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New Mexico Court Affirms Sentencing in 2011 Triple Killings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding the sentencing of a man who, as a teen, killed three members of a family with a large pickax. The high court announced in a news release Monday that it determined Nicholas Ortiz's constitutional rights were not violated because he was sentenced as an adult for three first-degree murder convictions.
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Trial in 2018 Espanola drive-by shooting death to begin

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A murder trial for an Ojo Caliente man is slated to begin this week after being delayed more than a year because of possible COVID-19 exposure. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that jury selection was underway Monday for the trial of 25-year-old Mark Hice, who faces first-degree murder and other charges. Hice was about to go on trial in July 2020 when his defense attorney disclosed she was exposed to COVID-19 patients while working as a midwife. The judge declared a mistrial. Hice is accused of killing 18-year-old Cameron Martinez and wounding three others on N.M. 68 north of Española in October 2018 in a case of mistaken identity.
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Santa Fe, NMABQJournal

Mislabeled invoice sparked Stapleton investigation

SANTA FE, N.M. — A mislabeled invoice more than three years ago followed by persistent inquiries from the Albuquerque Public Schools business office raised questions about former Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s relationship with Robotics Management Learning System LLC – eventually triggering an investigation into fraud, racketeering, illegal kickbacks and money laundering.
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Bandelier National Monument offering two free days in August

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Bandelier National Monument is offering two fee-free days in August. In honor of the first anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act and the 105th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, people can take advantage of free admission on August 4 and on August 25.
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Despite recent success, Fuego sees end of season draw near

The Fourth of July weekend was a good one for the Santa Fe Fuego. Unfortunately, it may prove to be the zenith of the team’s 2021 season. After a 5-4 win over the Trinidad Triggers on July 4, the Fuego sat at 20-13 and on the heels of the Tucson Saguaros in the Mountain South Division. Since then, they have gone 6-14 and fell to last place in the division after beating the Roswell Invaders on Saturday. It was Santa Fe’s third win in the past four games to improve to 26-27, meaning it endured a 3-13 stretch.

Santa Fe’s homeless issues continue to simmer

Santa Fe’s approach to homelessness keeps getting tweaked, even as some of the issue’s problems and symptoms seem to never change. On the good news side is the Alternative Response Unit, a partnership of the Santa Fe police and fire departments. It screens dispatch calls to determine where and when services beyond a typical police response can be appropriate. The ARU team, which includes a caseworker, a paramedic and a police officer, can help in a variety of circumstances, including mental health issues and homelessness.
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Check out these homes on the Santa Fe market now

Whether you’re looking for a new home on acreage or a fixer-upper close to amenities, you can probably find a listing here to suit you: Charming and cozy, Santa Fe style home encompassing 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room with kiva fireplace, and a dine-in kitchen. Minutes to the
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Fedonta 'JB' White's death one year later: Heartache, hurt and healing

There are two places where Fedonta “JB” White still lives and the calendar forever remains July 31, 2020. Inside the home of Jude Voss, White’s bedroom still is untouched a year after the Santa Fe High School basketball star — the state’s most highly recruited athlete and perhaps the city’s most promising athletic talent in 60 years — was shot and killed at a house party in Chupadero on Aug. 1, 2020.
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Agency officials OK restoration plan for forest, grasslands

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials in New Mexico have approved a plan for restoration of wetlands and areas along waterways in the Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe national forests and the Kiowa National Grasslands. Story continues below:. Community: Taos Pueblo appoints their first female police chief.
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On The Job In White Rock: James Byerly Installed As Pastor Of La Vista Church Of The Nazarene At Ceremony Sunday

On the job in White Rock Sunday is District Superintendent Dr. Larry Lacher completing the Ceremony of Installation for Pastor James Byerly of Los Alamos to become pastor of La Vista Church of the Nazarene at 15 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock. Nine Symbols of the Covenant were presented to Pastor Byerly and his wife Cindy as part of the Service of Bonding and Installation ceremony.
GovernmentSanta Fe Reporter

Stapleton Resigns from Legislature; Dems Name Replacement

New Mexico health officials on Friday reported 331 new COVID-19 cases. There have now been a total of 210,416 cases; the health department has designated 196,851 of those cases as recovered. Bernalillo County had 93 cases, followed by Eddy County with 34 and Doña Ana County with 31. Santa Fe...
Las Cruces,

Scenes From Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team 14 & Under At 2021 State Championships In Las Cruces

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team members from left, Sophia Pieck, Coach Maribeth Englert, and Michelle Lo accept the Spirit Award at the end of the State Meet. Although one of the smaller teams with only six swimmers, they were recognized for their stellar attitudes and efforts during the state meet at the outside aquatic center at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Courtesy/Aquatomics.