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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say an approaching storm system and low temperatures are expected to bring snow Monday night to the Albuquerque area. The National Weather Service says western and central New Mexico is likely to see several inches of snow overnight. The snow is expected to stop Wednesday and Thursday, but temperatures will remain low. Forecasters say the snow has another shot of returning to New Mexico on Friday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Police Department plans to give its officers a refresher course on a municipal law that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority in the city. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2fUvqos) that the refresher is coming after City Councilor Joseph Maestas told police Chief Patrick Gallagher that officers should apply the ordinance over state law. In turn, Gallagher promised to provide his officers more training on marijuana laws. Enforcement of the ordinance has sparked controversy.

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say the driver of a motorcycle involved in a fatal crash on Friday was likely impaired and had drunken-driving convictions. Police say 26-year-old Marcus Gomez was driving under the influence when he crashed his motorcycle on Paseo del Norte near Coors Boulevard. His passenger, Lizeth Gutierrez-Martinez, was killed in the crash. An Albuquerque police officer who interviewed Gomez at the hospital said he showed signs of impairment. The officer noted that Gomez had a suspended license and two prior DWI convictions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities have joined an investigation into a fire that destroyed a luxury condo building in Albuquerque. It's unclear whether the fire was connected to a spate of crimes targeting businesses. When asked if the incidents were related, Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said only that the investigation was ongoing. Romero says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will help the local fire department investigate a fire at the Carlisle Condominiums on Nov. 23 that resulted in over $9 million in damage.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Most of the state continues to see winter weather conditions and snow has becomes a possibility in the Albuquerque area. The National Weather Service says parts of central and eastern New Mexico are under a strong wind advisory while the northern part of the state has been plummeted with snow. For example, the Taos area has already seen about 14 inches of snow, and more is expected on Sunday and Monday. Albuquerque also has a chance of snow on Sunday evening through Tuesday. The area could see up to an inch of snow on Sunday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas-based oil and gas company has reached a $430 million deal that will clear the way for more production in southeastern New Mexico. Concho Resources Inc. made the announcement this week, saying it has agreed to acquire dozens of square miles in the northern Delaware Basin. Much of the acreage is located in the Red Hills area in Lea County. Concho president and chief executive Tim Leach says the transaction will add to what the company is already doing in the region.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With President-elect Donald Trump promising to do away with the Affordable Care Act, Republican states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the law are left to wonder what will happen to their programs. Second-term Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has offered vague assurances that people won't be left without health insurance in a state with one of the highest Medicaid enrollment rates in the country. Many GOP-led states that joined the expansion may push for it to be kept.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A private, nonprofit agency that accredits colleges and universities has put the brakes on the proposed sale of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design to a Singapore-based company. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2gImYwg) that the Higher Learning Commission wants more data about the sale and its possible effect on financial aid for students. The commission's board voted during its November meeting to defer action on the sales application.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State wildlife commissioners have revoked the hunting, fishing and trapping privilege of a northern New Mexico man for 10 years. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Esequiel Mascarenas was found guilty of numerous charges, including killing deer out of season and exceeding the hunting limit for deer. The Las Vegas man was the subject of an investigation that started in 2012. A search warrant culminated in more than two dozen poaching charges being filed in 2014. The Game Commission handed down its decision after the case concluded in the courts.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on vandalism and fires at businesses in Albuquerque (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden says authorities believe a string of fires and acts of vandalism at businesses in the city will end now that a suspect is in custody. According to the Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/q9yV3G ), Eden told a Saturday news conference that there were "multiple crime scenes all over the city." No information was released about the suspect, whom Eden said has been arrested but not charged.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges accusing two former Las Cruces police officers of beating a man in a holding cell. The offices of District Attorney Mark D'Antonio and state Attorney General Hector Balderas jointly filed a dismissal notice in the cases of Richard Garcia and Danny Salcido on Wednesday. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://goo.gl/0ipcLB ) reports the charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they can be refiled in the future. Dona Ana County jurors last summer deadlocked after two days of deliberation in the trial of Garcia.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A civil rights group is praising the response of employees at a New Mexico grocery store when a woman yelled at a hijab-wearing shopper, saying she was a terrorist. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says the "collective defense" provided Wednesday at a Smith's store in Albuquerque by employees who gathered in front of the hijab-wearing shopper sets an example for others. Hijabs are headscarves worn by some Muslim women.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Albuquerque are investigating several overnight incidents, including fires that damaged two chain stores. The Fire Department says causes of the fires early Saturday morning at Barnes & Noble and Old Navy outlets located at separate shopping centers were under investigation. The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/UH68it ) reports that police took a suspect into custody but that a police spokesman didn't identify the suspect or provide details on allegations against the suspect.

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — A battle is brewing between residents of a northern New Mexico village and a Texas oilman who has a ranch along the Pecos River. Pecos resident and gas station owner Pancho Adelo says he's concerned that the village is in danger of losing water to development. At issue is a pending water rights transfer that villagers believe will affect a centuries-old acequia that diverts water for agricultural use.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Winter weather conditions are forecast across much of New Mexico this weekend. The National Weather Service says an upper level trough will cross the state overnight, with accumulating snow and strong wind expected Saturday night and Sunday morning. Forecasters say mountains of northern New Mexico will get up to several inches of snow, with the San Juan and Tusas mountains expected to receive 8 to 12 inches above 10,000 feet. Wing gusts of 50 to 5 mph are possible in areas east of the Continental Divide, especially east of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office says an armed man has taken his own life after being confronted by law enforcement in the Rancho Viejo area on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe. Sheriff's Office spokesman Juan Rios said an armed man took his life in an open field near the Santa Maria de la Paz church on Friday evening at about the time the sun was setting. Deputies had shut down roads in the area as they responded to a report of a distraught, armed man.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Tourism Department say the state spent $40,000 to sponsor the wrong film festival in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2guvU5v ) that state officials say the accidentally gave the funds to the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2015 instead of the similarly named Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. The Tourism Department also paid the Independent Film Festival $40,000. Santa Fe Film Festival chairman Omar Hamid says the group spent the money on the festival's expenses and therefore cannot give it back.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing two people. The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://bit.ly/2guAWyS ) that 46-year-old Donald Valdez was sentenced Monday to the maximum amount allowed under his plea agreement with prosecutors. Prosecutors say Valdez fatally shot Fred Montoya and Bernadine Garcia inside a mobile home in Cleveland after an argument in October 2015. Amanda Miera was also shot in the left shoulder and survived.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a 15-year-old Wisconsin girl reported missing in Albuquerque (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Albuquerque police say a 15-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been reported missing while visiting in New Mexico has been found safe. Spokesman Fred Duran says Synderelia Trujillo was found Friday with friends. Duran previously said the girl was at her grandfather's house Thursday morning when she didn't return after going to the family vehicle. Her hometown wasn't provided. 4 a.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities and police are investigated reports of vandalism at three Starbucks locations in Albuquerque. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said suspicious devices were placed at the coffee shops after midnight and that one of them caused minimal damage. The shops were closed at the time, and no one was injured. Fisher did not provide any details about the devices Friday but noted that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating along with the FBI and Albuquerque police.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has released a promotional video as part of a $2 million rebranding campaign. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2fcTgzr) that the video is part of a broader effort to recruit more students and promote the school's offerings. Enrollment and tuition dollars have been down at the university in recent years. Officials say a 1.5 percent increase in enrollment can translate to nearly $3.5 million in new revenue.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say an apparent equipment failure is likely to blame for a fire that shut down an oil production site in northwestern New Mexico in July. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based WPX Energy announced the findings of a three-month review on its website this week. The company says the investigation included interviews with a dozen people. Officials say evidence suggests the fire started a transfer pump that was used to move oil between temporary storage tanks that were on site for the startup of new oil wells.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man was killed in a one-vehicle traffic accident in Clovis when he crossed an intersection at a high speed, lost control and struck a utility pole. Police say 25-year-old Edward Altieri died as a result of injuries suffered in Thursday's collision.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The telegenic Hispanic mayor of the nation's oldest state capital has become a public face of "sanctuary cities" following Donald Trump's presidential victory. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales sat down with Fox and CNN anchors last week to denounce Trump's renewed vows to deport millions of immigrants and his campaign promises to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities that defy immigration authorities. Santa Fe isn't the typical U.S. sanctuary city.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University has entered another agreement with an entity south of the border. The school announced this week it has signed a letter of intent with the Mexican state of Sinaloa on research projects and student exchanges. Officials say the agreement is the first step on future collaborations with Sinaloa around academic, science and culture for the secondary and higher education institutions in the Mexican state. Western New Mexico University also committed to offer in-state tuition rates to students from Sinaloa.

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