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Agencies: Prairie chicken population dwindling

October 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this April 5, 2011 photo, a male prairie chicken displays his best in the Flint Hills in Greenwood County, Kan. Wildlife officials say the lesser prairie chicken is not endangered but is in need of a better managed habitat. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Michael Pearce, file) PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The lesser [&hellip...

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NM animal welfare worker left dog in city van

October 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque Animal Welfare worker is under investigation for leaving a dog in a city van for two days. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/QdFuql) that Kennel Supervisor Mary Soto says the animal was left on the transport vehicle...

NM mayor resigns over ‘discriminatory’ gov’t

October 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RATON, N.M. (AP) — A mayor of a northern New Mexico city has resigned over what he calls is the city’s “discriminatory” form of government against Hispanic residents. Raton Mayor Charles Starkovich said in a letter Wednesday that he was...

2012 NM wheat harvest acres lowest since 1927

October 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The number of acres of New Mexico wheat harvested for grain was the lowest this year since 1927 because of the ongoing drought. The Portales News-Tribune says (http://bit.ly/RPtHQx ) a U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows 90,000...

NM AG office starts probe into ‘voter suppression’

October 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he’s launched an investigation into allegations of potential voter suppression. King spokesman Phil Sisneros said Wednesday the allegations stem from poll challenger training last month...

4 sentenced in NM border-town gun smuggling case

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Four people have been sentenced for their roles in a New Mexico gun smuggling ring that prosecutors say shipped nearly 200 guns to Mexican drug cartels. Gabriela Gutierrez, the wife of former Columbus trustee Blas Gutierrez, was...

Gov. Martinez raises $828K for 2014 re-election

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reports raising more than $800,000 in the past six months for her 2014 re-election campaign, and Democratic challenger Gary King has collected about $160,000. According to finance disclosures filed...

Democratic super PAC raises $386K for NM campaigns

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Labor unions are pouring money into a Democratic-leaning political group that raised $386,000 in the past month and can spend unlimited amounts in New Mexico races that will determine whether Democrats retain majorities in the...

Skydiver cancels 2nd try at supersonic jump in NM

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Blame it on the wind. Again. For the second straight day, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner aborted his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall because of the weather, postponing his quest to become the world’s first supersonic...

Police: NM woman beat husband, forced him to strip

October 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is faces charges that she beat her husband, forced him strip naked, and kicked him out of a motel room. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR) that 50-year-old Juanita Ramer was arrested last week for...