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NM valleys hum with sound of irrigation pumps

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in southern New Mexico’s Hatch Valley are struggling their way through the drought by pumping saline water from shallow aquifers. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Yx0ddR) that the farming valleys that stretch across southern New Mexico from Elephant Butte Reservoir to the Texas border are humming with...

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Subsidy plan could force local taxes to be raised

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature’s decision to phase out state reimbursements to local governments for not taxing food and medicine could lead some city and county governments to raise taxes. The plan adopted by the Legislature on...

Much of New Mexico braces for gusting winds

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for much of New Mexico as gusts are expected to top 60 mph. The state Transportation Department is warning travelers about the possibility of reduced visibility along some...

NM Supreme Court to hear pay-to-play appeal

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving two lawsuits that allege corruption in state investment practices. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of taxpayers by whistleblower Frank Foy, the former chief...

Oil, gas wells in northwestern NM show potential

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The oil and gas industry is getting excited about a potential boom in northwestern New Mexico. Preliminary results from some of the 22 exploratory wells drilled in the Mancos shale formation in the San Juan Basin show commercial...

NM village to vote on liquor licenses

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — It will be up to the residents of Loving whether the village’s two restaurants will be able to serve beer and wine. Business is booming in the southeastern New Mexico community, but the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports...

NM police investigate officer-involved shooting

March 24, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Farmington that landed a suspect in the hospital. The suspect was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center, but state police spokesman Tony Lynn said...

NM man pleads guilty in daughter’s alcohol death

March 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Beclabito man accused of causing the death of his juvenile daughter by serving her alcohol has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Stanford Benally entered a plea agreement Friday in federal...

NM reaches settlement over massive tire dump

March 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

WAGON MOUND, N.M. (AP) — A massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico will be cleaned up as part of a settlement reached with a ranching operation. State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Environment Secretary Dave...

NM woman pleads guilty to child abandonment

March 22, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Pojoaque Pueblo woman has pleaded guilty to a child abandonment charge. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Alma Garcia entered her plea Friday in federal court in Albuquerque. They say Garcia was accused of abandoning her young child in...