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Fire strikes iconic Gallup building

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An iconic building in downtown Gallup that had been in the planning stages of being converted into apartments has been damaged by fire. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that firefighters were called Friday to the Carl’s Radio and TV building after people reported seeing smoke coming from a second floor...

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NMSU approves budget with $626M in cuts

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spending across the New Mexico State University system will drop around 2 percent next year and the system will see a new grading structure. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LB6Jbp ) that NMSU regents approved Friday a...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...

Police: NM woman tried drug smuggle on broom straw

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is accused of using a straw from a broom to pass drugs through the hole in a speaker that separated her from her inmate husband at a prison visitation room. Mariana Montoya, who was with her young daughter, was...

VP of Navajo Code Talkers Association dies at 89

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Samuel Tso, a Navajo code talker who campaigned for a Navajo Code Talkers museum and WWII veterans’ center, died Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced Thursday. The 89-year-old Lukachukai, Ariz., resident died at San Juan...

NM sheriff’s deputy shooting ruled ‘justified’

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County investigative grand jury ruled this week that another officer-involved shooting was “justified under New Mexico law.” Deputy District Attorney Gary Cade told the Albuquerque Journal...

NM officials concerned about groundwater pumping

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A sharp increase in groundwater pumping from aquifers that also supply water for Las Cruces is drawing concerns from state and city officials. State Engineer Scott Verhines told the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/IXWmPR) on...

Ex-Albuquerque police union head ordered held

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former president of Albuquerque’s police union has been ordered held on $10,000 cash bond in connection with domestic violence charges. A Metro Court judge set bail Thursday for Albuquerque police officer Joey Sigala on...

NM task force eyes anti-gang plan as problems grow

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of community activists, social workers, tribal officials and police officers came together Thursday on the Isleta Pueblo to develop a plan aimed at attacking New Mexico’s growing gang problem — a serious...