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NM drug trafficking ring linked to Sinaloa cartel

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of a major drug trafficking and money laundering Albuquerque organization recently named in an indictment had connections to the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, federal officials said Friday. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Keith Brown said that the 15 men named in a 29-count federal indictment unsealed...

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Senate confirms governor’s budget agency leader

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Tom Clifford as secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Clifford, an economist, to the cabinet-level job last August. He runs an agency that...

APNewsBreak: More Mexican wolves in the wild

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials said Friday there are more Mexican gray wolves in the wild than there have been in each of the past five years, giving a glimmer of hope to a program that has struggled to return the endangered animals to the...

Carlsbad residents urged to cutback water use

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad residents and businesses are urged to voluntarily cut back on water usage before summer arrives. City officials say that starting water conservation measures now will be a test run for when the city’s water conservation,...

DA planning for arrival of captured fugitive

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Curry County’s top prosecutor is making plans for the eventual extradition of a man accused of killing a Clovis child. However, District Attorney Matt Chandler says he doesn’t expect captured fugitive Noe Torres will be in...

Returning NMSU students greeted with auto thefts

February 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Auto thefts are rising now that classes are in session at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Campus police say thieves are easily entering unlocked cars and stealing iPads, parking passes, loose change and anything else...

House approves expanded property tax notice

February 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Homeowners will get more information about their property taxes under a measure that has passed the House. Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, a Los Lunas Republican, said the legislation will help alert homeowners to potential increases in their...

Mexico zoo welcomes 2 snow leopards from NM

February 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Albuquerque zoo say two female snow leopards that were being moved to make room for new leopards in the U.S. have arrived safely at the Leon Zoo in Mexico. The leopards, Bella and Carmella, are the first of their...

NM Chicano movement figure makes rare appearance

February 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a controversial figure from the Chicano Movement, has made a rare appearance at an event honoring the anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signing. The 85-year-old Tijerina spoke Thursday at the New...

House OKs proposals to revamp NM regulatory agency

February 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposals to streamline New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency and establish minimum qualifications for its elected members sped through the House on Thursday. Supporters contend the proposals to revamp the Public Regulation...