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Judge awards nearly $3M for NM redistricting fees

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Taxpayers must pick up the tab for nearly $3 million in fees for attorneys who represented Democratic, Republican, Native American and Hispanic voter interests in redistricting trials, a New Mexico judge decided Monday. District Judge James Hall’s order covers lawyer fees for six groups that brought lawsuits over revamping...

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Moriarty serves as model for summer meal programs

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Beth Dennison climbs behind the wheel of a school bus loaded with sandwiches, milk, fruit and vegetables each weekday and rattles over 30 miles of dusty Torrance County roads delivering food to waiting children. “Just meeting...

NM balloon fiesta vendors seek contract change

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of food vendors is trying to renegotiate lower rent for an annual hot-air balloon fiesta to keep food prices from rising. The group plans to meet Monday with officials for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The...

Man acquitted of cockfighting charges sues county

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A La Cienega man acquitted of cockfighting charges is suing Santa Fe County, saying he was singled out in an investigation because he owned roosters and is Hispanic. Raul Trinidad-Enriquez and his two roommates allege in a lawsuit...

Voter guide offered for constitutional amendments

July 31, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature’s research arm is helping voters get an early start on learning about proposed constitutional amendments to be decided in the November general election. The Legislative Counsel Service has published an...

Dona Ana County man charged with animal cruelty

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man who lives west of Las Cruces has been indicted on animal cruelty and other charges arising out of an investigation in which more than two dozen dogs and fowl were seized from his property. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports...

Santa Fe schools to buy computer equipment

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Public Schools is spending $2.4 million to buy Apple computers to help improve student math scores through Web-based instruction. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/QzZ0em) that the computer order includes about...

Nambe teen a familiar face at NM fair

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

Jacinto Martin, 14, donned a pair of aviator shades and tied a bandanna around his face Tuesday afternoon, and then he pulled on his latex gloves. The bleached-blond teenager looked as if he might be heading out with the intention of hitting some walls with...

Malpractice claims at Alamogordo hospital settled

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About 80 malpractice claims that forced an Alamogordo hospital to seek bankruptcy court protection last summer have been settled for more than $33 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Oyvk3r) that that settlement...

Parts of 2 NM forests being reseeded after fires

July 30, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Loads of grass seeds and straw mulch are being scattered by helicopters in a hurried revegetation effort for areas in the Gila and Lincoln national forests that were blackened by wildfires this summer. The Albuquerque Journal...