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Elephant Butte to allow dog to be leash free

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence. Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said community members packed City Hall and overflow rooms Wednesday to plead for the dog’s leash-free...

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Police: Dog finds human skull near Gallup airport

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Gallup police says a family dog surprised its owner when it returned home with a deadly find — a human skull. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that the family beagle brought the human skull home after likely...

New online journalism outlet formed in New Mexico

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new online journalism organization called New Mexico In Depth has been established to publish investigative reports and articles on issues ranging from education and health care to politics and poverty. The news outlet announced...

Feds decline protections for dune lizard in NM, TX

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

File-This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a sand dune lizard in Chaves County, N.M. A contentious battle over the rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country has taken a surprising...

2 more arrested in NM driver's license fraud ring

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Portales police have arrest two people involved in what authorities call a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent New Mexico driver’s licenses. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew...

Missing Farmington tourism funds top $500,000

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police say the former executive director of the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau who committed suicide embezzled more than half a million dollars. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/OAKAvz) reported Tuesday a complete audit...

Gila Cliff Dwellings to re-open

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is reopening now that smoke from what is New Mexico’s largest wildfire has decreased significantly. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/Kn49bz) reports park officials said Tuesday both...

Police: NM man used 9-year-old boy to shoplift

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been arrested in Las Cruces on charges of forcing a nine-year-old relative to shoplift. Las Cruces police said that 36-year-old Dennis Patrick Rodriguez was booked into Dona Ana County Detention Center this week...

Gov. Martinez urges emergency vote on firework ban

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city and county governments to hold emergency hearings on local fireworks bans. Martinez said in a letter Tuesday that restrictions on fireworks are need because of the state’s drought and high...

US wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

June 14, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

This June 10, 2012 satellite image provided by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center shows wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico. The 68-square-mile High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colo., is at top, with the 56-square-mile Little Bear fire, lower right, and...