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Storm prompts Rio Rancho to buy snowplows

January 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More snow removal equipment is coming to Rio Rancho after a public outcry over uncleared streets following a December snowstorm. City Manager James Jimenez says the city bought eight plows and eight spreaders for city vehicles. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ydQFAZ ) that Jimenez told the city council this week...

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Dispute looms over NM governor’s tax cut proposals

January 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When the Legislature convenes Tuesday, lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez will consider doing what was unthinkable in the past three years because of New Mexico’s sour economy: Cutting taxes. With the economy on the mend, the...

Governor, lawmakers not far apart on budget

January 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of budget and tax issues before the Legislature: BACKDROP: Lawmakers and the governor expect to have $254 million in revenues available for budget increases next year and to offset possible tax cuts. The revenue growth comes...

Governor pushes to end immigrant driver’s licenses

January 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Highlights of public safety issues before the Legislature: BACKDROP: New Mexico and Washington are the only states to allow illegal immigrants and others without Social Security numbers to get a driver’s license. Utah issues a...

NM judge sides with Powell in White Peak case

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has sided with Land Commissioner Ray Powell in a battle over a land swap on northern New Mexico’s White Peak. Powell’s office announced Judge Sarah Singleton’s decision Friday. The judge found...

Brothers indicted in NM realty investment scheme

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers accused of defrauding an elderly New Mexico couple out of $440,000 in a real estate investment scheme have been indicted. A Santa Fe grand jury late Thursday returned indictments against Michael Maxwell of Edgewood, N.M.,...

Texas man dies after fall on New Mexico ski slope

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man is dead after a fall while riding down a slope at Ski Apache near Ruidoso. Authorities say 29-year-old Robert Kieschnick died Wednesday shortly after the spill on the Capitan Slope intermediate trail. The medical...

Lone Ranger to begin filming in NM

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Although reports of Johnny Depp sightings have already begun, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says filming of The Lone Ranger will begin next month. The film, which became a symbol of the flap between Martinez and the film industry,...

NM regulators push back hearing on pit rule

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A weeklong public hearing aimed at revamping rules that govern how oil and gas developers handle drilling waste has been put on hold by New Mexico regulators, parties in the case said Friday. The hearing before the Oil Conservation...

Lone Ranger to begin filming in NM

January 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Although reports of Johnny Depp sightings have already begun, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says filming of The Lone Ranger will begin next month. The film, which became a symbol of the flap between Martinez and the film industry,...