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NM’s Sierra County sheriff has pay suspended

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Sierra County Commission in New Mexico has voted to suspend the pay of Sheriff Joe Baca. That’s after an Albuquerque television station reported that Baca has been living in Missouri, but still collecting checks for being sheriff. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/Zb506X ) says Baca is serving in the National Guard. The commission...

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New Mexico reports 2 pediatric flu deaths

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two children have died from the flu in New Mexico over the past month, bringing to 89 the number of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths in the state this season, the New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday. Health officials...

NM man accused in beating death of 3-year-old girl

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Mimbres man has been arrested in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. Grant County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Nicholas Grijalva is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond...

Sens. proposes NPS status for Valles Caldera

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are trying again to make the Valles Caldera National Preserve a national park. The New Mexico Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to transfer management of the preserve to the...

House OKs 72-hour notice of public meetings

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans will have more notice about public meetings under legislation approved by the House. Governmental groups, ranging from school boards, county commissions and state agencies, would be required to make their meeting agendas...

Garcia wants to able to return to UNM campus

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia says he hopes one day to be allowed to go back on campus again. Garcia remains a professor emeritus but the university banned him from its Albuquerque campus after he was...

Prostitution bill clears first legislative hurdle

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would modernize New Mexico law to allow prosecutors to charge people who run online prostitution websites cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. The push to crackdown on prostitution rings based in cyberspace...

$2.6M sought to replace nonworking tissue digester

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are proposing a $2.6 million solution to a problem involving disposal of diseased animal carcasses. The Agriculture Department has a tissue digester, an $800,000 machine that’s like a huge pressure...

NM lawmakers: Water is critical issue this session

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico legislators announced Tuesday that they have introduced a series of bills aimed at tackling what they consider to be a looming crisis as the state grapples with a persistent drought, dwindling water...

New Mexico House panel OKs health exchange plan

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange, despite objections from the insurance industry and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The House Health, Government and Indian...