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  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Motorcycle death rates up

    ALBUQUERQUE — A report by the New Mexico Department of Health found that motorcycle death rates in the state have doubled from 1999-2009 even as roadways became safer.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of motorcycle deaths in New Mexico climbed from 20 in 1999 to 48 in 2009, the most recent year for which information was available.

  • Sanchez lends campaign $200,000

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has loaned $200,500 to his campaign for the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a finance report released Monday by the campaign.

    Sanchez had a cash balance of $246,539 in his campaign account at the end of June.

    The Senate seat is open next year because Democratic incumbent Jeff Bingaman is retiring.

  • Meetings set to discuss partnership proposal

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Union blasts Mora Super

    The Mora school employees union has filed a complaint against the district, alleging that elementary school teachers were transferred to different positions because they spoke out publicly on a possible reduction in force of the music program.

    The prohibited practice complaint was filed with the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board on June 29.

    In a separate letter to school board members,  leaders of the Mora Federation of School Employees complain of a strained relationship with Superintendent Thomas Garcia.

  • Movies in the Park
  • County jail’s health system accredited

    The National Commission on Correctional Health Care has granted accreditation to the San Miguel County Detention Center, making it the only jail in the state to hold that designation.

    “It’s the gold standard for totality of health services provided to detainees,” Warden Patrick Snedeker said.

    The decision to accredit the jail followed a review of everything from medical charts and staff credentials to policies and procedures.

  • West sets single rate for bus contractors

    The West Las Vegas School District has signed agreements with four bus contractors to provide transportation for the upcoming school year, and some bus contractors will take a hit.

    All of the bus contractors will be paid $2.05 per mile. That amount covers all costs, including fuel, personnel and maintenance

    In past years bus contractors would get different amounts.

  • State’s revenues improving; $360 million available in 2013

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial picture is improving and more than $360 million in new revenues will be available in the upcoming budget year, lawmakers were told Thursday.

    After several years of budget shortfalls and weak revenues, New Mexico faces the prospect of having additional money that could help restore recent cuts in programs, replenish the state’s cash reserves or potentially allow for tax reductions.

  • Gov., lawmakers support fireworks ban measure

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers support legislation to allow local governments and the state to ban all fireworks during extreme drought conditions.

    Martinez said Friday she will ask the Legislature to approve the proposal during a special session this fall.

    Currently, cities and counties can ban the sale and use only of certain fireworks: firecrackers and aerial fireworks, such as bottle rockets.

  • Looking Back - July 18, 2011

    In 1911