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Albuquerque stops Rio Grande water diversions

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The low level of the Rio Grande has forced the city of Albuquerque to suspend its diversion of drinking water from the river for the second time this week. The Albuquerque Journal reports (bit.ly/NB7W27) that the chief operating officer for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority gave the word to [&hellip...

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Court upholds $10M punitive damages in DWI death

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld $10 million in punitive damages for the family and estate of an Albuquerque man killed by a drunken driver in 2003. The court ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence to support the damages against...

Tucumcari volunteer firefighter arrested for DWI

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter in Tucumcari has been arrested for suspicion of DWI after a car crash. New Mexico State Police officers say the driver of a Jeep failed to stop at a red light and collided with another vehicle...

Santa Fe Opera's chief conductor resigns

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Opera chief conductor Frederic Chaslin has resigned and opera officials say a search for his successor will start in the fall. Opera General Director Charles Mackay said Tuesday that Chaslin was leaving because he wants to...

Shooter in 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid dies

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74. Valdez died peacefully Saturday at...

NM river water remains at center of water dispute

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — A dispute over whether New Mexico’s river water is being improperly funneled to Texas or if enough groundwater is being preserved for farmers along the Rio Grande was front and center at a hearing before state...

NM universities may get state's supercomputer

August 29, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s $11 million supercomputer could be transferred to New Mexico’s three research universities. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PNRFZI) that the transfer is pending a plan that would allow the...

Martinez comes to the aid of Juarez boy with massive tumor

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

AP Photo In this July 20 file photo, the father of a 9-year-old Juarez-born boy suffering from a massive tumor who U.S. Homeland Security identified only as “Jose,” examines his shoulder at the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho. ALBUQUERQUE (AP)...

Court rules for oil companies in royalties dispute

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled in favor of the oil industry in a dispute over whether two companies owed the state nearly $25 million in royalties for natural gas and oil produced on state land. The court’s unanimous...

Ariz. man pleads guilty in child prostitution case

August 28, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PHOENIX (AP) — A Paradise Valley businessman accused in a child prostitution case last year has pleaded guilty to attempt to commit pandering. Maricopa County prosecutors say 53-year-old Michael C. Gilliland entered his plea Monday. His faces an Oct. 9...