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New Mexico traffic deaths way up this year

October 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More people are dying on New Mexico highways this year, with state statistics showing a 25 percent jump in traffic deaths during the first nine months of 2012. Deaths from alcohol-related crashes are also up by 20 percent this year. Alcohol played a role in about 40 percent of the state’s [&hellip...

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88-year-old woman rescued from Albuquerque fire

October 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in Albuquerque have rescued an 88-year-old woman who was trapped inside her burning home. The fire broke out at about 8 a.m. Sunday in the woman’s southeast Albuquerque home. Firefighters were called by a neighbor...

NM to close some I-40 rest stops for repairs

October 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Transportation Department says two rest areas on Interstate 40 in central New Mexico will be closed part of next week for plumbing maintenance. The eastbound and westbound Rattlesnake Draw rest areas on the interstate between...

Shards of history found under Santa Fe building

October 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

Theo Raven, from Tesuque, N.M. looks through boxes of artifacts excavated from beneath her downtown building on Oct. 22, 2012 in Santa Fe. The items were recovered six years ago during an archaeological dig beneath Raven’s building at the northwest...

Suspect in fatal DWI was jailed in 2003 DWI deaths

October 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man arrested in a suspected fatal DWI was previously convicted of vehicular homicide for a DWI case in 2003, prosecutors in Farmington said. Joe Raymond Gallegos, 43, is the same person previously convicted of two counts of...

State MVD still beset by tech, staffing issues

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative committee review has found that New Mexico’s agency for licensing drivers and vehicles continues to struggle with outdated technology and staffing problems that are frustrating to the public, despite state efforts...

NM man gets prison for ax murder of girlfriend

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Pinedale man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for killing his girlfriend with an ax. A federal judge in Albuquerque sentenced 37-year-old Mac Arthur Cooke on Friday for a second-degree murder conviction. He...

NM oil refinery to pay $400K fine over explosion

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An oil refinery in New Mexico will pay a $400,000 fine in a settlement over safety violations stemming from an explosion that killed two employees and injured two others in 2010, authorities said Friday. The New Mexico Environment...

Court upholds Navajo hiring rules at Ariz. mines

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld hiring preferences at northeastern Arizona coal mines that require the mining company to favor members of the Navajo tribe. U.S. District Judge John Sedwick’s ruling may end a decade-long battle that...

Work on new lab security delayed amid overruns

October 27, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new $213 million security system designed to increase protection for the nation’s nuclear bomb-building lab doesn’t work, federal officials acknowledged Friday, the latest in a series of cost-overruns and questions...