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Man arrested for strangling dog

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Alamogordo have arrested a 55-year-old man who they say strangled his dog. The Alamogordo Department of Public Safety says officers arrested Ronnie Chavez Tuesday after responding to a report of a man choking a large dog. Officers say the dog apparently got out of Chavez’s yard. After he went [&hellip...

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Sen. Rand Paul backs Sowards in NM Senate race

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Senate candidate Greg Sowards has landed an endorsement from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the tea party. Sowards campaign announced the endorsement on Wednesday in a move to energize conservative and tea party...

Albuquerque police to expand use of cameras

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are going to require officers to use cameras to record all encounters with the public. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/KO6kVn) that the department is slated to put the new requirement, an expansion...

NM horse racing industry backs reforms, oversight

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The horse racing industry Wednesday lined up behind a proposal to adopt tougher oversight and penalties at the state’s tracks, which were recently identified as having the worst safety record in the nation. Horse and track...

NM Guard members recall extraordinary rescue

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Of the nearly 1,500 missions the New Mexico National Guard flew in Afghanistan in the past 10 months, no one will forget the one of Jan. 12 — especially not Capt. Kevin Doo, Spc. Mark Edens and Sgt. Robert Hardisty. Last Jan. 12,...

NMHU police chief gets ‘no-confidence’ vote

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Officers with New Mexico Highlands University police and security department have given their chief a vote of no-confidence following a dispute over an officer monitoring system. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/KqBnkH) that...

2 top Santa Fe County Jail officials fired

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two top Santa Fe County jail officials have been fired, but the county’s public safety director isn’t saying why KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/IGTupF) that Warden David Trujillo and Assistant Warden Ted Peperas were fired...

Albuquerque fires personnel-hearing officer

May 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials have fired a retired New Mexico University professor who served as a hearing officer in personnel hearings after accusing him of bias. T. Zane Reeves had a two-year contract to oversee hearings where employees...

NM reviews concealed handgun reciprocal agreements

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is reviewing New Mexico’s agreements to honor concealed handgun permits issued by other states. Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden said Tuesday that New Mexico has reciprocal...

Ex-officials face new charges related to lap dance

May 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Another round of charges has been filed against officials in the troubled border town of Sunland Park, accusing the ex-mayor-elect of using taxpayer funds to arrange a topless lap dance video that was used to try to force his...