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NM unemployment rate creeps down to 6.5 percent

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say the state has marked the sixth straight month of positive job growth, meaning there were 6,700 more jobs in November than the same time last year. The Department of Workforce Solutions says over-the-year job growth was 0.8 percent. The unemployment rate also dropped slightly to 6.5 [&hellip...

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Ex-PRC member to get out of jail before sentencing

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – This Oct. 21, 2008 file photo shows former Democratic Public Regulation Commission candidate Jerome Block Jr. during a candidate forum, in Santa Fe, N.M. Block is heading back to court after being jailed last week and dismissed from a drug...

Colo. artist creates ‘Saint’ Tebow retablo

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) is consoled by defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (79) in the final minutes of the team’s loss to the New England Patriots in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado...

Next Curry Co. jail boss will have new supervisors

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The next person to run Curry County’s jails will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle. The Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/tYPDmH ) reports Commissioners Wendell Bostwick and Frank Blackburn...

Drought, insects hammer trees in southern NM

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

This undated image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows damage done by ponderosa pine bark beetles on the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico. New aerial and ground surveys done by state and federal forestry officials show an increase in tree...

Audit faults PRC for vehicle use policies

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Regulation Commission has failed to keep proper records for use of state vehicles by commissioners and agency workers, creating potential tax problems for those who commute in a government car, according to an independent...

Alleged Ponzi schemer pleads guilty

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque real estate executive has pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud and agreed to serve up to 12 years in prison to settle charges he ran a multi-state Ponzi scheme. Doug Vaughan entered the plea Wednesday in federal...

Old baby gear inspires Santa Fe mom’s business

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, Kerri Couillard pulls an order for her new company, Santa Fe Baby, which rents infant and toddler equipment. in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Natalie Guillen) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Young Jack and Caden...

Dozens of dead crows in Mesilla Valley Bosque

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Piles of dead crows, possibly hundreds of them, have been found at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Members of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society reported Tuesday the stack of dead birds discovered during their annual...

NM gun owner in smuggle case eyes plea withdraw

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a New Mexico gun store at the center of a case involving trafficking firearms to Mexican cartels wants to withdraw his guilty plea. Lawyers for Ian Garland, owner of Chaparral Guns in Chaparral, N.M., filed a motion to...