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Groups rally in NM for Mexican gray wolf releases

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Activists want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the Southwest. About four dozen people gathered outside the agency’s regional headquarters in downtown Albuquerque on Friday. They were armed with banners and paper wolf masks. Some donned cloth wolf ears and wore black...

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New Mexico pension program hires new administrator

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association has selected Wayne Propst as its top administrator for the pension system serving New Mexico government employees. The pension board announced Friday that Propst will become executive...

PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez to host NM ed town hall

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2009 file photo, broadcast journalist Ray Suarez Jr. greets a fellow guest during National Hispanic Heritage Month on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The PBS NewsHour’s Suarez is scheduled on Wednesday,...

Sunland Park meeting on mayoral vacancy postponed

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A special meeting of city councilors in the troubled border town of Sunland Park over their mayoral position was postponed Thursday after a crowd too large for City Hall showed up to watch. More than 100 people wanted to attend...

Court upholds penalty for 2010 judicial candidate

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has upheld a $2,000 fine imposed on a state Court of Appeals candidate two years ago for violating a law for public financing of campaigns. The state Supreme Court said then-Secretary of State Mary...

Wandering cattle trouble for Rio Rancho homeowners

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cattle wandering off the open range are creating problems for residents of some Rio Rancho neighborhoods. They’re complaining that herds of a dozen or more cows are tearing up their properties. The suburb just north of...

CA man paralyzed after drunken fall sues NM hotel

April 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California man left paralyzed after a drunken fall at a Santa Fe, N.M., hotel is blaming the hotel for his injuries, saying its staff over-served him alcohol. A lawsuit filed in state District Court by Mike Sherman of Petaluma,...

Sunland Park meeting on mayoral vacancy postponed

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A special meeting of city councilors in the troubled border town of Sunland Park over their mayor’s post has been postponed. More than 100 people wanted to attend Thursday’s meeting in a council room that can hold only...

Court keeps non-lawyer off ballot as magistrate

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court won’t allow a Las Cruces man to run for magistrate judge in Dona Ana County because is not a lawyer. Democrat Paul Martinez had asked the court to restore him to the June primary election ballot. Dona Ana...

Suspect arrested in Navajo Nation assault case

April 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and shooting of a woman on the Navajo reservation near Farmington, N.M. FBI officials in Albuquerque say 32-year-old Perfinna King was taken into custody Wednesday night at...