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NM fire officials reflect on ‘busiest year’

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico may have more snow on the ground as it starts the new year, but much of the state remains in drought and fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year. State forestry officials outlined the damage from last year’s fire season in [&hellip...

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Martinez proposes aid to low-performing schools

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday proposed to allocate more than $5 million next year to help low-performing schools and reward those that excel under a new state law that will assign grades to rate New Mexico’s public schools. The...

Governor promotes winter sports in New Mexico

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she may venture out to one of New Mexico ski resorts because of good snow conditions. Martinez signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring January “Learn a Winter Sport Month” in the state. The...

Police: NM 2-year-old tests positive for meth

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is facing charges after authorities said her two-year-old son tested positive for meth. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/tNewDc) that Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Victoria...

NM cop who hit pedestrian involved in ’10 shooting

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Official say the Albuquerque officer behind the wheel of a police car that fatally struck a pedestrian early New Year’s Day was also involved in a 2010 fatal police shooting The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Lawmakers look at government transparency bills

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers will likely consider legislation that would give more notice to New Mexicans about public meetings under a measure backed by Gov. Susana Martinez. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/uvacBt ) reports the proposed...

NM cop strikes, kills pedestrian on New Year’s Day

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a pedestrian was killed by a police officer responding to a call about a fight downtown early on New Year’s Day. Police spokesman Nelson Sanchez says the pedestrian in dark clothing was struck Sunday...

NM police point to alcohol in fatal head-on crash

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LYBROOK, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say alcohol was apparently a factor in a head-on crash that killed three people and injured several others on New Year’s Day. The crash happened Sunday evening on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico. Four...

NM businesses help police with ‘West Mesa murders’

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are receiving help from local business owners in the hunt for a serial killer who killed eleven women, and buried them on the city’s west side. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/v3RaHO) that Robert B. Gibson...

NM state rep wants criminal statute reform

January 3, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for second-degree murder and extend time limits for prosecuting other felonies. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/vS1jvg) that State Rep....