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Fire east of Bloomfield burns structures

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Winds are dying down and firefighting crews are starting to make progress on a wildfire that has burned four structures along the San Juan River in far northwestern New Mexico. State forestry officials say the blaze has charred an estimated 100 acres by Monday night. The fire has spread over a [&hellip...

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Governor orders end to use of private email

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez directed state workers on Monday to only use the government’s email system for conducting public business, a move that ends her administration’s practice of sending email through private accounts in...

Officials: Prison worker busted for drug smuggling

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A contract prison worker was caught trying to smuggle cocaine and heroin into a New Mexico prison in what authorities believe was one of the largest drug busts within the state prison system, corrections officials said Monday. The...

Feds say affidavit shows China paid NM scientist

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for a former Sandia National Labs scientist accused of stealing research says his client has not committed espionage. Brian Pori said Monday a search warrant affidavit only states what authorities hope to find to prove...

Weather conditions helping fight Little Bear Fire

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters say they are continuing to take advantage of favorable weather conditions to battle a wildfire in southern New Mexico that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses. Meanwhile, officials said Monday that the ranging blaze in...

Air Force promises to pay for sonic boom damage

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (AP) — A Holloman Air Force Base commander says the Air Force will pay if sonic booms from training flights damage property in the surrounding communities. The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/NK5Rop ) reports Col. David Krumm met with...

Anglers press NM regulators over gas cutoff

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Anglers who fish in the San Juan River are calling on New Mexico officials to maintain natural gas service in the Four Corners region. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/KNDz8i) reports fishermen from outside the state are...

Gallup mountain bike trail goes national

June 19, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — One of the things that drew Bob Rosebrough to Gallup more than 30 years ago is the “remarkable beauty of its natural landscape.” Rosebrough, a local attorney and former mayor of Gallup, is a mountain bike enthusiast who saw...

NM prison worker caught bringing drugs to inmate

June 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a female prison employee was caught bringing large amounts of heroin and cocaine to an inmate that she identified as her fiance. Corrections spokeswoman Rosie Sais declined to release the employee’s...

Crews on NM wildfire work on containment

June 18, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battling a wildfire in southern New Mexico that has destroyed 242 homes and businesses are working Sunday to increase containment and keep an eye out for possible lightning. The 59-square-mile Little Bear Fire in Ruidoso is...