New Mexico lost one of its musical standard bearers last week. Roberto Martinez Sr. died Thursday at the age of 83.
Martinez co-founded the long-running ensemble known as Los Reyes de Albuquerque in 1962, and continued fronting the group until recent years. He penned many songs, notably many well known corridos that told stories about the land and the history of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint filed by a statewide ranchers group that sought to stay a sweeping water protection measure.
The "outstanding waters" designation guarantees special protection for hundreds of miles of rivers and streams, dozens of lakes and acres of wetlands in federal wilderness areas across the state. The designation prohibits any activities that would degrade water quality.
State officials say seven illegal immigrants from Brazil and Mexico have been arrested in connection with a driver's license scam.
Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla says the immigrants are accused of using fraudulent documents to try to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses.
She says the administration will be asking the state Legislature again this year to repeal a law that allows illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses. She says the practice is putting public and national safety at risk.
Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:22 am
Ali Harzi, the only person who had been known to be in custody in connection with last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has been released by authorities in his native Tunisia, the suspect's lawyer tell The Associated Press.