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Lawmakers decide against fight over subpoena

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has decided against waging a legal fight with Attorney General Gary King over the Legislature’s subpoena power and whether he had to turn over documents from an investigation of former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. King asked a court last month to allow him to withhold [&hellip...

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Presbyterian to hold Rio Rancho hospital opening

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Presbyterian Healthcare Services is set to hold its community grand opening of Rio Rancho’s first full-service hospital. Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan are among those set to join the grand opening on...

NM to reconsider Blue Cross rate hike request

October 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state regulatory agency decided to give Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico another chance to make its case for a nearly 10 percent rate hike for 27,000 policyholders. The decision came two weeks after state Insurance Superintendent...

BIA hands reins of Navajo office to local woman

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Sharon Pinto has been named director of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Navajo Regional Office. The office based in Gallup, N.M., covers the Navajo reservation that extends into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Pinto had been...

Former trustee’s wife indicted in NM gun case

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The wife of a former Columbus village trustee is the latest person to be indicted in connection with a smuggling ring that federal authorities say funneled hundreds of guns into Mexico. Prosecutors say a federal grand jury in Las...

NM man arrested for his 8th drunken driving charge

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SAN YSIDRO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man was arrested for the eighth time on a drunken driving charge after he was involved in a wreck near San Ysidro. Sandoval County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder says that 46-year-old George Toledo Jr. of...

NM preserve searching for new executive director

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director. The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from...

Man sentenced in slaying of Albuquerque couple

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man who killed a University of New Mexico professor and his girlfriend will serve 25 years in prison. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/q8Yxd2 ) that Ralph Montoya pleaded guilty Thursday to...

NM may open DMV office just for foreign nationals

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state is considering opening an Albuquerque office to handle applications from foreign nationals in the area who are seeking New Mexico driver’s licenses The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/nR1bdL) that Taxation...

Audit: NM State Fair is operationally insolvent

October 21, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Fair is running in the red and doesn’t have enough money to finance day-to-day operations, according to a new audit that prompted legislators on Thursday to question whether taxpayers should be subsidizing...