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Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Santa Fe (AP) –School districts across the United States are hiring additional teachers in anticipation of what will be one of the largest kindergarten classes ever as enrollment rebounds following the coronavirus pandemic. As they await the arrival next fall of students who sat out the current school year, educators are also bracing for many…

OIS Involving the Taos Police Department

Taos, NM (KKOB) –On Saturday June 12, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting in Taos involving the Taos Police Department. Investigators learned that on Saturday June 12, 2021, at around 3:00 a.m. a Taos Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Hyundai…

Climate Change Task Force seeks public input through new online survey

Santa Fe, NM (KKOB) –The New Mexico Climate Change Task Force encourages the public to participate in a new survey as the state seeks input to guide our ongoing climate work. Public input is a critical component of our climate strategy as we look to meet our emissions reduction goals, as well as boost the…

New Mexico amends rules to prohibit oil and gas spills

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –It will be unlawful for oil and natural gas drillers to spill liquid waste under revised rules adopted Thursday by New Mexico oil and gas regulators. The unanimous vote by the state Oil Conservation Commission comes after the panel heard testimony from environmentalists, industry representatives and residents during a daylong hearing.…

Las Cruces police officer trial pushed back

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The second-degree murder trial for Christopher Smelser, a former Las Cruces police officer charged in the choking death of a suspect will be delayed from July until January of next year. The case against Smelser stems from the chokehold death of Antonio Valenzuela after he fled from a traffic stop on…