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New Mexico is about 1/3 the size of Egypt and about the same size as Norway.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)
The pinõn tree is the state tree of New Mexico.
(WSJ, 7/31/06, p.A1)   

300Mil BC    Eastern New Mexico was covered by a seaway that extended deep into North America. In 2013 John-Paul Hodnett, a graduate student, unearthed the first fossils of shark’s teeth dating to this time at a dig east of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    (AP, 4/16/21)

250Mil-200Mil    The Chinle Formation of sedimentary rock was laid down by rivers in much of New Mexico and Arizona during this period. In 2007 scientists reported that fossil bones found in the Chinle Formation indicated that dinosaurs and their early relatives lived side by side for millions of years before the relatives died off leaving dinosaurs to dominate.
    (SFC, 7/20/07, p.A4)

215Mil BC    In 2009  paleontologists reported the discovery of a small feathered dinosaur that lived about this time in New Mexico. The carnivorous beast was about 28 inches tall and about 6 feet long and contained air sacs along its backbone, neck and head. It was named Tawa hallae after a Hopi Indian sun god and amateur paleontologist Ruth Hall.
    (SFC, 12/11/09, p.A15)

210Mil BC    Scientists in New Mexico in 1947 uncovered fossil rock from this period. In 2005 a close examination revealed that the fossils looked like a 6-foot long, 2-legged dinosaur. It was named Effigia okeeffeae and identified as a reptile, an ancient relative to modern alligators and crocodiles.
    (SFC, 1/26/06, p.A2)

23k-10k BC    The Sandia Cave provided human shelter back to this period and was excavated by archeologist Frank Hibben in the 1930s after it was discovered by Boy Scouts.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.T8)

11050BC-10900BC    Clovis points (from Clovis New Mexico), tools of Paleo-Indian hunters (known as Clovis people), were dated in 2007 to this period. They pursued ice-age mammoths, camels, bison and horses. These people were ancestral to the Folsom culture and were believed to have arrived across a land bridge from Asia. Clovis culture was reported to be very similar to Solutrean.
    (NH, 2/97, p.22)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A9)(Arch, 7/02, p.51)(SFC, 2/23/07, p.A4)

c600BCE    Turquoise was first mined in the American southwest about this time and began to show up in Mesoamerica.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.27)

190BCE    A volcanic lava flow occurred at the 114,000 acre El Malpais National Monument and covered wood that was later dated to this time.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A25)

500CE    By this time the Chalchihuites culture (New Mexico) engaged in extensive turquoise mining and exporting raw turquoise to West Mexican centers like Alta Vista.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.28)

c850-1100    Native Indians in Chaco Canyon [New Mexico] built multistory buildings and roads. Evidence was later discovered that they designed a vast map of the yearly sun cycle and the 19-year cycle of the moon.
    (WSJ, 6/16/00, p.W2)

919AD    Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon Nat'l Monument in Northern New Mexico had its ceremonial room completed. Occupancy lasted till c1130.
     (K.I.-365D, p.159)

1000-1150    In the Mimbres Valley the local people made a black-on-white pottery.

c1275        Indian settlers built a town called Atsina on top of El Morro (New Mexico).
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)

1276        A 25-year drought began in the Four Corner region.
    (HN, 2/11/97)(AM, 9/01, p.44)

1280        By this time the Anasazi Indian culture of the American southwest, 15 to 20 thousand people, disappeared from the Four Corners region. All the Anasazi were gone from Mesa Verde. They probably moved south and broke up into present-day Pueblo tribes. Anasazi means enemy ancestors in Navajo. In 2017 DNA evidence revealed that the cliff-dwelling people had raised turkeys and migrated with them to the Rio Grande valley of northern New Mexico during a devastating drought.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, T-1)(HN, 2/11/97)(AM, 9/01, p.44)(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A8)

1540        Feb 23, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado began his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest. Antonio de Mendoza, Viceroy of Mexico, sent Francisco Coronado overland to search for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola in present day New Mexico. Coronado, Spanish explorer, introduced horses, mules, pigs, cattle, and sheep into the American southwest. An Indian guide spoke of a rich kingdom called Quivira. When no cities were found he confessed under torture that the story was false.
    (NPS-CNM, 4/1/97)(HN, 2/23/99)(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(SFC, 1/31/04, p.D1)

1541        Spanish conquistadors arrived in New Mexico and encountered the Jemez Indians, who numbered around 30,000. The Jemez lived in fortified villages in the high mesas and had arrived over 200 years earlier. In 2001 the tribe numbered about 3,400.
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.C8)

1598        Don Juan de Onate y Salazar (1550-1626), Spanish Conquistador, explorer, and colonial governor, led the first effort to colonize the New Mexico region, establishing Santa Fe de Nuevo México as a province of New Spain. Under Juan de Oñate and his son, the capital of the province was the settlement of San Juan de los Caballeros north of Santa Fe near modern Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.
1598        Don Juan de Onate visited El Morro for the 1st time as he led some 1,000 settlers from Mexico to New Mexico.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)

1599        Jan 22, The 3-day Acoma Massacre began in New Mexico. A punitive expedition by Spanish conquistadors at Acoma Pueblo resulted in the deaths of around 500 Acoma men killed, along with 300 women and children.

1605        Apr 16, New Mexico’s Gov. Don Juan de Onate y Salazar passed by the sandstone bluff of El Morro where he left his mark in the stone. He was returning from an expedition to the Gulf of California, which he called the South Sea.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)(Econ., 3/14/15, SR p.3)

1610        Spanish colonists founded Santa Fe. They built the block long adobe El Palacio as a seat for the governor-general.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.T7)(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.T9)

1620        Jul 29, New Mexico’s Gov. Don Juan de Eulate passed by the sandstone bluff of El Morro on return from the pueblos of Zuni. He left his mark in the stone.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)

1629        In New Mexico construction began on the Mission church of San Esteban del Rey at the Acoma Pueblo mesa. It took 14 years to complete and required more than 20,000 tons of earth and rock to be hauled up the mesa on foot.
    (SSFC, 9/24/06, p.G6)

1680        Aug 10, Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe, N.M., after driving out the Spanish. They destroyed almost all of the Spanish churches in Taos and Santa Fe. The Pueblo Revolt, also known as Popé's Rebellion, was an uprising of most of the indigenous Pueblo people against the Spanish colonizers in the province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico, present day New Mexico. The Pueblo Revolt killed 400 Spaniards and drove the remaining 2,000 settlers out of the province
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pueblo_Revolt)(AP, 8/21/97)(SFEC, 6/21/98, Z1 p.8)

1680        Aug 21, New Mexico Governor Antonio de Otermín, barricaded in the Palace of the Governors, sallied outside the palace with all of his available men and forced the Puebloans to retreat with heavy losses. He then led the Spaniards out of Santa Fe and retreated southward along the Rio Grande, headed for El Paso del Norte. The Puebloans shadowed the Spaniards but did not attack. This marked the end of the Pueblo Revolt.

c1700        The Plaza del Cerro was built in Chimayo (later part of New Mexico), by Spanish settlers.
    (SFEC, 10/8/00, p.T10)

1706        Apr 23, Spanish Gov. Francisco Cuervo y Valdes founded a new villa consisting of 35 families and named it in honor of the viceroy of New Spain, who was also the Duke of Albuquerque, a town in southwestern Spain. The 1st r was later dropped and in 2006 Albuquerque, NM, celebrated its 300th anniversary.
    (SSFC, 5/22/05, p.E12)

1733        In New Mexico La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada was built. It is the oldest and most formal of the 6 adobe missions scattered along the western shoulder of the Sangre de Cristo mountains between Taos and Santa Fe. It features the art work of primitive artist Jose Rafael Aragon, who was buried here in 1862. The book “La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, 1733-1983" covered this period. It was edited and published by poet and writer Jim Sagel (d.1998 at 50). Sagel received the Governor’s Award for the book in 1984.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.T-5)(SFC, 4/9/98, p.C14)

1752        Two French men arrived in Santa Fe with an authorized trading license from Spain. The town burghers  imprisoned them and confiscated their goods.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, BR p.12)   

1777-1787    Juan Bautista de Anza served as the governor of New Mexico.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A15)

1778        Juan Bautista de Anza led a punitive expedition across new Mexico and Colorado against the Comanches. His forces cornered and killed Comanche Chief Cuerno Verde and other leaders at what later became Rye, Colo.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A15)

1821        Sep 1, William Becknell led a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on what would become the Santa Fe Trail.
    (HN, 9/1/99)

1821        Nov 16, Trader William Becknell reached Santa Fe, N.M., on the route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.
    (HN, 11/16/98)

1821        Mexican rule began over the New Mexico territory.
    (SSFC, 5/22/05, p.E12)

1823        José Antonio Vizcarra, the governor of New Mexico, waged war against the Navajo. Vizcarra and a column of 1,500 soldiers advanced through the west of the state, and their route took them through Chaco Canyon where they discovered a city of the Anasazi, the ancestors of the Pueblo Native Americans.

1825        The US government launched a mapping and surveying expedition of the Sant Fe Trail. The notes ended up filed for decades. In 2000 David Dary authored “The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends and Lore."
    (WSJ, 12/28/00, p.A9)

1835        The San Ysidro church was built on the outskirts of Santa Fe, NM. It was named after the patron saint of farmers.
    (LP, Spring 2006, p.42)

1839        The New Mexico governor surprised arriving traders with an arbitrary import duty of $500 per wagon, regardless of size or value of contents.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, BR p.12)

1845        Dec 29, Texas (comprised of the present State of Texas and part of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming) was admitted as the 28th state, with the provision that the area (389, 166 square miles) should be divided into no more than five states "of convenient size." Sam Houston insisted on maintaining control of offshore waters as a condition of joining the union. The annexation of Texas led Mexico and the US to prepare for war.
    (AP, 12/29/97)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.29)(SFC, 1/11/20, p.C2)

1846        Aug 18, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, N.M. As commander of the Army of the West during the Mexican War, Brig. Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny captured Santa Fe without a shot being fired. Kearny (1794-1848) then served as military governor of New Mexico for a month.
    (AP, 8/18/97)(HNQ, 4/23/00)

1846        Aug 22, Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States. The US pledged to honor the land grants in northern New Mexico that were awarded by the Spanish and Mexican governors of the territory.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A6)(AP, 8/22/07)

1846        Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearney commissioned a map of the New Mexico territory.
    (www.discoveryeditions.com/tpl)(LP, Spring 2006, p.44)

1846-1847    Susan Shelby Magoffin (18) accompanied her husband on a wagon train from Missouri to New Mexico and maintained a diary that was published in 1982: "Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin."
    (ON, 11/03, p.8)

1847        Jan 19, New Mexico Governor Charles Bent was slain by Pueblo Indians in Taos.
    (HN, 1/19/99)

1848        May 30, Mexico ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo giving US: New Mexico, California and parts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona & Colorado in return for $15 million.
    (MC, 5/30/02)

1849        Jan, A relief party from Taos, New Mexico, rescued the remaining members of the John C. Fremont expedition in the Colorado Mountains. Ten men died from cold and starvation before the rescue.
    (ON, 12/06, p.7)

1849        Sep 17-18, Lt. J.H. Simpson and R.H. Kern, Philadelphia artist, visited El Morro in New Mexico during an exploration trip of new US territory. They copied many of the inscription there.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)

1850        Jul 23, French priest Jean-Baptiste Lamy (1814-1888) received notice of his appointment as bishop of the recently created Vicariate of New Mexico. He was dispatched by Rome to bring order and discipline to the New Mexican territory. In 1875 he was named Archbishop for the area. He was the subject of Willa Cather’s novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop" (1927).
    (WSJ, 9/13/06, p.D10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lamy)

1850        Sep 9, Territories of New Mexico & Utah created.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1855        Mar 3, Congress approved $30,000 to test camels for military use. Sec. of War Jefferson Davis sent agents to northern Africa to purchase a small herd of camels and sent them to New Mexico to transport goods to California
    (SC, 3/3/02)(SFC, 2/20/04, p.A22)

1857        Lt. Edward F. Beale visited El Morro, New Mexico, with a camel caravan testing the feasibility of employing camels as Army animals in the American southwest.
    (SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)

1857        Army Lt. Joseph Ives surveyed the Grand Canyon with “wondering delight," but concluded that it was “altogether valueless." His chief scientist John Strong Newberry declared that it was a geological paradise.
    (SFEC, 10/4/98, BR p.12)

1860        The 95,000 acre Baca Ranch, NM, was founded under a land grant to a Spanish leader. The property contained the Valles Caldera, the collapsed crater of an ancient volcano. The property was sold to James P. Dunigan, an oil man, in 1962 for $2.5 mil. It was sold to the US government in 1999 for $101 million.
    (SFC, 9/9/99, p.A3)

1860        Pinos Altos, NM, was founded when three 49ers stopped to take a drink in Bear Creek and discovered gold.
    (WSJ, 5/21/04, p.W2)

1862        Feb 21, The Texas Rangers won a Confederate victory in the Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico.
    (HN, 2/21/98)

1862        Mar 26, Battle of La Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch).
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1864-1865    Army Col. Kit Carson, directed by Brig. Gen. James Carleton, forced the move of some 9,000 Dineh Navajo from Canyon de Chelly in Arizona to the Bosque Redondo reservation near Fort Sumner, New Mexico. About half the people survived in what came to be known as the Long Walk. In 2006 Hampton sides authored “Blood and Thunder: An epic of the American West," an account of the Navaho move.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)(SFEC, 5/4/97, z1 p.4)(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.T9)(WSJ, 10/7/06, p.P12)

1866        Sep 1, Manuelito, the last Navaho chief, turned himself in at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
    (MC, 9/1/02)

1867        Mar 2, Congress abolished peonage in New Mexico.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1868        Navaho Indians living under confinement near Fort Sumner, New Mexico, were allowed to return to their homelands in Arizona following a visit by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Some 7,100 survivors of the 1864 Long Walk had been released onto a New Mexico reservation of 5,500 acres. The Navajo returned to Hopi land where 3.5 million acres, 1/6th of their former homeland, was returned.
    (SFC, 1/3/97, p.A26)(SFEC, 5/4/97, z1 p.4)(WSJ, 10/7/06, p.P12)

1869        John Wesley Powell led an expedition to explore the canyons of the Green and Colorado River. Over 3 years he led two expeditions to explore the Grand Canyon. Three members of the first expedition were killed, reportedly by Indians. His written account was suspected to be inflated if not fictitious. A 1997 novel by Oakley Hall, “Separations,"  depicted the events.
    (HFA, '96, p.127)(SFC, 4/23/97, p.D5)

1869-1886    St. Francis Cathedral was built in Santa Fe, New Mexico, under the direction of French priest (later bishop) Jean-Baptiste Lamy.
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.T8)

1875        French priest Jean-Baptiste Lamy became archbishop of the New Mexican territory.
    (WSJ, 9/13/06, p.D10)

1878        Feb 18, The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War began with the murder of Billy the Kid's mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall. Hired killers of James J. Dolan gunned down John Tunstall in Lincoln, N.M. Tunstall’s partner Alexander McSween formed a posse known as the Regulators to get even. Billy the Kid was part of the posse.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(HN, 2/18/99)

1878        Apr 1, In Lincoln, N.M., the Regulators, including Billy the Kid, ambushed and killed Sheriff William Brady, a James Dolan partisan, along with a deputy.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A14)

1878        Jul, In Lincoln, N.M., soldiers from Fort Stanton and 40 men of James Dolan surrounded the McSween home for 5 days. McSween and 4 supporters were killed but Billy the Kid and several Regulators managed to escape.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)

1878        Oct 1, General Lew Wallace was sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory and served to 1881. He went on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and wrote “Ben-Hur.“
    (HN, 10/1/98)(HNQ, 4/22/00)

1878        Nov 13, New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace offered amnesty to many participants of the Lincoln County War, but not to gunfighter Billy the Kid.
    (HN, 11/13/98)

1880        Gen. Lew Wallace (1827-1905) of Indiana published “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ." Some of book was written while Wallace was living in Santa Fe at El Palacio as the Territorial governor in the 1870s.
    (WSJ, 2/14/96, p.A-15)(HT, 3/97, p.66)(SFEC, 7/6/97, p.T7)

1880        Pueblo Chochiti men led anthropologist Adolph F.A. Bandolier to Frijoles Canyon in New Mexico. Bandolier later authored the novel on Pueblo life called “The Delightmakers." Cliff dwelling in the area were preserved (1916) in a national park named after Bandelier.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D7)

1881        Apr 28, Billy the Kid was held in Lincoln County Courthouse jail, near Carrizozo N.M. for the shooting of Sheriff William Brady, but escaped and killed two guards. He used an 1876 single-action army revolver made by Samuel Colt. The gun sold for $46,000 in 1998.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(AP, 7/14/97)(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W12)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A14)

1881        Jul 14, Outlaw Billy the Kid (21), (born as Henry McCarty) aka William H. Bonney or Kid Antrim, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Billy had been held in Lincoln County Courthouse jail but escaped and killed two guards. The Kid had fled to Fort Sumner and on a tip, Garrett set out toward Fort Sumner to find him, with lawmen John Poe and Thomas C. "Kip" McKinney. According to some, Pete Maxwell had alerted Poe to the Kid's whereabouts. Many details about Billy the Kid's death are controversial but, apparently, as he was returning to Maxwell's house he came upon Poe and McKinney outside, unsure of whether they were friends or foes. Garrett was awaiting inside, and as the Kid entered the room, Garrett shot him above the heart. Newspaperman A.J. Fountain awarded Garrett a gold star, which fetched $100,000 at auction in 2008. Joel Jacobsen later authored "Such Men as Billy the Kid."
    (AP, 7/14/97)(HNPD, 7/14/98)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A14)(SFC, 6/17/08, p.B8)

1882        Nov 2, Newly elected John Poe replaced Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1882        Park Van Tassel, a saloon owner in Albuquerque, NM, launched the city’s 1st gas balloon named “The city of Albuquerque."
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, E9)

1891        The New Mexico Military Institute was founded in Roswell, NM.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D8)

1893        Mar 10, New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony, because the only graduate Sam Steele was robbed and killed the night before.
    (HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)

1898        A film was made in New Mexico for the first time.
    (WSJ, 4/7/98, p.A16)

1898        Jim White, cowboy, was one of the 1st white settlers to venture into New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns. His efforts helped turn the caves into a national park in 1930.
    (SSFC, 6/20/04, p.D5)

1905        The El Tovar Hotel, designed by Charles Whittlesey, opened at the edge of the Grand Canyon. It was named after Pedro de Tobar, a member of the 1540 Coronado expedition.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.16)

1907        Nov 16, The Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico was established as a national monument. People of the Mogollon culture lived in these cliff dwellings from the 1280s through the early 1300s.
    (SSFC, 9/21/08, p.E6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gila_Cliff_Dwellings_National_Monument)

1907        A 2nd balloon was launched in Albuquerque, NM.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, E9)

1912        Jan 6, New Mexico became the 47th state of the US.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/6/98)

1913        Sep 22, Coal mine explosion killed 263 at Dawson, New Mexico. [see Oct 22]
    (MC, 9/22/01)

1913        Oct 22, An explosion at Dawson, NM, coal mine killed 263 mine workers. [see Sep 22]
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1915-1929    Alfred V. Kidder, archeologist, excavated numerous bones of Indians buried in the upper Pecos Valley of New Mexico. In 1999 the bones of nearly 2,000 Indians were returned by Harvard Univ. to New Mexico for burial.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A3)

1916        Mar 9, Pancho Villa led 1,500 horsemen in a night raid on Columbus, New Mexico. 18 US soldiers and citizens were killed as the town was looted and burned. President Woodrow Wilson responded by ordering General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing to "pursue and disperse" the bandits. Wilson called out 158,664 National Guard members to deal with the situation.
    (HN, 3/9/99)(SFC, 5/17/06, p.A11)(AP, 3/9/07)

1916        Mar 19, The First Aerosquadron took off from Columbus, NM, to join Gen. John J. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition for Pancho Villa in Mexico.
    (HN, 3/19/99)

1916        Bandelier National Park, NM, was named after anthropologist Adolph F.A. Bandelier. [see 1880)
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D7)

1918        The Los Alamos Ranch School was founded by Ashley Pond.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D6)

1919        Mabel Dodge Sterne (1879-1962), wealthy banking heiress, moved to New Mexico began transforming her adopted Taos home into a cultural hinterland for those on the avant-garde of cultural expression. In 1923 she married Tony Luhan, a native American, and became Mabel Dodge Luhan. In 1933 she authored the autobiography “Intimate Memories." In 2008 Flannery Burke authored “From Greenwich Village to Taos: Primitivism and Place at Mabel Dodge Luhan’s."
    (WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabel_Dodge_Luhan)

1921        Oct 29, Bill Maudlin, American political cartoonist whose GI “Willie" and “Joe" characters appeared in Stars and Stripes newspapers, was born in New Mexico. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1945 and 1959.
    (HN, 10/29/98)(MC, 10/29/01)

1921        Albert Fall, New Mexico senator, was appointed as Interior Secretary to Pres. Harding. Fall got Harding to sign an executive order to transfer control of oil reserves from the Navy to the Interior. Leases on the Elk Hills and Teapot Dome to businessmen Edward Doheny and Harry Sinclair soon followed and Fall was $400,000 richer. Fall was fined $100,000 in 1929 and was sentenced to a year in jail. He pleaded poverty and never paid the fine.
    (SSFC, 7/14/02, p.G2)

1922        The Colorado River Compact allocated 7.5 million acre-feet of water from the upper basin states (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico) to be delivered to the lower basin sates (California, Arizona and Nevada) plus the rights to divert another 1 million acre-feet from the river’s lower tributaries.
    (SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A10)(SFCM, 7/17/05, p.6)

1924        Jun 3, The US Forest Service designated 750,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico as the Gila Wilderness, America’s first wilderness area. The Forest Service extended itself in a conservation direction promoted by Aldo Leopold, Arthur Carhart, and other agency staff.

1926        Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955), painter, moved to Taos, New Mexico, in 1926 and turned his home into a work of art now known as the Fechin Institute. He was born in Kazan, Russia and emigrated in 1923. He died on the West Coast. His work includes “Russian Singer with Fan" (1924).
    (HT, 5/97, p.50)

1927        Willa Cather authored “Death Comes for the Archbishop." Bishop Jean Marie Latour, her novel’s hero, was the fictional name for the French Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy, dispatched as a priest by Rome in 1850 to bring order and discipline to the New Mexican territory.
    (WSJ, 9/13/06, p.D10)

1928        Nov 20, Mrs. Glen Hyde became the first woman to dare the Grand Canyon rapids in a scow. Her flat bottomed boat used sweep oars for maneuvering.
    (HN, 11/20/98)

1929-1949    Georgia O’Keeffe used the Rancho de los Burros on Ghost Ranch in New Mexico as her summer home. The site abuts the Carson National Forest, rich in dinosaur bones. Ghost Ranch is now a conference center and 21,000 acre preserve owned by the Presbyterian Church. Her winter home was down the road in Abiquiu. Above Abiquiu is the Plaza Blanca, captured by O’Keeffe in her painting: From the White Place 1940. It is on land owned by the Dar Al Islam mosque, which owns 9,000 surrounding acres.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.T-6)

1930        New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns became a national park. Jim White, one of the 1st white settlers to venture into the caves (1898), helped turn them into a national park.
    (SSFC, 6/20/04, p.D5)

1930s        The Sandia Cave (23k-10k BC), possibly the earliest known human shelter in North America, was excavated by archeologist Frank Hibben after it was discovered by Boy Scouts.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.T8)

1933        Jan 18, The White Sands National Monument in NM was established.
    (MC, 1/18/02)

1934        May 13, A great dustbowl storm occurred. [see Apr 14, 1935]
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1935        Apr 14, A major sandstorm, dubbed “The Black Blizzard," ravaged the US Midwest. The Black Sunday was the worst day of the almost decade long Dust Bowl era. It ravaged Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In 2005 Timothy Egan authored “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl."
    (SSFC, 1/8/06, p.M1)(www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm)(Sm, 3/06, p.111)

1939        Aug 2, US Congress passed the Hatch Act. Its main provision is to prohibit federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity. Named after Senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico, the law was officially known as An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities.
    (SFC, 3/12/08, p.E2)(www.multieducator.com/Documents/hatchact.html)

1940        Aug 21, Leon Trotsky, exiled Communist revolutionary, died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin the day before. Earlier this year Josef Grigulevich (27), a Lithuania-born KGB agent, established a safe house at Zook's Pharmacy in Santa Fe, NM, for the assassins of Leon Trotsky. The pharmacy, visible in archive photos, was replaced in 1990 by a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop. Grigulevich was recruited by Soviet strongman Josef Stalin's secret police as a university student in Paris and learned the assassin's trade during the Spanish civil war. He later published 58 books on Latin American history. In 2011 intelligence expert E.B. Held authored "A Spy's Guide to Albuquerque and Santa Fe."
    (AP, 8/21/08)(AFP, 2/4/11)

1943        Jan, Construction began at Los Alamos, New Mexico, on a research facility for the Manhattan Project, the US atomic bomb program.
    (ON, 8/09, p.8)

1943        Dec 31, John Denver, singer (Rocky Mt High), was born in NM.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1945        Jul 16, The first US test explosion of the atomic bomb was made at Alamogordo Air Base, south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, equal to some twenty thousand tons of TNT. The bomb was called the Gadget and the experiment was called Trinity from a poem by John Donne (Batter my heart, three-person’d God), and it was conducted in a part of the desert called Jornada del Muerto, (Dead Man’s Trail), and measured the equivalent of 18,600 (21,000) tons of TNT. It was the culmination of 28 months of intense scientific research conducted under the leadership of physicist Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer under the code name Manhattan Project. The successful atomic test was witnessed by only one journalist, William L. Laurence of the New York Times, who described seeing the blinding explosion: "One felt as though he had been privileged to...be present at the moment of the Creation when the Lord said: Let There be Light." Oppenheimer’s own thoughts from the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita were very different: "I am become death, the shatterer of worlds." The event is described in Richard Thode’s "The Making of the Atomic Bomb."  In 2005 Diane Preston authored “Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima."
    (NOHY, 3/1990, p.212-213)(HNPD, 7/16/98)(SFC, 12/31/98, p.D4)(SFEC, 12/19/99, Par p.15)(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.E3)

1945-1970    Norris Bradbury directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos was later named after him.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D6)

1946        Apr 16, 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket was at White Sands, NM. It reached 8 km.
    (MC, 4/16/02)

1947        Jul 2, An object crashed near Roswell, N.M. The Army Air Force later insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft.
    (AP, 7/2/97)

1947        Jul 5, Rancher Mac Brazel found unusual debris 75 miles northwest of Roswell, NM, scattered over an area 300 years wide and ¾ of a mile long. This led to rumors of an alien crash. The military said it was a crashed weather balloon.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.D8)

1947        Dr. Clayton S. White (d.2003) helped establish Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.
    (SFC, 5/4/04, p.B7)

1947        Ruth Hall, amateur paleontologist, discovered dinosaur fossils at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico.
    (SFC, 12/11/09, p.A15)

1949        Feb 24, A V-2 WAC-Corporal was the 1st rocket to outer space. It was fired at White Sands, NM, and reached 400 km.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1949-1984    Georgia O’Keeffe lived in a remodeled adobe house on 3 acres in Abiquiu.
    (SFC, 7/16/97, p.E3)

1950         Mar 22, A one-page memo was addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover from Guy Hottel, then head of the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office. It relayed some information from an informant. The subject:    FLYING SAUCERS INFORMATION CONCERNING: "An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots." The file was released in April 2011 under the Freedom of Information Act. The memo is dated nearly three years after the infamous events in Roswell in July 1947.

1950        Hot Springs, NM, voted 1,294-295 to change its name to Truth or Consequences. Radio show host Ralph Edwards had promised to broadcast from the town that agreed to change its name to that of his radio show.
    (SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)

1950        A real bear from a New Mexico fire was pressed into service as Smokey the Bear and lived until 1976 at the Washington National Zoo. The image of “Smokey the Bear" was created by an artist in 1944 as the official forest-fire spokesbear. He was named in 1945 reportedly in honor of Smokey Joe Martin, asst. chief of the New York City Fire Dept.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.T6)

1951        May, Richard L. Garwin (23) arrived at Los Alamos, N.M., to work on the hydrogen bomb. By July he had developed a preliminary H-bomb design for Edward Teller.
    (SFC, 4/24/01, p.A2)

1951        Jun 27, Sidney M. Gutierrez, Major USAF, astronaut (STS 40), was born in Albuquerque, NM.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1951        Nov 27, 1st rocket to intercept an airplane was fired at White Sands, NM.
    (MC, 11/27/01)

1951        In New Mexico Winkler Mills Craftsmen, Inc., located near the Nambé Pueblo, made traditional bronze and copper cookware and gifts. The owner retired and offered the business to his secretary, Pauline Platt Cable. She took over the day-to-day operations of the business. In 1953 Nambe began making metal dishes using an alloy of aluminum and 7 other metals.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.G7)(www.nambe.com/StoreCatalog/ctl10101/sitecontent/History/History)

1953        The film “Salt of the Earth" was written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert Biberman and produced by Paul Jerrico (d.1997 at 82). All three men had been blacklisted by HUAC. The film chronicled a long strike by Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico.
    (SFC,10/30/97, p.A26)

1954        Mar 19, The 1st rocket-driven sled on rails was tested in Alamogordo, NM.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1954        The town of Madrid was put up for sale in the Wall Street Journal for $250,000. There were no buyers. Madrid later became an artist's colony and the final stop along the Turquoise Trail along Route 14.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.T8)

1955        May 18, 28.7 cm rain fell at Lake Maloya, NM, for a state record.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1956        Jun 30, United DC-7 and a TWA collided over the Grand Canyon killing 128.
    (MC, 6/30/02)

1957        The Santa Fe Opera began its summer festival under founder John Crosby.
    (WSJ, 6/30/98, p.A17)

1957        Hondo Oil Co., led by Robert O. Anderson (1917-2007), discovered the quarter-billion-barrel Empire-Abo oilfield in southeast New Mexico.
    (WSJ, 12/8/07, p.A7)

1958        Mar 22, Movie producer Mike Todd (56) and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.
    (AP, 3/22/08)

1958        Georgia O'Keeffe created her oil on canvas painting "Ladder to the Moon."
    (SFEC, 8/10/97, p.T7)(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.C8)

1960s        Families of the pre-1846 land grants of northern New Mexico seized a courthouse, destroyed property and threatened a rebellion over holdings that had been whittled away over the years.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A6)

1960s        The state game commission imported 38 oryx from southern Africa. By 2002 the animals number over 4,000.
    (WSJ, 1/29/02, p.A1)

1964        Leon Shulman Gaspard (b.1882), Russian-born American artist, died in Taos, New Mexico. His work included “The Finish of the Kermesse."
    (WSJ, 12/1/07, p.W3)(www.askart.com/AskART/artists/biography.aspx?artist=5968)

1966        The 2.7 mile Sandia Peak Tramway opened in Albuquerque, NM.
    (SSFC, 9/26/04, p.D9)

1968        Ralph Looney (d.2000 at 76) authored “Haunted Highways," a collection of tales about New Mexico ghost towns.
    (SFC, 9/5/00, p.A24)

1970        Dec 2, The US Senate voted to give 48,000 acres of New Mexico back to the Taos Indians.
    (HN, 12/2/98)

1971        Aviator Sid Cutter revived ballooning in Albuquerque, NM, to commemorate his mother’s birthday. The experience led him to invite balloonists from around the world for the 1st int’l. balloon festival.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, E9)

1974        Amateur and professional archeologists met in New Mexico and created the American Rock Art Research Assoc. (ARARA) for the study and conservation of rock art.
    (PacDis, Summer ’97, p.12)

1975        The MITS Altair 8800 was introduced by Microinstrumentation & Telemetry Systems of Albuquerque, N.M. It was sold by mail-order and Bill Gates and Paul Allen developed the first software program for it.
    (WSJ, 11/16/98, p.R10)

1976        The 1st CRAY-1 supercomputer was installed at Los Alamos Laboratories in New Mexico for a 6-month trial.
    (www.cisl.ucar.edu/computers/gallery/cray/cray1.jsp)(WSJ, 3/2/00, p.B8)

1980        Feb 2, A 2-day prison riot began at the old main penitentiary near Santa Fe, NM. The riot left 33 inmates butchered by other prisoners.

1982        Aug 3, An explosion on board a hot air balloon carrying 9 people at a festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, killed four people and injured five.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

1983        Atari dumped 728,000 cartridges of its video game “E.T." into a landfill in New Mexico following disappointing sales of what many called the worst video game ever. In 2014 a documentary film company recovered a number of the cartridges that were still playable.
    (SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A2)

1984        The Santa Fe Institute was founded as a nonprofit research and education center. It specialized in the interdisciplinary study of complex systems.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.174)

1986        Mar 6, Georgia O'Keefe (98), US painter (Flowers), died in Santa Fe, NM.
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.C8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_O'Keeffe)

1986        Jun 18, 25 people were killed when a twin-engine plane and helicopter carrying sightseers collided over the Grand Canyon.
    (AP, 6/18/07)

1986        Lechugilla Cave, a few miles from Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, was discovered. It was the 5th largest cave in the world and the deepest in the continental US.
    (CW, Fall, 02, p.23)

1988        Jun 22, In New Mexico Althea Oakeley (21), in the running to be the Taos Fiesta Queen, was attacked and stabbed four times after walking home from a party at a frat house after getting into a disagreement with her boyfriend. She was taken to the Univ. of New Mexico Hospital, where she died. In 2021 Paul Apodaca (53), arrested for another homicide, confessed to her murder.
    (Albuquerque Journal, 8/20/21)

1988        Jul 11, Charles Bella flew his helicopter into a prison yard in New Mexico to free Daniel Mahoney and two other inmates. Bella later said Beverly Shoemaker pointed a .357-caliber Magnum pistol at his head and ordered him to fly to the penitentiary for the great escape she'd planned. Jurors swiftly acquitted Bella, who was defended by F. Lee Bailey.
    (https://tinyurl.com/kpdbd35k)(Tribune Publ., 6/6/21)

1988        The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. was completed. It received its 1st shipment of nuclear waste in 1999.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A2)

1990        The Santa Fe Photography and Digital Workshops began their summer programs. www.santefeworkships.com
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.T8)

1991        Ron Nicolino (52) sought permission for his project “Bras Across the Grand Canyon," but the request was denied. He used his bra collection to create a 1,300 pound “Big Giant Bra Ball" at his Point Richmond, Ca., home.
    (SSFC, 12/23/01, p.A25)

1992        Oct, The International UFO Museum and research Center opened in Roswell, New Mexico.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, p.T7)

1992        Willard F. Clark, printer and woodblock artist, died. He had just completed his book “Remembering Santa Fe."
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.D9)

1993        May 17, President Clinton visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb to promote a five-year, $20 billion defense-conversion plan.
    (AP, 5/17/98)

1995        Ralph Looney authored “O’Keeffe and Me: A Treasured Friendship," the story of his association with artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
    (SFC, 9/5/00, p.A24)

1995        The Taos Talking Pictures Festival began.
    (WSJ, 4/7/98, p.A16)

1996        Jul 27, The Santa Fe Opera premiered "Emmeline" by Tobias Picker. It was based on a novel by Judith Rossner.
    {New Mexico, opera}
    (WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A10)(www.current.org/prog613.html)

1996        Jul, A woman was kidnapped a sexually assaulted for 4 days by David Parker Ray with assistance from his daughter Glenda Jean Ray. Father and daughter were arrested in 1999 following another rape and torture.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A3)

1996        Ted Turner purchased the 588,000-acre Vermejo Park Ranch from Pennzoil Corp. The land contained as much as $2.5 billion in gas underground.
    (WSJ, 4/28/04, p.B1)

1997        The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum opened in Santa Fe.
    (WSJ, 3/2/00, p.B20)

1997        A woman (22) vanished from a bar near Elephant Butte. Her body was never found. In 1999 Dennis Roy Yancy pleaded guilty to her 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 12/3/99, p.A5)

1998        Mar 28, It was reported that the US government conducted a series of “sub-critical" underground explosions involving radioactive plutonium in a sealed chamber 960 feet below ground at the Los Alamos National Lab.
    (SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)

1998        May 13, Federal regulators approved a plan to store nuclear bomb waste in the New Mexico at the Waste isolation Pilot Project (WIPP).
    (SFC, 5/14/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 8, In New Mexico the $77 million Sloan Digital Sky Survey was reported to be about to start probing the universe.
    (SFC, 6/9/98, p.A3)

1998        Jul 13, Four young cousins in Gallup, N.M., died after becoming trapped in a car trunk.
    (AP, 7/13/99)

1999        Mar 22, A woman, held as a sex hostage, escaped from David Ray and Cindy Hendy near Elephant Butte Lake, NM. Ray and Hendy were arrested on charges of kidnapping and torture and then other reports emerged that 4-6 other victims had been mutilated and dumped into the lake. Hendy told police that Ray may have killed as many as 14 people.
    (SFC, 3/31/99, p.A6)(SFC, 5/13/99, p.A3)

1999        Mar 26, The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant  (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. received its first shipment of nuclear waste. The facility was completed in 1988.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A2)

1999        Apr 27, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne announced the movement of plutonium-contaminated waste out of Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A6)

1999        Jun 16, In Santa Fe 34 tribes filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the nation's largest tobacco companies.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.a3)

1999        Aug 8, Raffi Kodikian (25) stabbed to death his friend David Coughlin during a hiking expedition in the Rattlesnake Canyon in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Severe dehydration caused Coughlin to ask Kodikian to be killed.
    (SFC, 8/19/99, p.A3)

1999        cAug 22, Orlando Gabaldon (51), a prison inmate, was beaten to death at a private prison. Wackenhut Corrections Corp. opened 2 prisons under a $25 million-a-year contract to hold some 1,500 inmates.
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.A13)

1999        Dec 4, In New Mexico 13 people were killed when a van carrying 17 crashed into a tractor-trailer on an icy stretch of I-40 35 miles east of Albuquerque. The victims were undocumented workers from Mexico.
    (SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 12/6/99, p.A1)

1999        Don Imus, national radio show host, opened a 4,000-acre ranch in northern New Mexico to help sick children experience cowboy life. In 2004 his charity spent $2.6 million to host 100 children. Tax inquiries in 2005 were dropped.
    (WSJ, 3/24/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.B3)

2000        May 4, A controlled burn was begun in Bandolier Nat’l. Monument.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)

2000        May 7, A second fire was set to contain an earlier blaze that was begun to clear brush on the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; the second fire blew out of control, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory before it was controlled.
    (AP, 5/7/01)

2000        May 8, In New Mexico a controlled burn Bandolier National Monument near the Los Alamos National Laboratory blew out of control and 500 people were forced to evacuate the area.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)

2000        May 10, The fire at Los Alamos, New Mexico, burned 30 homes and forced the evacuation of all 11,000 residents. 3,700 acres were scorched.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)

2000        May 11, At Los Alamos 25,000 people were evacuated and the fire destroyed at least 150-260 homes. Flames scorched parts of the nuclear weapons facility.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/00, p.A1)

2000        May 12, The Los Alamos fire toll covered 30,000 acres with 191 housing structures burned.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 1, At Los Alamos hard drives with classified nuclear secrets were discovered missing. They were found June 16 behind a photocopier.
    (WSJ, 6/13/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 19, In New Mexico a gas pipeline explosion near Carlsbad killed 10 people camping on the banks of the Pecos River. An 11th victim died 2 days later. Investigators found corrosion in the blown pipe wall. Amanda Smith (25), the 12th victim, died in Sept.
    (SFC, 8/21/00, p.A3)(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A4)(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A7)

2000        Oct 19, It was reported that scientists had brought to life 4 strains of bacteria entombed in salt crystals of New Mexico rock for 250 million years.
    (SFC, 10/19/00, p.A1)

2000        The federal government purchased the 95,000 acre Baca Ranch from a Texas family and renamed it Valles Caldera National Preserve. Public tours began in Sep 2001.
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.C8)
2000        Forest Guardians filed a federal lawsuit in New Mexico over bird deaths against IMC Potash Carlsbad, a division of IMC Global. US Fish and Wildlife estimated that from 1996-2000 over 1,600 birds had died in a shallow lake where wastewater was discharged.
    (SFC, 7/7/08, p.A9)
2000        The Sloan Digital Sky Survey started work using its 2.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.
    (Econ, 2/27/10, SR p.3)(http://www.sdss.org/)

2001        Dec 30, Rev. Jack Brock of the Christ Community Church and his wife Sharon burned Harry Potter books in Alamogordo after calling them “a masterpiece of satanic deception."
    (SFC, 1/1/02, p.A2)

2001-2005    Some 80 million pinõn trees died in Arizona and New Mexico due to drought.
    (WSJ, 7/31/06, p.A1)

2002        Mar 8, Five people were killed in a 14-vehicle pile-up on I-40 when smoke and flame from a construction site swept across the highway near Santa Rosa.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A6)

2002        Mar 23, The Kokopelli fire covered 1000 acres and the 5-2 Fire on the Mescalero Apache reservation covered 2,400. At least 32 homes were lost.
    (SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A20)
2002        Mar 23, Richard Bradford (70) author, died in Santa Fe. His work included the novels "Red Sky at Morning" (1968) and “So Far From Heaven." 
    (SFC, 3/27/02, p.A21)

2002        Mar 24, Gov. Gary Johnson declared a state disaster as an 800-acre fire burned 28 homes in Alto. Fireplace ashes dumped in a backyard sparked the wildfire.
    (SFC, 3/25/02, p.A9)

2002        Aug 18, US federal agents said they had seized over 2,300 unregistered missiles at a counter-terrorism school, High Energy Access Tools (HEAT), in Roswell, New Mexico, that was training students from Arab countries and arrested its Canadian leader.
    (Reuters, 8/18/02)(WSJ, 8/19/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 14, In New Mexico VP Cheney met with representatives of Bajagua, a start-up waste processing firm targeting waste water in Tijuana, Mexico. Waste from Tijuana flowed into San Diego County and its Tijuana River estuary. Bajagua spent $585,000 in lobbying efforts from 2001-2006. Estimates of costs to the US ranged from $580-780 million. A 1999 environmental impact statement called the Bajagua plan not feasible.
    (WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A15)

2002        Nov 5, Bill Richardson (b.1947) was elected governor of New Mexico. Over the next 4 years he brought some 60 film productions to the state, cut personal income tax rates by 40%, halved the capital gains tax and provided generous tax credits to job-creating businesses.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.26)(http://rulers.org/2002-11.html)

2003        Apr 5, In Israel Brian Avery (23), a peace activist from Albuquerque, NM, was wounded when Israeli troops opened fire in Jenin.
    (SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A8)

2003        Jul 24, Colin McMillan, an oilman awaiting confirmation as US Navy secretary, was found dead at his 55,000-acre ranch in New Mexico. His death was ruled a suicide.
    (SFC, 7/26/03, p.A3)

2003        Aug 31, The burned body of Katie Sepich (22) was found at an old dump in Las Cruces, NM. She had been raped and strangled earlier that same day. In 2006 DNA evidence identified Gabriel Adrian Avila, already in prison for burglary and assault, as her killer.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/yvb63k)

2003        Sep 11, In Nogales, New Mexico, federal agents discovered a 985-foot tunnel to Mexico equipped to move drugs on railcars.
    (SSFC, 9/13/03, p.A3)

2003        Sep 20, A Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter crashed and all 7 aboard were killed.
    (WSJ, 9/22/03, p.A1)

2003        Nov 5, Mexican President Vicente Fox asked New Mexico state leaders for better treatment of illegal immigrants from his country.
    (AP, 11/5/03)

2004        Jul 7, In Hondo, NM, Cody Posey (14) was arrested for the murder of his father, stepmother and stepsister. His father was manager of a ranch owned by ABC newsman Sam Donaldson.
    (SFC, 7/8/04, p.A3)

2004        John McAfee, computer software multi-millionaire, formed a network of runways in New Mexico and Arizona for recreational light sport aircraft.
    (WSJ, 4/21/07, p.A10)

2005        Feb 17, An archaeology report by the Museum of New Mexico's Office of Archaeological Studies confirmed that a 600-year-old pueblo is buried under Santa Fe's City Hall, its convention center, the parking lot they share and nearby federal buildings.
    (AP, 2/17/05)

2005        May 8, Kristi Black (19) was found strangled in the apartment shared with Ivan Villa (22) in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Villa disappeared with Justin, his 16-month-old stepson, leading to a frantic search for the toddler. Later in the month Justin was recovered in Mexico. On Oct 5, 2006, Villa turned himself in to US authorities in Guadalajara.
    (AP, 10/6/06)

2005        Jul 15, It was reported that an estimated 100,000 gamecock breeders operated in the US, where cockfights were only legal in Louisiana and New Mexico. Breeders prepared the birds with injections of testosterone and methamphetamines.
    (WSJ, 7/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 3, R.C. Gorman (b.1931), Navajo artist, died in Albuquerque, NM. He was dubbed “the Picasso of American Indian Art" by the NY Times.
    (SFC, 11/3/05, p.B6)

2005        Nov 21, In New Mexico, police arrested Monsignor Dale Fushek (53), former vicar gen’l. of the Phoenix Roman Catholic Diocese, on sex charges involving boys and young men. On May 22, 2006, three of the 10 misdemeanor counts were dismissed at the request of the prosecution. On December 5, 2006, the lawsuit filed on January 27, 2005, was settled by the Diocese of Phoenix for $100,000. The settlement does not imply any admission of guilt, according to the Diocesan attorney Mike Haran. The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.
    (SFC, 11/22/05, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Fushek)

2005        Dec 13, Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement for the state to build a $225 million spaceport.
    (AP, 12/13/05)

2006        Jan 2, Grass fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas left at least 4 people dead with over 250 structures burned.
    (SFC, 1/3/06, p.A4)

2006        Jan 8, Wildfires in the southwest US spread to Arkansas and Colorado destroying 9 more homes. Over the last 2 weeks the fires in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas have destroyed 475 homes and left 5 people dead.
    (SFC, 1/9/06, p.A3)

2006        Jan 29, The Mexican government said the US Border Patrol in New Mexico arrested Francisco Javier Gutierrez, a Mexican immigration official, who was allegedly trying to help a group of undocumented migrants sneak into the US.
    (AP, 1/30/06)

2006        Feb 8, The NY Times reported that Representative Heather Wilson of New Mexico, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, said in an interview that she had "serious concerns" about the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
    (AFP, 2/8/06)

2006        Mar 9, Scientists from Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico reported that they produced superheated gas exceeding temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin, or 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit.

2006        Jun 1, The Univ. of California ceded control of Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to a consortium, the Los Alamos National Security, which included, UC, Bechtel, Washington Group Int’l., and BWX Technologies.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.85)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Alamos_National_Laboratory)

2006        Jun 13, Luis Jimenez (b.1940), Chicago sculptor, was killed in Hondo, New Mexico, while hoisting pieces of a massive mustang for final assembly. The work was installed at the Denver Airport in February, 2008.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Jim%C3%A9nez_(sculptor))(WSJ, 2/7/08, p.A1)

2006        Jul, Eclipse Aviation of Albuquerque, NM, hoped to get approval from the FAA for its new very light jet (VLJ), which sets 5 passengers and a pilot.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.61)

2006        Sep 8, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir agreed to release American journalist Paul Salopek and his Chadian assistants after meeting with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
    (AP, 9/9/06)

2006        Sep, In New Mexico the Second Chance prison facility opened for non-violent prisoners with substance-abuse problems. It was founded by Rick Pendery, a Scientologist and former real-estate developer, based on principles of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
    (WSJ, 1/19/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 10, Sudan and rebel groups, prodded by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, agreed on a 60-day ceasefire, plus diplomatic efforts by the UN and African Union, to end the conflict in Darfur.
    (AFP, 1/11/07)

2007        Jan 21, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 1/22/07, p.A3)

2007        Mar 12, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill that outlawed cockfighting. This left Louisiana as the only state to allow organized cockfighting.
    (WSJ, 3/13/07, p.A4)

2007        Mar 13, New Mexico got an official state neckwear, a real Western icon, the bolo tie.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

2007        Mar, Lawmakers in New Mexico passed bill penalizing drivers who come to New Mexico with drunk driving convictions from other states.
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.37)

2007        Apr 8, Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor who has undertaken diplomatic missions to countries at odds with the United States, began a rare visit to isolated North Korea to recover remains of American servicemen killed in the Korean War.
    (AP, 4/9/07)

2007        Apr 19, Luis Posada Carriles (79), an anti-Castro exile wanted in Cuba for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner, was freed from a New Mexico jail after he posted $250,000 bond and his family put up another $100,000. He must wear an electronic monitoring device while under house arrest at his wife's home in Miami pending his May 11 trial on immigration fraud charges. Posada's immigration case was later thrown out by a federal judge, but the government appealed.
    (AP, 4/20/07)(AP, 4/19/08)

2007        May 21, Bill Richardson, Gov. of New Mexico, officially joined the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (WSJ, 5/22/07, p.A1)

2007        Aug 5, A medical plane left the Ruidoso Regional Airport on a flight to University of New Mexico Hospital, and crashed almost immediately in Devil's Canyon in the Lincoln National Forest. 5 people were killed including a 15-month-old patient and her mother.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

2007        Aug 17, New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson ordered the state Health Department to resume planning of a medical marijuana program despite the agency's worries about possible federal prosecution.
    (AP, 8/18/07)

2007        Sep 10, US defense research company QinetiQ announced that an unmanned solar-powered aircraft had soared for 54 hours more than 50,000 feet above New Mexico and may hold the record for unmanned flight.
    (AP, 9/10/07)

2007        The US Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORSO) opened at Kirtland air Force Base in New Mexico, following a congressional order for the Dept. of Defense to establish a body for to lead a shift to quick-build, quick-launch replacements of spy satellites.
    (Econ, 12/11/10, TQ p.23)

2008        Feb 14, New Mexico announced that Hillary Clinton won the Feb 5 Democratic caucus giving her 14 delegates to 12 for Obama.
    (SFC, 2/15/08, p.A3)

2008        May 6, In New Mexico Wayne Bent (66), the leader of an apocalyptic sect, was arrested and charged with felony sex crimes against children.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.A4)

2008        Jun 9, Engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and IBM Corp. unveiled, the world's fastest supercomputer, a $100 million machine that for the first time has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise. Named Roadrunner it will be used primarily on nuclear weapons work.
    (AP, 6/10/08)

2008        Aug 24, In New Mexico 8 inmates escaped from a county jail in Clovis. 3 were captured the next day and 5 remained at large.
    (AP, 8/26/08)

2009        Jan 5, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama's choice for commerce secretary, withdrew under pressure of a federal investigation into how his political donors landed a lucrative transportation contract.
    (AP, 1/5/09)

2009        Feb 2, In New Mexico Richard Leon Goyette (47) was arrested in Albuquerque for conveying false information. Angered over losses in the stock market he has sent financial institutions angry e-mails and dozens of threatening letters containing suspicious powder.
    (WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A6)

2009        Feb 27, New Mexico authorities said they have recovered bones from 13 victims at a desert site west of Albuquerque. 2 victims were identified as prostitutes reported missing in 2004.
    (SFC, 2/28/09, p.A4)

2009        Feb 12, Ed Grothus (b.1923), owner of the Black Hole “nuclear waste" junk store in Los Alamos, NM, died. The former Manhattan Project machinist began collecting rejected equipment from the weapons lab at Los Alamos in 1969 and in 1972 established his Omega Peace Institute at a former Lutheran church, which later became his First Church of High Technology.
    (SFC, 3/14/09, p.A10)

2009        Mar 18, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has supported capital punishment, decided to sign legislation to repeal the state’s death penalty. The repeal takes effect on July 1, and applies only to crimes committed after that date.
    (AP, 3/19/09)

2009        May 2, Mine That Bird, under New Mexico trainer Bennie Woolley Jr., won the Kentucky Derby. With an inspired ride on the rail from Calvin Borel the win was one of the greatest upsets in 135 years of America's most famous horse race.
    (AP, 5/3/09)

2009        Jun 9, In New Mexico a helicopter crashed while attempting to rescue Megumi Yamamoto, a Japanese graduate student who was hiking in the mountains above Santa Fe. Police Sgt Andy Tingwall and Yamamoto died in the crash.
    (SFC, 6/15/09, p.A6)

2009        Jun 15, Harriet Miers, former White House counsel, during House Judiciary closed door testimony, said former White House political advisor Karl Rove played a central role in the 2006 ouster of New Mexico’s US Attorney David Iglesias as well as 8 other US attorneys.
    (SFC, 8/12/09, p.A5)

2009        Jun 19, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the remote site of Spaceport America, about 45 north of Las Cruces. The spaceport was being constructed for commercial space development.
    (SFC, 6/20/09, p.A4)

2009        Aug 25, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson met with Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's parliament, as well as members of the island's chamber of commerce as he headed a trade mission there this week.
    (AP, 8/25/09)

2009        Nov 1, Sister Marguerite Bartz (64) was found dead on the Indian reservation of Navaho, NM. On Nov 6 Reehahlio Carroll (18) was charged with premeditated killing in the slaying Bartz. On April 5, 2013 Carroll pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder and faced 40 years in prison.
    (http://cbs5.com/national/nun.found.dead.2.1288177.html)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A4)(SFC, 4/6/13, p.A4)

2009        Nov 13, Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King (85) died. The folksy cattle rancher served more time as governor than anyone else and became an institution in state politics. King was a Democrat who served three terms that spanned three decades. He was in office in 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94.
    (AP, 11/13/09)

2010        Jan 27, The Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story that Ishmael "Mike" Salinas admitted to bulk cash smuggling and failing to make a required report on currency brought into the US from Baghdad. The former employee of a New Mexico construction company with contracts in Iraq pleaded guilty to illegally bringing in more than $800,000.
    (AP, 1/27/10)

2010        Mar 2, In southeast New Mexico two employees at a Navajo oil refinery were killed and two others critically injured after a storage tank exploded into flames.
    (AP, 3/2/10)

2010        Jul 12, In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robert E. Reza (37), angered by a child custody dispute, shot and wounded his girlfriend and killed 2 employees at her place of work before killing himself.
    (SFC, 7/13/10, p.A6)

2010        Jul 30, In Arizona 3 convicted murderers escaped from a private prison. Daniel Renwick (36) was caught on Aug 1. Terry Province (42) and John McCluskey (45) remained at large. On Aug 4, the burned remains of Linda and Gary Haas (61) were found in a charred camper in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Province and McCluskey were linked to their killing as was Casslyn Welch (44), a woman who helped them escape. Province was captured on Aug 9 in Meeteetse, Wyoming. On Jan 20, 2012, Province and Welch agreed to plead guilty to charges of carjacking resulting in death, conspiracy and other charges.
    (SFC, 8/2/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 8/8/10, p.A7)(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A5)(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A4)

2010        Aug 19, Authorities in eastern Arizona arrested John McCluskey (45) and his alleged accomplice Casslyn Welch (44) at a campsite in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. McCluskey fled July 30 with two other inmates from a private prison in northwest Arizona and evaded authorities in at least six states before being caught. On Oct 7, 2013, McCluskey was convicted of murder in the August, 2010, killings of retirees Gary and Linda Haas in New Mexico.
    (AP, 8/20/10)(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A5)

2010        Sep 17, In New Mexico scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni (75) and his wife Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni (67), who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, were arrested after an FBI sting operation. They were charged with offering to help develop a nuclear weapon for Venezuela.
    (AP, 9/18/10)

2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)

2010        Dec 8, Pres. Obama signed legislation to pay American Indians and black farmers some $4.6 billion for government mistreatment over many decades. The legislation settled 4 long-standing Native American water rights in Arizona, New Mexico and Montana.
    (SFC, 12/9/10, p.A18)

2010        Forrest Fenn, American art collector, deposited a bronze treasure box in the mountains north of Santa Fe. He then wrote a memoir with a six paragraph poem containing nine clues to where his treasure lies.
    (Econ, 11/26/16, p.28)

2011        Jan 1, Republican Susana Martinez (51) was inaugurated as the first female governor of New Mexico.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.A10)

2011        Mar 10, The US Attorney's office in New Mexico said the mayor of Columbus, Eddie Espinoza, the town's police chief Angelo Vega, and village trustee Blas Gutierrez were among those arrested on an 84-count indictment for allegedly trafficking around 200 guns to Mexico. In July Espinoza pleaded guilty to federal gun smuggling charges and faced 65 years in prison. In August Vega pleaded guilty.
    (Reuters, 3/11/11)(SFC, 7/14/11, p.A6)(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)

2011        Apr 2, In New Mexico four Gulfstream employees died in a crash of a test twin-engine business aircraft at the airport in Roswell. In 2012 the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that pressure to speed flight tests for the new $65 million G650 was to blame for the crash.
    (SSFC, 4/3/11, p.A9)(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A5)

2011        Apr 24, In New Mexico Margaret Salcedo (48) was mauled to death by a pack of four pit bulls in the town of Truth or Consequences.
    (Reuters, 4/25/11)
2011        Apr 24, In New Mexico a small plane crashed in Heron Lake near the town of Chama. Police divers the next day recovered some human remains and bundles of cocaine.
    (SFC, 4/26/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 23, F. Chris Garcia, a former Univ. of New Mexico president, was arrested and jailed in connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring. Police said Garcia and New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson professor David Flory were among 7 members in the top echelon of the ring, which had 1,400 members including 200 prostitutes.
    (SFC, 6/24/11, p.A8)

2011        Jun 26, In New Mexico a wildfire broke out near Los Alamos. By the next day it had grown to 78 square miles and threatened the 36-square mile Los Alamos nuclear laboratory.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 29, In New Mexico the Los Conchas Fire expanded to 110-square miles reaching the edge of the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory.
    (SFC, 6/30/11, p.A9)

2011        Sep 7, It was reported that New Mexico plans to build a $200 million, 20-square mile model metropolis to test renewable energy innovations, intelligent traffic systems and new wireless networks. It would model a typical American town of 35,000 people.
    (SFC, 9/7/11, p.A6)

2011        Nov, The 685-member Fort Sill Apache won the right to establish a reservation on homelands in southern New Mexico. The US Interior Department approved a proclamation that awards the Fort Sill Apache 30 acres to establish a reservation near Deming.
    (AP, 11/24/11)

2011        Dec 4, It was reported that final preparations were underway for the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM. The high-end price tag estimate of $5.8 billion is almost $1 billion more than New Mexico's annual state budget and more than double the lab's annual budget.
    (AP, 12/4/11)

2011        Dec 19, Fierce winds and snow that caused fatal road accidents and shuttered highways in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The storm was blamed for at least six deaths.
    (AP, 12/20/11)

2012        Jan 24, In New Mexico a federal jury awarded $22 million to Stephen Slevin (58), who was kept in solitary confinement for two years and forced to pull his own tooth after being arrested for drunken driving in Dona Ana County. He was arrested while driving through the southern New Mexico county in August 2005 and ended up in solitary confinement because he was suffering from depression and someone checked a box on a form indicating he was suicidal. He released in June, 2007, and was never convicted.
    (AP, 1/26/12)

2012        May 23, In New Mexico 2 lightning-sparked fires merged to form the Gila Wilderness blaze. Bay May 25 it had spread over 85,000 acres, or more than 130 square miles.
    (SFC, 5/26/12, p.A8)

2012        May 30, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness blaze grew to over 170,000 acres, making it the biggest in state history.
    (SFC, 5/31/12, p.A9)

2012        Jun 3, New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness has scorched 377 square miles. The Whitewater-Baldy Complex was still only 17% contained.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)

2012        Jun 4, In New Mexico lightning sparked a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. By mid-June it had destroyed 224 homes and burned 59 sq. miles.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)

2012        Jun 16, In New Mexico the Whitewater-Baldy wildfire has scorched over 450 sq. miles in the Gila National Forest.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)

2012        Oct 14, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner plummeted into the record books, breaking the mark for highest-ever skydive after leaping from a balloon more than 24 miles above New Mexico and going supersonic at Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph.
    (SFC, 10/15/12, p.A5)

2012        Nov 26, The US Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials had found salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

2013        Jan 19, In New Mexico 5 people, including three young children, were shot and killed in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque. Nehemiah Griego (15) was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of his family.
    (AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/22/13)

2013        Jun 4, In New Mexico a 400-lb black bear attacked a bedridden woman (82) in Cimarron. Wildlife officers caught and killed the bear the next day.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)

2013        Oct 26, In New Mexico a gunman opened fire on police in Albuquerque and wounded three officers before he was shot and killed.
    (Reuters, 10/26/13)

2013        Nov 24, US media reported that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1), California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
    (AFP, 11/245/13)

2013        Nov 30, In New Mexico a freight train derailed near Bayard killing 3 locomotive operators of Southwest Railroad Inc.
    (SFC, 12/2/13, p.A6)

2013        Dec 19, New Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized gay marriages in the state.
    (Econ, 1/4/14, p.21)

2013         John-Paul Hodnett, a graduate student, unearthed the first fossils of 300-million-year-old shark’s teeth at a dig east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later named the 6.7-foot (2 meter) monster Dracopristis hoffmanorum, or Hoffman’s Dragon Shark, in honor of the New Mexico family that owns the land in the Manzano Mountains where the fossils were found. Eastern New Mexico back then was covered by a seaway that extended deep into North America.
    (AP, 4/16/21)

2014        Jan 13, New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled that the ability of competent, terminally ill patients to choose aid in dying is a fundamental right under the state constitution.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)

2014        Jan 14, In New Mexico a boy (12) drew a shotgun from a band instrument case and shot two classmates at the Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. A boy (11) and a girl (13) were seriously wounded. The shooter was described as a smart and nice kid.
    (SFC, 1/15/14, p.A4)(SFC, 1/16/14, p.A9)

2014        Feb 14, In New Mexico unusually high levels of radioactive particles were found at an underground nuclear waste site in what a spokesman said looked like the first real alarm since the plant opened in 1999. Investigators in June said they have found five other potentially explosive barrels in West Texas that came from the same Los Alamos waste stream.
    (Reuters, 2/16/14)(SFC, 6/11/14, p.A6)

2014        Feb, In New Mexico Wilson Joe Chiquito (75) was beaten to death at his home in the Navajo community of Counselor. In 2020 the FBI issued its first poster in a Native American language seeking information on the death of Chiquito.
    (https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/wilson-joe-chiquito)(SFC, 4/14/20, p.A3)

2014        Mar 2, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation to ban texting. 41 other states have already banned texting by all drivers.
    (SFC, 3/3/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 16, In New Mexico police outside Albuquerque shot and killed James Boyd (38), a homeless camper who suffered from schizophrenia. A helmet camera showed Boyd gathering his belongings before officers opened fire. On June 28 Boyd’s family filed suit against the city police. On Jan 12, 2015, two officers were charged with murder.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Boyd_shooting)(SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A10)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A7)

2014        Mar 21, New Mexico withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a US government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February.
    (AP, 3/22/14)

2014        Mar 30, In Albuquerque, NM, a protest over recent police shootings turned to mayhem as demonstrators clashed with riot police. Violent confrontations between officers and residents have included 37 police shootings since 2010, 23 of them fatal.
    (SFC, 3/31/14, p.A6)

2014        May 1, The Navajo Nation and a group led by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the Navajo reservation and keep the animals from being slaughtered.
    (SFC, 5/2/14, p.A7)

2014        Jul 19, In New Mexico three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable. Alex Rios (18) and two boys (15&16) were placed in Bernalillo County detention facilities.
    (AP, 7/20/14)

2014        Aug 15, FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a March 11 high-speed car chase.
    (Reuters, 8/15/14)

2014         Dec 5, The US Department of Justice said that it’s investigating several complains concerning the University of New Mexico's conduct of reported sexual assaults & sexual persecution of students.
    (Reuters, 12/5/14)

2015        Jan 13, Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shot and killed a suspect dressed in body armor who pulled a gun on them following a foot chase. The suspect had fired on officers in an eastside neighborhood.
    (SFC, 1/15/15, p.A8)

2015        Apr 30, The US Energy Department said it will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)

2015        Aug 5, In southern Colorado some 3 million gallons of sludge from the Gold King mine in the San Juan Mountains spilled into a creek and then to the Animas River, which connects to the Colorado River. Workers trying to staunch a leak accidentally opened a passage to the creek. On May 23, 2016, New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and owners of the two mines for environmental and economic damages caused by the spill.
    (SFC, 8/10/15, p.A5)(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A5)

2015        Oct 20, In New Mexico Lilly Garcia (4) was shot and killed in a road-rage incident on an Albuquerque freeway. Suspect Tony Torrez (32) was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 10/22/15, p.A7)

2015        Oct 30, In New Mexico Albuquerque police Officer Daniel Webster (47) died from wounds suffered on Oct 21 after Davon Lymon opened fire and fled as he was being handcuffed during a traffic stop.
    (SFC, 10/30/15, p.A6)

2016        Mar 9, In New Mexico convicted murderer Joseph Cruz (32) and Lionel Clah (29), convicted of armed robbery, escaped from a prisoner transport van in the Roswell area. Cruz was re-captured in Albuquerque on March 11. Clah was re-captured on March 12, also in Albuquerque.
    (SFC, 3/10/16, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/113/16, p.A9)

2016        May 3, In New Mexico the body of Ashlynne Mike (11) was found after she and her brother were kidnapped a day earlier near San Juan in the Navajo Nation. Suspect Tom Begaye (27) was soon arrested and faced murder charges.   
    (http://tinyurl.com/j848mxx)(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A6)

2016        May 29, In Florida the Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (63) as its presidential candidate at the party’s convention in Orlando. Johnson served as New Mexico’s governor from 1995-2003 and was the party’s candidate in 2012.
    (SFC, 5/30/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 7, The last major primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination.
    (AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)

2016        Jun 11, In New Mexico Cynthia Villegas and her 4 children were found shot to death in Roswell. Husband Juan David Villegas-Hernandez, identified as the shooter, fled the scene and was arrested in Mexico the next day.
    (SFC, 6/13/16, p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)

2016        Jun 14, In New Mexico the Dog Head Fire broke out about 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the town of Tajique. It soon forced evacuations and by June 17 grew to about 16,000 acres (6,500 hectares).
    (Reuters, 6/17/16)

2016        Nov, New Mexico state voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting judges from jailing people because they can’t afford bail.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)

2016        Dec 23, The US Energy Dept. authorized its contractor to resume the disposal of radioactive waste at an underground repository outside Carlsbad, NM. A radioactive release had force the facility to close nearly three years ago.
    (SFC, 12/24/16, p.A5)

2017        Jan 13, The US Environmental Protection Agency denied $1.2 billion in claims for economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine, that fouled waterways in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
    (AP, 1/13/17)

2017        Apr 26, California and New Mexico filed suit against the Trump administration for blocking rules that would require oil, gas and coal companies to pay an additional $78 million a year in royalties from mining on federal lands.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.D1)

2017        Jun 15, In New Mexico three people were killed at a home in La Madera in what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Two others were killed later at separate locations in the region. Police soon arrested Damian Herrera (21) and charged him with all five murders, including that of his mother, stepfather and brother.
    (SFC, 6/17/17, p.A5)

2017        Jun 19, In New Mexico a 25-vehicle pileup left six people dead near the Arizona state line. High winds blowing dust had led to limited visibility.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)

2017        Aug 28, In New Mexico two women were killed and four people injured when gunfire erupted inside a public library in Clovis. Nathaniel Jouett (16) surrendered and was taken into custody by police.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A7)(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A5)

2017        Sep 16, In New Mexico Bob Martin, (64), a reporter for Albuquerque KRQE-TV, was killed when the news helicopter he piloted crashed near Ancho.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)

2017        Oct 20, In New Mexico Tom Begaye was sentenced in Albuquerque to life in prison for the 2016 sexual assault and killing of Ashlynne Mike (11) on the Navajo Nation.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)

2017        Nov 5, In New Mexico a small plane crashed near the Hatch airport killing all four occupants from Texas.
    (SFC, 11/7/17, p.A5)

2018        Jan 17, In New Mexico Roy Bennett and his wife, who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of the state along with an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots.
    (AP, 1/19/18)(SFC, 1/20/18, p.A3)

2018        Feb 22, The US District Court for the Northern District of California granted the states of California and New Mexico's bid for a preliminary injunction and denied the Trump administration's request to move the trial to another court venue in Wyoming. The court temporarily blocked the Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production.
    (AP, 2/23/18)

2018        Apr 9, Arizona's GOP Gov. Doug Ducey sent 225 members of its National Guard to the Mexican border and pledged to deploy another 113 the following day to support Pres. Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have committed 1,600 Guard members to the border.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)

2018        Jun 1, In northern New Mexico a wildfire, stoked by low humidity and high temperatures, forced residents in the remote community of Cimarron to flee their homes. By the next day the wildfire doubled in size to 42 square miles.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)

2018        Jul 15, In New Mexico a collision involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on I-25 killed three people. Authorities later reported that one of the injured passengers was carrying a backpack filled with almost $100,000.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)(SFC, 7/23/18, p.A4)

2018        Jul 23, In New Mexico flood waters rushed through the streets in Santa Fe late today, destroying homes and businesses and trapping motorists in vehicles as more than 3 inches (8 cm) of rain fell.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)

2018        Aug 6, In New Mexico authorities found the remains of a young boy after raiding a commpound on the outskirts of Amalia. On August 3 police arrested Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and four other adults after finding 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions. Wahhaj was suspected of having abducted his son from Georgia. Prosecutors later said Wahhaj was training yoiungsters to commit school shootings.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.A5)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)

2018        Aug 30, In New Mexico at least seven people were killed and others seriously injured in a head-on crash involving a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi-truck along I-40.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A6)

2018        Oct 4, In New Mexico Cameron Martinez (18) died from gunshot wounds in a vehicle near the Ohkay Hotel Casino near Espanola. Three other people were expected to survive their wounds. Martinez had recently appeared in a political ad for Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democratic candidate for state governor.
    (SSFC, 10/7/18, p.A10)

2018        Dec 6, A girl (7) from Guatemala was found near Lordsburg, New Mexico, by US Border Patrol agents. Jackeline Caal was in custody for about eight hours before she began having seizures. Emergency medical technicians discovered the girl's fever was 105.7 degrees Fahrenheit (40.9 degrees Celsius), and she was airlifted to an El Paso, Texas, hospital, where she later died. The girl was traveling with a group of 163 people, who approached agents to turn themselves in.
    (AP, 12/14/18)

2019        Feb 27, In New Mexico Amanda Madrid (25) was shopping for hamster food shortly before she was fatally shot in Albuquerque. In 2021 a judge sentenced Maiah Madrid-Schleicher (28) to 14 years in prison for the shooting death outside a Family Dollar store.
    (Tribune Publ., 6/11/21)

2019        Apr 20, The FBI arrested Larry Hopkins (69), a member of an armed group of US citizens who have been stopping migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in New Mexico. Hopkins had represented himself as the commander of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), a volunteer group camped out near Sunland Park since late February. Hopkins was soon indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
    (Reuters, 4/20/19)(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)

2019        Sep 12, In New Mexico five people were killed, and six others wounded late today at three shooting scenes that occurred over a 90-minute span in Albuquerque.
    (AP, 9/13/19)(SFC, 9/14/19, p.A6)

2019        Sep 13, In New Mexico Arthur Perrault (81), a former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. Perrault had pleaded not guilty after he was returned to the US from Morocco in 2017 and maintained his innocence at the sentencing.
    (AP, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 18, New Mexico unveiled a plan to make tuition free at its public colleges and universities for all state residents.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A5)

2019        Nov 3, In New Mexico two people died overnight and 14 others were injured during a traditional religious ceremony on the Alamo Navajo Reservation in Socorro County.
    (AP, 11/6/19)

2019        Nov 4, A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in Sunland oark, New Mexico, about a mile from the US-Mexico border.
    (SFC, 11/15/19, p.A5)

2019        Dec 13, In New Mexico Saudi Arabian engineering student Hassan Alqahtani (27) was arrested on a federal firearms charge the day before he was scheduled to graduate from the University of New Mexico.
    (AP, 12/16/19)

2019        Dec 20, US President Donald Trump's signature on defense legislation turned White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico into White Sands National Park.
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.A8)

2019        Dec 22, The Boeing Starliner spacecraft successfully landed in New Mexico after a failed mission to the International Space Station.
    (Reuters, 12/22/19)

2020        Jan 18, New Mexico Sunday school teacher Sasha Krause (27) was reported missing. Her body was found a month later cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head in a forest clearing outside Flagstaff. Mark Gooch (21), a US Air Force airman stationed near Phoenix was later arrested. He pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.
    (AP, 5/28/20)

2020        Feb 25, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill that will allow state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms, and she urged sheriffs to resign if they still refuse to enforce it.
    (AP, 2/25/20)

2020        Feb 29, In New Mexico Antonio Valenzuela (40) was choked to death by a police officer  after he fled from a traffic stop in Las Cruces. The officer can be heard on police camera footage saying, “I’m going to [expletive] choke you out, bro" as he chased Valenzuela. In August his family agreed to a $6.5 million settlement  with the city which agreed to ban all choke holds.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yba7zg2x)    (SFC, 8/120/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 26, Scientists announced the discovery of Dineobellator notohesperus, a two-legged meat-eater that was relatively small - around 7 feet (2 meters) long and 3 feet (1 meter) tall at the hip, weighing 40-50 pounds (18-22 kg). Fossils of the feathered dinosaur were found in northwestern New Mexico. The name means "Navajo warrior" to honor the Native American people native to the area.
    (Reuters, 3/26/20)

2020        Apr 8, In New Mexico the death toll from the coronavirus was 16. On the Navajo  Nation's reservation in the state the death toll reached 20.
    (SFC, 4/10/20, p.A5)

2020        May 1, In New Mexico COVID-19 infections in Gallup and surrounding McKinley County surpassed 1,060 confirmed cases and accounted for 30% of cases stateside, surpassing infections in much larger communities such as Albuquerque. In all, more than 3,500 cases have been reported in the state, with more than 130 deaths. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham invoked the state's Riot Control Act and ordered residents of Gallup to remain home except for emergencies and blocked roads leading in and out of town to nonessential travel and any vehicles carrying more than two people.
    (AP, 5/1/20)(SFC, 5/2/20, p.A7)
2020        May 1, Virgin Galactic's spaceship VSS Unity landed in the New Mexico desert marking its first glide flight from Spaceport America. The company was close to actual commercial operations.
    (SSFC, 5/3/20, p.A4)

2020        May 18, The Navajo Nation, spanning across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 4,071.
    (Good Morning America, 5/19/20)

2020        Jun 1, In New Mexico a protest along the historic Route 66 into downtown Albuquerque turned violent early today after police reported demonstrators setting small fires and officers say they were fired upon.
    (AP, 6/1/20)

2020        Jun 9, It was reported that Arizona, Utah and New Mexico all posted COVID-19 rises of 40% or higher for the week ended June 7 compared with the prior seven days.
    (Reuters, 6/9/20)

2020        Jun 15, In New Mexico a man was shot late today as protesters tried to tear down a bronze statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate outside the Albuquerque Museum.
    (AP, 6/15/20)

2020        Jun 18, In Santa Fe, New Mexico, crews removed the statue of Don Diego de Vargas (1643-1704), a Spanish territorial governor, from a city park. This came ahead of a rally by organized by indigenous advocates. Vargas is most famous for leading the reconquest of the New Spain territory in 1692 following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
    (SFC, 6/20/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 10, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state effective July 13.
    (SFC, 7/11/20, p.A5)
2020        Jul 10, The Navajo Nation, spanning parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, began a weekend shutdown as the death from the coronavirus rose to 396 with nearly 8,100 cases.
    (SFC, 7/13/20, p.A6)

2020        Jul 22, President Donald Trump announced he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention into local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a “law and order" mantle.
    (AP, 7/22/20)

2020        Aug 5, Luis Archuleta (77), convicted of shooting Denver police Officer Daril Cinquanta in the stomach in 1971, was arrested in New Mexico. Archuleta, also known as Larry Pusateri, was convicted in 1973. He escaped from a Colorado state prison facility the next year.
    (NBC News, 8/7/20)

2020        Aug 20, In New Mexico a mystery started with the discovery of a large number of dead birds at the US Army White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument. Dead migratory birds were also being found in Colorado, Texas and Mexico.

2020        Oct 10, New Mexico reported a record 488 new cases of the coronavirus and three deaths. Total fatalities passed 900.
    (SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A7)

2020        Nov 2, Baron Wolman (83), the first staff photographer for the Rolling Stone magazine, died at his home in Santa Fe, NM.
    (SFC, 11/5/20, p.B5)

2020        Nov 13, The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the US, even as many of their counterparts in other states show little appetite for reimposing the hard-line restrictions of last spring.
    (AP, 11/13/20)

2020        Nov 14, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico announced the nation’s most sweeping statewide measure of the fall season, issuing a two-week “stay at home" order to begin on Nov 16.
    (NY Times, 11/15/20)

2020        Dec 12, A Virgin Galactic test flight ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.
    (AP, 12/12/20)

2020        Dec 27, New Mexico began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to 15,000 people who work or live at long-term care facilities.
    (SFC, 12/28/20, p.A5)

2021        Feb 4, New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott was fatally shot while making a traffic stop on a highway. The attacker, identified as Omar Felix Cueva (39), was chased and later killed by authorities in a shootout.
    (AP, 2/5/21)

2021        Mar 15, The US Senate confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation's tribes for nearly two centuries.
    (SFC, 3/16/21, p.A3)

2021        Mar 17, Sean Lannon (47) was arrested in St Louis, Missouri driving the stolen car of his alleged New Jersey victim, Michael Dabkowski. Lannon said Dabkowski had sexually abused him as a child. Lannon soon claimed responsibility for 15 killings in New Mexico.
    (The Independent, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 25, The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Albuquerque woman who was shot in the back by New Mexico State Police while fleeing officers in 2014.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/26/21)

2021        Mar 26, New Mexico said it is planning to close Springer Correctional Center, a boys school-turned-women's prison near the Colorado border that has been plagued with sexual assault claims since female inmates were moved there in 2016.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 30, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that will eliminate certain fines and fees for juvenile offenders.
    (Tribune Publ., 3/31/21)
2021        Mar 30, Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert.
    (AP, 3/30/21)

2021        Mar 31, New Mexico's Legislature approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older.
    (SFC, 4/1/21, p.A5)

2021        Apr 12, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use and sales in the state, making it the seventh since last November to do so.
    (AP, 4/12/21)

2021        Apr 16, It was reported that nearly 38% of New Mexico's adults are now fully vaccinated and that more than 57% of adults have now received at least one vaccine dose.
    (SFC, 4/16/21, p.A8)

2021        May 22, Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's private spaceship company, completed its first manned space flight from its new home port in New Mexico. Branson founded the company in 2004 and this is the third time his company reported reaching space.
    (Reuters, 5/22/21)

2021        Jun 2, It was reported that Democrat Melanie Stansbury handily won a special election in New Mexico, keeping a US House of Representatives seat in the hands of her party.
    (Reuters, 6/2/21)

2021        Jun 22, New Mexico State Police discovered 10 crates full of marijuana, edibles and psychedelic mushrooms in a semitractor-trailer at the Gallup port of entry. Roderick Piffero (57) and Erik Weisenseel (41) were each charged with trafficking controlled substances.
    (Albuquerque Journal, 7/24/21)

2021        Jun 26, In New Mexico a pilot and two couples died after a hot air balloon they were riding in struck a power line and crashed onto a busy street in Albuquerque. It was later reported that pilot Nicholas Meleski had marijuana and cocaine in his system.
    (AP, 6/27/21)(AP, 9/22/21)
2021        Jun 29, Donald Rumsfeld (88), former US defense secretary, died at his home in Taos, NM. He served as defense secretary for two Republican presidents, Gerald Ford (1975-1977) and George W. Bush (2001-2006). He was an architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
    (NY Times, 7/1/21)

2021        Jul 1, It was reported that the the 12-square-mile Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, belonging to deceased financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is on the market for $27.5 million. Proceeds from the sale would go toward compensating those who filed claims against Epstein and paying taxes and creditors.
    (AP, 7/1/21)

2021        Jul 11, Richard Branson, the British billionaire who leads a galaxy of Virgin companies, took off from New Mexico as a crew member on a test flight for Virgin Galactic’s space plane.
    (NY Times, 7/11/21)

2021        Aug 13, In New Mexico Juan Saucedo Jr. (13) shot and killed classmate Bennie Hargrove (13) using a handgun that belonged to his father. Hargrove was trying to stop Saucedo from bullying his friends when Saucedo pulled a gun and shot him multiple times.
    (Albuquerque Journal, 8/15/21)

2021        Aug 27, Brooklyn woman Sinmyah Amera Ceasar (26), who faces a resentencing for supporting Islamic State but skipped a court hearing because she feared being sent back to prison, was arrested in New Mexico.
    (Reuters, 8/30/21)

2021        Oct 13, Gary Paulsen (82), a prolific writer whose young-adult novels like “Hatchet" and Dogsong" inspired generations of would-be adventurers with tales of survival, exploration and nature red in tooth and claw, died at his home in Tularosa, N.M.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)

2021        Oct 21, In New Mexico Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on set during filming of movie "Rust." Baldwin (63) was handed what was described as a safe "cold gun" on the set of his movie "Rust", but the gun contained live rounds when it was fired.
    (Reuters, 10/22/21)

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