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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing five people in a shooting rampage in northern New Mexico last month has twice attempted to escape from the Rio Arriba County jail and also assaulted a guard. County Sheriff James Lujan told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/2vNuTMx) authorities are hoping to get 21-year-old Damian Herrera transferred to a New Mexico Department of Corrections facility. Lujan calls Herrera a danger and a menace to the county jail. Herrera remains held without bond as he faces five open counts of murder.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation is stepping down. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch recently announced Allen Sloan is resigning at the end of July. Sloan told the Daily Times that health concerns prompted his retirement. Sloan, who is originally from Coalmine Canyon, Arizona, has worked with the branch for 28 years. He has been acting chief justice since July 2015.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A shady deal in Santa Fe is drawing scrutiny because it's not a complete cover up. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a $320,000-state-funded project that installed 94 prefabricated shade structures around New Mexico's capital is being criticized for not covering playground equipment or picnic tables. And depending on the time of day, the shade cast is minimal. Resident Elisa Boyles says the tent-like, 12-foot by 12-foot tarps mounted on metal poles were useless. That's because she says the structures don't seem to provide much shade where the kids play as intended.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A fish that federal officials say was once widely known as the "salmon of the southwest" is showing signs of recovering its diminished population in the San Juan River basin. The Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/2tzGbHu ) reported Monday scientists say they have found evidence the Colorado pikeminnow is reproducing in the San Juan River, and the offspring are surviving. This conclusion is based on data gathered last year following the spring peak release from Navajo Dam. A release by the U.S.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The school district serving the Gallup area spent $90,000 successfully fending off a legal challenge to its decision to withhold documents associated with an investigation of a former superintendent. The Gallup Independent (https://goo.gl/RZlBna ) reports that Gallup-McKinley County Schools spent the money through May 31 on legal fees leading up to a judge's ruling that the documents sought by the newspaper were not public under the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

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