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State tells McKinley Co. sheriff to stop policing

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The state’s police certification regulator has ordered McKinley County Sheriff Felix Begay not to do police work because he lacks certification. New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training and Recruiting Division Director Louis Medina sent Begay letters in late April and again on May 3 telling him he was barred from [&hellip...

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Commissioner’s use of Martinez pic in mailer hit

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Embattled Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener’s use of Gov. Susana Martinez’s picture in a recent campaign mailer is being called deceptive by her spokesman. Scott Darnell says in a statement to the Albuquerque...

Stahmanns Farms closing stores, ending mail order

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico company that has been selling pecan treats for decades has shut its international mail-order business and is closing its two retail shops. Stahmanns Farms has operated its retail business since the early 1980s...

Group plans climate demonstrations in NM

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are planning a series of demonstrations around New Mexico on Saturday to bring awareness to the threat of wildfire and other implications of a changing climate. The group 350.org is coordinating events in Albuquerque,...

Sunland Park Council postpones mayor selection

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park still doesn’t have a mayor. The city council unanimously decided Friday to postpone the mayoral appointment until May 14 because they said they needed more to review resumes...

State settles public records case with newspaper

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is settling a lawsuit with the Albuquerque Journal over a public records request the newspaper made in 2010 when former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson was in office. The Republican governor...

NM GOP files complaint against union-funded group

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A union-financed political group critical of Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from New Mexico’s Republican Party. The GOP filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission contending that Independent Source PAC is...

NM permanent funds grow $1B during quarter

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Investment Council reports New Mexico’s permanent funds enjoyed among the strongest quarterly investment returns of large public funds nationally. The agency said Friday the Land Grant Permanent Fund returned nearly 9.5...

Average high school graduation rate drops in NM

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s statewide average high school graduation rate slipped to 63 percent last year, but the Public Education Department said Friday it had changed the graduation calculation to meet a federal mandate. Students are tracked...

NM LULAC to honor controversial Chicano leader

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a controversial figure from the Chicano Movement who once led a violent armed raid of a New Mexico courthouse, will be honored by a Latino civil rights group that once scorned him. New Mexico’s League of...