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Group plans climate demonstrations in NM

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are planning a series of demonstrations around New Mexico on Saturday to bring awareness to the threat of wildfire and other implications of a changing climate. The group 350.org is coordinating events in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and Socorro. In all, more than 1,000 demonstrations are planned around the [&hellip...

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Sunland Park Council postpones mayor selection

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The troubled New Mexico border town of Sunland Park still doesn’t have a mayor. The city council unanimously decided Friday to postpone the mayoral appointment until May 14 because they said they needed more to review resumes...

State settles public records case with newspaper

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is settling a lawsuit with the Albuquerque Journal over a public records request the newspaper made in 2010 when former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson was in office. The Republican governor...

NM GOP files complaint against union-funded group

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A union-financed political group critical of Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from New Mexico’s Republican Party. The GOP filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission contending that Independent Source PAC is...

NM permanent funds grow $1B during quarter

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Investment Council reports New Mexico’s permanent funds enjoyed among the strongest quarterly investment returns of large public funds nationally. The agency said Friday the Land Grant Permanent Fund returned nearly 9.5...

Average high school graduation rate drops in NM

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s statewide average high school graduation rate slipped to 63 percent last year, but the Public Education Department said Friday it had changed the graduation calculation to meet a federal mandate. Students are tracked...

NM LULAC to honor controversial Chicano leader

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a controversial figure from the Chicano Movement who once led a violent armed raid of a New Mexico courthouse, will be honored by a Latino civil rights group that once scorned him. New Mexico’s League of...

Fruitland man pleads guilty to manslaughter charge

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Fruitland man who beat a 32-year-old man to death last year has pleaded guilty to a federal involuntary manslaughter charge. The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that 20-year-old Uriah Upshaw faces up to 15...

Los Lunas man shot by Valencia County deputy dies

May 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — A Los Lunas man who authorities say was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he swung a metal pipe has died. The Valencia County Sheriff’s office said Gabriel Martinez was pronounced dead Thursday at UNM Hospital shortly...

Arizona tribe tangled up over ballot flap

May 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for the chairman of Arizona’s White Mountain Apache Tribe, as four candidates who were denied a spot on the ballot question the outcome of a recent tribal council election. David Jordan, a New...