LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya has set his retirement date for later this year. City Manager Stuart Ed announced Friday that Montoya will retire on Dec. 23. He was named police chief in December 2013. Montoya is a 26-year veteran of the Las Cruces Police Department. During his career, Montoya served as a patrol officer, traffic officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief in charge of the department's operations and budget
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Ranchers who want to scale back two national monuments in New Mexico are competing for attention with the outdoor recreation industry as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke conducts a nationwide review of 27 monuments approved by past presidents. Zinke skipped a heavily attended public forum about the future of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico, amid a series of private meetings with ranchers, utility executives and monument supporters.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court is being sued over its recently issued pre-trial detention rules that allow defendants to be held without chance of bond. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2v7VtCG) reports that a group that includes five state legislators and the Bail Bonds Association of New Mexico filed the lawsuit Friday. The suit seeks injunctive relief and damages plus a preliminary injunction to block the Supreme Court rules pending outcome of the litigation
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging Congress to keep trying to fix the Affordable Health Care Act. Martinez spokesman Joseph Cueto said Friday the Republican governor believes lawmakers need to find a solution that abolishes the "damaging fees" imposed on working families and businesses by Obamacare.
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