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NM ex-mortuary worker in massive embezzlement case

July 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Court document show that a former employee of a Las Vegas, N.M. mortuary has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the company in a massive embezzlement scheme that went undetected for years. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/1c90Z6Z) that 62-year-old Molly Martinez was recently charged with multiple counts...

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Manager: Portales aquifer depleting rapidly

July 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The Ute Water Project program manager is warning that the Portales aquifer is depleting rapidly and its saturated thickness could be depleted within a decade. The Portales News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16kAAyd) that Paul Van...

NM auctioning unclaimed property, gold coins

July 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A live auction is set to sell off unclaimed property in New Mexico. The auction Saturday in Albuquerque will feature nearly 800 lots, including more than 220 U.S. and foreign gold coins, nearly 1,900 U.S. silver dollars and a number...

Gov. Martinez to help mark LANL’s 70th anniversary

July 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is slated to help mark the 70th anniversary of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Martinez is scheduled Saturday to attend a special event at Los Alamos High School to celebrate the anniversary with lab employees,...

Agency shifts $7M for behavioral health shakeup

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Human Services Department is shifting $7.5 million within its budget to cover start-up costs of Arizona companies that will take over for New Mexico behavioral health providers under investigation for potential fraud. Matt...

Groups ask NM governor to consider bear proposal

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of environmentalists and wildlife advocates is asking Gov. Susana Martinez to direct the state Game and Fish Department to consider feeding bears in the Sandia Mountains to keep them away from people. The Rio Grande...

Bernalillo homes flooded in overnight storm

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Overnight storms flooded about 30 homes in Bernalillo and knocked out power to about 10,000 customers in Santa Fe. Sandoval County fire officials say two homes in Bernalillo were flooded and some 30 more severely water damaged when a...

Workers clean up Bandelier monument after flooding

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Workers at Bandelier National Monument are cleaning up after a night of flooding in Frijoles Canyon. Just before midnight, monument staff drove down into the canyon to make sure protection was in place, including a...

Abortion foes take fight to municipal level in NM

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anti-abortion activists behind new state laws to ban abortions after 20 weeks are taking their fight to the municipal level in New Mexico, turning in more than twice the needed signatures to get such a ban placed on the ballot for...

Rancher accused of allowing his cattle to trespass

July 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The son of former Gov. Bruce King and the brother of state Attorney General Gary King has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a yearslong dispute over his cattle grazing in a suburban Albuquerque neighborhood....