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Wandering bears in NM cause campground closures

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wandering bears have caused officials at the Cibola National Forest to close two campgrounds and one trailhead. KOB-TV says the Cienaga Canyon picnic ground, the Sulphur Canyon picnic ground and the Cienaga Horse bypass trailhead all are closed until the end of October or until the risk subsides. In June, a [&hellip...

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Hobbs police chief on paid administrative leave

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The police chief in Hobbs has been placed on administrative leave following an incident with a police officer at a public event. City officials say J.D. Sanders was put on paid leave last week while authorities investigate the matter....

Ex-National Guardsman sentences in child sex case

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former national guardsman to 10 years in prison for child sexual exploitation. U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Tuesday that 44-year-old Jeffrey Neal Jackson was sentenced following his...

UNM men’s soccer team to join Conference-USA

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program has announced that it will join Conference-USA in 2013. The school said Tuesday that the Lobos will be one of three new men’s soccer programs joining the conference....

Richardson-era whistleblower settles lawsuit

September 5, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/RCEQEB) that under a settlement...

Minn. report details 2011 collision that killed 2

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A recently unsealed report says a collision last year that killed two motorcyclists in North Mankato was caused by a teenager who veered into oncoming traffic after falling asleep behind the wheel. The crash happened in July 2011, but...

Black bear captured blocks from Santa Fe Plaza

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Conservation officers with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish have captured a black bear that wandered into the center of Santa Fe. Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/O7pLvr ) the bear was first...

Man’s body recovered from NM’s Navajo Lake

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned at Navajo Lake State Park in northwestern New Mexico. State Parks spokeswoman Jodi Porter says the man, identified as Ken Klassen, was swimming about 100 feet from the shore near Francis Canyon when...

Albuquerque schools moving toward ‘techbooks’

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The days of students using traditional textbooks in New Mexico’s largest public school district appear to be numbered. The Albuquerque Public Schools board recently approved an $11.3 million contract with a company that...

Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley expansion

September 4, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved Taos Ski Valley’s request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent with two new lifts that will take skiers to popular high alpine areas currently accessible only to hikers. The plan also...