Regional

Regional
9:08 am
Thu October 2, 2014

$1 Million In Marijuana Seized In Jemez Valley

Authorities have seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana plants during a raid of a grow operation in the Jemez Valley.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the farming operation was composed of two large areas where hundreds of plants had grown to nearly 5 feet tall.

Some of the plants already had been harvested.

Sheriff's deputies say more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found growing on public land in the national forest Wednesday.

Read more
Regional
9:04 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Judgeships Become Vacant In Gallup, Aztec

Two district court judgeships in northwestern New Mexico are becoming vacant in January and an independent nominating commission will take applications from lawyers who want to be considered for the positions.

The terms of District Judges Grant Foutz in Gallup and William Birdsall in Aztec expire at the end of the year. Neither judge sought to be retained in the general election.

Read more
Regional
8:52 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Reputed Drug Cartel Member To Change Plea In U.S.

A cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords is due in a New Hampshire court for a change of plea hearing.

Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman had pleaded not guilty to charges that he planned to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the United States, including in New Hampshire. His hearing is Thursday in federal court in Concord.

Prosecutors say his cousin is Joaquin Guzman, who led the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico until his arrest in February.

Read more
Regional
8:50 am
Thu October 2, 2014

UNM Apologizes On 'Sex Week'

Credit unm.edu

A University of New Mexico senior administrator says the Albuquerque school didn't adequately supervise topics included in a program of workshops called "Celebrate Sex Week at UNM."

Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres issued an apology when campus officials received dozens of complaints about the four-day program that began Monday.

Read more
Regional
8:49 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Mexico County Eyes Removing Convicted Sheriff

Credit https://www.facebook.com/RIOARRIBACOUNTY

Officials in a northern New Mexico county are expected to replace a convicted sheriff who is refusing to resign.

Rio Arriba County commissioners are scheduled Thursday to vote on naming a replacement for Sheriff Thomas Rodella, who was convicted last week in what prosecutors called a road rage traffic stop.

Authorities say Rodella in plain clothes pulled a gun on a motorist and violated the man's civil rights.

Read more
Regional
8:47 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Sunland Park OK's Tax Increase Due To Phase-Out

Another New Mexico local government is raising taxes in response to the state's decision to phase out a revenue-sharing program.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the Sunland Park City Council has approved a new gross receipts tax increase that charges 37.5 cents of additional tax on a $100 of purchase.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea says the city simply cannot afford to lose the revenue that the state has been providing under the "hold harmless" program.

Read more
Regional
7:54 am
Thu October 2, 2014

2014 Domenici Public Policy Conference: Carlos Gutierrez

Credit http://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-conference-20/conference-speakers/#anchor_116870

    

Read more
Regional
6:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Multimedia Journalism at NMSU

All industries involve with new technology, and the New Mexico State University Journalism program is trying to stay on top of the new trends.

Dr. Hwiman Chung is the Department head of Journalism and Mass Communications at NMSU. He says a journalist's job is changing.

Read more
Regional
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Upholds Decision To Keep Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Off Endangered Species Act List

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the U.S.

Read more
Regional
3:56 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Upholds Decision To Keep Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Off Endangered Species Act List

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the U.S.

Read more
Regional
3:48 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Lawmaker Defends Travel Reimbursement Practice

Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff says the state Democratic Party is trying to undermine her write-in candidacy by alleging ethics violations involving her travel expense reimbursements.

Jeff said in a statement Wednesday she had receipts and documentation to show there was no double dipping in reimbursements for trips she made last November and December between Crownpoint and Santa Fe.

Read more
Regional
3:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Santa Fe Police: Man Shot And Wounded On Driveway

Santa police say a man is hospitalized in stable condition after being shot and wounded while standing on his driveway.

According to police, 52-year-old Peter Komis was shot twice Tuesday night by three or four men who fled the scene in a white sedan.

Police say Komis said the men got out of the car and assaulted him.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Regional
3:36 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hobbs Man In Beating Death OKs Plea Deal

A New Mexico man charged with beating a woman to death in front of a child and forcing someone to record the beating with a cell phone has pleaded guilty.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Timmithy Stover agreed this week to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and kidnapping charges in a deal with prosecutors.

The 27-year-old Hobbs resident had faced second-degree murder.

Authorities say Stover beat to death his live-girlfriend, 28-year-old Candiace Boone, in March 2013 and forced two others to bind her with duct tape while he beat her.

Read more
Regional
9:16 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Prosecutor Wants Sheriff's Office Declared Vacant

A court is being asked to declare that the office of a northern New Mexico sheriff is vacant because he was convicted of abusing a driver during a traffic stop.

Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella was convicted Friday of pulling his gun on a driver and violating the driver's civil rights.

Rodella's attorney has said Rodella won't resign, and District Attorney Angela "Spence" Pacheco on Tuesday asked the state District Court to declare that Rodella's position automatically became vacant upon his conviction.

Read more
Regional
9:07 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Mexico Hopes 'Singing Road' Curbs Speeding

New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.

Tigress Productions is creating a 'singing road' between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November.

The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.

There are only a few such 'singing roads' in the world.

Read more
Regional
9:04 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Ranchers Ask Court To Block Fencing To Aid Mouse

New Mexico ranchers are asking a federal judge to block the Forest Service from fencing off riparian areas in two national forests to protect the habitat of a tiny mouse.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the requested temporary restraining order would apply to fencing in the Lincoln and Santa Fe national forests.

The request was filed by the same individual ranchers and groups which previously filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

Read more
Regional
9:01 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Governor Wins Challenge Over Green Building Codes

Credit Office of the Governor

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal challenge over her administration's repeal of "green" building standards implemented when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor.

The state Court of Appeals last week upheld a decision by the state Construction Industries Commission to revamp building codes.

The court had set aside a commission attempt in 2011 to overhaul the Richardson administration's building requirements for energy efficiency.

Read more
Regional
8:56 am
Wed October 1, 2014

A Unique Partnership In Doña Ana County Helps Students Complete The GED Test

In Southern New Mexico, a unique partnership between a local public school district and a District Attorney’s Office is taking on truancy.  It’s preparing students to not only complete the GED test, but also giving them the resources to prepare for life afterwards. 

Read more
Regional
8:32 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Burglaries Spike In Central Dona Ana County Neighborhoods

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say they have seen a growing trend in the number of reported burglaries since July in certain Doña Ana County communities, and are warning residents to take precautions that could prevent them from becoming a victim of a crime.  According to the reports, the number of burglaries has nearly tripled in Districts 2 and 4, compared to other districts patrolled by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.  District 2 includes North Valley communities such as Doña Ana, Fairacres, Shalem Colony and Picacho Hills, which are located west of Interstate 25 between R

Read more
Regional
8:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Sexual Assault Victims File Suit Against New Mexico Halfway House, Super 8 Motel Owner

Three former residents of an Alamogordo halfway house have filed suit against the owners and managers of New Life Recovery House for Women and the Alamogordo Super 8 Motel, on the grounds that Super 8 franchisee Vimal Chevdawala and New Life “house mother” Cindy Hannan conspired to force the women to endure sexual assault in order to stay out of prison.

Read more
Regional
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Long Range Transportation Plan Seeks Public Input

Regional
3:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawsuit: NM Man With Schizophrenia Falsely Held

An Albuquerque man struggling with mental illness is suing a northern New Mexico county and police officers over a 2013 arrest, claiming they violated his right to preach.

Attorneys for Elijah Dominguez filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week against Colfax County and Raton police officers stemming from the 22-year-old's arrest at a Denny's.

Read more
Regional
3:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Man Sought In New Mexico Killing Caught In Phoenix

A man sought in a killing and sexual assault in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was apprehended after being seen riding a bike in Phoenix.

The U.S. Marshals Service says deputy marshals conducting surveillance on an apartment complex in west-central Phoenix while looking for 31-year-old Carmel Gutierrez spotted him Sunday while he was riding a bike.

Gutierrez fled but was arrested nearby by Phoenix police officers.

Gutierrez was sought in the Aug. 14 beating death of Mary Ellen Gutierrez, whose body was found covered by a rug in a vacant lot.

Read more
Regional
3:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ex-Police Sergeant Convicted Of Careless Driving

Albuquerque Police Department
Credit apdonline.com

The trial of a former Albuquerque police sergeant in a criminal case stemming from a 2013 off-duty accident that killed a 21-year-old woman has ended with a guilty verdict.

However, District Court jurors on Tuesday convicted Adams Casaus of careless driving but not vehicular homicide as he was charged.

The jurors began deliberating Monday after lawyers gave closing arguments. The trial lasted a week.

Read more
Regional
3:04 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Chief: Officer's Words In Shooting 'Unacceptable'

Albuquerque police chief says an officer using foul language and calling a suspect he later fatally shot a "lunatic" on a recording is "completely unacceptable."

Chief Gorden Eden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used an expletive to describe a 38-year-old man struggling with mental illness.

Authorities say Sandy was one of two officers who shot James Boyd following an hours-long standoff in the Sandia foothills in March. That shooting later sparked a violent protest in Albuquerque and an FBI investigation.

Read more
Regional
2:44 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

The U.S. Department of Energy says it's committed to cleaning up and resuming operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico by early 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.

The details were included in a recovery plan released Tuesday by the department. The plan outlines what needs to be done to safely decontaminate the underground facility.

Read more
Regional
2:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

NM State Fish Not In Danger Of Extinction

Federal biologists say there's no danger of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout going extinct now or in the foreseeable future.

The finding announced Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a blow to environmentalists' efforts to get the fish added to the list of endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity argues that the trout are gone from nearly 90 percent of their range in New Mexico and Colorado and that populations are declining.

Read more
Regional
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawyer: Report On Erased Emails Could Clear Client

A former Sunland Park mayor-elect's lawyer says new evidence stemming from a report on emails reportedly erased by a prosecutor's office could clear the lawyer's client.

Daniel Salinas won a 2012 mayoral race but was prevented from taking office after he was charged with extortion for allegedly secretly recording his opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

Salinas awaits trial on charges of extortion and other crimes, but a judge on Monday granted a three-month extension.

Read more
Regional
1:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

92 Citations Issued In Highway 70 Traffic Operation

Officers from Las Cruces Police, New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Motor Transportation Department combined to issue 92 citations in less than three hours Tuesday morning during a special traffic operation along U.S. Highway 70.Of the 92 citations, 52 went to drivers who were exceeding the posted speed limit. Another 17 citations were issued to drivers who could not show proof of valid insurance.The remaining citations were issued for various traffic infractions.Tuesday morning’s traffic operation was held from approximately 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Regional
1:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Heinrich Welcomes New Missile Defense Work Coming To New Mexico

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced today that IEC-SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in Albuquerque. The contracts are part of a $149 million contract awarded to Raytheon by Rafael for the Iron Dome Weapon short-range rocket defense system.  

Read more

Pages