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Water losses prompt NM town to lock hydrants

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — All of the fire hydrants in one rural New Mexico community will soon have locks on them. Moriarty Fire Chief Steve Spann says employees with the public works division have been installing the bright red locks to prevent water thefts as well as any misuse of the hydrants that Spann’s firefighters [&hellip...

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NM, March of Dimes work to reduce preterm births

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Health Department says it’s partnering with the March of Dimes to reduce the number of preterm births in the state. New Mexico has earned a C on the March of Dimes latest report card. The grade is based on...

Plan calls for reforestation of NM wildfire scar

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are proposing to plant hundreds of thousands of seedlings as part of an effort to reforest areas charred by one of the largest wildfires in New Mexico’s recorded history. The Santa Fe National Forest is looking...

NM couple pleads not guilty in cat hoarding case

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — A Chaparral couple is facing dozens of charges after 52 diseased and underweight cats were found in their home earlier this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/SdeNEu) that 63-year-old Charles Gonnell and his wife,...

More NM ski resorts open for holiday weekend

November 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Skiers and snowboarders looking to the hit the slopes during the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend now have some options in northern New Mexico. Ski New Mexico says Taos Ski Valley and Red River opened Thursday. They join Sipapu, which was...

NM Court of Appeals vacancy draws 7 applicants

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state Court of Appeals judge who lost in the general election is asking to be considered for an upcoming vacancy on the court. A Judicial Nominating Commission announced Wednesday that Judge J. Miles Hanisee is among seven applicants...

Wolf pups on their own after NM pack separates

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two six-month-old Mexican gray wolf pups are navigating southwestern New Mexico’s Gila forest on their own now that their troubled pack has splintered, worrying environmentalists who think the animals’ chances of...

Lawmakers urged to resolve property tax inequities

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — County and real estate officials urged the Legislature on Wednesday to deal with a thorny problem of property tax inequities among New Mexico homeowners, also known as “tax lightning,” when taxes skyrocket on some...

DPS: Brothers arrested in murder of Los Lunas man

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BERNARDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Los Lunas man whose body was found near a charred vehicle in Socorro County. New Mexico Department of Public Safety officials say 43-year-old Joe...

Deputies: NM DWI suspect caught with ‘pants down’

November 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A suspected drunken driver has been arrested just outside of Albuquerque after deputies say he was found with his pants down — literally. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UWnpCg) that 45-year-old Joseph Atencio was...