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Santa Fe Forest prescribed fire under way

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe National Forest is using prescribed fire to clear out dead trees and other debris on 300 acres in the Jemez Mountains. The project put up some smoke Tuesday but was postponed Wednesday. Officials say the burn will resume Thursday and the work should be done by May. [&hellip...

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Tainted heroin reported in San Miguel County

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Tainted heroin apparently is to blame for one death and several hospitalizations among people booked into the San Miguel County jail in recent weeks, officials said. Authorities are using medical screenings and other steps to try to...

Senate OKs budget with state worker pay raise

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are close to wrapping up work on a nearly $5.9 billion spending plan to finance state government and public education next year, but Gov. Susana Martinez is threatening to veto the budget. The budget would provide state...

Senate approves tax break for horse racing tracks

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal for tax breaks to New Mexico’s horse racing tracks and casinos. Supporters said Tuesday the tax credits would help tracks stay in business because they’re struggling to compete with...

NM lawmakers OK expanded film, TV incentives

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Certain television projects and films in New Mexico could receive increased tax incentives under a measure heading to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. New Mexico offers a 25 percent refund for certain film and TV production expenses....

$3,500 reward offered in fatal shooting of NM cow

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Livestock Board says there’s a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for fatally shooting a cow in Grant County last month. The rancher who owned the cow found her dead Feb. 13...

Panel recommends new NM gambling compact approval

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel is recommending that New Mexico lawmakers approve a gambling compact with the Navajo Nation allowing it to operate five casinos. The state’s largest Indian tribe and Gov. Susana Martinez want the Legislature...

Albuquerque officer explains fatal shooting of vet

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police detective testifying in a wrongful-death lawsuit said he feared for his own safety and that of fellow officers when he shot and killed an Iraq War veteran during a 2010 confrontation. Detective Brett...

Retired officer arrested in counterfeiting case

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Santa Fe police sergeant is among three men accused of counterfeiting $100 bills. Anthony Rivera retired from the Santa Fe department in 2011. The 44-year-old, and his 34-year-old brother Dominic Rivera and their roommate,...

Health insurance exchange bill clears NM Senate

March 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange has passed the Senate with bipartisan support. A federal health care law calls for exchanges to serve as a marketplace for the uninsured to shop for medical coverage. The...