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Heavy snow closes roads, delays flights in West

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heavy snow from a winter storm blanketed parts of the West on Friday, stranding motorists throughout New Mexico and delaying holiday travelers trying to fly in and out of Albuquerque and Denver. The snow and high winds struck the region Thursday and forced dozens of drivers off Interstate 40 after severe [&hellip...

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New type of radioactive waste arrives at WIPP

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Waste shipments from the Sandia National Lab are now arriving at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. The Department of Energy announced the first of eight planned defense-related remote-handled transuranic waste shipments...

Coalition asks NM court to reconsider water ruling

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and agricultural interests is asking the New Mexico Court of Appeals to reconsider a water rights decision that was handed down last month. The decision found that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water...

Lawsuit: Albuquerque police hired troubled officer

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department should never have hired an officer whose career was “marred by fraud and by excessive force claims, including deadly force,” according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of an...

San Juan County gets behind coal mine project

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County lawmakers are getting behind the county’s largest private employer by asking a federal agency to approve further development at Navajo Mine. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/uMKGcu ) reports the County Commission this...

Couple indicted for child abuse

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces couple faces child abuse charges after doctors found various injuries on a 1-year-old-boy. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/socEnX ) reports Sierra Nicole Salas and her boyfriend, Nick Medina, both 20, were...

Ex-PRC member Block released from jail

December 24, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is out of jail after a judge released him on bond. Jail records show Block’s family paid a $1,000 cash payment on a $10,000 bond set by state District Judge Michael Vigil....

Numbers could mean more Farmington airport funding

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Dec. 16, 2011, a plane with Great Lakes Airlines at the Four Corners Airport tarmac in Farmington, N.M. One result of the economic downturn was a significant drop in the number of people flying. Recently released passenger data from...

Another snowstorm to hit NM, hurt holiday travel

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 01:00 PM EST shows mostly sunny skies persist over the West Coast as high pressure dominates. To the east, a low pressure system over the Central and Southern Rockies brings heavy snow to Colorado...

New Mexico overpowers UMKC 87-62

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico senior Phillip McDonald, who has been hampered all season with injuries, came off the bench to score 18 points in Thursday’s 87-62 defeat of Missouri-Kansas City. Drew Gordon joined McDonald with 18 points as the...