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  • ‘Quite a Number’ of Firearms Stolen (ABQ area gunshop burglarized)

    07/28/2012 8:44:29 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 28, 2012 | Aurelio Sanchez
    Rio Rancho and federal officers are investigating the theft of numerous weapons this week from a private gun store in the city, Lt. Paul Rogers of the Rio Rancho police said. “Because of the danger to the public that the firearms represent,” Rogers said, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the theft at Rio Rancho Armory. Police were also seeking a person of interest for questioning, Rogers said. About 3 a.m. Wednesday, Rio Rancho police responded to an alarm activated at the business,...
  • Child With Gay Parents Can’t Enroll At School (ABQ Christian School)

    07/28/2012 8:35:55 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 69 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 28, 2012 | Hailey Heinz
    A local Christian school that has refused to enroll a student in its pre-K program because his parents are gay is violating the New Mexico Human Rights Act, the family’s attorney contends. Attorney Shane Youtz, who represents the family, said the couple received a letter from Hope Christian school saying their three-year-old son would not be able to enroll because of his parents’ sexual orientation. An official from Hope Christian – which received $61,455 in public, federal funding for the current budget year – declined to comment. Youtz said the family hopes the school will change its mind, and that...
  • Senator's plane makes emergency landing (Rubio in ABQ)

    07/28/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    KRQE News 13, Albuquerque ^ | July 28, 2012 | Bill Diven
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, barnstorming for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, made an unexpected stop in Albuquerque Saturday when his plane developed in-flight problems and made an emergency landing. The private plane touched safely down just before 4 p.m. after a cockpit sensor indicated an electrical problem, according to Daniel Jirón, a spokesman for the Albuquerque International Sunport. Fire and rescue units were called out and standing by for the landing, Jirón added.
  • Is Salazar the New Holder?

    07/27/2012 3:46:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 26, 2012
    Charges of cover-ups, data manipulation, and junk science; noncompliance with congressional requests and mandates; putting a chokehold on energy: Interior scandals stack up. ... Scandal-wise, congressional spotlight-wise, and perhaps soon headline-wise, is Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the new Holder? The Interior Department has become synonymous with evading congressional requests in the investigation of how the Obama administration bent scientific reports to support its drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. The department’s inspector general who was supposed to ensure oversight of that process is even being investigated herself on allegations that she tampered with a...
  • Records don’t back witness for the prosecution in Reese gun case

    07/26/2012 8:06:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A key government witness in the case against a New Mexico gun dealer family has provided inconsistent testimony as well as recollections unsubstantiated by Customs and Immigrations records, a report on trial proceedings filed yesterday by the Luna Tea Party Patriots relates. Jose Roman, reportedly a career criminal since the age of 17 smuggling illegal aliens, guns and drugs, and who has been offered a plea deal in exchange for testimony, also admitted on the witness stand that he had provided false statements while making firearms purchases from New Deal Shooting Sports in Deming. That store was owned and operated...
  • Taos County Sheriff's Office reports shooting following intrusion(NM)

    07/20/2012 12:01:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Chandra Johnson
    The Taos County Sheriff's Office has clarified the circumstances surrounding a shooting that occurred early Saturday morning (July 14). Undersheriff Ed Romero told The Taos News early Tuesday morning that no charges have yet been filed in the shooting, as the 19-year-old intruder — Robert Carpenter — is now recovering in St. Vincent Hospital's Intensive Care Unit in Santa Fe. ---------------cut---------------- "The intruder, though a doggie door, displayed a weapon," Romero said. "At that point, the owner discharged a high-powered rifle through the steel door, striking the intruder six times in the lower extremities." Early reports were incorrect, Romero said,...
  • Trial begins for N.M. gun dealer family charged with illegal sales

    07/19/2012 3:18:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A jury was selected and the prosecution and one defense attorney have given opening statements yesterday in the trial of the Reese family, gun store owners charged in an indictment with conspiracy, aiding and abetting smuggling of firearms, money laundering and making false statements to investigators. Reconvening today at 9 a.m. in the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., a family spokesperson told Gun Rights Examiner that the other three defense attorneys for family members required to retain separate representation are making their opening statements today. “Testimony is expected to begin” in today’s session, the Las Cruces Sun-News added....
  • Gun-Smuggling Trial Begins(NM)

    07/19/2012 3:11:05 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 18 July, 2012 | Rene Romo
    LAS CRUCES — The federal gun-smuggling trial of four members of a Deming area family began Tuesday with a defense attorney asserting that the mother of the Reese clan herself launched the investigation that ended up snaring her family....
  • Presidential Race Tightens in New Mexico (Obama loses ground)

    07/18/2012 12:55:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | July 16, 2012
    Mitt Romney appears to have closed much of the 14 point gap betweenn himself and President Obama that PPP measured in its last survey in April. Obama now leads by only 5 points in the land of enchantment, 49% to 44%. This comes along with a drastically reduced net approval rating for the president, down to even from a +9 mark 3 months ago. Romney’s favorability has seen a positive shift from an abysmal -22 rating in that survey, and now stands at -9, 41% to 50%. This change comes in spite of relatively level support for the president among...
  • Taos man [perp] shot [6 times] in home robbery; no arrest made

    07/18/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    The Taos News ^ | July 17, 2012 | Chandra Johnson
    Through media collaboration, The Taos News has learned that a 19-year-old man is clinging to life in a Santa Fe hospital after he was shot six times during a robbery Monday morning (July 16). The Taos County Sheriff's Office failed to return a dozen phone calls from The Taos News about the incident. In addition, no report has been filed and no arrest made in the incident that occurred on Blueberry Hill Road — the same neighborhood where The Taos News reported last week that residents were turned away when asked for an investigation into a series of early morning...
  • Border Patrol Training Videos Say to "Hide", "Run Away" in Active Shooter Situations

    07/13/2012 9:04:20 PM PDT · by forty_years · 22 replies
    The Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 13, 2012 | Janice Kephart
    The National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, Ariz., is just a little angry. Local 2544, which is the largest Border Patrol union local with over 3,300 dues-paying members, tags itself as "the real border security experts". What are they angry about? Apparently, the current administration's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) senior officials have created what agents call "virtual brainwashing videos". Their website states that Border Patrol agents have been forced to take a virtual learning course on "active shooters" where the bottom line is that if they encounter an active shooter, as in Fort Hood, the Giffords shooting,...
  • Martinez for Vice President?

    07/13/2012 12:39:07 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Susana Martinez for vice president? She's said no time and time again, but new reports state that Mitt Romney is considering a woman for his running mate.
  • Lawyers: NM Gun Raid Case ‘Politically-Motivated’

    07/13/2012 4:14:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | AP
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Defense lawyers for a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels say the federal government’s investigation is politically-motivated.
  • Court will be asked to drop all charges against New Mexico gun dealer family

    07/11/2012 8:59:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A hearing will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. at the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., a spokesperson close to a family of arrested New Mexico gun dealers has informed Gun Rights Examiner. Rick Reese and wife Terri, along with sons Ryin and Remington, are facing accusations of knowingly selling firearms to cartel straw purchasers, money laundering and related charges. The ordeal of this family, including the denial of bail for almost a full year for the husband and sons, the seizure of their assets and property precluding a properly-funded defense, and the denial by the presiding judge...
  • Rising production in the Permian basin

    07/11/2012 7:33:58 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JULY 10, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    The Permian Basin—a long-time oil and natural gas producing region in west Texas and eastern New Mexico—is showing signs of new life. The active rig count has grown from 100 rigs in mid-2009 to over 500 rigs in May 2012. According to data from the Texas Railroad Commission and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, oil production from the Permian has increased fairly steadily over the past few years, reaching the 1 million barrels per day (bbl/d) threshold in late 2011—the first time since 1998. Growing oil production in the Permian Basin and other Texas plays, most...
  • Top 10 Most Likely GOP Senate Pick-Ups

    07/10/2012 7:16:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 49 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/7/2012 | Human Events
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowe’s seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win. 1. Nebraska (Open) With the retirement of Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson in a solid red state, Nebraska is ripe for a Republican pick-up. The GOP nominated a relatively fresh face in Deb Fischer, a rancher and state senator since 2004, while Democrats reached back to the far past and are recycling...
  • Top 10 most likely GOP Senate pick-ups

    07/09/2012 11:54:58 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 54 replies
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowe’s seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win...
  • Oil export ban and big imports expose US energy hypocrisy(think of all the CO2 released by this zot)

    07/03/2012 9:39:31 PM PDT · by greenwill · 59 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 3, 2012 | Robin Mills
    North Carolina is a verdant state with long, sandy beaches. Its humid summers make air conditioning desirable: in fact, its 10 million people use more electricity than Indonesia's 237 million. Related A soldier maintains vigil near an oil reservoir in South Sudan in 2010. Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil production after its separation.Roberto Schmidt / AF Comment Messy Sudan divorce is not pouring oil on troubled waters Comment King Coal's return bad news for Big Oil and greener energy â–  Spotlight on Iraq as Opec meets "North Carolina is unique of all the states," says Daniel Fine of the...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Police finishing joint border operation (New Mexico)

    07/09/2012 11:03:41 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 3 replies
    KRQE News 13, Albuquerque ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2012 | AP
    LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police and federal agents are wrapping up an aggressive effort to round up illegal weapons and stall narcotic trafficking in New Mexico's Bootheel area. The New Mexico State Police Aircraft Section is finishing Sunday its participation an "Operation Ridge Line," a joint field operation with the New Mexico National Guard Counter Drug Support Task Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • New Mexico Man Sues Over Bullet Fragments That Injured Him

    07/07/2012 5:26:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 5 July, 2012 | AP
    A New Mexico man has filed a lawsuit over injuries he suffered at a convenience store in May when he was struck by ricocheting bullet fragments that were fired by a Pojoaque artist. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Elijah Mark Vera says Pojoaque artist Mateo Romero pulled a gun during an altercation with a homeless person and fired a shot into the pavement.
  • (Obamanomics) A New Mexico Woman Is Selling Her Soul On eBay

    07/06/2012 2:03:45 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 5, 2012 | Zachry Floro
    A New Mexico Woman Is Selling Her Soul On eBay People can sell their souls on eBay? A New Mexico woman named Lori is doing just that, and bidding has already jumped from $100 to $405 in just a day. Describing it as a "slightly used soul," Lori is offering buyers a "Carfax" so they can see the black and white marks her soul has accumulated over the years. Religious bidders can save Lori's soul through conversion or prayer. Pop culture abounds with examples of people selling their souls to the devil in exchange for money, however, this doesn't seem...
  • NM Marine files lawsuit in burglar shooting arrest

    07/05/2012 6:24:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 4 July, 2012 | AP
    LOS LUNAS, N.M. — A Marine from Belen arrested for shooting and killing a burglar on the Fourth of July three years ago is now going after the lawmen who put him behind bars.
  • Project could have lessened fire damage ( Ecos delayed forest thinning )

    07/04/2012 9:37:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 06/26/2012 | Erik LeDuc
    Forest Service official: Environmental groups delayed thinning. Damage from the Little Bear Fire could have been reduced if a proposed Forest Service thinning project had not been delayed by an appeal from two environmental groups, a Forest Service official said Tuesday. "Any type of treatment we could have done would have reduced the severity of the fire," said Chad Stewart, fire and timber officer for the Lincoln National Forest. While the fire as a whole could not have been stopped by thinning efforts, especially in the face of 40 mph wind gusts, damage to the Bonito watershed likely would have...
  • Report points to Clinton-era gunwalking

    The first official identified by name in the Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation has been tied to a similar Minnestoa operation in 1996 where “more than 150 guns flow[ed] into the Twin Cities underworld,” Kevin Diaz of the Star Tribune reported yesterday. Identifying supervisor George Gillett, Jr., who is now a cooperating witness in House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigations, Diaz reveals “Gillett was a street agent tracking gun store sales to ‘straw buyers’ working for suspected gang members. Some of those guns turned up in drug busts and crime scenes, including one that was found at the...
  • White House Chief of Staff Misleads Nation About Fast and Furious "Facts"

    07/01/2012 1:10:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | July 1. 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    On CNN's State of the Union this morning, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was asked why President Obama asserted executive privilege for Attorney General Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents when he railed against the use of executive privilege in 2007. Remember, President Obama campaigned on his administration being the "most transparent administration in history." White House Chief Of Staff Jacob Lew: “Candy, let’s go back to the facts. The facts are that this was a bad plan, this Fast and Furious. It’s something that started in the Bush Administration and the Attorney General did not know...
  • Polls Show Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Could Be the 2012 Election Spoiler

    06/30/2012 3:41:53 PM PDT · by johnatures · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2012 | John A. Tures
    COMMENTARY | Could Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, play a spoiler role in the 2012 election, especially out west? Most polls aren't even giving him the benefit of the doubt, failing to include him as an option. But those polls that do include Johnson find him doing surprisingly well. He could tip the balance in several western swing states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. And with every state mattering, that could be the difference in a close race in 2012. A poll by the group "We Ask America" released on June 26 in Colorado...
  • Border Patrol union blasts DHS instructions to 'run away' & 'hide' from gunmen [O wants cartel in]

    06/29/2012 12:33:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 29 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Border Patrol agents in Arizona are blasting their bosses for telling them, along with all other Department of Homeland Security employees, to run and hide if they encounter an "active shooter." It's one thing to tell civilian employees to cower under a desk if a gunman starts spraying fire in a confined area, say members of Tucson Local 2544/National Border Patrol Council, but to give armed law enforcement professionals the same advice is downright insulting. The instructions from DHS come in the form of pamphlets and a mandatory computer tutorial. “We are now taught in an ‘Active Shooter’ course that...
  • Schott Solar to close down NM plant (ABQ)

    06/28/2012 3:26:26 PM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    KOAT TV ^ | 6-28-12 | Todd Unger
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Schott Solar will close down its Albuquerque plant by the end of the summer, Action 7 News has learned Employees told Action 7 News that the company will cease manufacturing operations as of Friday, shedding more than 200 jobs. The company will keep a small staff through the end of the summer until they close down the entire plant. The company plans to continue operations in the U.S., but not in New Mexico. Read more:
  • Obama campaigns and golf while the west burns

    06/27/2012 6:54:10 AM PDT · by Spartan79 · 16 replies
    Back in 2005, the dems and the MSM pilloried Bush and "Brownie" for alleged lackadaisical response to Katrina. The bad optics of Bush being at Crawford during an immense natural disaster caused his approval numbers to plummet, and the dems kept piling on, even as the the administration mounted one of the impressive air rescues in history. Now, the front range is alight and hundreds, maybe thousands of homes are being torched near Colorado Springs and elsewhere in the west while a fleet of air tankers seriously depleted by Odumbo ( struggles to help contain the blazes and, meanwhile, Odumbo...
  • Obama shrunk aerial firefighting fleet (poll)

    06/26/2012 10:42:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    gazette ^ | June 26, 2012
    Green agenda targets slurry bombers As fire rages out of control on the edge of Colorado Springs, threatening lives and property, it is time we listen to those who have warned us about the negative effect environmentalists and President Barack Obama have had on the federal government’s ability to fight fires. Much of what’s burning is the Pike National Forest, which is federal property. Yet it took almost three days to get federal fire fighting aircraft off the ground to begin dumping meaningful loads of slurry to slow the fire’s growth. Because the Forest Service has a shortage of planes,...
  • Virus threatens New Mexico livestock

    06/23/2012 7:51:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    KOAT ^ | 6/23/12
    Officials said an outbreak of a significant livestock disease has hit New Mexico, forcing quarantines and increased safeguards. Veterinarian Jerry Cosper has been busy checking horses for signs of the vesicular stomatitis or VS. He said he's seen eight cases in the past few weeks. Basically, what we are looking for is a couple of things on these guys here," Cosper said. "We want to check their lips, and this mare here doesn't have any lesions at all. But we are looking at their gums and how nice and clean and smooth that is. That's all normal." The virus was...
  • Feds link immigrant license fraud ring to NM

    06/20/2012 7:14:57 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | June 20, 2012 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS /The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 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 licenses.
  • N.M. Drops Straight Ticket Voting (Dems criticize, threaten lawsuit)

    06/19/2012 8:04:45 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 19, 2012 | Barry Massey, AP
    SANTA FE — A fixture on ballots for decades, the option to vote a straight party ticket is disappearing in New Mexico and won’t be available when people head to the polls in November. Voters historically could choose to support a party’s entire slate of candidates by making just one mark on the ballot or pressing a single button or lever on a machine. But Secretary of State Dianna Duran has decided not to allow that in this year’s general election because there’s no provision in state law specifically authorizing it. “Her job is to follow the law,” said Ken...
  • Wildfire destroys most homes in Colo. history

    06/16/2012 8:16:47 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 21 replies
    Associated Press (through Yahoo) ^ | 06-16-12 | Thomas Peipert
    Additional crews were arriving Saturday at a wildfire in northern Colorado that has scorched about 85 square miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. ( snip) Meanwhile in New Mexico, questions were being raised about whether bureaucratic red tape prevented firefighters from saving more homes affected by the Little Bear Fire after federal officials released transcripts of the firefighters' response.
  • Young illegal immigrants block freeway ramps, cheer Obama

    06/15/2012 11:31:56 PM PDT · by bd476 · 75 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 15, 2012
    More than 100 jubilant college students and graduates -- some of them undocumented -- rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Friday in support of President Obama's decision to halt deportations of young illegal immigrants. At the L.A. Civic Center, the demonstrators chanted, “We are the Dreamers, the mighty, mighty dreamers” and moved off the sidewalk and sat in a long train blocking Aliso Street, from Los Angeles Street to Alameda Street. They were also blocking entrance ramps to the 101 Freeway. Celebratory chants and speeches could be heard outside the federal building at Los Angeles and Aliso streets after the...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Closure

    06/15/2012 8:25:54 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 10 replies
    PROHIBITIONS: Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551, and 36 CFR 261.53 (a), the following acts and omissions are prohibited on the areas, roads, and trails described in this Order, and depicted on the attached map incorporated into this order as Exhibit A, the "restricted area," all within the Reserve, Wilderness, Black Range and Glenwood Ranger Districts, Catron and Grant Counties, Gila National Forest, New Mexico. 1. Going into or being upon the restricted area as described in this order, 36 CFR 261.52(e) EXEMPTIONS: Pursuant to 36 CFR 261. 50(e), the following persons are exempt from this order: 1. Persons with a...
  • EPA is set to announce tougher soot standards

    06/15/2012 4:39:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 15, 2012 | By Juliet Eilperin
    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Friday to tighten the nation's soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers, and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades. Industry officials and environmentalists said the proposal, which will be made final by mid-December, would have far-reaching implications for both the U.S. economy and public health.
  • APD Used Noose As Unit’s Icon (No more, PC run amok in ABQ)

    06/15/2012 7:42:04 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Friday, June 15, 2012 | Jeff Proctor
    A hangman’s noose. For two decades, that’s what the elite Albuquerque Police Department unit assigned to the city’s worst criminals has used as its symbol. It will no more. After Journal inquiries, Police Chief Ray Schultz said in an email late Thursday that he is doing away with the noose image. He ordered one of his deputy chiefs to remove it from all documents and apologized “to anyone who may have been offended” by it. Two local civil rights attorneys said using the noose as a symbol for the ROP team goes far beyond creating an image problem for APD....
  • 224 homes destroyed in NM wildfire [ Where is FEMA with credit cards and free housing!?]

    06/15/2012 6:52:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    msnbc ^ | 6/13/12
    Hundreds of evacuees in southern New Mexico on Wednesday stillweren't sure whether their homes were among the 224 destroyed by a wildfire near the town of Ruidoso. Fire officials broke the news to evacuees Tuesday night, but emphasized that while crews had surveyed the destroyed properties they had no exact locations to share just yet.
  • Loggers: Forest Service policies thwart logging

    06/14/2012 5:47:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    ap ^ | June 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    As crews continue to face off against a fast-moving wildfire in northern Colorado, some in the timber industry say the area's fire danger has been heightened by U.S. Forest Service policies and an economy that discourages them from harvesting millions of acres of dead trees that stand ready to burn. The High Park Fire burned has about 80 square miles west of Fort Collins, Colo. It is 15 to 20 percent contained but has been active on its west flank, where there are many beetle-killed trees... As bad as the fire has been, timber experts say the forests of northern...
  • Oklahoma, New Mexico horse-racing tracks linked to Mexican drug cartel, Feds say.

    06/14/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Tammy8 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2012
    RUIDOSO, N.M. – In the stables at a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico, workers quietly nicknamed Jose Trevino Morales's stables as the "Zetas' stables" and say they often saw people show up with bags of cash to buy the horses. On Tuesday, authorities raided those stables and a horse ranch in Oklahoma accusing Trevino and others of running a sophisticated money-laundering operation connected to one of Mexico's most powerful and ruthless drug cartels. Federal authorities accuse Trevino's older brother, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up the horse operation that...
  • Jailed gun dealer family hearing scheduled for this morning(NM)

    06/14/2012 5:37:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 June, 2012 | David Codrea
    A spokesperson for a gun dealer family jailed since last August for conducting alleged sales to straw purchasers has informed Gun Rights Examiner that a hearing involving all defendants is taking place this morning at the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M. Husband and wife Rick and Terri Reese were operating New Deal Shooting Sports in Deming along with sons Ryin and Remington when they were arrested for allegedly knowingly selling firearms and ammunition to Mexican cartel buyers. “This is the most important hearing to date,” the source informed this correspondent via email. “All the lawyers have filed numerous...
  • Arrest of Zetas leader's brother prompts Mexico travel warning

    06/13/2012 9:06:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies
    KGBT ^ | 06.12.2012 | Sergio Chapa
    American officials are issuing an alert following the arrest in the United States of the brother of a high-ranking member of the Zetas drug cartel. According to the New York Times, federal officials arrested Jose Treviño-Morales on Tuesday morning as part of a money laundering investigation. The newspaper reported that Treviño-Morales is accused of using champion race horse ranches in New Mexico and Oklahoma to launder millions of dollars in drug money for the Zetas. The New York Times reported that Treviño-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel Treviño-Morales, a high-ranking Zetas leader known as Z-40. The U.S. Embassy in...
  • Feds backtrack on endangered-lizard listing

    06/13/2012 1:52:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration backtracked Wednesday and announced it will not declare the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species, saying voluntary efforts by New Mexico and Texas have headed off the need for the federal government to step in. The listing of the lizard as endangered become a major test case of the Endangered Species Act as energy companies and local residents battled the federal government for 18 months, declaring victory after the government said it wouldn’t invoke the act. Environmental groups criticized the move, saying the Interior Department ignored the science that shows the lizard’s habitat is threatened — which...
  • Feds Decline Protections for Dune Lizard (oil-gas drilling in Permian Basin can continue)

    06/13/2012 12:59:05 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 13, 2012 | Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A contentious battle over a rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country took a surprising turn Wednesday with federal officials deciding not to bestow endangered species protections on the small reptile. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the much-anticipated decision over the dunes sagebrush lizard was based on the “best available science” and because of voluntary conservation agreements now in place in the two states.
  • Dunes Sagebrush lizard neither endangerd, nor threatened [Good news from the oil patch]

    06/13/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 4 replies
    Lubbock Online ^ | June 13, 2012 | Logan G. Carver
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined a lizard indigenous to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico is neither threatened nor endangered. The service announced Wednesday it will withdraw its proposal to list the lizard as such under the Endangered Species Act. “This is a great example of how states and landowners are taking early, landscape-level action to protect a creature and its habitat before it requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement. “The voluntary conservation efforts of Texas and New Mexico, oil and gas operators, private landowners...
  • Ruling on sagebrush lizard expected this week

    06/13/2012 7:27:16 AM PDT · by kbobdelux · 14 replies
    Associated Pres ^ | June 12, 2012 | n/a
    <p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A small striped lizard that lives only in the wind-swept sand dunes of four southeastern New Mexico counties and four others in West Texas is about to learn its fate.</p> <p>The Obama administration is expected to announce this week whether the dunes sagebrush lizard will be listed as an endangered species. Tom Buckley, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque, said a decision could come as early as Thursday, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported ( ).</p>
  • 224 Homes Burn (Toll so far in Ruidoso NM fire, expected to rise)

    06/13/2012 7:31:15 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 13, 2012 | Rene Romo
    RUIDOSO – More than 1,100 firefighters continued to make progress Tuesday battling the nine-day-old Little Bear Fire that destroyed 224 homes and cabins and sent plumes of smoke over the Lincoln National Forest. The number of structures destroyed rose sharply from the 35 reported Monday after damage assessment crews completed their review of about half of the roughly 36,200 acres scorched by the lightning-sparked fire that began June 4. “It truly is heart-breaking to see the degree of damage to this part of the country,” Gov. Susana Martinez said during a Tuesday morning news conference after being flown over the...
  • Suspect in Sexual Assault of 3-Year-Old Now Charged with Making Threats [NM]

    06/11/2012 5:13:10 PM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    KTSM ^ | June 11, 2012 | Bianca Cervantes
    Las Cruces, N.M. — A man arrested June 1 on charges that he sexually assaulted a 3-year-old relative is now charged with threatening to injure the young girl’s mother and grandmother. Andres Baca-Linares, 29, now faces one count of criminal solicitation to commit bribery of a witness, a third-degree felony offense. Baca-Linares was incarcerated from June 1 until he posted bond on June 5. Las Cruces Police detectives learned that while Baca-Linares was in jail, he placed a telephone call in which he made threats directed at the child’s mother and grandmother. Police re-arrested Baca-Linares this past Saturday on...