Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A hitchhiker who authorities say jumped into a car with two Ohio fugitives before one of them fatally shot a New Mexico police officer has been arraigned on drug charges. Tony Jones made his first appearance Monday in a Las Cruces court, where his bond was set at $75,000. Jones was taken into custody Friday after the shooting death of Officer Jose Chavez in Hatch. Jones, who is 44, has not been implicated in the shooting. Authorities say one of the fugitives reached through a window and shot Chavez, who was standing on the passenger's side of the car.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Computer-based transactions at the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division and state taxation offices were unavailable for several hours Monday as computer technicians worked to resolve an agency-wide problem. The Taxation and Revenue Department said Monday that it was unable to perform tax-program functions and was experiencing difficulties across all agency computer systems. The agency oversees driver's licenses and motor vehicle registration.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Italian restaurant in New Mexico is drawing criticism on social media for making merchandise with a slogan mimicking the Black Lives Matter movement. News station KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/zz1CgU ) that Paisano's in Albuquerque is selling "black olives matter" shirts and hats after making national headlines for putting the phrase on a sign outside the restaurant. Owner Rick Camuglia says he emblazoned the phrase on the restaurant's main sign to sell a new recipe: a tuna dish with black olive tapenade.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are closing off sections of national forest land in southern New Mexico to protect an endangered mouse. They say campers are tearing down barbed wire and electric fences that had been put in place to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and that disbursed camping is damaging the rodent's habitat. The special closure order marks the latest in a fight over access to public land and water that has pitted ranchers and some state lawmakers against the U.S. Forest Service.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation's largest American Indian tribes is planning to sue over damages caused by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Navajo Attorney General Ethel Branch and other tribal officials will announce Tuesday that they have directed their attorneys to file a lawsuit over what they describe as an "unprecedented environmental disaster." Begaye recently renewed the call for the federal government to reimburse Navajo farmers, saying the U.S.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is investigating a community college after receiving complaints about administrative misconduct there. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/2bbS7lH ) that the state Higher Education Department has started a special audit into Luna Community College after a preliminary view raised enough concerns that the college was placed under a fiscal oversight program.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A series of premiere Native American art and antiquities markets packed into a single week in Santa Fe are expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the New Mexico capital. The markets range from the Antique American Indian Art Show— which features pre-1950s Native American art — to the Santa Fe Indian Market, where 1,000 artists show their work on the city's historic plaza and surrounding streets for what organizers say is the world's largest juried show of indigenous artwork.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of Albuquerque law enforcement officers are still waiting to hear if they will be charged with a crime in the wake of shootings that occurred as long as three years ago. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2aUw1Dt ) that the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office has a backlog of nearly 40 pending cases dating back to 2013 where law enforcement officers shot, or shot at, someone awaiting a decision of if the officer was justified in doing so.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies from around the state are scheduled Monday to participate in a procession for a Hatch police officer killed Friday during a traffic stop. Las Cruces police said the body of Jose Chavez was transported to Albuquerque for autopsy and will return to his hometown of Las Cruces on Monday. Funeral services are scheduled for later this week. Officials say law enforcement agencies, fire departments and others along Interstate 25, from Albuquerque and Las Cruces, will join in the procession as the motorcade approaches.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is in Colorado attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. Her office announced Sunday afternoon that she was traveling to the mountain resort city of Aspen for a summer meeting of the association and will return to New Mexico on Wednesday. Martinez is the chairwoman of the fundraising arm of the Republican Party that focuses on the election of GOP governors across the country. The association is paying for the governor's travel.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's personal expenses for political trips cost New Mexico less than $3,500 during the first five months of this year. But records show taxpayers paid more than six times that amount to cover the cost of her security detail on the trips. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2bqHeOB) that the state spent $22,863 for the transportation, hotels and food of state police officers assigned to protect the governor. The newspaper tallied the costs of the trips based off documents obtained through a public records request.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A University of New Mexico professor is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a device to create three-dimensional images of canyons and washes in real-time. The device would attach to airplanes deployed to fight fires. So far, one has been attached to aircraft. UNM says the device's infrared imaging system takes high-resolution photographs of the landscape, and then processes them into images that resemble three-dimensional models.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A years-long effort to create a veterans court in Dona Ana County is nearing fruition. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2briGnw) the court would allow veterans or active-duty military members who are charged with crimes to choose treatment programs rather than jail time. County commissioners unanimously voted to support the court's development. Volunteer judges and resources need to be lined up, among other tasks. No new employees or public funding will be used to set up the court.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico conservation group says the Rio Grande's silvery minnow population has declined each year since 1994, the year the fish was deemed an endangered species. The organization WildEarth Guardians blames a 2003 policy that allows for the river to run dry below a dam near Isleta Pueblo between June 15 and Oct. 31. During that time, the group says, tens of thousands of young silvery minnow die. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2aLXc7N ) reports that U.S.

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputies have taken over public safety duties in the village of Hatch following the fatal shooting of one of its eight officers. The department says deputies will respond to calls in Hatch while local officers mourn the killing of 33-year-old Jose Chavez. The officer, who had been on the force for two years, was killed Friday after pulling over two Ohio fugitives. Police suspect 38-year-old Jesse Hanes was the shooter. James Nelson, who is also wanted on suspicion of murder in Ohio, was in the car.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is renewing the tribe's call for the federal government to reimburse farmers for damaged caused by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. Begaye was among the tribal, state and local officials who participated earlier this week in a discussion marking the one-year anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine. An EPA-led crew triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A push for federal legislation that would prohibit Native American items protected by U.S. laws from being exported to international markets has come under scrutiny from dealers and collectors as tribal leaders try to defend the proposals. At a press conference Friday, Gov. Kurt Riley of Acoma Pueblo said misconceptions about the proposals in Congress have led to fears that dealers who collect and sell tribal antiquities will have to relinquish their entire inventories. He says there is also a misconception that the proposals will prohibit the export of all U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case over contested water regulations that address groundwater pollution by copper mines. Attorneys for the state and environmental groups will make their case regarding the so-called copper rule on Sept. 28. The rule was initially approved by water regulators in 2013. The New Mexico Environment Department argues the regulations are among the most stringent of any copper-producing state in the West and strike a balance between protecting water and allowing for economic development.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say 104 people have been charged with violating federal firearms and drug trafficking after a four-month, multi-agency investigation that aimed to curb high violent crime rates in the Albuquerque area. The investigation also led to the arrests of four people on state charges, with two of the defendants accused in separate in killings that happened in May and June. Authorities say 94 of the 104 suspects in the federal firearms and drug cases have been arrested. Ten are considered fugitives.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case over contested water regulations that address groundwater pollution by copper mines. Attorneys for the state and environmental groups will make their case regarding the so-called copper rule on Sept. 28. The rule was initially approved by water regulators in 2013. The New Mexico Environment Department argues the regulations are among the most stringent of any copper-producing state in the West and strike a balance between protecting water and allowing for economic development.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who was acquitted in 2011 of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed four teenagers has pleaded guilty to his third drunken driving charge. Scott Owens was sentenced Wednesday to 364 days in jail, but 330 days were suspended under a plea agreement. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2blMJhj) that Owens went free after the hearing because he received credit for time served. He had been on electronic monitoring since being charged in February.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a decision in favor of an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico in a dispute over the use of the renowned Hatch name on food labels. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a rehearing request by the Hatch Chile Co. in a potential setback to the company's efforts to protect its stylized "Hatch" brand logos.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces teen has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old last year. D'Shaun Hermans, who is 19, entered the plea Thursday under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 10-year prison term on charges that also include aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery and shooting at an occupied building. The district attorney's office says Hermans accidently shot Jaycob Alba while the two were attempting to rob a home with three other teens in July 2015.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park say the elevators are out of service again. The temporary outage stems from a safety test Thursday morning during which one of the secondary elevator cars unexpectedly stalled in the hoist way with no passengers aboard. For safety reasons, the elevators were taken out of service while mechanics assessed the situation. Technicians from an elevator company are being called out to determine the cause of the malfunction and what repairs might be needed.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing New Mexico State University and its regents over alleged pay inequities among male and female track coaches. The lawsuit announced Thursday accuses the university of discriminating against former assistant track coach Meaghan Harkins on the basis of gender by paying her less than male colleagues with similar responsibilities. Prosecutors say the disparity amounted to a civil rights violation and thousands of dollars less per year for Harkins.

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