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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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