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Millions look skyward as eclipse crosses Asia, US

May 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

People watch an annular solar eclipse in Yokohama near Tokyo Monday, May 21, 2012. Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide [&hellip...

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NM tourism department OKs 2nd out-of-state bid

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Tourism, under fire a few months ago for hiring an out-of-state company to produce commercials, is drawing more criticism for outsourcing another contract. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/L3OMmt) that the...

PNM: Bids show new pollution controls too costly

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico says bids to install Environmental Protection Agency-ordered pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station have confirmed its belief that the EPA underestimated the price. The Albuquerque...

Horse advocates wants fines on NM slaughterhouse

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado-based horse advocacy group says a New Mexico company seeking to become the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 should face fines for violating laws on waste disposal. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Sandia Peak Tram welcomes ’10-millionth’ passenger

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia Peak Tram has welcomed aboard its 10-millionth passenger. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/KksZ8h) that the 46-year-old tramway to Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak reported that Marlin Harinks and Steve Kious, a couple from...

DA: Man in Clovis police shooting linked to rape

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a Clovis police officer had just raped a woman at gunpoint and later held a gun to an officer’s head. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said Friday that 23-year-old Paul Villanueva raped...

Troubled NM border city cancels mayor meeting

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Councilors in a troubled New Mexico border city have canceled another meeting to appoint a mayor days after the state began taking over some of the city’s functions amid a number of scandals. Last Monday the Sunland Park City...

Motorcyclists hit NM on way to Vietnam memorial

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The roar of hundreds of motorcycles nearly drowned out the cheers of the spectators who gathered along New Mexico’s interstates on Friday to welcome riders who were on their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,...

Charges filed against man shot by Clovis police

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Clovis man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly pointing a gun at police officers and fighting with one of them. Paul Villanueva remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by a Clovis...

Convicted NM deputy killer avoids death penalty

May 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy avoided being sentenced to death Friday, and was instead given life in prison. After a Santa Fe jury deliberated for three days and failed to unanimously agree on...