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Snow, wind make for tough driving in northern NM

January 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

EAGLE NEST, N.M. (AP) — State transportation officials are warning travelers of difficult driving conditions as parts of northern New Mexico get another blast of winter weather. Heavy snow was being reported Monday around Taos, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. The combination of snow and wind reduced visibility to about a mile along U.S. highway [&hellip...

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Tests show NM doctor impaired night of fatal crash

January 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The results of blood-alcohol tests show a Santa Fe doctor was legally drunk at the time of a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl. The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/waDJkz ) that Dr. Deborah Aaron told police the night of the Dec....

Corrosive water damages pumping equipment

January 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Corrosive water in a well that supplies the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center is damaging pumping equipment. A ground-level treatment plant removes sulfur, salts and arsenic from the water and renders the water potable...

Furlough request denied for man accused in killing

January 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A judge turned down a request for a 24-hour furlough for a man charged with killing a 17-month-old girl at a San Juan County home. Jose Garcia, 23, of Flora Vista, is accused of stomping on Taegen McKinney’s chest in April 2007...

Researchers: Earth’s crust in NM is stretching

January 17, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Earth’s crust in New Mexico is stretching at a rate of an inch of east-west growth every 40 years, researchers said in a new study. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/yVFpYl ) that scientists have long...

House fire south of Las Cruces leaves woman dead

January 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A woman has died in a mobile home fire in the community of Berino south of Las Cruces. Firefighters from several Dona Ana County communities and from El Paso battled the fire in the double-wide mobile home early Sunday morning....

Rio Rancho appeals ruling to NM Supreme Court

January 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Rio Rancho wants the New Mexico Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that found the mayor and city council waited too long to fix open meeting laws violations. A November state Appeals Court ruling effectively said a city...

Rise in NM pecan theft worries farmers

January 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Mesilla Valley pecan farmer Greg Daviet prides himself on his friendliness. But this time of year, he totes a gun around his farm and pays security guards to make the rounds through his orchards, day and night. And, if you’re a...

2 who sold cocaine in Las Cruces get probation

January 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney in Dona Ana County says she is ‘gravely concerned’ after a judge gave probation to two men who sold cocaine to undercover police officers multiple times. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports...

NM immigrants prepare for another license fight

January 16, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Immigrant advocates and their allies are preparing for another round of rallies and lobbying efforts in their quest to protect a state law that allows some illegal immigrants to obtain a state driver’s license. The preparation...