Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico congresswoman who's running for governor has obtained a restraining order against a former Capitol Hill intern who protested her recent speech at the Democratic pre-primary convention in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Second Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County has granted Michelle Lujan Grisham's restraining order request against Riley Del Rey. Lujan Grisham claimed in court documents that she believed Del Rey intended to cause her serious harm.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have finished treating more than two dozen drums of waste that contained nitrate salts similar to one that caused a 2014 radiation release at the federal government's underground repository. The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday announced the treatment of the 27 drums. The containers of nitrate salt waste had not previously been treated so over the last three months crews mixed the waste with water and an inert material to neutralize the combustible characteristic of the salts.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. is closing its office in the New Mexico city where it was founded. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the business had maintained an office in the city despite being acquired years ago by North Carolina-based tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. This summer, the fewer than 20 people who work in Santa Fe must either move to North Carolina or leave the company. The bulk of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco's manufacturing and distribution has been centered in North Carolina since 1996.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council is considering a proposed resolution that would support restrictions on the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons in New Mexico. The nonbinding measure requests that state lawmakers and the governor take action in the wake of a recent flurry of gun threats at schools. The council chamber was packed Monday as the debate over the contentious proposal began. Some protesters carried their guns openly as allowed under state law, but Mayor Ken Miyagishima said he wouldn't allow anyone carrying a weapon to speak.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police in Roswell continue to investigate a fatal shooting over the weekend. They say 25-year-old Andrew Joseph Morro died shortly after being transported to a hospital after Saturday night's shooting. His body has been sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy. Police say Morro was shot at a residence in the northeast part of Roswell. They say investigators know who the shooter is, but there have been no arrests at this point in the homicide investigation.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A trial over public access to prime hunting territory in northeast New Mexico is underway in Taos. White Peak has been the source of legal and administrative fights for decades, and at issue in state district court is whether roads used to access the area are considered historic roads open to the public or private ranching roads. The trial is expected to last about two weeks. Prosecutors with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office on Monday described the area as a checkerboard that includes state trust land and property owned by rancher David Stanley.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A prominent figure in New Mexico's film industry facing allegations of sexual misconduct has resigned as a business agent at one of the state's largest unions. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480 announced Sunday that Jon Hendry stepped down. The move comes after two women said in a lawsuit filed this month that Hendry harassed and discriminated against them when they were union employees.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The former executive director of a troubled agency of New Mexico municipalities surrounding Los Alamos National Laboratory says she won't return to lead the coalition. The Los Alamos Monitor reports Andrea Romero, the former paid leader of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, said last week she won't seek to renew her contract amid charges that she used public money for fancy dinners and baseball tickets. But Romero says she's still running as a Democrat for a House seat around Santa Fe.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a man has been found dead near Interstate 25 in northeast Albuquerque and that area has been shut down as officers investigate the homicide case. The man's name and age weren't immediately released and police didn't say how he died although there were shots reported in the area about 8 a.m. Sunday. Police say Menaul Boulevard between Broadbent and I-25 is expected to be closed down until sometime Sunday evening.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce reportedly has missed more roll call votes in the House than any other member of New Mexico's congressional delegation so far this year as he campaigns for governor. According to the nonpartisan project GovTrack, Pearce has missed 41 votes after missing only seven votes in 2017. The Santa Fe New Mexican checked those numbers against the congressional record. The newspaper says only four other members of the U.S. House have missed that many votes this year and two have medical issues.

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are seeking to keep an idle uranium mine in western New Mexico from becoming active again. The Gallup Independent reports that the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment and Amigos Bravos contend a recent decision to activate the Mount Taylor Mine will allow it to avoid cleanup. They're asking the New Mexico Mining Commission to review the decision. New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division Director Fernando Martinez recently decided to allow Mount Taylor Mine to return to "active," or operational, status.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe chef is a finalist for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Martin Rios is a finalist for Best Chef of the Southwest, and he is the only New Mexico chef up for the award. The owner of Restaurant Martin on Galisteo Street, he's been up for a James Beard award in the past. He has been a Best Chef semifinalist eight times for what is called by some as the Oscars of the food world. He describes his restaurant as serving progressive American cuisine. The awards will be announced May 7 at a gala in Chicago.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of critical fire weather conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains. The National Weather Service says the region will have very strong to severe winds with gusts up to 65 mph (105 kph), very low humidity and above-average temperatures on Sunday and into Sunday night. Elsewhere in the state, scattered thunderstorms will be possible in north-central to northwestern New Mexico with several inches of snow in the higher elevations of the northern mountains.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's DWI fatalities dropped 16 percent in 2017 from the previous year. Gov. Susana Martinez announced the decrease of alcohol-related fatalities from 173 in 2016 to 145 in 2017 on Friday as she said law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force over the weekend to crack down on drunken driving during St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The number of alcohol-involved crashes decreased from 2,073 in 2016 to 1,805 in 2017, according to preliminary data. The weekend crackdown will include special saturation patrols by police and DWI checkpoints.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A stretch of highway in southeast New Mexico will be designated as a safety corridor, allowing police to double the fines for traffic violations. The New Mexico Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the designation for the section of U.S. Highway 285 from the town of Loving to the border with Texas. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Office, nine people died on this stretch of roadway last year. The deaths spurred residents and officials to search for ways to improve safety.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has changed the application for patients wanting to participate in the state's medical marijuana program. The Health Department said Friday the application is now two pages rather than four and can be completed online and then printed for signing. The applications still must be submitted by mail or in person. Certifying practitioners also are required to send medical records instead of writing lengthy explanations. Patients must meet at least one of 21 conditions to qualify for a medical marijuana card.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has ordered a young man who killed five family members as a teenager to remain in custody while his juvenile sentence is reviewed. Judge Michael E. Martinez on Thursday ordered Nehemiah Griego to be transferred immediately to an adult jail pending the outcome of his case. Griego previously had been set for release on Tuesday, his 21st birthday, under a ruling two years ago that found he had been receptive to treatment while in state custody and could be sentenced as a juvenile.

(Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com) HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Dallas company and a France-based multinational corporation are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists announced on Tuesday their intent to form the joint venture.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal and state experts in drought assessment and long-range forecasting are expected to provide an overview of the critical situation facing much of the United States' southern high plains. They're meeting Friday as dry conditions intensify from the plains of eastern New Mexico to the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. The latest map shows swaths of red covering the Four Corners Region and the southern high plains, indicating extreme to exceptional drought — the worst categories of drought.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A newly elected mayor in New Mexico is asking every exempt employee at City Hall to reapply for their job.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of students at a New Mexico high school still reeling from a deadly shooting in December gathered Wednesday to remember the 21 students who have died in school shootings across the U.S. in recent months, including two of their own. Student leaders at Aztec High School had asked administrators for time to "walk up" rather than walk out. Many students donned the school colors and one held a sign that read "Time for Change." Jesse Smith was among the crowd.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Progressive gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe is ending his campaign for governor in the June Democratic primary and endorsing one of three remaining candidates. DeBenedittis announced Wednesday that he was fully throwing his support behind former media executive Jeff Apodaca. DeBenedittis, an alcohol prevention counselor from Santa Fe, says he and Apodaca see eye-to-eye on efforts to provide universal health care, legalize recreational marijuana and seek a statewide $15 minimum wage.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya is receiving another honor in Albuquerque. Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library are scheduled Thursday to rename a library in the city's North Valley neighborhood after the author of "Bless Me, Ultima." Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O'Malley says the Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library will be a memorial to the novelist's literary legacy. Anaya, sometimes called the godfather of contemporary Chicano literature, was born in Pastura, New Mexico, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic Party of New Mexico is without a leader and has roughly two months to find a new one. The party has 60 days according to its rule to select its next chair after Richard Ellenberg resigned this week amid criticism over his handling of sexual misconduct claims. Its state central committee is tasked with selecting a new leader but no formal timetable has been set. The committee is scheduled to meet April 21.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico high school students are expected to join a national call to walk out of class to protest gun violence. Students in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho are scheduled Wednesday to participate in a walkout for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Meanwhile, students at Aztec High School asked administrators if they could gather around the flagpole Wednesday to honor those killed in Florida and two Aztec classmates killed by a school shooting in December.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she still wants to restore straight-ticket voting in which a slate of major-party candidates can be chosen all at one time. Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday said she hopes to allow straight-ticket voting in fall elections. The change would fulfill a campaign pledge. Also known as straight-party voting, the option was removed beginning in 2012 elections by then-Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico farmers produced fewer of the state's famed hot peppers in 2017, and data released by federal and state agriculture officials show the value of the chile crop has declined. The tallies for the last growing season show planted chile acreage decreased 12 percent to 8,100 acres (3,278 hectares) last year. About 94 percent of that was harvested. Production totaled 62,700 tons (56,880 metric tons) compared to 69,600 tons (63,140 metric tons) the previous year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer who drew the praise of President Donald Trump for adopting the baby of a heroin addict said the infant's biological parents are finishing rehab on their way to recovery. Officer Ryan Holets recently posted on his Facebook page that Crystal Champ and Tom Key are approaching 90 days of sobriety. "So amazed at the challenges they have overcome to get where they are," said Holets, who started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the couple.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The new mayor of Santa Fe says the New Mexico city will remain a welcoming sanctuary under his leadership. The Albuquerque Journal reports Mayor Alan Webber called for working toward an inclusive and fair future for Santa Fe during his inauguration speech Monday, sharing similar goals of his predecessor. Webber takes over from former Mayor Javier Gonzales, who has advocated for so-called sanctuary cities.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The embattled chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico has resigned. Richard Ellenberg announced his resignation in a letter Tuesday following a state party convention where he was accused of questioning the credibility of sexual misconduct allegations against a union leader. Ellenberg also had faced criticism for his response to a Democratic Party of New Mexico vice chair's claim that she was a target of unwanted sexual advances by a party official.