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Commission to select NM chief public defender

October 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state’s chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer. The commission meets Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15....

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Police say shooting in Las Cruces leaves man dead

October 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Las Cruces say they have a suspect in custody after a shooting that left a man dead. Police spokesman Dan Trujillo says 30-year-old David Vallejos was hit with two shotgun blasts after getting in an argument with another...

Silver City woman hit by car on I-10 dies

October 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State police say a Silver City woman who stopped her car along Interstate 10 in southwest New Mexico was hit by another car and killed. The Department of Public Safety says in a news release that 22-year-old Jeanette Orozco was walking...

Man arrested after fatal Albuquerque stabbing

October 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a man is in custody after his wife was stabbed to death in a northwest Albuquerque home and deputies found him covered in blood about a bloc k away. A probable cause statement filed by the Bernalillo...

Aquifer beneath Albuquerque slowly refilling

October 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The aquifer beneath Albuquerque is showing signs it is refilling, nearly five years after the city shifted from pumping groundwater to using the Rio Grande for its supply, according to a new report. Measurements from various city...

Organizers: 500 rally for migrants in Las Cruces

October 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Organizers say about 500 people who want Congress to pass immigration reform marched in Las Cruces and rallied outside Republican Rep. Steve Pearce’s office Saturday. Jose Manuel Escobedo of the Border Network for Human Rights...

NM officials probe abuse reports at youth ranch

October 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are investigating reports that teenage boys living at a ranch for troubled youth in Sierra County were physically abused, a newspaper reported Saturday. Investigators are looking into reports that boys were beaten by...

Albuquerque welcomes 42nd annual balloon fiesta

October 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – This Oct. 6, 2012 file image provided by the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau shows the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. This weekend, more than 600 colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from...

10 new cases of West Nile virus in New Mexico

October 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say 10 new cases of West Nile virus have been reported in New Mexico. That brings the statewide total to 20 cases so far this year with two deaths. The New Mexico Department of Health says August and September...

Chill could cut short autumn colors

October 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Aspen trees rooted in the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe are shedding their golden leaves right on schedule, but coming cold weather may cut the viewing season short. Tree expert Rich Atkinson said the aspen...