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NM's largest homeless shelter set to expand

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest emergency shelter, already at capacity every night, is set to expand. The Albuquerque-based Joy Junction is scheduled to announce on Wednesday plans for building a new dormitory, chapel and women’s center, according to officials with the shelter. The move comes as Joy Junction founder and CEO...

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Ruling on sagebrush lizard expected this week

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A small striped lizard that lives only in the wind-swept sand dunes of four southeastern New Mexico counties and four others in West Texas is about to learn its fate. The Obama administration is expected to announce this week whether...

Univ. of NM seeks to build new adult-care hospital

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is planning to start construction on a $146 million adult-care hospital west of its current hospital. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/KlrtGB) that a $5.4 million agreement for Bradbury...

NM officials find kitten with eyes painted shut

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say a kitten with its eyes painted shut has been pulled from a trash bin and another was found dead. Animal welfare officials said Monday that the kittens were found last week in northwest Albuquerque and now...

Closure of Rio Grande gorge bridge may come to end

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says the nighttime closure of a bridge over the Rio Grande gorge near Taos may end. The Taos News (http://bit.ly/LWhna9 ) reports a New Mexico transportation official says the bridge may open nightly...

NM switching to electronic system for contracts

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is switching to a “paperless” procurement system to allow vendors to electronically submit bids for government contracts. The State Purchasing Division said Monday it has...

Break in weather allows air crews in NM wildfires

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

A burned SUV at a home located on Wolf Springs Loop near Ruidoso, N.M., shows the devastation caused by a wildfire, Monday June 11, 2012. Massive wildfires in drought-parched Colorado and New Mexico tested the resources of state and federal crews Monday and...

NM starts first mobile summer meal program

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials and the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger have announced a new mobile summer meal program aimed at reaching underserved children in rural areas. The program was announced Monday at a ceremony in...

Santa Fe seeing rise in burglaries

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say the city has seen a large spike in burglaries in the past year. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/Ko01cP) reports police say burglaries in Santa Fe have gone up by 53 percent, compared to a year ago. Capt. Aric Wheeler says...

NM sheriff asking for $1M for helicopters

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sheriff of Bernalillo County says more than $1 million is needed to pay for two county helicopters. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/LMev3B) reports county commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to approve Sheriff Dan Houston’s...