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Farmington officials to mull Civic Center facelift

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Farmington Civic Center will undergo a facelift if the City Council gives its approval of a proposed renovation plan. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/UC29w8) that the City Council is considering plans to expand the exhibit hall and let the center to have a greater range of events. Construction bids [&hellip...

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UNM sees rise in students taking online courses

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico has seen a nearly 50-percent increase over past year in the number of credit hours that its students are taking in online courses. University leaders said the spike is a sign that the school is becoming more...

Santa Fe group mulling plastic grocery bag ban

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The public will get its first chance to weigh in on an emerging push to ban plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe this week, a month after an advisory committee considering a proposed ban heard from industry opponents. The city’s...

Lab’s $425M in design spending falls short

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent about $425 million on designs for its proposed new plutonium facility without reaching the level of confidence needed to prepare a reliable budget or begin building. The proposed Chemistry...

Rio Arriba Co. deputy resigns after 4 crashes

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy who was in four crashes in less than two years has resigned. Sheriff Tommy Rodella tells KOAT-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/SPRtOu ) that Sgt. Anthony Armijo’s resignation is a big...

Silver City woman found dead, boyfriend arrested

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Silver City say a 21-year-old woman has been found dead and her boyfriend has been arrested on a murder charge. Nicole Leon was found dead in the home she shared with 23-year-old Christopher Calloway early Saturday morning....

Construction project to close a road to Los Alamos

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Transportation says part of a highway leading to Los Alamos will be closed daily during the next two weeks because of construction. The agency will repave and upgrade two miles of state Route 502 east of Los Alamos....

SF sheriff cuts Pojoaque Pueblo’s police powers

September 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County’s sheriff has revoked state police powers from tribal police in Pojoaque Pueblo after a dispute with the county over liability and complaints from citizens who said they were harassed. The decision announced...

Albuquerque officer suspended for texts to girl

September 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer who was accused of exchanging sexually charged text messages with an underage girl has been suspended by Albuquerque’s police chief. Chief Ray Schultz confirmed the suspension to the Albuquerque Journal...

Bernalillo Co. to seize repeat DWI suspects’ cars

September 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drivers caught more than once driving drunk in Bernalillo County can now have their vehicles seized. Bernalillo County commissioners unanimously approved the new ordinance at their meeting Sept. 25 meeting. Commissioner Wayne...