Briefs 02-05-13

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By Associated Press

Authorities find fugitive hiding in Roswell home

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a man described as New Mexico’s most wanted violent gang offender has been apprehended in Roswell.
The Marshals Service says Jeremy Conde was found in a hiding space in the kitchen of a Roswell home after authorities received a tip Sunday.
The service says Conde is on federal probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm and carjacking.

Kirtland nuclear command changes Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE — The command of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base is changing hands.
The Air Force says Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan on Thursday will assume command of the center from Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak during a ceremony on the base.
Finan entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repair specialist. She received her commission by graduating from office training school.
She most recently served as a top official for a Department of Energy program that stores and secures nuclear weapons.
Harencak is being reassigned to the Pentagon to serve as an assistant chief of staff for the Air Force.
Finan has been nominated for promotion to major general.

Man sentenced to jail for death of
Pennsylvania cyclist

ALBUQUERQUE — A tribal judge in New Mexico has sentenced a man to 182 days in jail for a fatal accident that killed a university student who was bicycling across the United States to raise money for breast cancer research.
Pueblo of Laguna Judge Peggy Bird says 58-year-old Gilbert Waconda’s statements of remorse fall short of answering for the pain he caused the family of John Anczarski of Ringtown, Pa.
The 19-year-old University of Colorado at Boulder student was struck and killed on Old Route 66 near Laguna in June 2010.

Dems propose pay equity measure

SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will expand protections against wage discrimination based on gender.
Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, said Monday the proposal is modeled after a 2009 federal pay equity law.
The state legislation would allow New Mexicans to file lawsuits for wage discrimination in a state court rather than having to go to federal court.
The New Mexico Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on someone’s gender, but Egolf said the proposed legislation will help ensure that women are paid the same wages as men for equal work.
Democratic lawmakers also are pushing to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, one of the highest rates in the country, and allow voters to decide whether the rate should be adjusted annually for inflation.
The proposals are part of the Democratic agenda for the 60-day legislative session, but the measures face strong opposition from business groups.

Gov pushes for exemptions for military pensions

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging New Mexico lawmakers to pass legislation that will provide a 25 percent exemption on military pensions beginning in 2014, phasing into a 100 percent exemption by 2017.
A similar proposal last year didn’t make it out of the state Legislature.
Martinez made the latest request Monday while visiting the Albuquerque Veterans’ Memorial.
Military retirees currently living in New Mexico are fully taxed on their pension income.