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Commission recommends 2 for NM Supreme Court

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An independent commission on Tuesday recommended a pair of veteran Albuquerque lawyers, a Democrat and a Republican, to GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to the New Mexico Supreme Court for what could be a very short tenure. The judicial nominating commission unanimously recommended former Justice Paul Kennedy, a...

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Northern NM fire chief arrested on assault charges

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

VELARDE, N.M. (AP) — The fire chief of a small northern New Mexico community has been arrested after authorities say he pointed a gun at a crowd. Rio Arriba County sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Darwin Yazzie faces five counts of aggravated...

NM woman arrested in death of child left in car

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The aunt of a 2-year-old boy who died after being left inside a car in an Albuquerque parking says she forgot about him. That’s according to a criminal complaint filed in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. The Albuquerque...

Man accused in Ruidoso murder deemed competent

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A man charged with the murder of a Ruidoso woman nearly five years ago has been found competent to stand trial. Guillermo Ruiz also faces false imprisonment and tampering with evidence charges in the death of 20-year-old Anabel...

NM reports first West Nile Virus case of 2012

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials have confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus this year. The New Mexico Department of Health said Tuesday that a 63-year-old Bernalillo County man has contracted the more severe clinical form of the disease...

Forest hires native New Mexican as supervisor

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico native is taking over as supervisor of the Carson National Forest. Buck Sanchez starts the job in mid-September. The graduate of Raton High School has worked in each of New Mexico’s national forests. He...

ABQ police report officer-involved shooting

August 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man shot by an Albuquerque police officer reportedly is in hospitalized in critical condition. The Albuquerque Journal says the man is being treated for a gunshot wound in the upper chest. The man’s name hasn’t been...

Toddler left in car outside a NM day care dies

August 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (1)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy has died after being left inside a car in the parking lot of an Albuquerque day care facility in 91-degree heat. Albuquerque police say the toddler was found unresponsive inside his car seat around...

NM Corrections Department to recruit vets for jobs

August 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Corrections Department is launching an aggressive campaign aimed at recruiting returning veterans to fill more than 600 job openings. Corrections Department Secretary Gregg Marcantel said Monday that the department will...

Martinez to do away with business registration fee

August 7, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday announced her latest plan for making New Mexico friendlier for businesses. Martinez says she is eliminating an annual $100 registration fee that companies pay to do business with the state. Martinez...