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New Mexico faces record drought despite late rains

September 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeing some late summer rainfall, but weather forecasters say it hasn’t been enough to make up for a year of drought. August proved helpful for the Santa Fe area’s moisture deficit, but it also was one of the hottest months on record, the Santa Fe New Mexican [&hellip...

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Obama picks El Paso judge for US district court

September 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a federal magistrate in West Texas to become a U.S. district judge. The White House on Wednesday night announced Obama has selected Judge David Campos Guaderrama of El Paso. He’s expected to...

Memorials set as Marine gets Medal of Honor

September 15, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

In this undated photo released by the U.S. Marines, Sgt. Dakota Meyer poses for a photo while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Ganjgal Village, Kunar province, Afghanistan. The White House announced the 23-year-old Marine scout sniper from...

Belen teacher fired for allegedly being drunk

September 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A Belen High School teacher has been fired after she allegedly taught class while intoxicated. KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/nRqRIz ) reports District Superintendent Ron Marquez fired second-year math teacher Kathleen Jardine (jar-DEEN’)...

Tax rates climbing for Dona Ana homeowners

September 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County homeowners will likely seeing higher taxes when their bills arrive. Homeowners will likely being paying an average $16.93 more in taxes on a roughly $100,000 home later this year, assuming home valuations remained the...

Energy provider seeking rate hike

September 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy is seeking a rate hike of 5.2 percent or $4.40 a month for its eastern New Mexico power customers. The Carlsbad Current Argus (http://bit.ly/qGmm8P ) reports the utility company and key customer groups in New Mexico have...

NM pilot had important mission after 9/11 attacks

September 14, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

Lt. Col. Scott Crogg poses outside of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico on Sept. 8, 2011. Crogg, a reservist and commander of the 44th Fighter Group at Holloman Air Force Base, he’s also a licensed commercial pilot for Delta Airlines , was tasked on...

McBride to launch album with cross-country train

September 14, 2011 • Entertainment, State NewsComments (0)

FILE – In this June 8, 2011 file photo, Martina McBride arrives at the 2011 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. McBride is releasing her new album, “Eleven,” in October with a cross-country train ride from Los Angeles to New York. (AP Photo/Charles...

NM teacher suspected of teaching while drunk

September 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school teacher has been placed on paid leave after students and school officials say they believe she was teaching while intoxicated. KOAT-TV is reporting (http://bit.ly/nBDRqx ) that school officials say second-year...

Carlsbad man arraigned on child porn charges

September 13, 2011 • State NewsComments (0)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man has been arraigned in federal court in Las Cruces on a charge of possession of child pornography. Theodore Robert Larsen is charged with possession of a film, image, computer disc and other material containing images of...