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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.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for a suspect in a shooting that left one person dead and two others hospitalized in critical condition. Police say a person was seen running away after multiple shots were fired in the parking lot of a pizza parlor in southeast Albuquerque, where police set up a perimeter after the Friday night incident. Additional information was not released.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials are touting the largest gain in private-sector job growth in over a decade. Figures released Friday by the Department of Workforce Solutions show a 3 percent increase in the private sector, representing 18,900 jobs. Much of the growth was fueled by a boost in private service-providing industries, particularly the leisure and hospitality sectors. State officials say the increase of 4,300 jobs in those sectors from May to June was unusual. Overall, 11 industries have added jobs since December 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Teddy bears, blankets, crayons, games and a safe place to sleep. New Mexico's top officials wanted to pack as much as possible into a new center designed to ease the trauma often experienced by children when authorities are forced to remove them from their homes and place them in state custody. Gov. Susana Martinez and Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson on Friday toured the center in Albuquerque. They showed off a brightly-colored play area and separate rooms for sleeping, relaxing and playing.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is partnering with the University of New Mexico Continuing Education to host a series of online creative writing workshops. The University of New Mexico recently announced the workshops which are aimed at giving writers feedback and the opportunity to work with writing instructors. Classes cater to poets, novelists, short story writers and nonfiction writers. Courses run from October through November and are limited to 15 participants per class. The English-born Lawrence wrote a number of novels, including Lady Chatterley's Lover.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office says this month's oil and gas lease sale marked an all-time high for the agency, with more than $30 million being earned through the leasing of dozens of tracts in southeastern New Mexico. Bidders competed for 82 tracts covering nearly 21,000 acres (8,498 hectares) in Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Texas-based Ameredev II, LLC was the highest sealed bidder, paying more than $7.3 million for 320 acres (129 hectares) in Lea County. Online, Houston's OneEnergy Partners LLC paid more than $6 million for 320 acres in the same county.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The founders of a New Mexico guardianship firm have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they embezzled millions of dollars from the trust accounts of their clients as part of a decade-long scheme. Susan Harris and Sharon Moore entered their pleas Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque. They posted the equity in their homes as bond and their conditions of release include supervision pending trial. A 28-count indictment against the women and their company — Ayudando Guardians, Inc.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man accused in a 2015 crime spree that led to the death of a bartender will remain on supervised probation until he turns 21. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2gNXPRV) reported Thursday that a judge found 19-year-old Ryan Archibeque was amenable to treatment and should be sentenced as a juvenile. That means he can only remain under the court's jurisdiction until his 21st birthday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's superintendent of insurance says health insurance providers are reducing requested rate hikes for next year on the state's subsidized exchange. Superintendent John Franchini said Thursday that health insurance rate increases are likely to range from between 6 percent and 20 percent. Initial proposals from four insurance companies would have raised premiums by up to 80 percent. About 55,000 New Mexico residents sign up each year for federally subsidized insurance through the state exchange, known as beWellnm.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — One of southern New Mexico's most popular tourist destinations wants to raise the price of admission. Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park are proposing to raise general admission fees from $10 to $12 per person starting in October. Those 15 and younger will still be admitted for free. Park officials said Thursday that revenues from admission fees are used to pay for deferred maintenance projects not covered by the park's base budget.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top insurance regulator says he will not put a freeze on insurance provider payments to investors and parent companies while auditors investigate how much the state is owed in unpaid premium taxes. New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Thursday that he has so far declined a request from the state auditor to suspend approval of certain dividend payments by insurance providers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top official in the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department will become the next chief of the county jail. An announcement Thursday says Undersheriff Greg Rees will switch county departments when he becomes chief of the Metropolitan Detention Center on Aug. 7. The announcement says Rees has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, working his way up through the ranks at the Sheriff's Department - as deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, chief deputy, and undersheriff.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Revenue is up at New Mexico's state-run museums, despite the fact that fewer people are visiting them. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2uNc6of ) both results can be attributed in part to an increase in the price of admission implemented more than a year ago. As part of the admission changes, the museum system now offers state residents one free Sunday a month, rather than free admission every Sunday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The nation's largest Native American housing authority says it's on track to complete 81 new homes during the 2018 fiscal year. Officials with the Navajo Housing Authority have submitted their latest plan to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department as they continue rebuilding the agency in the face of criticism over management and the spending of federal grant money.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is going to court to challenge a state official's ruling that Pearce can't use all of his federal campaign war chest of approximately $1 million in the New Mexico race for governor. The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/b3RGDx ) reports that Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver decided that Pearce's use of his federal campaign cash is subject to a $5,500 contribution limit.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A barren New Mexico juvenile detention center that currently houses just two detainees is closing. The Gallup Independent reported (http://bit.ly/2o70OE6 ) Wednesday that the McKinley County Board of Commissioners has decided to close the facility instead of scaling back its operations. The McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center will close Aug. 6. The two juveniles will be transferred to another county's facility before July 24. Doug Decker, the county's attorney, says negotiations are ongoing to find other counties to house McKinley juveniles.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new television series that will follow a undercover special operations squad will begin filming in New Mexico this month. Officials with the state film office say work on the first season of "The Brave" is scheduled to start at the end of July and will run through the beginning of December. Production will take place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. About 600 New Mexico crew members will be hired along with 180 resident actors and stunt players, and about 4,000 background talent.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says construction crews have wrapped up work on another segment of a transmission line that makes up a new power loop around one eastern New Mexico community. The utility announced this week that it has energized a 10-mile segment of the line between two substations that straddle Roswell. The loop project started in 2013 with an upgrade to the Capitan Substation to accommodate 115-kilovolt transmission service. Another segment of the loop is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Around 200 student immigrant activists from around the country are coming to Albuquerque to strategize on how to respond to President Donald Trump's immigration policies. The advocates are scheduled to meet at the University of New Mexico from Thursday to Sunday for a series of trainings and workshops aimed at protesting stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The primary race for an open congressional seat in central New Mexico is set to become one of the most diverse in the country. A Native American woman, an openly gay while male, a Hispanic former U.S. Attorney, a Sandia National Laboratories physicist and a conservative immigration lawyer are among the candidates seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Debra Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, is hoping to become the nation's first Native American congresswoman.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing a New Mexico guardianship firm of embezzling millions of dollars from the trust accounts of their clients as part of a decade-long scheme to support what court documents describe as lavish lifestyles. The 28-count indictment against Ayudando Guardians, Inc. and co-founders Susan Harris and Sharon Moore was unsealed Wednesday. It details charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Moore and Harris were arrested and made an initial court appearance Wednesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing a New Mexico guardianship firm of embezzling millions of dollars from the trust accounts of their clients as part of a decade-long scheme to support what court documents describe as lavish lifestyles. The 28-count indictment against Ayudando Guardians, Inc. and co-founders Susan Harris and Sharon Moore was unsealed Wednesday. It details charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Moore and Harris were arrested and made an initial court appearance Wednesday.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers from coal industry-dependent regions of northwestern New Mexico urged utility regulators to consider the local economic consequences of utility plans to shut down two coal-fired power plants and related mining operations. Investor-owned utility Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed phasing out the use of coal-fired electricity by retiring the San Juan generating station near Farmington in 2022 and abandoning the Four Corners power plant in Fruitland by 2031.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico coalition of civil liberties, human rights and faith-based groups renewed its calls for evidence-based criminal justice solutions from state lawmakers on Wednesday, vowing to question politicized proposals for harsh penalties as an election-year legislative session approaches. New Mexico SAFE released a report that compiles evaluations of two dozen recent anti-crime bills that span issues from minor drug possession penalties and youth curfews to solitary confinement and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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