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Court upholds Navajo hiring rules at Ariz. mines

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld hiring preferences at northeastern Arizona coal mines that require the mining company to favor members of the Navajo tribe. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick’s ruling may end a decade-long battle that pitted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Peabody Western Coal Co. Sedwick is...

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Work on new lab security delayed amid overruns

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new $213 million security system designed to increase protection for the nation’s nuclear bomb-building lab doesn’t work, federal officials acknowledged Friday, the latest in a series of cost-overruns and questions...

Voters to decide top NM appellate court races

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters will decide whether Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has an opportunity to leave a lasting imprint on New Mexico’s courts that resolve appeals and set legal precedents. The governor’s appointees to the Supreme Court...

Family: ‘Patio furniture re-arranger’ hits NM home

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A family says an unwelcome visitor keeps striking their Albuquerque home with an unusually goal — to re-arrange their patio furniture. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/VN1b6D) that the unknown woman enters onto the family’s...

Officials: UNM Latino 6-year graduation rate up

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The six-year graduation rate for Hispanic students at the University of New Mexico has seen its highest jump in a decade. School officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bitly.com/jliVCm) that the rate grew to 44.6 percent...

Dona Ana lawmaker pays campaign finance fine

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from Dona Ana County says she’s paid a fine levied by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office for campaign finance violations. State Sen. Mary Jane Garcia says she paid the $1,200 fine...

Forest fire east of Taos remains uncontained

October 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A fire burning in the Carson National Forest east of Taos has grown to an estimated 429 acres with zero containment so far. Officials say the so-called Midnight Fire is mostly creeping and smoldering with little progression Thursday due to...

2 seek changing NM 1st District Congress seat

October 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s a congressional district that has historically elected Republicans, although registered Democratic voters have had an edge. And for years, both parties have spent millions fighting for control of the swing district that...

Ex-deputy gets probation for flashlight beating

October 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A former San Juan County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to violating the civil rights of an American Indian suspect he beat with a flashlight. Dale Frazier will be on probation for three...

NM offers late-season elk hunting licenses

October 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Game and Fish Department is offering late season licenses to sportsmen to hunt trophy bull elk in New Mexico. The agency said 275 archery hunting licenses for elk will be sold online on Oct. 31 on a first-come, first-served basis....