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Ballot proposal on marijuana advances in Santa Fe

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city clerk in Santa Fe says activists have submitted enough valid voter signatures to force a public vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, if the City Council doesn’t approve it outright. ProgressNow New Mexico and the Drug Policy Alliance submitted petitions last month. Activists needed 5,763 valid signatures...

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Ex-Jemez Springs chief pleads not guilty to rape

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Jemez Springs police chief has pleaded not guilty to rape charges. KOB-TV reports (http://goo.gl/YXNbsx) a judge on Monday ordered Shane Harger held on $250,000 cash or surety bond following his arraignment. Harger was...

New Mexico program allows inmates to help horses

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SPRINGER, N.M. (AP) — Adding to a string of new rehabilitation projects, the New Mexico Department of Corrections has launched a program that lets prisoners without disciplinary problems help with rescued horses. The program teaches inmates horsemanship...

Traffic deaths up 20% in New Mexico this year

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent so far this year, the state Department of Transportation reported. From January through July, 204 people have died in traffic accidents. That’s up from 170 fatalities...

Journal poll: Udall leading Weh in Senate race

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Results of a recent survey on New Mexico’s U.S. Senate race indicate that Democratic incumbent Tom Udall leads Republican challenger Allen Weh among likely voters. According to the survey conducted for the Albuquerque Journal...

Shot fired at Albuquerque post office; no injury

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a postal employee is in custody after a shot was fired within the vehicle maintenance facility at Albuquerque’s main post office. Nobody was injured. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Ed Trejo...

New Mexico jobless rate was 6.6 percent in July

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that’s not measurably different from a month earlier when it was 6.5 percent. The jobless rate was 7 percent in July...

Sheriff: Colorado boy drowns in New Mexico lake

August 19, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern New Mexico say a Colorado boy drowned while on a family outing to celebrate his birthday. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office says 6-year-old Christian Korte of Durango could not be revived after he was...

Community efforts to help Santa Fe schools rising

August 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Community groups and business owners in Santa Fe will be part of a new education initiative the mayor plans to announce this week, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/1rJrh5N ). Mayor Javier Gonzalez plans to involve...

Woman, child remain hospitalized after dog attack

August 18, 2014 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police say a mother and her young son remain hospitalized a day after being mauled by two dogs in a Rio Rancho backyard. Rio Rancho police said Sunday that the 2-year-old boy remains in serious condition and his mother is listed as...