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  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The federal Bureau of Reclamation oversees several large-scale projects aimed at delivering drinking water to rural communities in the West. Would provide for a single water treatment plant along the Missouri River and distribution of water through 3,200 miles of pipeline in northeastern Montana. Would replace existing water and...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water. Others call for piping water from Lake Powell to southeastern Utah and for taking water from Wyoming across Colorado's Front Range...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each...

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. "Our first responsibility is to make sure that people actually have service," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, co-chairman of President Barack Obama's...

  • Hobbs sees growth, but exodus from New Mexico continues Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:01 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A portion of southeastern New Mexico's oil patch is again among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation, according to new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Lea County, where Hobbs is located, was one of six counties in New Mexico to see a population gain between 2013 and 2014 thanks to shifting migration patterns.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Experts: New Mexico oil patch could lose 2,000 jobs Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The downturn in the oil and gas industry could cost New Mexico around 2,000 jobs, according to estimates from officials with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. "So far we haven't seen a decrease in oil production in New Mexico, but we expect it to begin leveling off and that means lost revenue and jobs in the coming months,"...

  • The National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million as of the end of the last fiscal year to remove contaminated rags, tools, equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory. That's $202 million over 2006 expectations, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress. NNSA and DOE's Office of...

  • SANTA FE, N.M.— Partisan fighting kept state lawmakers for striking a deal on $270 million in public works spending, leaving a plethora of unfunded needs across New Mexico and local officials scrambling on what to do next. From security upgrades in rural New Mexico courtrooms to important renovations at senior centers at Zuni and Santo Domingo Pueblos, major...

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New...

  • March 20- The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States continued to decline this week, falling 41 to 825, the lowest rig count in four years, oil services firm Baker Hughes said in its closely-watched survey on Friday. U.S. crude futures have dropped by about 60 percent since June due to concerns OPEC and the United States are producing too much oil while...

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • New Mexico regulators hear from public about power plant Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico regulators on Wednesday listened to dozens of supporters and critics of a plan to shutter half of an aging coal-fired power plant that supplies electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. More than 11,000 letters and emails have been submitted to the state Public Regulation Commission, and more public meetings are...

  • David Vitter, R- La., and Tom Udall, D- N.M., who call it a commonsense update to a 1976 law widely seen as ineffective. It also would set deadlines for the Environmental Protection Agency to act, while blocking states' action in cases where EPA is addressing the same issues. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat who pushed for chemical reform before his death in 2013..

  • The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 64 to 922, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its weekly report. The number of oil rigs in use has fallen in 18 of the past 21 weeks, according to Baker Hughes. Texas, the state with the most rigs, again lost the most this week, shedding 32 to 537, the lowest since 2010, Baker Hughes said.

  • Feb 26- Western Refining Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Thursday as lower crude oil prices helped improve refining margins. Growing output from the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where Western's refineries are located, has combined with inadequate pipeline infrastructure to create a glut and suppress crude...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • Jan 29- U.S. vehicle safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge "of possible defects or any wrongdoing" by Takata Corp, stepping up pressure on the air bag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Reuters it was urging potential informants to call its...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 25- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.3 cents in the past two weeks, falling to its lowest level since late April 2009, but the end of a months-long slide may be near, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices for regular grade gasoline fell to $2.07 a gallon in the survey dated Jan. 23 from the previous...