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Panel OKs bill to lessen marijuana penalties

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House committee has approved a proposal to lessen penalties for marijuana possession. The measure by Democratic Rep. Emily Kane of Albuquerque imposes civil penalty fines on adults convicted a first time of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana. Jail time is eliminated for having up to eight ounces. [&hellip...

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More than $102K in upgrades to NM gov’s mansion

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state reportedly spent more than $102,000 last summer to renovate the public kitchen at the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe. KRQE-TV says records show the upgrades included new countertops, floors and appliances. The...

NM leads US in export growth to foreign countries

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico now is leading the nation in export growth to foreign countries. According to the International Trade Administration, New Mexico’s merchandise exports increased 42 percent in 2012 to $3...

Ski Santa Fe will allow ski bikes for the disabled

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe ski resort now is allowing ski bikes after a man with a disability complained when he was turned away. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/128cyJr) reports 48-year-old Steve Wyatt says he was turned down for a discounted...

Las Cruces officials work to revive lake park

February 26, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials hope new additions and renovations at Burn Lake Park will bring the park back to life amid severe drought. KVIA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/13lnToT) that Las Cruces officials are designing for the park new picnic areas, more...

Las Cruces cab driver accused in shooting case

February 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A taxi cab driver suspected in a shooting that injured his ex-girlfriend’s new man last week in Las Cruces has been arrested. Las Cruces police said Monday that 47-year-old Darren L. Henry Sr. was being held on a $10,000 bond...

House rejects voter ID proposal

February 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has rejected a Republican-backed proposal to require voters to show identification at the polls in New Mexico. The proposal failed on a party-line 38-31 vote Monday. A GOP lawmaker offered the proposal as the House debated...

Senate approves NMFA board overhaul

February 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has unanimously approved a proposal to revamp the governing board of a financing agency hit by an audit scandal last year. The measure changes the makeup of the 11-member board of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which...

NM game chairman remembered as avid outdoorsman

February 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Game Commission Chairman Jim McClintic was remembered Monday as an avid outdoorsman who was dedicated to improving one of the state’s most well-known fisheries along the San Juan River. Family members and state...

New gaming terms proposed for Navajo casinos in NM

February 25, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Negotiators for Gov. Susana Martinez and the Navajo Nation have agreed on key terms of a possible gambling compact that would allow the state’s largest Indian tribe to operate five casinos and for New Mexico to collect a greater...