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New BLM state directors appointed for Arizona, NM

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has appointed two career professionals to leadership positions in the agency’s Arizona and New Mexico state offices. Jesse Juen has been named state director in New Mexico, replacing Linda Rundell, who recently retired. Juen has worked as the associate state director in New Mexico since 2003....

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Coalition pushes NM lawmakers to support jobs bill

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and labor unions urged New Mexico’s congressional leaders on Monday to throw their support behind a federal jobs bill that could mean millions of dollars for water system...

Police confirm Interstate 40 open near Tucumcari

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police and authorities in Tucumcari say Interstate 40 is open westbound near Tucumcari. Confirmation that traffic was flowing came Monday afternoon. It followed an email sent by the state Transportation Department...

NM jail official in bribes case heads to court

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A veteran employee of New Mexico’s largest metropolitan detention center who is facing charges of taking bribes is scheduled to appear in court. Vincent Peele, the coordinator and court liaison for the community custody...

Santa Fe voters asked to approve big bond package

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe voters will be asked in the new year to approve a multimillion-dollar bond package in exchange for a slight increase in property taxes. There was some slicing and dicing, but the Santa Fe City Council has agreed to put a $22.8...

Home prices slip in Las Cruces-area

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Housing prices in Las Cruces slipped from October to November and down in year-over-year comparison to the same time period last year. The Las Cruces Association of Realtors says the median price of a resale home in November was...

‘Billy the Kid’ PBS film explores Hispanic link

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – This undated file ferrotype picture provided by the Lincoln County, N.M., Heritage Trust Archive is believed to depict William Bonney, also known as Billy the Kid, circa 1880. His mythical exploits and jail escapes made this son of Irish...

Routine call leads Albuquerque police to meth lab

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque says two officers on a routine call chased a fleeing man who later told them he had been operating a methamphetamine lab. Police say in a statement that two officers were doing a routine notification about the...

Albuquerque police suits cost $7M in 2 years

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque has paid nearly $7 million in the past two years settle lawsuits triggered by police officers’ actions. The lawsuits stem from police-involved shootings, wrongful arrests and a wrongful death case filed by the...

2 more rabid skunks found in Carlsbad

December 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Two more rabid skunks have been found in Carlsbad and authorities are warning residents to be wary of odd-acting animals they encounter. The Carlsbad Current Argus reports (http://bit.ly/txAMMV ) that the skunks were discovered last...