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Forest Service suing New Mexico, Otero County

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service filed a lawsuit against the state and Otero County over management of forest lands, after the county passed a resolution last year saying it intended to begin following an 11-year-old state law on the issue. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement the U.S. Constitution [&hellip...

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NM Hispanic ranchers, once ignore, showing clout

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Once shunned and largely ignored, Hispanic ranchers and other descendants of people who received Spanish land grants are flexing their political muscles in New Mexico. In recent years, the activists have persuaded state lawmakers to...

NM activist bowing out of race for US Senate seat

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque political activist Andres Valdez says he’s dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate. Valdez announced in a news release Monday that he decided to bow out because of “the outrageous amount of money needed to...

Senate approves corporate income tax change

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to lower New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate but change the tax treatment of large corporations with income from operations nationwide. The measure passed the Senate on a 28-13 vote on Monday...

Legislature approves anti-corruption proposal

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal is heading to Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen penalties for elected officials convicted of public corruption. The measure allows for a fine equal to the salary, pension and other fringe benefits paid to the official from the...

House OKs tax exemption for military retirees

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a proposal to remove New Mexico’s income tax from military retirement payments. Supporters say the tax incentive will encourage military retirees to live New Mexico. The bill passed the House on a 58-10...

Obama budget puts Los Alamos facility on hold

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The budget proposal put forth by President Barack Obama on Monday could spell the beginning of the end for the planned construction of a $6 billion plutonium research laboratory that critics have long billed as an unnecessary...

Roads improving in northern New Mexico

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Road conditions in northern New Mexico are improving. The state highway department reports fair conditions on New Mexico State Highways 434, 38, 120 and U.S. 64. A few icy spots do remain and drivers are urged to slow down and drive...

1 of 2 cousins sentenced in federal murder case

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northwest New Mexico man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder. The U.S. Attorney in Albuquerque says 36-year-old Darnell Begay was sentenced Monday. Begay and his 35-year-old cousin Tyrus Begaye each...

Wild hogs threaten New Mexico's ecosystems, farms

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — State and federal officials say feral pigs are ravaging eastern New Mexico’s range and farmland. An astonishing reproductive rate has seen hogs spread to 17 of New Mexico’s 33 counties in just seven years. The wild swine have...