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New mayor selected for New Mexico's Sunland Park

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park have appointed a new mayor. By a 3-2 vote with one abstention Wednesday night, the council selected 24-year-old Javier Perea. He’ll be sworn in next week in the council’s next scheduled session. Former Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Salinas [&hellip...

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Gov. Martinez against proposed Sill Apache casino

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous is seeking a meeting with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in hopes of winning her support for the tribe’s proposed casino on its new reservation near Deming. Martinez said Tuesday...

Albuquerque man wins $1 million Powerball prize

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has claimed a $1 million prize for matching five numbers in a Powerball drawing. The New Mexico Lottery says James Larson beat the 1 in 5.2 million odds in Saturday night’s drawing. If had also matched the...

Most of Bernalillo without water after pipe issues

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Most of the town of Bernalillo is without water and one lane of a major route linking Rio Rancho and Albuquerque has been closed after problems with a water main. U.S. Highway 550 is down to one lane in each direction around the...

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Law Enforcement Academy board has delayed a decision to terminate Attorney General Gary King’s role as its legal adviser. The board was set to consider the matter Tuesday. King serves as legal counsel, prosecutes...

SF councilwoman's possible conflict probed

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe has hired a law firm to determine if city Councilwoman Patti Bushee failed to disclose a conflict of interest with a developer. Bushee says the allegations are false and politically motivated. The investigation was prompted by...

Woman who tried to burn husband's body dead

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Grant County believe a woman who was briefly detained in February after she tried to burn her dead husband’s body has herself been found dead. A rancher checking fence lines found a body tentatively identified as...

PBS NewsHour Suarez to host town hall amid fight

April 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez is slated to visit Albuquerque for a teacher town hall on New Mexico’s high dropout rates just as the state’s largest teachers’ union vows to fight a new teacher...

Congressman Lujan has $441K in re-election account

April 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan has nearly 12 times more campaign money than a Republican challenger in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District race. The latest Federal Election Commission financial report showed the...

Santa Fe's budget decisions now less painful

April 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — City officials in Santa Fe are faces less painful budget decision this year than in the last few years as the city’s finances have improved. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/JxA42V) that the city is looking at the...