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8:50am

Thu July 10, 2014
Local and State News

Federal Agency Accused Of Violating Artifacts Law

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An independent federal agency is calling for an investigation into allegations that U.S. officials ignored a law requiring them to monitor, preserve and ultimately return human remains and relics to American Indian tribes.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has directed the Interior Department to investigate whether U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials in California and parts of Nevada and Oregon have violated the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

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8:49am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Artist: Santa Fe Police Pulled Rifle For Dog Poop

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A well-known American Indian artist says police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.

Pueblo painter Mateo Romero told The Associated Press that a Santa Fe officer pointed a weapon at him during the bizarre misunderstanding Monday.

According to a police report, the officer pulled out a rifle and detained Romero after Maria Markus reported a burglary in progress at her home.

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8:47am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Rio Rancho Man Is Accused In 2 Bank Robberies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man is in custody in connection with two bank robberies in the Albuquerque area since last month.

The FBI says 21-year-old Joshua Abeyta was arrested Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

Abeyta is accused in the June 30 robbery at a Bank of Albuquerque in Rio Rancho and the July 8 robbery of another Bank of Albuquerque branch in Albuquerque.

He's expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Thursday.

FBI officials say no other details of the case will be released until after Abyeta's court appearance.

8:46am

Thu July 10, 2014
Local and State News

City Official Ids Man Fatally Shot By US Deputy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque official has identified an alleged probation violator fatally shot by a deputy U.S. marshal in Albuquerque last week.

Deputy City Attorney Kathryn Levy told the Albuquerque Journal that Deputy Marshal Kenneth Daniel shot and killed Anthony Chavez July 2 at a home.

Levy says Chavez was on probation on a conviction for transporting people illegally in the United States. The conviction resulted from a 2010 arrest in Luna County.

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8:45am

Thu July 10, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Governor Attends Wyoming Fundraiser

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has traveled to Wyoming to raise money for her re-election campaign.

Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said the Republican governor attended a fundraiser Wednesday in the resort town of Jackson, and will return to New Mexico on Thursday.

The governor's campaign will pay for travel costs.

According to the latest finance reports, Martinez holds a large advantage in campaign cash over Democratic candidate Gary King.

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11:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Local and State News

Runaway Tortoise Halts Traffic In Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 150-pound runaway tortoise brought traffic to a halt before being rescued in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe police say animal service officers responding to calls of traffic backing up on Old Santa Fe Trail Tuesday morning found the 15-year-old African spurred tortoise named Plato, which had escaped from a home on North Spur Road.

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11:04am

Wed July 2, 2014
Local and State News

Northern New Mexico Fire Grows To 5 Square Miles

COYOTE, N.M. (AP) — A raging wildfire in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains has grown to more than five square miles and is sending smoke 75 miles away toward Albuquerque.

Fire information officer John Helmich said the lightning-sparked Diego Fire burning nine miles southwest Coyote is still expanding and remained zero percent contained Tuesday.

The inferno is burning in mixed conifer forest with many dead or downed trees, and officials say groups of trees catch fire at a time.

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11:03am

Wed July 2, 2014
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Drought, Fire Danger Force Corrales Bosque Closure

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — Corrales officials say they will be temporarily closing the wooded area along the Rio Grande within village limits due to continued drought and increased fire danger.

The closure will take effect Wednesday morning. The area is expected to reopen on July 9.

Corrales Mayor Scott Kominiak says two recent fires near the bosque led to the decision to close the area. He says protection of the bosque and the citizens of Corrales are first and foremost.

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11:02am

Wed July 2, 2014
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Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson Named Pot Company CEO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.

Johnson said Tuesday he was recently named CEO and president of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.

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8:45am

Fri June 27, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Legislator Files As Write-In Candidate

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint has filed to run as a write-in candidate in the November general election for her northwestern New Mexico legislative district.

Jeff lost a court fight to appear on the primary election ballot and had vowed to wage a write-in candidacy.

She was among several write-in, independent and minor parties candidates who filed Thursday with the secretary of state's office.

Jeff is running against Democrat Doreen Johnson of Gallup. There's no Republican in the race.

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8:44am

Fri June 27, 2014
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State Worker Salaries Boosted For 2008 Pay Dispute

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About 5,300 state workers will receive hourly salary increases from 13 cents to more than 50 cents in this week's paychecks to help resolve a six-year-old union contract dispute.

State officials said Thursday that salaries were adjusted in early June to reflect wage rates that should have been in place starting in 2008.

Employees will get paychecks Friday reflecting the increases for a two-week pay period.

There will be separate checks issued in the upcoming budget year for back pay — thousands of dollars in some instances.

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8:43am

Fri June 27, 2014
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Senate Panel Oks $47B Homeland Security Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel has given swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents.

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8:42am

Fri June 27, 2014
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Mayor: Artesia Immigrant Center May Open For Year

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city says an immigration detention center in town will be open for a year — and maybe longer.

Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press on Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently informed him of their plans. Seven-hundred or so Central American immigrants will be housed at Artesia's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He says the average stay for immigrants there will be 30 days.

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8:41am

Fri June 27, 2014
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Nuke Leak Probe Focuses On Los Alamos National Lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state regulator says officials investigating a radiation leak from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned their focus to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

New Mexico Environment Department General Counsel Jeff Kendall said Thursday that the Department of Energy's accident investigation team has been at the lab in northeastern New Mexico for about three weeks.

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11:04am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Standoff at Las Cruces Home Ends with Explosion

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an hours-long standoff with a man holed up inside a Las Cruces home ended with a fiery explosion.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies did not release the condition Wednesday of the 60-year-old man who had been barricaded inside for the past two days.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says the suspect was fighting with his adult son.

The son reportedly returned to the home Tuesday afternoon with a sheriff's deputy.

Authorities say that's when the suspect fired a shot through front door.

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11:03am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Man Gets Prison For Robbing Bank In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hernandez man has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in federal prison for robbing a bank in Espanola last year.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Stephen R. Gurule also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay full restitution to the bank.
 

Gurule was arrested in October after allegedly robbing the Community Bank on Sept. 27.
Authorities say a man entered the bank and slid a note written on the back of a check to the teller.

The note demanded money and made referenced to a bomb.

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11:01am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Court Overturns Judicial Pay Veto

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has overturned a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez and ordered a 5 percent pay raise for judges across the state.

The state Supreme Court made the ruling Wednesday in a dispute focusing on the governor's power to veto spending in the state budget.

The Legislature approved two provisions intended to provide judges an 8 percent pay increase starting in July.

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11:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Legislator To Seek Election Recount

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Garcia of Las Cruces plans to seek a recount after official primary election returns showed her losing by 16 votes in a three-way contest.
Garcia said Wednesday she would file for a hand recount.

The Dona Ana County Commission certified election results Tuesday, with Bealquin "Bill" Gomez of La Mesa winning with 410 votes, or 47.8 percent of the ballots cast. Garcia received 394 votes or 46 percent. Christian Lira finished with 53 votes.

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10:59am

Thu June 12, 2014
Local and State News

Police Protesters, Albuquerque Hotel Staff Clash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A protest outside of a hotel where Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden spoke got heated while Eden told business leaders he was committed to reforming his embattled department.
Demonstrators say a Hotel Albuquerque staff member shoved one protester Wednesday and slapped down the cell phone from another during a picket.

Around two dozen demonstrators picketed to demand Eden resign and to call for immediate reforms within the Albuquerque police amid a pending U.S. Justice Department agreement over use of force.

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9:20am

Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

General Election Race for Governor Under Way

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

Martinez has aired television campaign ads for weeks and has more than $4 million in the bank that she built up as a national political star. She's the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

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