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New Mexico Needs 'Professional Bear Huggers'

Ads for conservation officers also call for 'professional deer protectors'

(Newser) - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is now hiring "professional bear huggers" and "professional deer protectors"—also known as conservation officers. "Must have ability to hike in strenuous conditions, have the courage to crawl into a bear den, and have the trust in your...

Plan to Shoot at Feral Cows From Helicopters Carried Out

Controversial plan kills 19 wild cows in New Mexico

(Newser) - A specialized team of wildlife managers has killed 19 wild cows in the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico as part of a contested project to rid the area of the unauthorized animals . The three-day operation used a helicopter and high powered rifles to take out the cows in a...

Feral Cows in New Mexico to Be Shot From Helicopter

Judge clears the way for controversial Gila Wilderness plan

(Newser) - Ranchers sought to delay the cattle-shooting plan set to be carried out in New Mexico, but a judge on Wednesday sided with federal officials, denying the ranchers' request and clearing the way for the operation to begin. It was expected to start Thursday, the AP reports. Plans by the US...

First the Team Was Shut Down. Now Their Coach Is Out

Greg Heiar fired from men's basketball team at New Mexico State amid hazing claims

(Newser) - Greg Heiar is out. Just days after New Mexico State indefinitely shuttered its men's basketball program amid allegations of hazing, the team's new head coach has been fired, reports ESPN . News of the termination came via a letter to the college community from Chancellor Dan Arvizu, who noted...

This State Wants Roasted Chiles to Be Its Official Aroma

New Mexico would be first state to have an affiliated scent

(Newser) - Every fall, the air in New Mexico is infused with the sweet, smoky scent of roasted chile peppers, a tradition that follows chile harvesting season. Now, a bunch of fifth-graders have spearheaded a campaign to deem that salivation-inducing bouquet as the scent of the Land of Enchantment, making it the...

Failed Candidate 'Masterminded' Shootings at Dems' Homes: Cops

Police say Solomon Pena hired 4 men in shooting scheme

(Newser) - Police say a failed Republican political candidate hired four men to carry out shootings at the homes of elected Democratic officials in New Mexico. Solomon Pena, who has previously declared his support for former President Trump and may have attended the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, lost his bid for a...

After Gunshots Heard in New Mexico, Cops Find a Tiger

Months-old cub kept in dog crate has been moved to a zoo

(Newser) - Responding to a report of gunfire on Tuesday, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were hardly expecting to find an adorable but illegal tiger cub. Officers initially responded to a convenience store, where a person had been shot in the leg by a stray bullet around 2pm local time, CNN reports....

Suspect Emerges in Shootings at Democratic Officials' Homes

It's not clear if he's linked to all of the New Mexico shootings

(Newser) - Authorities in New Mexico’s largest city said a suspect believed to be linked to at least one of the shootings at or near the homes or offices of several elected officials was in custody Monday, but they declined to release his name, the AP reports. Albuquerque Police Chief Harold...

The Alligator Was Found. The Tiger, Not So Much

New Mexico authorities put out an unusual animal alert

(Newser) - An alligator, drugs, guns, and money were seized during a raid at two homes in Albuquerque last month, but New Mexico wildlife officials said Saturday they are still searching for a young tiger they believe is being illegally kept as a pet. Investigators think the tiger is with someone “...

Police Reject Account of Gruesome Bicycle Accident

New Mexico man lost a foot, but how remains a mystery

(Newser) - A story at Cycling Weekly sums it up as "mysterious but horrific," and it's hard to disagree. What's not in dispute is that 28-year-old Dillen Mauer—a former pro bicyclist who is now a renowned frame builder in New Mexico—lost a foot over Labor Day...

Judge Ousts County Official From Office Over Jan. 6 Role

Cowboys for Trump's Couy Griffin calls ruling a 'total disgrace'

(Newser) - A New Mexico state district court judge on Tuesday disqualified county commissioner and Cowboys for Trump cofounder Couy Griffin from holding public office for engaging in insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The decision by Judge Francis Mathew permanently bars Griffin from federal and local public office,...

Medical Investigator Rules Film Death Accidental

FBI forensics report says trigger must have been pulled, conflicting with Alec Baldwin's account

(Newser) - The fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin last year was an accident, New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator has determined after an autopsy and a review of law enforcement reports. But Baldwin isn't in the clear yet. Prosecutors have not decided if any...

Uranium Mining's Toxic Legacy in the West
Uranium Mining's Toxic
Legacy in the West

Uranium Mining's Toxic Legacy in the West

ProPublica looks at example of Grants, New Mexico

(Newser) - The city of Grants, New Mexico, was once considered the “carrot capital” of America. That changed in 1958 when Homestake Mining Company opened a uranium mill on the outskirts of town. Today, Homestake is still in business, but the mill is closed, and Grants will soon be a ghost...

Possible Motive Emerges in Albuquerque Murders

Muhammed Syed may have been angered by daughter's marriage to Shiite Muslim

(Newser) - The suspect charged with killing two Muslim men in Albuquerque and suspected of killing two more was on his way to Texas when he was arrested, police say. According to a criminal complaint, 51-year-old Muhammed Syed was around halfway between Albuquerque and the state line when police stopped his car...

Arrest Made in Albuquerque Muslim Murders
Police Name Suspect
in Albuquerque Killings

Police Name Suspect in Albuquerque Killings

Muhammed Syed charged with murders of 2 Muslim men

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. A man police in Albuquerque, New Mexico describe as the "primary suspect" in the killings of four Muslim men was charged with two murders Tuesday and authorities believe he will be charged with two more. The suspect was identified as Muhammed...

After Murder of 4 Muslims, Albuquerque Cops Make an Ask

Police ask public for help in finding 'vehicle of interest'

(Newser) - Cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are asking the public to keep a lookout for a car they think may be tied to the murder of four Muslim men in the city over the past nine months. Per CBS News , police asked anyone in the area who's seen a dark...

$30M Off-the-Grid Property Comes With a Herd of Yak

'If all hell breaks loose, you can come here and you’ll be OK'

(Newser) - If you have very deep pockets and a belief that America's in for an extremely bumpy ride, a 312-acre property in New Mexico could be for you. The ranch in wilderness near Taos has its own water supply, tanks that can hold a year's worth of propane, a...

New Mexico City: After Fires, We Have 50 Days of Water Left

Mayor declares a state of emergency

(Newser) - A New Mexico city is down to less than 50 days' worth of water, after debris from wildfires contaminated the Gallinas River. Las Vegas Mayor Louie Trujillo declared a water emergency after the river, which supplies all the city's water, became tainted by ash and other debris, ABC News...

Road Sign Points Drivers Toward 'Albuqueque'

'I do not recall this happening before,' state spokesperson says

(Newser) - It made drivers on Route 66 and Interstate 40 in New Mexico do double takes. A newly upgraded state Department of Transportation sign erected last week that pointed drivers toward Albuquerque misspelled the city's name, losing the "R," the AP reports. People called and emailed the department...

NTSB: Adult Was Driving Pickup in Golf Team Crash

Agency had reported the man's 13-year-old son was at the wheel in fatal collision

(Newser) - Update: A 38-year-old man was driving a pickup truck that collided with a van carrying college golf teams in Texas in March, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The agency earlier had said the man's 13-year-old son was at the wheel, but DNA tests showed that wasn't...

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