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NM fire crews prepare to send in copters

May 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GLENWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Crews fighting a wildfire in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico benefited from lighter winds Sunday, allowing them to focus on building protection lines on key flanks of the blaze and preparing to send water-dropping helicopters into the air for the first time in several days. On Sunday, New Mexico [&hellip...

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Remains in 2007 death unearthed in Sandoval County

May 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators have identified human remains found on property in Sandoval County as those from a man who was reported missing in 2007. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MP8MJG) that the remains of Elvis Delaney III were...

US Senate panel to try to restore lab funding

May 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of a U.S. Senate committee want to restore funding for a multi-billion dollar new plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos after the funding request was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives last month. The Albuquerque...

Poll: Heinrich, Wilson leading in US Senate race

May 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — According to the results of a new poll, Democrat Martin Heinrich and former Republican Heather Wilson are the front-runners in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman. The poll conducted by...

McKinley County ordered to hire outside accountant

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — McKinley County has been ordered to hire an outside accountant to conduct a special audit based on the state’s questionable findings with a contractor. New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas told the Gallup Independent on Friday...

Police: NM man stole chickens from children

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after police said he stole chickens from Montessori school children. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KieKU2) that Harvey Aragon Jr. was arrested this week and was found hiding in a downtown...

NM jail official in bribes case avoids jail

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico jail officer who authorities said took cash from inmates to let them out has avoided jail time. Vincent Peele was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for taking bribes...

Navajo panel opposing NM school district split

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission is opposing a proposed split of a large school district in the Four Corners. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/JV0IZN) that the panel said Friday that a split of the Central...

Security prompts Tierra Amarilla court move

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chief District Judge Barbara Vigil is planning to move the state court’s office and clerk employees from Tierra Amarilla to Santa Fe by July 1. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/LmJfbG) that news of the move was...

New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

May 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

Firefighter Jay Dimoff, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, carries hose as his crew tries to keep fire from crossing a San Diego County road Friday, May 25, 2012, near Julian, Calif. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon east of Julian near Banner...