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NM revenues up $84M in current budget year

December 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico expects strong enough revenue growth to allow for a possible 5 percent budget increase next year for public education and other government programs, according to a financial forecast Monday that will guide spending decisions during the upcoming legislative session. Economists for the Legislature and Gov. Susana...

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Man accused in hatchet attack in Valencia County

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO COMMUNITIES, N.M. (AP) — Police say a man attacked his girlfriend and her mother with a hatchet after he broke into his girlfriend’s home in the Valencia County town of Rio Communities. Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Lynn says...

Farmington buys armored vehicle for police to use

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington has bought an armored vehicle for police officers to use in responding to SWAT calls and other emergency situations. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/199wPjQ) that the city bought the vehicle...

1 person dies in plane crash in Los Alamos

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A plane crashed Sunday morning in a canyon about a mile south of the Los Alamos Airport. The Los Alamos Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/1kpMDRc) that at least one person died as result of the single-engine Aviat Husky crashing in...

Concerns raised on proposed Navajo gaming compact

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Laguna Pueblo is raising concerns about a provision in the Navajo Nation’s proposed new gaming compact with the state of New Mexico that would let the Navajos have two additional casinos. Skip Sayre, who handles sales and...

New Mexico’s high school graduation rate improves

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s high school graduation rate improved during the last school year, but the state remains near the bottom in national rankings when compared with rates from other states. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

More than 70 vying for Rio Rancho police chief job

December 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — More than 70 people have applied to be the next police chief of Rio Rancho. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/zKyVpe) that’s the number of applications the city clerk’s office by Nov. 30 had received. Once...

Prairie dog NM-Texas relocation request tabled

December 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The Clovis City Commission has tabled a request to relocate prairie dogs to a county in Texas. The Clovis News Journal reports (http://bit.ly/18fuKEg) that commissioners opted this week to table the proposal since an advocacy group...

Open access to Valles Caldera preserve stalls

December 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valles Caldera National Preserve won’t yet invite further exploration by hikers after a plan to throw open access was tabled. Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar said at the panel’s meeting Thursday in...

DEA: NM smoke shop owner sold ‘spice’

December 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The owner and an employee of a New Mexico smoke shop are facing federal drug charges in connection with a raid of the shop over the synthetic drug “spice.” KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1bnFLy8) that Roman Huerta and...