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Martinez aide must testify at appeals hearing

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An administrative law judge has ruled that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff must testify next week at a State Personnel Board hearing for a former Department of Corrections employee who was fired. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LSJOwS) that Martinez’s office objected to the subpoena of...

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NM agency borrows $458,000 complete audit

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A financial regulatory agency in New Mexico took out a $458,000 emergency loan from another state agency to continue an audit of a failed Farmington business. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/NqL1qD ) that the...

Santa Fe official questions vote on fluoridation

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A City Council member in Santa Fe who cast the sole vote against a proposal to stop adding fluoride to the city’s drinking water is examining whether the correct procedures were followed in making the change. The Albuquerque...

Truck takes plunge off cliff in San Juan County

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County authorities say two men were injured when the truck they were traveling in took a 200-foot plunge off a cliff into a river bank. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Mt2v3Y) that the truck’s...

Acreage for chile production likely falling

July 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Experts suspect that green and red chile acreage in New Mexico may have shrunk again this year in the Hatch and Mesilla Valley regions. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/Su0SrW) that farmers in Dona Ana County are...

2 new wolf packs established in NM

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife managers have designated two more Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico, bringing the number of packs in the American Southwest to 14. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to return the predators to...

Ex-state regulator jailed for probation violation

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail. Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation. State police say a urine test confirmed he had alcohol in his...

Bernalillo County settles in jail rape case

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three former female inmates who claim they were forced to have sex with a corrections officer and an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center will share in a $925,000 settlement. Bernalillo County has agreed to pay the women to...

NM unions complain about teacher evaluation plan

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three New Mexico teachers unions are complaining the state Public Education Department has failed to consult parents and teachers as it crafts a new teacher evaluation system. The state chapter of the American Federation of...

Seeding under way on 2 New Mexico burn scars

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Contractors are seeding tens of thousands of acres in southern New Mexico that were charred in recent weeks by two wildfires. Federal officials say more than 19,200 acres of the Lincoln National Forest are being seeded in the wake...