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ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Tribal and federal officials will be gathering on the banks of the Rio Grande at Isleta Pueblo to celebrate the settlement of a dispute stemming from one of the diversion dams along the river. Tribal officials say the multimillion-dollar agreement with the federal government transfers control of the decades-old dam to the tribe to resolve the pueblo's trespass claims. The agreement also provides the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation with an easement going forward for the use of pueblo lands for the diversion dam. Pueblo Gov. E.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities is visiting New Mexico to celebrate and study Native American culture. Chairman William Adams will be touring the School of Advanced Research's Indian Arts Research Center, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Institute of American Indian Arts while in Santa Fe. He'll also stop by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, where he'll participate in a talk about the organization's Next-Generation Ph.D. program. Adams and U.S. Sen.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's director of elections is briefing state lawmakers on efforts to modernize an online campaign finance information system widely criticized for obscuring the complete sources and destinations of political spending. Elections Director Kari Fresquez of the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office is scheduled to brief a legislative technology committee Friday on the estimated $985,000 cost for the project.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — This year's homecoming celebration at the New Mexico Military Institute is about more than just a football game. The school is marking its 125th anniversary. To celebrate, the Roswell Daily Record reports that ( cadets will be representing each decade of the institute's history by wearing uniforms from those decades. In 1898, 13 cadets made history by being the first women to enroll, including Edith Matthews. She'll be represented this weekend by her great-great-granddaughter, cadet Maddux Porter.

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Acoma Pueblo has launched a legal fight, arguing that a more than century-old federal law prevents local and state officials from collecting property tax on tribally-owned land even if it's located outside of the tribe's recognized boundaries. The tribe filed its lawsuit in federal court in Las Cruces earlier this month. New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla and Cibola County Treasurer Geraldine Rael are named as defendants.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a 4-year-old girl killed on a New Mexico highway during a road-rage dispute has marked the one-year anniversary of her death with a balloon release in downtown Albuquerque. Alan and Veronica Garcia and other members of their family gathered Thursday evening on Civic Plaza. That's a year to the day that Lilly Garcia was fatally shot on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque during a dispute between the girl's father and another driver. Lilly was sitting in the backseat of her father's pickup with her older brother when she was struck.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The newest segment of a 500-mile recreation trail that will one day stretch the length of New Mexico from Colorado to Texas is being dedicated in southern New Mexico. Gov. Susana Martinez visited Las Cruces' La Llorona Park on Thursday to celebrate the addition of more than 4 miles to the Rio Grande Trail. The governor in 2015 signed legislation creating a commission charged with defining the best routes and reaching the necessary agreements with local governments and property owners to build the statewide trail.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Chaparral tax preparer has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors say 62-year-old Maria Ramirez was accused of preparing false tax returns and failing to report or pay gross receipts tax on her tax preparation business. They say Ramirez pleaded guilty to 29 counts of tax fraud, which are fourth-degree felonies.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The town of Edgewood and other defendants are appealing a ruling that they must pay the widow of man killed by police for not giving her documents she requested quickly enough. Erin Noll, filed a civil complaint in Santa Fe District Court in November 2015 asking a judge to force the town, the Department of Public Safety and the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office to release records related to the shooting death of her husband, Ethan Noll. The sheriff's office was later dropped from the lawsuit. Ethan Noll was shot and killed by State Police in April 2015.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a 4-year-old girl shot and killed on a New Mexico highway during a road-rage dispute plans to mark the one-year anniversary of her death with a balloon release in downtown Albuquerque. Veronica Garcia says the family will gather on Civic Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a year to the day since her daughter Lilly Garcia was fatally shot on Interstate-40 in Albuquerque during a road-rage dispute between the girl's father and another driver. Lilly was sitting in the backseat of her father's pickup with her older brother when she was struck.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is planning an expanded review of public lands management in northwestern New Mexico to address concerns about oil and gas development surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. A World Heritage site, Chaco includes the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Though freshman enrollment at the New Mexico State University keeps rising, freshman retention has dropped and university officials are looking to change that. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( ) that this year, 71.3 percent of last year's freshmen returned to NMSU compared to 73.1 percent in the Fall 2015 semester, or about 40 fewer students returned. The slight decrease comes after the university has invested in programs to help guide freshman and sophomores through their programs.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A group of Las Vegas citizens are seeking to recall the city's first elected female mayor over allegations of broken campaign promises and refusal to protect animals. The Las Vegas Optic reports ( a group led by a former campaign volunteer of Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron is gathering signatures to force a recall election. Manuel "Manny" Martinez says Gurule-Giron also is responsible for losing more than $4 million from stopped water projects and for terminating employees without providing explanations.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Roswell Republicans say hundreds of yard signs in support of Donald Trump have been stolen or vandalized in recent weeks, and the latest incident was caught on camera. The head of the Republican Party of Chaves County, Jason Perry, says surveillance video shows a woman getting out of a vehicle and struggling to dismantle a large Trump-Pence sign in front of a home early Tuesday before taking off with the sign. The Roswell Daily Record reports ( that the surveillance video has been turned over to police.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal court jury has found an Arizona man guilty on marijuana trafficking charges in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 57-year-old John Wayne Hargrove, of Pearce, was convicted Tuesday after a two-day trial in Las Cruces. Hargrove and four Mexican nationals were arrested in February on a criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy and possession of nearly 298 pounds of marijuana. Border Patrol agents arrested Hargrove and another defendant near the Arizona-New Mexico border and seized six bundles of marijuana from their truck.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge is considering motions to dismiss charges against a New Mexico mother who is accused of having an incestuous relationship with her 19-year-old son. The Clovis News Journal reports ( Judge Drew Tatum is expected to make a decision Thursday in the case of 36-year-old Monica Mares. The woman appeared in court Wednesday, with her attorney arguing that it was a consensual relationship and Mares should be able to make her own choices without government interference.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico has signed legislation that would help address a major state budget shortfall by closing tax loopholes and tapping into reserves from a tobacco settlement fund. Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday her approval of two bills passed by the Legislature in a special session to help address a nearly $600 million operating budget deficit. New Mexico's budget shortfall is linked to a downturn in energy markets that has taken a bite out of taxes and royalties from oil and natural gas and sent shock waves through the economy.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Standing at the foot of one of New Mexico's most important pieces of water infrastructure, Gov. Susana Martinez and a crowd of state and federal officials marked the 100th birthday of Elephant Butte Dam. The construction of the dam and the ability to store water in the reservoir has allowed for a century of irrigation in southern New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico. The towering concrete structure provides flood control for the lower Rio Grande and irrigation water to 178,000 acres of farmland. It also created the state's largest lake.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It's been more than three years since construction was completed on a mental health facility in southern New Mexico, but it's still not operational. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( ) that the Dona Ana Board of Commissioners on Tuesday looked into ways to finance the county's vacant $2 million Crisis Triage Center. It was built to house adults with mental health issues as an alternative to the county detention center.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just one day into construction for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, drivers are already frustrated with traffic it is creating. During evening rush hour Tuesday traffic on Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico was backed up and crawling along. A city spokesman said Tuesday that the back-up is to be expected in the first few weeks of heavy construction. Pre-construction work began over the summer, but full construction began this week along 9 miles of Central Ave.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of being the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization in Roswell has pleaded guilty. The Roswell Daily Record reports that Joseph Ray Mendiola on Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Mendiola was one of 41 people charged in connection to a months-long investigation into drug trafficking in Roswell and the surrounding area. Mendiola is alleged to have been the leader of the trafficking operation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court decision upholds a woman's murder conviction in the shooting death of a teen-ager fatally shot by the woman's boyfriend following a street fight in Hobbs. Deandre Gonzales shot 16-year-old Daniel Garcia once in the head after retrieving his gun from Santana Serrano following a May 2014 fight between Gonzales and Garcia.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico lawmakers are turning their focus to expanding broadband access in the state and increasing the speed of existing connections as a means to boosting competitiveness. Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla says more broadband will mean improvements in both education and the state's position in the national fight for high-wage jobs. The Albuquerque Democrat will chair a meeting of the legislative Science, Technology and telecommunications Committee on Thursday and Friday in Santa Fe.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — School districts in the heart of New Mexico's oil region are reporting student enrollment declines amid an oil and gas downturn. The Hobbs News-Sun reports ( Lovington Superintendent LeAnne Gandy says her district is down around 80 students from the figure reported to the state for budget purposes last spring. And Hobbs Superintendent T.J. Parks says his enrollment is down 50 students from the same period. Both numbers are based on 40-day enrollment figures. The drop is student enrollment could cost both districts hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents at the University of New Mexico have formally launched the search for the school's next president. Regents announced at a meeting Tuesday that the search will be chaired by Board of Regents President Rob Doughty. Regents Marron Lee and Tom Clifford will serve as committee members. Doughty said in a statement that the effort will include input from the entire campus community. Regents are issuing a request for proposals for an executive search consultant to identify and recruit qualified candidates.