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NM National Guardsman dies in Afghanistan

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Army National Guard soldier based in Afghanistan has died of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-three-year-old Specialist Pernell Johnnie Herrera of Espanola died Saturday while performing physical fitness training. A news release says Herrera enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard in May 2006 and served honorably over...

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Public employee retirement spikes in New Mexico

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of retiring New Mexico public-sector employees has spiked in the past two years but officials can’t pinpoint a reason for the increased. State officials and union leaders say an aging workforce and budget cuts that...

Albuquerque Journal ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico state workers are packing it in. As of December, the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board says a total of 4,145 public-sector employees had retired across New Mexico in 2011. The...

Foreclosures fall in San Juan County in 2011

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County foreclosures are on pace to fall well below 2010 levels showing a trend that could lend stability to a shaky housing market. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/vqqXkL ) reports the county saw 264 foreclosure filings...

Camp Hope continues as Las Cruces aids homeless

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The shelter of tents known as Camp Hope in Las Cruces will likely be around through March as the city looks for a more permanent way of helping the homeless. Since November, about three dozen homeless men and women have been living...

Deming museum offers fascinating variety

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — You wouldn’t know it from its austere exterior, a former Armory built in 1918, but inside, the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum is as warm and inclusive as a bulging family photo album. If the brick facade seems to say “you cannot...

Xcel customers enter new year with higher rates

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy customers enter the new year with higher electric rates. About 100,000 customers in eastern New Mexico will see their electric rates rise beginning Jan. 1. State regulators approved a rate increase averaging about 4.7...

Aztec city manager arrested for domestic violence

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northwest New Mexico arrested the city manager of Aztec for alleged domestic violence. The Daily-Times (http://bit.ly/vDLjbO ) reports 32-year-old Joshua Ray was arrested on suspicion of felony false imprisonment and...

New Mexico holds on to beat Saint Louis 64-60

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drew Gordon had 18 points and nine rebounds Saturday as New Mexico won its 10th game in a row, beating Saint Louis 64-60. Brian Conklin had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Billikens (12-2), whose six-game winning streak came to...

NM man facing charge of bigamy

January 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A Las Vegas man is facing a charge of bigamy after state police say they obtained evidence that he was not legally divorced from his first wife. The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/umIoL6 ) reports 85-year-old Joe Olivas was arrested...