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Governor demands more choices for judicial vacancy

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, like her Democratic predecessor, wants a choice of candidates when it comes to appointing judges and she’s flexing her gubernatorial power to make her point. Martinez has asked an independent judicial nominating commission to go back to work and send her more than one candidate for [&hellip...

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Candidate ousted from NM 1st Congressional ballot

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Retired Army veteran Gary Smith of Albuquerque is being removed from the Republican ballot in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. A district judge ruled Monday that Smith had hundreds of invalid signatures and fell short...

Proposed NM recycling plant expected to employ 35

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed recycling plant is expected to employ 35 people when it’s completed. The project proposed for Albuquerque’s North Valley neighborhood is expected to create about 135 direct construction jobs. The plant would...

Efforts to examine water contamination criticized

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental officials in New Mexico called Kirtland Air Force Base’s efforts to determine the extent of jet fuel groundwater contamination inadequate and are demanding new monitoring wells to determine the risk to...

Wild hogs expected eventually in Dona Ana County

April 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Wild hogs are likely on their way to Dona Ana County as the animals continue to spread across parts of New Mexico, federal officials said. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/IqZwbP ) that the animals have spread from two...

Rabies prompts Carlsbad cat program suspension

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A rabies outbreak in Carlsbad has prompted a local shelter to suspend efforts to trap feral cats. Volunteers for the program run by the Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter recently trapped a rabid skunk and learned that it had tangled...

Suspected Santa Fe FOP lodge embezzlement probed

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A criminal investigation is under way into a suspected embezzlement scheme at Santa Fe’s Fraternal Order of Police and the lodge is dealing with major financial problems tied to the alleged loss. The FOP, state police and the...

Blue Cross policyholders blast proposed rate hike

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state hearing officer has listened to several Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders speak of financial hardships they’ll endure if higher monthly premiums were to kick in as the insurer wants. The insurance company has proposed...

Remains of man missing since 2010 found in Gallup

April 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The remains of a Tohatchi man who has been missing since 2010 have been found in a field near the flea market in Gallup. The Gallup Independent reports that the remains of 29-year-old Alarik Tsosie were discovered by a man hiking with...

High winds create havoc across SW New Mexico

April 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fierce winds are kicking up dust across much of southwestern New Mexico and triggering highway closures and health warnings. The health department in Albuquerque warned people with bronchitis, asthma or other respiratory problems to...