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Troubled NM border city doubles property tax

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in a troubled New Mexico border city have doubled the property tax and are looking into layoffs and closing a senior citizens center and library. Sunland Park faces a nearly $2 million budget deficit that some City Council members have attributed to past financial mismanagement that led the state [&hellip...

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Feds plan environmental study of NM power plant

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The federal government says it will study the environmental impacts of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it. Environmental groups had pushed the U.S. Department of Interior to prepare an environmental...

Mayor Berry launches anti-drug campaign

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and the head of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association are launching a public service campaign to combat prescription drug abuse. Berry and Dr. Jeremy Gleeson are holding a news conference next...

Director of Santa Fe Folk Art Market to retire

July 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A woman who co-founded the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is retiring after serving five years as executive director. Charlene Cerny says she’ll become a volunteer once again in September. The market now in its ninth year...

Regulator warns fraud is broader than faked audit

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top security regulator said Wednesday that potential fraud within a state financing authority extended beyond a faked financial audit that has national credit rating agencies considering whether to downgrade the...

3 face charges in Albuquerque gas station shooting

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say the third suspect in a robbery and fatal shooting at an Albuquerque convenience store and gas station now is in custody. They say 22-year-old Eloy Aguilar was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say an...

Man hospitalized after bee swarm in Las Cruces

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An employee of a tree removal business is hospitalized after being stung multiple times by a large swarm of bees in downtown Las Cruces. City fire officials say the 52-year-old man scaled a large cottonwood as he and three other...

Wilson team says tough campaign will hurt Heinrich

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Wilson is used to close calls. During her five terms in Congress, she represented a left-leaning district that national Democrats routinely placed at the top of their list of potential takeovers. The former GOP lawmaker and her...

NM repeat offender has yet serve any prison time

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has violated at least 13 probation requirements since 2009 in New Mexico yet has continued receiving suspended sentences and referrals to probation programs. That has an Albuquerque probation officer wondering why...

Portales police chief resigning after 19 years

July 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The man who has headed the Portales Police Department for nearly 19 years is resigning. Police Chief Jeff Gill says his last day will be Sept. 21. The Portales News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/MIeSu9 ) quoted Gill as saying his decision has...