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NASA books 1st flight from New Mexico spaceport

October 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — NASA has booked a charter suborbital flight from Virgin Galactic’s spaceport operations in southern New Mexico. Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that the agreement calls for NASA to charter a full flight from the company, and it includes options for two additional flights. If all options are exercised, the contract is...

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Suspect arrested in shooting death of Taos man

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Taos man while each was in a separate hunting party in the Carson National Forest near Embudo. The Taos News reports that 67-year-old Gilbert Sanchez was arrested Thursday on suspicion of...

New director hired for NM Game and Fish Department

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The State Game Commission has selected Jim Lane of Rio Rancho as the new director of New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department. Lane has worked three years for the department and is chief of the Wildlife Management Division....

NM official changes view on contribution cap

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top elections administrator has reversed course on how candidates and political committees must deal with newly imposed limits on campaign contributions. At issue is whether candidates can receive the maximum...

Los Alamos moving forward on nuke lab

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is moving forward with plans to build a controversial $5.8 billion nuclear lab. The National Nuclear Security Administration Thursday issued the formal orders needed to begin taking bids for final...

Prosecutor appeals judicial misconduct case

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The prosecutor who accused a Las Cruces judge of funneling bribes for judicial appointments to former Gov. Bill Richardson has leveled a new round of accusations, this time calling into question the actions of the state’s top...

Albuquerque zoo lion battling cancer euthanized

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 22-year old African lion at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, who had been struggling with cancer, has died. Zoo officials announced Thursday that Sarah was euthanized Wednesday after she became lethargic and refused to eat. Officials...

Navajo Nation, NM get millions for electric buses

October 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico have been awarded nearly $7 million dollars for new buses and other rural transit projects. U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said Wednesday the Navajo Nation will get $5 million from the...

NM foster parents arrested after child is injured

October 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department and Albuquerque police say they’re investigating a serious injury to a 4-year-old foster child in state custody. Both foster parents who had custody of the boy and his...

NM gov. criticized over Calif. wine country speech

October 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to California’s wine country for a political speech last month as the Legislature finished a special session on redistricting. The governor’s campaign spokesman said Wednesday the Republican...