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Tentative deal cited on Albuquerque balloon fest

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are citing a tentative agreement in negotiations between the city and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. A brief announcement says Mayor Richard Berry and festival officials will hold a Friday afternoon news conference to provide details. The sides have been negotiating for months on a new contract...

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NM man caught after escaping from sheriff’s van

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say a man already facing a charge of escape from jail was recaptured Thursday after he managed to get out of a sheriff’s transport van. The sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Andrew Whittenberg...

US indicts 9 in alleged Deming-based drug ring

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal indictment accuses nine individuals of participating in a Deming-based ring that allegedly distributed large amounts of methamphetamine in several southern New Mexico communities. Federal authorities say the ring allegedly...

Woman pleads guilty to embezzlement from NM pueblo

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Picuris Pueblo woman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal indictment charging her with embezzling $132,000 from the tribal organization. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 61-year-old Norma Mermejo...

Navajo court building reopens after car run-in

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s courthouse in Shiprock has reopened after a vehicle ran into the front entrance. Judicial spokeswoman Karen Francis says the building reopened Thursday morning, a day after it was damaged by a car. However,...

NM shooting range to hold coyote killing contest

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shooting range and gun store is scheduled to hold a two-day contest to see who can kill the most coyotes in New Mexico. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RXlQi3) that Calibers Shooting Sports Center in Albuquerque is set to hold the...

Shiprock to get its first hotel

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The town of Shiprock will finally be able to offer visitors a place to stay. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/RbivML) reports the Shiprock Chapter announced earlier this week its approval of a 25-year lease for the construction of a...

Legislator says NMSU president’s payout illegal

October 19, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says the payout to former New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture violates the state Constitution. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/U6zmo4) reports Republican Rep. Bill Rehm, in a letter sent to the state...

Albuquerque officer leaves drug evidence at scene

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer inadvertently left some of the evidence in a drug case on a curb. Television station KOB (http://bit.ly/TdwjdU ) reports Wednesday the officer acknowledges placing a small cellophane package of a...

Man convicted in NM murder case released early

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was serving 39 years in prison for the deaths of two people in a remote cabin near Torreon was mistakenly released twice from prison this year, state corrections department officials said Wednesday. Lawrence Nieto could...