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UCLA Hires Steve Alford As New Head Coach

UCLA Hires Steve Alford As New Head Coach

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A new era of UCLA basketball is underway as the school has hired former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford to the same position.Alford will receive a seven-year deal worth $18.2 million according to UCLA athletic …

(14) Harvard Stuns (3) New Mexico

(14) Harvard Stuns (3) New Mexico

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) — They’re not just bookworms anymore.
No. 14 seed Harvard stunned third-seeded New Mexico, 68-62 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
The win was the first ever in the NC…

Santa Fe Goes Rogue on Gay Marriage

Santa Fe Goes Rogue on Gay Marriage

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) — Same-sex marriage is already legal in New Mexico, if Santa Fe city officials are to be believed.Citing an ABC News-Washington Post poll this week that showed growing support for gay marriage nationally, Santa F…

NM Massacre Suspect’s Family: Teen Was ‘Bright, Curious,’ but ‘Troubled’

NM Massacre Suspect’s Family: Teen Was ‘Bright, Curious,’ but ‘Troubled’

Handout(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Relatives of a New Mexico teenager accused of killing his mother, father and younger siblings with an assault rifle, then telling police he hoped to shoot up a Walmart, are described as stunned by his actions and “heartbro…

“Breaking Bad” Actor Joining Albuquerque School Board

“Breaking Bad” Actor Joining Albuquerque School Board

David Livingston/Getty Images(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Breaking Bad actor Steven Michael Quezada wants to make a difference in the state that he and his show call home.The 49-year-old actor, who plays Agent Steven Gomez on the AMC drama, is seeking a spot…

New Mexico Republican Arrested for Stalking Political Rival

New Mexico Republican Arrested for Stalking Political Rival

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A former Republican candidate for Congress in New Mexico is being held for allegedly stalking his opponent after he was previously arrested for allegedly slashing her tires.Gary Smith, 56, was arrested W…

Coyote Killing Contest Sparks Outrage in New Mexico

Coyote Killing Contest Sparks Outrage in New Mexico

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A gun store-sponsored competition in which hunters shoot and kill as many coyotes as they can has sparked outrage among activists in New Mexico who have called it a “heinous killing contest.”Animal Protection of Ne…

Tasered 10-Year-Old Boy Sues Police

Tasered 10-Year-Old Boy Sues Police

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TULAROSA, N.M.) — A 10-year-old boy attending a Tularosa, N.M., Intermediate School’s Career Day expected it to be fun and educational, but instead he ended up in the emergency room.The boy, identified as R.D., blacked o…

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Says He Couldn’t Feel Speed of Sound

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Says He Couldn’t Feel Speed of Sound

Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Content Pool(ROSWELL, N.M.) — Daredevil Felix Baumgartner shattered the speed of sound and broke three records on Sunday after he took a leap from 24 miles above the Earth on the edge of space.At one point during his freefall, the …

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Preps for 120,000-Foot Skydive

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Preps for 120,000-Foot Skydive

Red Bull(ROSWELL, N.M.) — Felix Baumgartner has a tattoo on his arm: “Born to Fly.”  He will put that to the ultimate test on Monday, when he attempts a record-setting, death-defying jump from the edge of space.”I practiced this for so many years…

Did Mexican Drug Cartel Fix Horse Race Result?

Did Mexican Drug Cartel Fix Horse Race Result?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The general manager of a U.S. horseracing track denied allegations Monday that the chief of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel had fixed a $1 million race so his own horse would win. According to two confidential…

Massive Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico Force Hundreds to Evacuate

Massive Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico Force Hundreds to Evacuate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(DENVER) — Firefighters in New Mexico and Colorado are battling wildfires that have spread quickly in all directions, forcing hundreds to flee from their homes across both states.In Colorado, at least 18 structures -…

New Mexico Fat Cat ‘Meow’ Dies

New Mexico Fat Cat ‘Meow’ Dies

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) — Meow, the 39-pound cat from New Mexico who made national headlines in his quest to lose weight, has died.The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society announced Meow’s death in a Facebook post, sa…

In Oil and UFO Country, Obama Says, ‘I Come in Peace’

In Oil and UFO Country, Obama Says, ‘I Come in Peace’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(MALJAMAR, N.M.) — President Obama had a simple greeting for his New Mexico hosts when he arrived at a Roswell airfield Wednesday afternoon: “I come in peace,” he said.The words — a playful reference to the famo…

Child’s Body Recovered from New Mexico Well

Child’s Body Recovered from New Mexico Well

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(CARLSBAD, N.M.) — After hours of work, rescue teams in southeastern New Mexico recovered the body of a 4-year-old boy from the bottom of a narrow 30-foot well Monday morning.”They did recover the boy, just a short t…

Lap Dance Extortion Plot Rocks New Mexico Mayoral Election

Lap Dance Extortion Plot Rocks New Mexico Mayoral Election

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SUNLAND PARK, N.M.) — Two city hall employees in Sunland Park, N.M. are wanted in an alleged blackmail investigation of a mayoral candidate that has already snared the city’s acting mayor and city manager.Dario Hernand…

Drug-Resistant Staph Infection Hits Three at NM High School

Drug-Resistant Staph Infection Hits Three at NM High School

John Coletti/Getty Images(BELEN, N.M.) — Three students have been sickened with the antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA and 12 others tested positive for the bacterium at Belen High School in New Mexico. School officials have vigorously disinfected th…

Santa Fe Introduces GPS Tracking Instead of Jail Time For Burglars

Santa Fe Introduces GPS Tracking Instead of Jail Time For Burglars

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) — Santa Fe has introduced a new system that tracks convicted burglars through GPS devices rather than putting them in jail. Police began monitoring the first offender last week.The program will start with just fi…

Struggling Presidential Candidate Switches Parties

Struggling Presidential Candidate Switches Parties

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(SANTA FE, N.M.) — Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson made little headway as a Republican candidate for president, so now he’ll run as a Libertarian.The two-party system, he says, is rigged for the wealthiest and best-kno…

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