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$36 million potash compaction plant opens in NM

May 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Mosaic Potash has brought online its new $36 million compaction plant after two years of construction. The Carlsbad Current Argus reports (http://bit.ly/KNjMVV ) that the new six-story high plant replaces an old facility that was built sometime in the 1940s. The old plant did not meet current emission and health standards. [&hellip...

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NMSU researcher wins grant to map chile genetics

May 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A graduate student researcher at New Mexico State University will head to Asia to help unravel the genetic mysteries of a disease-resistant chile. Horticulture student Greg Reeves has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant...

NM governor to honor law officers, public workers

May 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be kicking off a week of events to honor law enforcement officers, public employees and other heroes. Martinez will start Tuesday by presenting awards to recognize the actions of 10 people during...

Parole hearing scheduled for former NM attorney

May 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe attorney serving prison time for a fatal drunken-driving crash is scheduled for a parole hearing. In March, corrections officials said improper phone calls and emails to media, family and a lawyer would keep Carlos...

Santa Fe expecting more children in meals program

May 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools will be offering free lunch and breakfast at about a dozen schools during the summer. It’s the tenth year for the meals program, but coordinator Betsy Torres says she expects at least 2,000 children this...

Navajo Nation faces hurdles in recovering funds

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation may have little recourse in seeking money from a Colorado man who is accused of spending millions of the nation’s funds for personal use. Hak Ghun, of Durango, Colo., is accused of using corporate funds the...

More charges filed in Sunland Park corruption case

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities investigating corruption allegations in city government in Sunland Park filed additional criminal charges against two former city officials on voter fraud allegations. And a third official was charged with tampering...

Insurance costs expect to rise for UNM students

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The cost of health insurance for University of New Mexico student could increase as much as 30 percent next school year as the national health care overhaul is causing a rise in premiums in most student insurance plans around the...

Millions look skyward as eclipse crosses Asia, US

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

People watch an annular solar eclipse in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun...

NM tourism department OKs 2nd out-of-state bid

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Tourism, under fire a few months ago for hiring an out-of-state company to produce commercials, is drawing more criticism for outsourcing another contract. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/L3OMmt) that the...