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Gila Cliff Dwellings reopen after flood damage

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The Gila Cliff Dwellings has reopened to the public. The park announced Wednesday that it was reopening after workers finished repairs to the West Fork Bridge, which was damaged in a flood. The reopening, which was originally planned for December, was delayed because of inclement weather conditions. Roof repairs to [&hellip...

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Cops: NM teacher assaulted officer, called 911

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Farmington High School teacher is facing battery on a peace officer charges after police said she tried to call 911 from the backseat of a patrol car following her arrest at a club. The Farmington Daily Times reports...

Water use in Albuquerque is down slightly

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water use in Albuquerque declined in 2011, but the decrease was less than 1 percent. The Albuquerque Journal says (http://bit.ly/yi7Lxe) that the 2011 water use is detailed in a report by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water...

NM’s Public Regulation Commissions mulls overhauls

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are considering recommendations for overhauling the agency’s hiring policies and shifting some of its duties to other state departments. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports...

Albuquerque mayor mum on GOP presidential race

January 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he will likely not endorse a GOP candidate for president until after the primaries. Berry, who in 2009 became the city’s first Republican mayor in two decades, told the Associated Press on...

NM judge halts oil and gas pit rule appeals

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge on Tuesday sided with New Mexico’s oil and gas industry, putting on hold legal appeals related to efforts by the industry to revamp rules for handling drilling and production wastes. The New Mexico Oil...

NM Tourism Dept. picks new ad agency

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Tourism Department has picked a Texas firm to develop a new advertising campaign promoting the state. Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson announced Tuesday the department has awarded a $2 million contract to Vendor, Inc.,...

2 charged after NM elderly woman dies, toes eaten

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The daughter-in-law and granddaughter of a woman who died after authorities found that animals had eaten her toes have been charged with neglect. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/ArLPNX) that 23-year-old Angelique...

New Mexico issues A-F grades for public schools

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools received a grade of C or better under new ratings announced Tuesday by the Public Education Department. The state plans to use the A to F grades to replace a federally mandated school...

Ex-NM Democratic chairman Alexander dies

January 11, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs funeral home has confirmed that Benjamin Bates Alexander, a Texas oilman and former New Mexico Democratic chairman, has died. He was 91. A funeral official said Alexander died Saturday in his sleep in Lubbock, Texas. Born in...