New Mexico News Minute

New Mexico News Minute, here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say 22 people were arrested on drug trafficking and other charges during an early morning raid around the New Mexico border town of Anthony. Residents of the town, which straddles New Mexico and Texas just north of El Paso, woke to the sounds of helicopters, bangs and screaming as federal and local agents conducted an early morning sweep on homes.

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) - The Luna County Sheriff's Office has opened up an outpost in a small New Mexico border town rocked by corruption and a disbanded police department. The Deming Headlight reports former Columbus Mayor Eddie Espinoza and other officials were sentenced to federal prison last year for their role in a gun smuggling ring. The move comes as the Luna County Sheriff's Office expands its presence in the village.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is among those criticizing state lawmakers for maintaining a generous pension program for themselves while trimming such benefits for government workers. New Mexico is the only state in the nation where legislators don't receive a salary, but collect a pension.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a wildfire that has charred about 50 acres in the Sandia Mountains was sparked by an abandoned campfire. The Piedra Fire was spotted last week in a rugged area north of Albuquerque. The fire is now about 80 percent contained, and crews are finishing mop-up work.

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