Farmington to cut bus service amid budget deficit

June 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — City officials are cutting Red Apple Transit’s Saturday routes in an effort to streamline service in Farmington amid a budget deficit. The Farmington Daily Times reports ( that starting July 6 the city will cut the yellow, purple, red and green lines in an effort to lower costs. Officials say the...

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Man accused of hitting young boy with hammer in NM

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a wheelchair-bound man is in custody for allegedly hitting a 3-year-old boy in the head with hammer at an Albuquerque grocery store. Albuquerque police say the child was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon and the...

Las Cruces mayor seeks LA mayor’s help on debt

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Las Cruces is seeking help from Los Angeles’ mayor and Albuquerque’s former mayor to erase outstanding debt from his re-election campaign two years ago. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (

Gonzales confirmed as federal judge

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to confirm New Mexico U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales as the state’s next federal judge, and New Mexico’s senators immediately recommended one of his assistants be appointed to replace...

Santa Fe man gets prison for Kmart armed robbery

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for robbing a store of DVDs at gunpoint in 2011. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Angelo Gutierrez also was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release....

Health insurance increases loom for state workers

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More than 30,000 state and local government workers face a 15 percent increase for their health care insurance starting next month, but it could be only the beginning of higher costs as New Mexico’s self-insurance program digs...

Chavez murder trial stalls over evidence fight

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — The trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife stalled Monday over a defense attorney’s complaint that key evidence and documents have been withheld. State District Judge George P. Eichwald told...

Las Cruces council to mull repeal of impact fees

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The City Council in Las Cruces will consider Monday whether to repeal impact fees for major road and drainage improvements. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( that the council adopted major road and drainage...

Reports show 236 oil, gas sites failed inspections

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About 85 percent of 276 oil and gas well sites inspected in southeastern New Mexico over the past six weeks have failed to pass after-the-fact electrical safety inspections. Correction notices were issued to those sites that...

‘Crazy dog lady’ starts pet rescue

June 17, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Pat Huntley was 15 years old when she determined her English setter, Mr. Chips, must be the smartest dog in the world. “He would open the fridge door on his own and take a steak,” Huntley said with a laugh. “I thought,...