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Senate confirms Jon Barela as cabinet secretary

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee to lead New Mexico’s economic development agency. Senators on Friday unanimously approved Jon Barela as secretary of the Economic Development Department. A lawyer and businessman, Barela has worked in government and private industry. He was government and...

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Gallup water project tax proposal clears Senate

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a measure to allow the city of Gallup to levy a tax to help finance a federally authorized pipeline project to bring water to the community and part of the Navajo Nation. Under the legislation, the city can ask...

NM Supreme Court rejects House redistricting plan

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan for new districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map. The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was a victory for Democrats and the...

NM weighs request for massive water appropriation

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The thought of sinking more than three dozen wells in the San Augustin Plains of western New Mexico and pumping out billions of gallons of water each year to meet demands miles away has hundreds of New Mexicans riled up. A group of...

4 GOP presidential candidates on NM primary ballot

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have earned a place on New Mexico’s June 5 primary election ballot. Secretary of State Dianna Duran said Friday that President Barack Obama...

Shiprock counselor focuses on traditional methods

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The towering Shiprock pinnacle is perfectly framed by a window in Wilson De Vore’s modular classroom tucked behind Northwest High School. De Vore, the first traditional counselor on the payroll at Shiprock Associated Schools...

Governor wants Spaceport liability bill returned

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Before they go home, Gov. Susana Martinez wants lawmakers to take one more crack at passing legislation to protect spacecraft manufacturers from legal liability. The Senate Judiciary Committee this week declined to advance a bill...

NM education officials probing Cuba Schools

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Cuba Independent Schools is facing a state probe for licensure and financial issues and the district’s superintendent has announced he is resigning. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/zRYW8g) that the state’s Public Education...

Albuquerque school head disappointed on NCLB miss

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district says he’s disappointed but not surprised that New Mexico didn’t get a No Child Left Behind waiver. Albuquerque school chief Winston Brooks said Thursday...

Bill nixed for ending time limits in murder cases

February 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to eliminate time limits for prosecuting homicides has stalled in a Senate committee and is likely dead for the session. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to put the...