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Rain prompts Albuquerque to reopen bosque

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rain and higher humidity levels have prompted Albuquerque area officials to reopen to the public the wooded area along the Rio Grande. Access was restricted to the bosque within city limits and Bernalillo County last month due to high fire danger. The closure orders will be lifted Friday morning. The bosque [&hellip...

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Gov. Martinez welcomes Rio Rancho call center

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the opening of a new calling center in Rio Rancho. The governor Thursday made the announcement on Alliance Data Systems, a provider of nearly 100 private label credit card programs. According to the...

NM prisons in 'lockdown' for drugs, weapons

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prisons are under a statewide lockdown as officials look for drugs and weapons. Deputy Secretary of Operations Joe Booker said Thursday the lockdown was ordered Wednesday and will last no more than five days. Officials say...

Racial profiling complaints filed in Farmington

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Six people filed racial profiling complaints against the Farmington Police Department and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday over accusations that the agencies used race and ethnicity to inquire about...

Salazar visits NM to discuss water issues

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rethinking water supply and demand along one of the West’s most important river systems is among the recommendations being considered by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials in a report released Wednesday on...

Oversight board questions radiation risk at LANL

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight board says Los Alamos National Laboratory has significantly underestimated how much radiation could leak from its main plutonium lab in the event of a major earthquake and fire. The Defense Nuclear Facilities...

NM's state revenues to be higher than expected

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue levels for the state of New Mexico will come in roughly $250 million higher than expected for the just-completed fiscal year, officials reported Wednesday. The stronger-than-expected revenues mean the state likely will end...

NM to hire experts to confront payroll errors

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico will pay nearly $245,000 to address problems that caused two operating errors in its payroll system. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/L8sZI6) that the Department of Finance and Administration is...

Thieves steal manhole covers in Las Cruces

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Thieves in Las Cruces are stealing manhole and water valve covers. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/NqmfZz) that there were 43 water valve covers stolen in one area of the city within the past week. Twenty-three manhole...

Santa Fe County tax for fire operations considered

July 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County officials are considering asking voters in November to approve a quarter-cent tax increase to fund firefighting operations. The county had the tax in effect for 24 years before it expired in 2008 and voters balked when...