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2 Pecos men plead guilty to unlawful logging in NM

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Pecos men have pleaded guilty to unlawful logging in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Kevin J. Quintana and 28-year-old Kevin C. Vigil both pleaded guilty Wednesday to the misdemeanor offense of unlawfully cutting and destroying trees growing on federal public lands. Both men were...

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Santa Fe man allegedly stabs policeman with badge

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man is jailed without bond after allegedly stabbing a police officer with his badge’s pin during a scuffle. Police say 52-year-old Christian Barney ran from officers who were trying to cite him for jaywalking. They say...

Aztec Ruins celebrates 90th birthday as monument

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Aztec Ruins National Monument in northwestern New Mexico’s San Juan County is celebrating its 90th birthday as part of the national park system. The site’s designation as a monument on Jan. 24, 1923 was followed by extensive...

ACLU NM: Walgreens affirms birth control policy

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walgreens won’t allow individual pharmacists’ personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions, two New Mexico advocacy groups have announced. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company...

NM suspends some Medicaid payments to hospitals

January 23, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is withholding some Medicaid payments to hospitals while the state tries to resolve a funding dispute with the federal government. State Human Services Department spokesman Matt Kennicott says the quarterly payments...

Lawmakers announce deal on spaceport legislation

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico law will protect spacecraft part suppliers from damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights launched from the state under a compromise proposal announced Tuesday by Democratic legislative leaders. House and Senate...

NM couple arraigned in child pornography case

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico youth football league president and his wife have had their initial court appearances after being accused of manufacturing and distributing child pornography. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office announced the...

NM courts ask lawmakers to approve 9 new judges

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico courts need more judges to cope with a case backlog and delays in resolving civil and domestic lawsuits, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court said Tuesday. In a speech to a joint session of the Legislature, Chief...

Police: Hobbs jail inmate found hanged in his cell

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a jail inmate in Hobbs has been found hanged in his cell and it appears to be a suicide. Hobbs Detention Center Staff say they found 48-year-old Rene Van Der Pol dead in his single cell just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. That...

NM high school graduation rate was 67.3 percent

January 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent. The so-called “average freshman graduation rates”...