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Second person dead after Santa Fe shootings

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A second person has died in a shooting in Santa Fe as police searched Tuesday for the suspect. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Theresa Vigil, 51, died of a gunshot wound to the head. A teenage boy was found dead at the scene of the shooting Monday in south [&hellip...

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Martinez urging stronger child abuse laws

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging lawmakers to lengthen prison time for child abusers and drunk drivers who kill children. The governor announced Tuesday that her new proposal would increase penalties for child abusers from three years to...

Pleas entered in elder abuse death case

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico women appeared in court and entered not guilty pleas on charges that they neglected an elderly family member found bed-bound in a squalid trailer with missing toes that had been bitten off by animals. Prosecutors have...

Commission considers shorter NM state fair

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Closing the New Mexico State Fair on Mondays and Tuesdays over the past few years hasn’t saved as much money as hoped, so the commission that runs the annual event might shorten the fair from 17 days to 12. “The dark...

Ex-NM warden faces criminal complaint

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Luna County’s former detention center warden is facing several charges after he allegedly allowed prisoners to leave the facility he managed from Oct. 2009 through May 2011. The Deming Headlight (http://bit.ly/AfzDsQ ) reports...

Few NM contractors expect industry to improve

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A survey of contractors from across the nation is predicting a more positive outlook than what contractors may be facing in New Mexico. The survey released Monday by the Associated General Contractors of America indicates only 9...

Military drone makes emergency landing

January 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — Air Force officials say a remotely piloted drone made an emergency landing Monday night just south of Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. A news release says the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft is assigned to the 29th...

Last of the original Navajo Code Talkers turns 92

January 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The last surviving member of the original Navajo Code Talkers has turned 92 years old. The city of Albuquerque recognized Chester Nez for his contributions in World War II. Nez was one of 29 original code talkers who developed a...

Police identify body found in Farmington park

January 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a man found in a Farmington park now has been identified. Police say the body is that of 27-year-old Dana Smiley of Farmington. Officers were dispatched to the walking path near Boyd Park in reference to a...

NM ranchers sue Forest Service over grazing rights

January 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of ranchers and one county said Monday that they are suing the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to limit grazing on historic land grant areas in northern New Mexico. The group of Hispanic ranchers and Rio Arriba County...