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2 more arrested in NM driver's license fraud ring

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Portales police have arrest two people involved in what authorities call a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent New Mexico driver’s licenses. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Wednesday that Veronica Diaz and Jose-Luis Tirado were arrested this weekend for...

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Missing Farmington tourism funds top $500,000

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police say the former executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau who committed suicide embezzled more than half a million dollars. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/OAKAvz) reported Tuesday a complete audit...

Gila Cliff Dwellings to re-open

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is reopening now that smoke from what is New Mexico’s largest wildfire has decreased significantly. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/Kn49bz) reports park officials said Tuesday both...

Police: NM man used 9-year-old boy to shoplift

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been arrested in Las Cruces on charges of forcing a nine-year-old relative to shoplift. Las Cruces police said that 36-year-old Dennis Patrick Rodriguez was booked into Dona Ana County Detention Center this week...

Gov. Martinez urges emergency vote on firework ban

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city and county governments to hold emergency hearings on local fireworks bans. Martinez said in a letter Tuesday that restrictions on fireworks are need because of the state’s drought and high...

US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

This June 10, 2012 satellite image provided by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico. The 68-square-mile High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., is at top, with the 56-square-mile Little Bear fire, lower right, and...

Court affirms loss of gaming license for NM track

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court has ruled that a regulatory board acted properly in invalidating a gambling license for a Canadian investor’s planned $50 million horse racing track and casino in the state. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday...

Agency creates teacher list for governor's adviser

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Education Department supplied Gov. Susana Martinez’s political adviser with a list of teachers in schools without union contracts. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/KpGR6f ) state workers and computers...

NM's largest homeless shelter set to expand

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest emergency shelter, already at capacity every night, is set to expand. The Albuquerque-based Joy Junction is scheduled to announce on Wednesday plans for building a new dormitory, chapel and women’s...

Ruling on sagebrush lizard expected this week

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A small striped lizard that lives only in the wind-swept sand dunes of four southeastern New Mexico counties and four others in West Texas is about to learn its fate. The Obama administration is expected to announce this week whether...