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Socorro County Chief Deputy Shory Vaiza Retires

Socorro County Chief Deputy Shory Vaiza Retires

by El Defensor Chieftain writer Laura London Priscilliano “Shorty” Vaiza, chief deputy at the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department, is chief deputy no more. Vaiza’s last day as chief deputy was Dec. 31, 2012, and now he is retired after 27 years serving local law enforcement. Vaiza started his law enforcement career in 1985 as a […]

Socorro Children’s Book Author Releases New Book

Socorro Children’s Book Author Releases New Book

by Mountain Mail reporter John Larson Jan Thomas, local writer of books for children, is excited about her latest book “Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy,” getting a multi-media treatment with music and narration by Mariam Funke and Doug Figgs.   The book was released in September by Beach Lane Books, and is […]

State still wrestling with Medicaid decision

State still wrestling with Medicaid decision

(Santa Fe)  —  The administration of Gov. Susana Martinez, who has yet to decide whether New Mexico will expand Medicaid coverage to more residents under the federal Affordable Care Act, is seeking answers to a list of questions before making the decision. A letter sent by the state Human Services Department to federal health officials […]

Immunization Recommended Against Whooping Cough

Immunization Recommended Against Whooping Cough

(Albuquerque, NM)  —  Cases of whooping cough are spiking across the Land of Enchantment.  It’s annoying for adults and can be fatal for babies. Whooping cough is highly contagious. It is bacterial, so antibiotics can be used to treat it. But it loves to linger. The Chinese call it the “hundred day cough.” One New […]

Man charged for alleged threats to governor

Man charged for alleged threats to governor

A Valencia County man is behind bars after officials with the Governor’s Office said he threatened to kill Governor Susana Martinez. Officials said James Sanchez has made a number of threatening phone calls to the Governor’s Office. Sanchez has been upset for a long time over some cows that have been roaming free on roads […]

Minimum Wage Issue Goes To Voters

Minimum Wage Issue Goes To Voters

(Albuquerque, NM)  —  The state Supreme Court overruled a decision by Albuquerque District Judge Nan Nash and ruled the minimum wage issue will be on the general election ballot.  Judge Nash said the proposal was invalid and would not be decided by voters.  Her ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court.  KOB News reports supporters […]

7-11 Gunman Captured

7-11 Gunman Captured

Albuquerque police have captured the armed gunman who shot and killed a 7-Eleven convenience store clerk early Tuesday morning. Police arrested Eloy Aguilar, 22, Wednesday afternoon after they said he was the triggerman in the killing of a 7-Eleven clerk, later identified as Chad Mercer, 36. Aguilar was arrested at his apartment complex located at […]

Fake Financial Report Could Force New Mexico Downgrade

Fake Financial Report Could Force New Mexico Downgrade

SANTA FE, N.M.  – New Mexico’s top security regulator says potential fraud within a state financing authority extends beyond a faked financial audit that has national credit rating agencies considering whether to downgrade the agency’s bond ratings. The disclosure by Securities Division Director Daniel Tanaka came Wednesday as the New Mexico Finance Authority’s governing board […]

N.M. Senators Studying U.N. Arms Treaty

N.M. Senators Studying U.N. Arms Treaty

WASHINGTON – A proposed global small arms trade treaty under negotiation at the United Nations has American gun advocates warning of an erosion of the Second Amendment rights, while New Mexico’s senators are taking a wait-and-see approach. The 193-member U.N. General Assembly began discussions this month for the first legally binding global treaty that would […]

State To Confiscate Supercomputer

State To Confiscate Supercomputer

New Mexico’s $11 million supercomputer Encanto has fallen on hard times. It is on the verge of being repossessed by the Martinez administration; it is about to be evicted from its home at Intel; and its ranking among fastest supercomputers in the world has dropped from third to No. 128, substantially reducing its market value. […]

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