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Man reunited with dog he feared dead in Santa Fe

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mike Stotts had given up hope that his 15-year-old dog was alive after losing him two months ago during a camping trip in Santa Fe. But he got a surprise call Monday saying the golden retriever mix had been found. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/TuRKkX ) reports that the dog named Romeo had [&hellip...

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Tucumcari man pleads not guilty in woman’s death

October 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A Tucumcari man charged with killing a woman whose remains were found in rural Quay County has pleaded not guilty in the case. Prosecutors say 45-year-old Frank Keller entered the plea to an open count of murder earlier this week....

NM high court puts voting case on hold

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit over straight party ticket voting is on hold in the New Mexico Supreme Court while a federal court considers the legal dispute. The state’s highest court on Tuesday postponed proceedings in a case brought by Democrats...

Albuquerque man accused of robbing 4 businesses

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been indicted for allegedly robbing four businesses in the city at gunpoint earlier this year. A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against 22-year-old Oscar Marquez....

Judge dismisses claim against Gallup newspaper

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza said he will challenge the dismissal of the final claim in a lawsuit he filed against a newspaper and its publisher. Mendoza contends that the Gallup Independent and Robert Zollinger portrayed him...

Dulce man pleads guilty in death of 3-year-old son

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 31-year-old Dulce man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his son. Federal prosecutors say Jay Rutherford Paiz admitting to killing his 3-year-old son in 2008 at his home on the Jicarilla Apache...

Aztec city manager applies for diversion program

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city manager of Aztec has applied for a diversion program that could lead to the dismissal of a felony false imprisonment charge against him stemming from a domestic violence incident last year. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Albuquerque council passes new strip club rules

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s City Council approved new rules for strip clubs aimed at discouraging human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TYn5SC) that the new rules set out...

Some businesses want to freeze city’s minimum wage

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some members of Santa Fe’s business community want to freeze the city’s minimum wage at its current rate of $10.29 per hour. A city ordinance requires that wage increases be recalculated every year based on a federally...

SFCC gets funding for green building program

October 17, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College is creating a new program to teach green building skills to at-risk youth. SFCC says it has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to set up the program. Officials say the program, which is...