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Statue will honor New Mexico native and war hero

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Decades after he threw himself on a grenade to save five fellow Marines in the Vietnam war, a Marine with humble beginnings in Farmington at last is getting some hometown recognition. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/GOQ4TC) that 20-year-old Kenneth Lee Worley was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor two years...

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Coyote-hunting contest in New Mexico stirs critics

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A contest that involved killing more than a dozen coyotes in Farmington is drawing ire from a state wildlife protection group for its “bloodthirstiness.” The Farmington chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife held a...

Albuquerque police identify man killed in fight

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have identified a homicide victim who died after a fight. Police said Sunday that 23-year-old Jose Neri was killed after he was involved in fight Friday night. They did not release the cause of death and declined...

Students raise money by mimicking living in Kenya

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

A mud hut is shown on March 22, 2012 in Farmington N.M. During their spring break, a group of middle school, high school and college-aged students raised funds for a small village in Kenya by building the mud hut model and living in conditions similar to...

Dog saved from Las Cruces apartment fire

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces firefighters have saved a family’s dog from an apartment fire. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/H4wGvU) that firefighters arrived to an area apartment complex Saturday morning and found a first-floor...

NM held in death of 4-year-old grandson in crash

March 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Deputies are holding an Espanola man in custody on suspicion that he was driving drunk when he lost control of his truck and it rolled, killing his 4-year-old grandson. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/H4iMtQ) that...

Deadline looms for NM district proposed for split

March 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A school district serving communities near Farmington faces an April 4 deadline for showing state officials that splitting the district is against students’ best interests. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

7 NM lawmakers could be removed from ballot

March 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven legislators in New Mexico are facing the possibility of being removed from the ballot because of their voter signature forms failed to list the district numbers of the offices they’re seeking. The Albuquerque Journal...

Rio Rancho employee suspended for betting at work

March 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A code enforcement officer for Rio Rancho has been temporarily suspended for placing bets while on the clock and using a city vehicle to collect money as part of the sports betting pool. Rio Rancho police Sgt. Nicholas Onken tells...

Union to continue payments to officers in shooting

March 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The union for police officers in Albuquerque will continue its practice of giving money to officers who have been involved in shootings even though the city’s mayor and police chief called for an end to the payments. Critics...