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NM horse trainer suspended in doping case

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A horse trainer has been suspended from racing in New Mexico for 21 years and fined $23,000 after four horses he trained tested positive for an exotic, potent painkiller. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PLFEnR) that the New Mexico Racing Commission recently announced sanctions against Jeffrey Heath Reed, whose five...

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Grand jury: Glorieta police shooting was justified

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe County grand jury found that a state police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a man that drew criticism after another officer took a cellphone photo of the dead man and shared it with colleagues. District...

Tribal capital improvements receive $13M from NM

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state board has awarded about $13 million for capital improvement projects for 16 Indian tribes and pueblos in New Mexico. The Department of Indian Affairs said 28 projects received funding from the Tribal Infrastructure Board. The...

Volunteers clear balloon park of litter

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque is getting spruced up for its annual balloon fiesta. Mayor Richard Berry says more than 300 residents participated in the third annual “Company’s Comin’ Community Clean Up.” Berry says the...

NM game officials consider hunting proposal

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is considering a proposed agreement with private landowners that would expand public hunting opportunities for deer and Barbary sheep. The department says the agreement would open some private...

NM forests prep for prescribed fires

October 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two national forests in New Mexico are planning prescribed fires this week that are designed to clear out hazardous fuels from hundreds of acres. Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico plan to treat more...

New Mexico State University president resigns

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University President Barbara Couture stepped down Monday, effective immediately. The state Board of Regents accepted Couture’s resignation in what board Chairman Mike Cheney described as a mutually agreeable...

Group raises $283K to promote NM bond issue

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects...

NM Health Secretary Catherine Torres resigning

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Catherine Torres is resigning as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health after serving in the position for the last 18 months. Her resignation was announced Monday and is effective Oct. 15. Gov. Susana Martinez named the Las...

Las Cruces man dies when tractor rolls into ditch

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man whose tractor rolled into a canal south of Las Cruces has died. Dona Ana County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says 72-year-old Wayne Barnes of Las Cruces was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident Sunday...