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Congress yanks cash away from New Mexico nuke lab

December 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — It will be about a year before construction can start on a new plutonium laboratory at Los Alamos after Congress pulled back funding for the project and restricted how the money can be spent. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/tar9WF ) reports the congressional action also raises questions about the long-term prospects [&hellip...

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Luna County preparing for fewer border Guardsmen

December 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — The day is coming when fewer National Guard troops will be patrolling along the border with Mexico. The Department of Defense is cutting the number of Guard troops from 1,200 to 300 and will turn to using technology to detect drug...

Winter storm advisory across southeast New Mexico

December 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of southeast New Mexico will have a snowy Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 5 p.m. with additional accumulations of 1 to 4 inches of snow likely from the south-central mountains...

Competency issue raised for man who aimed gun

December 25, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — An attorney representing a northwest New Mexico man who pointed a gun at police officers Dec. 15 during an hour-long standoff has raised the issue of whether his client is competent to stand trial. The Farmington Daily-Times reports...

Heavy snow closes roads, delays flights in West

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the...

New type of radioactive waste arrives at WIPP

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Waste shipments from the Sandia National Lab are now arriving at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. The Department of Energy announced the first of eight planned defense-related remote-handled transuranic waste shipments...

Coalition asks NM court to reconsider water ruling

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and agricultural interests is asking the New Mexico Court of Appeals to reconsider a water rights decision that was handed down last month. The decision found that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water...

Lawsuit: Albuquerque police hired troubled officer

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department should never have hired an officer whose career was “marred by fraud and by excessive force claims, including deadly force,” according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of an...

San Juan County gets behind coal mine project

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County lawmakers are getting behind the county’s largest private employer by asking a federal agency to approve further development at Navajo Mine. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/uMKGcu ) reports the County Commission this...

Couple indicted for child abuse

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces couple faces child abuse charges after doctors found various injuries on a 1-year-old-boy. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/socEnX ) reports Sierra Nicole Salas and her boyfriend, Nick Medina, both 20, were...