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Open government advocates welcome court ruling

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates. The court’s ruling is important for preserving government transparency, particularly in an era [&hellip...

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Man found dead in home near Silver City identified

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man found dead near Silver City has been identified. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Josiah Roybal was discovered inside a home Sunday in Arenas Valley. He reportedly was dead at the scene....

Judge awards nearly $3M for NM redistricting fees

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxpayers must pick up the tab for nearly $3 million in fees for attorneys who represented Democratic, Republican, Native American and Hispanic voter interests in redistricting trials, a New Mexico judge decided Monday. District Judge...

Moriarty serves as model for summer meal programs

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Beth Dennison climbs behind the wheel of a school bus loaded with sandwiches, milk, fruit and vegetables each weekday and rattles over 30 miles of dusty Torrance County roads delivering food to waiting children. “Just meeting...

NM balloon fiesta vendors seek contract change

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of food vendors is trying to renegotiate lower rent for an annual hot-air balloon fiesta to keep food prices from rising. The group plans to meet Monday with officials for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The...

Man acquitted of cockfighting charges sues county

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A La Cienega man acquitted of cockfighting charges is suing Santa Fe County, saying he was singled out in an investigation because he owned roosters and is Hispanic. Raul Trinidad-Enriquez and his two roommates allege in a lawsuit...

Voter guide offered for constitutional amendments

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature’s research arm is helping voters get an early start on learning about proposed constitutional amendments to be decided in the November general election. The Legislative Counsel Service has published an...

Dona Ana County man charged with animal cruelty

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man who lives west of Las Cruces has been indicted on animal cruelty and other charges arising out of an investigation in which more than two dozen dogs and fowl were seized from his property. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports...

Santa Fe schools to buy computer equipment

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools is spending $2.4 million to buy Apple computers to help improve student math scores through Web-based instruction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/QzZ0em) that the computer order includes about...

Nambe teen a familiar face at NM fair

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Jacinto Martin, 14, donned a pair of aviator shades and tied a bandanna around his face Tuesday afternoon, and then he pulled on his latex gloves. The bleached-blond teenager looked as if he might be heading out with the intention of hitting some walls with...