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Bob Davie is new UNM head football coach

The University of New Mexico introduced Bob Davie as its next head football coach in a Thursday press conference at University Stadium in Albuquerque.

UNM and Davie agreed to a six-year, $4.5 million contract.

In 1996, Davie took over the head coaching position at Norte Dame after Lou Holtz retired. As head coach Davie led the Irish to a 35-25 overall record.

He has spent 20 out of his 31 years of college coaching experience as an assistant at Pittsburgh, Arizona, Tulane, Texas A&M and Norte Dame.

Davie was a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC prior to joining the UNM football team.

The Lobos have three wins in the three seasons. UNM (1-9, 1-4) has two games left in its 2011 season, on the road, at Wyoming and Boise State.

Davie will only watch the games, analyze what he can use from a program that needs a everything fixed and scout for 2012.

New Mexico State beat New Mexico 62-53

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Forward Wendell McKines scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds Wednesday night, helping New Mexico State end a seven-game losing streak to upstate rival New Mexico 62-53.

Sy Bandja scored 12 points off the bench for the Aggies (2-0). Small forward Tony Snell scored 18 points for the Lobos (1-1).

But their top players, Drew Gordon and Kendall Williams, combined to go 0-for-13 from the field.

As a team, the Lobos made just four baskets in the second half. New Mexico State gained control of the game midway through the second half when the Lobos' Demetrius Walker was called for an intentional foul on a breakaway by Hamidu Rahman.

The Aggies turned that into a four-point possession that sparked an 8-0 run, turning a 45-42 deficit into a 50-45 lead.

New Mexico State never trailed again.

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New Mexico regulators consider fracking disclosure rule

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico oil and natural gas producers would be required to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations under a proposal pending before the state Oil Conservation Commission.

The commission will hear the matter beginning Thursday in Santa Fe.

The proposal was submitted by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association in an effort to address concerns about the practice.

Association president Steve Henke says the proposal represents the industry's willingness to be transparent and accountable.

Environmentalists say changes are needed to make the rule stronger.

Hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades to enhance oil and gas production from wells, but federal regulators have been investigating whether the practice is contaminating drinking-water supplies.

Industry officials in New Mexico say there are no reports that fracking has ever resulted in groundwater contamination in the state.

Albuquerque mayor looks to increase recycling in the future

Albuquerque is taking recycling to a next level.  On Tuesday, Mayor Richard Berry announced the city has signed a contract with Friedman Recycling to build a new recycling plant. 

"We're not only talking about more recycling tonnage, but more varieties of goods," Berry said.

As part of the 12-year contract, in the next 18 months Friedman Recycling will build a new Material Recovery Facility to help automated cart based, curbside residential recycling.  The location of the facility still has not been decided.

The city will still collect the recyclables from your home.  Friedman will recycle them.  Only 6 percent of Albuquerque residents recycle according to city.  They hope the new plant and new blue bins will increase the recycle rate to 24 percent.

PNM to shut down payment centers statewide

It is going to start costing you a little extra if you use cash to pay your PNM bill. The company is shutting down all of its payment centers statewide next month.

Customers can still pay with cash through Western Union, but they will have to pay a service fee.

The PNM payment center in downtown Albuquerque will be the last of eight to shutdown statewide.

On December 21, the doors will close for good.

"Accepting payments in person is the most expensive way we have of taking payments - it cost about ten times more than other payment methods," said PNM spokesperson Valerie Smith.

PNM says only 10 percent of their customers still prefer face-to-face service.

Now those customers will have to either go to Wells Fargo to pay by check or Western Union to pay by cash.

Western Union is charging a dollar as a bill pay service fee.

PNM is arguing that is a small price to pay.

Governor's grandfather may have been a legal resident

 

Governor Susana Martinez has discovered that her grandfather may not have been an illegal immigrant after all.

It is the latest development in the story of a long-deceased man who is playing a major part in New Mexico's debate over driver's licenses for those who are here illegally. Martinez wants to stop issuing those licenses and her opponents have used her grandfather's immigration status to beat her up politically.

The confusion arises from a misunderstanding of abbreviations used in census records that were compiled 80 years ago.

Martinez said her political organization did the genealogical research into her family's roots in Mexico.

New Mexico governor's ancestor a Mexican general 

 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is visiting Mexico for a celebration recognizing the role of her great-grandfather as a revolutionary general a century ago.

A spokesman for the governor said Martinez will visit the town of Cuchillo Parado on Monday.

She was invited by Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte for a commemoration of an uprising led by Toribio Ortega on Nov. 14, 1910, in what some consider to the be the first shots fired in the Mexican Revolution.

Ortega was a general who fought with revolutionary leader Pancho Villa and others.

Martinez said in an interview that Ortega was the father of her father's mother.

The governor's office said Duarte provided transportation for the trip and Martinez is to return to New Mexico late Monday.

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