NM conservative talk radio host, station part ways

March 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime conservative talk radio host and his Albuquerque station have parted way. Jim Villanucci announced in a statement Friday that his contract with Cumulus Media, parent company of KKOB-AM in Albuquerque, was not renewed and he wasn’t offered an extension. Cumulus Media says that Villanucci was not fired but his...

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Clovis approves prairie dog poisoning plan

March 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — City commissioners have approved a plan to poison prairie dogs in a Clovis park. The Portales News-Tribune reports ( that Clovis city commissioners on Friday approved an emergency budget transfer to purchase 250...

Owner to comply with Albuquerque minimum wage law

March 2, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An owner of a malt shop at the center of Albuquerque’s new minimum wage dispute has announced that he will now comply with the city’s new minimum wage requirements. The Albuquerque Journal reports (

Smaller New Mexico airports set for closure

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe, Roswell and Hobbs could lose their airport control towers because of federal budget cuts, raising questions about whether commercial airlines would continue flights that the communities have fought so hard to secure....

House approves lottery scholarship overhaul

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico students at four-year universities could see their lottery-financed scholarships sharply reduced under a proposal approved by the House to protect the solvency of the financial aid program. The scholarships currently cover...

NM Senate panel opens education secretary hearing

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Opponents of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee as public education secretary told lawmakers Friday that Hanna Skandera doesn’t meet the constitutional requirements for the job she’s held since 2011, but...

2 Espanola men arrested in cocaine case in NM

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two men from Espanola are in custody after a month-long investigation into cocaine trafficking in New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County. State Police say 49-year-old Phil Benavidez and 32-year-old Aaron Sanchez both are facing federal...

Prof says police put him in danger to make arrest

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University faculty member says Las Cruces police needlessly put him in danger by allowing a taxi cab driver sought in a shooting to pick him up as a fare before officers stopped the cab and arrested the driver at...

NM judge accused of misbehavior agrees to resign

March 1, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico judge has agreed to resign amid allegations of misbehavior involving his wife, a worker in the court, the state Judicial Standards Commission announced. District Judge Eugenio S. Mathis, of Las Vegas, agreed...

House approves tapping into permanent fund

February 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public education could receive hundreds of millions of additional dollars in the future under a measure approved by the House. The proposed constitutional amendment allows voters to decide whether to prevent a drop in the yearly...