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NM state employee arrested for growing marijuana

June 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state employee could lose her job and face jail time for growing marijuana and burning down a home in the process. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/LvasGF) Albuquerque police have charged Sarah Balch with dealing drugs. Balch is an IT worker with the Office of the State Engineer. Police say they saw smoke [&hellip...

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Primary starts fight for control of NM Legislature

June 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s primary election will decide whether two dozen legislators can hold on to their jobs. All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year, but only 43 House and Senate districts have contested...

Santa Fe public defender’s pay raises concern

June 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The salary for city court public defenders is being questioned by some Santa Fe officials. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/L84XNw) reports the city of Santa Fe’s finance committee decided Monday to postpone taking any...

Feds to monitor NM polls on election day

June 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are planning to look out for any cases of voter discrimination in upcoming elections nationwide, including at polling sites in New Mexico. The U.S. Justice Department announced it plans to send observers to Cibola...

NM county seeing rise in dog bites

June 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county is seeing a sharp rise in dogs biting people. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/M3IMv7) reports Dona Ana County officials have quarantined nearly 100 dogs so far this year after they bit a person. Authorities...

NM mayor files complaint against governor’s PAC

June 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe mayor is calling for an investigation into a political association committee associated with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/LftSD9) reports Mayor David Coss, who is running for a...

Father of slain NM teen sues state, officer, teen

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The father of a Santa Fe teenager shot to death in 2010 is suing the rival teen convicted of the crime, the state police officer whose gun was used and the state. Michael Trujillo, who was 16 at the time, was convicted of second-degree...

New Mexico dairies close amid high feed prices

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dramatic increase in the price of hay and corn and low milk prices are putting some New Mexico dairies out of business. Dairy Producers of New Mexico President Luke Woelber tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/L7ZCIv )...

Albuquerque man drowns in lake after drinking

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 47-year-old Albuquerque man became the second drowning victim at Conchas Lake State Park in a week. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LdnGvc) that Jacob Sanchez drowned Saturday when he went swimming after drinking...

Albuquerque man drowns in lake after drinking

June 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 47-year-old Albuquerque man became the second drowning victim at Conchas Lake State Park in a week. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LdnGvc) that Jacob Sanchez drowned Saturday when he went swimming after drinking...