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Senate confirms governor’s nominee for energy post

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed John Bemis as secretary of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Bemis, an attorney with experience in oil and natural gas law, won confirmation unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, was the only vote against [&hellip...

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Senate confirms Indian Affairs Sec. Arthur Allison

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Indian Affairs Secretary Arthur Allison won Senate confirmation Wednesday despite questions about allegedly illegal cigarette sales at his family’s store on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. The Senate voted...

NM House approves $5B state budget proposal

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers. The...

Austrian pilot eyes record space plunge to Roswell

February 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell may be getting a new visitor from space. The website of Red Bull announced Tuesday that daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team are headed to Roswell for the final planning of a 23-mile plunge....

NM Supreme Court hears redistricting appeal

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into a political dispute over legislative redistricting that could influence elections for the coming decade and may help determine whether Republicans can win a majority in the state House...

Environmentalists sue over trapping in New Mexico

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Tuesday against wildlife managers over their decision last summer to lift a trapping ban in southwestern New Mexico where the federal government is reintroducing Mexican gray wolves. WildEarth...

Southeast NM school district under fire

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RESERVE, N.M. (AP) — Reserve Superintendent Christina Rigtrup is under fire after state documents shows that her small southeastern New Mexico school district has suffered from unsupervised classrooms and unlicensed personnel. KOAT-TV reports...

Kidnapping suspects flee after Las Cruces standoff

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities are looking for two men following a barricade situation in Las Cruces. KFOX-TV in El Paso and the Las Cruces-Sun News reports the Monday evening standoff inside a Las Cruces home ended after a few hours....

Albuquerque PD investigating dead body

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police detectives are investigating the discovery of dead body in a northeast area of the city. Police have not indicated if the death is a homicide, but the violent crimes unit was called to the scene near Pennsylvania...

Fired Albuquerque officer in Levi case may return

February 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fired Albuquerque officer accused of lying about his involvement in a case with a fellow officer charged with murdering his wife may be getting his job back. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ADBDhv) that a hearing...