ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she supports the federal review of two national monuments in New Mexico, saying it's important that the designations follow the intent and spirit of the law. The two-term Republican governor outlined her comments regarding the Rio Grande del Norte and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Environmentalists supported the monuments, saying the designations have resulted in economic benefits. Martinez says only anecdotal evidence exists to support those claims.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is interested in the competition to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. One of the university's senior advisers on national laboratory relations, Joseph Cecchi, said Thursday that school officials are evaluating the bidding process. The university also threw its hat into the ring when the contract for Sandia National Laboratories was up for bid. That award ended up going to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a subsidiary of Honeywell International.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico businessman has pleaded guilty in federal court to swindling an elderly couple out of $1 million, but might be placed in prison for less than two years as part of his plea deal. Bobby Willis faced up to 20 years in prison before the deal. He's already serving probation in another fraud case. Willis' plea deal will have to be approved by U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo at a sentencing hearing that has not yet been scheduled. Willis was charged with two counts of wire fraud.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — An oil and gas company says 40 jobs will be cut when it closes its Farmington office later this year. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2tQjITk ) BP America Inc. announced Wednesday that it is closing the office to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of its operation in the San Juan Basin in northern New Mexico. Some Farmington employees will have the option to relocate to Durango, Colorado. The company's statement does not provide a specific timeline for the closure. The move comes as the company is planning to open a new headquarters in Denver by 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on an Iraqi man in New Mexico who is facing deportation (all times local): 10:15 a.m. An attorney for a Muslim Iraqi man facing deportation says her client is taking sanctuary at a church in New Mexico's largest city. Rebecca Kitson, a lawyer for Kadhim Al-bumohammed (kah-DHEEM al-boo-MOH-HAH-med), said the Albuquerque resident decided to skip his immigration hearing Thursday where he was expected to be detained. Kitson says he made the decision after consulting with his family.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos is slated to host a new multimedia exhibit on the Manhattan Project. The interactive exhibit, Manhattan on the Mesa: Manhattan Project Properties at Los Alamos, opens Saturday and tells the story of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists working on the world's first atomic bomb. New Mexico Highlands University students developed the multimedia exhibit that features 3-D models, videos, virtual reality, and graphic panels.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protesters say they will demonstrate outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Albuquerque in support for an Iraqi refugee is facing deportation. Lawyers for Kadhim Al-bumohammed ) say the 64-year-old has been ordered Thursday to attend an immigration hearing where he is expected to be detained. Supporters say Al-bumohammed helped train U.S. soldiers going to Iraq and will face death if he's deported The U.S. government said 1,400 Iraqis are under deportation orders nationwide.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election regulators are taking the pulse of public opinion on rules that would to force nonprofit advocacy organizations that attempt to influence voting to report more information about financial backers. The proposal from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office takes aim at so-called dark money groups that can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections and ballot measures when acting independently. A hearing is scheduled Thursday to collect public comments.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a SWAT team has been called to a New Mexico home after a man shot and wounded a police officer before barricading himself inside Wednesday night. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2sSPRbB ) that the man fired off several rounds at officers who were responding to a domestic dispute, striking one. An Albuquerque Police Department spokesman tells the newspaper that the wounded officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is in good condition.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Department of Indian Affairs Cabinet Secretary Kelly Zunie will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities. Effective this Friday, Deputy Secretary Suzette Shije will serve as acting cabinet secretary. Martinez appointed Zunie as cabinet secretary in November 2014. Zunie was the first woman to lead the department that works with tribes, nations and pueblos throughout the state.

Drug overdose deaths up slightly in New Mexico

Jul 12, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths increased to 497 in 2016 from 493 the previous year in New Mexico, a state that has led the western United States in drug fatalities as it wrestles with opioid and heroin addiction. The overdose death rate remained unchanged during 2016 at 24.8 deaths per 1,000 residents, considering slight statewide population growth, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday. The rate of unintentional fatal drug overdoses — those not linked to suicides — showed a slight increase.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths increased to 497 in 2016 from 493 the previous year in New Mexico, a state that has led the western United States in drug fatalities as it wrestles with opioid and heroin addiction. The overdose death rate remained unchanged during 2016 at 24.8 deaths per 1,000 residents, considering slight statewide population growth, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday. The rate of unintentional fatal drug overdoses — those not linked to suicides — showed a slight increase.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates are urging New Mexico's elected leaders to enforce existing policies aimed at closing wage gaps and gender disparities within the workforce as a way to address poverty and other systemic problems that have hampered the state for decades. Leaders with the Southwest Women's Law Center, Young Women United and other groups gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque to discuss the gaps and how they might affect families. They pointed to New Mexico as one of the poorest states in the nation, with consistently high rates of children and families living in poverty.

WASHINGTON (AP) — How's that "blazing" economy? At home and abroad over the past week, President Donald Trump described an America where everyone's getting rich off the stock market, money has started gushing into NATO and practically everything's on the upswing since he took office. On Russian meddling in the U.S. election, he expressed an enduring uncertainty that his U.N. ambassador — convinced of Moscow mischief — doesn't share. A look at some of his statements: TRUMP, on whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S.

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico professors will be studying how hurricanes are formed under a $2.8 million grant. A New Mexico Tech news release says that the physics researchers have used the funds from the National Science Foundation to create the Climate and Water Center to oversee their atmospheric field project. With an aircraft from the foundation, Dr. Zeljka (zel-KUH') Fuchs and David Raymond plan to get close to hurricane breeding grounds in the tropical East Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The hope is to improve weather predictions around the world.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation Council has approved $218,943 for a referendum to use $216 million from the principal of the Navajo Nation Permanent Trust Fund for road projects across the reservation. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2o70OE6 ) the council approved the Transportation Stimulus Plan referendum on Monday. The referendum is on its way to President Russell Begaye for signature or veto. The Legislative staff says the plan would use the $216 million throughout a six-year period at $36 million per year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A review by state auditors indicates vendors doing business with the state of New Mexico have room to improve when it comes to pay equity and gender representation. State Auditor Tim Keller and others gathered Wednesday in Albuquerque to release the findings of a wage equity study. Officials say the study marks the first in-depth review of wage reports that vendors must to submit to the state when bidding for contracts. The requirement stems from a 2009 executive order.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Santa Fe paramedic has requested a reduced sentence after receiving five years of probation for charges of stealing a dead man's debit card while on the job and using it to fund an $11,000 shopping spree. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2t41q3N ) a judge will consider 32-year-old Michael John Harcharik's request next week. Harcharik pleaded no contest in December to three counts of violating the Remote Financial Service Unit Act and one count of identity theft for stealing the debit card of 76-year-old Allan Pearson.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man running across Albuquerque traffic lanes is dead after two cars struck him. Albuquerque Police Department released a statement early Wednesday saying the man was not in the crosswalk when he was hit. Officer Tanner Tixier says two cars, both dark sedans, left the area Tuesday night without stopping to render aid or call the authorities. The victim's identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Silver police are investigating a possible arson of one of the department's storage units. The Silver City Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/2aTLtN) authorities were called to an early fire on Sunday at a department impound. Officer Steven Delgado wrote that he saw flames coming out of the third and fourth garage bays when he arrived at the scene. Police found three cuts in the fence around the storage facility. Silver City Police Chief Ed Reynolds says the building appears to be a total loss along with one vehicle being stored for evidence.

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico are investigating whether a Texas teenager was electrocuted when she grabbed her charging cellphone while bathing. Detective Sgt. David Miranda of the Lovington Police Department said Tuesday that the 14-year-old Lubbock girl died Sunday while visiting her father. He says no cause of death has been established, but that initial evidence suggests electrocution. Miranda says a cellphone, a charging cord and an extension cord were found by the bathtub. Miranda says investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials said Monday that $432,000 in skybox suite revenue from the university's basketball arena has gone uncollected. UNM officials made the disclosure during a news conference after the university announced there were "inconsistencies" in contracts for arena suites. They said they were instituting new controls and oversight of athletics department finances. Officials said they've started to collect the money owed to the department for box usage from 2010 to 2017, but so far don't know why it was never collected.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor is suing one of the state's largest health insurance providers over allegations that it falsified Medicaid deductions and credits and as a result evaded tens of millions of dollars in premium taxes and surcharges. State Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Presbyterian Health Plan Inc.; Presbyterian Network Inc.; and Presbyterian Insurance Co. Inc.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on congressional race in central New Mexico (all times local): 2 p.m. An immigration lawyer is jumping into the race for an open congressional seat in central New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/rSTUqW ) Michael Hendricks is launching a campaign this week for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District. He is the second Republican candidate to enter a race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who is running for New Mexico governor. Former state Rep.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — First responders who helped pull a boy from a pond in New Mexico have been told to seek medical treatment after cholera bacteria were found in the water. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (http://bit.ly/2t0QVOO ) Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said on Monday that the first responders have been advised to take a doctor recommended course of antibiotics. Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine.