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Las Cruces man dies when tractor rolls into ditch

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man whose tractor rolled into a canal south of Las Cruces has died. Dona Ana County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson says 72-year-old Wayne Barnes of Las Cruces was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident Sunday morning. Barnes was driving his tractor when it left the road and [&hellip...

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Ex-NM warden cleared in improper release case

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Charges against a former Luna County Detention Center warden accused of improperly releasing inmates have been dismissed. The Deming Headlight reports (http://bit.ly/QSg7cs) that 14 misdemeanor charges against John Krehbiel were dropped...

Police: Drunk NM man called police on himself

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested for drunken driving — after he called police on himself. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/QFPF8T) that Antonio Candelaria recently was arrested when officers found him drunk in...

Farmington officials to mull Civic Center facelift

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Farmington Civic Center will undergo a facelift if the City Council gives its approval of a proposed renovation plan. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/UC29w8) that the City Council is considering plans to expand...

UNM sees rise in students taking online courses

October 2, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico has seen a nearly 50-percent increase over past year in the number of credit hours that its students are taking in online courses. University leaders said the spike is a sign that the school is becoming more...

Santa Fe group mulling plastic grocery bag ban

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The public will get its first chance to weigh in on an emerging push to ban plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe this week, a month after an advisory committee considering a proposed ban heard from industry opponents. The city’s...

Lab’s $425M in design spending falls short

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Los Alamos National Laboratory has spent about $425 million on designs for its proposed new plutonium facility without reaching the level of confidence needed to prepare a reliable budget or begin building. The proposed Chemistry...

Rio Arriba Co. deputy resigns after 4 crashes

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy who was in four crashes in less than two years has resigned. Sheriff Tommy Rodella tells KOAT-TV in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/SPRtOu ) that Sgt. Anthony Armijo’s resignation is a big...

Silver City woman found dead, boyfriend arrested

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Police in Silver City say a 21-year-old woman has been found dead and her boyfriend has been arrested on a murder charge. Nicole Leon was found dead in the home she shared with 23-year-old Christopher Calloway early Saturday morning....

Construction project to close a road to Los Alamos

October 1, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Transportation says part of a highway leading to Los Alamos will be closed daily during the next two weeks because of construction. The agency will repave and upgrade two miles of state Route 502 east of Los Alamos....