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Board questions adequacy of LANL seismic efforts

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is nearing completion of structural work designed to ensure the country’s premier plutonium lab can withstand a major earthquake, but safety oversight board members said Thursday they remain concerned the fixes are inadequate to protect the public from a major radioactive release. “You need...

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Drought leaves slim pickings for migrating birds

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From nesting grounds in Alaska and Idaho to the prairie potholes in Canada, thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and other migratory birds are making their way south to their traditional winter watering holes in the American...

New Mexico religious schools state aid contested

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico residents are challenging in court a 40-year-old law of providing textbooks to religious schools. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/tyJHB6 ) reports a petition filed before the state Supreme Court Wednesday claims...

Convicted killer attacked in prison

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A convicted killer is on life support after he was attacked by fellow inmates. The Corrections Department says Michael Guzman was attacked by more than a dozen inmates just two days after he was moved to a private prison in Clayton....

Hatch annexes land for spaceport visitor center

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hatch village trustees voted this week to annex 308 acres aimed at developing as a potential home for a spaceport visitor center. The move comes after the New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced plans to build welcome centers in...

Troops test new technology at White Sands

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Some 3,800 Fort Bliss troops have descended upon White Sands Missile Range with orders to carry out a massive test of cutting-edge technology that could soon find its way into the hands of American soldiers on the battlefield. The...

2 NM police officers fired after suspect kicked

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque police officers were fired Wednesday following the release of unedited video that showed them apparently doing a celebratory belly bump after one officer kicked a suspect in the head more than a dozen times. Officers...

Mexican state governors to meet in New Mexico

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says leaders from five Mexican states will meet in Santa Fe early next year to talk about improving economic development in the region. Martinez said Wednesday that she will host a meeting Jan. 12 of...

New Mexico regulators approve dairy settlement

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico water regulators on Wednesday adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over millions of tons of dairy industry waste produced each year in the state. The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously during a...

New Mexico hires former Notre Dame coach Davie

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2001 file photo, Notre Dame coach Bob Davie shouts instructions to his team during a 24-7 win over Pittsburgh in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. New Mexico has hired former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie to head up...