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NM firefighters battle blaze along Rio Grande

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A thick plume of smoke rose from the wooded area along the Rio Grande on the northern edge of New Mexico’s largest city Wednesday as crews worked to put out flames burning on both sides of the river. Flames torching the tops of the cottonwood trees that line the river could [&hellip...

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Feds link immigrant license fraud ring to NM

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five Albuquerque-area residents were named in a recently unsealed federal indictment connected to what authorities say is a multistate scam abusing New Mexico’s law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s...

Board to consider courthouse furnishings request

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King says the state is responsible for paying to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe. The state Board of Finance is to consider a request Thursday from the 1st Judicial District for a loan of nearly...

NM AG joins McKinley County probe

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office has joined a probe into McKinley County. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj) that the attorney general’s Government Accountability Division requested last week...

Judge blocks water permit for Sunland Park

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A judge has halted a water permit issued by the state to Sunland Park and a private landowner. The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/KTyQlB) says court documents show a district judge recently ordered the state engineer to cancel...

NM regulators begin hearing on pit rule changes

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of New Mexico regulators will be taking more comments about revising regulations of how energy developers dispose of drilling waste. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/MfOIPj ) reports the Oil Conservation Commission is...

Fed probe launched into New Mexico school closures

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating the closure of three New Mexico schools to see if the troubled Gallup McKinley County School District violated federal civil rights laws. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/Axbadj ) that the...

Homicide suspect dies in South Valley shootout

June 21, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected in a homicide has died after a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies in the South Valley. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says the man, whose name has not been released, was killed Tuesday evening...

Group concerned about NM bear management

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — No one knows exactly how many black bears are roaming the mountains that border New Mexico’s most populous area, but conservationists on Tuesday accused state wildlife managers of targeting the area’s bears for removal...

NM gov frees emergency funds for possible flooding

June 20, 2012 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency throughout New Mexico due to the enhanced flood potential caused by wildfires. Tuesday’s declaration will make additional funds available for emergency flood protection...