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NM short of money for general election costs

September 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Unexpected general election costs have created a $1.4 million hole in the secretary of state’s budget, but the financial squeeze won’t prevent New Mexicans from casting ballots in November, according to New Mexico’s top elections official. Secretary of State Dianna Duran came up empty-handed Tuesday in asking the...

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NM proposes concealed handguns in state parks

September 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — People licensed to carry a concealed handgun could bring their loaded weapons into a New Mexico state park under a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration. It’s among several administrative rule changes suggested...

Death penalty remains option in NM murder case

September 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The death penalty remains an option for punishment in the case of a former Arizona inmate accused of killing a couple in New Mexico. John McCluskey is charged with carjacking and murder in the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of...

Authorities: Hunters stumble upon NM pot farm

September 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAJIQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a pair of hunters have stumbled upon a massive marijuana growing operation and later sparked a federal seizure worth millions of dollars. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/UhqoQe) that federal agents pulled about 200 pot...

Los Alamos County unveils $53 million smart grid

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials are celebrating the powering up of a $53 million smart grid project developed by scientists in New Mexico and Japan. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization is working with Los Alamos...

NM regulators consider PNM solar proposal

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are considering a proposal that would mean fewer credits for Public Service Company of New Mexico customers who install solar photovoltaic systems. Renewable Energy Certificate credits have been slashed by more...

NM officials expand chronic wasting control areas

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The areas where hunters have to abide by special rules for handling and transporting animal carcasses have been expanded due to chronic wasting disease in deer and elk in southern New Mexico. The state Game and Fish Department made the...

NM museum displays Sheriff Garrett’s hearse

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The hearse that carried the New Mexico lawman made famous for gunning down outlaw Billy the Kid is now on display in Las Cruces. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department says it took two decades of negotiations to get the...

NM man accused of hitting 2 with vehicle charged

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A driver who hit two participants in the State Fair Parade has been arrested on charges of fleeing from an officer and tampering with evidence. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ufjivw) that 51-year-old Jose Gandara is...

Retiree health agency names executive director

September 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Retiree Health Care Authority has promoted its deputy director to the top administrative job of the agency providing health insurance for about 50,000 governmental retirees, their spouses and dependents. The authority’s...