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Richardson-era whistleblower settles lawsuit

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/RCEQEB) that under a settlement agreement made public last week, former state Department of Health manager Diane Moore received...

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Minn. report details 2011 collision that killed 2

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A recently unsealed report says a collision last year that killed two motorcyclists in North Mankato was caused by a teenager who veered into oncoming traffic after falling asleep behind the wheel. The crash happened in July 2011, but...

Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/O7pLvr ) the bear was first...

Man’s body recovered from NM’s Navajo Lake

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned at Navajo Lake State Park in northwestern New Mexico. State Parks spokeswoman Jodi Porter says the man, identified as Ken Klassen, was swimming about 100 feet from the shore near Francis Canyon when...

Albuquerque schools moving toward ‘techbooks’

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The days of students using traditional textbooks in New Mexico’s largest public school district appear to be numbered. The Albuquerque Public Schools board recently approved an $11.3 million contract with a company that...

Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley expansion

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley’s request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers. The plan also...

New Mexico plans summit on economic policies

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans a summit in October to gather recommendations for boosting New Mexico’s economy. The Economic Development Department is organizing the “New Century Economic Summit” in...

Clovis group makes blankets, sends for troops

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Warmth from Home blankets are made in haste but also made in love for military troops overseas. Once blankets are sewn and patched, Jenny Wilson says they tie a yellow ribbon around the blankets to let military members know they’re...

Former Cuba schools employee arrested in theft

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ABUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former official with the troubled Cuba Independent Schools District has been arrested in the theft of handicap ramps owned by the district. Beverly Rodriguez is accused of stealing the ramps in 2010 while overseeing construction...

San Juan County has 3rd most uninsured in state

September 3, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County is spending more providing health care for residents than it spends on its sheriff and detention center. More than a quarter of the northwestern New Mexico county’s residents lack insurance. A U.S. Census Bureau...