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9:33am

Fri May 16, 2014
Local and State News

Deputies: Girl, 7, Found at New Mexico Drug House

CORDOVA, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he was running a bootleg and drug operation with the help of his 7-year-old daughter.

Deputies say 28-year-old Danny Trujillo was arrested last week after undercover officers went to a home in Cordova pretending to buy cheap beer.

Investigators say the girl answered the door and took their orders.

Authorities say they found three more children inside, ages 3, 5, and 9 years old and that Trujillo was their father.

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9:32am

Fri May 16, 2014
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Report: Albuquerque Mom Kicked Unconscious Son

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says a mom repeatedly kicked her 9-year-old Albuquerque son while he was unconscious, placed him in a bath tub and waited 30 minutes before calling 911.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the final investigation report from the Children, Youth and Families Department released Thursday said Synthia Varela-Casaus admitted kicking Omaree Varela into a dresser and caused him to hit his head on the floor.

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9:29am

Fri May 16, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Legislator Apologizes to Candidates

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Hispanic state legislator is apologizing to two legislative candidates in Democratic primary races for referring to them in in ethnic terms and for deriding their character in an email to fellow Democrats.

Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque says he used inappropriate language regarding Jim Danner of Belen and Teresa Smith de Cherif of Los Lunas.

Garcia's email to other Democrats about primary races referred to Danner and Smith de Cherif as "Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents" with large egos and big mouths.

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9:29am

Fri May 16, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico State Replacing Stadium Grass with Turf

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has started removing the grass from Aggie Memorial Stadium as the Las Cruces school prepares to replace it with artificial turf this summer.

NMSU officials say artificial turf will allow campus and community groups to use the field year-round for concerts and other events because growing grass won't need to be protected during the football offseason.

The Las Cruces reports that the artificial turf will cost more than $1.3 million, most of which will come from a $1 million donation from Stan Fulton.

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9:27am

Fri May 16, 2014
Local and State News

Authorities Round Up Defendants on Navajo Nation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have rounded up nearly a dozen people charged with felony crimes on the Navajo Nation ranging from kidnapping to voluntary manslaughter.

City, state, tribal and federal authorities fanned out across the western portion of the reservation in search of the defendants over the past two weeks.

McDonald Rominger is the head of the FBI's office in Flagstaff. He says several people were picked up Wednesday. Two others were taken into custody last week, and federal authorities placed detainers on two men already in jail.

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10:46am

Thu May 15, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Lawmakers Sue Over Water Settlement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three legislators and a northwestern New Mexico farmer are asking the state's highest court to nullify an agreement between the state, the federal government and the Navajo Nation settling tribal rights to water from the San Juan River.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in the state Supreme Court contends the settlement must be approved by the Legislature to take effect because it's the equivalent of a tribal-state compact.

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10:45am

Thu May 15, 2014
Local and State News

State Police Officer in Choking Case Resigns

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer who authorities said choked a man attempting to repossess his vehicle has resigned.

Charles Vernier wrote in a letter sent Monday that he was stepping down from his position to focus on his mental health.

The letter was addressed to New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas and other high-ranking officers.

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10:44am

Thu May 15, 2014
Local and State News

NM To Hold Meetings on Dairy Rule

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are taking aim at efforts to revamp rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water.

The Environment Department is planning the first of two meetings this Friday to address changes proposed by the industry, but a coalition of environmental groups claims the meetings are exclusive and may be a violation of state law.

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10:43am

Thu May 15, 2014
Local and State News

Martinez To Allow Time Off for Teacher Conferences

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an executive order that will allow state workers to take time off to attend parent-teacher conferences.

The governor signed the order Wednesday and urged other local government agencies and private employers to make similar accommodations for their workers.

Martinez says parents are the best partners teachers can have and she wants to encourage parents to be as engaged as possible in their children's education.

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10:42am

Thu May 15, 2014
Local and State News

New Mexico Wildfire Grows To 5,700 Acres

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico is growing.

Officials said the Signal Fire in the Gila National Forest grew Wednesday to 5,700 acres or nine square-miles. The raging blaze remained 15 percent contained.

The fire is located about 10 miles north of Silver City.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the wildfire remained steady Tuesday thanks to cooler weather, but forecast winds may spread the flames later in the week.

The inferno is believed to be human-caused.

9:25am

Mon May 5, 2014
Local and State News

Search Helicopter Crashes in Southwestern Colorado

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating after a helicopter involved in the search for a missing skier crashed in southwestern Colorado.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters says the Bell 407 helicopter with three crew members and a sheriff's deputy on board crashed near Lizard Head Pass after it lost power at about noon Saturday. No one was injured in the crash.

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9:22am

Mon May 5, 2014
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1 Dead in Shooting at Albuquerque Home

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man suspected of killing another man in Albuquerque.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department spokesman Edward Mims says 35-year-old Jesse Luna is wanted in connection with the death of 44-year-old Manuel Perea.

Mims says deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on Gatewood Avenue near 5 Points Road and found Perea's body.

Mims says Luna is about 5-foot-11, 155 pounds and was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. He also has a shaved head, moustache and goatee.

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9:21am

Mon May 5, 2014
Local and State News

Albuquerque Man Arrested in Bank Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man suspected of robbing a bank in Albuquerque is in custody.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says 54-year-old Randy Lee Gallahan, of Albuquerque, was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with the robbery of a Bank of America branch.

Gallahan will appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Monday.

Witnesses say a man entered the bank around 9:10 a.m. Saturday and demanded money from a teller.

The suspect then left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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9:20am

Mon May 5, 2014
Local and State News

USDA: Drought Taking Toll on New Mexico Farms

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates New Mexico farmers are trying new approaches to stay afloat in the midst of an ongoing drought.

Officials on Friday released the 2012 Agriculture Census which showed that the average net income per farm has fallen sharply in the last five years.

The agency says net cash income dropped from more than $17,500 in 2007 to $9,501.

But the 397-page report showed more participation from small farms in the Census in 2012.

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9:20am

Mon May 5, 2014
Local and State News

Albuquerque Police ID Man Killed in Standoff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police said Sunday that an officer shot a man during a long SWAT standoff, but it remains unconfirmed if that caused the man's death.

Police said that 50-year-old Armand Martin walked out of an Albuquerque home Saturday and fired two handguns.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that police said at a news conference that he fired at least 11 shots from inside and outside his West Side home before a SWAT team member fired a single shot that struck his chest.

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11:00am

Wed April 30, 2014
Local and State News

Silver City Newspaper Reopens

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A day after the Silver City Daily Press was set to close, the newspaper announced it will continue operations under new ownership.

An announcement on the newspaper's website Tuesday says the family-owned Silver City Daily Press Publishing Co., which Friday announced plans to print its last edition on Monday, has agreed to sell the paper to a company headed by former Daily Press General Manager Nickolas Siebel.

Seibel financed the purchase in large part through small loans from community members who shared his love for the Press.

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10:58am

Wed April 30, 2014
Local and State News

Mom of Teenage Boy Accused of Murder Is Arrested

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — The mother of a New Mexico teenager accused of murder has been arrested for not doing enough to help her troubled son.

38-year-old Loretta Villalobos has been booked into the Valencia County Detention Center.

She's being held on suspicion of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Villalobos' 15-year-old son is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid in February and then hiding the body underneath a mattress.

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10:56am

Wed April 30, 2014
Local and State News

Legislator To Run as Write-In After Losing Appeal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint says she will run as a write-in candidate in the November general election after losing a court fight to appear on the June 3 primary ballot.

Her announcement Tuesday came hours after the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld a decision by a Gallup judge to disqualify the three-term incumbent as a candidate.

District Judge Louis DePauli ruled last week that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions.

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10:56am

Wed April 30, 2014
Local and State News

NM Considers Permit Changes for Uranium Mill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday began considering changes to a permit that governs how a mining company cleans up contamination at a former uranium mill in western New Mexico.

The plan by Homestake Mining Co. of California calls for releasing up to 5,500 gallons of treated water a minute as it cleans up millions of tons of contaminated waste and polluted water left behind at the property.

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10:55am

Wed April 30, 2014
Local and State News

Santa Fe Mayor Revises Plaza Traffic-Ban Proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is revising his proposal to close the historic downtown plaza to vehicular traffic.

Gonzales has said he wanted traffic barred to make the plaza friendlier to pedestrians, particularly families with children.

He's now proposing that traffic be barred from streets adjacent from the plaza only during summer months, from Memorial Day to early September.

The council's public works committee discussed the proposal and heard testimony on it Monday but ended up making no recommendation.

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