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NM couple pleads not guilty in cat hoarding case

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — A Chaparral couple is facing dozens of charges after 52 diseased and underweight cats were found in their home earlier this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/SdeNEu) that 63-year-old Charles Gonnell and his wife, 54-year-old Sherrie Gonnell, pleaded not guilty during a recent court appearance. A trial date...

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More NM ski resorts open for holiday weekend

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Skiers and snowboarders looking to the hit the slopes during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend now have some options in northern New Mexico. Ski New Mexico says Taos Ski Valley and Red River opened Thursday. They join Sipapu, which was...

NM Court of Appeals vacancy draws 7 applicants

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state Court of Appeals judge who lost in the general election is asking to be considered for an upcoming vacancy on the court. A Judicial Nominating Commission announced Wednesday that Judge J. Miles Hanisee is among seven applicants...

Wolf pups on their own after NM pack separates

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two six-month-old Mexican gray wolf pups are navigating southwestern New Mexico’s Gila forest on their own now that their troubled pack has splintered, worrying environmentalists who think the animals’ chances of...

Lawmakers urged to resolve property tax inequities

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — County and real estate officials urged the Legislature on Wednesday to deal with a thorny problem of property tax inequities among New Mexico homeowners, also known as “tax lightning,” when taxes skyrocket on some...

DPS: Brothers arrested in murder of Los Lunas man

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNARDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Los Lunas man whose body was found near a charred vehicle in Socorro County. New Mexico Department of Public Safety officials say 43-year-old Joe...

Deputies: NM DWI suspect caught with ‘pants down’

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver has been arrested just outside of Albuquerque after deputies say he was found with his pants down — literally. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UWnpCg) that 45-year-old Joseph Atencio was...

Las Vegas daycare owner guilty of molestation

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A former Las Vegas daycare center owner has pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under a plea agreement with prosecutors that spares him prison time. The agreement says Edward Quintana will get five years of supervised probation and...

Albuquerque schools bans rosaries at high school

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque high school is requiring students who wear rosaries to conceal them in an effort to curb gang activity. The revised school dress code at Atrisco Heritage Academy high school prompted rumors among students who thought...

King favors extending mortgage forgiveness relief

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is urging Congress to continue tax relief for financially troubled homeowners who have part of their mortgage debt forgiven by a lender. King and other state attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday...