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TorC approves well drilling ban

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — City commissioners in this southern New Mexico town known for the eclectic mix of inns and spas that tap into its famed hot springs have approved a yearlong moratorium on well drilling while experts study whether an increase in wells is causing its tourism lifeblood to dry up. The [&hellip...

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Man wanted in double fatal in NM arrested in Texas

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a car accident that killed two people in New Mexico has been arrested in Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port say they took 22-year-old Joel Cordoba Lopez into...

NM health agency names new state epidemiologist

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Department of Health has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Landen as state epidemiologist. Landen will run a governmental division that deals with public health emergencies and monitors infectious diseases in the...

Rockslide cuts Kirtland-area irrigation ditch

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A rockslide that blocked an irrigation ditch has cut off water to hundreds of farmers in the Kirtland area. The water to more than 600 farmers in Kirtland, Fruitland and Waterflow stopped Saturday morning. The Farmington Daily-Times...

Police: 'West Mesa' tip line used to link enemies

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of people are using a special tip line to link family members, ex-boyfriends and former bosses to the 2009 West Mesa serial killings, according to Albuquerque police. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/TF3SCx ) that police...

Obama gives interview to ABQ radio station

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama has yet to make Albuquerque a campaign stop. But he will be giving the state’s largest city a little attention on Friday. The president has given the “Morning Mayhem” team at KOB-FM an...

2 years Las Cruces teens who robbed 81-year-old

August 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Three Las Cruces teens will spend two years in juvenile detention for a purse-snatching that left an 81-year-old woman in a wheelchair. Victim Mary Inez Garcia told Judge Jacinto Palomino at a Tuesday hearing that she hopes the...

NM regulators approve PNM charge for renewables

August 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a request by the state’s largest electric provider to add a charge to customers’ bills to pay for renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission approved the charge Tuesday. Public...

Arizona man changes plea in fatal accident in NM

August 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man charged with vehicular homicide in New Mexico has changed his plea to no contest. Authorities say 24-year-old Nathaniel Saltclah, of Window Rock, will be facing up to 6½ years in prison when he’s sentenced....

Construction still under way at 4 Santa Fe schools

August 15, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction remains under way at four public schools in Santa Fe as the first day of school approaches. Kristy Janda-Wagner, executive director of operations for Santa Fe Public Schools, told the Santa Fe New Mexican...