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Grandmother “terrified” after New Mexico MAGA audit group sent alleged sex offender door-to-door

An election "audit" carried out by Donald Trump supporters sent a purported sex offender knocking on doors in New Mexico to investigate baseless claims of voter fraud. Newly revealed communications show Otero County residents expressing concerns to elected officials about the door-knocking campaign, saying they had heard a sex offender had been sent out to investigate conspiracy theories promoted on the "New Mexico Audit Force" channel on Telegram, reports The Daily Beast.
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Otero County approves cannabis ordinance

The Otero County Commission unanimously approved an amended Cannabis Ordinance May 5 following a public comment meeting.  The amended ordinance struck wording which would have restricted hours of operation for cannabis businesses to between 7 a.m. and 12 a.m. during weekdays. ...
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‘Potential crime scene’: Otero County audit finds shocking evidence

On Monday, the Otero County Commission held a special meeting on the 2020 election audit sanctioned by the County, which found some interesting results from the canvass. Included in those results was the revelation that of the 22% of the County canvassed, 41% of those had issues, including 30% who didn’t live at the address (while 40% of those voted in the election), 4% of doors knocked were “ghost votes,” and 2% of the votes were dropped.
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Group behind Otero County election audit reveals its findings

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The group conducting an audit of the 2020 election results in Otero County presented their initial findings Monday night, with one member calling it a potential crime scene. “We found something that is truly alarming and we need to have that discussion that is the purpose of this meeting tonight,” said David Clements […]
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Lincoln National Forest Service welding sparks wildfire concern

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Otero County residents are calling out the U.S Forest Service, saying the department’s risky behavior could start the next wildfire. The Lincoln National Forest is currently under a Stage 2 Fire Restriction which means welding is not allowed. Last Thursday forest officials were caught doing just that and residents in Wills Canyon […]
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Otero County takes action after feds limit cattle grazing in Lincoln Nat’l Forest

On Wednesday, the Otero County Commission held a special meeting at the Flickinger Center in Alamogordo to discuss and send a letter to the Lincoln National Forest (LNF) after it “lowered the number of livestock that the [Sacramento Grazing Association, or SGA] are allowed to graze upon their lawful grazing allotment to a number that will not sustain their livelihood and likely lead to bankruptcy,” according to the letter.
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Former judge Steve Guthrie's resignation: what we know

Former Otero County Magistrate Judge Steve Guthrie resigned as Otero County Magistrate Judge on April 25. Guthrie permanently resigned from his position as magistrate judge as part of a stipulation to prevent further disciplinary proceedings as ordered by the New Mexico State Supreme Court following a judicial misconduct hearing. Guthrie...
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Report: NM Dominion machines had ‘erroneous code’

According to a report by Nick Moseder, he claims that researcher Dan Sundin has found that “31 of 47 precincts in Otero County were completely missing ALL of their Election Day results” from 2020. More concerning is that Dominion voting machines were configured with the wrong software, creating a “software mismatch.”
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Otero County man pleads guilty to domestic assault charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Otero County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of domestic assault. Lance Cojo, 36, admitted to one count of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury and one count of assault by strangling. According to the plea agreement, Cojo admitted that on December 31, 2021, he assaulted a woman by stomping […]
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Evacuations ordered in Otero County due to brush fire

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. — The Otero County Sheriff's Office has ordered evacuations on Highway 82 between Mile Marker 22 and Mile Marker 25 due to a brush fire. Those who have been evacuated may report to the Mayhill Community Center. The fire started on private property and has spread...
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Sunland Park Fire ready for a dry, fiery season

SUNLAND PARK, NM (KTSM) – The Sunland Park Fire Department has special trucks meant to fight brush fires and as the dry conditions in El Paso, Dona Ana and Otero continue, they’re expecting a fiery season. The National Weather Service El Paso said the Borderland is under “abnormally dry” conditions which can be dangerous for […]
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