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New Mexico off to 10th driest start in 2012

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico saw little measureable moisture during the first three months of the year, and with less water coursing through the state’s rivers, farmers are beginning to feel the pinch again this year as they scramble to find ways of watering tens of thousands of acres of cropland. Forecasters with the [&hellip...

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DOT says worker can't serve on county commission

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Torrance County commissioner may have to quit either his day job with the state transportation Department or his elected post. The DOT told Lonnie Freyburger last month that he was violating the State Personnel Act and a State...

Man ordered to pay $2.7M for starting NM wildfire

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Texas man has been ordered to pay $2.7 million in restitution for burning used toilet paper that sparked a wildfire, scorching nearly 83 square miles of a national forest in New Mexico. Rodrigo Ulloa-Esquivel of El Paso also was...

US: 14-year-old entered NM with 15 pounds of weed

April 26, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. border officials have arrested a 14-year-old boy after authorities said he entered the Columbus, N.M., port of entry carrying nearly 15 pounds of marijuana. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the boy from Palomas, Mexico,...

Authorities ID Albuquerque man found dead on ranch

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Torrance County Sheriff’s Office says an Albuquerque man found dead on a ranch committed suicide. Deputies received a 911 call Sunday morning about a wrecked vehicle, which was found nearly 20 miles south of Clines Corner...

NM irrigation district warns of water shortage

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An irrigation district that delivers water to some 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley is warning farmers of a possible water shortage. The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says spring runoff has been less...

Status of NM mayor questioned after police action

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The status of newly appointed Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea has been called into question because of a possible violation of the state’s open meetings act. Perea was appointed by the city council last Wednesday during a...

Flora Vista man convicted in child's death in 2007

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Flora Vista man accused of beating and stomping to death a 17-month-old girl was found guilty of an abuse charge that carries an automatic life sentence. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/Iel9LN ) that a jury found...

Avionics supplier to locate HQs in Albuquerque

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An avionics supplier has picked Albuquerque as the location for its new headquarters. Bendix/King’s decision to locate its headquarters in New Mexico is expected to create up to 100 new jobs by the end of this year and add...

Albuquerque Journal ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

April 25, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police commander is under fire after he sent an email to neighborhood leaders blaming two dozen officer-involved shootings on bad parenting, schools and the news media. Foothills Area Commander Cliff Saylor’s...