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NM securities agency probing fake financial audit

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico financial regulator is investigating possible violations of state securities laws by a fake New Mexico Finance Authority audit being distributed to investors. The probe by the state Securities Division was announced Monday at a meeting of the governing board of the Finance Authority, which disclosed last week [&hellip...

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NM Tourism report shows 5 percent rise in visitors

July 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tourism was up nearly 5 percent in New Mexico last year, marking a shift in momentum that is creating new jobs and pumping millions of new dollars into the economy, officials announced Monday. At a press conference with tourism...

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...

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...