In Brief - News - Nov. 21, 2012

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The Associated Press
Sanchez won’t seek top spot
SANTA FE — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he has decided not to seek the chamber’s top job, president pro tempore.
The Belen Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal on Monday that he is happy in his current position as senate majority leader and hopes to return.
Sanchez is the sole survivor among top Senate Democrats targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her political allies.
President Pro Tem Tim Jennings of Roswell lost his seat, as did Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia of Dona Ana County.
No clear front-runner has emerged for the Senate pro tem job.
Unofficial election returns show that Democrats will outnumber Republicans 25-17 in the Senate.

Woman pleads guilty in attack
ALBUQUERQUE — A woman accused of working with two other Santa Fe County jail inmates to sexually assault another inmate while looking for drugs has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 months for the attack.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 44-year-old Juanita Martinez of Santa Fe had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of felony aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony.
Martinez is one of three inmates accused of holding down another inmate in October 2011 and searching one of her body cavities for drugs.

Infant’s death investigated
ALBUQUERQUE — Detectives in Albuquerque are investigating the death of a 1-year-old.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that authorities were called to a home on Monday afternoon because the child wasn’t breathing.
The child was pronounced dead at a hospital.
No one has been taken into custody, and no charges have been filed.
The Children Youth and Families Department says the family had no prior history with the agency.

Christmas trees available
SANTA FE — New Mexicans can buy permits to cut Christmas trees on national forest land in the state.
The permit prices vary depending on the forest, but are available through Dec. 24.
The Gila and Lincoln national forests are selling $5 permits, and the tags are free for pinon trees in the Gila.
The permits are $10 in the Santa Fe and Cibola national forests for trees up to 10 feet.
The permits for the Santa Fe National Forest can be purchased at district offices as well as several vendors in northern New Mexico — the Los Alamos Historical Society museum shop in Los Alamos; REI in Santa Fe; Laguna Vista Quick Stop in Las Vegas; and in Pecos at the Pecos Canyon Station, Griego’s Market and Pancho’s Minute Men station.