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New wildfire near Magdalena Ridge Observatory

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MAGDALENA, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says more than 120 firefighters are battling a new wildfire just southeast of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory/Langmuir Lab. The Magdalena Ranger District reported Sunday that the 60-acre blaze is burning on the northern flank of Sawmill Canyon. Fire crews currently are providing structure protection to the...

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Police: Dad, son start fight at NM pot dispensary

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a 42-year-old father and his 15-year-old son are facing charges after the pair got into a violent altercation with the owners of an Albuquerque medical marijuana dispensary. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Mk0k5o) that...

Police: 11-year-old steals bait car in Albuquerque

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a bait car used to catch would-be auto thieves has caught an unlikely suspect — an 11-year-old boy. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/MhrD2C) that a police video released last week shows an 11-year-old boy...

City of Roswell OKs new veterans' cemetery

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The city of Roswell has given the final green light for the development of a new veterans’ cemetery. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/Mhq70l) that city officials gave the approval last week for a cemetery located...

Sunland Park ex-employees indicted for voter fraud

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Two former employees of a troubled New Mexico border city have been indicted on charges of conspiracy and false voting. Silvia Gomez, Sunland Park’s former senior center director, and Jesus Dario Hernandez, the former public...

Las Cruces looks at red-light fee collection again

June 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council again is considering how to collect unpaid fees from red-light camera violations. The council will meet in a work session on Monday to review the history of the red-light program, violation statistics and...

Buzz in Santa Fe over recovering tourism industry

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The summer tourism buzz in Santa Fe is starting to feel a bit like old times as the industry has returned to pre-recession levels. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/NvCyoJ) that some 2,300 employees were added to the...

Illinois fugitives arrested in New Mexico

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A manhunt that began with a deadly shooting in Illinois ended Saturday in the eastern New Mexico city of Tucumcari. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested 20-year-old Carlton Neely and 22-year-old James Edward Johnson outside a truck...

52 cats seized from NM home; 9 euthanized

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have seized 52 cats from a southern New Mexico home in an animal hoarding case. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/LmKFVX ) that nine of the cats seized by Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputies from the...

Holloman Air Force Base gets new commander

June 23, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Holloman Air Force Base has a new commander. Col. Andrew Croft says he’s honored to take over command and brings hard work and honesty to the post. Croft most recently served as a commander at Randolph Air Force Base near San...