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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A second fire in two months has struck an Albuquerque Route 66 motel and apartment complex made famous in the 2007 movie "No Country for Old Men." KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports firefighters were called Sunday to the blaze in a unit at the Desert Sands Motel. Investigators believe the fire may have been started by a homeless person who managed to get into the boarded up property for shelter. A May 24th fire destroyed most of the complex's 63 units and forced residents out of their homes.

(Information from: Los Alamos Monitor, http://www.lamonitor.com) LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Department of Energy contractors are scheduled to start removing toxic contaminated soil in northern New Mexico leftover the Manhattan Project and early atomic Cold War research. The Los Alamos Monitor reports work is expected to begin this week on the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon. Officials say the contaminated soils eventually will be shipped to a permanent area once tested.

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a Ruidoso Downs racehorse that tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus has been euthanized. The Artesia Daily Press reports the horse was euthanized late Friday and the barn where the horse was located at the racetrack is under quarantine. An adjoining barn is also under quarantine pending test results. The New Mexico Livestock Board and New Mexico Racing Commission are working with Ruidoso Downs officials to ensure a horse-specific virus is limited to one racehorse.

(Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com) FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The board of San Juan College is set to vote on eliminating three degree programs due to low enrollment and low student job placement. President Toni Pendergrass told The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico last week board members will vote Tuesday on discontinuing the machining, renewable energy and outdoor leadership, education and recreation associate degree programs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man is in jail after allegedly carjacking a vehicle from two teenage girls and leading Albuquerque police on a high-speed chase. Police spokesman Fred Duran says the incident began early Sunday near Pat Hurley Park. A 17-year-old girl and her 18-year-old friend reported a suspect with three knives banging on their car windows and yelling. The victims exited the vehicle and the suspected demanded the car keys. Officers located the vehicle, which then fled a traffic stop. The suspect drove to The Downs Casino and tried to run inside.

(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque organization that educates entrepreneurs on growing their businesses is sending its curriculum to North Carolina and Portugal. The Albuquerque Journal reports Creative Startups is recruiting for the first North Carolina cohort. The program is slated to debut internationally in Portugal. Creative Startups offers a six-week course mostly online for business owners nationwide.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police say a Rio Rancho man shot his father and turned the gun on himself after an hours-long standoff. Authorities say the 41-year-old suspect died at a hospital Sunday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect's 68-year-old father, who was shot in the chest, is in stable condition. Officers responded to a residence where shots had been fired at 1:40 p.m. Saturday. They saw the victim lying outside the front door while the suspect was visible inside holding a rifle. Police were able to carry the victim to waiting paramedics.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New laws going into effect July 1 in New Mexico run the gamut from new sentencing requirements for drunken drivers to stepped-up financial disclosures for lobbyists. The state also is entering a new budget year that calls for reduced general fund spending, as revenues lag amid low energy prices. Tougher sentencing guidelines will apply to some repeat DWI convictions and for homicide by vehicle while under the influence.

(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key staffer of former Gov. Bill Richardson's film incentive program has been tapped to lead a new joint film office created to attract more productions to the city of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. Eric Witt will be paid $105,000 a year to run the office, which will be funded by contributions from both the city and county. Witt has been working with local officials for months on plans to create the Greater Santa Fe Film Office.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service is kindling interest in the cabins, murals, furniture and artwork of the New Deal era that transformed and popularized national and state parks while putting impoverished Americans back to work. Rupert Lopez of New Mexico gratefully worked for $1 a day amid the misery of the Great Depression making adobe-block walls for National Park Service administration building in Santa Fe.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state government is looking for new ways to conserve spending as it crosses the threshold into a new budget year, with the most pronounced changes set to ripple through Medicaid health care services for the poor and disabled. State general fund revenues were lagging by nearly 10 percent as the books closed Thursday on fiscal year 2016. The revenue downturn is linked to oil and natural gas prices, sales-style taxes and corporate income taxes. New Mexico is one of just eight states coping with downturns in general fund revenue.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is set to announce that new 900 jobs are coming to Rio Rancho amid uncertainty around Intel. The announcement on Thursday is the largest number of jobs announced in one place during the governor's term and comes after Intel announced company-wide layoffs. Intel has a massive plant in Rio Rancho and the plant's workforce has shrunk over the years. Earlier this month, executives with El Segundo, California-based PCM, a direct marketing technology company, said the company would add more than 200 sales positions in Rio Rancho.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 36-year-old New Mexico man accused of setting a Carlsbad hotel on fire has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge. Travis Hayslip appeared Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces, with the U.S. Attorney's Office saying he admitted igniting the fire that destroyed the Quality Inn Hotel as part of his guilty plea. Authorities say he will be sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison under the plea agreement that also requires he pay $2.4 million in restitution to Choice Hotels. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the expansion of a DNA testing law named for a slain New Mexico college student has helped authorities connect hundreds of suspects arrested on felony charges to other unsolved crimes in the past five years. Martinez says a 2011 expansion of Katie's Law has linked 339 New Mexico suspects to 344 other cases, including more than a dozen homicides and 40 sex crimes. The governor says only 407 suspects would have been connected to 420 other cases if the expansion weren't in place.

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury on Tuesday acquitted a former Colorado school official of four counts of sexual assault of a child. Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough added in an email to The Associated Press that Jason Martinez still faces two counts of assault against two men in an unrelated case. He is out on bond and scheduled to appear in a Denver court in August in that case. Martinez was hired last year by New Mexico's largest district despite being charged with sexually abusing two young boys.

(Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Albuquerque is opening a new office for immigrants and refugees. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the city of Albuquerque $300,000 for the establishment of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. The initial funds will staff an office and pay for research and development to blueprint for a mission. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the grant allows the city to take other than taxpayer dollars and impact positive change in Albuquerque communities.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The entire contents of the historic Bishop's Lodge will be up for sale as the owners work on renovating the resort and spa just north of Santa Fe. The liquidation begins Thursday and will continue for 14 days. Organizers say it will be the largest garage sale of its type in the Santa Fe area. Everything will be up for grabs — from furniture and fixtures to kitchen equipment, linens and thousands of other items. The lodge shut its doors in late 2015 so construction could begin.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's medical marijuana program will be operating out of a new location beginning next week. State health department officials said Tuesday that the new office in Santa Fe will be larger and will have room for more employees and infrastructure to keep up with the growing number of patients who are enrolling in the program. Participation has increased by about 12,000 in the last year, bringing the number of active patients to about 25,000.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico is launching an online degree program in Chicana and Chicano Studies beginning this fall. Under the program, the newly minted department will allow students to take online classes in Chicano studies toward a degree. Officials say the online classes with allow nontraditional students with busy schedules to get a Bachelor's degree in Chicano studies. The program is aimed at students who already have 24 hours of college credit. The move comes a year after Chicana and Chicano Studies became an official department at the school.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state has tracked down 100 fugitives linked to drunken driving infractions since a roundup effort began late last year. The Republican governor announced the milestone on Monday. Launched in December, the initiative directs State Police and a special absconder unit of the Department of Corrections to track down fugitives linked to DWI violations who have skipped out on parole or probation requirements. Of the 100 fugitives detained, 55 had multiple DWI arrests or were linked to a killing while driving drunk.

(Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com) SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico marathon runner who was attacked by a black bear is advocating to change the state law that forced wild officials to kill the animal. Karen Williams tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the female bear was acting on its protective instincts to defend its cubs when it charged and mauled her June 18 in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

(Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com) HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Southeastern New Mexico has had some rain, but it's likely not doing much to recharge the Ogallala Aquifer. Mike Johnson with the Office of the State Engineer says whether rain recharges the aquifer is a complicated question since the agency doesn't measure recharge directly. State water managers cooperate with the U.S. Geological Survey to measure well levels to get an idea of how much water is in the aquifer and if levels are changing.

(Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman is facing charges after police say her 12-year-old son called 911 to report her choking his sister. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports Barbara Gutierrez was arrested Saturday on an aggravated battery against a household member charge following the frantic 911 call. According to a criminal complaint, Gutierrez got angry after her children hid her keys to prevent her from leaving to help her boyfriend who had just been arrested.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A real estate group that markets properties across the West says a sprawling New Mexico ranch owned by the family of former Gov. Bruce King has been sold. Purchased by the late King and his brothers in 1961, Alamo Ranch is considered one of the state's legacy ranches. It stretches across more than 100 square miles of high desert hills, prairies of native grass and arroyos in Sandoval County. The ranch went on the market in February for $33 million. Hall and Hall Real Estate did not immediately release any details about the recent sale.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are suing the New Mexico Game Commission in federal court, arguing that expanded cougar trapping threatens endangered Mexican gray wolves and jaguars. The lawsuit was filed Monday by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection New Mexico and residents Peter and Jean Ossorio. The commission voted last year to allow trapping on 9 million acres of state lands, but opponents voiced concerns that the decision was based on politics rather than science.

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