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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca says he wants New Mexico lawmakers to become paid politicians to help eliminate financial conflicts of interest between their legislative duties and outside careers.Apodaca said Thursday that he supports reforms to provide state legislators with a full-time salary and lengthen legislative sessions that currently last 60 days or less.Limited safeguards against self-enrichment in the nation's only unsalaried legislature are under scrutiny in the wake of a corruption trial against a former state Sen.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of two people in Albuquerque (all times local):12:50 p.m.Authorities in Colorado say deputies shot and wounded a man wanted in a double homicide in New Mexico.The shooting happened Thursday morning outside a Walmart in Fort Morgan, a small city on Colorado's Eastern Plains about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Denver.In a statement, the city's public safety chief, Paul Schultz, says the suspect's car, which was stolen, was found in the store's parking lot.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are investigating two deaths are being called a double homicide.Police say no one is in custody and that a resident called police Thursday morning after discovering the bodies at an apartment complex in Northwest Albuquerque.No additional information is immediately available. 

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Officials in eastern New Mexico have broken ground on a project aimed at expanding and renovating a county jail that has had its share of problems.Talk of upgrading the Curry County Adult Detention Center first started in 2008 after a string of inmate escapes.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The primary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will not be working by Memorial Day despite plans to have renovations done ahead of the holiday weekend.Park officials said Wednesday that completion of the work has been pushed back to June 15. The contractor was working 10-hour days, seven days a week in an effort to finish by May 25 but more time was needed.The primary elevator system was originally installed in 1955 and went out of service in November 2015 when a motor shaft sheared off.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two incoming leaders at New Mexico State University will earn more under contract terms adopted by regents.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Chancellor-designate Dan Arvizu will earn $500,000 per year in base pay. Incoming President John Floros will earn $450,000 annually.The total earnings of $950,000 represent a more than 150 percent increase in pay over outgoing chancellor/president Garrey Carruthers' salary.Board of Regents Chair Debra Hicks says the university plans to pay for the salary increase through savings resulting from administrative retirements.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed a northern New Mexico trail after a hiker died in a fall last week.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the federal agency closed the La Junta Trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near the village of Questa to address possible safety concerns.New Mexico State Police say Owen O'Keefe fell about 200 feet (61 meters) while hiking the trail last Wednesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on the situation in the Four Corners region — where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.The area is dealing with exceptional drought — the worst category.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo President Russell Begaye has joined a handful of others in submitting paperwork for the tribe's top elected post.Begaye filed late Tuesday but says he's not made a final decision to enter the presidential race.The race typically is crowded with candidates touting plans to improve the economy, infrastructure and roads, and focus on veterans and the youth.Emily Ellison, Nicholas Taylor and tribal lawmaker Tom Chee were the first to file.Ellison works for the University of New Mexico in Gallup.

Teen charged in deadly library shooting undergoes treatmentCLOVIS, N.M.

Dry conditions force fire rules on Carson National ForestSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Carson National Forest officials have implemented harsher fire-prevention restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Stage II rules, which take effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, prohibit forest visitors from lighting or attending campfires, limit smoking to enclosed vehicles or buildings, and ban the use of fireworks.The restrictions come as conditions throughout the region remain dry.U.S.

Video: Officer tells lawmaker he can smell alcoholALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker insists in video released by police that she hasn't consumed alcohol, but the officer who stops her says he can smell it.Police on Tuesday released lapel video of the arrest of Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque on aggravated drunken driving charge. She was detained early Sunday at a DWI checkpoint.In the video, Youngblood complies with the officer's requests to balance on one leg and count forward and backward.

Albuquerque storm sweeps away 6 in arroyos; 1death reported ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead in Albuquerque after a thunderstorm dropped rain and hail, flooding arroyos and sweeping away six people in New Mexico's most populous city.The Fire Department says a woman whose identity was not released apparently was the only person killed by the flash flooding Monday from a storm that ended Albuquerque's 54-day dry streak.The other people swept away were rescued. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue three people from an arroyo near Interstate 40.Fire Lt.

AP-NM--Chaco Canyon-Drilling,  Associated Press May 22, 2018 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native American tribes.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early voting is about to begin in New Mexico's hotly contested primary elections for two open congressional seats and the governor's office. The state's primary election takes place on June 5 and early voting begins Tuesday at county clerk's offices across the state and through absentee mail-in ballots. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs and Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham are campaigning for governor and leaving their congressional seats wide open. Second-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for re-election this year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is reconsidering its ban on the use of public funds for textbooks in private schools at the request of the U.S. Supreme Court. New Mexico's highest court began hearing oral arguments Monday for and against the state's long-running practice of paying for textbooks at private parochial and secular schools. The six-year court battle was initiated by two parents who say the practice takes money away from public schools and violates a constitutional prohibition on public funding in support for private schools.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing is set to begin Monday on whether to allow an idle uranium mine in New Mexico to gain active status again. The New Mexico Mining Commission is holding the two-day hearing after environmentalists asked the panel to review a decision by state Mining and Minerals Division Director Fernando Martinez. His decision in late December greenlighted the Mount Taylor mine's to return to "active," or operational, status. The Mount Taylor Mine has been on standby status for more than 20 years.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Southwest CARE Center, a once-tiny New Mexico clinic at the forefront of HIV and AIDS research since its founding in 1996, is seeking to expand its research program. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the center's director of research Tamara Flys said this week Southwest CARE in Santa Fe is looking for partnerships to delve into geriatric, pediatric, diabetes and primary-care research. The move comes as the center has seen rapid growth over the past five years. In early 2013, Southwest CARE logged 600 patients, all of them HIV-positive.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Scientists have successfully tested a new nuclear reactor in Nevada that could power future trips to outer space. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports NASA and the Department of Energy on Wednesday announced the Kilopower fission reactor performed better than expected during a 28-hour, full-power test completed last month inside a vacuum chamber at the Nevada National Security Site.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell say a man and a teenager are accused of murder in the beating death of a victim investigators still are trying to identify. They say officers responded to the scene shortly before midnight Friday and found several men under a bridge. Police say one man was bloodied and unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people found at the scene were detained by police and later arrested. They say 41-year-old Colby Thornton and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque zoo has a new baby elephant. The Albuquerque Journal reports the 200-pound male calf was born at the ABQ BioPark Zoo early Friday morning to Rozie, a 25-year-old Asian elephant. Elephant manager Rhonda Saiers says Rozie carried her baby for 659 days, which is exactly how long she carried her two previous calves. The calf's father is Samson, who has the same May 4 birthday and who turned 20 on Friday. The new calf is the fourth born into the zoo's herd. Rozie was the first in 1992.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says a 17-year-old boy who was driving a wrong-way vehicle that collided with a sheriff's deputy vehicle has died. Deputy Felicia Maggard said the boy who died was driving a vehicle westbound in eastbound lanes of Rio Bravo Boulevard when it collided head-on with the deputy's vehicle before colliding with a third vehicle early Saturday morning. The Sheriff's Office said a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in the wrong-way vehicle had non-life threatening injuries.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are accusing a New Mexico father of prostituting his 7-year-old daughter and forcing the girl and her brother to panhandle and pick pockets. Court records show James Stewart Sr. was booked early Thursday on charges that include human trafficking, criminal sexual contact of a minor, child abuse and promoting prostitution. It wasn't immediately clear if the 37-year-old Stewart had an attorney. Court documents indicate Stewart and his family are homeless.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American teenager pulled from a Colorado State University tour says he and his brother were on campus for just 20 to 30 minutes when officers began questioning them. School officials say a woman in the group reported feeling nervous about their presence. Nineteen-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray says he and his 17-year-old brother were shocked when they were removed from the tour. Gray says he believes the brothers were reported as a result of racial discrimination.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Deb Haaland is disputing a Las Cruces woman's claim that she ignored a misconduct case while she was chair the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Haaland said in a statement Thursday that as chair the party received "no official complaints" about misconduct but still adopted a statewide sexual harassment policy for the state Democratic Party. Nicole Bagg said at a press conference in Albuquerque that Haaland and New Mexico Democratic officials dismissed her complaints about former Dona Ana County Commissioner John Vasquez.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Civil rights groups in New Mexico are seeking a court injunction to ensure fair access to state driving credentials under a system adopted in 2016 for issuing two tiers of driver's licenses. Advocates for immigrants and the homeless asked a state district judge Thursday to intervene and stop allegedly unlawful identification requirements. New Mexico adopted new driver ID standards to meet tougher U.S. identification requirements aimed at safeguarding commercial airlines, military bases and other federal facilities.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two stars of the AMC-TV series "Better Call Saul" want to share their favorite books. Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn are scheduled to read from their most treasured works of literature at the Albuquerque bookstore, Bookworks, on Saturday. The event is aimed at promoting literacy in New Mexico. "Better Call Saul" follows Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in "Breaking Bad." Seehorn plays lawyer Kim Wexler, a love interest of McGill.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Students across the U.S. participated in a school walkout Wednesday to support gun ownership. The walkout was organized by New Mexico student Will Riley. More than 200 of his classmates walked out with him. Riley said in the days before the walkout that about 300 schools planned to participate. The movement was called "Stand for the Second," aiming to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights. Walkouts were also reported in schools in Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New York and North Carolina.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say two pedestrians crossing an Albuquerque street have been struck by a vehicle and one of the victims has died. The collision occurred Wednesday morning and police say one person was pushed a female in a wheelchair when they were struck, but were not in a crosswalk at the time. Police say the woman in the wheelchair died at the scene while the other pedestrian was taken to a hospital with a broken leg. They say neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash and the driver of the car pulled over right after the accident.

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