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New Mexico ends straight-ticket voting option

June 18, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fixture on ballots for decades, the option to vote a straight party ticket is disappearing in New Mexico and won’t be available when people head to the polls in November. Voters historically could easily choose to support a party’s entire slate of candidates by making just one mark on [&hellip...

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Some Little Bear Fire residents told to evacuate

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Residents near the Little Bear burn scar area have been told to evacuate due to a flash flood warning. Lincoln County Emergency Services ordered Saturday residents in low-lying areas and around creeks or streams to evacuate. The area...

In New Mexico, a rise in Suboxone smuggling

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a New Mexico woman stuck a broom straw through a hole in a speaker that separated her from her inmate husband at a prison visitation room, officials at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, N.M., knew what...

Navajo Nation to host ex-Soviet Union visitors

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A team of business professionals from former Soviet republics are scheduled to visit the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/LcsqRj) that team, sponsored by the Special American Business Internship...

NM special education funding to drop by $7M

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state spending on special education will drop by more than $7 million in the coming budget year The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/LSltEX) that the Public Education Department made the announcement...

NM labor officials report decline in job growth

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say the state has lost 1,500 jobs over the past year, marking the first time in nine months that over-the-year job growth has been negative. The Department of Workforce Solutions says job growth was negative...

Ruidoso Downs denies races were fixed for cartel

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Ruidoso Downs say there is no evidence behind allegations that drug cartel members paid gatekeepers to hold back horses competing against their 2010 All American Futurity winner, Mr Piloto. The allegations were raised in an...

PERA notifies members of possible security breach

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico is notifying about 100,000 active and retired members about a possible security breach. PERA officials say personal information in the possession of a third-party vendor may...

Albuquerque police remove 'noose' elite unit icon

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A hangman’s noose in Albuquerque is now the center of a new controversy with a police department already rocked by two dozen police shootings since 2010, attempts to install new reforms, and calls for a U.S. Justice Department...

Agencies issue fire restrictions around New Mexico

June 16, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal and state agencies around New Mexico are banning campfires and limiting smoking due to hot, dry weather conditions and extreme fire danger. Stage II restrictions will take effect Monday on the Santa Fe National Forest, the...