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GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have recovered a Marine's classic car that was stolen during his stay in Gallup.The Gallup Independent reports Evan Staat of Xenia, Illinois had just completed his service and was on his way home when his 1968 Chevrolet Nova was stolen from a parking lot Saturday.A report from the McKinley County Sheriff's Office says it was recovered within 30 hours.Officer Neil Yazzie spotted the Nova under dry brush, wood pallets and blankets during a training exercise in a rock climbing area.Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Routine operations have resumed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository following an evacuation in May that was prompted by the discovery of a misaligned drum of waste.Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico confirmed this week that processing and handling resumed June 2.In disposing the waste, seven 55-gallon (208-liter) drums are wrapped together in a tight formation to go deep inside the ancient salt formation where the repository is located.

UTE PARK, N.M. (AP) — Forest officials have lifted a closure order put in place as the result of a wildfire that has charred more than 57 square miles (149 square kilometers) in northeastern New Mexico.The Valle Vidal area in Colfax County is now open as authorities say the Ute Park Fire is no longer a threat.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats rallied around progressive female candidates in the primary - including the party's nominee for the Albuquerque area's U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico primary elections (all times local):12:30 a.m.Two incumbent New Mexico lawmakers have lost primary bids to Democratic challengers, including a Santa Fe-area representative who fought accusations of sexual harassment.Democratic voters on Tuesday nominated Andrea Romero of Santa Fe to replace Rep. Carl Trujillo in a race with no Republican challenger. Trujillo denies a former lobbyist's harassment allegations, which a panel of four lawmakers and an outside attorney are investigating.Democrats also voted out Rep.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters selected nominees in two key congressional races that could help determine which party controls the U.S. House and make history in November's general election.Former state Democratic Party leader Debra Haaland won the nomination Tuesday for the House district encompassing Albuquerque as she tries to become the first Native American congresswoman. Along the U.S.-Mexico border, a woman will represent the most Hispanic congressional district in the most Hispanic state in the nation for the first time.State Rep.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats rallied around progressive female candidates for governor, the U.S. House and a statewide office overseeing government oil holdings, while ousting a state lawmaker mired in accusations of sexual misconduct.Tuesday's primary set up November races that will mean the most Hispanic congressional district in the most Hispanic state in the nation will be represented by a woman for the first time, while the Democratic nominee for the Albuquerque area's U.S.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats chose three-term U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham as their nominee for governor Tuesday in hopes of reclaiming the state's top office after two terms of Republican control.U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce ran unopposed for the Republican nod and moved on to November's general election. Lujan Grisham could become the nation's second elected Latina governor if she succeeds GOP Gov.

By The Associated PressU.S. House District 1 Central, Bernalillo Dem - Primary 

203 of 468 precincts - 43 percent

Debra Haaland 13,344 - 38 percent

Damon Martinez 9,992 - 29 percent

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez 7,147 - 21 percent

Patrick Davis 1,762 - 5 percent

Paul Moya 1,378 - 4 percent

Damian Lara 1,052 - 3 percent

U.S. House District 2 Southern Half Dem - Primary 170 of 501 precincts - 34 percent

Xochitl Torres Small 11,036 - 76 percent

Madeline Hildebrandt 3,559 - 24 percent

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico primary elections (all times local):8:30 p.m.Las Cruces attorney Xochitl Torres Small has won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to take control of a seat along the U.S.-Mexico border that's eluded it for years.Torres Small on Tuesday defeated U.S. Coast Guard veteran Madeline "Mad" Hildebrandt.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on primaries being held Tuesday in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota (all times local):10:35 p.m.Retired Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell has won the Iowa Democratic primary and a chance to face Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in November.Hubbell hasn't been elected to office but has held numerous business positions he says make him well-positioned to lead state government.

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated PressGRAND RONDE, Ore.

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated PressBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers from the federal government under an agreement signed Tuesday by the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement was the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and partnership between the state and the federal agency."Congratulations to the state of Idaho," he said.

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Government Accountability Office has agreed to a Democratic senator's request to examine the legality of a politically-tinged tweet from the Environmental Protection Agency, a spokesman for the watchdog agency said Tuesday.The GAO will conduct a legal review of the April 13 tweet from the EPA's official Twitter account, spokesman Charles Young said.The EPA tweet noted the Senate approval of Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who also served in the EPA under President George H.W.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on primaries being held Tuesday in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota (all times local):10:02 a.m.President Donald Trump is urging Californians to vote Republican in the state's gubernatorial and congressional primaries.Trump tweeted Tuesday: "In High Tax, High Crime California, be sure to get out and vote for Republican John Cox for Governor. He will make a BIG difference!"The president also plugged California's GOP congressional candidates, specifically naming Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters are set Tuesday to select candidates for two open congressional seats.Voters in the states central and southern districts will decide which Democrats and Republicans will run for two seats that could determine which parties control the U.S. House of Representatives.The seats are open because both Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Steve Pearce stepped down to run for governor.Former U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico primary elections (all times local):XX:XX a.m.Election-day voting is underway in New Mexico as voters select nominees in wide-open primary races for governor and two congressional seats.Polling places are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Absentee ballots are also due by 7 p.m.Democrats Michelle Lujan Grisham, Joseph Cervantes and Jeff Apodaca are seeking their party's nomination for governor. The winner will face the sole Republican candidate, U.S. Rep.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will decide Tuesday which Democratic candidate will be the party's nominee for the open governor's seat. The winner will face the lone Republican contender.Party nominations for two open congressional seats also are up for grabs.Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians may participate in the state's closed major party primaries, though there were no competitive races for Libertarian candidates.The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters are set Tuesday to select candidates for two open congressional seats.Voters in the states central and southern districts will decide which Democrats and Republicans will run for two seats that could determine which parties control the U.S. House of Representatives.The seats are open because both Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Steve Pearce stepped down to run for governor.Former U.S.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated PressSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates pushed toward the finish line Tuesday in wide-open primary races for New Mexico governor and two congressional seats.The three-way Democratic primary for governor devolved into attacks about private business dealings and trustworthiness in the days before voters headed to the polls. The state's lagging economy, dissatisfaction with public education and concerns about urban crime took center stage in the campaign.U.S. Rep.

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin.The U.S. Interior Department announced the contract Monday.

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in New Mexico (all times local):1:55 p.m.Some residents are returning to their homes, but evacuation orders in other areas remain as crews try to get a handle on a wildfire burning in northeastern New Mexico.Authorities announced Monday that residents of Cimarron were being allowed to return to the village in four separate groups to minimize traffic.The threat to Cimarron has been reduced but authorities say there are still some concerns as the fire is expected to burn for some time.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election officials are reporting robust turnout in early voting and through absentee ballots ahead of the state's primary election.The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office reported that 97,917 people cast primary ballots during the early voting period ahead of Tuesday's primary. Early voting ended Saturday evening, and absentee voting continues until Tuesday at 7 p.m.About 202,000 people in all voted in the 2014 primary elections.

DALLAS (AP) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after hail damaged the windshield and caused some passengers to throw up.One of the pilots said they could barely see through the windshield.The airline says no injuries were reported after the Sunday night flight from San Antonio, Texas, to Phoenix ran into bad weather over New Mexico and turned south to land in El Paso, Texas. There were 130 passengers and five crew members on board.

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — Crews battling a blaze burning in northeastern New Mexico are bracing for the return of hot and dry weather as they work to protect hundreds of homes.Authorities said Monday that the Ute Park Fire has burned more than 56 square miles (146 square kilometers) since being sparked last Thursday. The cause is under investigation.Evacuation orders remain in place for communities on the fire's flanks.

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