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8:16 am
Fri May 3, 2013

NMSU President Close To Being Selected

New Mexico State University's next president is set to be announced next week.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/103TdSn ) reports regents plan tentatively to reveal their pick on Monday.

Finalists include NMSU business dean and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers, former Texas Tech University president Guy Bailey, former University of Nevada, Las Vegas president David Ashley, former Texas A&M University president Elsa Murano and University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard.

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11:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Applebee's Sued Over Drunk Pedestrian's Death

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Taos restaurant is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it overserved a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/ZlwD8I) reports Julian Varela had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving when he left the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Dec. 29, 2011.

He was killed by a teen driver who wasn't cited in the incident.

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10:58 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Advocates Plan 'May Day' NM Immigration Rallies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for immigration reform are holding rallies and prayer events across New Mexico in an effort to push a federal immigration proposal.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based advocacy group, has scheduled a May Day rally in Santa Fe and a prayer vigil in Gallup "to call on Congress to pass a common sense immigration reform."

In Albuquerque, the group El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos (EE-gual-DAHD' EE deh-REH-CHOHS) are slated to hold a march and interfaith prayer service at a park. Activists also plan to march through Old Town Albuquerque.

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10:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Suspect Killed In Police Shooting At N.M. School

TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers at a southern New Mexico elementary school.

Authorities say the shooting happened outside the Tularosa Elementary School Tuesday night, but had nothing to do with the school. They say because of the investigation, the school will be closed Wednesday.

Police say several rounds were fired during the altercation with Jesse Vigil of Tularosa and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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1:10 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

NM Teen Reportedly Miscarries In High School

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico teenager says she had a miscarriage in a high school hallway and that a teacher didn't help her because she was late to class.

But school officials say the student actually had a miscarriage a week before and had passed her placenta that day.

KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/12Kf0Uk) that the Grants High School student says she miscarried outside a band class last week. The teen says after the teacher refused to let her in the class she then made her way to a bathroom and passed out.

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9:29 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Santa Fe College Starts Building New Center

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has started construction of its new higher education center, a facility being built in partnership with four other New Mexico schools.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/15IRlqb ), the center is expected to open in the fall of 2014, enabling students to obtain bachelor's and master's degree in Santa Fe.

Participating schools include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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7:48 am
Wed April 10, 2013

NM List Of Endangered Cultural Properties Grows

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance is expanding its list of endangered cultural properties.

The organization will be adding to the list the plains of San Augustin in southern New Mexico, the Masonic Temple Center in Santa Fe and a historic lodge at Conchas Dam when it meets for an annual conference this week in Portales.

The organization says it hopes the three new listings will alert the public to possible threats to their preservation.

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7:45 am
Wed April 10, 2013

UNM Regents Approved Tuition Increase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has decided that the next school year will bring higher tuition and fees for students.

That's so the university can pay for higher salaries for faculty, a one-time bonus for staff and funding increase of $900,000 for the athletics department.

Television station KOB (http://bit.ly/ZERARQ ) reports that the increase approved Tuesday means students will pay about $603 each semester in fees. That's up from the current rate of $553.

Local News
3:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

UNM Regents Reject Taskforce Recommendations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico regents are refusing to approve a task force's recommendations for steps proposed to cover rising costs of retiree health benefits.

The recommendations included requiring employees and the university to make payments into a new trust fund and increasing retirees' share of premiums.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that task force members and other university officials were surprised when the regents refused Tuesday to vote on the proposals.

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10:55 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Slushy Conditions On Northern NM Roads

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Difficult driving conditions are reported in parts of northern New Mexico because of snow, ice and slush from a storm crossing the state Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation says there's ice and slush on a 72-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Wagon Mount and Raton Pass.

New Mexico is closed between eight miles east of Raton and Folsom due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions.

Local News
10:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Another Mexican Grey Wolf Found Dead

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another Mexican gray wolf has been found dead in the Southwest, but federal officials have refused to provide any details.

The wolf reintroduction team confirmed in its latest monthly report that the male wolf died in March. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the troubled wolf program, would not say where the animal was found or how it might have died.

This marks what is believed to be the second death this year of an endangered Mexican gray wolf.

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10:12 am
Tue April 9, 2013

UNM Considers Retiree Health Changes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico employees would get smaller paychecks while retirees would pay higher premiums under a task force's recommendations for covering the rising costs of retiree health benefits.

The recommendations submitted to the university's regents include requiring employees and the university to make payments into a new trust fund.

Workers would pay half of 1 percent of their salary in the first year and 1 percent by the third year. That money and university matches would go into the new trust fund.

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8:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Las Cruces Schools Plan Program For Anonymous Tips

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces' public schools plan a new program to enable students to provide school officials with anonymous reports on bullying, drugs, potential suicides and other trouble.


The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/XywxOx ) reports that the program will enable middle and high school students to use text messages, photos, video and a mobile app to anonymously send messages to school officials.

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11:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NM Governor Signs Bill To Simplify Tax Code

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation aimed at simplifying New Mexico's tax code.


The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Tom Taylor of Farmington targeted the statute that governs the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and the procedures taxpayers have to follow.


With the governor's signature, the measure will extend deadlines so taxpayers filing amended returns as the result of actions by the Internal Revenue Service will have double the time — 180 days — to file.

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11:08 am
Fri March 22, 2013

NM Prosecutor Revamps Handling Of Police Shootings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg's office is revamping how her office handles cases involving Albuquerque-area police shootings.


Brandenburg says the new process will have prosecutors decide whether there is probable cause that a crime was committed. Then the case will be presented to a grand jury to decide whether to issue an indictment.


A previous process blocked by courts had a special grand jury reviewing cases but not deciding whether cases should be prosecuted.

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11:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Judge To NM Neighbors: Stop Threatening Each Other

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered some Santa Fe neighbors to stop threatening each other over barking dogs, loud music and access to a subdivision road.


The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/WHTvRy) that State District Judge Frank Mathew told the feuding neighbors Thursday in the Mission Viejo subdivision not to harass or call one another after a series of bizarre complaints.


Keith Bujold has been in a long fight with neighbor Ernest Kavanaugh Sr. over access to a disputed road that has resulted in threats with pistols.

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8:52 am
Mon March 18, 2013

USS Santa Fe's Commander To Visit Namesake City

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The commanding officer of the USS Santa Fe visits northern New Mexico this week to learn more about the Pearl Harbor-based attack submarine's namesake city.


Cmdr. Timothy Poe says his 120-member crew is from all over the country but that having the city's name on his ship allows the crew to relate with pride to their own hometowns.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Millions Spent To Battle Largest Wildfires In 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation's wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and it took more than three months in some cases to put out the flames.

A summary by the National Interagency Fire Center also shows more than 80 percent of the 51 largest fires were sparked by lightning. That includes the Long Draw and Holloway fires, which together burned more than 1 million acres and were among the largest in Oregon's history.

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9:11 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Home Building In Albuquerque Is At Aggressive Pace

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Metropolitan Albuquerque is now seeing its most aggressive pace of home building since 2010.


The Albuquerque Journal cites (http://bit.ly/15oGC1r) figures from the housing-market monitoring service DataTraq that shows building permits for 125 new single-family homes were issued in January.


That's up 18 percent from the 106 permits a year earlier and almost double the 66 permits issued in January 2011.

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9:03 am
Mon March 4, 2013

NM Airport Official: Texans On Plane That Crashed

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) — An official at the airport in the northern New Mexico community of Angel Fire says a single-engine plane carried a family from Texas when it crashed while taking off.


The Federal Aviation Administration said there were four people aboard the plane that crashed Sunday, including two children, and New Mexico State Police said there were no survivors.


Cause of the crash is under investigation and identities of the victims haven't been released.

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9:01 am
Mon March 4, 2013

NM State Police Have New Home In Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — All of the officers and other personnel of the Las Cruces district of the New Mexico State Police can finally fit in the same place for a meeting.


The District Four staff has moved into a new $6 million facility with about four times as much space as the former facility that was built almost four decades ago.


The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/VYbjru ) reports that the old facility became too small around 1990, forcing some personnel to work at another location.

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9:31 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NM Senate Panel Rejects Social Promotion Bill

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator says she'll try again next year now that a state Senate committee has rejected a bill to end promotion of third-graders whose reading ability isn't adequate.


The Senate Education Committee rejected the so-called "social promotion" bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Gay Kernan of Hobbs on a 5-4 party-line vote following a nearly four-hour hearing Saturday.


The legislation is a priority of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, but it's been repeatedly rejected by the Democratic-led Legislature.

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9:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NM Legislation Demands Title To Federal Lands

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico lawmakers have introduced legislation demanding that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land.


Supporters of the bipartisan bill contend the state would do a better job of managing the land and would no longer have to share natural resource royalties with the federal government.


However, critics say the state would not be able to absorb the costs of managing more land or hiring the hundreds of employees that would be needed.

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9:28 am
Mon February 25, 2013

UNM Working To Increase Black Student Enrollment

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has hired a recruiter to bring more black students to the university system.


KOAT-TV report (http://bit.ly/XWidKg) that UNM recruiter Jamila Clayton said this week she is working to get more African American students interested UNM amid low black enrollment numbers.


University shows show that black students make up less than 3 percent of the student body.


Around 38 percent of the school's 32,000 or so students are Latino while 40 percent are white.

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Local News
8:36 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Roswell Gun Store To Hold 'Coyote Hunt' Contest

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico gun store has announced that it is hosting a coyote hunting contest following a similar hunt by another gun store that sparked protests.


Larry's Discount Gun Shop and Sporting Goods is organizing a two-day coyote hunting competition starting Saturday. Under the rule of the contest, two-person teams will try to kill as many coyotes as possible with first-place winner getting a pair of semi-automatic rifles.

Local News
8:34 am
Thu February 21, 2013

House Set To Debate $5.9B State Budget

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are ready to tackle a must-do assignment for the 60-day legislative session.


The House is expected Thursday to debate a state budget proposal that will allocate nearly $5.9 billion next year for government programs and public education.


The measure will increase state spending by $239 million or slightly more than 4 percent.

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8:32 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Navajo Shares Policing Authority With Ariz. County

HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in northeastern Arizona are broadening their reach.


The Navajo County Sheriff's Office and the Navajo Nation have signed a cross-commission agreement that allows the agencies to police one another's territory.


Navajo President Ben Shelly says tribal members who report emergencies on the reservation can face long response times that can be shortened with a call to the sheriff's office.


The two-year agreement outlines the rules for enforcing the laws on the reservation and within Navajo County.

Local News
9:15 am
Wed February 20, 2013

US Asks Court To Dismiss Pueblo's Land Lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is asking a court to dismiss an American Indian community's lawsuit seeking all the land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. A Justice Department filing in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque argues that the Jemez Pueblo surrendered rights to claim the land under a 1974 judgment.

Local News
9:06 am
Wed February 20, 2013

NM To Study The Jemez River Watershed


JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water managers are planning to study the water quality of the Jemez River watershed.


The survey will include the Jemez River from its headwaters in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains down to the village of San Ysidro. A tributary of the Rio Grande, the river cuts through Valles Caldera National Preserve and Jemez Pueblo land.

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8:56 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Budget Includes Extra Money For Roads

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a financing boost for road projects across the state.


A nearly $5.9 billion budget proposal heading to the House includes $20 million for the Department of Transportation for major road projects.


The measure also allows the department to spend $35 million from its fund balances for road maintenance.


The department has told lawmakers the need for road and bridge maintenance and construction far exceeds its current budget.

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