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NM police point to alcohol in fatal head-on crash

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LYBROOK, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say alcohol was apparently a factor in a head-on crash that killed three people and injured several others on New Year’s Day. The crash happened Sunday evening on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico. Four vehicles were involved. State Police Lt. Robert McDonald says 54-year-old Agnes Lopez [&hellip...

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NM businesses help police with ‘West Mesa murders’

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are receiving help from local business owners in the hunt for a serial killer who killed eleven women, and buried them on the city’s west side. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/v3RaHO) that Robert B. Gibson...

NM state rep wants criminal statute reform

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for second-degree murder and extend time limits for prosecuting other felonies. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/vS1jvg) that State Rep....

NM National Guardsman dies in Afghanistan

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Army National Guard soldier based in Afghanistan has died of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-three-year-old Specialist Pernell Johnnie Herrera of Espanola died Saturday while performing physical fitness training. A news...

Public employee retirement spikes in New Mexico

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of retiring New Mexico public-sector employees has spiked in the past two years but officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the increased. State officials and union leaders say an aging workforce and budget cuts that...

Albuquerque Journal ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico state workers are packing it in. As of December, the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board says a total of 4,145 public-sector employees had retired across New Mexico in 2011. The...

Foreclosures fall in San Juan County in 2011

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County foreclosures are on pace to fall well below 2010 levels showing a trend that could lend stability to a shaky housing market. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/vqqXkL ) reports the county saw 264 foreclosure filings...

Camp Hope continues as Las Cruces aids homeless

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The shelter of tents known as Camp Hope in Las Cruces will likely be around through March as the city looks for a more permanent way of helping the homeless. Since November, about three dozen homeless men and women have been living...

Deming museum offers fascinating variety

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — You wouldn’t know it from its austere exterior, a former Armory built in 1918, but inside, the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum is as warm and inclusive as a bulging family photo album. If the brick facade seems to say “you cannot...

Xcel customers enter new year with higher rates

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy customers enter the new year with higher electric rates. About 100,000 customers in eastern New Mexico will see their electric rates rise beginning Jan. 1. State regulators approved a rate increase averaging about 4.7...