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August 28, 2013 • State News

NM gets $1M for carbon dioxide production
SANTA FE (AP) — The State Land Office says it’s received $1.2 million in royalties from a company for carbon dioxide production in northeastern New Mexico.
Land Commissioner Ray Powell said the payment from the Hess Corp. covers production since 2010 on state trust land in Harding County in a carbon dioxide gas field known as the West Bravo Dome.

Powell said the carbon dioxide is sent by pipeline to West Texas where it’s injected in oil reservoirs to help increase production.

Public schools, universities and state hospitals benefit from revenues collected on oil and gas production on state trust lands.

The Land Office received about $487 million in royalties from oil and gas production in the last budget year.


130 animals found at home [auth] of dead woman
CLOVIS (AP) — About 130 sick and dying animals have been discovered around the “deplorable” home of a 47-year-old New Mexico woman who was found dead, authorities in Curry County said Wednesday.
The woman was found last week in a filthy home also packed with cats, dogs and other animals, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said.

“The smell was just horrendous,” Waller said. “The conditions there were so bad that it’s impossible to imagine how someone could live there.”
Two children less than 10 years old were also in the home, Waller said. They were not injured and are now staying with family friends, he said.

Deputies say the cause of the woman’s death is still under investigation and the animals don’t appear to be a factor. The woman has not been identified.
Authorities found goats, rabbits, prairie dogs, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, snakes and lizards inside the home.

All the cats were in such poor condition they had to be euthanized, Waller said, but the other animals have been placed with rescue groups.


City refuses to pay for damage from ‘bait’ car
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque refuses to pay for damage to a home struck by a city-owned bait car driven by teens.
Bait cars are vehicles deployed to catch thieves.

Peter Kopczuk says the bait car crashed into his home on July 15, shoving his wife’s car into a wall and damaging the garage and a bathroom.
The city told Kopczuk that he has to resort to his homeowners insurance for the nearly $11,000 of damage.

City Attorney David Tourek told KRQE-TV that liability lies with the teens who caused the crash by switching seats as they drove drunk in a stolen vehicle.
Kopczuk said police shouldn’t have allowed the bait car to enter a residential neighborhood.

Tourek said the officer was awaiting backup and that there was no immediate threat to public safety.


Ex-Gallup Housing Authority executive is indicted
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The former executive director of the Gallup Housing Authority has been indicted for alleged fraud.

New Mexico prosecutors said Wednesday that a federal grand jury has indicted 37-year-old Danny Garcia for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development out of more than $100,000.

They say 61-year-old Michael Virruso also was indicted in the 12-count indictment filed late Tuesday.

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