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New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico dealt with the aftermath Tuesday of a severe winter blast that left at least one person dead and closed more schools and highways in the southern part of the state. Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — and Interstate 25 between Las [&hellip...

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Roswell man dies in weather-related crash

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell man has been killed while trying to free his vehicle after sliding off an icy roadway Tuesday morning. The police department says 36-year old Pedro Campos was attempting to chain two vehicles together when a third vehicle slid...

2 students charged with defacing national monument

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service says two University of New Mexico students allegedly inscribed their monikers “Super Duper Dana” and “Gabriel” within a few feet of a sign that reads, “It is unlawful to mark...

New Mexico struggles with winter blast aftermath

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

A New Mexico Department of Transportation truck spreads cinder on U.S. 550 west of Rio Rancho, N.M., after the state was slammed with severe winter weather Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Heavy snow, up to a foot in some parts of New Mexico, closed dozens of schools...

NM pension funds lost $2B during last quarter

December 7, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s pension funds for government workers and educators lost more than $2 billion in the past quarter because of a downturn in financial markets. A report by the Legislative Finance Committee said the value of assets in...

Lea County sheriff found dead

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State police are investigating the apparent suicide of Lea County Sheriff Rod Coffman. State police spokesman Robert McDonald says the sheriff was found dead in his home Sunday night from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot...

Trial starts on NM congressional redistricting

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political tilt of New Mexico’s three congressional districts will be influenced for the rest of the decade by the outcome of a trial that started Monday. It will be up to state District Judge James Hall to decide how to...

NM storm shuts I-40, schools as snow blankets area

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A severe winter blast struck most of New Mexico on Monday, closing hundreds of schools and shutting down a major highway from Albuquerque to Gallup that forced motorists to seek emergency shelter. The storm was the third to hit the...

UNM names 5 finalists for president

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents Monday named five finalists to succeed President David Schmidly, who is stepping down in June. The finalists are Douglas Baker, provost and executive vice president of the University of...

NM panel reconsiders greenhouse gas rule

December 6, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Winter weather has stalled the latest hearing on whether New Mexico should uphold regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions around the state. The state Environmental Improvement Board began taking testimony Monday in Santa...