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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Standing at the foot of one of New Mexico's most important pieces of water infrastructure, Gov. Susana Martinez and a crowd of state and federal officials marked the 100th birthday of Elephant Butte Dam. The construction of the dam and the ability to store water in the reservoir has allowed for a century of irrigation in southern New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico. The towering concrete structure provides flood control for the lower Rio Grande and irrigation water to 178,000 acres of farmland. It also created the state's largest lake.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It's been more than three years since construction was completed on a mental health facility in southern New Mexico, but it's still not operational. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( ) that the Dona Ana Board of Commissioners on Tuesday looked into ways to finance the county's vacant $2 million Crisis Triage Center. It was built to house adults with mental health issues as an alternative to the county detention center.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Just one day into construction for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, drivers are already frustrated with traffic it is creating. During evening rush hour Tuesday traffic on Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico was backed up and crawling along. A city spokesman said Tuesday that the back-up is to be expected in the first few weeks of heavy construction. Pre-construction work began over the summer, but full construction began this week along 9 miles of Central Ave.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of being the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization in Roswell has pleaded guilty. The Roswell Daily Record reports that Joseph Ray Mendiola on Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Mendiola was one of 41 people charged in connection to a months-long investigation into drug trafficking in Roswell and the surrounding area. Mendiola is alleged to have been the leader of the trafficking operation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court decision upholds a woman's murder conviction in the shooting death of a teen-ager fatally shot by the woman's boyfriend following a street fight in Hobbs. Deandre Gonzales shot 16-year-old Daniel Garcia once in the head after retrieving his gun from Santana Serrano following a May 2014 fight between Gonzales and Garcia.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico lawmakers are turning their focus to expanding broadband access in the state and increasing the speed of existing connections as a means to boosting competitiveness. Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla says more broadband will mean improvements in both education and the state's position in the national fight for high-wage jobs. The Albuquerque Democrat will chair a meeting of the legislative Science, Technology and telecommunications Committee on Thursday and Friday in Santa Fe.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — School districts in the heart of New Mexico's oil region are reporting student enrollment declines amid an oil and gas downturn. The Hobbs News-Sun reports ( Lovington Superintendent LeAnne Gandy says her district is down around 80 students from the figure reported to the state for budget purposes last spring. And Hobbs Superintendent T.J. Parks says his enrollment is down 50 students from the same period. Both numbers are based on 40-day enrollment figures. The drop is student enrollment could cost both districts hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents at the University of New Mexico have formally launched the search for the school's next president. Regents announced at a meeting Tuesday that the search will be chaired by Board of Regents President Rob Doughty. Regents Marron Lee and Tom Clifford will serve as committee members. Doughty said in a statement that the effort will include input from the entire campus community. Regents are issuing a request for proposals for an executive search consultant to identify and recruit qualified candidates.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Albuquerque on Thursday night. According to the campaign website of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Pence's rally will be held at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa. Organizers say doors for the event will open at 4 p.m. and tickets are available online on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Indiana governor previously held campaign events in Albuquerque and Roswell in August to rally support for Trump.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say the first influenza cases of the flu season in New Mexico have been confirmed by laboratory tests. State Department of Health officials say the first two cases involve a 64-year-old man from Bernalillo County and a 64-year-old woman from Socorro County. Their names weren't announced Tuesday. Health officials are recommending a flu vaccine for every state resident six months of age and older. The viruses change each season and flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 flu season.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must update its decades-old recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf under a court order issued by an Arizona judge. The judge on Tuesday signed off on a settlement that was reached earlier this year between environmental groups and the federal agency. The agreement set a November 2017 deadline for the agency to come up with a new plan. The agency also has to provide the court and other parties in the case regular updates on the planning process.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made a brief stop in New Mexico to rally Democrats ahead of the general election. Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for president, is campaigning Tuesday in New Mexico and Arizona for nominee Hillary Clinton. In Albuquerque, he spoke to a crowd on the campus of the state's largest university. He talked about creating an economy for the middle class and voiced support for raising the minimum wage. Some in the crowd shouted in support.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the nation was facing a financial crisis before its current fiscal year began. The Daily Times reports ( ) that during his State of the Nation address Monday, Begaye focused on the economy and the work he and the Navajo Nation Council did to avoid a $21 million budget shortfall before fiscal year 2017 began on Oct. 1. Begaye said the shortfall would have led to employee layoffs, but the issue was eased when the tribe turned to "rainy day funds" to make up the gap.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. lawmaker says loopholes in federal laws have left authorities with little leverage in seeking the return of tribal religious items that are illegal to trade in the United States but sell for thousands of dollars in foreign markets. The comments Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, came during a field hearing in Albuquerque, where tribal leaders and representatives of several federal agencies — including the U.S. State, Interior and Justice departments — are delivering testimony.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Some state lawmakers are still concerned about potential lead contamination in the Animas River more than a year after a mine waste spill in southern Colorado fouled rivers in three western states. The legislative Indian Affairs Committee met Monday in northwestern New Mexico. The Daily Times reports ( that committee members heard from state environment officials about the 2015 Gold King Mine spill that sent more than 3 million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas and San Juan rivers.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe city officials are considering requiring businesses to secure licenses to sell authentic Native American art. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( ) that a proposal endorsed Monday by the City Council's Finance Committee would create a Native American Arts or Crafts District and require businesses selling such items to obtain a special business license.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A former northern New Mexico superintendent who resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials and is facing criminal charges may need a new attorney. The Las Vegas Optic reports ( prosecutors are seeking to have prominent Albuquerque defense attorney Sam Bregman removed from the case involving Charles Trujillo. The Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office says Bregman has a conflict of interest in Trujillo's pending criminal trial because he once represented a witness in the case.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are running into criticism as they try to implement revisions to New Mexico's immigrant driver's license law. Advocates for vulnerable populations such as the homeless and victims of domestic violence say proposed regulations unnecessarily tighten documentation requirements for basic identification cards that poor, displaced people can use to secure jobs or apply for government health benefits.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the cast of the television series "Better Call Saul" are returning to New Mexico to film the show's third season. The New Mexico Film Office made the announcement Monday. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the Emmy-nominated series is expected to employ several dozen New Mexico crew members.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and University of New Mexico aimed at improving the school's response to sexual assault complaints (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The University of New Mexico president says he's sensitive to the reality that the school didn't handle past sexual assault and harassment cases as well as it should have.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drivers in Albuquerque can expect lane closures and some delays as crews begin heavy construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. KOAT-TV reports ( ) that the city has begun work to construct a dedicated bus lane along 9 miles of Central Ave. and work is expected to run into late 2017. Pre-construction work began over the summer, but full construction is now underway. At least one lane will remain open at all times during construction.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state police have arrested a 57-year-old man accused of killing a Santa Fe-area woman whose dead body was found in her blood-splattered bathroom of her home. State police say Robert Mondrian-Powell was booked into the Dona Ana County jail after detectives arrested him Friday in Las Cruces on a murder charge in the death of 67-year-old Elvira Segura of Nambe. According to court documents, Mondrian-Powell had lived with Segura, a former Santa Fe librarian. Her car was found abandoned in Las Cruces on Sept.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A number of San Juan County veterans have been recognized by a local quilting group. The Daily Times reports ( ) that the San Juan Quilters Guild on Saturday presented veterans with 39 handmade quilts to thank them for their service. The quilts, dubbed "quilts of valor" by the group, were presented during the guild's two-day quilt show at the Farmington Civic Center. Quilting coordinator Becki Dunham says the quilts were part of the group's community service projects.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court will consider whether the state's courts should be able to erase court and arrest records, and, if so, when it is appropriate to do so. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that New Mexico has been grappling with the question for a decade. Lawmakers have passed four bills on the topic since 2005, but two were vetoed by former Gov. Bill Richardson and the others by current Gov. Susana Martinez.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After years of planning and some delays, work has resumed on what officials are billing as one of New Mexico's largest wind farms. Officials gathered Monday in Torrance County to celebrate the restart of construction on Avangrid Renewables' El Cabo Wind Farm. Roads are being built and foundations for the turbines are being poured. The 56,000-acre project spans private property and state trust land. It'll be made up of more than 140 wind turbines.