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Silver City fire contained, evacuations lifted

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-acre fire that forced the brief evacuation of several homes near Silver City has been contained. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department says the homes were evacuated Sunday as a precaution. Residents were allowed to return by the evening. State Forestry officials say the fire started about 4:30 p.m....

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Manager’s departure latest of 4 for NM city

May 15, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The city manager of Alamogordo has resigned, making the fourth departure of a high ranking official this year. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/JOAfIB ) reports City Manager Mark Roath tendered his resignation Friday to the...

Groups urge EPA to revoke uranium permit

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are hopeful that a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a permit for a uranium mining operation in western New Mexico could lead to the end to the project. Members of Eastern Navajo...

Dixon orchard operators, NM Land Office at odds

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A land swap involving more than 13 square miles is at the heart of a feud between the New Mexico State Land Office and the family that has operated the Dixon’s Apple Orchard for three generations. The Mullane family is ready to...

NMSU takes steps to boost salaries to keep faculty

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Faculty members and staff at New Mexico State University will be getting raises this summer as part of an effort to keep employees from leaving over lagging salary levels. Several faculty members said the efforts to boost...

NM regulators settle with recycler over tire mess

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — A settlement has been reached between the New Mexico Environment Department and a tire and rubber recycling facility near Socorro over solid waste violations. The department says the settlement with Southwest Tire Processors Inc. stems...

NM doctor pleads guilty in drug trafficking case

May 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico doctor has pleaded guilty to trafficking prescription drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 48-year-old Gilbert Christopher Aragon Jr. entered his plea to a five-count indictment during...

NM teens find possible 900-year-old artifact

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of New Mexico seventh-graders have found could be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in a while. Seventh-graders from Sandia Prep discovered a Native American pot, about 18 inches high and 14 to 16 inches...

ABQ Biopark Zoo has new baby Bactrian camel

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Biopark Zoo has announced the birth of Kix, a baby male Bactrian camel. Officials said Kix was born last week to Betty, a Bactrian camel who has been at the zoo for 13 years, and father, Wilson, who has been at the zoo...

Captured bear rips off part of NM boy’s finger

May 13, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A captured bear in Rio Rancho has ripped off a chunk of a 12-year-old boy’s index finger. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/J7ERyX) that the bear attacked the boy after he stuck his hand in a cage housing the bear. New Mexico...