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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing a New Mexico guardianship firm of embezzling millions of dollars from the trust accounts of their clients as part of a decade-long scheme to support what court documents describe as lavish lifestyles. The 28-count indictment against Ayudando Guardians, Inc. and co-founders Susan Harris and Sharon Moore was unsealed Wednesday. It details charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Moore and Harris were arrested and made an initial court appearance Wednesday.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers from coal industry-dependent regions of northwestern New Mexico urged utility regulators to consider the local economic consequences of utility plans to shut down two coal-fired power plants and related mining operations. Investor-owned utility Public Service Company of New Mexico has proposed phasing out the use of coal-fired electricity by retiring the San Juan generating station near Farmington in 2022 and abandoning the Four Corners power plant in Fruitland by 2031.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico coalition of civil liberties, human rights and faith-based groups renewed its calls for evidence-based criminal justice solutions from state lawmakers on Wednesday, vowing to question politicized proposals for harsh penalties as an election-year legislative session approaches. New Mexico SAFE released a report that compiles evaluations of two dozen recent anti-crime bills that span issues from minor drug possession penalties and youth curfews to solitary confinement and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a former high school chemistry teacher convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A former high school chemistry teacher convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico like the fictional Walter White character in the AMC-TV show "Breaking Bad" has been sentenced to four years in prison. New Mexico District Judge Fernando Macias imposed a nine-year sentence but suspended all but four years against John W. Gose. The 56-year-old Gose recently pleaded guilty to trafficking by manufacturing a controlled substance.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say a suspect is dead following a shooting involving officers with the Santa Fe Police Department. Agents with New Mexico State Police are investigating Wednesday's shooting, which stemmed from a call about a stabbing at an apartment complex. SWAT officers responded to the scene, but authorities did not immediately provide any details about the events that followed other than to say the suspect was killed and the stabbing victim was in stable condition after being taken to a hospital. No officers were injured.

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The Cibola County Detention Center is closing. The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2o70OE6 ) employees at the center were informed about the closure on Monday. County Manager Tony Boyd estimated it could take 90-120 days to fully close. The county will replace the detention center with a transport program, which will utilize the services of other facilities. Boyd says detention center officials have been contemplating closing for two years. He says the costs associated with running the center are extremely high.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say an arrest has been made in the fatal stabbing of a 59-year-old homeowner in his house during a break-in. Police say officers responding to a report of a knife-wielding man trying to break into vehicles and homes Tuesday night found 59-year-old Maximillian Moreno fatally wounded. According to police, 25-year-old Kristopher Marquez of Albuquerque was arrested and jailed on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary after being found nearby with a knife in the home's backyard.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's 2007, and Steve Jobs has just finished launching the first iPhone before an enraptured audience when he nearly collapses, exhausted by the illness that will kill him four years later.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Frontier Airlines will begin offering service between Albuquerque and Denver later this year. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and city aviation officials made the announcement Tuesday. Ticket sales for the daily, nonstop flight began immediately and the flights will take off starting Oct. 24. Since 2009, the Albuquerque airport has added four airlines with service to three new destinations and expanded options to six existing destinations. Officials say year-to-date traffic at the airport is up 2 percent over 2016.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will serve as the backdrop for a new independent feature film about a boy who is caught by U.S. immigration authorities after leaving his home in Honduras. Officials with the New Mexico Film Office say "Icebox" is beginning principal photography this month in Albuquerque and Espanola. The work will last through early August. The production will employ 80 New Mexico crew members, 40 principal actors from the state and about 500 extras. The independent feature is directed by Daniel Sawka and is an adaptation of his short film by the same name.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former high school chemistry teacher convicted of cooking methamphetamines in New Mexico like the fictional Walter White character in the show "Breaking Bad" is set to be sentenced. John W. Gose is scheduled Wednesday to learn his fate after pleading guilty to trafficking by manufacturing a controlled substance. The 56-year-old Gose was arrested in October after police discovered glassware, rubber tubing, and chemicals used to cook methamphetamines during a routine traffic stop.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that a proposed spending plan for the U.S. Interior Department calls for a study to determine whether Mexican gray wolves are a genetically distinct subspecies. A report accompanying the legislation suggests federal wildlife officials would be required to determine the validity of the Mexican wolves' designation as a subspecies of the gray wolf. Red wolves also would be reviewed. The federal agency would have a year to conduct its work and submit a report to Congress.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County Sheriff's officials say a mother and her boyfriend have been arrested for alleged child abuse. They say Monica Lopez and Matthew Barraza were taken into custody Monday on suspicion of child abuse, conspiracy and criminal sexual contact. Sheriff's officials say Lopez dropped her 2-year-old son off at a daycare facility Monday. Staff at the daycare say they noticed several bite marks and numerous other unexplained bruises on the boy's body.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Tea Party has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service after applying eight years ago. Graham Bartlett, president of the local Tea Party, said he was informed about a month ago that the group's request was going through, The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2u5tbGJ ). The Albuquerque Tea Party requested tax-exempt status because it relies on donations, and people tend to donate more when they know they can write it off on their taxes, Bartlett said. The group filed its request in December 2009.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has announced he will run for election to Congress for New Mexico's southern district instead of seeking a second term in state office. Dunn said Tuesday that he hopes to win the GOP nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor in 2018. Republican state Rep. Yvette Harrell of Alamogordo also is seeking the GOP nomination.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has announced he will run for election to Congress for New Mexico's southern district instead of seeking a second term in state office. Dunn said Tuesday that he hopes to win the GOP nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor in 2018. Republican state Rep. Yvette Harrell of Alamogordo also is seeking the GOP nomination.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top finance official say New Mexico state government has a bigger financial cushion than anticipated. Finance and Administration Deputy Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke told a panel of lawmakers Monday that the state entered the fiscal year on July 1 with reserves equal to 5.3 percent of annual spending obligations, and expects to maintain a 3 percent cushion at the end the current fiscal year in June 2018.

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — State officials are urging thousands of residents in one southeastern New Mexico community to boil their water after tests turned up E. coli contamination in their water system. The New Mexico Environment Department says the boil advisory issued over the weekend includes the city of Artesia as well as surrounding homes that rely on the Morningside Water Users Cooperative. The Artesia municipal water system serves about 14,000 people. The Morningside system serves an additional 358 customers. State officials say the presence of E.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A pastor and family friend says a boy who was pulled from a pond following a July 4 swimming accident at a Clovis park has died. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (http://bit.ly/2ty3ZXh) Gevion Lewis turned 13 eight days after the accident at Hillcrest Park. He never regained consciousness after being under the water for about 10 minutes. Bonetta Hutson, the worship leader at the church Lewis and his family attended, said she was with the family and prayed with them Friday as they made the decision to remove the boy from life support.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — After more than 50 years of litigation, a federal judge has brought an end to a water-rights lawsuit involving four Native American communities and various residents in northern New Mexico. The lawsuit, known as the Aamodt Case, began in 1966. U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson's decree on Friday puts an end to it, unless someone appeals — again. Johnson affirmed a 2010 settlement calling for a regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin. The settlement also puts rules in place for well owners to either tie into the system or continue using their wells.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is revising guidelines related to the hiring of nurses in hopes of bolstering recruiting in rural and underserved areas of the state. The Health Department made the announcement Monday, saying state agencies will be able to hire recent graduates who are unlicensed but have obtained short-term permits to practice under the supervision of a licensed nurse or nurse practitioner. Gov. Susana Martinez says the changes will help alleviate a critical shortage around the state.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A group of residents in eastern New Mexico want to launch efforts aimed at recalling Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/2WYUSJ) the group is asking a state district judge to allow them to circulate a recall petition. Records show the petition claims "Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College is adding several new certificates next fall. The school recently announced it would offer certificates and an associate in applied science. Under the program, students will have access to the planned 12,000 square foot 4-Bay Gutter Connected greenhouse. In addition, the school is offering a certificate in building science and construction technologies. SFCC's new Infant and Family Studies Certificate also will prepare students to work in the Early Childhood fields of home visiting, early intervention, and infant/toddler education.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking that federal wildlife managers release more captive Mexican gray wolves into the wild in New Mexico to help with recovery of the endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity outlined its request in a letter to regional officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The group pointed to two family packs that biologists earlier this year identified for release and an additional three packs to bolster genetic diversity among wolves currently in the wild in New Mexico and neighboring Arizona.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family is renewing an effort to seek a Purple Heart for a family member who was injured during a firefight on a battlefield in Morocco and spent 14 months as a prisoner. Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2tYCubb ) George Gay left his farm in Hatch to enlist in the Army during World War II. After three years, Gay made it back home with many injuries, but was never awarded a Purple Heart while he was alive.

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