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NM judge expects delay in move to new courthouse

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new district courthouse in Santa Fe likely will sit vacant for several months early next year because a state board led by Gov. Susana Martinez won’t provide an emergency loan to pay for furniture and computer. Judges and court personnel had expected to move into the $60 million building [&hellip...

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NM education department won't delay school grades

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is rejecting a call to postpone A-F grades for more than 800 public schools. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/NTWjaA ) that the state Public Education Department said Wednesday...

Baseball team leaving Carlsbad over alcohol spat

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A minor league baseball team has struck out in Carlsbad because of a disagreement about the sale of alcohol at games. The Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/KPsCIe) reports Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway confirmed Wednesday the Carlsbad...

PERA considering cuts to state pension benefits

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico is considering making cuts in future retirement benefits for more than 54,000 government workers. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/MNnlLh) reports PERA officials are...

Santa Teresa Port of Entry gets new director

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Santa Teresa Port of Entry has a new director. Joanne Thale-Lembo was sworn into office Wednesday during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony. Thale-Lembo will direct operations...

Los Alamos Lab to let go of 80 contract workers

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is letting go of some of its workers. The Los Alamos Monitor (http://bit.ly/PA4BCX) reports lab director Charlie McMillan said 80 contractor positions would be eliminated. McMillan made the announcement...

1 dead in Albuquerque house fire

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fire officials say one person has died from injuries in a fire in an Albuquerque home. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/M9dF2K) reports firefighters found a man in the blaze Thursday morning and pronounced him dead at the scene. A fire...

NM firefighters battle blaze along Rio Grande

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thick plume of smoke rose from the wooded area along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of New Mexico’s largest city Wednesday as crews worked to put out flames burning on both sides of the river. Flames torching the tops...

Feds link immigrant license fraud ring to NM

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five Albuquerque-area residents were named in a recently unsealed federal indictment connected to what authorities say is a multistate scam abusing New Mexico’s law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s...

Board to consider courthouse furnishings request

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King says the state is responsible for paying to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe. The state Board of Finance is to consider a request Thursday from the 1st Judicial District for a loan of nearly...