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NM chile crop shows slim growth

February 10, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s chile acreage inched upward slightly last year, but the crop’s long-term future still faces plenty of challenges. That’s according to experts Tuesday at the state’s annual chile conference in Las Cruces. In all, about 9,600 acres were harvested in 2012 — a modest 100 acres more than the...

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Animal rights group protests at hunting convention

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Animal right activists protested a hunting convention in Las Cruces on Saturday to express outrage over an unrelated coyote hunting contest late last year in New Mexico. Organized by the Animal Protection of New Mexico, around 65...

NM group to honor noted ‘forgotten’ Latino scholar

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of retired educators are working to honor a Mexican-American scholar who is celebrated across the country but is virtually unknown in New Mexico, where he was born. An ad hoc committee is pushing a series of projects aimed...

NM man in caged girl case indicted

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LA CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man linked to the locking up of an 8-year-old New Mexico girl with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage has been indicted. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/11YPdci) that 37-year-old Edmond Gonzales was indicted...

Woman held in connection with NM moms’ death

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman has been arrested in connection to the death of two Albuquerque mothers who were shot to death last year. Sabrina Garley was charged Friday with murder and was ordered held on $1 million bond. According to authorities,...

Case of dismembered NM man remains unsolved

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Police say investigators are still trying to find out what happened to an 88-year-old Carlsbad man who was found buried in pieces in his backyard. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/VK3hPv) that Carlsbad detectives are waiting on crucial...

NM names 4 companies for Medicaid services

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Human Service Department has announced that four companies will share around $4 billion in federal money to provide Medicaid to around 700,000 residents next year. Secretary Sidonie Squier said Friday that the department has...

Bills aim to tackle youth suicide among NM tribes

February 9, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico lawmakers have introduced legislation aimed at tackling high suicide rates among Native American youth. The state Department of Indian Affairs points to data that shows suicide is the third leading cause of death for...

Panel recommends 1 percent raise for NM teachers

February 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Teachers and other public school workers could receive 1 percent salary increases next year under an education budget proposal recommended Friday by a House committee. The measure approved by the House Education Committee calls for...

Company donates plane to New Mexico State Police

February 8, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque company is donating a plane to the New Mexico State Police at a time when the state has been shrinking its aerial fleet. Police officials said they’ll use the utility plane for a range of missions, including...