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AG announces convicted child killer to remain in prison

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GRANTS –  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on Dec. 22 that Jadrian Lucero will remain in prison following his conviction for the fatal abuse of his own daughter, who was just 47 days old at the time of her death.

The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of the Office of the Attorney General...

Lujan Grisham to be part of Dem whip team

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U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be a Senior Whip in the Democratic caucus when the new Congress convenes next year.

Lujan Grisham received the position after being named by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on Thursday.

This is the second high-profile position for Lujan Grisham in the upcoming Congress. Lujan Grisham was recently elected chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which is made up of Hispanic members of the chamber, currently only Democrats.

Hoyer referenced that position Thursday in a statement.

“I am proud to announce that Rep. Lujan Grisham will serve as a Senior Whip in the 115th Congress,” Hoyer said. “As chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she...

Another AZ behavioral health provider leaving the state

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Another of the behavioral health providers brought in from Arizona to fill the gap made after the state Human Services Department cut off funding to 15 organizations is leaving the state.

Valle del Sol is the fourth of five organizations from Arizona that were brought into the state in 2013 to take over behavioral health services to leave the state.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that an executive with Valle del Sol said the company is working with HSD on the transition to aid patients. A spokesman for HSD said the same thing to the northern New Mexico paper.

Valle del Sol had seven locations throughout the state.

In 2013, HSD said they found credible allegations of fraud in 15...

BLM announces call for nominations to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

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WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Dec. 27. To be considered for selection, nominations must be received via email by Feb. 10, or postmarked by that date. The BLM published its request for nominations in the Federal Register.


Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management.

The Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the...

New program focuses on finding, arresting DWI absconders

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Statewide effort targets drunk drivers who skip court

SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced Dec. 28 that State Police will be conducting a targeted law enforcement operation every three months next year to find and arrest drunk drivers who failed to show up to court.

“If you drive drunk, you better be prepared to pay the price,” Martinez said. “Unfortunately, too many drunk drivers never even show up to court. These are dangerous drivers who have no respect for the law, and they are still out on our streets putting lives at risk. This operation sends a strong message that you cannot avoid justice – officers will find you and bring you back to jail where you...

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