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TREED BEAR

Bear and cub removed from Santa Fe neighborhood

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Game and Fish officers have tranquilized a mother bear and her cub that were treed in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

City police had been warning parents driving their children to Atalaya Elementary in the city's southeast one street so the treed bears would not be spooked.

Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says neighborhood residents called police about 6 a.m. Friday to report the roaming bruins. Officers chased the bears into a tree and called Game and Fish.

The mother bear had been caught before and climbed down from the tree before being tranquilized. Both bears will be relocated to a remote area.

The mother weighed about 160 pounds and her cub was about 75 pounds. Espinoza says both were healthy.

LAB WORKER FIRED

Scientists urge rehiring of fired nuke lab worker

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit web site in support of abolishing nuclear weapons. Doyle worked on the lab's non-proliferation team.

Federation of American Scientists President Charles Ferguson urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to ensure that that Doyle isn't penalized for participating in the national dialogue over nuclear policy.

Doyle tells the Santa Fe New Mexican he was fired after lab officials claimed his article raised classification concerns. He says the article had been cleared for publication.

MARTINEZ-TRAVEL

Gov. Susana Martinez travels to meeting in Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled across the international border to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.

The governor's office said Martinez went Thursday to the Sonoran city of Hermosillo to attend a meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission along with Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres Elias.

Martinez is scheduled to return to New Mexico on Friday.

The commission was created by state law to deal with issues of mutual concern to New Mexico and Sonora, including public safety, the economy and cultural affairs. The governor has the power to negotiate cooperative agreements with Sonora.

New Mexico members of the commission include Martinez, secretaries of the Economic Development and Tourism departments and up to nine members of the public appointed by the governor.

WORK SAFETY AGREEMENT

NM, Mexico sign work safety agreement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's work safety bureau is teaming up with the Consulate of Mexico and others to provide Spanish-speaking employees around the state with proper training to improve workplace safety.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Albuquerque by New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn and Consul Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon.

Flynn says the two-year agreement is the first of its kind and will provide opportunities that could potentially save lives.

The effort will provide workers with access to education and training resources in Spanish. The information will cover their rights in the workplace and the responsibility of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

CHURCH-SEX ABUSE-LAWSUITS

4 new sex abuse suits name NM Catholic diocese

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

The lawsuits include one naming a former priest who was recently released from a prison in Michigan after serving nine years for molesting two boys in the 1970s. The new suit alleges the former priest molested a now-47-year-old man in the mid-1970s at a church in a community about 15 miles west of Abiquiu (AH'-bee-kyoo).

The Albuquerque Journal reports three other victims allege they were molested by different priests.

ALBUQUERQUE SCHOOLS-SUPERINTENDENT

Albuquerque schools set to name interim chief

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The school board of New Mexico's largest school district is preparing to name an interim superintendent amid questions surrounding the former school chief's departure.

The Albuquerque Public Schools board is scheduled to meet Friday for a special meeting where board members are expected to discuss interim candidates.

Embattled Superintendent Winston Brooks resigned last week after board members said he was being investigated for a personnel matter. Both sides declined to elaborate.

The school board then approved a $350,000 settlement to buy him out of his contract.

Hispano Round Table of New Mexico president Ralph Arellanes says the next superintendent should be Latino since the majority of students in the district are Hispanic.

AIRMAN-DEATH

Air Force: Airman found dead at New Mexico base

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

Base officials say in a news release that the airman's body was discovered at housing on the base about 8 a.m. Thursday.

No other details were released, including anything related to a cause of death.

The Air Force says an investigation is underway.

The name of the airman is being withheld until after the family has been notified.

Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, says "our thoughts and condolences go out to the airman's family."

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