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Fight over court to handle straight ticket case

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Secretary of State Dianna Duran wants a federal court to take over a lawsuit brought by New Mexico Democrats to restore the option of straight party ticket voting in the general election. Duran’s office filed Monday with the U.S. District Court to remove the case from the state Supreme Court. [&hellip...

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NM’s archaeological collection finds new home

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s collection of archaeological treasures has found a new home at a new building west of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/RZmJZt) that Center for New Mexico Archaeology will house 33...

Salmon snagging opens Nov. 9 at Heron Lake

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Game and Fish Department reminds sportsmen that Heron Lake in northern New Mexico will open early next month to snagging of Kokanee salmon. The agency said snagging will be allowed starting Nov. 9. Salmon snagging has been...

Albuquerque’s office vacancy rate at 18 percent

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The vacancy rate for office space in the Albuquerque metro area has been stuck at 18 percent or higher for three years running with no end in sight. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/R6MQfD) that the average asking...

3 women arrested in death of Chimayo man

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three women were booked on first-degree murder and aggravated burglary charges in the fatal beating and stabbing of a man at his home in Chimayo. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TjpMZy ) that 64-year-old Rudy Montoya...

Santa Fe places new restrictions on panhandling

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Changes to Santa Fe’s rules for panhandling put new restrictions on nonvocal or “passive” solicitations and gives police the power to issue citations to aggressive panhandlers who follow people, block their path or...

Tucumcari man charged in woman’s death

October 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the killing of a Tucumcari woman whose remains were found in rural Quay County. New Mexico State Police say 45-year-old Frank Keller of Tucumcari has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence and...

Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump

October 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever — a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. Felix...

San Juan Co. jail official worry about furloughs

October 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A large number of furloughs being granted to inmates at the San Juan County jail has led to worries that inmates are bringing contraband back into the jail. Jail records show judges have allowed more than 300 inmates to take...

US Airways Tampa-Phoenix flight diverts to NM

October 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A US Airways flight from Tampa, Fla., to Phoenix has made a precautionary landing in Albuquerque, N.M., after the pilots reported a crack in the plane’s windshield. Airline spokesman Davien Anderson says the Airbus A319 did...