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NM sending feisty chimp to California zoo

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque zoo officials are pointing to behavioral problems for the reason they’re sending one of their chimpanzees to the Los Angeles Zoo. They say Julie, a feisty 25-year-old chimp, has created social problems within the chimp population at the BioPark. She has been in Albuquerque since February 2010, when she was...

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Former New Mexico tourism secretary dies

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Tourism Secretary Michael Cerletti has died. State officials say Cerletti died Tuesday. His age and the cause of death wasn’t immediately available Wednesday nor was a list of his survivors or funeral plans....

Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008. The recommendations by the Legislative...

UNM selects Kent State provost as new president

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The provost for Ohio’s Kent State University was named Wednesday as the University of New Mexico’s new president. The UNM Board of Regents voted unanimously to select UNM graduate Robert G. Frank as the school’s...

Doctor arrested in crash appears Santa Fe court

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe surgeon has pleaded not guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide for allegedly driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl. Fifty-six-old Deborah Aaron was arraigned Tuesday in Santa Fe. Police allege...

Xcel going after customers it under-billed

January 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — For more than three years, Xcel Energy says it under-billed Carlsbad electric customers. Now, the utility is seeking thousands of dollars it’s owed. The Carlsbad Current-Argus (http://bit.ly/zhSiOb ) reports the New Mexico Public...

Court issues decision in state House redistricting

January 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday approved a plan for revamping the boundaries of state House of Representative districts, making changes that will lump two Republican incumbents in the same district and pair two Democrats in another region. District...

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...

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...