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Homeland Security wants to extend NM border zone

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is eyeing a plan to extend the border zone in New Mexico by 30 miles to allow some Mexican nationals to visit deeper into the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday the proposed changes to extend the border zone in New Mexico up [&hellip...

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Man tapped as Taos police chief won't accept job

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The man selected to become the chief of police in Taos will not accept the job. Taos Mayor Darren Cordova said Wednesday that Scott Peters’ decision came because of unforeseen issues concerning his family. Cordova says it has nothing...

Vandalism delays opening of Clovis cosmetics plant

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Vandalism has pushed back the opening date of a cosmetics plant in Clovis. Drew Martin is the director of operations for Beauty Health and Science Innovations. He tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/Qfk0X6 ) that the building...

Man gets 10 years in fatal drunken driving crash

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, stemming from a fatal drunken driving crash. Vincent Paul Francis pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, 45-year-old Shannon...

Los Alamos lab exceeds record for waste shipments

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory says it has shipped a record amount of radioactive waste to a southeastern New Mexico facility for disposal. The fiscal year goal is 184 shipments, but the lab is on track to make 200 shipments to the...

Xcel Energy starts work on new power plant in NM

August 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy has started work on a new backup power plant for the eastern New Mexico community of Tucumcari. The utility will be moving a combustion turbine from an existing plant in West Texas to the new Quay County Generating...

Martinez: UVA program to help troubled NM schools

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Struggling schools that received a D or F grade under the state’s new grading system will have a chance to participate in a University of Virginia-based program known for dramatically improving math and reading scores, Gov....

Chief: Man in Albuquerque police shooting had gun

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man shot by Albuquerque police during a drug bust had a gun and a lengthy criminal record, Police Chief Ray Schultz said Tuesday. Dominick Mora-Solis, 20, was shot after he pulled a handgun on an undercover officer, and then...

Commission recommends 2 for NM Supreme Court

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An independent commission on Tuesday recommended a pair of veteran Albuquerque lawyers, a Democrat and a Republican, to GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to the New Mexico Supreme Court for what could be a very short...

Northern NM fire chief arrested on assault charges

August 8, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

VELARDE, N.M. (AP) — The fire chief of a small northern New Mexico community has been arrested after authorities say he pointed a gun at a crowd. Rio Arriba County sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Darwin Yazzie faces five counts of aggravated...