Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Ten former Navajo Nation lawmakers have been sentenced for their involvement in misusing the tribe's discretionary fund. The Daily Times reports ( ) that most of the lawmakers were sentenced Wednesday in Window Rock to probation and community service or ordered to pay restitution with the exception of former Delegate Leonard Teller and former Delegate Jack Colorado, both of whom were sentenced to serve brief stints in jail. Prosecutors say all 10 delegates abused a financial assistance program designed to help tribal members facing hard times.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three young children kidnapped after their mother was killed in Southern California have been found safe in New Mexico. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the couple suspected of kidnapping the children left them with a good Samaritan who notified authorities. The children, between 2 and 5, were found safe in a motel on the outskirts of Albuquerque. The department says the couple, 27-year-old Joshua Aaron Robertson and 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey, are still on the run and are believed to be heading east of New Mexico. Lt.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The trial of a New Mexico mother facing charges for having an incestuous relationship with her 19-year-old son has been postponed. The Clovis News Journal reports ( the case against Monica Mares has been moved to late October. The trial originally was scheduled to start Thursday. The 36-year-old Mares and her son, Caleb Peterson, made international headlines following a recent interview with the British paper the Daily Mail.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — An app that lets users experience Los Alamos during the nation's top-secret World War II nuclear development program now is available on Android phones. The Los Alamos Monitor reports ( that the "Los Alamos: The Secret City of The Manhattan Project" recently was released for Android months after the iPhone app was made public. The app allows users to enjoy "augmented-reality" while seeing the place as it was in the 1940s. Los Alamos National Laboratory created the app.

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Police in Sunland Park say a 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody in connection with a bomb threat. They say officers were called by Santa Teresa Middle School staff on Wednesday morning after teen allegedly was making threats. Police say the boy allegedly made mock bombs and was seeking to either blow up or shoot up the school. They say the teen was detained at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on suspicion of a fourth-degree felony charge. They say all weapons were removed from the boy's home by the parents.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a 10-year-old girl has been killed and a suspect is in custody. The name of the girl wasn't immediately available Wednesday. Police Chief Gordon Eden says the girl's relatives haven't been notified and no further information will be released until then. A woman who lives in the same apartment complex as the girl says she had turned 10 on Tuesday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico public schools have been graded "A'' or "B'' but over a third still received "D'' or "F'' grades. The Public Education Department released Wednesday new grades that showed a 7 percent jump in the number of schools getting an A or B. Meanwhile, records also show "D'' or "F'' schools dropped 2 percent. Still, 315 of the state's 849 public schools received a "D'' or "F." Albuquerque Public Schools, the state's largest school district, saw more than 40 percent of its schools drop at least one letter grade. Only 14 percent of Albuquerque schools went up.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge will allow testimony about police training during the trial of Albuquerque officers who fatally shot a man in the Sandia foothills. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that Judge Alisa Hadfield denied a prosecutor's request to limit the testimony, saying officers have a wider scope of privilege than the general public when it comes to using deadly force. Former officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez are charged with murder in the 2014 death of James Boyd.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An Ohio man accused of killing a southern New Mexico police officer has been named in a five-count federal indictment. Jesse Denver Hanes of Columbus pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces. The indictment issued Tuesday charges Hanes with federal firearms and carjacking offenses stemming from an Aug. 12 traffic stop during which Hatch police Officer Jose Chavez was fatally shot. Defense attorney Mario Esparza did not immediately return a call for comment on the allegations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of eastern New Mexico and West Texas are seeing minor flooding thanks to a storm system moving east. Heavy rain struck Eddy County in New Mexico and Odessa, Texas, on Wednesday causing flooded streets and dangerous driving conditions. Hobbs also saw torrential rains. The National Weather Service said thunderstorms are moving into the Texas city of Alpine with more very heavy rain and lightning expected in the area.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Military bases in New Mexico will stop accepting some state's driver's licenses for base access next month as the federal REAL ID Act starts to be implemented. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that though some New Mexico-issued licenses and IDs are valid under REAL ID criteria until 2020, they won't be accepted for Kirtland Air Force Base after Oct. 10 unless an extension is granted. On Sept. 15 licenses from Minnesota, Missouri, Washington or American Samoa will not be accepted. The REAL ID Act requires proof of legal U.S.

RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) — Economists for the state of New Mexico say the flow of revenues to the state's general fund declined by more than 8 percent during the fiscal year ending in June as a slump in oil markets held back the local economy and state tax receipts. State budget experts announced on Wednesday an estimated $523 million decline in recurring revenues to the general fund. The decline leaves the state with a negative balance for readily accessible reserves and a projected deficit for the current budget year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico educational officials are set to release grades for the state's public schools a year after the number of schools graded an A or B dropped 10 percent. The New Mexico Public Education Department is scheduled on Wednesday to unveil grades a week following the release of student test results. Those results showed a slight increase in the number of students testing proficient or better in reading and math. Last year, the number of New Mexico schools receiving a D or F jumped 3 percent.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man suspected of robbing a New Mexico hot dog restaurant made famous in the AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" has been arrested. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports ( that police arrested Isaac Dodge on Sunday after being identified in surveillance video captured from the robbery of the Dog House Drive-In on the historic Route 66. Albuquerque police say the 40-year-old Dodge used a sawed-off shotgun to rob the hot dog restaurant in June. Authorities say he's also connected to four other armed robberies.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has activated the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center in preparation for potential flooding statewide. Rio Arriba, Sierra, Dona Ana and Eddy counties have been hit with heavy rain, which is expected to continue throughout the week. Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the New Mexico Department of Health to monitor and assist in response as needed. Carlsbad Caverns National Park closed early Tuesday at 4 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City suburb vying against New Mexico to attract a Facebook data center is dropping out of the race after state education officials decided the $240 million deal was too rich. The city of West Jordan said Tuesday they can't compete with tax-breaks offered by Los Lunas, New Mexico, so they're ending negotiations. The Utah State School Board signed off on $100 million worth of tax breaks instead Tuesday, but West Jordan says that it's not enough in the face of pushback from other local leaders. The plan has been contentious in Utah.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd twerked in the street. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports ( the unauthorized filming in downtown Albuquerque Sunday triggered a long block party, snarling traffic and confusing motorists. Albuquerque police say hip-hop artist Jandro did not receive proper permits to shoot his music video. Police say officers decided to close off parts of the Mother Road because of the lowriders and the street dancing.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling in the San Francisco Bay area to help recruit businesses to New Mexico and to attend political meetings. A spokesman for the Republican governor said Martinez left Monday and returns Friday and is accompanied by New Mexico Economic Development Sec. Jon Barela, along witth representatives from Albuquerque Economic Development and the City of Rio Rancho.

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) - The Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. has agreed to sell its Westlake property for about $134.5 million to a New Mexico developer. If the deal is approved by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, Kicks Entertainment, an entity of Laguna Development Corp. is planning some improvements to the site. LDC spokesman Skip Sayre (SAY-er) says changes planned include new slot machines, new decor and more food and beverage options. Multiple news outlets report ( ; ) Laguna plans to retain all of the nearly 1,000 employees.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of a 2010 law meant to protect whistleblowers with a ruling in cases involving former Secretary of State Mary Herrera and two former employees. The court overturned an earlier ruling by the state appellate court, finding that the Whistleblower Protection Act doesn't allow for claims to be brought against state officers in their individual capacity. The court says the act can only be used to bring suit against government agencies or officials serving in their public roles.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado last year did not impact the quality of drinking water for most San Juan County residents. The Farmington Daily Times reports ( ) that the New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau informed the Gold King Mine Citizens' Advisory Committee that though San Juan County public water systems were shut down to keep the waste out, a year later the affected public water systems remain in compliance with drinking water standards.

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 4.5 earthquake near the New Mexico-Colorado border. There were no immediate reports on damage from the quake, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about 26 miles west-southwest of Trinidad, Colorado, and 105 miles north-northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico jurors and court interpreters are the latest group to feel the pinch of a budget crunch that has all of state government tightening its belt. A fund that pays jurors and interpreters has been struggling for several years and the shortfall is now approaching $1 million. Legislative analysts say the gap could be lessened if the courts slash juror pay rates to $4.25 an hour. State statute calls for minimum wage. The Legislature has authorized the state Supreme Court to adjust the payments to cope with underfunding.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque elementary school principal has apologized for telling teachers it wouldn't be acceptable to call students boys and girls. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( Carlos Rey Elementary principal Judith Touloumis issued the apology this week after remarks in her PowerPoint presentation to teachers and staff made national news.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces police chief is defending officers who fatally shot a robbery suspect on Sunday, saying the suspect forced them to use deadly force. Police Chief Jaime Montoya said Monday that 36-year-old Juan Gabriel Torres of Las Cruces was armed with a knife when he was shot Sunday afternoon on a bridge over Interstate 25. Montoya says Torres failed to obey commands to drop the weapon and lunged at officers. He says when Torres lunged officers had no choice but to use deadly force.