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Shiprock to get its first hotel

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The town of Shiprock will finally be able to offer visitors a place to stay. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/RbivML) reports the Shiprock Chapter announced earlier this week its approval of a 25-year lease for the construction of a 50-room hotel. Chapter Vice-President Donald Benally says the town has been waiting 40 [&hellip...

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Legislator says NMSU president’s payout illegal

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says the payout to former New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture violates the state Constitution. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/U6zmo4) reports Republican Rep. Bill Rehm, in a letter sent to the state...

Albuquerque officer leaves drug evidence at scene

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer inadvertently left some of the evidence in a drug case on a curb. Television station KOB (http://bit.ly/TdwjdU ) reports Wednesday the officer acknowledges placing a small cellophane package of a...

Man convicted in NM murder case released early

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was serving 39 years in prison for the deaths of two people in a remote cabin near Torreon was mistakenly released twice from prison this year, state corrections department officials said Wednesday. Lawrence Nieto could...

NM lawmaker fined for campaign report violations

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator has been fined $1,200 by the secretary of state for campaign finance violations. Democratic state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia of Dona Ana was notified of the fine in a letter dated Tuesday. Secretary of State Dianna...

US gives historic designations to 2 sites in NM

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two sites in New Mexico are being designated as national historic landmarks. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s designation of 27 sites nationwide includes the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad’s San Juan Extension in New...

Police: NM woman burned own home over attic noises

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Carlsbad woman burned down her own house after claiming to hear noises in the attic. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/R9Nglg) that 33-year-old Valerie Hernandez was arrested last week after a nearly...

Vehicle runs into Navajo court, closes building

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s courthouse in Shiprock is closed after a vehicle ran into the front entrance early Wednesday morning and damaged the building. Judicial spokeswoman Karen Francis says all hearings on the court’s docket...

Man reunited with dog he feared dead in Santa Fe

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mike Stotts had given up hope that his 15-year-old dog was alive after losing him two months ago during a camping trip in Santa Fe. But he got a surprise call Monday saying the golden retriever mix had been found. KOAT-TV...

Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in woman’s death

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A Tucumcari man charged with killing a woman whose remains were found in rural Quay County has pleaded not guilty in the case. Prosecutors say 45-year-old Frank Keller entered the plea to an open count of murder earlier this week....