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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says federal land managers will be working to finalize a process for considering whether to accept a donation of land that will allow public access to the Sabinoso Wilderness in northern New Mexico. Zinke's announcement came Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he toured the area with members of New Mexico's congressional delegation and local officials. Established in 2009, the 16,000-acre (6,475-hectare) Sabinoso Wilderness is surrounded by private property.

Utah's $1.9 billion claim against the Environmental Protection Agency for a multi-state mine waste spill says Utah's water, soil and wildlife were damaged, but it offers no specifics. State officials provided a copy of the claim to The Associated Press Wednesday. The claim stems from the August 2015 release of 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of wastewater from an inactive gold mine in southwestern Colorado. An EPA-led contractor crew inadvertently triggered the spill. Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah were polluted and Indian lands were affected.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police says a bystander attempted to save the severed foot of a woman injured in a car crash by placing the foot in a freezer. KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2wIQOFd ) the woman and her boyfriend were hit by a car as they were standing outside an apartment complex on Tuesday. Police say the woman's foot was severed during the incident. Simon Drobik with the Albuquerque Police Department says the woman and her foot were transported to the hospital, where the woman underwent surgery. Police are searching for the car involved in the crash.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Sen. George Munoz has announced that he'll run next year for New Mexico land commissioner. Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, said his top priority if he's elected would be to generate a more stable revenue stream for state public schools and universities. He says he would support an "all of the above" approach to using state trust land, while touting an increase in wind and solar energy exports as one way to generate more state revenue. Munoz's announcement on Tuesday adds another high-profile name running for the open statewide office.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a woman was hospitalized and an officer placed on standard administrative leave following an encounter that involved gunfire. Circumstances of what happened during the Tuesday night incident haven't been released and it's not clear if the woman was armed or was shot, but Police Department spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says it is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting. According to Espinosa, officers initially used "less lethal means" to try to get the woman in custody.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico commissioners have decided to keep a policy declaring Bernalillo County an immigrant-friendly community despite threats from U.S. Justice Department to defund so-called sanctuary cities. Bernalillo is New Mexico's most populous county and includes the city of Albuquerque.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — An animal rights group is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shootings of cattle in the Carlsbad area of southeastern New Mexico. The reward offered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals follows the announcement by the Eddy County Sheriff's Office that six cattle were shot and killed on two properties last week. Investigators have said the shootings weren't accidental and that they don't believe the cows are being killed for meat because they were left in fields.

Over a U.S. Air Force base in the southern New Mexico desert, pilots are testing some off-the-shelf options as the military looks for its next light-attack aircraft, a plane that could partly replace the A-10. Test flights for the light-attack experiment known as the OA-X initiative were being conducted Wednesday at Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Air Force Secretary and former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson was on hand along with other top officials.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of one New Mexico city has vowed to continue supporting efforts aimed at reducing his community's environmental footprint despite intentions of the U.S. government to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate pact. Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima made the reaffirmation in a statement Tuesday. He says his city has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent, invested in hybrid vehicles and reduced emissions among its vehicle fleet by consuming less fuel. The mayor says the effort has resulted in an annual savings of about $1 million.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico will honor one of its best and most productive wide receivers this fall by enshrining him in UNM Football's Ring of Honor. The university says Terance Mathis' name will go on permanent display inside the football stadium on Sept. 9 during halftime when New Mexico plays rival New Mexico State. Mathis will join Mike Williams, Bobby Santiago, Don Perkins and Brian Urlacher in the Ring of Honor. Mathis played at UNM in the late 1980s and established several school records that still stand.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison in New Mexico for drug trafficking. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Adrian Soto was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque. Soto was arrested in March 2016 and charged with a methamphetamine trafficking offense after federal drug agents seized more than 11 pounds of meth at an Albuquerque bus station. Authorities say the methamphetamine was concealed in various bundles inside Soto's luggage including a gift-wrapped package. Soto pleaded guilty in the case last September.

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico are planning to replace the wooden ladders that visitors use to reach some of caves and alcoves in the surrounding cliffs. Monument staffers say maintenance and preservation crews will lay out and fit all the parts that make up the ladders and then do the actual assembly where each ladder will be used. The long logs will be transported as far as possible by all-terrain vehicles on the trails and then hoisted up on the workers' shoulders and carried the rest of the way.

MORA, N.M. (AP) — After a teenage boy died before an ambulance could get to him, Mora County Ambulance must now prove to the State of New Mexico that it's capable of responding to medical emergencies. More than a dozen other patients in need of emergency transport were also left stranded since last October. The Public Regulation Commission is keeping an eye on the county ambulance by demanding a monthly status report that will show the time and date of every ambulance call and response.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say a woman is dead after being shot at a location where investigators found numerous shelling cases from different guns. Police say the killing of the woman in her late 20s occurred early Tuesday morning at a location on the 6400 block of Cochiti Road Southeast. According police, officers were first dispatched to a hospital where the victim had been taken and that investigators then located the homicide scene. Police are investigators are serving search warrants, conducting interviews, canvassing for witnesses and processing evidence.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Auditor Tim Keller has officially declared his candidacy for mayor of New Mexico's largest city while rolling out a plan to tackle growing crime rates in Albuquerque. Keller on Tuesday described crime in the city as being out of control, setting the stage for a recent rash of shootings, vehicles thefts and break-ins to be the focus as candidates compete for the city's top leadership post.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Tuesday morning after five days of testimony into whether or not a New Mexico woman fatally shot her husband after a party at the couple's home. The judge told the jury to decide one of three outcomes: guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of voluntary manslaughter or not guilty by self-defense. Amy Herrera is accused of fatally shooting her husband Marc Herrera, an Air Force major, after the two hosted a party for Ecuadorian exchange students in June 2012.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been wounded and one arrested after a shootout in a Albuquerque apartment complex's parking lot. Police say two suspects still are being sought in the incident Monday evening. Witnesses told police that they heard a fight and more than two dozen shots fired from a parking lot between the day care and a nearby apartment complex. The name of the arrested person wasn't immediately released and police didn't know the condition of the two injured.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — International producer BP is pointing to northwestern New Mexico as a possible significant new source of natural gas for the United States. The company announced Monday that it brought online one of the most productive wells in the Mancos Shale that the San Juan Basin has seen in more than a decade. The basin spans New Mexico and southern Colorado. BP says an average of nearly 13 million cubic feet of gas a day was pumped during an initial 30-day period. Company officials say the recent test suggests the region could become one of the nation's leading shale plays.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County is slowly providing childhood programs funded with revenue from a measure that took effect more than two years ago. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2uj7Eh2 ) eight organizations are sharing $3 million a year for two years to combat adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, neglect and other trauma. The funding is coming from Bernalillo County's behavioral health tax, which went into effect in July 2015.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling upholds a Carlsbad's man's murder conviction in the 2012 killing of an Artesia man at the victim's home. The ruling dated Friday and released Monday turns down an appeal by Senovio Mendoza, who was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Timothy Wallace, a drug dealer who owed money to Mendoza. Co-defendant Donald Ybarra pleaded guilty in the case. Another co-defendant, Matthew Sloan, awaits a retrial after his murder conviction was overturned by the state high court in 2016.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies and one sergeant are on administrative leave after at least one opened fire while responding to a domestic violence call near Albuquerque. Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said Monday that an armed man in his early 20s was shot Sunday and transported to University of New Mexico Hospital. No deputies were injured. The sheriff says the suspect is expected to recover and will face one count of aggravated assault on a household member. Authorities did not immediately release the man's name but said he had a criminal history.

CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has awarded a $3.85 million contract for excavating contaminated soil and related road-improvement work associated with two abandoned uranium mines in two areas of the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico's McKinley County. The Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Monday says Navajo-owned Arrow Indian Contractors will clean up portions of the Quivira Mines located on the reservation's Coyote Canyon and Standing Rock chapters northwest of Crownpoint.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A Navy battalion is wrapping up their second summer of volunteering to build housing for homeless in the Navajo Reservation. The Gallup Independent reports the Navy New Mexico Construction Battalion 22 or Seabees is partnered with the Southwest Indian Foundation and the Navajo Housing Authority to construct modular homes for homeless on the Navajo Reservation. Qualifying individuals only pay the monthly utility bills for the homes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 31-year-old Las Cruces man faces up to five years in prison when sentenced after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an alleged conspiracy involving sham marriages and foreign nationals. Santiago Aveles pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Albuquerque to conspiracy and marriage fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says Aveles, four Chinese nationals living illegally in the United States and a naturalized U.S. citizen were charged April 19 in a conspiracy indictment.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A key task force in eastern New Mexico is set to unveil its plan to conserve water from a massive groundwater supply that underlies parts of New Mexico, Texas and several other states. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/y7LmqU) the Water Policy Advisory Committee in Curry County is expected to release Tuesday its 40-year plan for water management in connection with the Ogallala aquifer.

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