LOVING, N.M. (AP) - Parts of southern New Mexico are seeing nearly a year's worth of rain in just one day thanks to intense storms. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that forecasters say Loving picked up 8 inches of rain by Friday afternoon. According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the area south of Carlsbad typically gets 10 inches annually. National Weather Service officials say between 6 and 7 inches of rain fell east of Carlsbad near Monument.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch space tourism flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America. The Albuquerque Journal reported yesterday that SpaceX, Boeing Co. and a rocket system supplier for Virgin Galactic are vying for the lucrative contract to take astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017 in "space taxis." Spaceport is where Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first space-tourism flights at a cost of $200,000 per person.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Police in Carlsbad have arrested three students in separate bomb threat cases. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that two students were taken into custody Friday evening for allegedly making bomb threats earlier in the day at Carlsbad Intermediate School. Police say the school's P.R. Leyva campus was evacuated around 9 a.m. and it was the second bomb threat there in as many days. One student faces two counts of a bomb hoax and the other one count. Each has also been charged with disruption of the educational process.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A serial burglar caught on cellphone video breaking into a Santa Fe home has been sentenced to prison. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday that 20-year-old Dariush Esfandi received a 4 ½-year sentence as part of a plea deal. Esfandi pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted burglary and burglary in exchange for other charges being dropped. According to court documents, Esfandi was already on probation for home burglary and larceny convictions in January, when a homeowner filmed him trying to break into her house.
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