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Martinez taps new NM Homeland Security Secretary

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed a retired Air Force colonel as state’s next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Martinez made the announcement Monday on the appointment of Greg Myers, who had been serving as acting secretary after then-secretary Michael Duvall resigned in January to...

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UNM holding marathon 'Bless Me, Ultima' reading

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Mexican-American novel, “Bless Me, Ultima,” with a reading marathon. The Daily Lobo reports (http://bit.ly/IaBxNd) that the novel’s...

Spaceport visitor center plan riles NM village

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A reworked Spaceport America plan for deciding where to build tourist centers in southern New Mexico has riled officials in the city of Hatch. Mayor Judd Nordyke said village officials have no idea where the visitor center will be...

Laguna Pueblo gives OK for 'The Lone Ranger'

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Laguna Pueblo has given permission to Disney filmmakers to use some of their land during filming of “Lone Ranger.” KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/JjQdgy) that the Laguna Pueblo tribal council recently approved...

Farmington prepares for monsoon season

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Public works employees for Farmington are getting the city’s storm water system ready for monsoon season. The city’s nearly two-year long process of cleaning out its storm water system is nearing an end, The Farmington...

NM officials seek to protect historic bridge

April 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico are taking steps to protect a bridge that once carried wagon trains and Union soldiers across the Santa Fe Trail. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/IgL98m) that the state Cultural Properties...

Motorcyclist dies in I-40 crash near Moriarty

April 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state police say a motorcyclist has died after his bike collided with a big-rig truck on Interstate 40 near the town of Moriarty. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says 59-year-old John Hamilton of Moriarty was...

Grand jury review of police shootings questioned

April 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Grand juries reviewing police shootings in Bernalillo County and Albuquerque operate under a highly unusual process where they don’t have the power to indict an officer even in the most egregious cases, only determine if the...

Car jumps curb, slams into Las Alamos restaurant

April 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A 95-year-old driver was shaken up after his car jumped a parking lot curb and slammed into the windows of a Las Alamos McDonald’s restaurant. Customer Mark Casados says he was having breakfast with his friend Saturday morning...

Housing Authority boss fired after spending issues

April 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report shows the fired top executive at the Albuquerque Housing Authority used a government vehicle to “get her hair done” and violated a ban on gifts by purchasing holiday turkeys, hams and polo shirts to boost...