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Trial begins in officer stabbing case

November 9, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The trial of a Santa Fe man who allegedly stabbed a state police officer earlier this year is under way. Ricky O. Gonzales is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer, two counts of disarming a peace officer, escape and attempting to commit a felony. The Santa Fe New [&hellip...

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NM governor chooses Santa Fe consultant for PRC

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday picked Santa Fe consultant Doug Howe to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of embattled former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. Martinez described Howe as being well-versed in...

Another GOP candidate enters NM 1st District race

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Retired Army veteran Gary Smith of Albuquerque is running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Smith, 65, announced his candidacy during the weekend and said he supports repeal of a health...

NM names Mattiace as border authority director

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace has been selected as the executive director of the New Mexico Border Authority. The authority’s board voted Monday to name Mattiace as director. He had served as deputy director and will...

FBI: 2 face court appearance in El Paso kidnapping

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two men arrested in connection with the kidnapping of an El Paso man who managed to get free in Clines Corners, N.M. are headed to federal court. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says 40-year-old Jesus Manuel Gallegos and...

NM remains among top energy states

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s share of revenues from energy development on federal lands within the state tops more than $434 million this year. The U.S. Interior Department released figures for this year’s dispersals Monday. In all,...

Gov. Martinez looking at tax reform proposals

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is considering a wide range of business friendly tax proposals for next year’s legislative session in hopes of improving New Mexico’s economy. Among the possibilities...

DOJ won’t give update on NM police shootings

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says U.S. Justice Department officials will listen to advocates critical of recent Albuquerque police shootings, but won’t give any updates on a preliminary review. Elizabeth...

NM high court to weigh in on horse beating case

November 8, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is set to decide if a Texas man can be tried a third time on charges he beat a colt to death. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/uQRmJg ) that the state’s highest will hear arguments...

Train buffs view historic steam locomotive in NM

November 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Train buffs got a chance to view an historic Southern Pacific Railroad locomotive over the weekend as it passed through southern New Mexico. The locomotive, built in 1944 as the last steam-powered locomotive purchased by the Union...