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Protesters, UNM square off over NM protest site

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters with Albuquerque’s version of the national anti-Wall Street rallies faced off Tuesday with the University of New Mexico as the school ordered protesters to abandon their four-week old campsite. Members of the “(Un)occupy Albuquerque” rally held a number of events around campus, including protesting...

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Ex-legislators decry drain on permanent fund

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former legislators complained Tuesday that a nearly $4 billion state endowment fund that helps finance schools and other programs has been shortchanged because of a decade-long spending spree on capital projects by New Mexico’s...

Forecasters: NM gets some rain, but not enough

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico remains in the grips of a severe to exceptional drought, and there’s little promise for much relief as winter approaches, forecasters and water managers said Tuesday. But before explaining their predictions for more...

Carlsbad Current-Argus names new publisher

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Carlsbad Current-Argus has a new publisher. The newspaper announced that Rena Mlodecki-Walsh, currently general manager at the Ruidoso News, assumed the Carlsbad position on Monday. The publisher spot was vacated in September by...

NM jury weighing evidence in crash that killed boy

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque jury is deciding the fate of a man charged with driving high on meth when he crashed into a car last year killing a toddler. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/tZnfl1 ) reports Ramon Rascon is facing seven charges ranging from...

Deming schools announce ‘border protocols’

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Deming Public Schools has announced new safety measures after suspected illegal immigrants boarded school buses on at least two occasions. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/v1OUgF) that Deming Public Schools Superintendent...

Passenger killed in Roswell street race

October 26, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — One man is dead and another man is facing criminal charges after a street race turned deadly in Roswell. Roswell police tell KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/tHtvjy ) 20-year-old Jose Maciel was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide,...

Gov picks 5 finalists for utility panel vacancy

October 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent were named Monday as finalists for an appointment by the governor to New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency. GOP Gov. Susana Martinez announced the contenders for the...

Agency finds radon levels OK in NM state building

October 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — General Services Secretary Ed Burckle says testing has determined that radon levels are within safe limits in a state office building in Santa Fe. Burckle made the announcement Monday after six weeks of radon monitoring at the Willie...

NM utility asks EPA to reconsider emissions plan

October 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is asking federal regulators to reconsider their decision to adopt a plan for trimming emissions at a coal-fired power plant that serves customers throughout the Southwest. Public Service...