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NM Finance Authority's ex-accountant pleads guilty

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former accountant for the New Mexico Finance Authority has pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion for stealing $59,000 from the agency that’s embroiled in a scandal over a fake financial audit. The Taxation and Revenue Department announced Friday that Valerie Sandoval of Bernalillo pleaded guilty to the charges [&hellip...

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Shuffling at NM wildlife agency triggers concerns

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that reorganizing the New Mexico Game and Fish Department could spell trouble for the state’s nongame animals and programs aimed at conserving threatened and endangered species. Not so, the...

Missing woman in New Mexico found safe in Phoenix

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a woman who went missing after abandoning her car east of Las Cruces has been found safe in Phoenix. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators became concerned for 58-year-old Marguerite Goodman’s...

Drug cartel member testifies in NM gun raid trial

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An associate of a Mexican drug cartel says he told members of a Deming family that the guns he purchased from them were bound for battle with a rival cartel. Jose Roman made the comments Thursday in the trial of New Deal Shooting...

Feds charge 23 with illegal gun possession

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 23 people have been charged with illegally owning guns as part of a gang crackdown in Farmington and San Juan County. At a press conference in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzalez says 16 people have been indicted...

State investigating cause of stomach illness in 11

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a dozen people who say they ate food from a booth at a Santa Fe folk art market last weekend have reported stomach illnesses. Frank Fiore is the acting chief of the state Environment Department’s Health Bureau. He tells...

Former Albuquerque police union leader loses job

July 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former president of Albuquerque’s police union has been fired. Joey Sigala resigned from the union in March amid controversy over a practice of giving money to officers who have been involved in shootings. He had been on...

Marker to be dedicated for potter Maria Martinez

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Six generations of Maria Martinez’s family will be celebrating the dedication of a historical marker in honor of the famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter. The dedication ceremony is planned for Friday morning along state...

Report faults NM police, sheriffs on profiling

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A large majority of law enforcement agencies in New Mexico aren’t in compliance with a state law intended to combat racial profiling, according to a report released Thursday by civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy...

Groups offer cleanup in NM wildfire destruction

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Debris from nearly half of the homes burned in a southern New Mexico wildfire has been cleared up and taken to a landfill. But officials in Lincoln County say some part-time residents whose homes were damaged still aren’t on a...