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Precautionary boil-water advisory issued in Otero County

Precautionary boil-water advisory issued in Otero County

A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for the Timberon Water and Sanitation District after several water outages occurred in the area.

Although no contamination has been reported, the precautionary advisory has been issued for the district located 30 miles east of Alamogordo. According to the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED), the advisory does not extend to any surrounding water systems.

NMED encourages residents in the area to drink bottled water or boil faucet water for at least five minutes before drinking, cooking and dishwashing.

According to NMED, tests will continue until no further threat. 

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Statewide energy awareness week in New Mexico

Statewide Energy Awareness Week in New Mexico

Gov. Susan Martinez officially declared the week of Jan. 9-16 as Energy Awareness Week for schools across the state.

In her proclamation, Gov. Martinez said the importance of highlighting energy awareness in public schools helps promote responsibility and resource consciousness in students.

The Santa Fe Public Schools said that through it’s partnership with the governor’s office it hopes to promote wise energy management and resources use as well.

Advertising campaign to boost local economy

Advertising campaign to boost local economy

A $2 million advertising campaign contract, aimed at attracting visitors to the state, was awarded to the Austin-based advertising agency Vendor, Inc. Tuesday.  

The one-year campaign contract is also expected to boost the local economy in New Mexico.

According to the New Mexico Tourism Department, Vendor, Inc. was among six finalists in a competition, demonstrating the ability to maximize the number of ads.

The state’s tourism department said Vendor’s campaign theme for New Mexico will focus on the scenery and outdoor adventure.

Southwest Airlines, Nike and Wal-Mart Stores are just a few of the brands Vendor, Inc. has worked on.  

The New Mexico campaign is expected to launch in mid April.

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Tuition Hikes Jeopardize Lottery Scholarship Fund

Tuition Hikes Jeopardize Lottery Scholarship Fund



The recent down fall of the recession, changes in the state's budget, and tuition hikes have jeopardized the Lottery Scholarship Fund, making it even harder for New Mexicans to afford a college education.

According to a report released by New Mexico Voices for Children,while more future jobs will require some college education, New Mexico is actually graduating fewer high schoolers. And, while the onset of the recession has led to an increase in college enrollment, the state has steadily decreased the amount of money it spends on a per-student basis.

Out with the Old-Get $50 from PNM for your Old Fridge

Out with the Old-Get $50 from PNM for your Old Fridge

If you have considered upgrading your kitchen fridge or if you want to finally get rid of an old, energy-guzzling refrigerator freezer, PNM will mail you a check for $50 for your old unit.

PNM will have it picked up for free and dispose of it properly at a refrgerating recycling center in Albuqerque where all re-usable materials are recycled and toxins properly handled.

Ex-Episcopal Bishop named to Catholic Church post

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The former Episcopal Church bishop for New Mexico and west Texas has been named to a Roman Catholic Church post overseeing former Episcopalians across the U.S.

Jeffrey Steenson resigned as Episcopal Bishop of the Rio Grande in 2007 and was ordained a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 2009.

Our news partners at The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Steenson last week to head the new Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Houston.

Similar to a diocese but national in scope, the new ordinariate will include parishes and communities that left the Episcopal Church for Catholicism.

They retain some of the faith's elements and traditions.

Most left in protest of the Episcopal Church decision to ordain gays and lesbians.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)