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Alamogordo lawyer sent to jail in trespassing case

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo attorney has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after entering pleas to four crimes in connection with what a special prosecutor called a home invasion disguised as legal process. Sixty-year-old Raymond Van Arnam was accused of kicking in the back door of his civil client’s estranged husband’s house,...

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2 dogs attack man in Santa Teresa

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Teresa man has been hospitalized after he was attacked by two dogs. Dona Ana County authorities say the 57-year-old man was out walking Wednesday morning when he was mauled by two pit bulls. An animal control officer tells...

Teens tell PD robbing gave them thrills

March 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A pair of suspected teenage robbers say they stole for the thrill of it. Santa Fe authorities think the 15 and 17-year-olds are responsible for 15 car burglaries in a couple of residential areas. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s...

NM Rep. Rhonda King not seeking re-election

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rhonda King of Stanley says she will not seek re-election to another two-year term. King made the announcement Wednesday. She is the latest of several lawmakers who say they won’t seek re-election. King says...

Fed prisoners leave Sandoval jail after suicides

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 200 federal prisoners are being transferred out of the Sandoval County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico but federal authorities aren’t saying why. The U.S. Marshals District of New Mexico announced...

Feds close cattle gate at NM port of entry

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The livestock gate at one of the international ports of entry in southern New Mexico is closed now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting its veterinarians from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The agency cites safety...

Governor approves tax break for hiring veterans

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts. Gov. Susana Martinez...

Police: 4 Belen students found with weapons

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Belen police say four students are facing long-term suspensions and possible expulsion after they were caught with weapons on school grounds. School Superintendent Ron Marquez tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/zHfEKv ) that any...

2 Army Reserve brothers set to become US citizens

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers assigned with the U.S. Army Reserve and originally from the Philippines are set to become U.S. citizens. Rashniv and Odini Ramos are scheduled Wednesday to be naturalized during a special ceremony at the New Mexico...

Groups appeal shale gas drilling in San Juan Basin

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Bureau of Land Management over findings related to potential impacts of a major drilling proposal in northwestern New Mexico’s San Juan Basin. WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan...