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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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3:08pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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Recordings Surface in New Mexico Governor Race

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

Martinez said the tapes are stolen recordings of private debate prep sessions when she was running for her first term four years ago. She called their release by Mother Jones "the absolute height of desperation" by liberals trying to unseat her. But she does admit having "to fund the cuss jar a few times."

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3:07pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

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3:06pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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Abduction Attempt Los Lunas Police: Man Tried To Abduct Young Girl

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say they have little information so far to go on as they try to find a suspect in a reported attempt to abduct a 7-year-old girl.

Police say responding officers were told a man got out of a vehicle Tuesday evening and attempted to grab the girl's shirt.

According to police, the girl got away and ran to a friend's house.

A search was conducted but came up empty.

The only description released so far is that the suspect was an African-American man driving a red vehicle.

3:05pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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NM Town Hall Yields Water Recommendations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials, business leaders and others are hashing out recommendations for improving the way the arid state uses its water and plans for the future.

They have been meeting for two days as part of New Mexico First's statewide town hall on water.

The goal is to develop 16 recommendations on a range of topics, including water-sharing agreements and capturing more storm runoff to bolster supplies.

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3:04pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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New Mexico Prisons To End Overnight Family Visits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Corrections has announced that it is ending overnight family visits for inmates.

The agency said Wednesday inmates will no longer be allowed conjugal visits beginning May 1.

Officials say the policy change comes after two years of "careful consideration."

The policy recently drew scrutiny after it was revealed last year that convicted killer and rapist Michael Guzman fathered multiple children while serving a life sentence.

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11:12am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Albuquerque Police Face Hundreds of Protesters

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over recent Albuquerque police shootings clashed with riot officers for more than 10 hours, calling on the police chief and other city officials to resign.

Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break its windows. Mayor Richard Berry said Sunday that one officer was injured during the protest.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies charging at the protesters late Sunday mostly dispersed the crowds.

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11:11am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Containment of Valencia County Fire at 60%

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in Valencia County is 60 percent contained as crews continue to mop up the fire area and patrol the fire lines.

New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the size of the fire was holding late Sunday at just under 200 acres.

Ware says no structures have been damaged and that none are threatened.

11:08am

Mon March 31, 2014
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NM Officials To Discuss Wildfire Season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — This year's wildfire season will be on the agenda as Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials gather in the dry wooded area along the Rio Grande.

They are meeting Monday at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to kick off wildfire awareness week and to address fire danger across the drought-stricken state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service had issued fire weather watches through the weekend for most of northern and central New Mexico due to strong winds and low humidity levels.

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11:08am

Mon March 31, 2014
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New Mexicans Face Insurance Enrollment Deadline

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are making a final push to enroll individuals in health insurance plans before a looming deadline under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Open enrollment through a federal online marketplace ends at midnight Monday.

New Mexico is using the federally operated website to sign up individuals.

The state's health insurance exchange and advocacy groups hosted enrollment events during the weekend and more were planned on Monday to encourage people to begin an enrollment application before the deadline.

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11:06am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Courts Handle NM Congressional Maps

Courts handle New Mexico congressional maps

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's three congressional districts have changed very little in the past two decades but when they have, state courts — not the Legislature or governor — have redrawn the boundaries.

State district court judges in 2002 and 2011 adopted "least change" redistricting plans that only slightly altered district boundaries to equalize population to conform with the legal requirements of one-person, one-vote.

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9:32am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting Scrutiny

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department came under new scrutiny Wednesday after officers shot and killed a man outside a public housing complex in the second deadly encounter in the last 10 days.

Police said the man was killed after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed at gun at two girls.

The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.

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9:31am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Indian Casino Revenue Up 7 Percent in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows revenue at New Mexico's Indian casinos was up 7 percent in 2012 as tribes increased slot machines but reduced table games.

The annual Casino Cities Indian Gaming Industry Report released Wednesday shows revenue at New Mexico's 25 Class III gaming facilities increased to $864 million in 2012. The number of slot machines rose 3 percent to 16,281, while the number of table games fell 7 percent to 261.

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9:29am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Panel Unveils 'Coexist' Plan for Wolves and Ranchers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A volunteer panel of ranchers, environmentalists and county officials from New Mexico and Arizona has unveiled a plan to help ranchers and Mexican gray wolves coexist.

The plan was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It aims to reduce conflicts among wolves and livestock as the federal government tries to reintroduce the predator to its historic range in the Southwest.

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8:53am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Outdoor Film Set To Be Built In Southern NM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — State and local elected leaders are working to increase film production in southern New Mexico.

They gathered Tuesday to announce plans to build an outdoor film set at the scenic Corralitos Ranch on the western edge of Las Cruces.

Bordering the Sleeping Lady Hills and the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains, the ranch has already been used in various films that include "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

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8:51am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Ex-NM Policeman Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer has pleaded guilty in a federal child pornography case.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Nelson Begay entered his plea Wednesday.

His sentencing hearing hasn't been set yet, but prosecutors say Begay is facing at least five years in prison and up to a 20-year term.

He also will have to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Begay was arrested last November on suspicion of receiving and possessing computer images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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10:22am

Wed March 26, 2014
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Father, Son Perish in Residential Fire in Milan

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities said a Milan man and his adult son died in fire in a pair of mobile homes when the father tried to rescue the son as three other family members made it to safety.

The Gallup Independent reports that those who died in the fire Sunday were identified as 48-year-old D.J. Garcia and 23-year-old Tyrone Garcia, who had Down syndrome.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the older Garcia alerted family members after waking up, smelling smoke and finding the living room on fire.

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10:21am

Wed March 26, 2014
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Santa Fe Woman Gets 90-Day Sentence for DWI Wreck

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe woman faces 90 days in jail and must serve five years' probation and perform hundreds of hours of community service for causing a wrong-way accident on Interstate 25 while driving drunk.

The March 4, 2013 accident involved three vehicles, including one driven by a 30-year-old Raton woman who had to undergo an emergency C-section because of the accident. Her child is now a year old.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 27-year-old Leela Perez was sentenced Monday in state District Court in Santa Fe.

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10:20am

Wed March 26, 2014
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Ex-New Mexico Jail Guard Indicted for Sex Assaults

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Bernalillo County corrections officer has been indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting four female inmates.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a county grand jury has charged Torry Chambers with six counts of criminal sexual penetration.

Chambers was arrested in December 2010 for alleged custodial sexual misconduct.

Two of the women allege Chambers sexually assaulted them in 2008 and the other alleges that she was assaulted by him in August 2010.

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10:19am

Wed March 26, 2014
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New Albuquerque Police Shooting Probe Sought

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police oversight panel members are demanding an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man.

Authorities said 38-year-old James Boyd died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds. Police said Boyd had threatened to kill officers and held onto knives as an unarmed K-9 officer approached him.

A helmet camera video showed Boyd gathering his belongings then turning away right before officers fired.

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