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Court stalls effort to revamp NM oil and gas rules

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has stalled administrative efforts by New Mexico regulators to revamp rules that govern how oil and gas developers handle drilling waste. Judge Raymond Ortiz has granted a request by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center that the state Oil Conservation Commission be prohibited from reconsidering the [&hellip...

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NM lawmakers rush to finish as adjournment nears

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers raced Wednesday to complete their work as the deadline loomed for New Mexico’s 30-day legislative session. The Legislature adjourns Thursday and there’s a long list of pending business, including proposals to...

New Mexico freed from federal school rating law

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is becoming the latest state to free itself from an unpopular federal system of rating public schools. President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday granted New Mexico the flexibility to implement its own school...

Young giraffe doing well at Clovis zoo

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A young giraffe at the Clovis zoo has grown 2 inches and is said to be doing fine. Hillcrest Park Zoo assistant director Mark Yannotti tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/wqjiJ4 ) staffers are working around the clock to keep up...

Candidates line up for US Senate and House seats

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two candidates have dropped out of the race for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, but candidates on both sides of the aisle will still face competitive primaries in June. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, of Albuquerque, and Las...

Shiprock Chapter investigated for mismanagement

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Claims that the president, vice president, secretary and other Shiprock Chapter staff mismanaged more than $1 million in chapter funds is under investigation by the Navajo Department of Justice. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/Ady5zw )...

Priest faces deportation as sentence ends

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest faces deportation back to the Philippines after being released from prison on a conviction of child molestation. Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Superiaso served as a priest in the San Francisco Archdiocese, Our...

Farmington begins work on pigeon ordinance

February 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington council members are crafting a nuisance ordinance involving pigeons. Some residents complain that neighbors are feeding pigeons and what the birds leave in return is not pleasant or healthy. The Daily Times...

Governor hopeful for early reading proposal

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez remains optimistic that lawmakers will approve a centerpiece of her school improvement plan before time runs out in the legislative session this week. Pending in the House is a proposal that will require...

NM governor signs hay transportation bill

February 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed legislation that clears the way for oversized loads of hay to be transported on state roads. The legislation signed into law Tuesday was aimed at easing the strain that drought has placed on both...