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Report tallies Santa Fe teacher absences

December 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An analysis by the Santa Fe school district shows one-third of teachers were absent more than 10 days during the last school year due to illness and other personal reasons. Another third were absent more than five days for professional development, coaching or other school business. School district officials tell [&hellip...

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NM braces for ‘potent’ arctic front to move in

December 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is getting ready for what could be a significant blast of winter. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque are warning residents and travelers that the above-normal temperatures and dry weather that...

Police: Body identified as missing Albuquerque man

December 9, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say medical investigators have confirmed the identity of a body a found in a cave at El Malpais National Monument as that of a missing Albuquerque man. They say it was 23-year-old Fernando Enriquez. He had...

Voter turnout dropped to 63 percent in New Mexico

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans participated in last month’s general election than four years ago, with about 63 percent of eligible voters turning out to cast ballots, according to official figures released Friday. About 786,500 people voted...

Western states look to capitalize on energy boom

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Petroleum producers in southeastern New Mexico are on track to pump out 80 million barrels of oil this year — numbers that haven’t been seen since the 1970s. In Texas and North Dakota, the oilfields are booming. Companies...

BLM acquires land to protect prairie chicken

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The area of protection for the lesser prairie chicken in New Mexico is expanding. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management acquired 1,789 acres of land in eastern Chaves County earlier this month that will become part of a larger, special...

Investigators doubting claim in fatal NM shooting

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators appear to doubt the self-defense claim of an Alcalde woman who fatally shot a man inside her home last month. The 35-year-old woman hasn’t been charged in the case and the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office...

State health officials say flu off to early start

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say the influenza season is off to an early start and are warning that it may be more severe than in recent years. The New Mexico Department of Health says flu is circulating throughout the state. Health officials say...

Labor board rules against Aztec teachers’ union

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A labor board has ruled against the Aztec teachers’ union negotiating with the school district on a collective bargaining agreement. The Farmington Daily Times (bit.ly/QMOkOJ) says the Labor Management Relations Board found that the...

Bernalillo County makes changes to animal law

December 8, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County commissioners have approved an ordinance aimed at limiting the confinement of dogs and making sure lost pets can be identified. County residents no longer can keep their dogs on a “cable trolley” and...