New Mexico News Minute

BARNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - Crews are making progress as they battle a wildfire blackening part of the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque. Fire spokeswoman Karen Takai (tuh-KEYE') says several small blazes that ignited last night about five miles from the wildfire are human caused and under investigation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Fire danger is high across New Mexico, and state officials are planning to impose restrictions for all 33 counties. The restrictions will take effect next Wednesday at 8 a.m. They will prohibit the use of fireworks, campfires and other open fires. Smoking will also be restricted.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Four Las Cruces state lawmakers say they have "serious reservations" about former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers, who's being considered for president of New Mexico State University. The four Democrats say they're concerned about Carruthers work for a tobacco company-backed group.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists are criticizing federal wildlife officials for their plan to revamp proposed protections for a prairie grouse found in several western states, including New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that it will reopen the comment period on the proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

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