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Helicopters, air tankers move in to fight Durango fire

The Air Park fire has burned about 514 acres southwest of the Animas Air Park in Basin Creek.

A small bit of rain fell on the lightning-sparked fire overnight, but the fire is zero-percent contained.

All pre-evacuation notices issued Sunday afternoon remain in effect.  A reverse 911 call system has been set up for 146 residents in Trappers Crossing and areas northwest of the fire.

Approximately 50 firefighters were working the fire Monday morning and more crews were expected to arrive throughout the day.

Helicopters and air tankers continue dropping water on the flames.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Exported NM horses infected with virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state is advising against the importing of livestock from certain parts of New Mexico after a viral disease was found in horses there.

The disease is vesicular stomatitis, or VS. It resembles Foot-and-Mouth, primarily affecting horses, cattle, swine and occasionally sheep and goats.

It causes fever and blisters in the mouth, nostrils, hooves and teats.The animal recovers in three to four days.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises against importing livestock from New Mexico without first checking to see if they are coming from a VS designated area in New Mexico.

Wisconsin joins several other states who have added requirements to the import of livestock from the affected and surrounding counties of New Mexico.

New Mexico woman injured in CO shooting

A New Mexico woman who recently moved to Denver is among the wounded in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo..

KOB Eyewitness News 4 met up with the Patricia Legarreta's family in Espanola - hundred of miles away.

Katie Rodriguez is Legarreta's fiancé's aunt.

Rodriguez and her sisters tried to figure out how to get the family up to Aurora as quickly as possible.

"Should I leave right away? What should I do? Everything is hard...it's very hard," she said. "You don't know because you're so far away. You just want to blink your eyes and be there."

Rodriguez was able to reach her nephew, Jamie Rohrs, via phone.

"Jamie - how are you doing honey," she asked her nephew.

Rohrs told his aunt he was just happy to be alive. 

Feds plan environmental study of Four Corners power plant

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The federal government says it will study the environmental impacts of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it.

Environmental groups had pushed the U.S. Department of Interior to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that the study announced this week is expected to take years to complete.

The federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement also is examining the impacts of right-of-way renewals for transmission lines, the plant's lease with the Navajo Nation and a proposed mine expansion.

Arizona Public Service operates the plant near Farmington.

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Sewer smell stinking up Bloomfield neighborhood

In one neighborhood near Bloomfield the smell from the sewer system is everywhere.

"When the wind blows...it doesn't even have to blow...it's really, really bad--the smell," said San Juan County resident Winnie Timms.

Timms cannot believe the stench and said it is coming from the city’s sewer system near her home.

The cement slabs filled with sewer and sludge can sometimes sit for days.

“I've tried putting stuff in our cooler...in the pan...to get rid of the smell and it's just worse,” she said.

Ronald Phelps is also a resident in the area.He said he has talked to the city several times.

“There's solutions for this. It's just a matter of having the money put in the right place to do this," said Phelps.

According to Bloomfield City Manager David Fuqua, in 2005 the city spent $2.5 million on plant improvements.

Ramah man sentenced on assault conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Ramah man convicted of assault with a deadly weapon has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Kerley Biggs admitted to beating a Navajo man in the head and face with an expandable metal baton at Biggs' home in Ramah two years ago.

The victim was treated for head, cheek and eye injuries.

A federal judge sentenced Biggs on Monday to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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Test deadline creates confusion for high school seniors

Some students in the Four Corners may not get their high school diplomas because of some confusion over a test deadline.

Rocinante High School senior Andrew Caldwell was trying to finish his summer school tests last week so he could receive his diploma.

"All I needed was that half a credit,” he said.

So when he logged in a full 24 hours before what he thought was his due date, he was shocked he was locked out.

“This means I missed graduation by a half a credit and literally fifteen questions," Caldwell explained.

Another parent whose daughter was impacted said her daughter’s account clearly stated she had till Friday, July 13.

“It was taken away from them...their chance to get their diploma,” she said.