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Former NM legislators seeking political comebacks

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Several former lawmakers, including one who switched political parties, filed for election Tuesday seeking to reclaim their seats in the Legislature. Two former state senators from Albuquerque — Shannon Robinson and H. Diane Snyder — set up rematches of their unsuccessful 2008 races. Robinson switched parties and filed as a...

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Hispanic groups, Democrats challenge PRC districts

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hispanic advocacy groups and northern New Mexico Democrats are challenging new political districts for a state utility regulator. The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit in federal court last Friday...

Former NM prison official sentenced for bribery

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Corrections Department official has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced...

6 hour chase ends with arrest near Farmington

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say a man accused of trying to steal a safe from a Farmington store and breaking into other businesses led police on a nearly six-hour chase before he was captured and arrested. A sheriff’s office...

NM's Interstate 25 reopens after weather closure

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation says the state highway patrol has reopened the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 between Raton and Raton Pass. The interstate in the Raton area was closed for part of Tuesday due to extreme...

Mayor-elect blamed in lap dance vid arrested again

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The mayor-elect of a troubled New Mexico border town has been arrested — again. Daniel Salinas, of Sunland Park, was arrested overnight Monday on bribery and conspiracy charges alleging he gave acting Police Chief Luis Monarez...

NM hotel owners plead guilty in nanny slaves case

March 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The owners of a New Mexico hotel have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Elina Sihombing and her 55-year-old husband David Girle were arrested last May after two nannies claimed they...

State audit of border town to take 3-4 weeks

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will take three to four weeks to complete an audit of a troubled New Mexico border town and determine whether the state should take the unprecedented step of overseeing the financial management of the community, state officials said...

ABQ police fatally shoot man

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have shot and killed a man in northeast Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Gzs2KZ ) police are investigating the shooting of a man identified as Daniel Tillison, also known as Oreo. Police...

NM police make 38 DWI arrests over holiday weekend

March 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they arrested more than three dozen people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Lt. Robert McDonald says there were 38 arrests in...