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  • Fired NM health official sues state agency

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit by a former manager at the New Mexico Department of Health alleges that he was fired for telling a newspaper about what he considered to be financial fraud within the agency.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a lawsuit filed Friday by Robert F. Ortiz, the former deputy director of the agency's administrative services, contends that Ortiz's comments to the media last year were protected speech.

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  • 6 Injured in Spain's Running of the Bulls

    One elderly thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and five others slightly injured as thousands of adrenaline-fueled runners raced ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

  • Helmetcam Video: Skydiving in to Overlook Park
  • Hundreds sign up for wildfire notices

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — About 2,000 people from around New Mexico and as far away as Russia have signed up for an online notification system aimed at giving the public the latest information about wildfires burning around the state.

    The system is being tested by what has so far been a busy season. The number of subscribers climbed as two record-setting blazes broke out in New Mexico in May and June, State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said.

  • State Attorney General criticizes GOP records request

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A request made by the New Mexico Republican Party under the state Inspection of Public Records Act drew fire Friday from Democratic Attorney General Gary King.

    The party sent the request to King’s office two weeks ago seeking any emails and attachments concerning public business that were sent by King from his personal email addresses.

  • Scientists sorting out beetle-fire relationship

     ALBUQUERQUE. (AP) — Inside university laboratories and government research facilities across the country, scientists are playing with dozens of variables — mixing and matching and rearranging — to gain a better understanding of what makes wildfire go.

    They’re busy building computer models as firefighters toil on steep mountainsides to put out more than a dozen new blazes in what has already become a vicious summer of destruction.

  • Church begins recovery

    Pastor Shawn Amburgey could only stand and watch as smoke and flames enveloped the chapel of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church Wednesday morning.

    “I may have looked calm,” Amburgey said this week. “In my role as a pastor, I have to be positive and uplifting as possible. One of my roles is that I have to be a counselor and the leader of the church. But in my insides, I was a basket case.”

  • Jim West Transit Center to open soon in Espanola

    After nearly a year of delays because of unanticipated swampy soil, the long-awaited North Central Regional Transit District Jim West Transit Center is set to open next month in Española.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro had hoped to be moved in by the beginning of this month, but it was later agreed that the contract would be handed over July 16.

  • In support of the park

    Both U.S. House and Senate subcommittees on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands had hearings last week on bills to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan witnessed all the proceedings and represented Los Alamos before the House subcommittee.

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who sits on the House subcommittee, extended the invitation to McClenahan a week before the hearing.