A man in his 40s was found murdered by gunfire at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in Col. Los Olivos. No other deaths were recorded. On Saturday 10 persons were gunned down, for a total on the weekend of 23 murders.
Is it a conflict of interest for Cynthia Nava to be GISD Superintendent and State Senator at the same time?
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Will President-elect Obama give Governor Richardson a job in his administration?
Senator John Arthur Smith and Speaker Ben Lujan
Mark Bralley, photographer
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Dr. Jose Z. Garcia has been teaching at New Mexico State University for three decades. He specializes in Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico border, and New Mexico. He was chairman of the Democratic Party in Dona Ana County the early 1980s