Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two people are dead as a result of a T-bone collision between a motorcycle and a truck in the Albuquerque area.

Bernalillo County sheriff's officials say a passenger in the truck and a motorcyclist were fatally injured Wednesday evening when the truck made a left turn.

The accident occurred Wednesday evening at Tramway and Indian School.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. The truck passenger died later at a hospital.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the Department of Justice's report on the University of New Mexico's handling of sexual assault on campus UNM police were critical of how the District Attorney's Office in Bernalillo County handles such cases.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a footnote in the report, which was released last week, said supervisors in the University of New Mexico Police Department said they were frustrated with how infrequently the district attorney prosecuted sexual assault cases.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Espanola man has been arrested for DWI for the 10th time.

New Mexico State Police say 38-year-old Max Padilla was stopped around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for multiple traffic violations on State Road 74 in the town of Chamita.

A police officer says Padilla smelled of alcohol and exhibited numerous signs of impairment.

Authorities say Padilla admitted to the officer that prior to the stop he drank some vodka and ingested heroin.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the woman killed in Albuquerque after at least one sheriff's deputy opened fire had a stolen loaded gun in a truck she had been driving before she was shot.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies identified the woman Wednesday as 24-year-old Jaquelyn Burke, and said she had previously been accused of battery on a law enforcement officer and was being sought for violating her probation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There's nothing secret about what's planned for Area 74 — a swath of forested land along the Continental Divide in southern New Mexico that needs some attention.

After years of planning, crews with the Gila National Forest are making final preparations to walk the 16-mile perimeter with drip torches.

Nearly 16 square miles will be set ablaze this spring as part of a $375 million nationwide campaign by the U.S. Forest Service to clean up overgrown forest and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires as things heat up and dry out.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced the staffers who will be heading efforts for the Democratic presidential hopeful in New Mexico as the state's June 7 primary approaches.

A former state Democratic Party executive director, Scott Forrester will be leading the New Mexico campaign and Rich Thuma will serve as the organizing director.

The campaign announced Tuesday that it plans to open offices throughout the state in the coming weeks.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and a journalist have dismissed their lawsuit against the state Department of Health now releasing public records with names of licensed medical marijuana producers.

The foundation and freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr sued last July in state District Court, but the case was put on hold soon after because the state agreed to begin taking steps to remove confidentiality provisions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have resumed the search for a Colorado man who disappeared while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New Mexico.

Officials at Bandelier National Monument confirmed Wednesday that a search-and-rescue mission was underway in an area of the monument off-limits to the public.

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott declined to provide details but said authorities are encouraging people to stay out of the area, which covers steep slopes and a mass of loose rocks.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says she welcomes the attention New Mexico will get when the GOP presidential candidates begin campaigning in the state.

Still, Martinez — the chair of the national Republican Governors Association — doesn't plan on making an endorsement.

Her office made the statement after hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich defended their new alliance as the party's last, best chance to stop Donald Trump. They're coordinating strategies in three of the 15 remaining primary states.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of states has filed its opening brief in a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new ozone limits.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tightened the limits on ozone, a smog-forming pollutant linked to asthma and respiratory illness, to 70 parts per billion in October. A coalition of states including Wisconsin, Arizona, Kentucky, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas filed a federal lawsuit later that month challenging the rules.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people accessing behavioral health care services in New Mexico is growing, inching up almost 5 percent over a one-year period.

The Human Services Department released the data Monday, saying the increase stems partly from the expansion of the state's Medicaid program to ensure more low-income people have coverage and access to everything from primary care doctors to psychologists.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of New Mexico teenagers are capitalizing on a new state law that allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 the day of the election in November to vote in the June primary.

More than 800 teens in New Mexico have registered to vote in June with more than half registering as Democrats. The deadline to register to vote in state primaries is May 10.

New Mexico's new law, which takes effect on May 18, the day of the primary, puts the state among about 20 states that permit 17-year-olds to cast ballots in party primaries.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district court is considering whether to accept a $24 million settlement from an investment firm in a pay-to-play scandal that took place during administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

Judge Louis McDonald has scheduled three days of hearing beginning Monday on the settlement offer with Chicago-based Vanderbilt Capital Investors.

It would be the largest payment to date in a scandal that put state investments in the hands of money managers in return for payments or political favors.

KIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — Fire officials in Kirtland are warning residents not to burn weeds in the wake of fires that have destroyed five homes in two days.

San Juan County Fire Chief Craig Daugherty told the Daily Times of Farmington on Saturday that both blazes could have been prevented.

Daugherty says someone burning weeds Friday lost control of the fire and it swept through three homes.

A second fire broke out Saturday morning and destroyed two homes. The cause is still under investigation.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is cutting 16 positions across six education centers to save on operating costs.

UNM spokeswoman Dianne Anderson says the affected jobs are in Bachelor and Graduate Field Centers at education centers in Farmington, Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, Valencia and Santa Fe.

Anderson says employees involved in recruiting, advising and operating the centers are not affected.

University officials say there will be a limited number of new roles to address some of those responsibilities.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Investigations into a pay-to-play scheme that preyed on New Mexico state investment and pension funds during the administration of former Gov. Bill Richardson have reached at a major crossroads as district courts hold hearings on a $24 million proposed settlement with a Chicago investment firm.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces Public School District may have fewer teachers next year due to a budget crisis.

The school board is considering a plan that would cut staff to close an estimated $2.9 budget shortfall. District officials say the cuts mean some retiring teachers won't be replaced and high schools may go to block scheduling.

Superintendent Stan Rounds says if cuts aren't made, staff could see a reduction in pay.

The cuts come after school districts across New Mexico received less money from the state due to falling oil revenue.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn isn't a fan of the Obama administration's plan to clamp down on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land.

Dunn announced Thursday that his office has submitted comments in opposition of the proposed venting and flaring regulations.

Dunn says a committee was formed in New Mexico last year to study flaring reductions and assess the feasibility of capturing gas for new drilling permits.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water official has ordered his staff to investigate complaints from ranchers about the fencing of watering holes on some national forest lands.

State Engineer Tom Blaine made the announcement Thursday after receiving a letter from dozens of state lawmakers who are concerned about the U.S. Forest Service's efforts to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.

The lawmakers have asked Blaine to use his authority to stop the federal agency.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has launched a push to get more eligible families to apply for federally-funded child care assistance.

The Republican governor announced on Thursday efforts to get families to seek assistance for a program that some might not even know exists.

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson says many families in one of the nation's poorest states qualify for child care assistance but don't know they so.

To qualify, families most earn just above the federal poverty line or less.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the federal government for its decision to extend operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Mine in Fruitland.

The suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal agencies was filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleges the agencies failed to thoroughly assess the potential impacts the coal-fired plant and surface mine could have on the environment and public health before approving the 25-year extension last July.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A union representative says an officer had recognized that two New Mexico guards were fatigued the day a pair of violent felons escaped, and told them they could take naps as they worked a more than 18-hour shift transporting inmates across the state.

Miles Conway, a union spokesman, said Tuesday that the Department of Corrections telling guards to sleep while another drives "flies in the face of policy." His comments came about a month after inmates Joseph Cruz and Lionel Clah fled a prisoner transport van.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Las Cruces residents accused of possessing a pound of methamphetamine have pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

David S. Thompson, 29, and Marlene C. Sandoval, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Authorities say the drug was discovered after the vehicle Thompson and Sandoval were in was pulled over for speeding in Dona Ana County.

The methamphetamine was found in a shoe inside the vehicle.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico says social media feeds will soon tell you if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday announced a program that will use citizen watchdogs to monitor court hearings by state judges who are routinely lenient in drunken driving cases.

Staffers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving will serve as monitors. They'll send details about lenient sentences to state officials, who will identify repeat offenders and the judges in tweets or Facebook posts.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

Martinez told the Associated Press on Tuesday that building fences can impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

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