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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales wants the city to review its involvement in events that celebrate or recognize historic events and people. His request for the city manager to compile a report follows a rally against racism that prompted hundreds of people to gather on Santa Fe's historic plaza in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The review will include the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe , in which northern New Mexico's Hispanic residents mark the reoccupation of the city by Spanish conquistador Don Diego De Vargas following a Native American revolt.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of killing five people in a June shooting rampage in northern New Mexico has been moved to an undisclosed location after twice attempting to escape. The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://goo.gl/YAFPvK ) reports Damian Herrera was taken away Thursday from the Rio Arriba County jail in Tierra Amarilla and that officials say they either didn't know his location or couldn't comment. One of the escape attempts involved an assault on a guard, and Sheriff James Lujan has called Herrera a danger to the jail.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Officers with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department say tips from the public led to the prosecution of a Roswell man on wildlife harassment charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Enrico Amaya pleaded no contest this week to charges that he allegedly chased a herd of pronghorn in a pasture near town with his off-highway vehicle on several occasions. Authorities say continued chasing of the game animals during the summer heat could have led to exhaustion and death. Court records show Amaya was given a suspended 182-day jail sentence during a hearing in magistrate court.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico's largest city say they are on the path to lighting Albuquerque's streets with LED street lights in an effort to save money and protect the night sky from light pollution. A City Council committee this week approved a project that calls for converting more than 20,000 city-owned lights. The $20 million project still needs approval from the full council. Mayor Richard Berry says over the last 12 months, the city has been working with a contractor to develop a master plan for lighting.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows say they're already gearing up for next year's event. They are kicking off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations on Friday with the release of the event's official poster. The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city's convention center. New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A recent surge in investment income at New Mexico's two major public pension funds will not be enough to address an accumulation of unfunded obligations to retirees, manager of the funds told a panel of lawmakers on Thursday. Double-digit annual returns on stocks and other investments have boosted the pensions' assets to record levels and shortened the timeline somewhat for addressing billions of dollars in unfunded obligations to current and future retirees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge says the Albuquerque Police Department owes damages and fees to a law firm for withholding documents related to the 2014 shooting death of a woman during an auto-theft investigation. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2wSNXKI ) that the amount the department will have to pay has yet to be determined, but Judge Nancy Franchini said Wednesday the department must produce the documents that had been requested under the Inspection of Public Records Act.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Final searches for a climber who has been missing since September found no trace. The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2vLuGKV ) David Cook, of Corrales, New Mexico, disappeared during a solo trip to summit peaks in the Maroon Bells area. Numerous searches have been conducted for Cook, including an aerial search of Pyramid Peak and North and South Maroon peaks involving members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and a helicopter in July. All three of the mountains are known for exposure and loose rock.

SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead after a three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico. The New Mexico State Police says the crash occurred Wednesday night near Santa Rosa, which is 117 miles (188 kilometers) east of Albuquerque. Lt. Elizabeth Armijo told KOV-TV (https://goo.gl/6dvi1Q ) that an eastbound recreational vehicle's tire blew out and the RV then crossed the median and collided with two cars in the westbound lanes. Armijo says the four people killed were all in one vehicle.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Anthony man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for the severe beating of a Las Cruces elementary school janitor in 2015. A Las Cruces jury convicted 35-year-old Jose Eddie Sanchez of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, robbery and harassment. Sanchez received credit for 92 days already served in jail. Upon release from prison, he'll be on parole for two years. Prosecutors say Sanchez attacked the night custodian at Highland Elementary School in September 2015 while the victim was working.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is one step closer to building a new and long-awaited hospital after its governing board decided to hire an architect to begin advanced design work. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2x51ZYI ) the university's Board of Regents unanimously voted to bring on an architect to prepare plans for the first phase of the new hospital on Tuesday. The initial design would include space for 120 beds, six operating rooms and clinical offices.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative analysts say the results are mixed when it comes to the effectiveness of New Mexico's programs for young children. The Legislative Finance Committee has released an accountability report that covers spending and outcomes for early childhood programs across several state agencies. Members of the committee were scheduled to discuss the findings at a meeting Wednesday in Taos. The report shows recurring funding for early childhood programs has been on the rise for the last several years, surpassing more than $350 million during the last fiscal year.

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A judge sentenced a New Mexico woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the chest to five years of probation for voluntary manslaughter, saying the lack of jail time was so she could raise her three children. The Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2wa8U6N ) 27-year-old Adrianna Elizondo was sentenced on Friday in the death of 34-year-old Keith Riley. Defense attorney Denise Madrid-Boyea says Elizondo's defense and the prosecution reached a plea deal to avoid jail time.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County, four pueblos and the U.S. Department of the Interior have scheduled more closed-door meetings this week about roadway disputes that threaten to impede funding for a planned regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Bureau of Indian Affairs says some county roads trespass on tribal land. County commissioners have voted against allocating the county's share of money for the planned multimillion-dollar regional water system until the road disputes are resolved.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The developers behind a massive planned community on the edge of New Mexico's largest metro area can move ahead in the process now that the Bernalillo County Commission has amended some conditions of the master plan. The commission voted 3-1 Tuesday night to allow the developers of the Santolina project to negotiate a water agreement with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority later in the process. County officials say the next step will focus on where housing, businesses and community services will be located within the development.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state economists are revising their outlook for government finances as the state emerges from a budget crisis. Economists from the Legislature and three state agencies are providing a new forecast for state revenues on Wednesday. Members of the Legislative Finance Committee are meeting at the Taos Ski Valley to discuss the state's improved financial footing. The state has quickly rebuilt depleted financial reserves to more than 5 percent of annual spending obligations as the oil and natural gas sectors stage a recovery.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party chairman of southern New Mexico's Dona Ana County has resigned after making incendiary comments on social media that referenced "violent, leftist protesters" following deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Roman Jimenez wrote on the party's Facebook page Sunday that the protesters were responsible for creating a divide between races and genders and were "getting exactly what they asked for": a segregated society of groups.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at a top U.S. laboratory announced Tuesday that they have produced the highest resolution scan ever done of the inner workings of a fossilized tyrannosaur skull using neutron beams and high-energy X-rays, resulting in new clues that could help paleontologists piece together the evolutionary puzzle of the monstrous T. rex. Officials with Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presented some of their findings after peering deeper in into the skull of a "Bisti Beast," a T.

SIMON CANYON, N.M. (AP) — For more than five decades, a pipeline has transported natural gas over Simon Canyon near Navajo Dam. In about a week, that pipeline will be gone. The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2vZ9Kmd ) Harpole Construction Inc. and Williams Companies Inc. are working to remove more than 2,000 feet (610 meters) of pipeline, which starts on the east side of the canyon. The pipeline is suspended in the air for about 650 feet (198 meters) as it crosses Simon Canyon. Williams Companies Inc. owns the pipeline, which has been transporting natural gas since 1959.

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner has escaped from a county jail in southwestern New Mexico. The New Mexico State Police identifies the inmate who escaped Monday evening from the Luna County Detention Center in Deming as Joshua Mirka. A State Police spokesman says Mirka was being held after being arrested July 27 on a warrant for alleged probation and parole violations for failing to register as a sex offender. Mirka was reportedly wearing orange pants, an orange shirt and black shoes when last seen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More money is expected to flow into New Mexico's coffers thanks to positive investment returns stemming from a bullish stock market and recovery in the oil and natural gas sector. The State Investment Council says New Mexico's two sovereign wealth funds showed substantial growth during the last fiscal year, with the Land Grant Permanent Fund nearly doubling its annual target with a nearly 13 percent return. Gov. Susana Martinez says that's welcome news for the state, which has struggled in recent years with declining revenues.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A former leader of the state Republican Party is planning to run for the open congressional seat that covers much of southern New Mexico. Monty Newman made the announcement Monday in a news release issued to media outlets across the state, settling rumors among party insiders that he was considering campaigning for the GOP nomination in the 2nd District. The seat has been attracting attention since U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce announced his intention to run for governor in New Mexico.

For nearly a century, American Indian jewelers, potters and other artists have been gathering in the heart of northern New Mexico to show off their creations at one of the nation's most prestigious art markets. The annual Santa Fe Indian Market begins Saturday as organizers push ahead with raising the bar for showcasing what they say are the best examples of art that has evolved from centuries-old traditions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say things are off to an unusual start this month in New Mexico. There have been multiple rounds of severe weather in the eastern part of the state since the beginning of August. In fact, 61 severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued, which is more than were issued in the last five years combined for the same two-week period. Forecasters say some parts of eastern New Mexico have experienced anywhere from three to five times the normal rainfall so far this month.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The former manager of a childcare center owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to a theft of government money charge. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Gina McPherson of Capitan entered her plea Monday in federal court in Las Cruces. They say McPherson faces up to 10 years in federal prison when sentenced. Her sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. McPherson was arrested three months ago.

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