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Longmire TV series returns to NM for second season

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In Plain Sight is gone. And Breaking Bad is wrapping up its final season in Albuquerque. But a new television series says it is returning to film a second season in New Mexico.


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New Mexico no longer an afterthought in MWC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was almost an afterthought when play began in the Mountain West Conference.

The Mountain West, which ended up with the country's top ranking in terms of RPI, begins its conference tournament Tuesday in Las Vegas with the Lobos coming in as regular-season champions and looking to add some more hardware.

"We're a lot more confident since we're regular-season champions," said junior forward Tony Snell, who is among the team's scoring leaders with 12.1 points per game. "We feel really confident that we can be tournament champions again and make it far in the NCAA."

Although an NCAA bid is virtually guaranteed for the No. 15 Lobos, they are not overlooking the importance of the conference tournament.

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NM Senate confirms Ward as Health Secretary

The New Mexico Senate voted unanimously to confirm Retta Ward, MPH, as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health Monday afternoon.

“I’m committed to improving the overall health status of New Mexicans. I expect the Department of Health to promote and imbed prevention efforts into all of the work we do, and I expect Department of Health employees to be role models for healthy living,” said Cabinet Secretary Ward. “I am passionate about all levels of prevention, from primary to quaternary, because the return on investment is high, both in reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes.” 

Ward served as the Cabinet Secretary of the Aging and Long Term Services Department since February of 2011. Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her as Secretary of Health in January.  During her time at Aging and Long Term Services Department, Ward implemented a successful employee wellness program and statewide healthy aging initiative called “Know Your Numbers, Change Your Numbers, Change Your Life.”

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Higher minimum wage pending in House

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase New Mexico's minimum wage by $1 an hour is moving ahead in the Legislature.

A Senate-passed bill to raise the hourly wage rate to $8.50 is pending in the House.

The measure cleared the House Labor and Human Resources Committee on a 5-3 vote Saturday, which sent it to the 70-member House for consideration.

The minimum wage has been $7.50 an hour since 2009.

The House panel revised the proposal to exempt businesses from the higher wage if they have fewer than three workers. The Senate-passed measure wouldn't apply to businesses with fewer than 11 workers.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay the higher rate when there is a difference between the federal wage and state or local requirements.

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Senators postpone vote on NM education secretary

By Barry Massey

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate's top Republican leader complained Saturday that politics had become a driving force behind a lengthy confirmation hearing for Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, who is awaiting a vote by lawmakers with no guarantee it will happen before the Legislature ends.

The Senate Rules Committee spent three hours questioning Skandera on Saturday and listened to seven hours of public testimony a week ago. But there was no vote by the committee and chairwoman Linda Lopez said it was uncertain when the panel would again consider Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's choice to run the Public Education Department. The Legislature adjourns in a week.

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Boys prep basketball scores from 1st round

 

Boys Basketball
Class 5A
First Round

 

Cibola 46, Albuquerque High 45

Clovis 75, West Mesa 56

Eldorado 79, Rio Rancho 67

Hobbs 75, Volcano Vista 49

La Cueva 68, Atrisco Heritage 59

Las Cruces 85, Carlsbad 65

Manzano 68, Valley 65, OT

Sandia 61, Alamogordo 42

 

Class 4A
First Round

 

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Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to NM

By Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Removing radioactive waste from underground tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site has proven to be technologically vexing for years, and recent word that six tanks are leaking has only added pressure to the efforts to empty them.


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Boys basketball championship game scores

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball
District 1AAAAA
Championship

Cibola 60, Volcano Vista 38

District 3AAAAA
Championship

Las Cruces 61, Gadsden 31

District 1AAAA
Championship

Farmington 68, Piedra Vista 65, 2OT

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Friday Prep Basketball Scores Roundup

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball
District 2AAAAA

Sandia 65, La Cueva 56

District 5AAAAA

Albuquerque High 69, West Mesa 61, OT

District 2AAAA

Bernalillo 61, Capital 56

District 5AAAA
Championship

St. Pius 55, Moriarty 43

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Snowstorm hits parts of New Mexico

ALQUBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A winter storm churning its way through New Mexico on Monday is causing highway closures and prompted some urban schools and government offices to open late.

Parts of the state are getting several inches of snow and seeing blizzard-like conditions, with sections of Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico temporarily being shut down Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation also says parts of US 54 and US 84 near Santa Rosa are closed early Monday.

Difficult driving conditions are reported on I-40 near Tucumcari and on Interstate 25 near Colmor.

School openings are delayed by two hours in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque Public Schools' East Mountain schools.

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Lobos roll past Colorado State

By Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Kendall Williams sank a Mountain West Conference record 10 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 46 points and No. 16 New Mexico ended No. 22 Colorado State's 27-game home-court winning streak 91-82 Saturday.

Alex Kirk added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (23-4, 10-2), increased their lead in the conference race to two games over the Rams (21-5, 8-4).

Colton Iverson had 26 points and 15 boards for the Rams, who looked like they were going to move into a first-place tie atop the standings after taking a 70-64 lead at the 6-minute mark.


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Yet another round of winter heads this way

The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

A POWERFUL AND COLD WINTER STORM STRENGTHENING OVER THE NORTHWESTERN U.S. WILL DIVE SHARPLY TO THE FOUR CORNERS TONIGHT AND THEN SWEEP EASTWARD ACROSS THE HEART OF NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

SNOWFALL IN THE TEETH OF GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BEGIN OVER THE FOUR CORNERS LATE TONIGHT... AND SPREAD RAPIDLY SOUTH AND EXPAND EASTWARD THROUGH THE DAY ON SUNDAY... REACHING THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SNOWFALL AND WIND WILL TAPER OFF GRADUALLY OVERNIGHT SUNDAY AS THE CORE OF THE STORM MOVES OUT INTO THE EASTERN PLAINS AND NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS OF NEW MEXICO.

SNOWFALL WILL FAVOR THE SUMMITS AND SLOPES OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... THE SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... AND OVER THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS. SNOWFALLS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE OVER THE SUMMITS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS. REDUCED SNOW AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY FOR THE FOOTHILLS AND VALLEYS.

GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW... WITH POOR VISIBILITIES AND POSSIBLE DRIFTS ACROSS ROADS HEADING INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE GRADUALLY BY MONDAY MORNING. SUNDAY TEMPERATURES WILL ALSO DROP UP TO 20 DEGREES AS THE COLDER AIR MOVES IN. WIND CHILL WILL FALL BELOW ZERO IN SPOTS SUNDAY EVENING.

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Roundball roundup: Friday prep scores

By Associated Press

 

Boys Basketball

Alamogordo 42, Gadsden 40

Albuquerque High 69, Rio Grande 54

Belen 44, Valencia 42

Carlsbad 57, Las Cruces 54

Centennial High School 74, Deming 62

Cloudcroft 54, Mescalero Apache 53

Clovis 68, Hobbs 59

Dora 82, Jal 50

Grady 57, San Jon 56

Hagerman 63, Capitan 53

Los Lunas 48, Miyamura 31

Menaul 48, Desert Academy 45

Mesilla Valley Christian 65, Cobre 34

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Domenici acknowledges having son outside marriage

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Sen. Pete Domenici disclosed that he fathered a secret child in the 1970s with the 24-year-old daughter of one of his Senate colleagues — a startling revelation for a politician with a reputation as an upstanding family man.

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Domenici and Michelle Laxalt sent statements to the Albuquerque Journal that announced the relationship for the first time and identified their son as Nevada attorney Adam Paul Laxalt. They said they decided to go public with their decades-old secret because they believed someone was about to release the information in an attempt to smear Domenici.

"I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior," Domenici, 80, said in his statement. "I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression."

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Slew of animal protection bills pending

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets.

Elizabeth Jennings, executive director of Animal Protection New Mexico, and Dawn Glass, marketing manager for Animal Humane, agree the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year. One reason, they say, is the increased awareness of the link between cruelty to animals and abuse of people.

"It's a chronic problem," Glass said, "and recent studies have shown that animal cruelty is so closely linked with domestic abuse and child abuse that it shouldn't just be an issue with animal lovers, it should be an issue to everyone in our community."

Jennings said that awareness has spread throughout the law enforcement community, which is helping the cause.


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