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Amateur radio operators gather in Lea County

June 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — “This is KF5ALV, Kilo-Fox-Five-Alpha-Lima-Victor calling CQDE and standing by… This is KF5ALV, Kilo-Fox-Five-Alpha-Lima-Victor calling CQDE and standing by.” Moments after 14-year-old Samantha Bruton spoke the above call sign using the phonetic alphabet through her dad’s ham radio, a reply came back from a...

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Officials to close bosque in 3 NM counties

June 28, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — High fire danger has prompted officials to close the wooded area along the Rio Grande in Sandoval, Valencia and Socorro counties. The closure will take effect Friday morning. The area will remain closed until further notice. With a...

Ex-senator runs for NM Senate as independent

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former state senator from Albuquerque is trying for a political comeback as an independent candidate for the Legislature. Former Republican Sen. Joseph Carraro filed Tuesday to run against Republican Sen. John Ryan of Albuquerque in...

Open government group unhappy with NM board policy

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Financial settlements between a state investment board and private money management firms can continue to be subject to some limits on public disclosure under guidelines newly approved by the agency, an open government advocacy group...

Recounts ordered in 2 NM legislative primary races

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Canvassing Board ordered recounts Tuesday in two primary election races for state Senate in which the leading candidates held nine-vote margins. The board directed counties to start the recounts July 5, and the board will...

UNM hires Kunio Kono as swimming and diving coach

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Kunio Kono has been hired as New Mexico’s swimming and diving head coach. He becomes only the fourth swimming and diving coach in the school’s history. The 41-year-old Kono replaces Tracy Ljone, who left the program last...

Albuquerque SWAT, suicide victim exchanged gunfire

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police and a 20-year-old man who fatally shot himself during a standoff with SWAT team officers had exchanged gunfire, resulting in the case being investigated as an officer-involved shooting. Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said...

New Mexico law aims to dig up chile fraud

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new law aimed at protecting authentic New Mexico chile is set to go into effect. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LyQOwE) that impostors of the state’s iconic agricultural product will be guilty of trademark...

Ruidoso tourism hurting after wildfire

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One of the worst wildfires in New Mexico history is putting a damper on out-of-state tourism to the village of Ruidoso. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MV50Mj) that village officials recently have launched a new...

DoE eyes WIPP, Eddy County for mercury storage

June 27, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is searching for a site for long-term management and storage of about 10,000 metric tons of elemental mercury and its eye is on two possible locations in Eddy County. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports...