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PRC overhaul moving quickly in NM Legislature

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposals to overhaul a scandal-tarnished state regulatory agency are off to a fast start in the Legislature and enjoy bipartisan support. Three measures to revamp the Public Regulation Commission are heading to the House for consideration after unanimously clearing several committees. It’s uncertain when the proposals will be...

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New Mexico to hold tours of 1980 prison riot site

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The site of a violent 1980 riot at the state’s maximum-security penitentiary near Santa Fe will be opened to the public by the New Mexico Corrections Department. The state will begin offering public tours Thursday of the infamous...

Missing 73-year-old NM man found dead

February 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A missing 73-year-old man whose disappearance from Ruidoso sparked a multistate search has been found dead. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/yJUk7y) that Kenneth Payne’s body was found Sunday more than a mile away...

Dead body found in Farmington is identified

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have identified a dead body found in a vacant lot in Farmington. Farmington police say the man is 59-year-old Harry Happy, of Sonostee. They say the body was discovered about 7 a.m. Monday. Police say there are no...

Gov. pulls fair commissioners from confirmation

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday abruptly withdrew the nominations for state fair commissioners after Democratic lawmakers sharply criticized her administration’s handling of a 25-year lease for a company to build a...

Lawmaker objects to corrections secretary nominee

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate committee leader is raising objections about Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee to run the Corrections Department, saying he apparently omitted information from a background check questionnaire. Rules Committee chairwoman...

Feds search for man wanted in vet fundraising scam

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in capturing a fugitive accused of running a scam that collected millions of dollars in donations from people who believed they were helping U.S. Navy veterans. A man who...

Downturn recasts National Hispanic Cultural Center

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It’s the place where Linda Ronstadt sang “Desperado” to Sen. John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign. Actor Cheech Marin brought his traveling Chicano art show to the National Hispanic Cultural Center of...

Colorado woman accused of smuggling pot into NM

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in New Mexico say they’ve made an unusual seizure —bundles of marijuana stashed inside wood-framed and mirrored quinceanera plaques. An 18-year-old Colorado woman has been arrested in...

New water czar talks about New Mexico’s challenges

January 31, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The past month has been a whirlwind for New Mexico’s new water czar. There have been meetings with lawmakers, mayors and federal officials and briefings with staff around the state. And at the end of every day, State Engineer...