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Strong wind gusts expected to fan wildfires in New Mexico

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Weather conditions described as potentially historic were on tap for New Mexico on Saturday and for the next several days as over 1,400 firefighters and a fleet of airplanes and helicopters worked feverishly to bolster lines...

 

As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico's pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush...

 

Big US energy transmission projects inch closer to approval

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has finished another environmental review of a proposed transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from rural New Mexico to big cities in the West and similar reviews are planned...

 

Wind whips destructive wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado

Firefighters are battling a wind-driven blaze that has burned at least 150 homes, barns and other structures in a mountain community in drought-stricken New Mexico. The blaze on the northeastern side of Ruidoso was fueled by winds between 50 and 90...

 

Sheriff: Movie set showed 'some complacency' with weapons

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Investigators said Wednesday that there was "some complacency" in how weapons were handled on the movie set where Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer and wounded another person, but it's too soon to...

 

States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety

Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: "Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if they are...

 

Warrant: Baldwin didn't know weapon contained live round

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show. "Cold gun," the...

 

New Mexico school year off to deadly start amid gun violence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's only a few days into the new school year, but New Mexico's largest district is reeling from a shooting that left one student dead and landed another in custody. The gunfire at Washington Middle School during the lunch...

 

US wildlife managers propose protections for rare chicken

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday proposed federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken, saying its habitat across five states is in danger of becoming more fragmented and the effects of climate change and drought...

 

Vigils, rallies mark day of awareness for Indigenous victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some shared agonizing stories of frustration and loss. Others prayed and performed ceremonies. All called for action. Across the U.S. on Wednesday, family members, advocates and government leaders commemorated a day of... Full story

 

Rocket motor fails to ignite on Virgin Galactic test flight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico. The spacecraft's engine is supposed to ig...

 

Netflix to expand production hub in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix plans to establish one of the largest production hubs in North America with an expansion of its existing studio complex in New Mexico and a commitment to an additional $1 billion in production spending, government...

 

Officials: Carbon capture project would be largest in world

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Southwest would undergo a $1.4 billion overhaul as part of a proposal to keep the plant operating for at least another decade while meeting stricter environmental...

 

Energy resources tested as Western states see soaring demand

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Standing amid an array of solar panels, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told a national audience this week that she's proud of instituting aggressive renewable energy mandates in her state. A day later, she touted...

 

Anniversary of world's 1st atomic test fuels nuclear debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Transported in the backseat of a blacked-out Plymouth sedan was the culmination of years of feverish work — a hefty plutonium core that would soon be used to trigger the world's first atomic explosion. Within days of...

 

Atomic anniversary brings US nuclear official to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration is New Mexico this week as part of a nationwide tour of the federal government's nuclear security operations. The visit by Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty coincides...

 

New Mexico restaurants bristle at rolling back indoor dining

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's revamped public health order took effect Monday, and some restaurant owners aren't happy that they've been ordered to rollback indoor dining. The owners say they've gone to great lengths to...

 

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday....

 

Virus concerns force cancellation of New Mexico State Fair

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have forced officials Friday to cancel this year's New Mexico State Fair, making it the latest casualty in a string of other big-ticket events that have been indefinitely...

 

Panel to consider petition seeking Pecos River protections

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 200 miles of the Pecos River, its tributaries and other parts of the upper reaches of the northern New Mexico watershed would be protected from future degradation under a petition being considered by state regulat...

 

Official: US must move ahead with nuclear weapons work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top nuclear security official says the U.S. must move ahead with plans to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus. Federal officials have...

 

Virtual meetings set for drilling plan near national park

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers plan to hold a series of virtual meetings on a contested plan that will guide for at least the next decade oil and gas development around a national park and other areas in northwestern New Mexico...

 

Historic sign to be part of planned Route 66 visitor center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The weathered old sign that once served as a beacon to travelers along a stretch of Route 66 just outside of New Mexico's largest city has been taken down and will be preserved as part of an initiative to build a visitor ce...

 

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers proposed Thursday to set aside a vast area across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding...

 

US lawmakers from New Mexico hold out on review of nuke plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation find themselves in an awkward position as watchdogs claim the U.S. government is skirting key environmental laws by refusing to closely examine the consequences of...

 

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