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Agencies issue fire restrictions around New Mexico

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal and state agencies around New Mexico are banning campfires and limiting smoking due to hot, dry weather conditions and extreme fire danger. Stage II restrictions will take effect Monday on the Santa Fe National Forest, the Valles Caldera National Preserve and lands managed by the state Game and Fish Department. [&hellip...

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NM Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna retiring

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna announced Friday that he’s retiring this summer, which will give Republican Gov. Susana Martinez her first chance to make an appointment to the state’s highest court. However,...

Blind puppy is star in Isotope's clubhouse

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The most popular figure in the Albuquerque Isotopes locker room in recent weeks never wore baseball gear. He just might have chewed on some of it, though. Stevie Wonder, a 5-month-old shepherd mix puppy, has earned celebrity status...

Governor used personal emails for state business

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and members of her administration used personal email accounts to discuss state business, a practice critics call unacceptable. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/K7TXir ) Friday that the governor and...

Crews battle flames as some NM residents go home

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signs a new testament for Frankie Pirelli, left, as Firefighters for Christ volunteer. Bill McGeachy watches at the Little Bear Fire incident command area Monday June 11, 2012 in Ruidoso, N.M. Hundreds of residents have been...

Bear scratches girl camping at Bandelier

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A campground at the Bandelier National Monument will remain closed for up to 10 days while authorities try to capture a black bear that scratched a young girl. New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams says the back of the...

Teacher evaluation program to be tested this fall

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new program aimed at evaluating New Mexico’s teachers will be tested at selected schools this fall. The evaluation program announced Wednesday will be based on classroom observations, improvements in student test scores and...

Audit: Half of inmates back to prison in 5 years

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s corrections system needs to better prepare inmates for their release back into communities because about half return to prison within five years, according to a legislative audit released Thursday. By reducing inmate...

Judge says Albuquerque police used excessive force

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is maintaining his ruling that Albuquerque police used excessive force in the 2009 arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog. The Albuquerque Journal...

NM police find starving horses at auto shop

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police looking for an armed man at an auto shop instead found several starved horses. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/M0IMf5) says police responding to a report of a man with a gun Wednesday at a southwest...