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DWI checkpoints to begin

New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October.

In its announcement, the State Police said that checkpoints help to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving and that the agency is bringing awareness to checkpoints in an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.

BLM to issue wood permits

A recent court ruling means that the U.S. Forest Service will not sell fuelwood permits this year, so the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is notifying the public that it has fuelwood permits available.

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The permits for personal use only cost $10 to $12 per cord and can be obtained at select locations in the state or online at forestproducts.blm.gov. The office closest to Roswell is the Rio Puerco Field Office, 100 Sun Ave., N.E., Suite 330, Albuquerque, 87109, 505-761-8700.

Permits come with restrictions about what types of wood can be gathered. There are also fines and penalties for collecting wood without a permit.

Contact Acting State Forester Elyssa Duran, 505-954-2190, for more information.

Roswell zoo closes for event

Spring River Zoo will not have its regular public hours next Saturday, Oct. 5, as it prepares for and hosts the Oktobearfest event. Tickets are available at FriendsofSpringRiverZoo.org.

The zoo will reopen Sunday for normal hours (9 a.m.-6 p.m.).

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