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9:43am

Wed July 16, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexicans Over Age 65 Fastest Increasing

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Census Bureau reports that New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade.

University of New Mexico demographer Jack Baker said that trend is expected to continue in the coming decades and is partly why New Mexico's population growth is slowing.

Baker said the state's birth rate has been fairly constant and an aging population means there are more deaths each year, which depresses the overall population growth.

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9:05am

Wed July 16, 2014
Local and State News

Lawsuit: DEA Paid New Mexico Man With Crack

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit says federal agents paid a struggling addict in crack for his help with an undercover investigation into a Las Vegas, New Mexico drug operation.

Court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque say 38-year-old Aaron Romero was approached by DEA agents in 2011 to assist with drug deals in exchange for portions of the drugs obtained by authorities.

The lawsuit claims Romero's participation in "Operation Smack City" reignited a previous crack addiction and he became a victim of recklessness on behalf of DEA agents.

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9:05am

Wed July 16, 2014
Local and State News

Santa Fe Fire Department Provides Home Visits

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe has a new program underway to help residents with health problems before they need to call an ambulance.

The Fire Department says its so-called "Community Protection Initiative" results from collaboration between department administrators, the firefighters' union and health care providers.

According to the department, it has found that many medical-related 911 calls are either preventable or could be handled through a means other than an ambulance ride to an emergency room.

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9:04am

Wed July 16, 2014
Local and State News

Company Tries Again To Tap NM Plains For Water

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A commercial venture that sought to drill dozens of wells in western New Mexico in hopes of shipping the water to more populated areas is making another run at getting approval for the $600 million project.

Augustin Plains Ranch filed a new application with the state engineer's office Monday.

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9:03am

Wed July 16, 2014
Local and State News

State Police: Officers Fire Shots At Woman

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say two officers fired shots at a woman's vehicle as she fled from a criminal investigation in northeast Albuquerque.

Police say officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant on 27-year-old Kayenta Jackson about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

They say she was wanted on suspicion of fraud and forgery and taken into custody.

When agents went to Jackson's home, they say 28-year-old Roxanne Torres fled in a vehicle.

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9:12am

Fri July 11, 2014
Local and State News

Obama Official Says Immigrant Kids Draining Funds

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh  Johnson says the agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August if lawmakers don't approve a $3.7 billion emergency budget request.

Additionally, Johnson says Customs and Border Protection, whose agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the "current burn rate" as the agencies deal with a flood of children and families, mostly from Central America, streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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9:11am

Fri July 11, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Governor's PAC Raises $71,000

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee has raised nearly $71,000 in the past month.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $120,800 after spending almost $20,700 from late May through late June.

The committee contributed about $10,400 to Republican candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and land commissioner.

The PAC collected nearly $43,000 from donors in El Paso, Texas, including $10,000 from the Border Livestock Company.

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9:10am

Fri July 11, 2014
Local and State News

Amtrak CEO To Stop In New Mexico About Train Route

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak's top executive is to travel through New Mexico to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.

But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said Thursday no state official plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the administration never received a formal invitation.

Boardman is taking a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas to Albuquerque.

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9:09am

Fri July 11, 2014
Local and State News

Albuquerque Police Arrest Suspect In Market

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted on several felony warrants is in custody after hiding in an Albuquerque market and triggering a SWAT situation.

Albuquerque police say 42-year-old Gabriel Matthews was spotted by police in a reported stolen truck Thursday afternoon and that started a pursuit.

The man then parked the vehicle in the Pros Ranch Market's parking lot and ran inside.

He wasn't armed, but customers were evacuated from the market by police and then a SWAT team and K-9 units began their search. They say Matthews was arrested about 5 p.m.

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9:08am

Fri July 11, 2014
Local and State News

Santa Fe Forest Proposes Fencing To Protect Mouse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service wants to put up fencing as soon as possible on a portion of the Santa Fe National Forest as protections take effect for an endangered mouse found in New Mexico and parts of Arizona and Colorado.

The agency said previously it had made no decisions regarding the fencing, but a letter received by ranchers Thursday details a plan to put off-limits 120 acres along the lower Rio Cebolla.

The fencing would keep livestock out and a closure order would prevent campers from pitching tents in the area.

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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
Local and State News

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
Local and State News

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
Local and State News

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
Local and State News

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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