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11:06am

Sun December 29, 2013
Local and State News

Navajo Council Approves Mine Proposal

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Council has approved a measure that would let disputes over a northwestern New Mexico coal mine that's being bought on behalf of the tribe be settled in state courts rather than tribal courts.

The council voted 17-5 in favor of the measure during a special session Friday in Window Rock, Ariz.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that a number of tribal delegates, attorneys and risk management experts met for about an hour in executive session before the vote.

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11:05am

Sun December 29, 2013
Local and State News

NM Police: Crime Spree Ends with 1 Suspect Dead

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say one suspect is dead and two others are in custody following a crime spree that stretched from Albuquerque to the village of Placitas.

Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says it began late Friday when Albuquerque police began pursuing shoplifting suspects in a stolen vehicle.

The chase headed north on Interstate 25, with Albuquerque police tracking the vehicle by helicopter. A state police officer then began following the speeding vehicle.

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11:04am

Sun December 29, 2013
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Former Homeland Security Bureau Chief Sues

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former head of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Intelligence and Security Bureau is accusing his bosses of retaliation.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Richard Clark filed his lawsuit earlier this month in state district court. It names cabinet Secretary Gregory Myers and Assistant Secretary Anita Tallarico Statman.

Clark is suing under laws protecting whistleblowers and members of the armed services.

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11:12am

Mon December 23, 2013
Local and State News

Santa Fe Seeks To Demolish Deteriorating Bridge

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — City engineers will seek an exception under historic preservation rules to demolish and replace a deteriorating bridge in Santa Fe's downtown district.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the engineers believe the Defouri Street Bridge is becoming unsafe and that the city can't do any more work to extend its life.

Officials say it would be a hardship for drivers for the city to let the bridge remain in its current condition.

The bridge that sits over the Santa Fe River was originally built in the late 1930s and then reconstructed in 1959.

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11:11am

Mon December 23, 2013
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University Leaders in NM Support Recruitment Plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several university leaders in New Mexico are supporting Gov. Susana Martinez's plan to funnel $7.5 million into a state fund to recruit new college professors, scientists and researchers.

The Associated Press reports that Martinez's plan would allow the state's universities to compete for competitive grants, instead of being divvied up by colleges based on a set formula, as has been the practice in the past.

Funding decisions would likely be made by a committee of state officials, though details are still being worked out.

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11:09am

Mon December 23, 2013
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Footprints In Snow Lead To Texas Burglary Suspect

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Cold-weather clues have helped police in the Texas Panhandle track a burglary suspect through footprints in the snow.

Amarillo police say Collin Thomas Ferguson was being held Monday on four burglary counts and a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Online Potter County jail records don't list an attorney for the Bloomfield, N.M., man, whose bond was set at $6,000.

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11:08am

Mon December 23, 2013
Local and State News

NM Police, Sheriffs See Officer, Deputy Shortage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police departments and sheriffs' offices across New Mexico are battling shortages of officers and deputies amid retirements and low pay.

From Albuquerque police to small rural agencies like the Torrance County Sheriff's office, departments are reporting staffing shortfalls and say it may get worse next year.

Officials say the shortages hurt agencies' ability to fight crime and often require officers to work many shifts.

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11:05am

Mon December 23, 2013
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Police: NM Dad Stabbed 12-Year-Old Stepson

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing child abuse charges after police say he stabbed his 12-year-old stepson during an argument.

Avelino Chavez was booked a charge of child abuse with great bodily harm stemming from the stabbing Friday night.

A criminal complaint says the 45-year-old Chavez stabbed the boy after the boy said he wanted to stay home and watch a movie instead of going to Chavez's parents' house.

According to police, the boy suffered a punctured lung and a lacerated liver.

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3:12pm

Fri December 20, 2013
Local and State News

Feds Detail New Mexico's Energy Profile

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal energy experts say New Mexico's petroleum and natural gas production make the state the third largest net energy supplier to the nation and there's substantial potential when it comes to solar, wind and geothermal energy.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration updated the state's energy profile this week.

The agency says New Mexico is second only to Wyoming in the number of producing mineral leases on federal lands.

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3:11pm

Fri December 20, 2013
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NM Governor Proposes High-Tech Initiatives

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed spending $9.5 million on two high-tech research and development initiatives.

The governor says the aim is to attract top faculty members to New Mexico's colleges and universities and to fund innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the state's economic growth.

Martinez unveiled her proposals during visits Thursday to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.

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3:10pm

Fri December 20, 2013
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Albuquerque Animal Shelters Are Full

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's two city animal shelters are full and the lack of space means some people who want to surrender their pets are temporarily turned away

The shelters have accepted fewer animals and also euthanized fewer but it's been keeping the animals it gets longer in hopes of them getting homes.

To cope with the current shortage, officials are urging owners to keep their pets or find new homes for them on their own.

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3:08pm

Fri December 20, 2013
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Official: Navajo Nation Law On Marriage Stands

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico.

Deswood Tome, an adviser to Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, told The Daily Times that the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage still stands.

That law enacted in 2005 says same-sex marriage says same-sex marriage is "void and prohibited" but it also recognizes marriages created outside tribal lands.

3:07pm

Fri December 20, 2013
Local and State News

Gay Marriage Opponents Vow To Push For Ban

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gay marriage opponents are vowing the fight is not over despite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision Thursday saying it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

State Sen. William Sharer, a Farmington Republican, says he will continue his push for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

And groups like the Flora Vista-based Voices for Family Values say their members already are gathering signatures for petitions to present to lawmakers during the upcoming session in January.

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9:56am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Albuquerque Man Gets Prison Sentence In Fraud Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 47-year-old Albuquerque man faces over five years in prison for his convictions in a real estate fraud case.

Rodney Chavez pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud and money laundering charges, and he was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Albuquerque.

He was ordered to serve a 63-month prison sentence and pay restitution of approximately $847,000.

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9:55am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Santa Fe Hospital To Appeal Jury Award In Death

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe hospital says it didn't do anything wrong and that it will appeal a jury's $2.25 million award in a medical negligence case stemming from the 2008 death of a 20-year-old woman.

The Associated Press reports that a jury on Friday made the award against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to the family of Mercedes Christopherson.

She died from a blood infection after being treated for pancreatitis. The death occurred several weeks after she was initially treated and after several hospital discharges and admittances.

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9:53am

Wed December 18, 2013
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Tribe Sues New Mexico Over Gaming Negotiations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's American Indian tribes is suing the state over failed negotiations concerning its gaming compact.

Pojoaque Pueblo Gov. George Rivera says the agreement being sought by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration would further restrict tribal gambling operations and would increase taxes, fees and other charges.

Rivera says such a compact would not help New Mexico's gaming industry compete with other states, especially since casino revenues have been flat since 2008 and government funding for tribes has diminished.

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9:51am

Wed December 18, 2013
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NM Teacher Who Said Santa is White on Paid Leave

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A suburban Albuquerque teacher who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely confirmed yesterday that the teacher is out of the classroom while the incident is being investigated.

The teacher's comments came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

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9:50am

Wed December 18, 2013
Local and State News

NM Bars Penalized for Over-Serving Before Crashes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two bars in New Mexico have been fined and had their liquor licenses suspended for over-serving patrons who went on to cause fatal drunken-driving crashes.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Alcohol and Gaming Division announced the penalties yesterday.

The Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery in Santa Fe was fined $10,000 and had its liquor license suspended for 15 days spanning two weekends.

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1:34pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Local and State News

Agents seize marijuana at Santa Teresa crossing

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Border agents in New Mexico have seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana at the Santa Teresa crossing.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations says officers seized 372 pounds of marijuana worth $297,600 Wednesday.

The drugs were found concealed in a pickup truck with the help of drug-sniffing dog named Murphy.

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1:34pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Local and State News

Santa Fe Sends Prairie Dogs Off With Gentle Touch

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prairie dogs are unpopular in some places, to the point that the burrowing rodents are considered target practice for ranchers and farmers.

Meanwhile, Santa Fe has spent $559,000 in the past 12 years to relocate prairie dogs from the northern New Mexico city to a federal conservation area.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the critters are flushed from their dens with a mild soapy solution and then given a bath. The city then fattens up the prairie dogs before they're sent on their way.

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