Remote School near Colorado-New Mexico Border Teaches People How to Drive a Steam Train

Remote School near Colorado-New Mexico Border Teaches People How to Drive a Steam Train

By Jenny Brundin, Colorado Public Radio CHAMA, N.M. — In the thick of swirling plumes of coal-fired smoke and greasy engine parts, 11 men, mostly middle-aged and clad in blue overalls and steel-toed boots, are getting ready for a day of class. Everyone’s standing in the tiny rail village of Chama, New Mexico, gazing at clanging, heaving locomotives. “It’s a strange beast,” says Tom Chenal, a sheep farmer who hails from New Jersey. For him,…

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New Mexico to Get $18m from Volkswagen Emissions Settlement

New Mexico to Get $18m from Volkswagen Emissions Settlement

The Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico is set to receive $18 million following a settlement connected to the Volkswagen smog device emissions scandal. The New Mexico Environment Department announced Monday that the agency will disburse $18 million in settlement funds, most likely for projects that will reduce nitrogen oxide levels. Volkswagen Group of America acknowledges rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests. Environmental…

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Rating Change: Open Seat Gives Democrats Takeover Opportunity in New Mexico

Rating Change: Open Seat Gives Democrats Takeover Opportunity in New Mexico

New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce’s run for governor gives Democrats an opening in his 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo) With re-election rates often hovering above 90 percent, open seats represent a critical factor in the Democrats’ quest for a House majority. New Mexico’s 2nd District has been an elusive target for years, as long as Rep. Steve Pearce has been on the ballot. But the Republican congressman’s decision to run for governor…

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Pearce to Run for Governor of New Mexico

Pearce to Run for Governor of New Mexico

Rep. Steve Pearce, left, greets constituents who attended his town hall at the Ruidoso Convention Center in March. (Lauren Villagran/Albuquerque Journal) Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal WASHINGTON – Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican who has represented New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District for over 12 years, will announce his campaign for governor today. Pearce, 69, will become the second member of New Mexico’s five-member congressional delegation to shift political ambitions from Washington to Santa Fe. Rep….

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Why Living in New Mexico is Awesome

Why Living in New Mexico is Awesome

Living in New Mexico isn’t something that most people think of when they think of living in the best place in the USA, but they really should. The state has so much to offer to anyone willing to spend the time to look, and it can be really enjoyable just to hang out in your city or town as well. The state has a bit of everything, from shopping and theme parks to mysticism, traditional…

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New Mexico Death of Canadian Teacher, Husband Ruled a Murdersuicide

New Mexico Death of Canadian Teacher, Husband Ruled a Murdersuicide

The deaths of a Canadian teacher and her husband have been ruled a murder-suicide by New Mexico State Police. Ursula Tammy Kokotkiewicz, 32, and Jacob Kokotkiewicz, 31, were found dead in a vehicle parked on the shoulder of a highway on Thursday morning. The couple, who lived in Flowermound, Texas, both had gunshot wounds to the head, while Jacob had a .9mm caliber handgun between his legs. READ MORE: Canadian teacher and her husband found…

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