Local and State News http://kanw.com en Recordings Surface in New Mexico Governor Race http://kanw.com/post/recordings-surface-new-mexico-governor-race <p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.</p><p>Martinez said the tapes are stolen recordings of private debate prep sessions when she was running for her first term four years ago. She called their release by Mother Jones "the absolute height of desperation" by liberals trying to unseat her. But she does admit having "to fund the cuss jar a few times."</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 42054 at http://kanw.com Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat http://kanw.com/post/court-revives-election-challenge-against-democrat <p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.</p><p>The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:10 +0000 Associated Press 42053 at http://kanw.com Abduction Attempt Los Lunas Police: Man Tried To Abduct Young Girl http://kanw.com/post/abduction-attempt-los-lunas-police-man-tried-abduct-young-girl <p>LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say they have little information so far to go on as they try to find a suspect in a reported attempt to abduct a 7-year-old girl.</p><p>Police say responding officers were told a man got out of a vehicle Tuesday evening and attempted to grab the girl's shirt.</p><p>According to police, the girl got away and ran to a friend's house.</p><p>A search was conducted but came up empty.</p><p>The only description released so far is that the suspect was an African-American man driving a red vehicle.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:06:13 +0000 Associated Press 42052 at http://kanw.com NM Town Hall Yields Water Recommendations http://kanw.com/post/nm-town-hall-yields-water-recommendations <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials, business leaders and others are hashing out recommendations for improving the way the arid state uses its water and plans for the future.</p><p>They have been meeting for two days as part of New Mexico First's statewide town hall on water.</p><p>The goal is to develop 16 recommendations on a range of topics, including water-sharing agreements and capturing more storm runoff to bolster supplies.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:05:12 +0000 Associated Press 42051 at http://kanw.com New Mexico Prisons To End Overnight Family Visits http://kanw.com/post/new-mexico-prisons-end-overnight-family-visits <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.</p><p>The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.</p><p>Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."</p><p>The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:04:08 +0000 Associated Press 42050 at http://kanw.com Albuquerque Police Face Hundreds of Protesters http://kanw.com/post/albuquerque-police-face-hundreds-protesters <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over recent Albuquerque police shootings clashed with riot officers for more than 10 hours, calling on the police chief and other city officials to resign.</p><p>Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break its windows. Mayor Richard Berry said Sunday that one officer was injured during the protest.</p><p>Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies charging at the protesters late Sunday mostly dispersed the crowds.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:12:04 +0000 Associated Press 41273 at http://kanw.com Containment of Valencia County Fire at 60% http://kanw.com/post/containment-valencia-county-fire-60 <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in Valencia County is 60 percent contained as crews continue to mop up the fire area and patrol the fire lines.</p><p>New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the size of the fire was holding late Sunday at just under 200 acres.</p><p>Ware says no structures have been damaged and that none are threatened.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:11:12 +0000 Associated Press 41272 at http://kanw.com NM Officials To Discuss Wildfire Season http://kanw.com/post/nm-officials-discuss-wildfire-season <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — This year's wildfire season will be on the agenda as Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials gather in the dry wooded area along the Rio Grande.</p><p>They are meeting Monday at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to kick off wildfire awareness week and to address fire danger across the drought-stricken state.</p><p>Forecasters with the National Weather Service had issued fire weather watches through the weekend for most of northern and central New Mexico due to strong winds and low humidity levels.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:08:59 +0000 Associated Press 41271 at http://kanw.com New Mexicans Face Insurance Enrollment Deadline http://kanw.com/post/new-mexicans-face-insurance-enrollment-deadline <p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are making a final push to enroll individuals in health insurance plans before a looming deadline under President Barack Obama's health care law.</p><p>Open enrollment through a federal online marketplace ends at midnight Monday.</p><p>New Mexico is using the federally operated website to sign up individuals.</p><p>The state's health insurance exchange and advocacy groups hosted enrollment events during the weekend and more were planned on Monday to encourage people to begin an enrollment application before the deadline.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:08:14 +0000 Associated Press 41270 at http://kanw.com Courts Handle NM Congressional Maps http://kanw.com/post/courts-handle-nm-congressional-maps <p>Courts handle New Mexico congressional maps</p><p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's three congressional districts have changed very little in the past two decades but when they have, state courts — not the Legislature or governor — have redrawn the boundaries.</p><p>State district court judges in 2002 and 2011 adopted "least change" redistricting plans that only slightly altered district boundaries to equalize population to conform with the legal requirements of one-person, one-vote.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:06:34 +0000 Associated Press 41269 at http://kanw.com Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting Scrutiny http://kanw.com/post/albuquerque-police-under-new-shooting-scrutiny <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.</p><p>Police said the man was killed after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed at gun at two girls.</p><p>The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:32:16 +0000 Associated Press 41126 at http://kanw.com Indian Casino Revenue Up 7 Percent in New Mexico http://kanw.com/post/indian-casino-revenue-7-percent-new-mexico <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows revenue at New Mexico's Indian casinos was up 7 percent in 2012 as tribes increased slot machines but reduced table games.</p><p>The annual Casino Cities Indian Gaming Industry Report released Wednesday shows revenue at New Mexico's 25 Class III gaming facilities increased to $864 million in 2012. The number of slot machines rose 3 percent to 16,281, while the number of table games fell 7 percent to 261.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:31:17 +0000 Associated Press 41125 at http://kanw.com Panel Unveils 'Coexist' Plan for Wolves and Ranchers http://kanw.com/post/panel-unveils-coexist-plan-wolves-and-ranchers <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A volunteer panel of ranchers, environmentalists and county officials from New Mexico and Arizona has unveiled a plan to help ranchers and Mexican gray wolves coexist.</p><p>The plan was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It aims to reduce conflicts among wolves and livestock as the federal government tries to reintroduce the predator to its historic range in the Southwest.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:29:05 +0000 Associated Press 41124 at http://kanw.com Outdoor Film Set To Be Built In Southern NM http://kanw.com/post/outdoor-film-set-be-built-southern-nm <p>LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — State and local elected leaders are working to increase film production in southern New Mexico.</p><p>They gathered Tuesday to announce plans to build an outdoor film set at the scenic Corralitos Ranch on the western edge of Las Cruces.</p><p>Bordering the Sleeping Lady Hills and the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains, the ranch has already been used in various films that include "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."</p><p>State legislators from the area were able to obtain funding for the backlot. The property will be owned by the city of Las Cruces.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:53:29 +0000 Associated Press 41121 at http://kanw.com Ex-NM Policeman Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case http://kanw.com/post/ex-nm-policeman-pleads-guilty-child-porn-case <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer has pleaded guilty in a federal child pornography case.</p><p>Prosecutors say 32-year-old Nelson Begay entered his plea Wednesday.</p><p>His sentencing hearing hasn't been set yet, but prosecutors say Begay is facing at least five years in prison and up to a 20-year term.</p><p>He also will have to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.</p><p>Begay was arrested last November on suspicion of receiving and possessing computer images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:51:20 +0000 Associated Press 41120 at http://kanw.com Father, Son Perish in Residential Fire in Milan http://kanw.com/post/father-son-perish-residential-fire-milan <p>GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities said a Milan man and his adult son died in fire in a pair of mobile homes when the father tried to rescue the son as three other family members made it to safety.</p><p>The Gallup Independent reports that those who died in the fire Sunday were identified as 48-year-old D.J. Garcia and 23-year-old Tyrone Garcia, who had Down syndrome.</p><p>New Mexico State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the older Garcia alerted family members after waking up, smelling smoke and finding the living room on fire.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:22:20 +0000 Associated Press 41079 at http://kanw.com Santa Fe Woman Gets 90-Day Sentence for DWI Wreck http://kanw.com/post/santa-fe-woman-gets-90-day-sentence-dwi-wreck <p>ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman faces 90 days in jail and must serve five years' probation and perform hundreds of hours of community service for causing a wrong-way accident on Interstate 25 while driving drunk.</p><p>The March 4, 2013 accident involved three vehicles, including one driven by a 30-year-old Raton woman who had to undergo an emergency C-section because of the accident. Her child is now a year old.</p><p>The Albuquerque Journal reports that 27-year-old Leela Perez was sentenced Monday in state District Court in Santa Fe.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:21:19 +0000 Associated Press 41078 at http://kanw.com Ex-New Mexico Jail Guard Indicted for Sex Assaults http://kanw.com/post/ex-new-mexico-jail-guard-indicted-sex-assaults <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Bernalillo County corrections officer has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting four female inmates.</p><p>Prosecutors said Tuesday that a county grand jury has charged Torry Chambers with six counts of criminal sexual penetration.</p><p>Chambers was arrested in December 2010 for alleged custodial sexual misconduct.</p><p>Two of the women allege Chambers sexually assaulted them in 2008 and the other alleges that she was assaulted by him in August 2010.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:20:21 +0000 Associated Press 41077 at http://kanw.com New Albuquerque Police Shooting Probe Sought http://kanw.com/post/new-albuquerque-police-shooting-probe-sought <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police oversight panel members are demanding an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man.</p><p>Authorities said 38-year-old James Boyd died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds. Police said Boyd had threatened to kill officers and held onto knives as an unarmed K-9 officer approached him.</p><p>A helmet camera video showed Boyd gathering his belongings then turning away right before officers fired.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:19:24 +0000 Associated Press 41076 at http://kanw.com Oversight Chair Questions Safety at Nuke Dump http://kanw.com/post/oversight-chair-questions-safety-nuke-dump <p>ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of a federal nuclear safety oversight board calls the recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico "near misses." And he says operations and safety procedures were not performed with the rigor necessary for a defense nuclear facility.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:18:40 +0000 Associated Press 41075 at http://kanw.com