Local News
8:53 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Navajo Leaders To Discuss Fuel Alternatives

Navajo leaders are scheduled to meet with energy experts to discuss alternatives to coal-heated homes.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/RMUGOw) that the meeting during a day-long conference at Dine (dih-NAY') College Monday will feature presentations by professors and analysts from around the country.

Local News
8:52 am
Mon January 14, 2013

191 Guns Bought In Santa Fe's 1st Buyback Event

Authorities purchased 191 guns at the city of Santa Fe's first gun buyback event.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/VWYhrK) that grandmothers, hunters and young men and woman took the city up on its anonymous, no-questions-asked gun buyback offer on Saturday.

All of the $12,500 in prepaid Visa cards set aside for the first of three buyback events had been used up within the first two hours of Saturday's event.

Serial numbers were checked on the guns, and one handgun turned out to be stolen.

Local News
8:50 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Library Of Congress To Get NM PBS 'Bataan' Footage

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New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews from a television program on the Bataan Death March to the Library of Congress.

Sen. Tom Udall and the Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico asked New Mexico PBS last week to submit the footage from "Bataan: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration" to the library's permanent collection.

New Mexico PBS produced the program with Bataan survivors. That program aired Memorial Day 2012 and featured interviews with survivors Pedro "Pete" Gonzalez and Bill Overmier.

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Local News
8:43 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Aztec Approves Permit For 1st New Gas Well In 2013

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City commissioners in Aztec approved a permit for the first new gas well planned this year within the city.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/XvS07h) that drilling will begin in June on the nearly 7,000-foot deep gas well located amid an expanse of hills one half-mile southeast of downtown Aztec.

The city has seen the number of new wells dwindle in recent years.

The latest well is the only one slated for development within city limits in 2013.

The well is owned by ConocoPhillips and will be operated by Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Company.

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Local News
8:39 am
Mon January 14, 2013

NM Game Agency Helps Pay For Forest Road Rerouting

The state Game and Fish Department has agreed to split the cost with the federal government to revamp a road to provide sportsmen with access to about 20,000 of public land in southwestern New Mexico.

The agency said a half-mile of Forest Road 886 will be rerouted around a mining claim in the Gila National Forest. The road was closed a decade ago by the owners of the mine claim, preventing people from using motor vehicles to gain access to public land for elk, deer and turkey hunting.

The revamped road is to be finished in time for the 2013-14 big game hunting season.

Local News
8:37 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Officials Say Las Cruces' Water Usage Has Declined

Officials estimate that Las Cruces' drinking-water usage fell by 6 percent in 2012.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/X5qsDS) that city officials estimate that drinking-water usage dropped by more than 332 million gallons in 2012 from the previous year.

Las Cruces used 6.72 billion gallons nearly all of 2012, although the numbers for December haven't yet been calculated.

In 2011, the city's water customers used 7 billion gallons of water.

Local News
8:35 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Bernalillo County Gets Gurney For Obese Patients

The Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue Department is buying three gurneys capable of handling as much as 1,600 pounds to care for obese patients.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UUJIZN) that county officials say these gurneys are the first of their kind in the metropolitan area.

The department already has one of the gurneys in its possession and is slated to get another later this year and a third one in 2014.

Local News
8:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Poor Driving Conditions Reported On NM Highways

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Difficult driving conditions due to winter weather are reported on parts of Interstate 25 and some other highways in northeastern New Mexico.

The Department of Transportation says I-25 between Bernal and Raton is snow packed and icy.

Other highways with difficult driving conditions include U.S. 64 west of Cimarron, State Route 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari and New Mexico 434 between Mora and Black Lake.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For Gun Manufacturers And Dealers

Handgun barrels on the assembly line of Hi-Point Firearms in Mansfield, Ohio.
Gus Chan The Plain Dealer /Landov

Add this to the list of proposals to overhaul the gun industry: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says he will introduce legislation this week to roll back legal immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers.

Schiff tells NPR there's no need for the 2005 law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to remain on the books. That law gave gun makers, gun dealers and trade groups immunity from most negligence and product liability lawsuits. "Good gun companies don't need special protection from the law," Schiff says, "Bad companies don't deserve it."

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Obama: I Will Not Let Deficit Talks Be Tied To Another Debt Ceiling Debate

President Obama speaks during his news conference in the East Room of the White House on Monday.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 1:03 pm

At a news conference dominated by discussion of what's expected to be Washington's next big political battle, President Obama insisted Monday that he will not let Republicans tie an increase in the federal government's borrowing limit to negotiations over cuts in future federal spending.

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