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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 from the Albuquerque lab arrived Dec.16 for permanent disposal in WIPP’s underground repository....

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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...

Court reinstates death row inmate’s appeal

December 23, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has revived a legal challenge by a death row inmate. The court reinstated a habeas corpus petition by Timothy Allen of Bloomfield, who was convicted of murder, kidnapping and attempted rape of a 17-year-old...