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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider is putting out a request for proposals to provide power in the event that the coal-fired power plant it operates in the northwestern corner of the state were to shut down after 2022. Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shutter two units at the San Juan Generating Station before the end of the year and has suggested that it will stop using coal as fuel by 2031. The utility announced the request for proposals late last week, saying it's looking for a combination of sources that can ensure the reliability of the system.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Human Services Department is holding its final public hearing on an array of proposed changes to the state's Medicaid health care program. Officials say the changes are designed to keep costs down while improving the delivery of health care for New Mexico's poorest residents. But consumer advocates are warning that increasing premiums and copays will end up having negative effects on the use of health care services by people who need them most. The final meeting is scheduled for Monday evening in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Santa Fe says the archdiocese has received only two allegations of clergy sexual misconduct involving children since 1993 because of the numerous strict measures aimed at preventing further abuse. Archbishop John C. Wester published an op-ed in The Albuquerque Journal on Sunday expressing "sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust" by clergy "who were supposed to love and protect our children," and for the suffering of abuse survivors.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The downtown post office in New Mexico's capital city is locking up its lobby overnight because homeless people have taken to finding shelter there. Postal Service spokesman Peter Hass says the overnight closure of the downtown Santa Fe post office's lobby stems from vandalism and safety concerns voiced by customers. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Wednesday comes as chilly overnight temperatures begin to cause homeless people to seek refuge indoors.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In the wake of a long-running legal dispute in northwestern New Mexico over a Ten Commandments monument on public property, officials in Santa Fe are taking another look at a similar display that has gone relatively unnoticed for years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the six-foot tall stone tablets are located in Ashbaugh Park in front of a city fire station. Weathered streaks make the etched words difficult to read. Officials can't recall receiving any complaints about its placement on city property.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation says it has closed on the purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado. Tribal lawmakers approved the $23 million purchase earlier this month. Navajo President Russell Begaye said Friday the tribe will change the name of the 25.5-square mile (66-sq. kilometer) Wolf Springs Ranch to a Navajo name. The ranch is located in Huerfano and Custer counties in what is part of the tribe's aboriginal homeland. Tribal Vice President Jonathan Nez says the tribe bought the ranch to expand its land capital beyond the boundaries of the reservation.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say three customers followed a man from a Taco Bell restaurant which had been robbed and were able to tell officers the location of an apartment that the man entered after knocking on the door. Police say the man who ran from the restaurant was tailed by one customer on a bicycle and that two other customers in a vehicle at the drive-thru window saw the bicycle chase and also followed the man. Police say officers arrived at the apartment and arrested 41-year-old Gustavo Cedeno on suspicion of robbery Monday night. He remained jailed Friday.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation says it has closed on the purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado. Tribal lawmakers approved the $23 million purchase earlier this month. Navajo President Russell Begaye said Friday the tribe will change the name of the 25.5-square mile (66-sq. kilometer) Wolf Springs Ranch to a Navajo name. The ranch is located in Huerfano and Custer counties in what is part of the tribe's aboriginal homeland. Tribal Vice President Jonathan Nez says the tribe bought the ranch to expand its land capital beyond the boundaries of the reservation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say they're disappointed no new funding comes with President Donald Trump's declaration of the opioid crisis as a nationwide public health emergency. Thursday's declaration allows the government to redirect resources and part of that includes expanded access to medical services in rural areas. Sen. Tom Udall said if the Trump administration is serious about saving lives, it needs to actively seek major new funding through congressional budget negotiations before the end of the year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The National Hispanic Cultural Center will be digitizing more than 2,600 images from the collection of Mari-Luci Jaramillo, a national advocate for civil rights and the United States' first Latina ambassador to Honduras. The center made the announcement Thursday, saying it received funding for the project from the state of New Mexico and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Officials say the Jaramillo collection provides an unparalleled look at life dedicated to and distinguished by service to community.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Great Lakes Airlines is preparing to end flights to and from one northwestern New Mexico community due to a lack of pilots. Still, the airline and the city of Farmington have been discussing ways to keep commercial flights at the Four Corners Regional Airport. The Daily Times of Farmington reports the city has hired a consulting firm to help attract new airlines and to study what types of planes can operate on the airport's short runways.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a challenge to the federal designation of parts of New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. Judge Kenneth Gonzales' order Wednesday rejects farming and ranching groups' arguments that the Fish and Wildlife Service's inclusion of 181 square miles (469 sq. kilometers) in New Mexico's Hidalgo County and Arizona's Cochise County was arbitrary and capricious. The challenged areas were part of nearly 1,200 square miles (3108 sq. kilometers) designated in 2014 as essential for the conservation of the jaguar.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has opened an investigation into the nation's largest homebuilder after receiving complaints that it may not be honoring home warranties. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports complaints have been made about PulteGroup by a small group of homeowners who called the consumer division of the Attorney General's Office. Balderas says he has asked for Pulte's cooperation to resolve the more serious issues.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative analysts say specialized courts that hear the cases of defendants with substance abuse issues are a less expensive alternative to incarceration. Their findings were presented Thursday to the Legislative Finance Committee during a meeting at the state Capitol. The report comes as lawmakers grapple with what to do about rising crime rates and an overburdened court system. Officials have pointed to New Mexico having the second-highest rate of property crime in the nation in 2016.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sen. John McCain could have his brain cancer treated through clinical trials at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center if the Arizona Republican's treatment at a Mayo Clinic location isn't effective. The Albuquerque Journal reports cancer center CEO, Dr. Cheryl Willman, told an Albuquerque business group Wednesday about the possibility of McCain receiving treatments at the facility.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's public education secretary says the state will adopt widely used school science standards in their entirety, with a half-dozen additions tied to local accomplishments in science and industry. Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski on Wednesday announced the department's final response to an outpouring of criticism over state-edited standards that deleted or omitted references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — The founder of an eastern New Mexico halfway house is facing his ninth drunken driving charge. The Eastern New Mexico News reports Randall Pruit was arrested Saturday in Clovis after he was spotted driving erratically. A criminal complaint says the 54-year-old told police he had been drinking but refused to perform field sobriety tests. He was booked on charges of speeding, failure to maintain traffic lane and aggravated driving under the influence.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico drivers can now get a license plate featuring the state's official fish — the Rio Grande cutthroat trout. A portion of the initial $27 fee for the plate and nearly all of the $12 annual renewal fee will go to the state's Share with Wildlife program, which helps pay for research, habitat improvements, rehabilitation programs and education around New Mexico. Aside from the wildlife license plates, the program gets much of its funding through a state income tax check-off program.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A chain of central New Mexico stores that sells NFL-licensed gear says it's seeing a big drop in sales. Its owner is blaming the national anthem protests. The Albuquerque Journal reports co-owner Andy Hageman said Tuesday his business, House of Football, has seen a 50 percent drop in its sales of NFL-licensed gear so far this month compared with the same month last year. If trends continue, Hageman says the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho stores will be forced to close by Christmas.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons cache and the science behind it has finalized its request for proposals to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. The National Nuclear Security Administration posted the documents online Wednesday. The list of interested bidders includes defense contractors, technology companies and universities. They have until Dec. 11 to submit their proposals for taking over the troubled northern New Mexico lab.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former school administrator has pleaded guilty to fraud, theft and other charges stemming from schemes to defraud millions of dollars from the public charter schools he founded. The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico announced the plea of 50-year-old David Scott Glasrud on Wednesday. Glasrud will be required to pay restitution and he could face at least four years in prison under an agreement reached with prosecutors. He has yet to be sentenced.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons cache and the science behind it has finalized its request for proposals to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. The National Nuclear Security Administration posted the documents online Wednesday. The list of interested bidders includes defense contractors, technology companies and universities. They have until Dec. 11 to submit their proposals for taking over the troubled northern New Mexico lab.

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Northwestern New Mexico will have its own veterans cemetery by 2019 thanks to state funding and a multi-million-dollar federal grant. Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials gathered Wednesday in Gallup to mark the dedication of what will be the second of four proposed cemeteries for veterans who live in rural areas of the state. Martinez says the effort started in 2013 is aimed at ensuring more veterans have a final resting place closer to home.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico insurance regulators are creating an online shopping tool to help individuals compare 2018 health care plans amid shifting federal subsidies. The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance on Wednesday unveiled the comparison tool for pricing and coverage. Premiums for mid-level insurance coverage on New Mexico's federally subsidized health exchange are increasing by an average of about 40 percent for 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A few days before former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is scheduled to stand trial on corruption charges, lawyers and the judge in the case eliminated nearly half of the potential jurors. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office and Griego's lawyer, Tom Clark, agreed Tuesday to excuse dozens of members of the jury pool for reasons that included health issues, out-of-state travel plans and complications with work, family duties and expressions of harsh feelings toward politicians.

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