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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 its plea for the change to the county commission Tuesday. Members of the task force tell the...

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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...

NM dedicates marker in honor of Taos Pueblo potter

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — There were no clouds in the sky. The view toward Taos’ snow-capped mountains was unobstructed, the sun was warm and a bald eagle soared overhead. The perfect day is how dozens of members of Taos Pueblo described Saturday, when...

Las Cruces officers cleared in fatal shooting

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say Las Cruces police officers who fatally shot a man in December have been cleared of wrongdoing and will not face charges. Authorities say 37-year-old Robert Montes was fatally shot after he opened fire on officers....

Report: Santa Fe has more affordable housing

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — A report by a real estate group says the recession has made housing in Santa Fe more affordable. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/zRLgvY) that study by the Santa Fe Association of Realtors says the recession caused the...

Report: NM border town mayor, manager arrested

February 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces Sun-News is reporting that two officials of a troubled New Mexico border town have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into Sunland Park city government. The paper says (http://bit.ly/yEuDo1 ) Mayor pro tem...

Suspected drunken driver hits into rescue truck

February 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver crashed into the truck of a rescue crew that was handling a body found on the shoulder of a roadway. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/AnwsyL ) 27-year-old Thomas Montano has been charged with...

Physical clash breaks out during lecture at UNM

February 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A physical clash broke out at the University of New Mexico when protesters interrupted a lecture by an author known for her critical views of Islam. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ApAvPL ) that the confrontation...

Groups to keep pressure after NM license fight

February 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates and religious organizations in New Mexico won yet another round in their battle against efforts to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to have driver’s licenses. But advocates aren’t...