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Extreme weather fuels fire burning in southern NM

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire burning in southern New Mexico picked up speed Thursday as the hot, dry and windy weather intensified. Managers said the Silver Fire advanced to the northwest over the Crest Trail and jumped the Rabb Trail, which forced crews and helicopters to begin attacking the unchecked flames. On the north [&hellip...

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IG pushes Los Alamos to do more on safety

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Another federal report is criticizing Los Alamos for not doing enough to protect the public from dangerous releases of radiation in the event of wildfires or an earthquake. An audit released Thursday by the Department of...

Report: NM Air Force fuel cleanup system struggles

June 28, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force cleanup system used for sucking jet fuel contamination from Albuquerque groundwater has been out of service for most of the month, according to a new report. Documents show the system at Kirtland Air Force Base shut...

2 stubborn NM wildfires continue to grow

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two raging wildfires on opposite ends of New Mexico continue to grow amid dangerously dry conditions. Fire officials say the Silver Fire, the blaze racing through parts of southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, expanded...

NM current insurance regulator to remain in office

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini was selected Wednesday to remain as New Mexico’s top insurance regulator when his office becomes an independent governmental agency next month. A nine-member committee named...

NM advocates praise high court’s gay marriage move

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage mark a step toward equal protection for same-sex couples but the decisions don’t have an immediate effect on state law. King...

Las Cruces toddler fatally struck by mom’s truck

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Las Cruces toddler who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by his mother. Las Cruces police say 24-year-old Sylvia Carriana Alvarado was moving a pickup truck from one side of her...

Suicidology expert testifies in NM murder trial

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A suicidology expert has testified in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife. Dr. Allan Berman was called by the defense Wednesday morning. KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/10lHrrf ) says Berman...

NM weekly newspaper’s cover with draw fire

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An alternative newsweekly in Santa Fe is drawing fire over its cover with an image of a woman in a bikini who strongly resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe. KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10V7doF) that Catholics around New Mexico are upset...

Police: Farmington bank ATM stolen

June 27, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an ATM has been stolen from a Farmington bank. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/19x6A4N) that the theft Sunday marked the second straight weekend that bandits ripped off an ATM from a bank in...