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EPA plans for disposing uranium waste near Gallup

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to move radioactive waste from a former uranium mine on the Navajo Nation to a site outside of Gallup. The EPA announced the proposal for cleanup of the Northeast Church Rock Mine late last week, which includes a no-action alternative. The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/z0cIwR )...

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Chemical fumes force closure of Carlsbad Caverns

July 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Carlsbad Caverns National Park remained closed Tuesday after heavy chemical fumes caused several employees to become sick. The park closed Monday afternoon and offered refunds to visitors. Park Superintendent John Benjamin tells the...

2 apply for vacant NM Supreme Court position

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Only two lawyers are seeking possible appointment to New Mexico’s highest court, but that’s because voters will end up deciding who fills the job beyond this year. A judicial nominating commission announced Monday that...

NM switches to online review of construction plans

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it’s implementing an online system that should speed up state approval of architectural and construction plans. The governor and Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent...

NM fire chief dies in crash on Interstate 25

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the fire chief in New Mexico’s Sandoval County has died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 25 near Bernalillo. The state Department of Public Safety says 59-year-old Jon Tibbetts was...

Map to outline NM forest roads open under new plan

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A map expected to be released this fall will let visitors to Santa Fe National Forest know where they cannot travel. All national forests are required to create the so-called travel management plans to control the impact of motorized...

New NM sheriffs' group aims to 'professionalize'

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — They are known for going head-to-head with outlaws like Billy the Kid and chasing fugitives through mountainous terrain once ruled by Apache leader Geronimo. New Mexico sheriffs and their deputies have long served as the only law...

Improvements at NM jail aim to prevent misconduct

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County plans to spend more than $2 million to prevent misconduct inside its detention center. Metropolitan Detention Center Chief Ramon Rustin says the improvements include a digital camera system, two body scanners and a...

Landmark NM building with colorful history ruined

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A landmark building in Corrales that had a colorful history has been destroyed by fire. The building best known as the Territorial House restaurant and bar from 1972 to 1987 went up in flames Sunday afternoon. A Texas couple...

Metro court judge seeks vacant district judgeship

July 24, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Cristina Jaramillo is among five applicants for a vacant state district court judgeship in Albuquerque. A bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission meets Aug. 9 in Albuquerque to screen the...