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Flawless mass launch at NM Balloon Fiesta

October 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Oct. 8, 2011 photo, the “Carousel” hot air balloon is shown at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The 41st annual event is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the country and the global. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of balloons...

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Jury clears Bloomfield man of 9th DWI charge

October 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Bloomfield man who had eight previous DWI convictions has been found not guilty of drunken-driving after being jailed for 10 months. Jose Valencia crashed his vehicle on an icy U.S. 550 last December. Valencia was complaining of...

NM to require Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance audit

October 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An alliance of southeastern New Mexico government agencies designed to promote nuclear facilities is a governing agency and must conduct regular financial audits, according to an opinion from the state Auditor’s Office. The...

NM residents vow to fight forest travel plan

October 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was supposed to take the U.S. Forest Service four years to decide which roads and trails throughout the nation’s vast network of forests should be designated for travel by motorcycles, four-wheelers and other backcountry...

FAA announces funding for new Taos runway

October 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $1 million to help design a new runway at the airport in Taos and install a system to monitor overflights of cultural sites in the area. The money from the FAA’s airport...

Officer hurt in crash at Balloon Fiesta

October 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police motorcycle officer has been injured in a crash while he was working at the annual Balloon Fiesta. Police spokesman Sgt. Donovan Olvera says the injuries to Sgt. Todd Mock are not life-threatening. Mock was on...

High winds cancel NM Balloon Fiesta launch

October 7, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Oct. 8, 2011 photo, hot air balloons are shown at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta before take off. The 41st annual event is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the country and the...

Elvis among new balloon shapes at New Mexico event

October 6, 2012 • Entertainment, State NewsComments Off

In this Oct. 8, 2011 photo, the “Carousel” hot air balloon is shown at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The 41st annual event is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the country...

Human remains found in New Mexico’s Quay County

October 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in New Mexico say human remains have been found in Quay County. State police say the remains are believed to be those of Kimberly Draman, who has been missing from the Tucumcari area since Sept. 13. The New Mexico State...

US, Mexico governors press for cooperation

October 6, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and governors from Mexican states have wrapped up two days of meetings in Albuquerque that touched on everything from economic partnerships and health care to border violence....