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Farmington man expected to plead in porn case

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The former supervisor of Farmington’s probation and parole office is facing mandatory time in federal prison following a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. U.S. Attorney for Kenneth Gonzales says in a statement that 57-year-old Larry Franco is expected to plead guilty to one count receiving child pornography during an...

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4 NM infants hospitalized with whooping cough

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says four infants have been hospitalized in the past month for treatment of whooping cough. The highly contagious respiratory infection formally called pertussis can be fatal to the very young but...

Prescribed burn in New Mexico forest postponed

April 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say a planned burn of undergrowth and brush in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico has been postponed until next week. The prescribed burn had been scheduled for Wednesday but the U.S. Forest Service...

New Mexico receives $34M education grant

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will receive a federal education grant of $33.8 million over seven years to prepare public school students for college and careers, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday. The state will target two dozen high-poverty...

Feds nab 28 NM gang members linked to trafficking

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Homeland Security Investigations officials display Wednesday April 25, 2012, a seized firearm from suspected New Mexico gang members after announcing the arrests of 28 suspected gang members and associates in New Mexico as part of a national roundup of gang...

15 lbs of pot found in teen's backpack at border

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — A 14-year-old has from Palomas, Mexico, has been arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 15 pounds of marijuana is his school backpack. The teenager was trying to enter the U.S. at the port of entry in...

New Mexico off to 10th driest start in 2012

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico saw little measureable moisture during the first three months of the year, and with less water coursing through the state’s rivers, farmers are beginning to feel the pinch again this year as they scramble to find...

DOT says worker can't serve on county commission

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Torrance County commissioner may have to quit either his day job with the state transportation Department or his elected post. The DOT told Lonnie Freyburger last month that he was violating the State Personnel Act and a State...

Man ordered to pay $2.7M for starting NM wildfire

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been ordered to pay $2.7 million in restitution for burning used toilet paper that sparked a wildfire, scorching nearly 83 square miles of a national forest in New Mexico. Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso also was...

US: 14-year-old entered NM with 15 pounds of weed

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. border officials have arrested a 14-year-old boy after authorities said he entered the Columbus, N.M., port of entry carrying nearly 15 pounds of marijuana. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the boy from Palomas, Mexico,...