ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of development and external affairs at New Mexico State University Alamogordo has been named state director of the New Mexico League of United Latin American...
New Mexico county near border invites Trump to visit
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials in a southern New Mexico county near to the U.S.-Mexico border want President Donald Trump to visit.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a visitor has died on a hiking trail at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.
They say rangers responded to a call around 4 p.m. Saturday that...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Strong storm winds caused scattered damage in the Alamogordo area on Tuesday, forcing the local zoo to close to the public Wednesday so crews can clear downed trees and...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor is demanding that the U.S. Air Force close a publicly accessible lake at Holloman Air Force Base, saying Thursday the concentration of...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an intoxicated 12-year-old girl went on joy ride in the family car with three other children inside, leading police on pursuit on a New Mexico...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of eight felony charges for his involvement in two criminal cases in Alamogordo has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
County declares state of emergency regarding immigration
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county has demanded that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham use the National Guard to re-open Customs and Border Patrol checkpoints that were closed last...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico magistrate judge has been censured by the state Supreme Court for alleged acts of willful misconduct against a neighbor.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A 300 million-year-old plant-eating reptile fossil is returning home to southern New Mexico.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports "Gordodon" is slated to come home to...
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city has declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary city in a move to protest legislative actions they feel may infringe on residents' right to bear...
Man is convicted in aggravated assault case in Alamogordo
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man is facing up to 12 ½ years in prison after being convicted of multiple felony charges in a 2017 Alamogordo assault case.
New Mexico officer accused of claiming fake hours, tickets
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer assigned to the Alamogordo area is accused of claiming hours he didn't work and claiming to have written hundreds of fake traffic citations that didn't exist.
New Mexico State Police: 2 arrested after pursuit, gunfire
ALMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities says two Alamogordo brothers were stopped and arrested after a SUV fled from a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern New Mexico and multiple shots were fired at several agencies' pursuing officers, including one who fired back with his rifle.
No injuries were reported from the incident late Thursday night which began at the checkpoint on U.S. 70 and continued into the Alamogordo city limits and ended on the city's highway bypass.
Sheriff who shot Billy the Kid focus of New Mexico festival
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Pat Garrett, an Old West sheriff who is remembered for killing outlaw Billy the Kid, will be the focus of new festival in southern New Mexico.
The first Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and comes amid renewed interest in the well-known lawman, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported .
New Mexico state auditor issues counterfeit money warning
ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state auditor has issued a warning about counterfeit money found in the southern part of the state.
The Artesia Daily Press reports the Office of the State Auditor last week issued a risk advisory alerting the public, business owners, and governmental agencies about counterfeit money in circulation.
Audit: Payroll problems, likely fraud hit Alamogordo schools
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A new audit shows Alamogordo Public School is plagued by procurement issues, payroll problems and possible fraud.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports an independent audit released last week revealed 17 findings, including some that needed reporting to the State Auditor's Office and law enforcement.
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Tornado fighter plane move in Alamogordo goes as planned
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials say the move of a German Air Force donated Tornado fighter plane from Holloman Air Force Base to the Otero County Fairgrounds went well.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports the German Air Force Tornado jet fighter made its way down Highway 54/70 while being towed to Alamogordo on Saturday without any glitch.
3 men already in prison indicted in Alamogordo double murder
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three men already serving prison sentences for other crimes have been indicted in a 2009 double murder in Alamogordo.
An Otero County grand jury has charged 49-year-old Joe D. Chavez, 46-year-old Robert Chavez and 38-year-old Matias Loza each with two counts of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say the three men are scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 28 and could be facing life prison terms if convicted.
The Latest: US delegation takes aim at Trump over wall
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on two Guatemalan children who died while in U.S. government custody (all times local):
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are taking aim at President Donald Trump's insistence that a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will help alleviate the immigration crisis at the southern border and bolster security.
New Mexico museum has plans to move fighter jet to new home
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The German Air Force has donated one of its Tornado fighter planes to the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and major preparations are underway to move the plane to its new home.
The twin-engine combat aircraft is slated for permanent display on the museum grounds in Alamogordo. For the last several years, it has been in front of the German Air Force headquarters at Holloman Air Force Base.
The Latest: Mother says boy was not sick on trek to US
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on two Guatemalan children who died while in U.S. government custody (all times local):
The mother of a boy who died while in U.S. custody says her son was healthy when he left Guatemala with his father on their journey hoping to migrate to the United States.
The mother of 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Catarina Alonzo, spoke Saturday with Associated Press journalists at the family's home in a remote Guatemalan village some 250 miles west of Guatemala City.
Federal shutdown doesn’t keep some from visiting White Sands
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The federal government's partial shutdown hasn't stopped some people from visiting White Sands National Monument though the site in southern New Mexico is closed.
Ex-Air Force airman in New Mexico accused of computer fraud
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Air Force airman in New Mexico could be facing up to 10 years in federal prison for computer fraud.
Michael Weber made his initial court appearance Tuesday in Albuquerque.
He remains in federal custody pending Wednesday's preliminary hearing and detention hearing.
40 desert bighorn sheep released to the Sacramento Mountains
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials have released 40 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.
Police: Man fatally shot after pointing shotgun at officer
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a state police officer fatally shot an Alamogordo man after the man pointed a shotgun at the officer.
State police said Tuesday in a statement releasing additional details about the incident that Officer Fabian Picazo shot 55-year-old Gregory Allen Tilly on Oct. 14 after authorities got a call about gunfire at Tilly's mobile home and learned that Tilly had shot out of the rear window of his residence.
Former Alamogordo detective charged with battery
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A former Alamogordo detective fired after video footage showed him attacking family members at a hospital is facing battery charges.
Authorities investigate police shooting in Alamogordo
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say an Alamogordo man is dead after being shot by a state police officer.
State police say officers arrived Sunday at Gregory Allen Tilly's home after getting a call about gunfire. They learned the 55-year-old man had shot out of the rear window of his mobile home.
Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officers, state police officers and Otero County deputies tried to get Tilly to exit the home but he refused.
Holloman AFB being shifted to Air Force training command
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Supervision of Holloman Air Force Base and the 49th Wing assigned to the southern New Mexico base is being shifted from one Air Force command to another.
Holloman officials say on the base's website that the reassignment from the Air Combat Command to the Air Education and Training Command will take place during a ceremony scheduled Friday morning with the change take effect on Monday.
New Mexico bighorn sheep face relocation near Alamogordo
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife officials are hoping to relocate 40 to 60 desert bighorn sheep to the Sacramento Mountains — an area where the animal has been absent for nearly a century.
Alamogordo man survives rollover, then fatally struck by car
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man is dead after surviving a rollover crash and then getting fatally struck by a passing car.
New Mexico State Police say 35-year-old Jason Clapper was driving on U.S. Highway 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft at a high rate of speed when the vehicle rolled about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
State Police say Clapper was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to get out of the vehicle.
Alamogordo superintendent resigns after high school gets ‘F’
ALAMOSGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo Superintendent Adrianne Salas has stepped down amid pressure following two schools receiving "F'' grades from New Mexico.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports Salas submitted her resignation on Wednesday to the Alamogordo Public Schools board during a special meeting.
New Mexico has a plan for re-establishing bighorn sheep
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico wildlife managers are considering a proposal to re-establish desert bighorn sheep in another mountain range in southern New Mexico.
The plan calls for translocating sheep in the Sacramento Mountains in the fall. The state Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on the proposal and has scheduled a public meeting Sept. 19 in Alamogordo.
The agency says the species has been absent from the Sacramento Mountains for nearly a century.
State Supreme Court rules inmate can face 2011 murder charge
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that an inmate sentenced to prison for racketeering can be separately prosecuted for murder and other offenses that served as a basis for the conviction.
State Police investigating shooting by Otero County deputies
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating a deputy-involved shooting that has left one suspect wounded.
The shooting occurred Tuesday evening between Alamogordo and Tularosa as Otero County Sheriff's deputies were pursuing a stolen vehicle.
Authorities say the driver of the stolen car was struck by gunfire in one of his arms.
Hearing officer balks at proposed route for power lines
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Backers of a $2 billion high-voltage power line project say they'll continue to try to win regulatory approval of a proposed route through seven New Mexico counties despite a hearing officer's adverse recommendation.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents say they have rescued a 71-year-old man who was lost and dehydrated on a hike east of Alamogordo.
Agents from the Alamogordo Station say the man had been hiking in the Indian Wells Canyon on Monday.
After a 90-minute search, an agent found the missing man under a bush and say he was dehydrated and unable to walk.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a 70-year-old southern New Mexico man who regularly fed wildlife at his home suffered multiple injuries when he was bitten by a bear as he stepped outside.
The state Game and Fish Department says conservation officers went to the man's Cloudcroft home Friday after his wife drove him to an Alamogordo hospital for treatment of injuries that included arm puncture wounds and leg scratches.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible cyber attack against the city of Alamogordo.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports Alamogordo City Administration discovered that the city's finance department was the victim of the fraudulent emails after city finance employees were misled by official looking emails from a contractor.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have seized more than $1 million in heroin at an immigration checkpoint in New Mexico.
The agency says authorities conducting an inspection at the checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 70 found the drugs Thursday in a black Honda that was being transported across the border on a tractor-trailer with other cars.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents say they rescued an immigrant who was stuck on top of a moving train in southern New Mexico.
Agency officials say agents on Thursday morning saw a man atop an oncoming train in Alamogordo making hand gestures indicating he was in distress.
The agents were able to contact the train's engineer, who made an emergency stop.
Lincoln National Forest to remain open to public
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Lincoln National Forest officials say they considered closing the forest in southeastern New Mexico to the public but that rain Sunday and the occurrence of relatively few fires contributed to their decision to keep it open.
However, the forest's announcement Wednesday said fire restrictions remain in effect and encouraged visitors to be diligent about fire safety.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A man has been convicted in the 2015 deaths of his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Alamogordo.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Terrick L. Thompkins was found guilty on May 22 of murder in the deaths of 30-year-old Jessica R. Thompkins and 33-year-old Phillip "PJ" Banka.
Thompkins is expected to be sentenced later this year.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The southern New Mexico county that includes most of White Sands National Monument opposes U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's proposal to elevate the vast expanse of shift sand dunes to national park status.
The Otero County Commission said in a May 10 letter to the Democrat lawmaker that making White Sands a park wouldn't necessarily increase visitation, that his bill is unnecessary and that significant questions about the proposal remain unanswered.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico city is working to restore an area lake damaged by a 2012 wildfire.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports Alamogordo City Commissioners approved last week a key $72,000 change order to the Bonito Lake restoration project.
Officials say the project required more signage along the haul route for additional safety.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police have identified a 25-year-old man from Las Cruces who was killed Friday evening when he crashed a motorcycle.
Police say the first spotted Spencer Lane Meister going over 100 miles per hour while heading westbound on Highway 70 west of Alamogordo, but lost sight of him.
Police say he later ran a stop sign and hit a sports utility vehicle head-on while in Las Cruces. Officers believe he was speeding. He was pronounced dead on-scene.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Police say a 12-year-old boy has been arrested after making threatening phone calls to four Alamogordo schools.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports Alamogordo Public Schools officials instructed all campuses to shelter in place Thursday morning after two middle schools and two elementary schools received shooting threats.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Testing has found that there's asbestos nearly everywhere in an abandoned Alamogordo apartment complex, a finding that complicates the city's desire to demolish the dilapidated property.
Court considers legal action over courthouse conditions
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court is considering legal action against a county, claiming it failed to provide adequate court facilities as required by law.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports the 12th Judicial District Court has retained legal counsel to pursue action against Otero County.