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Body found in NM cave; 2 suspects arrested

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two men are in custody in connection with the death of an unidentified man whose body was found at the El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico. New Mexico State Police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Bryce Franklin and 22-year-old Clifford Bearden both are being held on suspicion of an open [&hellip...

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Police: NM reserve unit deputy shoots himself

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A Luna County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy is recovering after authorities say he shot himself. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/11xKhZC) that Deming police say officers found 28-year-old Victor Ramirez lying in his...

Man sentenced to 3 years for southern NM car chase

December 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of leading authorities on a car chase in southern New Mexico while transporting nearly 200 pounds of marijuana has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/11MDSsI)...

Regulator issues report on NMFA fake audit

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former controller at the New Mexico Finance Authority was able to fake a financial audit because of management and oversight failures as well as a “culture of complacency” at the agency, according to a report Monday by...

Albuquerque man accused of meth trafficking

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested on federal charges involving methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 44-year-old Charles Padilla made his initial appearance in federal court Monday on a criminal complaint...

Salazar issues potash, oil and gas plan in NM

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued an order Monday aimed at ending a decades-long fight over development of oil and natural gas in an area that makes up the nation’s greatest potash reserve. Under the new order,...

New Mexico expects $283M in revenue for next year

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez will have slightly more than $280 million to cover budget increases and tax cuts next year under a new revenue forecast outlined Monday to lawmakers. The revenue estimates will serve as the...

Diversity class may be required at Univ New Mexico

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students at the University of New Mexico may soon be required to take at least one class on diversity. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TEM9tO) that a draft proposal by the Provost’s Diversity Council calls for a...

NM inmates clearing forests to prevent wildfires

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico inmates are helping clear up a patch of Bosque in Pena Blanca, an area devastated by the Los Conchas fire last year. KQRE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RwAhhp) that winter inmate crews are working to clear out that...

Police: NM man turned in mom to get charges off

December 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man arrested for vandalism tried to get out of his charges by offering to turn in what he said was a bigger target for authorities — his mother. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/YHtUtK) that 27-year-old...