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Report critical of NM mental health audit response

December 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative report is critical of New Mexico’s handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid payments to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican http://bit.ly/18Wz5Nn , the Legislative Finance...

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Prisoner in custody after fleeing from NM hospital

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Los Lunas prisoner is back in custody after escaping from an Albuquerque hospital. Los Lunas police say 28-year-old Mary Selmeczki was briefly left alone after being taken to an Albuquerque hospital for medical...

IDs released of 2 men who died in a NM plane crash

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have positively identified two people killed last weekend when a small plane crashed in a canyon about a mile south of the Los Alamos Airport. Los Alamos County officials say the victims were 51-year-old Michael D....

Hedge fund owner has bought Taos Ski Valley in NM

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s top ski areas has been sold. Taos Ski Valley officials announced Wednesday that wealthy conservationist and hedge fund owner Louis Bacon has agreed to buy the ski area. The sale price wasn’t disclosed. Taos...

Gov. Martinez unveils new ed reform proposals

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing changes aimed at recruiting new teachers and rewarding teachers whose students are showing improvement. Martinez unveiled her plan Wednesday at Sweeney Elementary School in Santa Fe. Under her...

Climate models show changes for Rio Grande Basin

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Temperatures are likely to get hotter by a few degrees before the end of the 21st century and less water will be available in the Upper Rio Grande Basin thanks to a changing climate. Those are just some of the findings in a report...

2 New Mexico men arrested in death of Texas woman

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico men have been arrested in the killing of a Texas woman, the estranged wife of one of the men. Anna Villegas was reported missing in Seminole, Texas, on Nov. 21, and hunters found her body on Nov. 29 in the Pecos River...

Flag honor set for fallen NM sheriff’s sergeant

December 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering that flags be flown at half-staff on Thursday to honor a Sandoval County sheriff’s sergeant who died after being struck by a vehicle during a snow storm. Thursday is the day when family, friends...

School teacher found dead after fire in Shiprock

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities a school teacher has been found dead after a fire at a housing unit in Shiprock. The San Juan County Fire Department and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a structure fire near Mesa Elementary...

Ex-NM officer gives up police certification

December 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife has voluntarily relinquished his New Mexico police officer certification. The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy says Levi Chavez recently gave up his...