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Spice found at local smoke shop

Following an anonymous tip, Santa Fe police found 1,369 packets of Spice at a Cerrillos Road hookah shop on Friday.

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 Sgt. Andrea Dobyns, several officer respond-ed to A1 Smoke Shop, 1372 Cerrillos Road, at about 1 p.m. The officers asked an employee if the business was selling Spice, a syn-thetic marijuana recently banned in Santa Fe, and the employee affirmed that they were.

Dobyns said the employee told officers he did not know the drug was illegal but led them to a back room where two black trash bags were found full of the individually packaged drug.

Each packet is worth $10.

Police have not filed charges against anyone as they are sending some of the drugs to a crime lab for testing. They did say, however, that the owner of the shop could face distribution of a controlled substance charges following the investigation.

Lujan becomes ranking member In United States politics, the ranking member or ranking minority member is a member of a congressional committee from the minority party, frequently the member with the highest seniority.  

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has been named ranking member of the Indian and Alaska Native Affairs subcommittee for the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Lujan, who represents Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico Northern New Mexico may simply mean the northern part of New Mexico, but in cultural terms it usually means the area of heavy Spanish settlement in the north-central part. , replaces Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla.

"It is an honor to be named to this important position that is critical for the many states that are home to native communities," Lujan said in a news statement. "From protecting sacred sites to improving the health and educational opportunities for Indian Country, it is important that we work with tribes and pueblos across the country to build a stronger future for Native Americans."

Lujan's district includes 15 pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache Jicarilla Apache refers to an Apache people currently living in New Mexico and speak a Southern Athabaskan language. The term jicarilla comes from Mexican Spanish meaning 'little basket'.  Nation and the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation. Lujan also is a member of the Native American Caucus and has worked for permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Services.

Puzzling on friendships

Anthropologist Dan Hruschka will give a lecture on the evolutionary puzzle of friendship at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the James A. Little Theater.

Hruschka, an assistant professor at Arizona State University Arizona State University, at Tempe; coeducational; opened 1886 as a normal school, became 1925 Tempe State Teachers College, renamed 1945 Arizona State College at Tempe. Its present name was adopted in 1958. , has been studying how people from different cultures choose their friends and why. He's interested in finding out the social and ecological roles of these long-term relationships.

His talk is part of the public lecture series General
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  • The Luther Lecture given annually at the University of Regina
 hosted by the Santa Fe Institute. It will be hosted by Ginger Richardson. For more information, visit

Men charged in deer poaching

Two Los Lunas men have to pay more than $1,000 in fines to the state for poaching deer.

Andrew Montoya, 41, was convicted earlier this month of hunting without a license, unlawful killing In English law unlawful killing is a verdict that can be returned by an inquest in England and Wales. The verdict means that a death was caused by another person, without lawful excuse and in breach of the criminal law, in other words homicide.  and unlawful possession of a deer. He will pay $876 in fines and was sentenced to 360 days of probation. His father, Romolo Montoya, who was licensed to hunt deer at the time, was convicted of unlawful possession of a deer. He was fined $323.

The Montoyas had been hunting near Ladrone Mountain in November 2011 when Andrew Montoya shot and killed a deer. He did not have a deer license at the time.

Someone reported the Montoyas to the Department of Game and Fish through the Operation Game Thief Hotline.

The department encourages anyone with information about violations of New Mexico's wildlife laws to call the hotline, 800-432-4263, or to visit Callers can remain anonymous.

Fall from trestle kills N.M. man

ALBUQUERQUE -- Authorities say a Carlsbad man died after he fell from a railroad bridge into the Pecos River.

Carlsbad police say 44-year-old Doug Phillippi and a group of his friends were swimming in the Pecos River around

8:30 p.m. Sunday.

They say Phillippi decided to climb to the top of the railroad bridge to jump into the water, but he lost his balance and fell as he was walking along the top of the trestle.

KOB-TV reported Phillippi struck the walkway handrail and fell into the water.

Authorities say Phillippi was pulled from the water, but was unconscious and not breathing. He died early Monday at Carlsbad Medical Center.

Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.
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Date:Jun 26, 2012

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