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Retiring state Sen. Clint Harden resigns

October 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Retiring state Sen. Clint Harden has resigned and says he hopes Curry County rancher Pat Woods will be appointed to the vacancy. Woods won the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in a hotly contested primary race and is unopposed in the general election. Harden, a Clovis Republican, has served [&hellip...

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Santa Fe police say $82K saved by shift changes

October 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe Police Department report shows the agency saved more than $82,000 in overtime costs after shifting to a five-day work week. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (bit.ly/RiRnL9) the research found that in the 2010-11 fiscal year,...

3-year-old boy falls out of car in Albuquerque

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been cited after her 3-year-old son fell out of her car as it was stopped on an Albuquerque street. Albuquerque police say the child suffered minor injuries Thursday. The name and age of the woman has...

NM forest plans to round up free-roaming cattle

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MIMBRES, N.M. (AP) — Forest officials plan to round up cattle that have been roaming freely for years in the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico. The Wilderness Ranger District announced its impoundment order this week. It stems from reports of...

Horse-abuse activist loses 2 mounts in 2 months

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man who set out on a world-wide ride to publicize horse abuse has lost two mounts to injuries in the first two months of his ride. One of Carl Wayne Cooper’s horses had to be shot after it got its foot caught in a...

Feds clear way for NM transmission project

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed $350 million transmission project is one step closer to opening northeastern New Mexico to more solar and wind energy development thanks to a decision by federal regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this...

NM counties and cities try to lure nuke waste

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four government agencies in southeastern New Mexico are getting together to try to convince the federal government to put a high-level nuclear waste site in their region. Eddy and Lea counties and the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs...

Former pueblo governor, developer plead not guilty

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo and a real estate developer from Pecos have pleaded not guilty to charges they embezzled at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state’s 19 pueblos to develop the old...

NMSU president’s severance coming from vacancies

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University plans to pay for departing President Barbara Couture’s nearly $454,000 severance package with savings accumulated from as many as 15 vacant administrative positions. NMSU spokeswoman Julie Hughes...

FCC awards $18M to expand NM wireless networks

October 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has awarded about $18 million to telecommunications companies to expand access to high-speed cellular phone and wireless Internet service in central and southeastern New Mexico. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall...