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NM senator won't seek re-election after 4 terms

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Mark Boitano says after 16 years of serving in the New Mexico Senate, he won’t seek re-election and will step aside at the end of his term. Boitano is a Republican who has represented District 18 around the Northeast and Far Northeast Heights of Albuquerque since 1997. Since that time, [&hellip...

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Bond reduction denied in NM lap dance extort case

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — When state police descended on City Hall looking for video of a New Mexico mayoral candidate getting a topless lap dance, workers scattered amid the chaos, court records show. “They are coming, get rid of the video,”...

Judge issues decision in NM House redistricting

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court. The...

UNM Arena placed on fire watch

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A broken ventilation system inside University of New Mexico Arena has led to fire watch patrols during basketball games. UNM officials tell KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/xeM3nw ) that while fans are watching the action on the court, high...

Feds: NM-Texas border smuggling packs get younger

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Border drug smuggling operations have turned to small packs of young, aggressive men who are increasing using the remote Texas-New Mexico desert, federal agents say. Agents said some of the illegal immigrants carry 50 pounds of drugs for...

Occupy Albuquerque members arrested Sunday

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police handcuffed and hauled away some members of an Anti-Wall Street protest who gathered Sunday at a city park. The demonstration had been advertised all week. But when protesters arrived, police stepped in and...

National guardsman arrested in Albuquerque death

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have arrested a member of the National Guard following a fatal shooting. Anthony Baldonado was arrested on suspicion of murder following a shooting Saturday that left one man dead. Baldonado appeared in court...

Immigrant group pressures sheriff on policy

February 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico immigrant advocacy group wants the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department to stop asking for immigration status during traffic stops. The Taskforce for Immigrant Advocacy and Services says it’s taking...

Mail-service changes coming to Farmington

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts says the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to move all mail processing from his city to Albuquerque shouldn’t change much in Farmington. The move announced Thursday was made as part of a...

NM seeks uses for historic 'Los Luceros' property

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA, N.M. (AP) — When the state bought Los Luceros in 2008, the plan was for the historic 133-acre property in the Espanola Valley to become a retreat center as well as a site for crop testing, environmental studies and film-industry seminars — and...