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Work begins on new Laguna Pueblo water system

April 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Work has started on a $70 million water and wastewater system that will serve Laguna Pueblo’s six villages in central New Mexico. Nearly half of the funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division. The first installment of nearly $27 million will go toward [&hellip...

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NM hopes to shed negative image with new ads

April 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico this year is celebrating 100 years of statehood, but many people still confuse the Land of Enchantment with its south of the border neighbor. And some who do know the state think it’s nothing but a boring desert...

Tucumcari Probation and Parole Office burns down

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed the Tucumcari Probation and Parole Office. The fire was reported about 3:45 a.m. Monday and there’s no immediate word on the possible cause of the blaze. Adjacent offices...

Heinrich holds campaign cash edge over Balderas

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Martin Heinrich has nearly four times more campaign cash than his opponent, Hector Balderas, in the race for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to the latest financial reports. Heinrich, a two-term congressman...

Boil advisory being lifted for NM Water Works

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERUQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is lifting the precautionary boil water advisory for the New Mexico Water Works water system in Bernalillo County. The system has about 30 connections serving an...

Governor demands more choices for judicial vacancy

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, like her Democratic predecessor, wants a choice of candidates when it comes to appointing judges and she’s flexing her gubernatorial power to make her point. Martinez has asked an independent...

Candidate ousted from NM 1st Congressional ballot

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Retired Army veteran Gary Smith of Albuquerque is being removed from the Republican ballot in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. A district judge ruled Monday that Smith had hundreds of invalid signatures and fell short...

Proposed NM recycling plant expected to employ 35

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed recycling plant is expected to employ 35 people when it’s completed. The project proposed for Albuquerque’s North Valley neighborhood is expected to create about 135 direct construction jobs. The plant would...

Efforts to examine water contamination criticized

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental officials in New Mexico called Kirtland Air Force Base’s efforts to determine the extent of jet fuel groundwater contamination inadequate and are demanding new monitoring wells to determine the risk to...

Wild hogs expected eventually in Dona Ana County

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Wild hogs are likely on their way to Dona Ana County as the animals continue to spread across parts of New Mexico, federal officials said. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/IqZwbP ) that the animals have spread from two...