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Teacher evaluation program to be tested this fall

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new program aimed at evaluating New Mexico’s teachers will be tested at selected schools this fall. The evaluation program announced Wednesday will be based on classroom observations, improvements in student test scores and other measures, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/MtjfeE). It’s is drawing...

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Audit: Half of inmates back to prison in 5 years

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s corrections system needs to better prepare inmates for their release back into communities because about half return to prison within five years, according to a legislative audit released Thursday. By reducing inmate...

Judge says Albuquerque police used excessive force

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge is maintaining his ruling that Albuquerque police used excessive force in the 2009 arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog. The Albuquerque Journal...

NM police find starving horses at auto shop

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police looking for an armed man at an auto shop instead found several starved horses. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/M0IMf5) says police responding to a report of a man with a gun Wednesday at a southwest...

NM investment funds gain $2B during quarter

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns. The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of...

Heath officials: Taos cat infected with the plague

June 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of a cat in Taos with the plague. State officials said the cat was most likely infected while hunting rodents and prairie dogs in an open field named Sunset Park. A second cat...

Elephant Butte to allow dog to be leash free

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence. Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said...

Police: Dog finds human skull near Gallup airport

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup police says a family dog surprised its owner when it returned home with a deadly find — a human skull. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that the family beagle brought the human skull home after likely...

New online journalism outlet formed in New Mexico

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new online journalism organization called New Mexico In Depth has been established to publish investigative reports and articles on issues ranging from education and health care to politics and poverty. The news outlet announced...

Feds decline protections for dune lizard in NM, TX

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

File-This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a sand dune lizard in Chaves County, N.M. A contentious battle over the rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country has taken a surprising...