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Closure of Rio Grande gorge bridge may come to end

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Transportation says the nighttime closure of a bridge over the Rio Grande gorge near Taos may end. The Taos News (http://bit.ly/LWhna9 ) reports a New Mexico transportation official says the bridge may open nightly again by this weekend, depending on the weather. The agency says crews still [&hellip...

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NM switching to electronic system for contracts

June 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is switching to a “paperless” procurement system to allow vendors to electronically submit bids for government contracts. The State Purchasing Division said Monday it has...

Break in weather allows air crews in NM wildfires

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

A burned SUV at a home located on Wolf Springs Loop near Ruidoso, N.M., shows the devastation caused by a wildfire, Monday June 11, 2012. Massive wildfires in drought-parched Colorado and New Mexico tested the resources of state and federal crews Monday and...

NM starts first mobile summer meal program

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials and the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger have announced a new mobile summer meal program aimed at reaching underserved children in rural areas. The program was announced Monday at a ceremony in...

Santa Fe seeing rise in burglaries

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say the city has seen a large spike in burglaries in the past year. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/Ko01cP) reports police say burglaries in Santa Fe have gone up by 53 percent, compared to a year ago. Capt. Aric Wheeler says...

NM sheriff asking for $1M for helicopters

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The sheriff of Bernalillo County says more than $1 million is needed to pay for two county helicopters. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/LMev3B) reports county commissioners will vote Tuesday on whether to approve Sheriff Dan Houston’s...

Film program wants to use NM historic ranch again

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say they can’t allow free use of a state-owned ranch to a teaching program associated with actor Robert Redford. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/N3G6jP) reports representatives for the Milagro at...

NMSU prof. shows Native horsemanship to the Queen

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An associate professor from New Mexico State University had the moment of a lifetime last month in England. “I went to the Windsor Castle with those of us from the pageant to meet the queen,” said Donald Pepion, 67, an...

NM names homeland security deputy secretary

June 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has named a Santa Fe woman as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Anita Tallarico has been serving as the chief executive officer of a consulting...

Ruidoso fire at 26K acres amid tough conditions

June 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in the mountain community of Ruidoso that has destroyed an estimated 36 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people has burned more than 26,000 acres. Dan Ware, a spokesman with New Mexico State...