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  • New Mexico in line for much-needed rainfall

    The Associated Press|Sep 12, 2012

    ALBUQUERQUE — Drought-stricken New Mexico is anxiously awaiting the leftovers of storms that have drenched Las Vegas and other cities in the West. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque says the upper level system moving in from the West is expected to collide Wednesday with a cold front moving down through the heart of the state. The combination will likely result in some of the most significant rainfall parched areas of northern New Mexico have seen all year. Forecaster David Craft describes it as "a unique setup" where the storms b...

  • Feds: Horse operation was a front for cartel cash

    The Associated Press|Jun 12, 2012

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal agents raided a sprawling ranch in Oklahoma and a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico on Tuesday, alleging the brother of a high-ranking official in a Mexican drug cartel used a horse-breeding operation to launder money. An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up a horse operation that a younger brother operated from a ranch near Lexington, Okla., south of Oklahoma City. Millions of dollars went through the operation, which bought,... Full story

  • Freedom Communications sold to 2100 Trust

    The Associated Press|Jun 11, 2012

    LOS ANGELES — Freedom Communications Inc., the former owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, is being sold to an investment group that had earlier tried to purchase The Boston Globe. The sale to 2100 Trust LLC represents the last of six pieces of Freedom that have been sold since it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2010. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In April, Freedom sold eight TV stations to Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. for $385 million. This year, it also announced the s...

  • Air Force delays low-level training flights

    The Associated Press|Jun 6, 2012

    DENVER — The Air Force said Wednesday it will indefinitely delay plans to fly low-altitude training missions over parts of New Mexico and Colorado. Officials at Cannon Air Force Base will examine the training requirements for the base's aircraft and then decide what kind of environmental review process to undergo, 1st Lt. Stephanie Schonberger said. The aircraft that would make the proposed training flights are based at Cannon. "We're taking a step back from the whole proposal to take a look at our training requirements," she said. The examinat...

  • Voter turnout light statewide

    The Associated Press|Jun 5, 2012

    ALBUQUERQUE — Turnout was light across the state Tuesday as New Mexicans weighed in on the already decided Republican presidential primary and narrowed their field of candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress, Registered Republicans could cast ballots for presidential candidates Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, although Romney sewed up the nomination last week with a win in Texas. Most eyes were on the Democrat primary, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state auditor Hector Balderas were competing in a gentlemanly race for t... Full story

  • Romney savors GOP nomination victory

    The Associated Press|May 29, 2012

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney says he's honored and humbled to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee. And he's expressing confidence in his chances of winning the White House this fall. The former Massachusetts governor clinched the party nod Tuesday night with a Texas primary victory. In a post-victory statement, he claims the party has come together after a divisive primary with one goal. He says that's putting what he calls the country's failures of the last three-plus years in the past. He also says he's mindful of the c... Full story