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Mental health facility being built in southern NM

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Construction has begun on a $2 million facility in southern New Mexico that’s meant to keep mentally ill residents out of jail. Officials say the Dona Ana County Crises Triage Center is a better option for such residents who often have been improperly routed to jail. The 5,800-square-foot building is [&hellip...

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Santa Fe Community College names new president

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has a new president. Ana Margarita Guzman begins her duties Sept. 4 as the college’s seventh president. She has led Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, for the past 12 years. The college’s...

Senate leader to be released from hospital

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate majority leader is expected to be discharged from the hospital Friday after undergoing an emergency procedure to avoid a heart attack. The chief of staff for Michael Sanchez says the 61-year-old senator had been...

Spanish pilgrims tour NM on 'Blue Nun' saint quest

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Pilgrims from Agreda, Spain visited New Mexico this week in a quest to push sainthood for a woman known as “the Blue Nun.” The pilgrims came to gather information on the influences of Sor Maria de Jesus de Agreda, a 17th...

Official: NM Finance Authority issued fake audit

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority, which makes billions of dollars in loans for public projects, faked its annual audit that was sent to creditors and investors for 2011, the state auditor said Thursday. The revelation shocked state...

Lawyers: NM gun raid case 'politically-motivated'

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels say the federal government’s investigation is politically-motivated. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/MkM67O) that defense team...

Salazar proposes potash, oil and gas plan for NM

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday introduced a proposal that could effectively end a decades-long squabble over development of oil and natural gas in an area that makes up the nation’s greatest potash reserve. Oil and...

Roswell police custody death ruled 'accidental'

July 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The death of a man who died in Roswell police custody has been ruled accidental. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/LcH3QR) that medical examiner made the ruling this week on the death of Robin Daniel Harney. The...

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...

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...