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Cops: NM teacher assaulted officer, called 911

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington High School teacher is facing battery on a peace officer charges after police said she tried to call 911 from the backseat of a patrol car following her arrest at a club. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/yZrOh7) that 33-year-old Erin Zarko of Durango, Colo., was taken into custody [&hellip...

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Water use in Albuquerque is down slightly

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water use in Albuquerque declined in 2011, but the decrease was less than 1 percent. The Albuquerque Journal says (http://bit.ly/yi7Lxe) that the 2011 water use is detailed in a report by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water...

NM’s Public Regulation Commissions mulls overhauls

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are considering recommendations for overhauling the agency’s hiring policies and shifting some of its duties to other state departments. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

Albuquerque mayor mum on GOP presidential race

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he will likely not endorse a GOP candidate for president until after the primaries. Berry, who in 2009 became the city’s first Republican mayor in two decades, told the Associated Press on...

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...

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...