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New postmaster picked for Farmington

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The new postmaster in Farmington is the first American Indian to hold the post in the Post Office’s 134-year history in the city. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/13OxSBK) that 37-year-old Postmaster Steve Begay also is the youngest person to hold the position in Farmington. Begay is originally Shiprock and...

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Balloons flying despite rally’s cancellation

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Hot air balloons are flying in the Mesilla Valley this weekend despite the cancellation of a rally of balloonists. The 2013 Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally had been a fixture of the area since 1982 but has struggled in recent years. The...

Ex-Public Regulation Commission employee wins case

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico Public Regulation Commission employee has won a $355,000 civil jury award after finding that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out problems at the agency. But The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

A better gateway to the Rio Grande

January 20, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County’s only public access to the Rio Grande would undergo environmental restoration and get improved facilities if a proposed project gets the green light from federal officials this spring. A pair of nonprofits called...

Fire chief: Chaplain is 1 of 5 NM shooting victims

January 20, 2013 • National News, State NewsComments (0)

Bernalillo County authorities are stationed outside a home south of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, where two adults and three children were found shot to death. Authorities say a teenager has been arrested and booked on murder and other charges...

Gun advocates hold rally at NM Capitol

January 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gun rights advocates rallied Saturday at the New Mexico Capitol as part of a national series of events aimed at protesting new gun control proposals. The “Guns Across America” rally in Santa Fe drew hundreds of gun owners...

NM proposal would make trophy poaching a felony

January 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department wants to get tough on poachers who take the heads and antlers of elk, deer and other trophy animals and leave the meat behind to rot. The department is supporting legislation introduced in the...

Gov. Martinez signed ballot request for husband

January 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has admitted signing an absentee ballot request for a school board election on behalf of her husband, Chuck Franco. The Republican governor told the Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/Uho4b) Friday that her husband...

Gallup Catholic High School to close

January 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Diocese of Gallup has announced that Gallup Catholic High School will close at the end of the semester. The Gallup Independent reports (http://goo.gl/M1bwA) that Rev. James Walker, the interim superintendent of Catholic schools for...

NM woman severely burned by ex-boyfriend dies

January 19, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman who deputies say was severely burned by an ex-boyfriend has died. Authorities say that 49-year-old Genevieve Fay died Thursday after spending months in the hospital for pneumonia and a series of surgeries. According to...