QUESTA, N.M. (AP) — Chevron Mining Inc. has announced its closing its molybdenum mine in northern New Mexico due to low demand.
The San Ramon, Calif.-based company said Monday around 300 miners in Questa were given a 60-day notice of their layoffs as required by federal law.
Chevron spokeswoman Margaret Lejuste says decision was "made after an intensive review of the economic viability of the mine." She says the price of the steel hardening element isn't covering the operation of the mine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of migrant children trying to cross the Mexican border without their parents is being called an "urgent humanitarian situation" — and it's likely to cost the government more than $1 billion more than the Obama administration had expected.
President Barack Obama described the situation at the border in stark terms in a presidential memorandum Monday outlining the government's response and putting Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate in charge of coordinating the effort.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Air Force is going to start small but says it'll meet a July 1 deadline to begin cleaning up a long-ago fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base and avoid state-threatened fines of up to $10,000 per day.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a pilot project will begin the effort to remove contaminants from the underground pipeline leak discovered in 1999.
According to state and Air Force documents, the pilot project's system would remove contaminants from an area of 50 feet across, a fraction of the area of contaminated groundwater.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says a mom repeatedly kicked her 9-year-old Albuquerque son while he was unconscious, placed him in a bath tub and waited 30 minutes before calling 911.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the final investigation report from the Children, Youth and Families Department released Thursday said Synthia Varela-Casaus admitted kicking Omaree Varela into a dresser and caused him to hit his head on the floor.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Hispanic state legislator is apologizing to two legislative candidates in Democratic primary races for referring to them in in ethnic terms and for deriding their character in an email to fellow Democrats.
Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque says he used inappropriate language regarding Jim Danner of Belen and Teresa Smith de Cherif of Los Lunas.
Garcia's email to other Democrats about primary races referred to Danner and Smith de Cherif as "Democratic Anglo newcomer opponents" with large egos and big mouths.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University has started removing the grass from Aggie Memorial Stadium as the Las Cruces school prepares to replace it with artificial turf this summer.
NMSU officials say artificial turf will allow campus and community groups to use the field year-round for concerts and other events because growing grass won't need to be protected during the football offseason.
The Las Cruces reports that the artificial turf will cost more than $1.3 million, most of which will come from a $1 million donation from Stan Fulton.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have rounded up nearly a dozen people charged with felony crimes on the Navajo Nation ranging from kidnapping to voluntary manslaughter.
City, state, tribal and federal authorities fanned out across the western portion of the reservation in search of the defendants over the past two weeks.
McDonald Rominger is the head of the FBI's office in Flagstaff. He says several people were picked up Wednesday. Two others were taken into custody last week, and federal authorities placed detainers on two men already in jail.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three legislators and a northwestern New Mexico farmer are asking the state's highest court to nullify an agreement between the state, the federal government and the Navajo Nation settling tribal rights to water from the San Juan River.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in the state Supreme Court contends the settlement must be approved by the Legislature to take effect because it's the equivalent of a tribal-state compact.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are taking aim at efforts to revamp rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water.
The Environment Department is planning the first of two meetings this Friday to address changes proposed by the industry, but a coalition of environmental groups claims the meetings are exclusive and may be a violation of state law.
TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating after a helicopter involved in the search for a missing skier crashed in southwestern Colorado.
San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters says the Bell 407 helicopter with three crew members and a sheriff's deputy on board crashed near Lizard Head Pass after it lost power at about noon Saturday. No one was injured in the crash.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police said Sunday that an officer shot a man during a long SWAT standoff, but it remains unconfirmed if that caused the man's death.
Police said that 50-year-old Armand Martin walked out of an Albuquerque home Saturday and fired two handguns.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that police said at a news conference that he fired at least 11 shots from inside and outside his West Side home before a SWAT team member fired a single shot that struck his chest.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A day after the Silver City Daily Press was set to close, the newspaper announced it will continue operations under new ownership.
An announcement on the newspaper's website Tuesday says the family-owned Silver City Daily Press Publishing Co., which Friday announced plans to print its last edition on Monday, has agreed to sell the paper to a company headed by former Daily Press General Manager Nickolas Siebel.
Seibel financed the purchase in large part through small loans from community members who shared his love for the Press.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint says she will run as a write-in candidate in the November general election after losing a court fight to appear on the June 3 primary ballot.
Her announcement Tuesday came hours after the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld a decision by a Gallup judge to disqualify the three-term incumbent as a candidate.
District Judge Louis DePauli ruled last week that Jeff didn't have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday began considering changes to a permit that governs how a mining company cleans up contamination at a former uranium mill in western New Mexico.
The plan by Homestake Mining Co. of California calls for releasing up to 5,500 gallons of treated water a minute as it cleans up millions of tons of contaminated waste and polluted water left behind at the property.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.
Martinez said the tapes are stolen recordings of private debate prep sessions when she was running for her first term four years ago. She called their release by Mother Jones "the absolute height of desperation" by liberals trying to unseat her. But she does admit having "to fund the cuss jar a few times."