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Rio Arriba sheriff resigns following convictions, sentencing

Dec. 03, 2021 10:00 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — James Lujan resigned as Rio Arriba County sheriff after being sentenced to prison on felony convictions of aiding a felon and intimidating a witness in 2017. Lujan submitted his resignation Thursday after being sentenced to a three-year prison term...

New Mexico approves public financing for cannabis businesses

Dec. 03, 2021 00:24 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will provide business loans of up to $250,00 toward small-scale cannabis businesses in an effort to provide economic opportunity to communities that were hit hard by past criminal enforcement of marijuana laws. The Regulation and...

Details of teacher raise proposal emerge in New Mexico

Dec. 03, 2021 00:18 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials are expected to share details of a $200 million plan to increase teacher salaries by at least 7% in a presentation to a powerful Legislative committee Friday. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week...

Police in Nevada ID girl from New Mexico found dead in 1980

Dec. 02, 2021 20:28 PM EST

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Police in southern Nevada announced Thursday they identified a 17-year-old New Mexico girl as the victim of a killing 41 years ago, and called her case an active murder investigation. The teen, Tammy Corrine Terrell, was last seen Sept. 28, 1980,...

Majority-minority state redraws political map, alliances

Dec. 02, 2021 20:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political boundaries are being redrawn by New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature in a sparsely populated state where Hispanics and Native Americans account for roughly six in 10 residents. The Legislature convenes Monday at noon to forge new...

Rio Arriba County sheriff is sentenced to 3 years in prison

Dec. 02, 2021 14:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday after being convicted on two felony counts of aiding a felon and intimidating a witness in 2017. Jurors in 1st Judicial District Court deliberated about five...

Isleta Pueblo police officer accused of raping DWI suspect

Dec. 02, 2021 12:44 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A now-former tribal police officer for a pueblo near Albuquerque faces felony charges accusing him of raping a woman he had arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Leon Martin,, 22 on Thursday remained jailed after being booked...

New Mexico study highlights growing dependence on oil sector

Dec. 01, 2021 22:51 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A study commissioned by a coalition of oil and natural gas businesses in New Mexico indicates that state and local governments are more reliant than ever before on the industry to pay for basic public services including public education, amid efforts by elected...

Rio Arriba County sheriff is convicted on 2 felony counts

Dec. 01, 2021 20:05 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan was convicted Wednesday on two felony counts of aiding a felon and intimidating a witness in 2017. Jurors in the 1st Judicial District Court deliberated only about five hours before reaching the verdicts. ...

New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools

Dec. 01, 2021 18:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at various career stages. The proposal would boost salaries for more...