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NM investment funds gain $2B during quarter

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns. The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board had combined asset...

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Heath officials: Taos cat infected with the plague

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of a cat in Taos with the plague. State officials said the cat was most likely infected while hunting rodents and prairie dogs in an open field named Sunset Park. A second cat...

Elephant Butte to allow dog to be leash free

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence. Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said...

Police: Dog finds human skull near Gallup airport

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup police says a family dog surprised its owner when it returned home with a deadly find — a human skull. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that the family beagle brought the human skull home after likely...

New online journalism outlet formed in New Mexico

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new online journalism organization called New Mexico In Depth has been established to publish investigative reports and articles on issues ranging from education and health care to politics and poverty. The news outlet announced...

Feds decline protections for dune lizard in NM, TX

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

File-This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a sand dune lizard in Chaves County, N.M. A contentious battle over the rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country has taken a surprising...

2 more arrested in NM driver's license fraud ring

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Portales police have arrest two people involved in what authorities call a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent New Mexico driver’s licenses. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew...

Missing Farmington tourism funds top $500,000

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police say the former executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau who committed suicide embezzled more than half a million dollars. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/OAKAvz) reported Tuesday a complete audit...

Gila Cliff Dwellings to re-open

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is reopening now that smoke from what is New Mexico’s largest wildfire has decreased significantly. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/Kn49bz) reports park officials said Tuesday both...

Police: NM man used 9-year-old boy to shoplift

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been arrested in Las Cruces on charges of forcing a nine-year-old relative to shoplift. Las Cruces police said that 36-year-old Dennis Patrick Rodriguez was booked into Dona Ana County Detention Center this week...