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Los Alamos Lab to let go of 80 contract workers

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is letting go of some of its workers. The Los Alamos Monitor (http://bit.ly/PA4BCX) reports lab director Charlie McMillan said 80 contractor positions would be eliminated. McMillan made the announcement Wednesday in a memo sent to all employees. The lab terminated 60 employees in April and 557...

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1 dead in Albuquerque house fire

June 22, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fire officials say one person has died from injuries in a fire in an Albuquerque home. KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/M9dF2K) reports firefighters found a man in the blaze Thursday morning and pronounced him dead at the scene. A fire...

NM firefighters battle blaze along Rio Grande

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thick plume of smoke rose from the wooded area along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of New Mexico’s largest city Wednesday as crews worked to put out flames burning on both sides of the river. Flames torching the tops...

Feds link immigrant license fraud ring to NM

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five Albuquerque-area residents were named in a recently unsealed federal indictment connected to what authorities say is a multistate scam abusing New Mexico’s law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s...

Board to consider courthouse furnishings request

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King says the state is responsible for paying to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe. The state Board of Finance is to consider a request Thursday from the 1st Judicial District for a loan of nearly...

NM AG joins McKinley County probe

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office has joined a probe into McKinley County. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that the attorney general’s Government Accountability Division requested last week...

Judge blocks water permit for Sunland Park

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A judge has halted a water permit issued by the state to Sunland Park and a private landowner. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/KTyQlB) says court documents show a district judge recently ordered the state engineer to cancel...

NM regulators begin hearing on pit rule changes

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico regulators will be taking more comments about revising regulations of how energy developers dispose of drilling waste. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/MfOIPj ) reports the Oil Conservation Commission is...

Fed probe launched into New Mexico school closures

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating the closure of three New Mexico schools to see if the troubled Gallup McKinley County School District violated federal civil rights laws. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj ) that the...

Homicide suspect dies in South Valley shootout

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected in a homicide has died after a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies in the South Valley. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says the man, whose name has not been released, was killed Tuesday evening...