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NM switches to online review of construction plans

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it’s implementing an online system that should speed up state approval of architectural and construction plans. The governor and Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent J. Dee Dennis said Monday that architects, designers and contractors can electronically submit their...

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NM fire chief dies in crash on Interstate 25

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the fire chief in New Mexico’s Sandoval County has died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 25 near Bernalillo. The state Department of Public Safety says 59-year-old Jon Tibbetts was...

Map to outline NM forest roads open under new plan

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A map expected to be released this fall will let visitors to Santa Fe National Forest know where they cannot travel. All national forests are required to create the so-called travel management plans to control the impact of motorized...

New NM sheriffs' group aims to 'professionalize'

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — They are known for going head-to-head with outlaws like Billy the Kid and chasing fugitives through mountainous terrain once ruled by Apache leader Geronimo. New Mexico sheriffs and their deputies have long served as the only law...

Improvements at NM jail aim to prevent misconduct

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County plans to spend more than $2 million to prevent misconduct inside its detention center. Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Ramon Rustin says the improvements include a digital camera system, two body scanners and a...

Landmark NM building with colorful history ruined

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A landmark building in Corrales that had a colorful history has been destroyed by fire. The building best known as the Territorial House restaurant and bar from 1972 to 1987 went up in flames Sunday afternoon. A Texas couple...

Metro court judge seeks vacant district judgeship

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Cristina Jaramillo is among five applicants for a vacant state district court judgeship in Albuquerque. A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission meets Aug. 9 in Albuquerque to screen the...

Lawyer quits board of NM open government group

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer resigned as a board member for an open government group in New Mexico after private emails he sent to high-ranking members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration were highlighted in news stories. The Santa Fe New...

Feral hogs now in Otero County

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The feral hogs that live in 18 of New Mexico’s 33 counties are now in Otero County. Officials tell the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/SOVkIF) that the hogs destroy property and habitat and prey upon native species. Feral...

More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water

July 23, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060....