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Report Describes Mistakes That Caused New Mexico Fire

The report may help prevent future disasters, but NM is still burning

(Newser) - It started as two prescribed fires that merged, and now the Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak fire is the largest in New Mexico’s recorded history. In late May, officials with the US Forest Service admitted that the fire was their fault, and on Tuesday, "the agency quietly posted" a report...

Culprit in NM's Biggest-Ever Fire: US Forest Service

Planned burns combined into massive forest fire

(Newser) - A massive New Mexico wildfire that has stampeded through more than 330 homes and nearly 500 acres wasn't the result of a carelessly tossed cigarette ( or firework ), but rather the deliberate machinations of the United States Forest Service in an effort to, well, to avoid massive wildfires....

Newborn Elk Calf Rescued From Ashes of Wildfire

Firefighter deployed to New Mexico spotted Cinder in a burned forest

(Newser) - Firefighters have rescued an abandoned newborn elk calf found amid the ashes of the nation's largest wildfire as calving season approaches its peak in New Mexico and fires rage across the American West. Missoula, Montana-based firefighter Nate Sink said Tuesday that he happened upon the motionless elk calf on...

New Mexico Tells Biden It Needs More Help

Prescribed burn in national forest is part of the problem, governor says

(Newser) - New Mexico's governor is asking for additional federal assistance to respond to wildfires burning across the state's north, including one that is the second-largest in state history and that officials estimate has destroyed hundreds of homes. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday in a letter to President Biden...

As 'Heartbreaking' Blaze Burns, Thousands Just Won't Leave

Residents in Mora County, NM, refuse to evacuate amid largest US wildfire

(Newser) - In the mountains north of Santa Fe, NM, residents are known for being able to tough things out. Which helps explain why thousands are now refusing to flee in Mora and San Miguel counties, where the nation's largest current wildfire is still raging, reports Reuters . It has scorched more...

Rust Production Hit With Maximum Fine

New Mexico agency says there was 'plain indifference to employee safety'

(Newser) - The production company behind Rust has been hit with the highest fine possible from a New Mexico government agency after a six-month investigation of the on-set accident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau, which concluded there had been "plain...

At US-Mexico Border, Truckers Block Bridges in Protest

This time it's Mexican truckers, upset over Texas governor's inspections order that's slowing traffic

(Newser) - There's a new trucker protest underway, this time along the US southern border. Reuters reports that big-rig drivers from Mexico have been blocking bridges leading in and out of Texas for days, a protest against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's recent mandate that officials carry out vehicle safety inspections...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Louisiana is one big stress ball, according to latest WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - To say we've collectively and individually been stressed over the past two years is probably an understatement, but the stress levels are higher in some parts of the US than others. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, examining more than three dozen metrics in four categories: stress related to...

'Tragic' Crash in Texas Kills College Golfers, Coach

Van carrying men's and women's golf teams collided with a truck late Tuesday

(Newser) - College students and their coach are among several people who have died following a collision between a truck and a vehicle carrying the University of the Southwest men's and women's golf teams. The teams were returning from a tournament at West Texas' Midland College, about 100 miles southeast...

Woman Caused Fatal Crash, Lied About Carjacking: Police

Officer and retired firefighter were killed in chase

(Newser) - A New Mexico woman was arrested after authorities say she caused a crash that killed an officer and retired firefighter and then lied about having been kidnapped. Jeannine Jaramillo, 46, faces charges including two counts of first-degree murder, authorities said Saturday. After a pursuit, the crash Wednesday on Interstate 25...

Cops: Bicycle Rider Randomly Stabbed 11 in Albuquerque

Suspect arrested, and 2 people are in critical condition

(Newser) - Police in Albuquerque arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people as he rode a bicycle around the city over the weekend, leaving two victims critically injured, authorities said. He was identified as 42-year-old Tobias Gutierrez and booked into jail overnight on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon,...

'Extremely Embarrassed' Burglar Gives Homeowners $200

Caught in the act, cops say man left behind 'reimbursement' for residents

(Newser) - An alleged burglar who apparently had his finger on the pulse of how much residential windows cost left a surprise payment behind after breaking into a home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Deseret News reports that a couple there came home Sunday afternoon after a weekend away and found...

An Omicron Offshoot Reaches 40 Countries
'Stealth Omicron' Has
Arrived in the US
THE RUNDOWN

'Stealth Omicron' Has Arrived in the US

BA.2, now in 40 nations, may be more contagious than original omicron, though data is limited

(Newser) - Cases of an omicron subvariant have popped up in at least 40 countries, including the US. Health officials in California's Santa Clara County confirmed two cases of "stealth omicron," or BA.2, on Tuesday, adding to 11 existing cases in the state as of Monday, reports the...

New Mexico Asks National Guard to Fill in for Teachers

Governor says she is volunteering as well

(Newser) - National Guard members in New Mexico are being asked to volunteer for an unprecedented role: serving as substitute teachers and child care workers as the state struggles with staff shortages caused by surging COVID infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday that Guard members and state government employees—including herself—...

Baldwin Gives Phone to Deputies in New York

Search warrant was issued in December in investigation of killing on film set

(Newser) - Four weeks after a search warrant was issued, Alec Baldwin has complied with it by turning his cellphone over to sheriff's deputies. New Mexico authorities had sought the phone for their investigation of the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a film set there on Oct. 21. Santa...

'I Didn't Pull the Trigger,' Baldwin Says About Shooting

Actor gives interview about the on-set death of cinematographer

(Newser) - "I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never," Alec Baldwin has said about the fatal shooting on a film set. Halyna Hutchins, the film's cinematographer, was killed, and director Joel Souza was wounded during a rehearsal last month. Baldwin was...

One State Is the Stingiest of All
One State Is
the Stingiest of All

One State Is the Stingiest of All

New Mexico ranks last in the ranking of generous states

(Newser) - Some locales are more generous than others, and WalletHub has ranked the states with metrics that include not just monetary donations but the volunteer rate and number of food banks. Here are the 10 most generous states (congrats, Utah), followed by the least generous (sorry, New Mexico):
  1. Utah, with an
...

Here Are the Best States for an Off-Grid Life

Not New Jersey, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - Want to get away from it all—like, for good? If the thought of holing up in a cabin in the woods and disconnecting from the world sounds appealing, LawnStarter has been scouting all 50 states to find where off-the-grid living might work best, looking at nearly two dozen metrics...

Cameraman on Film Set: Baldwin Was 'Very Careful' With Guns

Director, crew speak out, while new clues emerge on how live round may have ended up in gun

(Newser) - An affidavit released Sunday details more on what went down on the New Mexico set of Rust, where a supposed prop gun being used by Alec Baldwin went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. "Joel stated that they had Alec sitting in a pew in...

Cinematographer Killed on Set Was 'Building a Reputation'

Halyna Hutchins, 42, described as a rising star

(Newser) - The cinematographer tragically killed Thursday when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the movie Rust was about to get her big break, according to friends. Halyna Hutchins, named one of American Cinematographer's Rising Stars of 2019 , was shot around 1:50pm local time while working...

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