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Archive for December 8th, 2012

  • Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

    December 8, 2012 • BusinessComments Off

    Brandon Coats works on his computer at his home in Denver on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Colorado case of Brandon Coats is giving employers pause. Coats, 33, was a telephone operator for Dish Network. Paralyzed as a teenager in a car crash, he’s also...

  • Voter turnout dropped to 63 percent in New Mexico

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans participated in last month’s general election than four years ago, with about 63 percent of eligible voters turning out to cast ballots, according to official figures released Friday. About 786,500 people voted...

  • Western states look to capitalize on energy boom

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Petroleum producers in southeastern New Mexico are on track to pump out 80 million barrels of oil this year — numbers that haven’t been seen since the 1970s. In Texas and North Dakota, the oilfields are booming. Companies...

  • BLM acquires land to protect prairie chicken

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The area of protection for the lesser prairie chicken in New Mexico is expanding. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management acquired 1,789 acres of land in eastern Chaves County earlier this month that will become part of a larger, special...

  • Investigators doubting claim in fatal NM shooting

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators appear to doubt the self-defense claim of an Alcalde woman who fatally shot a man inside her home last month. The 35-year-old woman hasn’t been charged in the case and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office...

  • State health officials say flu off to early start

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — 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...

  • Labor board rules against Aztec teachers’ union

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — 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...

  • Bernalillo County makes changes to animal law

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County commissioners have approved an ordinance aimed at limiting the confinement of dogs and making sure lost pets can be identified. County residents no longer can keep their dogs on a “cable trolley” and...

  • Lovington woman finds love with adopted kids

    December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

    HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — When Amy Ward suffered the tragic loss of her unborn son a few years ago, the Lovington resident donated the unused baby clothes to a baby boy who was in foster care. “My mom was an investigator for CYFD (Child, Youth and Families...

  • Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage cases

    December 8, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

    FILE – This Dec. 17, 2010 file photo shows Karen Golinski, right, hugging her wife Amy Cunninghis as they pose for a photograph outside of a federal court building in San Francisco. The fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the...