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Colorado woman accused of smuggling pot into NM

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New Mexico say they’ve made an unusual seizure —bundles of marijuana stashed inside wood-framed and mirrored quinceanera plaques. An 18-year-old Colorado woman has been arrested in the case. A pickup truck entered the Columbus port from neighboring Palomas, Mexico, about noon...

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New water czar talks about New Mexico’s challenges

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The past month has been a whirlwind for New Mexico’s new water czar. There have been meetings with lawmakers, mayors and federal officials and briefings with staff around the state. And at the end of every day, State Engineer...

Curry County authorities looking for TB patient

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico authorities are searching for a man with contagious tuberculosis. The Department of Public Safety issued a news release Monday asking the public for helping in finding 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez. He was last seen...

Jailed NM gun store owner says he won’t eat

January 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A jailed New Mexico gun store owner accused of selling weapons that made it into the hands of Mexican cartels says he is on a hunger strike. Ian Garland wrote in a letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/ziqPSz ) that he...

Ashley Pond could sing swan song

January 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Nov. 22, 2011 photo, a pair of geese enjoy Ashley Pond’s aquatic environment in Los Alamos, N.M. Many Los Alamos residents consider Ashley Pond Park “the jewel” of Los Alamos. But, unlike a jewel, the pond is a living system _ a living system...

John Lee, former Otero County sheriff, dies at 58

January 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — John “Johnny” Lee, a former Otero County sheriff, has died at his home in a small community east of Alamogordo. He was 58. His wife Kay found him when she returned from work early Saturday, said his brother, Alamogordo...

Albuquerque Journal ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

January 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman has pledged $1 million to help a community food bank build a new warehouse and other facilities to meet expanding demanding. The pledge from Barbara Hall will allow the nonprofit Food Depot to accept and store more...

Man rescued after being stuck in NM mud for 3 days

January 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man who was stuck in thick mud near the Rio Grande river in Albuquerque for three days was rescued Saturday after some high school students on a field trip heard him yelling for help, authorities said. However, the...

Students find man stuck for days in Rio Grande mud

January 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man who tells authorities he was stuck in the mud at the Rio Grande river in New Mexico for three days has been rescued after a group of high school students heard him yelling for help. An Albuquerque Fire Department...

Wolves’ senses tapped to keep them clear of cattle

January 29, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are running out of options when it comes to helping Mexican gray wolves overcome hurdles that have thwarted reintroduction into their historic range in the Southwest. Harassment and rubber bullets haven’t...