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Valencia County officials say spending ‘a mess’

November 6, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Valencia County officials say spending is out of control in the county and has been for decades as managers have blown money with almost no checks and balances. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/SKA7zm) that officials say Valencia County pays to insure 22 vehicles that no longer run and continues to cover the [&hellip...

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NM company plans solar plant near Asheville, NC

November 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe, N.M., company says it is asking the state government in North Carolina to approve plans for a large solar power generation project. Amenergy Inc. hopes to install more than 90,000 solar panels on six tracts of private land...

Alamo teacher’s aide innocent in student slapping

November 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A former special education assistant in Alamogordo who was accused of battery for striking an autistic girl she said kicked her in the groin and knocked her glasses off has been acquitted by a jury. The Otero County jury acquitted...

Carlsbad struggles to find, seal abandoned wells

November 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad officials are struggling to find and force the sealing of abandoned water wells despite vows to do so after a boy died after falling into an old well in March. Carlsbad police and fire officials swore they’d never let...

Los Alamos man dies in fall in Jemez Mountains

November 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State police say a hiker from Los Alamos has been found dead in the Jemez Mountains after apparently falling off a cliff. State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says a search and rescue team found the body of 54-year-old Thomas...

NM students build up skills in construction class

November 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Students have a host of reasons for enrolling in a new, city-sponsored elective class that is teaching 19 young men basic construction skills. Clifford Evans, 16, has always been interested in building things, and he’s...

Gasoline tanker crashes, burns on I-40 near Grants

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The driver of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline has survived a fiery crash that led to an hours-long closure of Interstate 40 east of Grants. New Mexico State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the driver was...

Man dead in Hobbs shooting, suspect jailed

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Police in Hobbs say a 37-year-old man has died of a gunshot wound and a suspect has been jailed on murder charges. Police said in a statement Saturday that officers found Agapito Aragonez (Ah-ga-PEE-to Air-ah-goh-nez) suffering from a...

Man hurt in oilfield accident near Carlsbad

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A worker on a drilling rig in an oilfield southeast of Carlsbad has been injured after a 100-pound metal gate dropped on his head and shoulders. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that 33-year-old Milo Schoonmaker was working on Silver...

Feds file suit against NM rental property owner

November 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities have filed a lawsuit against the owner and manager of rental property in Albuquerque for allegedly discriminating against a disabled tenant. The civil complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the...