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Albuquerque man drowns in lake after drinking

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 47-year-old Albuquerque man became the second drowning victim at Conchas Lake State Park in a week. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LdnGvc) that Jacob Sanchez drowned Saturday when he went swimming after drinking alcohol. State police Lt. Robert McDonald says that Sanchez’s body was recovered by a dive team...

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Evacuation order to be lifted in NM ghost town

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents and business owners will be allowed to return to the small privately run ghost town of Mogollon on Monday as fire crews battling the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history continue to make progress. The...

NM penitentiary sgt arrested on driving charges

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state corrections sergeant has been arrested for driving with a revoked license and other charges. Corrections Department spokeswoman Cristina Rodda says Sgt. Bobby Marsh was arrested Friday by a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s...

Officials break ground on Navajo water project

June 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TWIN LAKES, N.M. (AP) — Federal, state and tribal officials gathered Saturday in western New Mexico to break ground on the massive Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. The 280-mile, $1 billion pipeline project will serve more than 43 Navajo communities in...

Silvery minnow spawn naturally at NM refugium

June 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Scientists have been able to mimic the natural flows of the Rio Grande to get captive endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows to spawn. The feat was a first for the Interstate Stream Commission’s minnow refugium in Los Lunas, one...

NM primary features bruising legislative races

June 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An election-year battle for control of the New Mexico Legislature is under way and the political middle ground is under siege in several races in Tuesday’s primary contests. With all seats in the Democratic-controlled Legislature...

Record NM blaze will test forest management

June 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

This photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a hotshot during burnout operations at the Gila National Forest blaze, Friday June 1, 2012. Fire officials said Friday, that the massive Gila Wilderness blaze is now nearly 217,000 acres. That’s more than...

Ex-deputy interviewed in NM hate crime cold case

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy is “a person of interest” in a decades old cold case involving the beating death of openly gay man, Santa Fe police confirmed Friday. Police questioned Clarence Garcia, 51, about what he...

NM court lets same-sex partner seek child custody

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A same-sex partner of an adoptive mother has legal parental rights and can seek child custody, New Mexico’s highest court ruled Friday in a precedent-setting case. The unanimous ruling by the state Supreme Court came in the case...

Feds, strippers to talk sex trafficking in NM

June 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Strippers and owners of topless clubs are scheduled to meet next week with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who hope to bring more awareness to sex trafficking, a growing problem some call “virtual slavery.”...