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NM Bootheel ranchers in fight with big landowner

May 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVERDALE, N.M. (AP) — Deep in New Mexico’s Bootheel along the U.S.-Mexico border sits a historic 500-square mile ranch once owned by William Randolph Hearst. Now called the Diamond A Ranch and operated by Seth Hadley, a descendant of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, the large holding that straddles the New Mexico-Arizona border has been...

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Lawyer for ex-UMN leader wants him cleared

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia says it’s time for prosecutors to clear his client in a sensational prostitution case that made headlines nearly a year ago. Attorney Robert Gorence says...

Judge tosses Las Cruces teacher stalking case

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge in Las Cruces has taken the unusual step of finding prosecutors failed to present enough evidence for a jury to convict a former teacher of stalking and issued an acquittal. The action by Third Judicial District Court...

State tells McKinley Co. sheriff to stop policing

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The state’s police certification regulator has ordered McKinley County Sheriff Felix Begay not to do police work because he lacks certification. New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training and Recruiting Division Director Louis...

Commissioner’s use of Martinez pic in mailer hit

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Embattled Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener’s use of Gov. Susana Martinez’s picture in a recent campaign mailer is being called deceptive by her spokesman. Scott Darnell says in a statement to the Albuquerque...

Stahmanns Farms closing stores, ending mail order

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico company that has been selling pecan treats for decades has shut its international mail-order business and is closing its two retail shops. Stahmanns Farms has operated its retail business since the early 1980s...

Group plans climate demonstrations in NM

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are planning a series of demonstrations around New Mexico on Saturday to bring awareness to the threat of wildfire and other implications of a changing climate. The group 350.org is coordinating events in Albuquerque,...

Sunland Park Council postpones mayor selection

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park still doesn’t have a mayor. The city council unanimously decided Friday to postpone the mayoral appointment until May 14 because they said they needed more to review resumes...

State settles public records case with newspaper

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is settling a lawsuit with the Albuquerque Journal over a public records request the newspaper made in 2010 when former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson was in office. The Republican governor...

NM GOP files complaint against union-funded group

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A union-financed political group critical of Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from New Mexico’s Republican Party. The GOP filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission contending that Independent Source PAC is...