ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mexican national has pleaded guilty in Las Cruces federal court trafficking drugs in Eddy County.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says 33-year-old Israel Mireles-Rivera, who had been living in Hagerman illegally, entered his plea Friday afternoon.
Mireles-Rivera was arrested in January 2014 on three counts including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a person in the U.S. illegally who owned a firearm.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former northern New Mexico sheriff convicted in a road rage incident is seeking a delay in his sentencing while he seeks a new trial.
Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on his Sept. 26 convictions for brandishing a firearm and depriving a motorist of his rights during a March incident.
Rodella's lawyers on Friday requested a new trial and cited that request as grounds for postponing the sentencing.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Regulation Commissioner Patrick Lyons says he will not recuse himself from the case involving the closure of two units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.
Lyons denied accusations that he had any improper communication with PNM, the utility that operates the San Juan Generating Station. The environmental group New Energy Economy had sought his recusal.
Lyons said in a filing this week with the commission that he has not prejudged the case and will be able to make a fair and impartial decision.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the shooting and wounding of an Albuquerque police officer during a weekend traffic stop.
Christopher Cook appeared in court with his attorney Wednesday afternoon.
Cook was arrested before dawn Tuesday after being spotted staggering along a road. Police Chief Gordon Eden said the arrest was a lucky break in a case that spurred a massive three-day manhunt.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to reconsider his dismissal of a salesman's lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department and a former police chief in connection with the conduct of the investigation into two 2007 killings.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson in late December also refused to allow Travis Rowley to file a new version of the suit that Johnson ordered dismissed last July.
Rowley and another door-to-door salesman were jailed for nearly 17 months before being cleared.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.
The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists argue it doesn't do enough to wean the state's largest utility off of fossil fuels.
The hearing before the Public Regulation Commission began Monday in Santa Fe as dozens of people protested outside.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top-ranking leader says it's time for lawmakers to vote up or down on Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.
New Mexico Senate President Pro-tem Mary Kay Papen says the Democratic-controlled chamber has wasted too much time by preventing Skandera's nomination from coming to the floor over the last four years. The Las Cruces Democrat says Gov. Susana Martinez has a right to appoint her cabinet members and the Senate has the responsibility to vote to approve them or not.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico.
The transition is among dozens of public lands measures squeezed into the half-trillion-dollar defense bill approved by Congress and signed by the president last week.
The Park Service is taking on Valles Caldera and numerous other properties at a time when the agency is struggling with more than $11 billion in deferred maintenance at existing parks and monuments.