Regional
5:27 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Wildfires Grow In The Gila National Forest

 

Two lightning-sparked blazes have merged, providing a new challenge for fire crews in southwestern New Mexico.

Crews battling the Whitewater and Baldy fires on the Gila National Forest are now faced with controlling one massive fire Thursday that has burned through 110 square miles.

Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson says firefighters' main concern is protecting the communities of Mogollon and Willow Creek from the 70,500-acre blaze.

So far, there is no containment.

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Regional
5:24 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

State Appoints Temporary Manager For Sunland Park

 

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The state has appointed a veteran municipal administrator to temporarily oversee the finances of the troubled border town of Sunland Park.

New Mexico Secretary of Finance and Administration Tom Clifford said Wednesday that Michael Steininger, who has worked in Belen and Ruidoso as well as Socorro and Valencia counties, will manage Sunland Park's finances until town officials are capable of resuming control.

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Regional
5:23 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

NM Congressional Candidate Had 11 Arrest Warrants

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congressional candidate Eric Griego has been the subject of at least 11 arrest warrants for traffic violations in recent years.

The Albuquerque Journal Wednesday reports the warrants were issued in Bernalillo County between 2000 and 2007 after the Democratic state senator failed to appear at scheduled court hearings or missed court-ordered driver school programs for things like speeding.

In 1998, Griego was arrested for drunken driving in Dallas. He pleaded guilty and received probation.

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Regional
5:20 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Teen Charged In Las Cruces Arson

 

One of the teenagers suspected of starting the May 15 fire that burned part of a home on Brownlee Avenue has been arrested.

 

Sergio Galvan, 18, of 1550 W. Picacho Ave., was arrested the evening of May 15 and is charged with one count of negligent arson. Galvan was transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000.

 

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

New Documents Describe Brutal Hazing That Killed FAMU Drum Major

Robert Champion agreed to go into Bus C because he was vying for the top job at Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band and thought it would impress his band mates.

But that hazing ritual — a relentless, brutal beating — would cost him his life. That's the picture painted by a cache of new documents released today in Florida.

The New York Times reports:

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Regional
5:13 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Positive Evaluation For Dona Ana County Manager

 

 The Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners has completed its annual performance review of Doña Ana County Manager Brian D. Haines, who remains on contract through July of 2015.

            The commissioners credited Haines with successfully shepherding the county through the nation’s fiscal crisis while other governmental entities were implementing abbreviated workweeks and layoffs. He also was commended for the overall quality of county services and for taking a leadership role in development of a strategic plan for the county.

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Regional
5:08 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

New State Monuments Director For New Mexico

 

SANTA FE -- Governor Susana Martinez has appointed a new Director to lead the State Monuments Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). DCA Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales today announced the appointment of Richard Sims as the new Director, who will start on June 4.  Sims comes to the department with more than 30 years experience in management of historic sites and museums throughout the West and Southwestern United States.

 

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Regional
5:04 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Pit Bulls Put Down After Attacking Man

 

  Doña Ana County Animal Control officers say two adult male pit bull terriers were euthanized after they reportedly attacked a 63-year-old man as he was walking his dog Wednesday morning.

            The dogs were said to have been running loose near the intersection of Dalrymple and Trojan Lane, just west of Doña Ana Road. The victim was walking his dog in the same area around 7:45 a.m. when he said the two pit bulls became aggressive and attacked him.

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Regional
4:55 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

U.S. 70 Closures Thursday

On Thursday, White Sands Missile Range will conduct a series of intermittent roadblocks on U.S.Highway 70 from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  During this time a large number ofmilitary tactical vehicles will periodically be moving south to north across the highway at mile marker 174 just south of the WSMR access road.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

In Egypt, First Day Of Voting 'Seemed Remarkably Routine'

Two women show their inked fingers after casting their votes on the first day of the Presidential election at a polling center in Old Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.
Fredrik Persson AP

Polls have closed on a historic day in Egypt: For many it was the first time they had a say in who their leader will be. Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the country for 29 years, was ousted last year. And before him, for another 30 or so years, Egyptian presidents have run unopposed.

Kimberly Adams was at the polls in Cairo today for NPR. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Many waited in line for hours to choose the replacement for President Hosni Mubarak, who was booted from office during the Arab Spring.

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