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AP Exclusive: NM governor clarifies immigrant past

November 15, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family’s ancestry and uncovered immigration documents she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants. Martinez, a Republican and the...

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Ariz. broker faces having to pay back commission

November 15, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona business broker says his company has been forced into bankruptcy by an effort to get him to pay back a nearly $67,000 commission from an Albuquerque real estate agent who is accused of running a Ponzi scheme. Troy Morrow...

Ex-PRC Commissioner Jerome Block jailed _ again

November 15, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, is in a Santa Fe jail again. Santa Fe County jail records show that Block was booked at 12:11 p.m. Monday on a...

Martinez wants to change travel succession rule

November 15, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez wants to change the Constitution so she doesn’t have to hand off power every time she leaves the state. The Albuquerque Journal Monday reports (http://bit.ly/vP6U6K ) the governor is floating the idea of...

Farmington eyes regional airport extension

November 15, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington is proposing a $23 million airport runway extension for the Four Corners Regional Airport. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/trl2Wx ) that the city’s proposal calls for extending Runway 5...

Last Navajo Code Talker reflects on service days

November 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With gnarled fingers, Chester Nez reverently opened the small box his son Mike had fetched for him at their West Mesa home. Even at 90 years old, Nez’s face still beams as he proudly opens it. Careful not to touch the gold...

Trial begins for man in Dona Ana jail killing

November 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Trial has begun for the last of three men charged with killing a prisoner found strangled to death at the Dona Ana County Detention Center nearly seven years ago. Three prisoners who were in the cell with Philip T. Gantz, 32, of...

New Army radio system tested by White Sands

November 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A new radio system for Army soldiers is being tested by troops from the White Sands Missile Range to make sure it will work in forests and at high altitudes. Fifteen soldiers from White Sands set up an outpost east of Sacramento Peak...

Planned center to focus on NM civil rights leaders

November 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche attended school as a child in Albuquerque and later became a civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. The Albuquerque-born George I. Sanchez was a pioneer educational...

Prisoner escapes from Curry Co. jail in Clovis

November 14, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A prisoner being held for aggravated assault and other charges has escaped from the Curry County Detention Center in Clovis. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 35-year-old Narcizo Soto, Jr., escaped from...