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‘But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun’

June 20, 2012 • Local NewsComments Off

Sunflowers grow wild along the side of East Pine Lodge Road near Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday. Mark Wilson Photo [/auth...

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242 homes, 39K acres, 60% contained

June 20, 2012 • Local NewsComments Off

Mark Stambaugh, owner of Angus Firewood, surveys the charred debris left after his business fell victim to the Little Bear fire near Ruidoso, on June 11. AP Photo The Little Bear fire stands as the most destructive fire to homeowners in New Mexico history,...

Group concerned about NM bear management

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — No one knows exactly how many black bears are roaming the mountains that border New Mexico’s most populous area, but conservationists on Tuesday accused state wildlife managers of targeting the area’s bears for removal...

NM gov frees emergency funds for possible flooding

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency throughout New Mexico due to the enhanced flood potential caused by wildfires. Tuesday’s declaration will make additional funds available for emergency flood protection...

NM prison contract worker arrested in drug bust

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a contract worker who allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine and heroin into a New Mexico prison. State Corrections Department officials say 20-year-old Candace Holmes was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in...

2 dead in rollover accident in Las Cruces

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died after fatal rollover accident in Las Cruces. New Mexico State Police say a man and a woman were killed Tuesday when their vehicle appeared to lose a tire while traveling southbound on Interstate...

NM Gov. Martinez attending GOP summit in Texas

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is attending a summit of a Republican Party group that’s trying to elect Hispanic GOP candidates to legislatures across the country. Martinez political consultant Jay McCleskey said the governor...

NM police investigating 3-year-old boy's death

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the father of a 3-year-old Ruidoso Downs boy is facing charges in his son’s death. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/NMvF4B) reports state police say Paz Israel Primera and his girlfriend, Savanah Morales, were being held...

NM eyes plans to curb prescription drug abuse

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s pharmacy and medical boards are considering proposals that call for greater scrutiny from doctors and pharmacists in giving prescriptions for opioid painkillers. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/KQBpVv...

Couple sues NM school board over foul balls

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MAGDALENA, N.M. (AP) — A Magdalena couple upset by errant foul balls coming from a field near their home is taking their complaint to court. The El Defensor Chieftain (http://bit.ly/MaHKuW) reports Thomas and Eleanor Key are suing the Magdalena Municipal...