ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The owner and an employee of a New Mexico smoke shop are facing federal drug charges in connection with a raid of the shop over the synthetic drug "spice." KRQE-TV reports that Roman Huerta and Dean Cope were arrested Thursday on several drug-related charges. According to criminal complaints, Drug Enforcement Administration agents found more than $100,000 in cash at Huerta's home and a "fully functioning" spice manufacturing facility in his garage.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A plan to allow unfettered public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been put on hold. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Valles Caldera Trust Board chairman Kent Salazar made the announcement last week at a board meeting in Albuquerque. The move comes amid concerns that Indian tribes and pueblos weren't consulted.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The Clovis City Commission has tabled a request to relocate prairie dogs to a county in Texas. The Clovis News Journal reports that commissioners have opted to table the proposal since an advocacy group couldn't provide a letter of support from a governing body in Ector County. Clovis earlier this year drew criticism for poisoning some prairie dogs at farmers' requests.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - If you wanted to hitch a ride on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on Christmas or New Year's Day, you better make other plans. Officials with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District say the commuter train will not be operating on either day, nor will Rio Metro buses. The train provides service between Belen and Santa Fe.
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