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8:20 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Judges in Santa Fe to Seek More Funding

Some of New Mexico's top judges are trying to make a case for more court funding.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RSIsCS) that judges came from across New Mexico on Tuesday to testify before the Legislative Finance Committee in Santa Fe.

The downturn in the economy has meant leaner government budgets and the courts are among affected. The judges are pushing for about a 3 percent increase in funding for the next budget year.

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5:25 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Albuquerque Police Chief Gets Low Marks in Police Survey

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only 20 percent of Albuquerque officers approved of the job by the city's police chief, and close to a fifth believe bringing in the U.S. Justice Department will improve the department.

Those were the finds from a survey of 450 officers — around half the department's workforce — released Tuesday by the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.

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9:43 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Police officer alleges retaliation in suit

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A New Mexico State Police sergeant who complained about a lack of diversity among leaders of the State Police and Department of Public Safety has claimed in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZBlZMq) that Henry Trujillo filed a lawsuit against DPS in state court in Santa Fe last week that alleges the agency violated laws against racial and age discrimination and retaliated against him.

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9:39 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Business-related bankruptcies drop in New Mexico

New Mexico's business-related bankruptcies dropped to a six-year low during the 12 months ending with September.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZlyT1V) that petitions were filed for 185 bankruptcies in which the majority of the debt was from business activities.

That's a 19 percent drop from 229 petitions with mostly business debt over the same federal fiscal year period in 2010-11.

Business-related bankruptcies across the country dropped about 16 percent over the same period.

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9:38 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Portales peanut butter plant remains idle

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The New Mexico peanut butter plant linked to a salmonella outbreak remains idle as officials wait for federal approval to reopen.

Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn declined Monday to estimate when operations at the country's largest organic peanut processing plant may resume, saying only that officials are awaiting a response from the Food and Drug Administration.

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9:33 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Nominating commission seeks Metro Court applicants

 

A bipartisan commission will meet next month in Albuquerque to consider applicants for three vacancies on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointments to the 19-member court.

The vacancies will occur in January because three Metro Court judges were elected to the district court in the 2nd Judicial District of Bernalillo County — Judges Christina Argyres, Benjamin Chavez and Briana Zamora.

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7:26 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Rio Rancho Basketball Player Files Suit Against Former Teammates

Wake Gardner
Credit Albuquerque Journal

A Rio Rancho High School senior and basketball player has filed a lawsuit against two of his fellow teammates and their parents for bullying. Wake Gardner alleges that he was assaulted by his teammates on and off the court and that the students put urine in his hair gel.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the incidents were reported to officials last April, and the offending students were punished.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Rookie Legislators Could Boost Martinez Agenda

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a third of the 112 members of Legislature will be new to the House and Senate when lawmakers convene in January, and that could end up helping Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her push to end driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

There will be at least 15 new senators and the election appears to have added more supporters of the governor's license proposal, which has been a centerpiece of her legislative agenda.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Santa Fe tries to get more businesses to recycle

Santa Fe didn't meet its goal of doubling its recycling tonnage over the past year, but the amount of recyclable materials delivered to a regional processing facility is rising.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/ZezLWj) that city leaders have been focused on getting more businesses to recycle and to distribute more recycling bins to residential customers.

Since July, the city has signed up 24 businesses for recycling collection and has a goal of adding a new account every week.

The policy on plastic bins used for residential recycling has changed.

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Local News
9:29 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Source of hazardous release in NM remains unknown

Authorities say the origin of a substance that led to the evacuation of an industrial park near the New Mexico-Texas state line and sickened about 200 people remains unknown.

Capt. Rich Libicer of the New Mexico State Police tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/Sep8MW) that investigators are trying to pinpoint a possible location for where the substance may have come from at the complex of factories and warehouses in Santa Teresa, N.M., near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

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5:09 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The New Mexico Community Foundation Delivers the 2012 Chispa Awards

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The New Mexico Community Foundation delivered their first annual Chispa Awards last week, honoring 12 nonprofits from around the state. The awards were a complete surprise to the recipients. None of the organizations knew they had been chosen until the folks from the NMCF showed up at their door armed with a fancy plaque and a check for $7000. KUNM’s Carrie Jung was lucky enough to tag along for two of these surprise awards, and has this report.

2012 Chispa Award Recipients

Bootheel Youth Association

Cochiti Youth Experience

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Local News
4:34 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NM to deploy resources to storm-ravaged states

Gov. Susana Martinez has signed an order to support the deployment of New Mexico resources to northeastern states that need help in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Friday's executive order makes $200,000 available to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to coordinate the deployment and support of New Mexico resources for relief efforts.

The storm made landfall on the East Coast on Oct. 29 and has caused an estimated $50 billion in damages.

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4:32 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

US, Mexico close to Colorado River water use pact

Government leaders in the United States and Mexico are close to signing a pact to add areas south of the border to Colorado River water sharing agreements involving seven Western U.S. states.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said Friday that final documents are circulating among the 15 water agencies and state officials in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Colorado River Commission of Nevada will consider it next week.

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4:31 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Bernalillo County seeking to fix jail overcrowding

Bernalillo County officials say there may be as many as 1,000 people being held at the chronically overcrowded Metropolitan Detention Center who don't need to be there.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Rp9rnZ) that officials plan to take around 400 from behind bars and put them in programs where they can be monitored and get help.

The plan is to expand the 2nd Judicial District Court's pretrial services program and the county's Community Custody Program, which would cover some defendants awaiting trial and others already sentenced.

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4:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Foster children portraits on display at UNM's Pit

The state and the University of New Mexico have unveiled a new attraction for Lobo basketball fans, a "Heart Gallery" featuring portraits of children up for adoption.

Gov. Susana Martinez was at the university Thursday to announce the gallery, which will display pictures of foster children from the Children, Youth, and Families Department.

CYFD says it has a temporary display ready for the Monday's basketball season home opener at The Pit. A permanent gallery will follow.

Local News
3:17 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

US, Mexico Close to Signing Water Sharing Pact

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Government leaders in the United States and Mexico are close to signing a pact to add areas south of the border to Colorado River water sharing agreements involving seven Western U.S. states.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said Friday that final documents are circulating among the 15 water agencies and state officials in Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Colorado River Commission of Nevada will consider it next week.

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1:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Nuke Security Fix to Cost an Additional $41million

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say the estimate for fixing the new but inoperable security system at the nation's bomb building lab has doubled.

Lab officials Friday confirmed a report in the Albuquerque Journal that it could cost an additional $41 million and take six months to fix the $213 million system, which has been under construction for seven years and was supposed to be complete this summer.

That is double what officials estimated a few weeks ago, when problems with the security system were first reported.

Local News
6:36 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Chuck Franco, First Gentleman, takes job in Santa Fe

The husband of Governor Susana Martinez, who turned in his sheriff's badge when his wife was elected governor of New Mexico, has gone back to work.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Martinez spokesman confirmed First Gentleman Chuck Franco started a new job last week as a security officer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Santa Fe.

Franco, former Dona County undersheriff, is working roughly 20 hours a week for a private security company that is under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service.

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6:33 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Republican Poll Challenger detained for voting twice

A Republican poll challenger was arrested Election Day when he tried to vote a second time.

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6:32 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Sandoval County Clerk denies responsibility for long lines at the polls in Rio Rancho

The Sandoval County Clerk says nothing could have been done to eliminate the long lines for some voters in Rio Rancho on Election Day.

KOAT-TV reports Sally Padilla defended her office's performance Thursday saying they hadn't been given enough equipment to handle the growing city's electorate.  Hundreds of voters waited for hours, some for over 4 hours, to vote on Tuesday night.

Local News
6:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Board rejects petition on PTSD medical pot removal

A petition aimed at removing post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifier for medical marijuana in New Mexico has been rejected.

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board unanimously ruled Wednesday to reject the petition by an Albuquerque psychiatrist who said there was a lack of scientific evidence proving medical marijuana helped those with PTSD.

The board voted 7-0 to recommend that interim Health Secretary Brad McGrath reject the petition despite the claims.

About 3,300 New Mexicans used a PTSD diagnosis to qualify for a license.

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6:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NM appeals court justice Castillo retiring

Gov. Susana Martinez, whose appointee to the Court of Appeals lost his seat in Tuesday's election, will get another shot at putting a Republican on the bench.

Court of Appeals Judge Celia Foy Castillo is retiring in December.

A bipartisan commission will consider applications for the position and then forward a list of candidates to the governor.

Judges then run in a partisan election if they want to keep their job. If they win, they face periodic nonpartisan retention elections.

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Local News
6:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Voter turnout drops to 62% in New Mexico

Voter turnout dropped in New Mexico and unofficial returns indicate about 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race.

That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

About 772,000 votes were cast in the presidential race. That's 7 percent lower than in 2008, but is 2 percent higher than in 2004.

New Mexico was a battleground state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests, but not this year.

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6:16 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

National group touts success of Native vote push

Organizers of a massive get-out-the-vote campaign that targeted Native American communities across the country are considering their efforts a success.

The National Congress of American Indians led the push. The group pointed Thursday to U.S. Senate races in Montana and North Dakota, as well as a voter identification ballot initiative in Minnesota, where it says the Native American turnout made a difference. The Minnesota voter ID requirement failed.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Martinez Can Appoint Another Republican Judge, Despite Electoral Loss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez, whose appointee to the Court of Appeals lost his seat in Tuesday's election, will get another shot at putting a Republican on the bench.

Court of Appeals Judge Celia Foy Castillo is retiring in December.

A bipartisan commission will consider applications for the position and then forward a list of candidates to the governor.

Judges then run in a partisan election if they want to keep their job. If they win, they face periodic nonpartisan retention elections.

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Entertainment
9:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Club Rio: The New Mexico Jazz Workshop's Carnival Benefit Party

Thurs. 11/8 10a:  The New Mexico Jazz Workshop raises funds for its youth education programs with a Carnival celebration, November 10 at the Sandia Resort in Albuquerque.  Spencer Beckwith talks with the Workshop's Executive Director, Maud Beenhower, about the education programs that the party's proceeds will benefit.

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9:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Weekly Chat with Santa Fe Reporter

The cover story in this week's SF Reporter is on globetrotting musician Jono Manson

An election post-mortem with Alexa Schirtzinger, editor of the Santa Fe Reporter.

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3:04 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Centralized Voting System, End of Straight Party Tickets Contributed to Long Lines, Glitches

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New voting systems triggered long voting lines and a shortage of voting machines in some polling sites in New Mexico.

In Rio Rancho, some voters found themselves Tuesday in three-hour lines and continued waiting into early Wednesday morning. The long lines sparked a visit by Governor Susana Martinez who passed out water to those waiting.

Delays were blamed on high turnout and a switch from precinct polling sites to centralized voting centers.

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2:50 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies appear to have lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

The GOP had hoped to knock off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

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2:49 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mixed Bag of Results for Martinez in State Legislative Races

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies appear to have lost ground in the state House of Representatives in the general election but gained seats in the Senate, including ousting a pair of Democratic leaders.

The GOP had hoped to knock off enough Democrats to take control of the House for the first time in nearly 60 years, but unofficial returns suggested the party went the other direction and lost seats.

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