May 16 First News: Prominent GOP Politicos To Campaign In N.M. For Governor Martinez (Listen)

May 16, 2014

Governor Susana Martinez’s high regard in the Republican Party—she’s been identified as a potential Vice-Presidential candidate—is reflected in the news that two GOP stars will be campaigning on her behalf in the near future. Martinez’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Artesia and Carlsbad on May 29th in support of Martinez. And the New Mexico Telegram political blog reports that former Vice-President Dick Cheney will stump for Martinez in Las Cruces on June 14th.

Firefighters combating the Signal Fire that’s burning ten miles north of Silver City in rugged terrain report containing 35-percent of the human-caused fire. The blaze has charred more than 57-hundred acres since last Sunday. Fire officials are hoping for more progress before windier and drier weather arrives.

In a public-service effort, Santa Fe Police are putting their investigative skills to work to save a life and solve a different type of mystery while inviting the community to take part. The SFPD is seeking help for 16-year old Miquela Martinez of Ojo Caliente, who is afflicted with a very rare blood disorder. Celina Westervelt is the SFPD’s spokeswoman: *****051614-Westervelt-3 (q: healthy red blood cells) :31***** Police are seeking potential donors ages 18 to 44 willing to have a saliva swab done Monday to identify the one in 541 match to potentially save Miquela’s life. The tests will be conducted from 10am until four-pm Monday at the SFPD office at 25-15 Camino Entrada.

A northern New Mexico man is accused of running a bootleg and drug operation with the help of his seven-year-old daughter. Deputies say 28-year-old Danny Trujillo was arrested last week after undercover officers went to a home in Cordova pretending to buy beer. Investigators say the girl answered the door and took their orders. Authorities say they found three more children inside, all younger than ten years old and that Trujillo was their father.

There’s a new Director at the New Mexico Game Commission—Alexandra Sandoval—a 20-year-veteran of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department has been tapped to serve as the agency’s director. The Game Commission chose Sandoval during its meeting Thursday in Albuquerque. Sandoval was among four finalists being considered for the position. She began her career with the department as a game warden in Roswell and Clayton.

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