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Las Cruces to consider fireworks restrictions

June 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council is set to consider restricting the use of fireworks in the city amid dangerous wildfire conditions. The Las Cruces Sun News reports (http://bit.ly/LqWTcM) that New Mexico law prohibits local governments from banning fireworks altogether, but that they are able to enforce restrictions. In order to...

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Less prison time for ex-NM lawyer in DWI homicide

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A miscalculation means the former Santa Fe attorney convicted in the drunken-driving death of a pedestrian will be getting out of prison early. A filing by Carlos Fierro’s attorney shows the time Fierro served before he was...

NM fire balloons to 10,000 acres, damage reported

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lightning-sparked blaze that jumped its containment lines raced through thick conifer forest in southern New Mexico on Saturday, and fire managers estimated that more than a dozen structures were damaged or destroyed. Spanning...

NM deputies investigate rock throwing along I-10

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ANTHONY, N.M. (AP) — A rash of rock-throwing incidents along Interstate 10 near the Anthony rest stop has caught the attention of Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies and state police. Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Buckingham says about a half-dozen...

Feds look for feedback on SunZia project

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft of the potential environmental impacts related to a 500-mile electricity transmission project that would span parts of Arizona and New Mexico. The agency has scheduled a series of...

Rio Rancho man busted for investment scam

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Sandoval County grand jury has indicted a Rio Rancho businessman on numerous charges for allegedly stealing $125,000 in an investment scam. The state Taxation and Revenue Department says Russell Dils faces 16 felony charges that...

NM police make $500,000 marijuana bust

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SERAFINA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police investigators say a high-risk search warrant has resulted in a big marijuana bust and the arrest of two men. Agents with the department’s criminal investigations unit served the warrant Friday at a home in...

NM appoints planning expert as MVD chief

June 10, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A strategic planner and management expert has been hired as the new director of New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Division. State Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla announced the appointment of Mark Williams on Friday. He...

Group alleges political meddling in wolf program

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, a female Mexican gray wolf looks to avoid being captured for its annual vaccinations and medical checkup at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico. A watchdog group has filed a...

Gov. Susana Martinez applauds tribal-state summit

June 9, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says a tribal-state summit in southern New Mexico has strengthened her administration’s relationships with Native American leaders. Education, water rights and natural resources, and tribal infrastructure...