NM accidental deaths rank #1

KRQEYear after year New Mexico is at or near the top of list for accidental deaths per capita. We're talking drug overdoses, falling down stairs, any kind of accident you can imagine. But some of them are odd. The office of the medical investigator determines the causes of death for more than a thousand people every year. “New Mexico leads the nation in both injury death and unintentional injury deaths,” State Epidemiologist, Dr. Michael Landen, said. Last year the office of the medical investigator handled more than 15 hundred accidental deaths. “For drug overdose we are looking at 500 a year for motor vehicle deaths and falls we are looking at about 300 a year,” said Landen. So why does New Mexico rank so high? “There are probably many reasons but two that stand out are high rates of poverty and significant problems of substance abuse in New Mexico,” said Landen. Read More News New Mexico


McMillan defeats Ferrary in recount

Dr. Terry McMillan
Republican incumbent Dr. Terry McMillan who represents House District 37 in Las Cruces, defeated Democrat Joanne Ferrary in the official recount by 8 votes this afternoon. McMillan wins with 6,267 votes to Ferrary's 6,259. McMillan and Ferrary were tied each with 6,427 total votes after the November 6 election prompting an automatic recount which began Tuesday. 


New Mexico soccer coach booted for praying vows to play on

Tom Hirschman
Fox News - A successful New Mexico high school soccer coach who claims he was forced to resign after praying for an injured opponent is in the market for a new team, he told FoxNews.com. Tom Hirschman, a special education teacher at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, said he was told to resign last month for violating district policy twice, most recently during a match in September in which the Albuquerque Public Schools’ 2010 girls coach of the year prayed with an opposing player after she was injured. The nine-year coach also violated district policy last year, he said, for watching two movies — “Soul Surfer” and “Forever Strong” — with female players that featured religious themes. “I had not gotten administrative approval to show them because they had religious overtones,” Hirschman told FoxNews.com. “That was their objection.” Hirschman, 42, continued: “Three years ago, I was up for the national coach of the year award and to move from that to being forced out, it’s hard to take.” Read More News New Mexico


Blood Sport

Joey Peters - The second time Carlos Condit spars, he hits twice as hard. It isn’t out of malice or frustration; it’s still morning, and the day is just beginning. Condit is merely picking up the pace. It’s early November, and the 28-year-old welterweight fighter—compact, intense and pouring with sweat—is preparing for the fight of his life. In two weeks, he’ll face Georges St-Pierre, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, in the welterweight world championship.

Condit is a muscular 170 pounds, with dark hair, smoldering eyes and a closely trimmed beard. Today, he wears gray gym shorts, black gloves and blue headgear—no shoes, no shirt. Two tattoos—a phoenix on his left shoulder blade and a lion just above the right side of his waist—ripple and leap as he blocks kicks and dodges punches; the pop and slap of gloves on skin rings out whenever a well-placed hit lands. As the sparring intensifies, Condit avoids a takedown, landing a left jab to his partner’s head. He then attempts a left kick to the head, but his sparring partner blocks it and grabs Condit’s leg, taking him down to the mat. Condit jumps back up, eager for more. His partner tries another takedown, but this time Condit avoids it and pins him to the ground. Read more News New Mexico


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Gov. board to pay part of courthouse furniture costs
Las Cruces city wide survey
Rio Grande water use may bed curtailed

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RIo Grande water allotment may be curtailed

Federal authorities are telling Rio Grande water users that their allotment of water from the San Juan-Chama project may be curtailed significantly in 2013 because two years of drought have depleted reserves. 

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has been informing water agencies that they could see a 20 percent curtailment it water deliveries next year. 
The San Juan-Chama project brings water from the Colorado River into the Rio Grande Basin and has been a lifeline for Rio Grande water users in recent drought years.


Gov. board to pay part of courthouse furniture costs

A government board led by Gov. Susana Martinez will provide part of the money to furnish a new Santa Fe courthouse, which could sit vacant for months before judges can move in next year. 

The State Board of Finance approved $250,000 Wednesday to buy some furniture for the $60 million 1st Judicial District courthouse, which will be completed this month. Administrative Office of the Courts Director Arthur Pepin says the building can't be occupied without an additional $400,000 for furniture and $200,000 for computer equipment.
 Money will be requested from Santa Fe County, which paid for construction, but the courthouse will sit vacant until summer if the judiciary has to wait for the Legislature to finance the furnishings.
Martinez vetoed nearly $1.4 million for courthouse furnishings earlier this year.