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Navajo panel opposing NM school district split

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is opposing a proposed split of a large school district in the Four Corners. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/JV0IZN) that the panel said Friday that a split of the Central Consolidated School District would not be in the best interest of the Navajo children, [&hellip...

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Security prompts Tierra Amarilla court move

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chief District Judge Barbara Vigil is planning to move the state court’s office and clerk employees from Tierra Amarilla to Santa Fe by July 1. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/LmJfbG) that news of the move was...

New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Firefighter Jay Dimoff, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, carries hose as his crew tries to keep fire from crossing a San Diego County road Friday, May 25, 2012, near Julian, Calif. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon east of Julian near Banner...

Smoke from massive fire spreads across NM, Ariz.

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildfires cast a pall over Memorial Day weekend in parts of the West Friday as smoke from a massive New Mexico blaze prompted widespread air-quality warnings and high fire danger in Colorado spurred officials to put thousands of...

Governor names Deming Republican to judgeship

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Deming lawyer Jarod Hofacket to a judgeship in southern New Mexico. Martinez announced the appointment on Friday. Hofacket at least temporarily fills a vacancy created by the retirement of District...

Democrats in 1st Congressional District raise $2M

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic candidates in the hotly contested Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District have raised about $2 million so far as the primary election approaches, according to new federal campaign finance reports. State Sen. Eric Griego...

NM Senate candidates spent $1.6M in past 6 weeks

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic and Republican candidates for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat have spent more than $1.6 million in the past six weeks as the primary election nears and campaigns began airing television advertisements, according to...

NM confirms first death from hantavirus this year

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has died from the hantavirus. The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday this is the first case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome reported in the state this...

Las Cruces boxer may be small, but she dreams big

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Amy Salinas swings her dangling legs because the standard chair is still too big for her. When she’s at a loss for her soft-spoken words, a shy-yet-infectious smile unfurls across her face. Then Salinas, 11, steps into the Las...

NM woman pleads guilty in 2007 killing

May 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Spencer Valley woman is facing up to 27 years in prison for the killing of her 4-year-old nephew. Federal officials say 53-year-old Evelyn James pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 slaying. Authorities...