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Some disciplined NM officers still carry badges

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At least 60 police officers statewide who have been disciplined by the departments they work for – some even fired – are still licensed to carry badges and guns according to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/sKnqa7). Staff at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, which certifies men and women to be police...

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New Mexico sending artifact back to Peru

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An ancient Peruvian artifact in the form of a monkey’s head given to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in 1995 is heading back home. The small gold pendant measuring 1 3/4 inches high by 2 1/4 inches wide will be...

NM couple found in eastern Arizona; wife dead

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An elderly New Mexico couple who took a wrong turn and got stranded on a remote forest road in eastern Arizona survived two winter storms over five days before the woman collapsed and died as they tried to hike to safety. An Arizona...

NM Supreme Court taps new chief clerk

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed a new chief clerk. The state’s highest court announced Wednesday that Joey Moya was named chief clerk and will replace Kathleen Jo Gibson, who recently announced her retirement. A...

Clean Water Act violations leveled against NM city

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators have cited New Mexico’s largest city twice this year with violating provisions of the Clean Water Act, and environmentalists are concerned failure to correct the problems could ultimately affect the Rio...

UFO convention won’t land in Aztec next year

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The annual Aztec UFO Symposium has flown the coop never to return. This year marks the final time the UFO convention will be held in San Juan County. A lack of interest apparently killed the event. Event organizer Katie McClure tells The...

Curry County puts changes in place at jail

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Firings, surprise inspections and new locks are just some of the changes Curry County officials are hoping will lead to an end to escapes at the problem-plagued jail. The Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/tN68L2 ) reports interim jail...

NM man indicted for slashing daughter’s throat

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Bernalillo County grand jury has returned a seven-count indictment against an Albuquerque man accused of slashing his sleeping 2-year-old daughter’s throat. The indictment filed last week in Bernalillo County District Court...

Rocket launches from NM Spaceport

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Spaceport Authority officials say a rocket has successfully launched from the desert outpost. The advanced rocket designed and built by Armadillo Aerospace launched into space last weekend. The Las Cruces Sun-News...

Guilty plea in 2008 killing of Las Cruces man

December 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One of the six men charged with killing a Las Cruces man has pleaded guilty to murder. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/sODaH8 ) reports 37-year-old Jimmy Ray Martinez was set to go on trial Wednesday in the killing of...