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Ex-NM man enters plea in illegal trafficking case

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former Alamogordo resident has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport illegal immigrants into the country. Prosecutors say 58-year-old Mohamed Farooq Husain entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces. He remains free pending his sentencing hearing, which hasn’t been scheduled yet. Prosecutors say Husain...

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NM Gov. Martinez plans to sell more state planes

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday announced plans to sell more of the state’s airplanes. The governor said the state is putting two planes up for sale in the months ahead and eventually will reduce the number of state airplanes...

Suit: NM worker fired over driver’s license rules

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

Laura Montano, 39, of Albuquerque, stands outside of Metro Court on Thursday Jan. 12, 2012 after the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a civil rights lawsuit on her behalf, in Albuquerque. The lawsuit says Montano was wrongfully fired...

Gila Cliff Dwellings reopen after flood damage

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Gila Cliff Dwellings has reopened to the public. The park announced Wednesday that it was reopening after workers finished repairs to the West Fork Bridge, which was damaged in a flood. The reopening, which was originally...

Cops: NM teacher assaulted officer, called 911

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington High School teacher is facing battery on a peace officer charges after police said she tried to call 911 from the backseat of a patrol car following her arrest at a club. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Water use in Albuquerque is down slightly

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water use in Albuquerque declined in 2011, but the decrease was less than 1 percent. The Albuquerque Journal says (http://bit.ly/yi7Lxe) that the 2011 water use is detailed in a report by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water...

NM’s Public Regulation Commissions mulls overhauls

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are considering recommendations for overhauling the agency’s hiring policies and shifting some of its duties to other state departments. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

Albuquerque mayor mum on GOP presidential race

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he will likely not endorse a GOP candidate for president until after the primaries. Berry, who in 2009 became the city’s first Republican mayor in two decades, told the Associated Press on...

NM judge halts oil and gas pit rule appeals

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge on Tuesday sided with New Mexico’s oil and gas industry, putting on hold legal appeals related to efforts by the industry to revamp rules for handling drilling and production wastes. The New Mexico Oil...

NM Tourism Dept. picks new ad agency

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Tourism Department has picked a Texas firm to develop a new advertising campaign promoting the state. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson announced Tuesday the department has awarded a $2 million contract to Vendor, Inc.,...