Nominating commission to meet on upcoming judicial vacancies in Gallup, Aztec

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Two district court judgeships in northwestern New Mexico are becoming vacant in January and an independent nominating commission will take applications from lawyers who want to be considered for the positions.

The terms of District Judges Grant Foutz in Gallup and William Birdsall in Aztec expire at the end of the year. Neither judge sought to be retained in the general election.

The nominating commission will meet Dec. 3 at the San Juan County courthouse in Aztec to interview applicants for Birdsall's position and recommend candidates for possible appointment by the governor. Applications are due by Nov. 19.

Commission members will meet Dec. 4 in Gallup at the McKinley County courthouse to decide on nominees for the judgeship held by Foutz. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 20.

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