Good luck guys!
I'm a NM resident, and UNM CON grad from a year ago. The CON definately prefers NM residents, though I had a few classmates who were not.
To give you an idea of size, my class was 60+ students. 16 of us were second-degree students; the rest regular 4 year students. I recall for sure only 3 or 4 from out of state, but I didn't really know the whole class well.
I found it helpful to communicate with an advisor at CON during the whole application process. They were always responsive, and thus I was assured that I was doing the right things. Of course, it also helped that I could show up there once or twice to actually speak with someone face to face.
Narimanaz, I'm thinking that when you say they took only 8 students, you mean non-residents?