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NM Hispanic ranchers, once ignore, showing clout

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Once shunned and largely ignored, Hispanic ranchers and other descendants of people who received Spanish land grants are flexing their political muscles in New Mexico. In recent years, the activists have persuaded state lawmakers to approve the creation of new towns based on the boundaries of the 200-year-old grants. They [&hellip...

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NM activist bowing out of race for US Senate seat

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque political activist Andres Valdez says he’s dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate. Valdez announced in a news release Monday that he decided to bow out because of “the outrageous amount of money needed to...

Senate approves corporate income tax change

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to lower New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate but change the tax treatment of large corporations with income from operations nationwide. The measure passed the Senate on a 28-13 vote on Monday...

Legislature approves anti-corruption proposal

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal is heading to Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen penalties for elected officials convicted of public corruption. The measure allows for a fine equal to the salary, pension and other fringe benefits paid to the official from the...

House OKs tax exemption for military retirees

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a proposal to remove New Mexico’s income tax from military retirement payments. Supporters say the tax incentive will encourage military retirees to live New Mexico. The bill passed the House on a 58-10...

Obama budget puts Los Alamos facility on hold

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The budget proposal put forth by President Barack Obama on Monday could spell the beginning of the end for the planned construction of a $6 billion plutonium research laboratory that critics have long billed as an unnecessary...

Roads improving in northern New Mexico

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Road conditions in northern New Mexico are improving. The state highway department reports fair conditions on New Mexico State Highways 434, 38, 120 and U.S. 64. A few icy spots do remain and drivers are urged to slow down and drive...

1 of 2 cousins sentenced in federal murder case

February 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northwest New Mexico man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder. The U.S. Attorney in Albuquerque says 36-year-old Darnell Begay was sentenced Monday. Begay and his 35-year-old cousin Tyrus Begaye each...

Wild hogs threaten New Mexico's ecosystems, farms

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — State and federal officials say feral pigs are ravaging eastern New Mexico’s range and farmland. An astonishing reproductive rate has seen hogs spread to 17 of New Mexico’s 33 counties in just seven years. The wild swine have...

Santa Fe Catholic school may drug test students

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A private Catholic high school is Santa Fe is considering random drug testing for its students as a way to deter drug use. A proposal to implement the testing in the fall was recently emailed to parents of St. Michael’s High...