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NM regulators approve fracking disclosure rule

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and natural gas producers will be required to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations under a proposal approved Thursday by the state Oil Conservation Commission. The commission made a unanimous decision to support the disclosure rule during a hearing in Santa Fe after taking testimony from...

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State report: 19 noncitizens may have voted in NM

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — At least 100 of New Mexico’s registered voters appear to be noncitizens, and 19 of those people have cast ballots in past elections, according to a report issued Thursday by the state’s top election official. Secretary of...

Board questions adequacy of LANL seismic efforts

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory is nearing completion of structural work designed to ensure the country’s premier plutonium lab can withstand a major earthquake, but safety oversight board members said Thursday they remain...

Drought leaves slim pickings for migrating birds

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From nesting grounds in Alaska and Idaho to the prairie potholes in Canada, thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and other migratory birds are making their way south to their traditional winter watering holes in the American...

New Mexico religious schools state aid contested

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico residents are challenging in court a 40-year-old law of providing textbooks to religious schools. The Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/tyJHB6 ) reports a petition filed before the state Supreme Court Wednesday claims...

Convicted killer attacked in prison

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A convicted killer is on life support after he was attacked by fellow inmates. The Corrections Department says Michael Guzman was attacked by more than a dozen inmates just two days after he was moved to a private prison in Clayton....

Hatch annexes land for spaceport visitor center

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hatch village trustees voted this week to annex 308 acres aimed at developing as a potential home for a spaceport visitor center. The move comes after the New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced plans to build welcome centers in...

Troops test new technology at White Sands

November 18, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Some 3,800 Fort Bliss troops have descended upon White Sands Missile Range with orders to carry out a massive test of cutting-edge technology that could soon find its way into the hands of American soldiers on the battlefield. The...

2 NM police officers fired after suspect kicked

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Albuquerque police officers were fired Wednesday following the release of unedited video that showed them apparently doing a celebratory belly bump after one officer kicked a suspect in the head more than a dozen times. Officers...

Mexican state governors to meet in New Mexico

November 17, 2011 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says leaders from five Mexican states will meet in Santa Fe early next year to talk about improving economic development in the region. Martinez said Wednesday that she will host a meeting Jan. 12 of...