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More Curry Co. jailers could be fired over escape

November 20, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said he plans to fire three more jail employees and discipline a fourth for lapses that led to a prisoner escaper last week. A jail sergeant has already lost his job. Pyle called the events leading up to the Nov. 13 escape of maximum-security prisoner Narcizo [&hellip...

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Albuquerque officer resigns after indictment

November 20, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer has resigned after being indicted on charges related to his alleged involvement with a prostitution ring and for offering to help a police decoy prostitute stay out of legal trouble in exchange for sex....

2 dead, others hurt in NW NM highway crash

November 20, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Two people were killed and several others badly hurt in a head-on crash on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico triggered by an alleged drunk driver. Authorities say a van’s driver allowed his vehicle to the center line and it...

Drought leaves slim pickings for migrating birds

November 20, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From nesting grounds in Alaska and Idaho to the prairie potholes in Canada, thousands of migratory birds are heading south to their traditional winter watering holes in the American Southwest. The problem is drought has ravaged...

NM regulators approve fracking disclosure rule

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and natural gas producers will be required to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations under a proposal approved Thursday by the state Oil Conservation Commission. The commission made a unanimous...

Authorities probe death of airman at Hollman AFB

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at New Mexico’s Holloman Air Force Base are investigating the death of an active-duty airman. They say 19-year-old Airman 1st Class Raffy Pelonio was found dead in his room in the dormitories on base...

FBI releases photo in New Mexico sex torture case

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo, a victim of convicted sex torturer David Parker Ray, speaks Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at an FBI news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. about her kidnapping and torture in 1999. Ray was arrested in March 1999 after Jaramillo, naked and...

NM chile harvest nearly finished

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

Chris Alexander, owner of Ristramnn Chile Co. in Mesilla, N.M. hangs a red chile ristra onNov. 14, 2011 at the Mercado where he only sells chile grown in New Mexico. About 75 percent of the red chile crop in New Mexico has been harvested so far, according to...

Pueblo medicine man acknowledges killing an eagle

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Kewa Pueblo medicine man faces prison and steep fines for killing and plucking bald eagles in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Martin Aguilar, 47, entered guilty pleas Wednesday to the unlawful taking of a...

Jury finds man guilty of strangling NM prisoner

November 19, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a man of strangling another prisoner to death almost seven years ago at the Dona Ana County Detention Center. The trial of former detention officer Paul Othello Smalls ended Thursday in Las Cruces when...