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8:52 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Valencia County May Get New Town

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Voters in a small community in Valencia County will find out if they are one step closer to creating a new town.


KRQE-TV reports  that the votes will be canvassed Friday to determine if Rio Communities can incorporate.


In a special election Tuesday, residents in Rio Communities, just east of Belen, voted to incorporate into a new municipality with its own mayor and town council.


Residents in this 4600 square acre area say they want a new town so they could have their own police department.

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2:04 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Minimum Wage Increase Sought For Bernalillo County

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — If a Bernalillo County commissioner gets his way, the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county would increase to match the minimum wage now in effect in Albuquerque.


Commissioner Art De La Cruz says he plans later this month to propose raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas to $8.50 an hour later.


That's the rate now in effect in Albuquerque as a result of a voter-approved ordinance that raised the rate from $7.50 an hour.

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8:50 am
Mon January 7, 2013

NM Police To Stop Monitoring Nuclear Shipments

Credit Bill Ebbesen

New Mexico State Police says they'll no longer monitor shipments of nuclear waste traveling to a plant in Carlsbad.

Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas says the decision means a dispatcher will no longer monitor the shipments from a computer in Santa Fe.

KOAT -TV (http://bit.ly/13dzUu4 ) reports that the monitoring began about 15 years ago because there were worries about the security and safety of the shipments.

Kassetas said the state police would hear immediately from the federal Department of Energy if there's a problem.

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8:42 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Minimum Wage Increase Sought For Bernalillo County

If a Bernalillo County commissioner gets his way, the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county would increase to match the minimum wage now in effect in Albuquerque.

Commissioner Art De La Cruz says he plans later this month to propose raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas to $8.50 an hour later.

That's the rate now in effect in Albuquerque as a result of a voter-approved ordinance that raised the rate from $7.50 an hour.

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9:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Former SC Sheriff's Deputy Suspect In NM Robbery

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant is suspected of robbing a Santa Fe, N.M., pharmacy at gunpoint and trying to rob a second pharmacy of the potent narcotic Oxycodone.


Police in Santa Fe say 43-year-old George William Smith is married to a Santa Fe prosecutor. They say Assistant District Attorney Dorie Biagianti-Smith called authorities and confronted her husband after recognizing him on a television news broadcast about the Monday and Tuesday robberies.

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8:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

NM Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Lujan

House Speaker Ben Lujan in 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.


Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.


Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

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12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Martinez Wants Moment Of Silence For Connecticut Victims

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling for a statewide moment of silence for the victims of last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

Martinez issued a proclamation declaring a day of mourning and asking for the moment of silence to be observed at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The governor's office says she made the proclamations Thursday after a request from Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to his fellow governors.

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10:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NMSU Launches Obesity Study Of Students And Employees

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University researchers have launched a study to examine obesity among NMSU students and employees.

Researchers recently developed an online survey aimed at finding out more on obesity and lifestyle factors of students and employees, especially in southern New Mexico. So far, the survey has found that 47 percent of NMSU and employee respondents self-reported as overweight or obese.

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8:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Suit Alleges Excessive Force By Albuquerque Police

A mentally disabled man who was shot by an Albuquerque police officer has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TqRR3H ) that the lawsuit filed last week by Russell Tenorio alleges excessive force by police and seeks unspecified damages.

It marked second lawsuit against Albuquerque police to come out of the November 2010 shooting.

Police were called to Tenorio's home after getting a call that he had been drinking and was threatening to harm himself with a knife.

Tenorio was shot by Officer Brian Pitzer.

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8:44 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Santa Fe Raptor Center Running Out Of Money

Credit Dori

A nonprofit group in Santa Fe that aims to rehabilitate wild birds of prey that have been injured by flying into barbed wire fences, being shot or by other causes is facing a funding crisis.

The Santa Fe New Mexican quotes Santa Fe Raptor Center co-founder Lori Paras as saying her group is projected to be out of funds by the end of January.

The center is facing the challenge of feeding more birds than usual this year.

It now has about 21 birds, more than double its usual capacity.

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8:41 am
Mon December 17, 2012

One Girl In Connecticut Shooting From Rio Rancho

One of the school children killed in a mass shooting in Connecticut attended school in Rio Rancho last year before her family moved.

Rio Rancho Public School District officials confirmed that Emilie Parker went to Maggie Cordova Elementary last year.

Her father Robbie Parker was one of the first parents to speak out about the shooting the day after Friday's massacre that left 20 school children and six adults dead at a school. He says he's blessed to be Emilie's dad.

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8:38 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Storm Makes Driving Tough; Icy I-40 Briefly Closed

Credit JossDude

Drivers across much of New Mexico are facing tough road conditions as a wintry storm that led to the brief closure of a stretch Interstate 40 leaves the state.

The state Transportation Department closed a stretch of I-40 about 70 miles east of Albuquerque in the Cline's Corner area early Sunday and reopened it at about 5 a.m. Mountain roads across are icy and crews are spreading cinders and plowing snow where needed.

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1:33 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Environmentalists Worry About Arizona's Control Of Wolves

Environmentalists pushing for the release of more Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico say they're worried federal regulators are allowing Arizona to control the process and severely limit releases.

The Phoenix-based director of the Sierra Club's Grand Canyon chapter says the Fish and Wildlife Service has made it clear it wants state wildlife agencies to take the lead. Sandy Bahr tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/SzuFne ) that's led to no releases at all in the past four years.

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9:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Heavy Snow in NM Sparks Delays, 1 Fatal Crash

Credit Wikih101

Heavy snows and icy roads have left parts of New Mexico with forced delays, dangerous driving conditions and at least one person dead.

New Mexico State Police say at least one person was killed Sunday in a weather related car crash near Waldo, forcing the temporarily closure of Interstate 25 just south of Santa Fe.

The winter storm on Sunday, which struck northern and central areas of the state, also forced the temporary closure of Interstate 40 in Clines Corners where two semi-trucks were jack knifed.

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9:09 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NM Sen. Dems Nominate Campos for Key Post

Credit The New Mexico Legislature Website

State Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas, N.M., for the top position in the body.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/UwPY56 ) that the action came Sunday at a closed-door caucus meeting in Belen.

Campos defeated three others in the contest to replace Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, who recently lost his re-election bid.

Campos says he's honored by the nomination and plans to reach out "to every member of the Senate."

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9:03 am
Mon December 10, 2012

AG's Office: Sunland Park Probe Inconclusive

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has ruled that a probe into whether a troubled New Mexico border city violated a state sunshine law in appointing the mayor earlier this year is inconclusive.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/U9Z6eZ) that the office issued its opinion last week about Sunland Park after interviewing five city councilors.

The office said investigators were unable to find witnesses or documentary evidence that councilors tried to reach consensus outside of a public meeting.

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9:01 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NM Parolees' Late Releases Draw Fire

Credit Shelka04

The state Corrections Department's new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted late releases for parolees.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TM40io) that officials say parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates ever since the system changed in early September.

Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates' upset relatives.

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8:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Immigrant Arrests Up Near Deming Border Station

Deming Border Patrol officials say agents saw a jump in arrests of undocumented immigrants along its patrol area of the New Mexico-Mexico border.

The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/QRJW10) that an official from the Deming Border Patrol station said last week that in the second half of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, there was a 28 percent increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in the area. He said 253 more people were arrested from June to December in 2012 than in 2011.

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8:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Canvassing Board to Certify Legislative Recount

The state Canvassing Board is putting the final touches on New Mexico's general election.

The board meets Monday to certify results of a recount in a race for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives between Republican Paul Pacheco and Democrat Marci Blaze.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VtBKkz) that unofficial returns show Pacheco, a retired Albuquerque policeman, winning by 79 votes — up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.

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8:52 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Study: More Cancer Suits May Cost NM Millions

A new study has found that New Mexico may have to pay as much as $120 million for an estimated 101 new medical malpractice claims that could be part of a potential class action lawsuit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state General Services Department Secretary Ed Burckle says that's in addition to about $45 million in settlements the state has paid to 118 families since 1998.

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8:50 am
Mon December 10, 2012

NMSU May Use Search Firm in New President Quest

Credit New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University may use a search firm to hire the next school president.

The board of regents chairman Mike Cheney told the Las Cruces Sun-News that the board has put out a request and received proposals from firms interested in taking on the search but may not use them.

The board aims to make a decision on whether to use a firm by Jan. 1.

Cheney says the interview process would likely run through the first half of the semester, in hopes of announcing a president by spring graduation.

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8:17 am
Fri December 7, 2012

State Health Officials Say Flu Off to Early Start

State officials say the influenza season is off to an early start and are warning that it may be more severe than in recent years.

The New Mexico Department of Health says flu is circulating throughout the state. Health officials say anyone six months of age and older, particularly pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions, should get vaccinated.

The department says many of the influenza cases seen so far are a more severe type that has led to higher number of hospitalizations and deaths in previous flu seasons than other types.

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8:14 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Labor Board Rules Against Aztec Teachers' Union

A labor board has ruled against the Aztec teachers' union negotiating with the school district on a collective bargaining agreement.

The Farmington Daily Times (bit.ly/QMOkOJ) says the Labor Management Relations Board found that the union violated negotiating practices and failed to follow rules agreed upon by the two parties. The board said the union also had submitted proposals that conflicting with state statutes and the state constitution.

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8:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

NM School Preparing for New Testing Standards

New Mexico's largest school district plans to spend millions of dollars to adopt new testing standards and move to computer-based testing.

Albuquerque Public Schools administrators say the district estimates it will spend $39 million in capital money to upgrade 17,000 computers and computer equipment, and another $15 million annually to maintain the system.

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8:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Recount Still Pending in 1 NM Legislative Race

State officials are trying to wrap up the final results of the November general election.

The state Canvassing Board meets Friday and a top official in the secretary of state's office says winners are expected to be certified in all but one race.

There's a pending recount in a state House of Representatives race between Republican Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque and Democrat Marci Blaze of Corrales. Before the recount, Pacheco was leading by 66 votes.

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8:08 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Outside Political Groups Spent Nearly $4M in NM

The latest campaign finance reports show that two outside political groups spent nearly $4 million to influence legislative races, which ended up with Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate.

A political committee with ties to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reported on Thursday spending $2.4 million. It was involved in 31 House and Senate races, including several Democratic primary contests.

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10:10 am
Mon December 3, 2012

NM Inmates Clearing Forests to Prevent Wildfires

Credit JerryFriedman

A group of New Mexico inmates are helping clear up a patch of Bosque in Pena Blanca, an area devastated by the Los Conchas fire last year.

KQRE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/RwAhhp) that winter inmate crews are working to clear out that fuel as fast as possible and helping the state save money.

Inmate crews cost $300 a day, a fraction of what a private company would charge.

A dry winter and severe drought conditions are making forests vulnerable for future wildfires.

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10:09 am
Mon December 3, 2012

New Mexico Expects $283M in Revenue for Next Year

The Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez will have slightly more than $280 million to cover budget increases and tax cuts next year under a new revenue forecast outlined to lawmakers.

The revenue estimates released Monday will serve as the financial backdrop for lawmakers when they convene next month for a 60-day legislative session.

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10:08 am
Mon December 3, 2012

'Diversity' Class May Be Required for UNM Students

Students at the University of New Mexico may soon be required to take at least one class on diversity.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TEM9tO) that a draft proposal by the Provost's Diversity Council calls for a three-credit-hour diversity requirement that could go into effect in fall 2014. The class will be required for all students before graduation.

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10:06 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Lab: LANL Firings Probe Near Complete

Credit Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is expected to conclude its probe into former employees who allowed visitors to operate weapons at the lab's shooting range.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/SpVbMh) that the law says four unauthorized visitors were given access the range and were allowed to "operate a variety of firearms." The lab says participants also took photos of their time on the range and posted them on Facebook. Those photos have since been taken down.

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