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Sens. proposes NPS status for Valles Caldera

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are trying again to make the Valles Caldera National Preserve a national park. The New Mexico Democrats on Tuesday reintroduced legislation to transfer management of the preserve to the National Park Service. Udall and retired Sen. Jeff Bingaman first proposed the transfer in 2010 [&hellip...

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House OKs 72-hour notice of public meetings

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans will have more notice about public meetings under legislation approved by the House. Governmental groups, ranging from school boards, county commissions and state agencies, would be required to make their meeting agendas...

Garcia wants to able to return to UNM campus

February 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia says he hopes one day to be allowed to go back on campus again. Garcia remains a professor emeritus but the university banned him from its Albuquerque campus after he was...

Prostitution bill clears first legislative hurdle

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would modernize New Mexico law to allow prosecutors to charge people who run online prostitution websites cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. The push to crackdown on prostitution rings based in cyberspace...

$2.6M sought to replace nonworking tissue digester

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are proposing a $2.6 million solution to a problem involving disposal of diseased animal carcasses. The Agriculture Department has a tissue digester, an $800,000 machine that’s like a huge pressure...

NM lawmakers: Water is critical issue this session

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of New Mexico legislators announced Tuesday that they have introduced a series of bills aimed at tackling what they consider to be a looming crisis as the state grapples with a persistent drought, dwindling water...

New Mexico House panel OKs health exchange plan

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a proposal to establish a state-run health insurance exchange, despite objections from the insurance industry and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The House Health, Government and Indian...

2 more sentenced in Columbus gun ring

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The sister and a cousin of former Columbus village trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez have been sentenced for their roles in a border gun smuggling ring that authorities say was led by Gutierrez. The Albuquerque Journal...

Santa Fe girl accused of taking BB gun to school

February 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police want to arrest a 15-year-old high school student who can’t be located since she was suspended for allegedly taking a BB gun to school and displaying it in a threatening manner to two other students. Police say the...

Lawmakers, governor at odds over revenue outlook

February 11, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration are at odds over the state’s revenue outlook. The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday that there’s no...