New Mexico News Minute

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory officials say personnel are thinning potential fuel sources for a wildfire near the lab. One crew is working around the lab's radioactive waste storage and disposal facility. Lab officials say there are no fires burning within lab property. Smoke from the fire can be seen 60 miles away in Albuquerque is casting haze visible in Kansas.

WEED, N.M. (AP) - A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the mountains of southern New Mexico has jumped containment lines, forcing the evacuation of more residents in Otero County. Officials said the evacuations are a precaution as crews try to re-establish the fire line that was compromised when winds picked up yesterday afternoon.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is declaring a state of emergency in New Mexico regarding the use of fireworks. She says state law doesn't allow her to ban fireworks by executive order, but she's urging all New Mexicans to refrain from buying, selling and using fireworks this Fourth of July and throughout the summer season. Martinez says conditions are just too dangerous.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is running for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District. Chavez touts his record as a three-term mayor and said he would bring "a forward-looking progressive record of change" to Congress. He criticized Republican proposals for revamping Medicare and scrapping a federal health care overhaul. The seat is open in next year's election because incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich is running for the U.S. Senate.

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