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Drought, insects hammer trees in southern NM

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

This undated image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows damage done by ponderosa pine bark beetles on the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico. New aerial and ground surveys done by state and federal forestry officials show an increase in tree mortality in the Sacramento Mountains due to drought and beetle infestations. (AP [&hellip...

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Audit faults PRC for vehicle use policies

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Regulation Commission has failed to keep proper records for use of state vehicles by commissioners and agency workers, creating potential tax problems for those who commute in a government car, according to an independent...

Alleged Ponzi schemer pleads guilty

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque real estate executive has pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud and agreed to serve up to 12 years in prison to settle charges he ran a multi-state Ponzi scheme. Doug Vaughan entered the plea Wednesday in federal...

Old baby gear inspires Santa Fe mom’s business

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, Kerri Couillard pulls an order for her new company, Santa Fe Baby, which rents infant and toddler equipment. in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Natalie Guillen) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Young Jack and Caden...

Dozens of dead crows in Mesilla Valley Bosque

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Piles of dead crows, possibly hundreds of them, have been found at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Members of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society reported Tuesday the stack of dead birds discovered during their annual...

NM gun owner in smuggle case eyes plea withdraw

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The owner of a New Mexico gun store at the center of a case involving trafficking firearms to Mexican cartels wants to withdraw his guilty plea. Lawyers for Ian Garland, owner of Chaparral Guns in Chaparral, N.M., filed a motion to...

Another winter storm headed for New Mexico

December 22, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another winter storm could bring more dangerous conditions to New Mexico’s roadways soon. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday night through Friday afternoon as a cold system approaches...

Interstates reopening after Great Plains snowstorm

December 21, 2011 • National News, State NewsComments Off

A Potter County road grader works to clear parts of Indian Hills Road Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Amarillo, Texas. Travelers in the Texas Panhandle were urged to stay off ice-packed roads Tuesday after up to 10 inches of snow covered parts of the region....

NM woman gives birth in truck during snowstorm

December 21, 2011 • News, State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman gave birth in the front seat of a truck as it sped down an icy highway in a snowstorm. Elizabeth LeFevre gave birth to the 6-pound, 11-ounce girl early Tuesday on Old Las Vegas Highway between Canoncito and Santa Fe,...

Four die in New Mexico crash as blizzard hits area

December 20, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

Travelers drive in slushy conditions along U.S. 550 near Rio Rancho, N.M., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. A major winter storm was moving across New Mexico on Monday, closing highways and stranding motorists in blizzard conditions. The storm was expected to bring...