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Feds close cattle gate at NM port of entry

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The livestock gate at one of the international ports of entry in southern New Mexico is closed now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting its veterinarians from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The agency cites safety concerns, but New Mexico’s two U.S. senators are urging the Obama administration to find...

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Governor approves tax break for hiring veterans

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts. Gov. Susana Martinez...

Police: 4 Belen students found with weapons

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Belen police say four students are facing long-term suspensions and possible expulsion after they were caught with weapons on school grounds. School Superintendent Ron Marquez tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/zHfEKv ) that any...

2 Army Reserve brothers set to become US citizens

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two brothers assigned with the U.S. Army Reserve and originally from the Philippines are set to become U.S. citizens. Rashniv and Odini Ramos are scheduled Wednesday to be naturalized during a special ceremony at the New Mexico...

Groups appeal shale gas drilling in San Juan Basin

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Bureau of Land Management over findings related to potential impacts of a major drilling proposal in northwestern New Mexico’s San Juan Basin. WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan...

At 97, Penasco woman still a devoted UNM Lobos fan

March 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Patty Sahd enjoys the game as she sits with her son Ted Sahd in the seats that her late husband picked out years ago at the Pit on Feb. 29, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM. Sahd, 97, is probably the oldest Lobo fan still going to the games in the Pit. Sahd travels...

Man who ran daycare center accused of raping girls

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Several women are accusing a 71-year-old New Mexico man of raping them when they were little girls. KOAT-TV of Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/wJe23j) that Edward Quintana of Las Vegas, who used to run a daycare center, is already...

Salinas apparent winner of Sunland Park race

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — It appears that Daniel Salinas is the apparent winner of the Sunland Park mayor’s race. Unofficial results of Tuesday’s municipal election shows Salinas with 637 votes compared to Gerardo Hernandez’s 553 votes and...

Governor vetoes bill for NM corporate tax revision

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a proposal Tuesday to revamp the tax treatment of large multi-state retailers and slightly reduce New Mexico’s top corporate income tax rate. The governor said she rejected the proposal...

Governor vetoes judicial retirement overhaul

March 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a proposal to shore up the financing of pensions for judges and magistrates. The Republican governor said Tuesday the bill would require taxpayers to pay more for the retirement programs, which receive...