ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Arizona inmate John McCluskey will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but not on death row. Jurors deliberating the sentencing for McCluskey failed to reach a unanimous verdict yesterday. McCluskey was convicted for killing a retired Oklahoma couple during a multistate crime spree that followed a 2010 prison break.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have positively identified two people killed last weekend when a small plane crashed in a canyon about a mile south of the Los Alamos Airport. Los Alamos County officials say the victims are 51-year-old Michael D. Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., and his friend and business partner, 52-year-old Kevin John Burrs of Corwith, Iowa. Authorities say the plane crashed Sunday morning in Omega Canyon and the aircraft was completely destroyed.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing changes aimed at recruiting new teachers and rewarding teachers whose students are showing improvement. Martinez unveiled her plan yesterday at Sweeney Elementary School in Santa Fe. Under her proposal, a new teachers' minimum salary would jump from $30,000 a year to $33,000.
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - One of New Mexico's top ski areas has been sold. Taos Ski Valley officials announced yesterday that wealthy conservationist and hedge fund owner Louis Bacon has agreed to buy the ski area. The sale price wasn't disclosed. Taos Ski Valley CEO Mickey Blake says the ski area needs improvement, but the company doesn't have enough money for renovation.
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