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Eddy County expected to approve lobbying contract

August 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Eddy County Commission is expected to approve a contract Tuesday with a Washington-based lobbying firm to represent the county and city of Carlsbad. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/PNE08b) that the city and county each voted recently to hire the C2 Group. The two governments will equally share in the estimated...

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Lack of funding prevents canyon from becoming park

August 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Funding is so tight that there is not enough money available to make Pecos Canyon a state park, said New Mexico State Parks Division director Tommy Mutz. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/NVIPHK) that state officials...

NM man dies after driving into oncoming traffic

August 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Flora Vista man died after driving into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 491 in between Gallup and Newcomb. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/OG7lvP) reports that 69-year-old Ricardo Cordon was driving home...

Santa Fe merchants sue city over rules at plaza

August 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A downtown Santa Fe merchants group that feels city officials have ignored their concerns about events on the Santa Fe Plaza has filed a lawsuit contending that the city hasn’t been following its own laws. The Albuquerque...

NM state police officer fatally shoots Clovis man

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State Police officer has shot and killed a man at the end of a foot chase in Clovis. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the suspect led the officer on a short vehicle pursuit early Sunday afternoon. McDonald...

Investor sues promoter of failed hospital project

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who says he invested more than $1.5 million in a failed northwestern New Mexico hospital project is suing the project’s promoter for fraud. Michael Atchison’s lawsuit claims promoter Bobby Willis spent the money on...

Los Alamos Co. settles with ex-official in firing

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A former top Los Alamos County official who claimed she was wrongfully fired because of her gender will receive $800,000 to settle her case. Diana Stepan was fired from her assistant county administrator job in early 2011 after...

NM lake has problems because of ash in river

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Game and Fish Department says ash from a wildfire in southwestern New Mexico is creating problems at a lake that produced the state’s record largemouth bass. The agency says Bill Evans Lake in Grant County may drop by 40 feet...

New rules require proof chile grown in New Mexico

August 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, Pablo Mendoza roasts Hatch chili at the Lowe’s grocery store parking lot on St. Michaels Drive in Santa Fe, N.M. Under new state rules, stores and roadside vendors must have verification forms on-site...

Antique gun recovered after owner sees it on TV

August 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An expensive antique revolver stolen from a private museum outside Santa Fe, N.M., has been recovered after the curator spotted the suspected thief on a television appraisal program. Museum owner Jim Gordon said his curator was...