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The Latest: Gov. Martinez puts National Guard on patrol duty

June 18, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Gov. Susana Martinez ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central New Mexico’s Manzano Mountains (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering the New Mexico National Guard to provide security around communities affected by a massive wildfire. Martinez announced Saturday that she is directing the National Guard...

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Obama says climate change already damaging national parks

June 18, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

President Barack Obama jokes that he needs help getting up and is assisted by children as he and first lady Michelle Obama met with children during the “Every Kid in a Park” event at Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The...

Dispute over New Mexico Hatch chile labeling heats up

June 18, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

In this Aug. 30, 2008 file photo, framed by ristras, John Trewitt bites into a pod of fresh Hatch green chile, at the Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch, N.M. A federal appeals court is siding with an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of...

Health Dept: Rio Arriba County teen is diagnosed with plague

June 17, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a Rio Arriba County teenager is hospitalized after being diagnosed with plague. The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday it’s the first human case of plague in the state this year. New...

Crews try to keep New Mexico blaze from communities

June 17, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Travelers are warned about road closures along the Manzano Mountains near Tajique, N.M., on Friday, June 17, 2016. A wildfire burning to the north had charred more than 26 square miles after starting earlier this week, forcing evacuations and destroying an...

‘Rare, dangerous’ heat headed to parts of Western US

June 17, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Glendale Fire Department firefighter Chris Greene carries a case of water as he walks past dozens of cases of water at the Glendale Fire Department Resource Center in preparation for record-setting heat expected over the weekend and into next week Thursday,...

Albuquerque carjacking, subsequent shootout leaves 2 dead

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say a victim and a suspect are dead following a carjacking and a subsequent shootout between a suspect and law enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s Department says deputies and Albuquerque police...

Retrial in deputy shooting case scheduled for November

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in 2014 has been scheduled for Nov. 28. Last week, jurors told a Las Cruces judge that they couldn’t reach a decision in the Tai...

Arizona wildfire smoke leads to health alert in Albuquerque

June 16, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program has issued a health alert due to smoke from an eastern Arizona wildfire causing elevated levels of particulate matter in Albuquerque. Health officials say the alert is...

New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells

June 15, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators overseeing oil leases on state trust lands are seeking to set aside more funding as they grapple with repairing damage in the wake of spills of oily salt water by a Texas-based company. State Land Commissioner...