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Albuquerque SWAT, suicide victim exchanged gunfire

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police and a 20-year-old man who fatally shot himself during a standoff with SWAT team officers had exchanged gunfire, resulting in the case being investigated as an officer-involved shooting. Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said Monday that Santiago Chavez fired at officers who “approached” a home where he had...

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New Mexico law aims to dig up chile fraud

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new law aimed at protecting authentic New Mexico chile is set to go into effect. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LyQOwE) that impostors of the state’s iconic agricultural product will be guilty of trademark...

Ruidoso tourism hurting after wildfire

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One of the worst wildfires in New Mexico history is putting a damper on out-of-state tourism to the village of Ruidoso. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MV50Mj) that village officials recently have launched a new...

DoE eyes WIPP, Eddy County for mercury storage

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is searching for a site for long-term management and storage of about 10,000 metric tons of elemental mercury and its eye is on two possible locations in Eddy County. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports...

NM open government group fights settlement secrecy

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A group advocating for open government is asking a state agency to prohibit confidentiality provisions that restrict public disclosure of settlements with investment firms, such as those under investigation in an alleged pay-to-play...

Carlsbad man dies after fall from railroad bridge

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Carlsbad man is dead after he fell from the railroad bridge that crosses the Pecos River. Carlsbad police say 44-year-old Doug Phillippi and a group of his friends were swimming in the Pecos River around 8:30 p.m....

Martinez: I never supported Ariz.-style law in NM

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she never supported an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants in New Mexico but understands the “frustration felt by Arizonans” due to the lack of federal action on immigration reform....

Martinez: NM anti-prostitution laws need updating

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state laws aimed at fighting prostitution are outdated and need to be fixed to help authorities go after online sites that promote prostitution, Gov. Susan Martinez said Monday. Martinez told The Associated Press that she...

Fruitland man gets prison time in firearm case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Fruitland man has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Donovan Cortez was sentenced Monday and will be on supervised release for two years...

Woman surrenders in Dona Ana County stalking case

June 26, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman wanted on suspicion of stalking her former boyfriend has surrendered to New Mexico authorities. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say 37-year-old Jennifer Woods voluntarily surrendered Monday at the San Juan...