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Court allows GOP, Demo candidates on ballot

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court ruled Tuesday that the Senate’s top leader and other candidates can appear on the ballot despite incomplete election paperwork. The decision by the state Supreme Court will permit Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and more than a half dozen other incumbent legislators to remain...

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Environmental groups deliver petitions to PNM

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has delivered more than 3,000 petition signatures to New Mexico’s largest electric utility. The groups want Public Service Company of New Mexico to invest more in renewable energy. The...

Officials watch for mussels in Farmington Lake

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington city officials say they are preparing for the expected contamination of zebra and quagga mussels at a lake that the city depends on for its water. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Hxy8gG) that Public Works...

Sunland Park to vote on vacant mayor's seat

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Sunland Park city councilors are expected to make a decision later this week regarding the vacant mayor’s seat as its mayor-elect faces extortion and bribery charges. Daniel Salinas was unable to be sworn in by the April 5...

FBI: Silent robber may have struck 4 NM banks

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are on the hunt for a serial bank robber in New Mexico who federal agents say has likely robbed four banks without saying a word. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the masked robber, who authorities believe is connected to at...

Deputy Santa Fe treasurer on leave during probe

April 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A deputy treasurer for Santa Fe County is on paid leave pending an internal investigation into alleged fraud. Deputy treasurer Oliver Garcia is charged with misdemeanor fraud charges for allegedly using fake vouchers for prepaid car...

NM governor's PAC raised $336K since October

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top source of money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee is a Texas billionaire who has donated millions of dollars to conservative groups seeking to defeat President Barack Obama. Martinez’s...

Commercial venture to appeal NM water decision

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A commercial venture that sought to drill water wells in western New Mexico plans to take its case to state district court. Augustin Plains Ranch announced Monday it will appeal a recent decision in which the state’s top water...

Life prison sentence in NM kidnapping case

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for a kidnapping that led to the death of a Texas teenager in 2005. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Larry Lujan, of Chamberino, was sentenced Monday. Lujan was...

Group formed to keep ultra-runner's message alive

April 10, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

This June 25, 2010, photo provided by Sole Sports Running Zone, shows, from left, Lance Muzslay, Maria Walton, Micah True and Karen Pitre Seymour in Tempe, Ariz. Organizers of a photography exhibit in Philadelphia say it has taken on new poignancy after the...