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9 DWI arrests made at Albuquerque checkpoint

December 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say officers arrested nine suspected drunk drivers at a sobriety checkpoint they ran for five hours late Friday and early Saturday. Police say in a news release that the checkpoint in central Albuquerque ran until 3 a.m. and also led to the seizure of two vehicles. Two of the [&hellip...

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SF police say mistake led to tossed fingerprints

December 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say they’ve accidentally destroyed fingerprint evidence in some burglary cases that could have led to prosecutions. Police Capt. Aric Wheeler tells KOB-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/tXukOY) that...

Wolves wait at NM refuge for chance at the wild

December 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SEVILLETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.M. (AP) — Miles from the nearest rural outpost and far beyond the smatterings of broken down cars that have been left to rust into the central New Mexico prairie is a narrow canyon at the edge of the Los Pinos...

More firings, discipline in Curry Co. jail escape

December 11, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — At least one more Curry County jail employee has been fired and others disciplined in the wake of a Nov. 13 prisoner escape. The Clovis News Journal reports (http://bit.ly/vAdF1p ) that County Manager Lane Pyle announced Friday that he...

Stranded 86-year-old man survives AZ storm

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

In this undated photo provided by the Chandler Police Department, shows Dana Davis, 86, right, and his wife Elizabeth Davis, 82, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Chandler, Ariz. The Davis couple got lost as they drove from Chandler, Ariz., back to their home in...

Portales police captain facing tampering charge

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A Portales police captain has been arrested for allegedly tampering with public records. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced Thursday that Capt. Lonnie Berry is facing three counts of tampering. Each count is a...

NM’s medical marijuana program flourishing

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,000 New Mexicans have applied for medical marijuana licenses since Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January, prompting the administration that had advocated repeal of the law to instead propose taking the...

Martinez: No plans to endorse GOP candidate

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s been getting calls from Republican presidential candidates seeking her support but has no plans to endorse anyone before the primaries. The New Mexico Republican and the nation’s only...

Lowe’s announces new Albuquerque support center

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Home improvement retail giant Lowe’s will open a customer support center in Albuquerque and invest around $15 million in the new facility, the North Carolina company announced Thursday. Company officials said it will renovate...

Governor launches $17 million education initiative

December 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will push a $17 million early childhood education initiative aimed at improving reading ability during the upcoming 30-day legislative session. The funding would be used to hire reading...