillo died over the weekend in Arizona, where he and his...

Winter storm bears down on New Mexico

December 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Winter storm warnings and advisories are in effect as more snow and rain make their way across portions of northern and central New Mexico. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say rain will continue to spread over the...

NM authorities have new leads on missing AZ woman

December 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say they have new leads surrounding a missing Arizona woman whose trailer was abandoned in 2009 in Las Cruces. Yavapai (YAV’-uh-py) County, Ariz., sheriff’s spokesman Dwight Develyn says the...

Defense moves to oust DA from Farmington trial

December 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for a Farmington man charged with killing a doctor want the district attorney removed from the case. In a motion filed Monday, the defense representing John Mayes, 18, cite harassment, conflict of interest, improper bias...

NMSU to give each regular employee $950 on Dec. 15

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prudent financial planning is allowing New Mexico State University to fund a number of campus improvements with one-time funds, including student scholarships, classroom improvements and research support for the Las Cruces campus....

Another winter storm crosses New Mexico

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest winter storm is making its way across New Mexico, bringing rain to Albuquerque and snow to the higher elevations in western and northern portions of the state. Forecasters are warning that the main part of the storm will...

New BLM state directors appointed for Arizona, NM

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has appointed two career professionals to leadership positions in the agency’s Arizona and New Mexico state offices. Jesse Juen has been named state director in New Mexico, replacing Linda...

Coalition pushes NM lawmakers to support jobs bill

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and labor unions urged New Mexico’s congressional leaders on Monday to throw their support behind a federal jobs bill that could mean millions of dollars for water system...

Police confirm Interstate 40 open near Tucumcari

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police and authorities in Tucumcari say Interstate 40 is open westbound near Tucumcari. Confirmation that traffic was flowing came Monday afternoon. It followed an email sent by the state Transportation Department...