By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — From dry river beds to dusty pastures and raging wildfires, extreme drought dominated New Mexico headlines in 2012.
Farmers, ranchers and water managers started 2012 hoping against all predictions that this would be the year the La Nina weather pattern responsible for pushing moisture from the state would finally subside. No luck. Just more hand-wringing as the first 11 months of the year marked the second driest on record, according to the National Weather Service.
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