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Albuquerque schools moving toward ‘techbooks’

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The days of students using traditional textbooks in New Mexico’s largest public school district appear to be numbered. The Albuquerque Public Schools board recently approved an $11.3 million contract with a company that provides web-based resources instead of paper educational materials, the Albuquerque Journal reported...

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Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley expansion

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley’s request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers. The plan also...

New Mexico plans summit on economic policies

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans a summit in October to gather recommendations for boosting New Mexico’s economy. The Economic Development Department is organizing the “New Century Economic Summit” in...

Clovis group makes blankets, sends for troops

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Warmth from Home blankets are made in haste but also made in love for military troops overseas. Once blankets are sewn and patched, Jenny Wilson says they tie a yellow ribbon around the blankets to let military members know they’re...

Former Cuba schools employee arrested in theft

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ABUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former official with the troubled Cuba Independent Schools District has been arrested in the theft of handicap ramps owned by the district. Beverly Rodriguez is accused of stealing the ramps in 2010 while overseeing construction...

San Juan County has 3rd most uninsured in state

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County is spending more providing health care for residents than it spends on its sheriff and detention center. More than a quarter of the northwestern New Mexico county’s residents lack insurance. A U.S. Census Bureau...

Alamogordo taps civilians to lead public safety

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Alamogordo’s top civilian leaders will temporarily oversee the public safety department while a search is conducted for a replacement for the city’s chief. Interim city manager Bob Carter and assistant city manager Matt...

Albuquerque police arrest 10 at DWI checkpoint

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say they arrested 10 suspected drunken drivers at a sobriety checkpoint they set up on the city’s west side Saturday night. Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Olvera says the agency’s DWI unit worked the...

NM arts agency hires ex-Energy Department official

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A California man and former Energy Department official has been named deputy cabinet secretary of New Mexico’s arts agency. The Cultural Affairs Department said Michael Scott Delello will assume his duties on Sept. 4. He worked...

Albuquerque officer claims reverse-discrimination

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department passed over better qualified officers in order to promote women and minorities to top command positions with the approval of the city’s administrators, according to a reverse-discrimination...