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Western New Mexico residents say federal officials need to either move the tailings from an abandoned uranium mill near Milan or relocate the owners of about 75 nearby homes.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/14hXzJK) that residents told a top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official Tuesday that a cluster of cancer cases in subdivisions near the Homestake Mining Co. uranium mill show a need for immediate action by the agency.
Federal auditors are recommending that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recover more than $6 million in grant funding from New Mexico.
The EPA's Office of Inspector General says three bureaus within the New Mexico Environment Department did not always comply with federal requirements when it came to charging labor, fringe benefits and indirect costs to federal grants.
UPDATE 6/18 9a: The Silver Fire grew to over 30,000 acres overnight.
New Mexico's largest wildfire this year is expected to grow significantly today. The Silver Fire, which is burning in the Gila National Forest, is threatening the small historic mining town of Kingston, although so far fire crews have been successful at protecting the town.
Smoke from the blaze created a 30,000 foot column of smoke on Tuesday that was visible from El Paso, Texas, over 100 miles away.
The number of people in New Mexico receiving disability payments through the Social Security system has exceeded even the increasing national trend.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/11I1zzV) that a review of data from the Social Security Administration showed that the number of former workers in New Mexico getting Social Security Disability Insurance grew by nearly 66 percent from 2002 to 2011.
During the same period, the growth nationally was nearly 55 percent.
Three state biologists are being honored for their work rescuing threatened and endangered species.
Department of Game and Fish herpetologist Charlie Painter, fisheries manager Kirk Patten and recently retired Gila Trout Recovery Coordinator David Propst received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Champions awards for their work rescuing threatened and endangered species.
The mayor of Las Cruces is seeking help from Los Angeles' mayor and Albuquerque's former mayor to erase outstanding debt from his re-election campaign two years ago.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/11jh9Xm) that Mayor Ken Miyagishima is working to convince Los Angeles mayor Anthony Villaraigosa and former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez to participate in an upcoming fundraiser.
Miyagishima says Villaraigosa is working on his schedule and Chavez may join too.
The Senate has confirmed New Mexico U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to be the state's next federal judge.
Senators voted unanimously in favor of Gonzales Monday evening, and the state's two senators immediately recommended that President Barack Obama appoint one of his assistants, Damon Martinez, to replace him.
Martinez has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001 and currently supervises the Organized Crime and Gang Section in Albuquerque.
Gonzales says he is "humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve the public in a judicial capacity."
More than 30,000 state and local government workers face a 15 percent increase for their health care insurance starting next month, but it could be only the beginning of higher costs as New Mexico's self-insurance program digs out of a financial hole.
There have been no premium increases for workers for the past five years when government budgets were squeezed. Yet, the fund covering health benefits was projected to be almost $70 million in the red in the upcoming budget year if the state did nothing to the insurance program to deal with rising health care costs.
Domestic violence statistics are often shocking. One organization says that these statistics won’t change until men get involved. Now, a Native American advocacy organization and leader are getting people involved in the group A Call To Men.
Ted Bunch, with A Call To Men, recently gave a presentation to about two hundred people at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola.
Officials say crews have contained the majority of the 94 square miles of wildfires raging throughout the New Mexico.
The Thompson Ridge Fire, the state's largest blaze at 37 square miles, is now 80 percent contained as of Monday. On the other side of the Santa Fe National Forest, the nearly 16-square mile Tres Lagunas fire north of Pecos was 90 percent contained.
New Mexico's congressional delegation has introduced a bill aimed at improving tribal education and preserving Native American language in schools.
The state's two senators and three representatives all signed on to the proposal, which they say would remove barriers that tribal leaders often encounter in teaching Native languages at school, improve on existing programs and partnerships and create new incentives and scholarship programs to encourage educational success throughout Indian Country.
The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves.
Hydraulic fracturing, or the drilling technique commonly known as fracking, has been used for decades to blast huge volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open shale formations.
But now, as energy companies vie to exploit vast reserves, fracking's new frontier is expanding to the same lands where crops have shriveled and waterways have dried up due to severe drought.
Over the past year, a group of Taos High School students have been literally trying to cure cancer. Specifically mouth cancer caused by chewing tobacco. After long hours toiling over laboratory equipment, their extracurricular endeavor has paid off. The multi-ethnic crew, who call themselves the Wyrmies, have been chosen as finalists in the E-Cybermission competition for their use of the traditional Native American herb Cota.
With each dry thunderstorm that moves across New Mexico, the chance of another wildfire breaking out goes up.
Crews are battling a handful of blazes in the Santa Fe National Forest, on private land near Whites Peak and in rugged territory in southern New Mexico.
The flames are being fueled by overcrowded forests, the terrain and dry conditions.
However, New Mexico State University wildland fire management specialist Doug Cram says the wind hasn't been as big of a factor. In 2011 and 2012, the state broke records with three massive wind-driven wildfires.
Veterans with combat disorders joined their families this week to express their frustration at how long it takes to get veterans services. Congressional representatives Steve Pearce and Michelle Lujan Grisham hosted the public forum in Albuquerque Monday.
A legislative report shows New Mexico's endowment and pension funds grew by nearly $1.9 billion during the first quarter of the year.
The Legislative Finance Committee reports (http://1.usa.gov/17FHX87 ) that the Public Employees Retirement Association had investment returns of 5.4 percent during the first three months of the year, with pension fund assets of $13 billion.
The Educational Retirement Board had quarterly returns of nearly 4 percent, with assets of $10 billion at the end of March.
Prosecutors overseeing a fraud case on the Navajo Nation have asked a tribal judge to dismiss more defendants from a civil complaint.
Dozens of former and current tribal officials were accused of defrauding the tribal government in the use or management of $36 million in discretionary funds.
Prosecutors filed a motion this week to drop Sampson Begay, Ralph Bennett, Nelson Gorman Jr., Ervin Keeswood Sr., Preston McCabe Sr., and Mel R. Begay from the complaint. They say evidence doesn't support allegations against them.
It's back to captivity for a pair of Mexican gray wolves that federal wildlife managers had planned to release in Arizona's Apache National Forest.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the male and female wolves will not be released.
The pair had been transported from a captive breeding facility in New Mexico to southeastern Arizona in late April. The wolves have spent the last six weeks in a temporary pen so they could acclimate to their new surroundings.