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Sunland Park candidate petitions NM Supreme Court

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Sunland Park mayor hopeful Gerardo Hernandez is asking the state Supreme Court to intervene in a dispute about filling the troubled city’s vacant mayoral seat. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/L7p28h) Hernandez petitioned the court on Thursday to either keep the city council from filling the vacancy or declare...

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NM governor declares county emergency due to fire

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has declared an emergency in Catron County due to a record-setting lightning-sparked blaze that has charred 423 square miles in southwestern New Mexico. The Whitewater-Baldy fire is the largest in the state’s...

Indian casino proposal ignites turf wars in NM

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AKELA FLATS, N.M. (AP) — It’s a 30-acre tract along Interstate 10 with a temporary building where travelers can stop for a burger and beer. It’s also the nation’s newest Indian reservation, designated as such last year for the Fort Sill...

Ex-NM police officer accused of witness threat

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife may face jail time before his trial. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/KOuIHo) reports prosecutors filed a motion Thursday charging that Levi Chavez violated conditions of his...

Health insurance rate to rise for UNM students

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico students will likely see a rise in the cost of school-sponsored health insurance. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/LzBtLh) reports a regents finance committee approved a 22 percent increase in...

US Air Force delaying low-altitude flying in NM

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is temporarily scaling back planned training missions amid noise and safety concerns from New Mexico residents. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/LIqWLT) reports the Air Force is re-evaluating whether to...

Fire restrictions to be enforced around NM

June 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From the wooded area along the Rio Grande to many of New Mexico’s public lands, officials say fire restrictions will be enforced as the Fourth of July holiday approaches. State officials say restrictions on fireworks, smoking,...

State government sells 1983 twin-engine airplane

June 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has sold another state-owned airplane, shrinking the government fleet to three aircraft. The General Services Department said Thursday it sold a twin-engine turboprop plane, a 1983 Gulfstream...

DA to take prostitution ring case to grand jury

June 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday that they were preparing to go before a grand jury in the case of a former University of New Mexico president accused of helping run an online prostitution ring. Kayla Anderson, a spokeswoman for District...

NM man pleads guilty to abuse of 10-year-old girl

June 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rock Springs man has pleaded guilty to charges he inappropriately touched a child. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 37-year-old Karl Domingo pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of sexually abusive contact. Prosecutors say...