January 13, 2014 |
AKELA FLATS, N.M. - Each year, Emily Haozous joins other Fort Sill Apache tribal members in a mountain spirit dance in Oklahoma. But the spirits they pay tribute to and invoke for power and protection belong to a mountain more than 600 miles to the west, in the tribe's ancestral homeland in southwestern New Mexico. More than a century ago, Apaches with lineage to Geronimo were driven from New Mexico and taken as prisoners of war before eventually being released in Oklahoma. Now, the tribe's 700-plus members want to return to the yucca-speckled desert town of Akela Flats.
December 29, 2013 |
New Mexico has seen celebrations across the state since its highest court 10 days ago unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples. Not so for the sovereign Navajo Nation, whose borders spill over into the northeast part of the state and where tribal law is clear: Such unions are banned. Some Navajo hope to change that, buoyed by the cultural climate shift underscored when the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay marriage is permitted in the District of Columbia and 18 states, the most recent being Utah, although officials there plan to appeal a federal court decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
December 19, 2013 |
New Mexico's highest court unanimously ruled Thursday it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples, making it the newest state to legalize gay weddings. The Supreme Court justices said the state must respect the marriages of all same-sex couples, including those who wed before their decision. Prior to the ruling, county clerks in eight New Mexico counties had started issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of same-sex couples. “Barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution,” Justice Edward Chavez wrote for the court.
December 5, 2013 |
More than a month after a New Mexico state police officer opened fire at a minivan filled with children, he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, a state police spokesman said Thursday. Officer Elias Montoya will be paid during the investigation, which will determine whether he violated department policy and should be disciplined, police spokesman Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Los Angeles Times. The investigation centers...
December 2, 2013 |
An investigation was underway Monday into the cause of a freight train derailment in southwestern New Mexico that killed the three people onboard. The Southwestern Railroads train carrying iron ore derailed and crashed about three miles outside of Bayard, N.M., around midday Saturday, New Mexico State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Los Angeles Times. “It's a very mountainous area, rugged terrain,” Gutierrez said. "It's rural, out in the mountains. " Donald White, 38, of Silver City, N.M., Steven Corse, 60, of Paulden, Ariz., and Ann Thompson, 50, of Paulden, were killed in the crash, officials said.
November 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A firearms dealer convicted during the fallout from the government's failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program may soon be set free after winning a court battle for a new sentencing hearing. A federal magistrate has ruled that Ian Garland deserves a new hearing because of errors made when a judge initially sent him to prison for five years. Prosecutors, while acknowledging mistakes, plan to oppose early release for Garland. They hope to present new evidence at the Dec. 13 hearing that he knew many of the 190 firearms he sold to city officials in Columbus, N.M., were being smuggled into Mexico.
November 24, 2013 |
A wintry storm dumped heavy snow and rain across the Southwest on Sunday and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights in what could be a preview of nasty traveling weather for Thanksgiving. Some parts of northern New Mexico were buried under nearly a foot of snow as a storm system blamed for killing eight people across the West continued east, also sloshing through Oklahoma and Texas. The storm was expected to reach the East Coast possibly by Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 19, 2013 |
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The nation's first citywide ballot initiative that would ban abortion after 20 weeks was trailing in early returns Tuesday night. Among 50,000 early and absentee ballots, about 56% opposed the proposal and 44% supported it. There was no way to know whether those returns would be representative of the full turnout in New Mexico's largest city, however. Polls closed in Albuquerque at 7 p.m., but news reports showed that people were still waiting in line to cast ballots.
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November 18, 2013 |
A longtime fugitive who allegedly killed his girlfriend with a sword and fled to Mexico is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. Jesus Humberto Canales, nicknamed “Chuey,” was arrested by Mexican authorities on Thursday after being alerted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Authorities said detectives had tracked Canales in New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and El Salvador. Eventually, investigators developed a lead that Canales was living in a small town in the central Mexican state of Jalisco.
November 18, 2013 |
A routine suburban traffic stop it was not. New Mexico State Police officials are investigating the actions of two officers during a recent speeding stop involving a mother and her vanload of children. The stop, which was captured on the cruiser's dashboard camera, was described by police as “an intense 43-minute-long dangerous situation that placed the public at risk.” Oriana Farrell, 39, of Memphis Tenn., and her 14-year-old son are facing charges in the Oct. 28 incident in the tourist town of Taos.