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NM man accused of assaulting a federal officer

June 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a federal officer. Prosecutors say 19-year-old James Ronquillo made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday. He remains in custody pending a detention hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. Ronquillo was arrested Tuesday afternoon in southwest Albuquerque by...

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Appeals court tosses NM Iraq War protest lawsuit

June 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court tossed out a First Amendment lawsuit filed by residents protesting the Iraq War during a 2007 New Mexico visit by then-President George W. Bush. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ordered that...

Giant air tanker helps fight Thompson Ridge fire

June 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico are getting help from a large air tanker converted from a DC10 jumbo jet. The fire made a strong run overnight toward the historic district of the Valles Caldera...

Some residents return as crews battle NM blaze

June 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Some residents are being allowed to return to the Pecos area now that crews have better secured lines along the Tres Lagunas Fire. Fire officials say they’re assessing the evacuation area daily to determine when it will be...

Giant air tanker helps fight Thompson Ridge fire

June 5, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico are getting help from a large air tanker converted from a DC10 jumbo jet. The fire made a strong run overnight toward the historic district of the Valles Caldera...

Fenton Lake closed due to safety issues

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico State Parks division have decided to close Fenton Lake due to safety issues related to firefighting efforts. Helicopters are using the lake for water to fight the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez...

NM health officials issue wildfire smoke advisory

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials have issued an advisory for those areas of northern New Mexico that are affected by smoke from two wildfires. The state Department of Health says the communities that are most affected include Pecos, Jemez...

Judge bars, allows some evidence in Chavez case

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A judge has barred a telephone call alleging insurance fraud in the trial of former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife in 2007. But state District Judge George P. Eichwald also ruled this week that prosecutors...

Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs grows

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in the Santa National Forest north of Jemez Springs has now burned nearly seven square miles after gusting winds and lower humidity returned to the area west of Santa Fe. The Thomson Ridge Fire is expected to put up a...

Man pleads guilty to threatening NM governor

June 4, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE., N.M. (AP) — A Valencia County man who made threatening phone calls to Gov. Susan Martinez about cows causing accidents in his neighborhood has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. James Sanchez was sentenced to two years of probation after...