Vineyard continues decades-old practices

September 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Barbara Funkhouser plucks the blue grape from a bunch of fresh cut fruit and smashes it between her fingers. Vibrant red juice trickles down her fingertips, identifying the fruit as a ruby red grape. A short while later, she does the same with another, nearly identical bunch. The juice oozes [&hellip...

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NM clerk seeks financial help in gay marriage suit

September 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county clerk facing a lawsuit over his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses is using social media and other means to solicit outside support for legal expenses. Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins hopes backers of...

NM records 2nd death in 2013 from West Nile Virus

September 6, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has recorded its second death in 2013 from the West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health says the person who died was an 84-year-old San Juan County woman who had encephalitis, the more severe clinical form of the...


US: Syria threatens national security

September 5, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

AP Photo President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about Syria, Aug. 31, in the Rose Garden at the White House.   WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in more than two years of a bloody civil war, President Barack Obama has declared Syria a...


Counties ask NM high court to rule on same-sex marriage

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s 33 counties asked the state’s highest court Thursday to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state and to stop the spread of lawsuits that have forced some county officials to start issuing marriage licenses to...

District judge orders a hearing in suspended Medicaid funding case

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Why a Roswell psychiatrist had his since-restored Medicaid funding suspended in 2012 could be the subject of a court-ordered hearing. A lawyer says the Department of Human Services may appeal, but the Albuquerque Journal reports that a...

NM visited with Ariz. providers before audit

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico officials visited at least one Arizona company that took over mental health services in the state before an audit into the New Mexico nonprofits that previously provided those services even began, according to a representative...

State Briefs

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

2 horses in southeastern NM get West Nile HOBBS (AP) — Two horses in Lea County have tested positive for West Nile. The Hobbs News-Sun reports that Mary Cap, a veterinarian who operates Mountain States Equine near Hobbs, confirmed that two horses had the...

Regulators approve power plant proposal

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — State environmental regulators on Thursday signed off on a proposal that calls for shutting down part of a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. The proposal was negotiated earlier this year by...

“It’s to let them know society still wants them in ... They are not forgotten, and that’s our message to them: that someone still loves them.”
-Johnny Gonzales

San Antonio adopts disputed gay rights measure

September 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

AP PHOTO Top The San Antonio City Council listens to testimony before voting on the ordinance, Thursday. SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio’s leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, over the disapproval of top...