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82 Kirtland jobs eliminated in US Air Force cuts

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Kirtland Air Force Base is slated to lose 82 positions after the U.S. Air Force announced it would cut around 9,000 positions nationwide. The cuts announced Wednesday means many of the Albuquerque base’s open positions will not be filled. Tom Berardinelli, director of staff of the 377th Air Base Wing, says [&hellip...

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NM hospital’s cancer patients turn to ‘navigator’

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Oct. 3, 2011 photo, Marcy Zaffron is photographed in Albuquerque, N.M. As the quality of life navigator at Presbyterian Healthcare Services’ Cancer Center, Zaffron helps mostly Stage IV cancer patients navigate practical, spiritual and emotional...

NM ‘Occupy’ protester ends hunger strike

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protester with Albuquerque’s version of the national rallies against Wall Street has ended his week-long hunger strike. The Daily Lobo reports (http://bit.ly/rAEty6 ) that Sebastian Pais ended his hunger strike Tuesday after...

Farmington student shot with a pellet gun

November 3, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington middle school student faces charges of assault and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises after police say he shot a fellow student with a pellet gun. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/ukt39x ) reports the...

Ex-pension board chairman files damage lawsuit

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico pension fund official on Tuesday sued financial firms, an ex-state investment officer and dozens of others for damages because of an alleged pay-to-play scheme over pension program investments. The lawsuit by Bruce...

Irrigation season ends along Middle Rio Grande

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The irrigation season is officially over for thousands of farmers in the heart of New Mexico. Those growing crops in the Middle Rio Grande Valley didn’t have it as bad as farmers in other corners of the parched state, where...

Feds: NM fugitive caught after getting married

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Apparently, there will be no honeymoon for one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted fugitives. Authorities said known gang-member Daniel Jojola was arrested Monday when he was spotted with his bride just hours after the pair tied the knot....

Official: Tobacco payments declining for NM

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Big Tobacco’s payments to New Mexico for smoking-related deaths are declining, joining a number of states that are seeing drops due to falling national smoking rates, a state economist told state lawmakers. The Las Cruces...

3 bust into Albuquerque home wearing masks

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three armed men wearing Halloween masks busted into an Albuquerque apartment and robbed the terrified residents. What the three didn’t count on was the residents fighting back. Police say the masked men were armed with a...

Cops: NM woman lost part of scalp after fight

November 2, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is recovering after police say she lost part of her scalp during a violent fight with a former friend. Las Cruces police detectives say that early Saturday 19-year-old Gabriela Nunez and a former friend, also 19,...