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Carlsbad Caverns to reopen after air problem

July 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park reopened Wednesday, two days after air contamination forced its closure. Employees at the park had reported headaches and other illnesses earlier this week because of heavy fumes coming from the elevator shaft. The elevator takes visitors 750 feet below ground to view cave formations. Park...

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Santa Fe targeting younger crowd in tourism push

July 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Santa Fe say the city’s tourism industry could suffer if it doesn’t attract younger visitors. The city isn’t going after party-age college students. Instead, a directive up for a vote Wednesday asks the...

The Daily Times ,Farmington ,New Mexico

July 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with killing a Farmington doctor will remain in San Juan County. District Judge William Birdsall on Tuesday denied a request from John Mayes’ attorneys to move the trial to neighboring McKinley County....

Judge grants $2.5M to former inmate in NM lawsuit

July 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $2.5 million settlement in a Bernalillo County jail beating case. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/MWjGMB ) reports that officers at the Metropolitan Detention Center beat Avery Hadley in 2008...

Drought-impacted NM businesses eligible for loans

July 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Small, nonfarm business in Cibola County and seven neighboring counties that have been affected by drought now can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. The deadline to apply for up to $2 million in loans from the U.S. Small...

Man sentenced in connection with Tucumcari murder

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for tampering with evidence in the murder of a Tucumcari woman. New Mexico prosecutors say 37-year-old Dennis “D.J.” Hendren was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum sentence....

Governor names new leader for NM National Guard

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named an Air Force National Guard colonel with more than 30 years of military experience to lead New Mexico’s Guard forces. Col. Andrew Salas will serve as the state’s adjutant general,...

Female golden eagle found dead near Dulce, NM

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a female golden eagle has been found dead near Dulce. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the bird was shot and the case is under investigation. The birds are protected under the federal Bald and...

NM prison 'shakedown' nets 20 homemade weapons

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prison officials say a statewide shakedown of the state’s prisons found a small amount of drugs, a tattoo machine and 20 homemade weapons. Jerry Roark, director of adult prisons, said Tuesday that the seven-day...

Judge rejects elections ban on Albuquerque workers

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Albuquerque’s prohibition on employees running for office is unconstitutional. State District Judge Beatrice Brickhouse has granted an injunction to block City Hall from taking disciplinary action...