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Lawyer quits board of NM open government group

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer resigned as a board member for an open government group in New Mexico after private emails he sent to high-ranking members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration were highlighted in news stories. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/OQiQE3) that Republican lawyer Pat Rogers resigned his post at the...

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Feral hogs now in Otero County

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The feral hogs that live in 18 of New Mexico’s 33 counties are now in Otero County. Officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/SOVkIF) that the hogs destroy property and habitat and prey upon native species. Feral...

More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060....

Bankruptcy filings continue to fall in New Mexico

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bankruptcy filings in New Mexico have been sliding since mid-2010 and continued to decrease during the first half of 2012. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MvFRMS) that the clerk’s office for the U.S. Bankruptcy...

NM Ed Retirement Board sues to reclaim funds

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has filed lawsuits against 24 people who received more than $181,000 in overpayments due to a computer error at the teacher pension fund. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/O5UupR)...

Attacked NM inmate released from hospital

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An inmate at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility hospitalized after being assaulted by other inmates has been released from the hospital. New Mexico Corrections Department said Saturday that the inmate was treated for his...

Ex-NMFA comptroller: No criminal intent on audit

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Finance Authority comptroller at the center of a fake financial audit that could affect the state’s overall credit rating said Friday that he had no criminal intent. Greg Campbell told KOB-TV...

Officials: Bedbugs force NM motel to close rooms

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A troubled Albuquerque motel faced with complaints over mice, roaches, and plumbing issues has been ordered to close five to six of its rooms. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/NE91Z6) that city officials ordered Friday that Pioneer...

Mexico tile company opens in Santa Teresa

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and the Chihuahua, Mexico-based Interceramic have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new 80,000-square-foot Santa Teresa facility. The ceremony Friday celebrating the new location of the company’s newest...

NM economy losing jobs, mainly in government

July 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports New Mexico and two other states had the nation’s largest percentage job losses last month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there was a 0.5 percent employment drop from May to June in New...