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Gov. Martinez urges emergency vote on firework ban

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city and county governments to hold emergency hearings on local fireworks bans. Martinez said in a letter Tuesday that restrictions on fireworks are need because of the state’s drought and high winds. The state also is fighting two raging wildfires caused by lightning. State law [&hellip...

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US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

This June 10, 2012 satellite image provided by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico. The 68-square-mile High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., is at top, with the 56-square-mile Little Bear fire, lower right, and...

Court affirms loss of gaming license for NM track

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico court has ruled that a regulatory board acted properly in invalidating a gambling license for a Canadian investor’s planned $50 million horse racing track and casino in the state. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday...

Agency creates teacher list for governor's adviser

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Education Department supplied Gov. Susana Martinez’s political adviser with a list of teachers in schools without union contracts. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/KpGR6f ) state workers and computers...

NM's largest homeless shelter set to expand

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest emergency shelter, already at capacity every night, is set to expand. The Albuquerque-based Joy Junction is scheduled to announce on Wednesday plans for building a new dormitory, chapel and women’s...

Ruling on sagebrush lizard expected this week

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A small striped lizard that lives only in the wind-swept sand dunes of four southeastern New Mexico counties and four others in West Texas is about to learn its fate. The Obama administration is expected to announce this week whether...

Univ. of NM seeks to build new adult-care hospital

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is planning to start construction on a $146 million adult-care hospital west of its current hospital. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/KlrtGB) that a $5.4 million agreement for Bradbury...

NM officials find kitten with eyes painted shut

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say a kitten with its eyes painted shut has been pulled from a trash bin and another was found dead. Animal welfare officials said Monday that the kittens were found last week in northwest Albuquerque and now...

Closure of Rio Grande gorge bridge may come to end

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says the nighttime closure of a bridge over the Rio Grande gorge near Taos may end. The Taos News (http://bit.ly/LWhna9 ) reports a New Mexico transportation official says the bridge may open nightly...

NM switching to electronic system for contracts

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is switching to a “paperless” procurement system to allow vendors to electronically submit bids for government contracts. The State Purchasing Division said Monday it has...