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3 men settle sexual abuse suits against church

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Three men who filed the first sexual abuse lawsuits in the Navajo Nation court system against the Catholic Church have recently settled their cases. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/4FPz5i) that the men will receive money as part of the settlement from the priest who is accused of sexually abusing them, the [&hellip...

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Suspect in break-in in Dulce dies in shootout

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DULCE, N.M. (AP) — A suspect matching the same description as a New Hampshire man who police say opened fire on officers in northern New Mexico last week has died in a second shootout in the town of Dulce. Authorities say the rifle-wielding suspect opened...

Electric transmission upgrades in Clovis area OKed

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Utility regulators approved a plan by Xcel Energy to make $60 million in transmission upgrades for the Clovis area that are designed to improve reliability and prepare for potential growth. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Government employs 30 percent of Dona Ana County

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Government workers account for 30 percent of the workforce in Dona Ana County. Statistics compiled by the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/O2samr) from state and federal sources show that 21,600 of the 70,200 workers in the area...

Carriers increase cell coverage in San Juan County

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Carriers are increasing cell phone coverage in San Juan County. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/NLeo9o) that Arizona-based Cellular One plans to install 11 more cell phone sites in San Juan County as it seeks to...

Martinez aide must testify at appeals hearing

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An administrative law judge has ruled that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff must testify next week at a State Personnel Board hearing for a former Department of Corrections employee who was fired. The...

NM agency borrows $458,000 complete audit

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A financial regulatory agency in New Mexico took out a $458,000 emergency loan from another state agency to continue an audit of a failed Farmington business. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/NqL1qD ) that the...

Santa Fe official questions vote on fluoridation

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A City Council member in Santa Fe who cast the sole vote against a proposal to stop adding fluoride to the city’s drinking water is examining whether the correct procedures were followed in making the change. The Albuquerque...

Truck takes plunge off cliff in San Juan County

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say two men were injured when the truck they were traveling in took a 200-foot plunge off a cliff into a river bank. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Mt2v3Y) that the truck’s...

Acreage for chile production likely falling

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Experts suspect that green and red chile acreage in New Mexico may have shrunk again this year in the Hatch and Mesilla Valley regions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/Su0SrW) that farmers in Dona Ana County are...