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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Albuquerque man has been arrested after his infant son was hospitalized with multiple injuries, some life-threatening. Police say 30-year-old Evan Ritchey is jailed on suspicion of felony physical child abuse causing great bodily harm and felony physical child abuse not resulting in great bodily harm. Officers were called to UNM Hospital around 8 a.m. Saturday after a 4-month-old boy was brought to the facility in critical condition.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An international clothing company based in San Francisco is introducing a spring fashion line that exhibits Native American-inspired art and designs, including a collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and work by Santa Fe-based artist Gregory Lomayesva, who is of Hopi and Hispanic heritage. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the company, Tea Collection, explores a different culture around the world each season and creates children's clothes using designs inspired or created by local artists of that region.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller wants to hire 100 new police officers in the coming fiscal year as New Mexico's largest city looks to curb crime. Keller focused on public safety Friday as he unveiled his first budget proposal. Nearly $13 million would be used over multiple years for the officer recruiting effort. The goal is to grow the force to 1,200 officers in four years. The mayor contends new officers would address shortfalls across the city and would increase police presence on the streets as Albuquerque tries to stem vehicle thefts and other property crimes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials are hoping to break ground on a project replacing 20 miles of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico in early April. That's according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello. Vitiello briefed reporters Friday on how the administration plans to spend the $1.6 billion Congress authorized for border wall construction this year. It's much less than the $25 billion Trump wanted. But officials are eager to show they're nonetheless making progress.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's U.S. senators plans to honor a deceased Navajo Code Talker posthumously for his service during World War II. Sen. Martin Heinrich will present the Congressional Silver Medal to the family of Adolph Nagurski during a ceremony Tuesday at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial. Heinrich's office says Nagurksi had earned the medal but never received it. The Navajo Code Talkers were a group of Marines who developed a code based on their language to communicate during wartime.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Commissioners in New Mexico's most populous county have approved a purchase agreement for a public art sculpture that will recognize a landmark Chinese-American civil rights case that predates statehood. Bernalillo County commissioners voted unanimously earlier this week in support of a motion authorizing the county manager to approve the purchase agreement. Artists Cheryll Leo-Gwin and Stewart Wong are the creators of "View from Gold Mountain." The sculpture will be installed near the state district courthouse in downtown Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought is tightening its grip across a wide swath of the American Southwest as farmers, ranchers and water managers throughout the region brace for what's expected to be more warm and dry weather through the spring. The federal drought map released Thursday shows dry conditions intensifying across northern New Mexico and into southwestern Arizona. On the southern high plains, Oklahoma is ground zero right now for the worst drought conditions in the United States. Federal agriculture officials say crop conditions in some areas are declining.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Roughly $133 million is expected to be made available to tribes to help Native American and Alaska Native crime victims who advocates say had been largely left out of a federal funding program for decades. The appropriation for tribes is tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending measure that Congress passed last week. The omnibus bill overall has brought increases in funding for federal Native American programs and services this year, including many that not long ago faced the prospect of drastic funding cutbacks.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A campaign consultant for a GOP congressional candidate in a closely watched New Mexico race has been fired by his Nevada firm amid a domestic violence investigation. Benjamin Sparks was fired Thursday following a police report about a domestic dispute. Las Vegas-based RedRock Strategies president Ryan Erwin confirmed the dismissal. Sparks had been helping with the campaign of Yvette Herrell. Las Vegas Police Officer Larry Hadfield said authorities arrived at the home of Sparks and his girlfriend early Thursday in response to a domestic violence call.

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) — A small, New Mexico railroad town that received a large part of the residue from the world's first atomic test wants to share its story. The Alamogordo Daily News reports advocates seeking recognition for the harms caused by the 1945 Trinity Test are trying to gather stories from residents of Carrizozo, New Mexico. Members of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders say many who lived in the area weren't told about the dangers of the test and later were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer. They are seeking acknowledgment and compensation from the U.S. government.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — More than 180 shipments of radioactive waste from sites around the United States have been sent to the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository since operations resumed last year following a 2014 radiation release. U.S. Energy Department officials who oversee operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico provided an update on shipments and other work at the repository during a recent conference in Phoenix. The shipments have ramped up to about eight a week.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Highlands University is raising its student tuition — again. The Las Vegas Optic reports the northern New Mexico's board of regents recently voted to increase tuition by around $4.84 per credit hour, or 2 percent, to about $247 next year. Meanwhile, in-state graduate tuition and fees will increase by about $13.14 per credit hour, or 5 percent, to $276. The regents also adopted a hike in meal plan and housing rates to around $52 per semester. The increases come a year after the board voted to increase tuition and fees by 7.5 percent.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in New Mexico may be warming to the idea of professionalizing the nation's only unsalaried Legislature. A poll commissioned by the watchdog group Common Cause found that just over half of registered voters statewide support paying state lawmakers a yearly salary so that they can focus more on public service and less other employment.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center says officials should consider less costly alternatives to expanding its Albuquerque hospital. The Albuquerque Journal reports university regents last year decided to proceed with architectural planning of a new 120-bed medical facility that has been estimated to cost up to $250 million. Dr. Paul Roth told regents last week that they should look into less expensive options to address the current hospital's bed shortage.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was in a blizzard in a remote area near the Arizona-New Mexico border that a team of biologists opened the gates to three pens, letting loose 11 Mexican gray wolves that had the distinction of being the first of their kind to roam the wild in decades. Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of that initial release of the endangered predators. In the months following the 1998 release, five wolves were poached and the remaining animals had to be captured and paired with new mates before being released again.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's campaign for governor of New Mexico is seeking to recover $160,000 in legal costs in a dispute with state election regulators over the transfer of federal campaign cash to the state race. Pearce campaign spokesman Kevin Sheridan said Wednesday that it is appropriate for the state to pay those legal costs based a decision by the Secretary of State's Office to block the transfer of federal campaign funds.

CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are preparing for an annual journey that brings thousands of travelers to a Roman Catholic shrine in northern New Mexico each year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports most travelers arrive to El Santuario de Chimayo during the Holy Week pilgrimage on Good Friday. Some travelers are drawn to the rural village to view Nuestro Senor de Esquipulas, a crucifix that, according to legend, was discovered at the site on Easter Week in the early 1800s. Some are drawn to the holy dirt, believed to have healing powers.

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Los Lunas police say an officer is OK after being involved in a shooting in which the New Mexico State Police says a suspect was injured. A statement issued by the Los Lunas Police Department says the shooting occurred early Tuesday morning at an intersection. The State Police is investigating the incident.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income from taxes, fees and royalties fell by nearly 2 percent in January from the same month last year. A report released Monday by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee shows state revenues dipped $6.8 million to $369 million in January, during an otherwise bountiful fiscal year for state finances. State income from steady sources has increased by 16 percent to $3.6 billion for first seven months of the fiscal year that started in July 2017.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income from taxes, fees and royalties fell by nearly 2 percent in January from the same month last year. A report released Monday by the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee shows state revenues dipped $6.8 million to $369 million in January, during an otherwise bountiful fiscal year for state finances. State income from steady sources has increased by 16 percent to $3.6 billion for first seven months of the fiscal year that started in July 2017.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a teenager who died after a bull riding competition is suing the organizers of the 2016 event. Brandon Charley died in Fruitland, New Mexico, while riding a bull named WhooWee. The lawsuit filed in state district court claims the organizers were negligent and put the 15-year-old on a bull too dangerous for the junior competition. The Albuquerque Journal reports that video provided by the family's lawyers shows Charley's hand appeared to get latched to the bull shortly after the ride began and WhooWee started bucking.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county has hired an independent investigator to look into allegations of harassment and intimidation by a councilor. The Los Alamos Monitor reports two Los Alamos County employees are accusing Councilor James Chrobocinski of harassment and intimidation and their allegations have been outlined in a 77-page complaint. Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano filed the complaint against Chrobocinski Feb. 15.

LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — An immigrant with temporary protective status may lose that protection after the U.S. Border Patrol says he tried smuggling immigrants into the country near Rodeo, New Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol said the man was arrested March 19 after agents found three immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally inside his car. The driver's name was not been released. Officials say the driver had protection under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. He had an approved eligibility status to remain in the U.S.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has seized a bank account with more than $10 million in gambling revenue from New Mexico's Pojoaque Pueblo. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that it's part of a years-long dispute over the share of earnings the state receives from Pojoaque's casinos north of the city. The tribe set aside the funds after its previous gambling agreement with the state expired in 2015. The tribe was allowed to keep its casinos open without an agreement in place as long as Pojoaque Pueblo would abide by a few conditions.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are offering a reward for information regarding two eagles who were shot — one fatally — on the Navajo Nation. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a bald eagle and a golden eagle were found shot in different areas at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry headquarters this month with their tail feathers removed. The bald eagle, found March 13, died of its injuries. The golden eagle was found March 21 with injuries that led to the amputation of its left wing tip.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities are offering a reward for information regarding two eagles who were shot — one fatally — on the Navajo Nation. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a bald eagle and a golden eagle were found shot in different areas at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry headquarters this month with their tail feathers removed. The bald eagle, found March 13, died of its injuries. The golden eagle was found March 21 with injuries that led to the amputation of its left wing tip.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Xcel Energy to raise electricity rates is drawing oppositions from residents in southeastern New Mexico. The Hobbs News-Sun reports many Hobbs residents last week said at a town hall meeting that they strongly opposed the plan to raise rates. Officials with Southwestern Public Service Company, a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, asked for rate reviews in October from New Mexico regulators. Xcel says the rate increase would help fund recent power lines, substations and power plant upgrades.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is throwing his support behind a water attorney who is running for Congress in a closely watched race in southern New Mexico. Balderas announced Sunday he is endorsing Xochitl Torres Small over U.S. Coast Guard veteran Madeline "Mad" Hildebrandt in the Democratic primary for New Mexico's open 2nd Congressional District seat. The race is one of many expected to draw national attention in 2018 since it may help determine which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives.

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) — A record number of more than 8,400 people have participated in a memorial marathon to honor World War II veterans who fought in the Philippines. The Bataan Memorial Death March on Sunday honored members of the military who in 1942 were forced by Japanese captors to make a grueling 65-mile march across the Bataan Peninsula to prison camps. The 75,000 U.S. and Filipino troops endured harsh conditions including lack of water and food along with torture and executions at the hands of Japanese soldiers. Thousands died along the way.

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — A tiny New Mexico village along the U.S.-Mexico border that was rocked by a gun-smuggling ring several years ago is seeing widespread anger in response to recent city firings and alleged budget issues. Esequiel Salas, who was elected mayor of Columbus this month, faced a storm of criticism from residents last week after he fired Municipal Clerk Cindy Varnhagen and Public Works Director Bobby Gomez and did not say why, the Deming Headlight reports .

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