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New Mexico wildfire rages through Navajo Reservation

A wind-whipped wildfire on the Navajo Reservation in northwest New Mexico raged for a fourth day on Monday, forcing the evacuation of sheep-herding residents in the Chuska mountains, officials said, but no injuries were reported. The blaze, nicknamed the Assayii Lake Fire, has so far burned up more than 11,000…

New Mexico college town residents clear out to escape wind-aided wildfire

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) – A wind-fed wildfire in New Mexico raged out of control on Monday, sending heavy smoke wafting over the outskirts of a college town and forcing local authorities to warn residents of a nearby community to evacuate, the U.S. Forest Service said.…

Right between the eyes: Vandals deface Jesus billboard with arrow in New Mexico

Vandals in New Mexico fired an arrow into a billboard warning that “Jesus is watching you.” The arrow was shot right between the eyes of Jesus on the billboard, which was sponsored by the Roman Catholic Churches of San Juan County. Passersby noticed the arrow on Easter Sunday, and Farmington…

Thirteen nuclear waste workers in New Mexico test positive for radiation exposure

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Thirteen workers have tested positive for radiation exposure tied to an accidental release earlier this month of high levels of radiation in an underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday. No workers were underground at the Waste…

New Mexico school shooting suspect may have warned classmates

A 12-year-old accused of opening fire Tuesday in a New Mexico middle school — wounding a teacher and two students — may have warned some classmates not to come to school. In the latest school shooting to hit the United States, the boy allegedly burst into his school gym, filled…

New Mexico becomes 17th state with legal same-sex marriage

New Mexico became the 17th state to embrace same-sex marriages on Thursday following a unanimous ruling by the state high court declaring New Mexico’s marriage laws unconstitutional for limiting the institution to opposite-sex couples. “Denying…  …

New Mexico Supreme Court seeks to clarify same-sex marriage legality

Gay marriage in New Mexico? Top state court seeks clarity for county clerks. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefonics (l.) holds hands with her wife Linda Siegle after they were married in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 23. In August, the Santa Fe County clerk…

With only months to live, cancer patient sues for the right to marry her partner

A New Mexico woman who suffers from a life-threatening form of brain cancer is seeking an emergency order that would allow her to marry her long-term partner. A coalition of groups filed the emergency request with New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court on behalf of Jen Roper, 44, and Angelique…

New Mexico runner caught on camera repeatedly pooping in man’s yard

A resident of Nob Hill, New Mexico has caught an as-yet unidentified woman on camera repeatedly defecating in his yard during her morning run. According to KOAT, the man, who did not want his identity revealed, at first thought a homeless person had relieved themselves on the spot, but then…

New Mexico on alert for wildfires amid dryest conditions on record

Amid driest conditions on record, New Mexico sweats every spark (via The Christian Science Monitor) New Mexico is a tinderbox ready to spark. In its third consecutive year of drought, the state is currently experiencing the warmest, driest conditions on record. According to New Mexico state climatologist David DuBois, the…

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