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Albuquerque police union executives step down

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president and vice president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association resigned Tuesday in the wake of New Mexico activists calling for a federal probe into recent city police shootings. President Joey Sigala and Vice President Felipe Garcia stepped down after a union board meeting. A union representative said Sigala and...

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NM Investment Council member Doug Brown resigns

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Investment Council member Doug Brown has resigned, saying he no longer has the time to serve on the board overseeing management of New Mexico’s permanent funds valued at more than $15 billion. Brown is the dean of the...

State forestry knows cause of Chimayo fire

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Forestry says the Chimayo fire was ignited when a property owner’s son was using battery jumper cables. Investigators determined the jumper cables were lying on the ground and set dry plants on fire when the...

NM racing regulator plans more drug test of horses

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s horse racing regulator plans to expand random testing of horses for illegal drug use and the new policy should be in place by July, the head of the agency said Tuesday. Racing Commission Executive Director Vince...

Police: 1 dead, 1 injured in Roswell shootings

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell police say one man is dead and a second man was wounded. Police tell KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/GVwy4p ) they’re still investigating, but they believe 51-year-old Monico Carbajal shot 26-year-old Roman Hernandez, and then...

NM county pulls out of Mexican wolf program

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in one southern New Mexico county are withdrawing their support for the federal government’s effort to reintroduce Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest. Sierra County Manager Janet Porter Carrejo sent a brief letter...

Eastern NM potash mine gets BLM approval

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has signed off on a mining company to begin operations inside an abandoned potash mine in eastern New Mexico. Intrepid Potash will be mining in a site formerly known as Potash Company of America, and...

Family joins search for missing Cannon AFB airman

March 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Family members are helping the military look for a Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant missing since March 12. Scott Lee was last seen leaving his apartment in Clovis. He was scheduled to report to base March 13. Family members tell the...

Man found dead after Las Cruces home standoff

March 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old man suspected of firing several rounds from a handgun in Las Cruces appears to have taken his own life. Las Cruces Police were called about 2 p.m. Monday after someone called 911 to report a neighbor was...

Court rules election needed for Lea County sheriff

March 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has resolved a dispute over the election of a sheriff in Lea County. The court ruled Monday an election is necessary and the winner will fill the remainder of former Sheriff Rod Coffman’s term, which...