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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tony Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston is giving a fellow actor from "Breaking Bad" some help in his race for a New Mexico county commissioner's seat.

Cranston is joining comedian George Lopez in asking some residents of the state's largest county to vote for Steven Michael Quezada in a county commissioner's race. They are promoting Quezada on mailers targeting voters.

Lopez and fellow "Breaking Bad" actor Dean Norris also are lending their voices on robo calls for Quezada.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in New Mexico this week on behalf of his wife's campaign for the Democratic president nomination.

Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the candidate's husband will campaign for her Thursday during a public event in Las Cruces.

No additional details were released.

Hillary Clinton faces Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in the New Mexico primary on June 7.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A break in a massive pipe that supplies irrigation water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation is a step closer to being repaired with the delivery of a new section of concrete piping.

The decades-old pipe broke May 13, cutting water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry had just been planted.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — State police say an Albuquerque woman died when her motorcycle was struck by a pickup that pulled out in front of her on a road north of Espanola.

Eloise Armijo was riding south on State Road 68 Sunday afternoon just north of the city in Rio Arriba County when the pickup pulled in front of her and she hit the passenger side. The driver of the pickup fled the scene despite damage that included a shattered passenger side window.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A break in a massive pipe that supplies irrigation water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation is a step closer to being repaired with the delivery of a new section of concrete piping.

The decades-old pipe broke May 13, cutting water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry had just been planted.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — State police say an Albuquerque woman died when her motorcycle was struck by a pickup that pulled out in front of her on a road north of Espanola.

Eloise Armijo was riding south on State Road 68 Sunday afternoon just north of the city in Rio Arriba County when the pickup pulled in front of her and she hit the passenger side. The driver of the pickup fled the scene despite damage that included a shattered passenger side window.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The divide between Democratic voters in the presidential primary is on prominent display in New Mexico.

Bernie Sanders supporters have been speed-dialing voters from cafes, libraries and union halls and aren't about to give up before the final round of state primaries on June 7.

Hillary Clinton holds the advantage nationally and has locked in support from New Mexico superdelegates and other local powerbrokers.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Libertarian Party has nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate just as it did in 2012.

Delegates to the party's convention in Orlando on Sunday picked Johnson on the second ballot over Austin Petersen, the founder of The Libertarian Republic magazine, and anti-computer virus company founder John McAfee.

Johnson got about 1 percent of the popular vote in 2012.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say anti-Donald Trump protesters in Albuquerque threw rocks, urine-filled bottles, molotov cocktail-type devices at officers, and some later fired gunshots.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Thursday around 30 people out of 1,000 protesters were responsible for the violence from Tuesday's riot that caused around $10,000 in city damage.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says six officers suffered injuries from rocks and other objects, and one police horse suffered a leg injury.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a person fatally shot by law enforcement officers during a traffic stop along Interstate 25 appears to be the suspect in an armed carjacking in Albuquerque hours earlier.

New Mexico State Police say the shooting occurred shortly after noon Thursday.

The name of the person killed is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Socorro County sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near the San Antonio exit.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of a Native American community in New Mexico is pleading with the French people to stand with his tribe in its fight to keep Paris auction houses from putting up for bid sacred objects.

Acoma Pueblo released the letter from tribal Gov. Kurt Riley on Thursday.

The letter comes as Paris' EVE auction house prepares to put up for bid hundreds of religious items and art pieces, including a ceremonial shield from the pueblo.

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking rights of way for the next 35 years to repair nearly 30 miles of roads in two counties to help with operations in New Mexico's border region.

Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has scheduled a June 2 public meeting in Lordsburg to discuss the request.

Easement fees charged by the State Land Office could total $400,000. But federal officials want the fees to be waived since it plans to repair the roads, many of which are dirt and gravel.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only Republican member of Congress has joined the fight between ranchers and the federal government over access to water on national forest lands.

The U.S. Forest Service has fenced streams, springs and other watering holes to protect the habitat of an endangered mouse. The agency has defended the action, saying it has responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.

But U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said Wednesday the agency is blindly implementing laws without weighing the effects on livelihoods, customs and culture in rural New Mexico.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe has acquired a rarely seen painting created by the artist in 1926.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the museum purchased "The Barns, Lake George" from Christie's Auction House in New York City for $3.3 million.

The work has been held in private collections since 1946 and only shown publicly once in the past 50 years. It features rustic barns overlooking the shores of Lake George in New York, where the artist and her husband had a retreat.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has wrapped up a two-day swing in New Mexico with a low-key rally at a packed Albuquerque community center.

Clinton told the crowd Wednesday that his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, plans to address income equality and college debt and bring back manufacturing jobs to the United States.

He also made a pitch to the working class, saying he understands their frustrations and that his wife doesn't want to leave anyone behind.

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit group that operates a booming border town in New Mexico is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live.

Officials in Santa Teresa are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants.

Such developments also could include hotels, retail stores and entertainment attractions that would turn this industrial park into a new hot spot just a stone's throw away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A nonprofit group that operates a booming border town in New Mexico is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live.

Officials in Santa Teresa are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants.

Such developments also could include hotels, retail stores and entertainment attractions that would turn this industrial park into a new hot spot just a stone's throw away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man accused of fatally shooting his uncle has surrendered to Texas authorities and awaits extradition.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Jacob Soliz was involved in an ongoing dispute with 49-year-old Alberto Soliz. Both men shared a residence in La Mesa.

According to a witness, Alberto Soliz returned home to find his nephew waiting for him. A confrontation ensued and Jacob Soliz allegedly shot his uncle with a handgun.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's office has found that a former county board violated the state's Open Meetings Act by failing to provide specific descriptions in its agendas.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the state says the Eddy County Board of Commissioners violated the law in approximately 26 agendas in 2013 and 2014. Three members of the current board were commissioners at that time: Susan Crockett, Glenn Collier and Royce Pearson.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico and Texas universities are members of a team competing for a federal contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories.

The University of New Mexico announced Tuesday that a team led by Chicago-based Boeing Co. and Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit, includes the New Mexico school as well as Texas A&M University and the University of Texas System.

The University of New Mexico says more than 2,400 of its graduates are employed by Sandia, a federally-funded research and development center based in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mako Medical Laboratories will partner with Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute to establish a location in Albuquerque, creating 100 new jobs.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced the news Monday.

The new jobs will include laboratory technicians, administrative staff, and sales and marketing positions.

Mako Medical Laboratories provides medical lab testing for doctors and medical professionals across the country.

RATON, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is joining other states in pushing an initiative to revitalize downtown districts in isolated, small towns by rehabilitating aging, historic theaters.

An economic development program, similar to efforts in Iowa and Illinois, seeks to save the often-forgotten venues with help on refurbishing buildings and grants for new digital projection and sound equipment.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials plan to merge most of the state's major criminal, court and personal information databases to give judges access to more information before they set bail.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that state officials say they hope the Criminal History Clearinghouse will be operational by winter, but it could take longer. The project will link at least six databases to give judges a quicker, more thorough way to check defendants' backgrounds.

Officials say the project could also be more expensive than legislators budgeted for.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has drowned during a family camping trip in the Rio Grande.

KOB-TV reports that the body of the 2-year-old boy was pulled from the river Sunday.

The boy had been reported missing from a campsite near Pilar about a half-hour before searchers located his body in the water.

Taos County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Rael says a responding deputy performed CPR and was able to resuscitate the child, but he was taken to a hospital and later died.

The incident remains under investigation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 2-year-old Albuquerque girl was seriously injured after she was ejected from a car involved in a rollover crash.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says the crash occurred Saturday morning near Mountain and Woodward.

According to Drobik, 29-year-old Erica Garcia was traveling westbound when her Nissan crossed into the eastbound lane.

The vehicle hit the curb and went off the road.

The Nissan then drove up wire from a utility pole and was about 14 feet above the ground before landing on its roof in the street.

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