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Blue Cross of NM buying Lovelace Health Plan

November 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico announced Monday that it is acquiring Lovelace Health Plan in a deal both companies said should give Lovelace’s 108,000 members access to a larger network of providers. Health Care Services Corp., the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurance company, is buying Lovelace though its...

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Shiprock man arrested in shooting on Navajo Nation

November 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Shiprock man accused of shooting and wounding a woman at a Navajo Nation housing complex has been arrested. They say 25-year-old Patrick Lynn Benally was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals near Morgan...

2 Sandia workers find unexpected Iraq War link

November 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A chance conversation led two Sandia National Laboratories workers to discover they fought in the same battle in Iraq in 2005. John Bailon and Jason Shelton have become close friends since Bailon mentioned last spring that he had...

NM 1st state to get photos of all lost in Vietnam

November 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — You can tell that David Edward Bergfeldt wanted to smile for the color photo snapped in the summer of 1969. He was visiting home in Las Cruces during his second tour of duty in Vietnam. Wearing his dress uniform, he was seated on a...

Las Vegas police seeking pay raise near impasse

November 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The union that represents Las Vegas police officers says its members are underpaid and deserve a 5 percent raise. The Las Vegas Police Officers Association has been negotiating with city officials on a new contract but the two sides...

NM county’s investments probed by state officials

November 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Securities Division has launched an inquiry into Bernalillo County’s investment practices. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1aMI0R8 ) the agency is trying to determine if a turnover of the...

New Mexico ski season set to begin Saturday

November 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

VADITO, N.M. (AP) — Ski season in New Mexico is about to get underway. The lifts at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort in northern New Mexico will begin turning next Saturday, marking the earliest opening in the resort’s more than 60-year history. George...

Former NM GOP chairman John Dendahl dies

November 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — John Dendahl, who led the Republican Party of New Mexico for nearly a decade and was known for his fearless challenges of Democrats, has died. He was 75. Family and friends said Dendahl died Saturday in a Colorado hospital from...

Navajo Council to consider junk food tax proposal

November 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A proposed sales tax on junk food is headed to the Navajo Nation Council for consideration. The legislation calls for an additional 2 percent tax on sweetened beverages, chips, candy, cookies and pastries bought on the reservation,...

Play honors Bataan veterans

November 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A story of hope, brotherhood and survival that deeply moved Barry Dunleavey led to a long-term project to bring Bataan Death March survivor Sidney Stewart’s memoir, “Give Us This Day,” to the stage. Just in time for...