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New Mexico Green Chile Growers Pushing Guest Workers Program -
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Chile growers in New Mexico say they need a guest worker program to survive and reverse the decline of the famed crop.

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Halt Mine Cleanup Field Work, EPA Chief SaysThe Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered agency offices nationwide to stop field investigation work for mine cleanups while they reassess the work to ensure there's no potential for spills similar to the one in Colorado.

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Google To Repay New Mexico $1M For Subsidiary ClosureAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Officials say Google Inc., will repay New Mexico nearly $1 million in economic assistance funds after announcing it was pulling a subsidiary out of the state.

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Navajo Nation President Plans To Sue EPA Over River Spill – Albuquerque Journal

The president of the Navajo Nation said Sunday that he intends to sue over a mining spill that dumped three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. 

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EPA Confirms Colorado Mine Spill Contains Heavy MetalsThe Associated Press

Federal environmental officials have confirmed the mustard-colored muck that surged into a river from a Colorado mine contained heavy metals including lead and arsenic, but they didn't immediately discuss amounts or health risks.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the spill also contained cadmium, aluminum, copper and calcium. EPA Regional Director Shaun McGrath did not mention whether the elements posed a health hazard but said local authorities were right to close the Animas River to human activities.

An EPA crew accidentally unleashed 1 million gallons of wastewater from the mine Wednesday. It flowed into the river through a tributary.

The Animas River is popular with boaters and anglers and runs into New Mexico. The EPA says tests also were being done there, but no information has been released.

French Couple Dead After Hike At White Sands; Child RescuedAssociated Press

Authorities say a man and woman from France have been found dead after hiking in White Sands National Monument.


Manslaughter Charges Dismissed Against Police In ShootingAssociated Press

A New Mexico judge has dismissed involuntary manslaughter charges but retained murder counts against two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a homeless man last year.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Bernalillo County MosquitoesAssociated Press

Health officials in Albuquerque say the West Nile virus has been detected in some mosquitoes in Bernalillo County.

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Testing No Longer Required For New Teacher Evaluations Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Districts are no longer required to evaluate first-time teachers based on test scores from the previous year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the state's public education department announced Monday that the exemption makes the evaluation process fairer for new teachers by replacing student improvement with observation, attendance data and other factors.


Explosions Shock Congregants At Two New Mexico ChurchesLas Cruces Sun-News, Associated Press

A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants at two churches in southern New Mexico.

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Man's Past Center Of Albuquerque Fatal Police Shooting Case - The Associated Press

The criminal past of a homeless camper shot and killed by Albuquerque police is at the center of a hearing involving a former officer and current officer facing murder charges.

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A new report finds the state should end the year with more money than expected.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state is expected to see 2.5 percent more revenue, or about $155 million, than was anticipated by forecasters, including economists and policymakers for the Legislature and the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Navajo Nursing Home Faces Closure - The Associated Press

The Navajo Nation's only nursing home, which caters to nearly 80 elderly patients, is at risk of being shut down as the facility faces a hefty fine over safety code violations.

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Machines Eyed In Boosting New Mexico Green Chile Acreage Associated Press

A group of investors and inventors are set to launch a test run they believe could save New Mexico chile.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the group this week plans scaled-up trial runs of mechanized harvesting and de-stemming of green chile.

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PBS Special 'The Bomb' Seeks To Tell Story Of Atomic Weapon By Russell Contreras, Associated Press

A new PBS special looks into the creation of the atomic bomb at the then-secret city of Los Alamos and will feature newly-restored footage of nuclear weaponry.

"The Bomb," which begins airing this week on most PBS stations, seeks to tell the story about deadly device as the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches.

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Drug Overdose Deaths At Record HighAlbuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Last year was a record for drug overdose deaths in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the 536 deaths last year represented a 19 percent increase from the previous year. That comes after a two-year decline according to the Department of Health.

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Officials To Update Public On Cleanup Of Jet Fuel Spill Associated Press

Kirtland Air Force Base and state environment officials will be updating the public on the cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

A public meeting is scheduled Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the African-American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE.

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Project Brings Broadband To Parts Of Northern New Mexico Associated Press

More than two dozen communities in northern New Mexico will now have broadband service thanks to one of the largest communication projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office.

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New Mexico Stalled At 49th In Annual Kids Count RankingAssociated Press 

The number of children living in poverty in New Mexico is on the rise, and advocates say that doesn't bode well for the state.

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New Mexico Officials Call For Removal Of Confederate Symbols KOB-TV, Associated Press

Albuquerque officials are calling for Confederate symbols in the city's Old Town Plaza to be removed.

KOB-TV reports that State Sen. Bill O'Neill, a Bernalillo Democrat, Albuquerque City Councilman Isaac Benton and Procession Ministry Elder Mike Jefferson Sunday asked for the three Confederate plaques, flag and confederate cannons to be removed from the Plaza

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Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb Test - The Associated Press

A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.

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State Sees Spike In Overdose Deaths – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

Health officials are attributing a spike in overdose deaths to a rise in prescription opiate abuse.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports health officials saw two years of improving numbers before this year's 20 percent jump in drug-related deaths from 2013.

New Mexico's overdose deaths reached 26.4 per 100,000 people, among the worst in the country.

Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Michael Landen says the new data shows the state is right back where it was two years ago.

He said prescription opiates like oxycodone have become more available in the last decade and are responsible for just over half of the overdose deaths statewide.

Santa Fe County's Health and Human Services Division director Rachel O'Connor says the public needs more education on the dangers of prescription drugs.

Senator: Compensate Residents Near Site Of Atomic Bomb TestThe Associated Press

A U.S. senator says those who lived near the site of the first atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert and later developed cancer and other health problems need to be compensated.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said Thursday that the federal government neglected residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa near the Trinity Site, where the weapon was detonated July 16, 1945.

Udall made his remarks on the Senate floor on the 70th anniversary of the test that took place as part of the Manhattan Project, the secretive World War II program that provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb.

Tularosa residents say many of those living in the area weren't told about the dangers and suffered rare forms of cancer. They say they want acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.

Zuni Pueblo Awarded $3.1M Federal Grant For Airport Project – The Associated Press

A northwestern New Mexico pueblo and more than a dozen communities across the state are getting federal funding for airport rehabilitation and development projects.

The total of $6.1 million of Federal Aviation Administration grants announced Thursday by Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich include $3.1 million awarded to the Zuni Pueblo for construction of a new airport and related work.

The senators said the grants will help boost local economies by increasing travel access, support economic development and encourage business expansion.

Communities receiving grants include Truth or Consequences, Moriarty, Carrizozo, Hobbs, Las Cruces and Lordsburg.

Grants also were awarded to Ruidoso, Carlsbad, Spring, Vaughn, Hatch, Farmington, Espanola and Silver City.

New Mexico Supreme Court To Review 'Copper Rule' The Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate court's upholding of regulations that govern groundwater pollution by copper mines.

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UNM, Sandia National Laboratories To Promote ResearchThe Associated Press

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico have signed a pact to promote research and recruiting.

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Los Alamos Lab Finds Record Number Of Spotted Owl Chicks - The Associated Press

Los Alamos National Laboratory officials say biologists have located a record number of federally protected Mexican spotted owl chicks on the lab's property in northern New Mexico.

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Albuquerque To Pay $5M To Settle Lawsuit In Police ShootingThe Associated Press

The city will pay $5 million to the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police officers last year.

The settlement was announced Friday by an attorney representing the family of James Boyd.

James Boyd was killed during a March 2014 standoff near a tent in the mountains where he had been camping.

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Court Rules In Favor Of Worker In Medical Marijuana CaseThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an injured worker in a medical marijuana case.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the recent decision marks the third time in a year the court has sided with a medical marijuana patient in a workers' compensation claim.

According to the ruling issued in late June, a patient in the medical marijuana program who is injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment.

Appellate Judge James Wechsler wrote that a workers' compensation judge was correct in ruling that American General Media, which owns several radio stations in New Mexico, had to reimburse Sandra Lewis of Albuquerque.

The company had argued that the state's medical marijuana law created a conflict with federal law.

Head Start Program In Las Vegas To Get Federal Boost The Associated Press

A northern New Mexico school district has been awarded a federal grant of more than $8 million to expand Head Start programs.

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New Mexico Lake Sets Visitor Record During Holiday Weekend - The Associated Press

The Fourth of July weekend is always big at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, but this year topped them all.

State officials announced Tuesday that a total of 125,325 people visited during the holiday weekend to set an all-time visitation record. It's also a significant increase from last year's 98,000 visitors and the 47,000 who showed up in 2013.

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Record Rainfall Reported In Parts Of New Mexico – The Associated Press

The latest storm to hit central New Mexico was one for the record books.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the rain gauge at the city's airport received 2.24 inches Monday, setting a record for 24-hour rainfall.

Some rainfall reports came in over 2 inches and more than five dozen sites in the area reported over an inch.

Meteorologist Brian Guyer says that over the last five days just about everyone in central and eastern New Mexico reported between an inch and 3 inches of rain with higher amounts up to 5 inches in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

With the rain have come flash flood warnings. Some damage has been reported in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, McKinley and Torrance counties.

Albuquerque Police To Update Ammunition Policies - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Police Department says it's making changes to better track its ammunition.

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Teens Accused Of Homeless Killings Could Be Tried As AdultsThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The state's high court could decide whether teens charged alongside 18-year-old Alex Rios with beating two homeless men to death will be tried as adults.

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Officials Making Plan To Reduce San Juan River Pollution - The Daily Times, The Associated Press

Officials are working on a plan to eliminate pollution in San Juan County rivers after a study found they contain significant levels of bacteria indicating the presence of human feces.

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Pumping, Treating Of Kirtland's Jet Fuel Plume BeginsThe Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use.

She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean up the plume.

First detected in 1999, the fuel leak is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons.