BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - A judge in the case of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife is scheduled to rule today on whether to unseal documents sought by media outlets. Sandoval District Court Judge George Eichwald last month granted a request from Levi Chavez's attorney to seal pretrial motions in advance of the June trial. Media outlets including The Associated Press are challenging that decision. Prosecutors say Chavez killed his wife, Tera Chavez, and tried to cover it up by making her death look like a suicide.
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Game Commission will be meeting in Roswell tomorrow to consider revising the hunting season for squirrels and grouse and the renewal of a lease that would allow access to state trust land. The grouse and squirrel proposal is aimed at simplifying the current hunting seasons, which are divided into north and south zones with different dates.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe has a new, four-legged jail officer. Bixi Von Der Critterden is a 19-month-old drug-sniffing German Shepherd. Warden Mark Gallegos says the jail hired Bixi as a proactive approach to meeting the goal of a drug-free jail. She has been on the job about a month to conduct random searches as well as sweeps of the entire jail.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico children could win a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom or ride in a hot air balloon with Gov. Susana Martinez under a program that state officials hope will encourage students to read when they aren't in school. The governor is to announce several reading contests today in Albuquerque.
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