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NM judge halts oil and gas pit rule appeals

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge on Tuesday sided with New Mexico’s oil and gas industry, putting on hold legal appeals related to efforts by the industry to revamp rules for handling drilling and production wastes. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association had asked for the appeals process to be halted so [&hellip...

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NM Tourism Dept. picks new ad agency

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Tourism Department has picked a Texas firm to develop a new advertising campaign promoting the state. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson announced Tuesday the department has awarded a $2 million contract to Vendor, Inc.,...

2 charged after NM elderly woman dies, toes eaten

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The daughter-in-law and granddaughter of a woman who died after authorities found that animals had eaten her toes have been charged with neglect. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/ArLPNX) that 23-year-old Angelique...

New Mexico issues A-F grades for public schools

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools received a grade of C or better under new ratings announced Tuesday by the Public Education Department. The state plans to use the A to F grades to replace a federally mandated school...

Ex-NM Democratic chairman Alexander dies

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs funeral home has confirmed that Benjamin Bates Alexander, a Texas oilman and former New Mexico Democratic chairman, has died. He was 91. A funeral official said Alexander died Saturday in his sleep in Lubbock, Texas. Born in...

Man to be arraigned in cyclist’s 2010 death in NM

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Laguna Pueblo man is expected to be arraigned later this week in tribal court on misdemeanor charges in the death of a 19-year-old bicyclist who was killed on a 2010 cross-country bike trip to raise awareness and money for breast...

Higher education agency wants more time for audit

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Higher Education Department is asking for more time to complete a 2010 audit report that’s already more than a year late. The Albuquerque Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/y9H1Ld ) the agency’s delay in...

WNMU prof wins NSF grant to study spider-wasps

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A Western New Mexico University biology professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study spider-wasps in New Mexico. The school recently announced that Manda Clair Jost won the $273,000 grant for a research...

Governor proposes $2M for law enforcement vehicles

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is asking the Legislature to provide more than $2 million to buy replacement vehicles for law enforcement officers. The governor’s budget seeks $2 million for the Department of Public Safety for vehicles for...

Police stop 14-year-old driver for speeding in NM

January 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested for allowing his 14-year-old stepson drive a car in Albuquerque. Albuquerque police say the teenager told them that Juan Quirez was too drunk. The man was sitting in the front passenger seat...