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VP of Navajo Code Talkers Association dies at 89

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Samuel Tso, a Navajo code talker who campaigned for a Navajo Code Talkers museum and WWII veterans’ center, died Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced Thursday. The 89-year-old Lukachukai, Ariz., resident died at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. surrounded by family. Tso, who was vice president of the...

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NM sheriff’s deputy shooting ruled ‘justified’

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County investigative grand jury ruled this week that another officer-involved shooting was “justified under New Mexico law.” Deputy District Attorney Gary Cade told the Albuquerque Journal...

NM officials concerned about groundwater pumping

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A sharp increase in groundwater pumping from aquifers that also supply water for Las Cruces is drawing concerns from state and city officials. State Engineer Scott Verhines told the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/IXWmPR) on...

Ex-Albuquerque police union head ordered held

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former president of Albuquerque’s police union has been ordered held on $10,000 cash bond in connection with domestic violence charges. A Metro Court judge set bail Thursday for Albuquerque police officer Joey Sigala on...

NM task force eyes anti-gang plan as problems grow

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of community activists, social workers, tribal officials and police officers came together Thursday on the Isleta Pueblo to develop a plan aimed at attacking New Mexico’s growing gang problem — a serious...

Ex-NM police union president charged in assault

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former president of the Albuquerque police union faces felony charges after authorities said Thursday that he beat his wife. Joey Sigala was charged with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment, according to a criminal...

June trial ordered for troubled NM DWI case

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting and killing a motorcyclist head-on in Chimayo will go to trial this summer. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/LoZ7sv) that a state district...

400 fake credit cards seized at NM-Mexico border

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been arrested at the Santa Teresa port of entry after U.S. border officials said they tried to smuggle more than 400 counterfeit credit cards and gift cards into the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border...

NM man recovering after being shot by father

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington man is recovering in the hospital after allegedly being shot by his father over a swamp cooler. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/LXiQ5n) reports Thursday that 31-year-old Joshua Branch is listed in fair condition at San...

Heinrich introduces password protection bill

May 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congressman Martin Heinrich is pushing legislation that would prohibit employers from forcing current or prospective employees to share passwords to their private accounts on sites like Facebook. The Password Protection...