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Ex-controller of NMFA pleads guilty to fake audit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former controller of a New Mexico financing agency couldn’t fully explain his actions even as he stood in front of a judge Thursday to plead guilty to forgery and securities fraud for faking a financial audit that went to bond investors earlier this year. Greg Campbell, who was in [&hellip...

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Fast and Furious link to NM border town smugglers

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gun smuggling ring run by former town officials in Columbus, N.M., had a direct link to targets of the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation run by federal officials in Arizona, records show. Federal...

Mystery bird spotted at NM national refuge

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers at one of the nation’s premiere bird-watching spots have a mystery on their hands. A strange-looking bird with dark plumage showed up at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month to...

Farmington police face abuse lawsuit

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two American Indian families have filed a lawsuit against the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Farmington Police Department over alleged abuse of power. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://goo.gl/KefO4) that the...

State: Albuquerque groundwater scare false alarm

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State environmental officials say the reported discovery of a possible Superfund groundwater site beneath southeast Albuquerque appears to have been a false alarm. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/zWaVu) that the New...

Lab: ‘Unauthorized visitors’ spur LANL firings

November 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials say five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force were fired because of “unauthorized visitors” at the shooting range. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://goo.gl/YSQ79) that the lab said...

Workers asked to pay more for retirement benefits

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State and local government workers and educators could see their take-home pay shrink in the next several years under proposals to have them contribute more out of their salaries for retirement benefits. Taxpayers also would chip in...

NM father sentenced for role in daughter’s death

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mescalero man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of his 6-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 37 months in prison. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Nathaniel Chee III was sentenced Tuesday in...

Rail line opens after southern NM train derailment

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a southern New Mexico rail line is back open following a train derailment. Television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Tu6164) the derailment happened Tuesday night north of Las Cruces. It involved a freight...

Mexican gray wolf program sparks another lawsuit

November 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over what environmentalists claim is the agency’s failure to implement decade-old recommendations aimed at boosting recovery of the endangered Mexican gray wolf. The Center for...