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Seeding under way on 2 New Mexico burn scars

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Contractors are seeding tens of thousands of acres in southern New Mexico that were charred in recent weeks by two wildfires. Federal officials say more than 19,200 acres of the Lincoln National Forest are being seeded in the wake of the Little Bear Fire. That blaze was the most destructive in [&hellip...

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Feds: NM springsnail warrants species protection

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have decided that the Chupadera springsnail deserves protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has also designated critical habitat for the small freshwater snail...

NM settles emissions case with Western Refining

July 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based oil refining company has agreed to pay New Mexico $444,000 in penalties to settle emissions violations at its plant near Gallup. The New Mexico Environment Department announced the settlement with Western Refining of El...

4 more charged in Sunland Park voter fraud case

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — More criminal charges have been filed in connection to a voter fraud case in a troubled New Mexico border city. Third Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando announced Friday that voter fraud charges from a Sunland Park election were...

Artist and NM graduate's work on major album cover

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Artists dream of gaining attention. But what happens when it’s national attention? Former Albuquerque resident Brandon Maldonado is experiencing it and he’s doing just fine. His artwork — “Our Lady of Merciful...

Stranded dog found near Organ Mountains

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a stranded dog at the base of the Organ Mountains and fear its owner may be lost. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department said the dog was discovered Thursday after a woman called sheriff’s...

Amount paid in New Mexico film rebates plunges

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rebates paid to companies filming in New Mexico have plunged since the state enacted a yearly $50 million cap on film incentives spending. The Taxation and Revenue Department said 85 film rebate applications totaling more than $19...

Gas wells hit by vandals in northwest New Mexico

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in northwest New Mexico say vandals targeting natural gas wells have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. San Juan County sheriff’s Detective Mike Sindelar tells the Farmington Daily Times...

Mental health facility being built in southern NM

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Construction has begun on a $2 million facility in southern New Mexico that’s meant to keep mentally ill residents out of jail. Officials say the Dona Ana County Crises Triage Center is a better option for such residents who...

Santa Fe Community College names new president

July 14, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College has a new president. Ana Margarita Guzman begins her duties Sept. 4 as the college’s seventh president. She has led Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, for the past 12 years. The college’s...