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Duncan to tout new preschool plan during NM visit

September 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to tout the Obama administration’s new preschool plan during his visit to New Mexico and other Southwestern states. Duncan is scheduled to stop in Santa Fe on Monday as part of his back-to-school bus tour. One of his topics will be the president’s proposal [&hellip...

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NM sheriff looks to expand reserve deputy program

September 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen says he wants to expand the responsibilities of unpaid reserve deputies who work for the northwestern New Mexico county. Christesen tells The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/180sRdQ) that he plans to...

NM senator proposes behavioral health oversight

September 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico Senate Democrat is proposing the creation of an oversight board following the upheaval of the state’s behavioral health system as another state official points to potential conflicts of interest between nonprofit...

Colorado man enters plea, avoids trial in NM case

September 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Colorado man set to go on trial for the 2010 killing of a homeless man over a drug deal gone bad has entered a plea. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/1ausoT3) that Arnold Hofeldt pleaded no contest...

Candlelight vigil planned for NM firefighter

September 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A candlelight vigil in honor of a firefighter who was missing for a week before his body was found in a rugged area of northern New Mexico is planned for Sunday evening. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say the vigil for...

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US-mexico border groups want efficient crossings

September 7, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Under the watch of a Border Patrol agent, U.S. and Mexican pastors set up two small altars — one on each side of a towering border fence — for their Sunday service that spans two countries. The priests then break bread simultaneously...

State Briefs

September 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

Kirtland Air Force to set coyote traps ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Kirtland Air Force Base is clamping down on coyotes. KOAT-TV reports that the Civil Engineer Squadron is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up live traps around residential...

San Miguel Co. to consider new oil drilling ordinance

September 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — San Miguel County commissioners are considering imposing strict rules for oil and natural gas development throughout the northeastern New Mexico county. The latest draft of the county’s drilling ordinance has been months in the...

Sunland Park sees more water problems

September 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County officials are recommending that Sunland Park residents conserve water after a well within the city’s service system failed. Officials said Saturday that outages were reported and the well could be repaired by...

Sheriff: Torrance County facing deputy shortage

September 7, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A sheriff in a rural New Mexico county says a deputy shortage and an influx of crime is making it difficult to patrol his area. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1afy0ga) that Torrance County Sheriff Heath White says his department is...