FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A crowd is expected in northwestern New Mexico for a memorial service and bonfire to remember a 17-year-old student killed in a school shooting rampage this month in the small city of Aztec. Sunday's service is for Casey Jordan Marquez, a cheerleader who planned to travel to Florida to perform as part of a cheer squad during the upcoming Orange Bowl Marquez and Francisco "Paco" Fernandez, who was also 17, were killed on Dec. 7 when a gunman opened fire inside Aztec High School.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate on Saturday ousted one of their members from a party leadership post amid renewed controversy over sexual harassment allegations. The Senate Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting Saturday and late released a statement saying a majority Democratic senators voted "to vacate the position" of majority whip that had been held by Sen. Michael Padilla. The Senate Democrats' statement says the caucus will meet in January to elect a new majority whip.
BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - Sandoval County commissioners have rejected a proposed ordinance to regulate oil and gas development across thousands of square miles of unincorporated lands in northwestern New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the commission will consider asking the county's planning commission to overhaul the 10-page controversial measure, which was rejected early Friday morning following an hours-long meeting.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - It's been 35 years since Ann Riffin, a New Jersey native, disappeared in a remote corner of New Mexico. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported earlier this month there are still many unanswered questions decades after police found her car parked off a lonely stretch of highway near Mora. To this day, law enforcement officials have yet to find the 33-year-old's body or any sign of her.
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