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NM sportsmen upset over appointment to game panel

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to replace a member of the state Game Commission with an Albuquerque attorney has upset southern New Mexico sportsmen. The governor last week appointed Paul M. Kienzle III to succeed retired New Mexico State University professor Rob Hoffman of Las Cruces on the seven-member panel. Kienzle...

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More habitat set aside for 2 Southwestern fish

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday pointed to prolonged drought, climate change and an increase in nonnative fish for its decision to reclassify as endangered two fish found in New Mexico and Arizona. The agency also...

State PD search records at Sunland Park City Hall

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — State police investigators armed with a search warrant temporarily shut down City Hall, but officials were tight-lipped about what might have prompted the unusual move in this small town known for scandal. State police and...

Gov. Martinez signs health care proposal

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that supporters say can help ensure high quality care is available for stroke patients in New Mexico hospitals. The measure calls for the state to certify hospitals as a “stroke...

Curry County approves ban on most open fires

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Curry County residents face severe restrictions on open fires after county commissioners voted to implement a fire danger resolution. The Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/z4Ur0C) reports the fire ban becomes effective immediately and...

Homeland Security to up presence in Four Corners

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico said it plans to increase its presence in the Four Corners region to counter to growing influences of drug cartels in the area. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Cops: NM 9-year-old passed out drunk on playground

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Police say a nine-year-old boy was very drunk when he was found passed out and barely conscious on a New Mexico playground. KRQE reports (http://bit.ly/yE9BTY) that two kids found their nine-year-old friend passed out at a Carlsbad...

Homeland Security to up presence in Four Corners

February 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations in New Mexico said it plans to increase its presence in New Mexico’s Four Corners region to counter to growing influences of Mexican drug cartels in the area. The...

New Mexico proposes to overhaul Medicaid program

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state’s population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to...

Ex-NM policeman acquitted in pedestrian's death

February 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state police officer has been acquitted of leaving the scene of a crash that left a pedestrian dead in downtown Santa Fe. The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/zkOx1n ) the jury returned its verdict in the case of Alfred...