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NM doctor pleads guilty in drug trafficking case

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico doctor has pleaded guilty to trafficking prescription drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 48-year-old Gilbert Christopher Aragon Jr. entered his plea to a five-count indictment during a hearing in federal court Friday in Albuquerque. Aragon works at the Family Practice Clinic in...

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NM teens find possible 900-year-old artifact

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico seventh-graders have found could be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in a while. Seventh-graders from Sandia Prep discovered a Native American pot, about 18 inches high and 14 to 16 inches...

ABQ Biopark Zoo has new baby Bactrian camel

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Biopark Zoo has announced the birth of Kix, a baby male Bactrian camel. Officials said Kix was born last week to Betty, a Bactrian camel who has been at the zoo for 13 years, and father, Wilson, who has been at the zoo...

Captured bear rips off part of NM boy’s finger

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A captured bear in Rio Rancho has ripped off a chunk of a 12-year-old boy’s index finger. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/J7ERyX) that the bear attacked the boy after he stuck his hand in a cage housing the bear. New Mexico...

Musical mural in Clovis vandalized

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A music-themed mural created by at-risk youth alongside a Clovis storefront has been vandalized. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/J8dNsM) that the mural at the Sports Angle, a sports memorabilia story, was damaged this...

Lack of funds stalls repairs to historic NM church

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — One of the oldest churches in the U.S. that was once visited by Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate has run out of money for much-needed renovations. Crews at Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro, N.M., stopped work this week on repairs due...

Fire strikes iconic Gallup building

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — An iconic building in downtown Gallup that had been in the planning stages of being converted into apartments has been damaged by fire. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that firefighters were called Friday to the...

NMSU approves budget with $626M in cuts

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spending across the New Mexico State University system will drop around 2 percent next year and the system will see a new grading structure. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LB6Jbp ) that NMSU regents approved Friday a...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...

Growth seen in NM white supremacist prison gangs

May 12, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials. State numbers show that membership in white supremacist...