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Albuquerque man pleads guilty to kickbacks

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former officer of a New Mexico construction company has admitted his role in an elaborate kickback and money laundering scheme involving Iraqi construction projects. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales says former Laguna Construction Co. vice president Bradley Christiansen pleaded guilty last week to felony charges of conspiracy...

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NM man dead after apparently drowning at park

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOGAN. N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Los Lunas man is dead after apparently drowning at Ute Lake State Park. New Mexico State Police say 63-year-old Walter Bell was found floating in the lake by his wife after launching their boat in the water Tuesday...

NM governor attends firefighter memorial

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined thousands of mourners, including Vice President Joe Biden, at a memorial service in Arizona for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago. Martinez traveled to Arizona on Tuesday for the...

Chimayo eyes security system to fight vandals

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — A popular northern New Mexico Catholic shrine that attracts thousands each year is working to fight persistent vandals that have defaced religious statues and caused thousands of dollars in damage. Officials with El Santuario de Chimayo...

Endangered fish salvaged along drying Rio Grande

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — “No fish!” The words are shouted over and over again as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists Tristan Austring and Angela James drag their net through the isolated pools of brown water that are left where the Rio Grande...

Change of plea hearing for youth minister

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque youth minister who authorities say downloaded thousands of images of child pornography pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a deal with prosecutors to reduce his sentence. Thirty-four-year-old Derek Schwartzrock broke...

Youngest New Mexico Gov. ‘Lonesome Dave’ Cargo dies in ABQ at age 84

July 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

David F. Cargo, a maverick Republican who became the youngest governor of New Mexico and served two terms in the turbulent 1960s, died Friday at the age of 84. Cargo had been in an Albuquerque nursing home for about two years following a stroke, but he had...

Governor’s office evacuated over suspicious mail

July 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities said Monday that a suspicious substance found in mail sent to the New Mexico governor’s office turned out to be non-toxic. The top floor of the Capitol, where the governor’s office is located, was evacuated for...

Funeral arrangements set for former NM governor

July 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been announced for David F. Cargo, who became the youngest governor of New Mexico and served two terms in the turbulent 1960s. Cargo died last Friday at age 84. His family says he had been in an Albuquerque...

Chief: NM police fired 9 shots at man with knives

July 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque officers fired nine shots at a knife-wielding man after the man refused to follow orders to drop his weapons and the man aimed his knives at one of the officers, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Monday. Speaking to...