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PHOENIX (AP) — The Navajo Generating Station's operator says its owners are considering options that include keeping it open but also closing the massive coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona within a few years. Salt River Project spokesman Scott Harelson says officials of the power district recently met with Navajo Nation officials to discuss the plant located on the Navajo reservation near Page.

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The northwestern New Mexico city of Aztec will spend $3 million on water infrastructure projects, including some intended to provide relief to residents who have had to boil their water for months. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2hROxV1 ) that the San Juan County Commission approved a request from the city of Aztec to use $3 million intended for the Flora Vista wastewater system on other projects.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than a dozen endangered Mexican gray wolves were killed in 2016, including two at the hands of wildlife officials who were trying to survey the struggling population early last year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed that 14 wolf deaths were documented last year, many of which remain under investigation. That number marks the most deaths in any single year since the federal government began reintroducing the predators in New Mexico and Arizona in 1998.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting that killed two in Chavez County on New Year's Day was a murder-suicide. The Roswell Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/2iPEY62 ) that 39-year-old Bud Littleton, of Roswell, and 48-year-old Anthony Croci, of Hope, were found dead just outside of Roswell's city limits on Sunday after witnesses called to report the shooting. When Chaves County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the scene the found one of the brothers lying in a vehicle and another lying near nearby vehicles. Both men suffered gunshot wounds.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say a blustery winter storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds across much of northern and eastern New Mexico this week. The National Weather Service says deep cold and windy conditions will begin late Wednesday night and that the most moisture from the storm is expected Friday morning. Forecasts call for 1 to 2 feet of snow in the northern mountains and over 6 inches of snow in valleys, highlands and northeastern plains.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County authorities say a man was killed in a shooting in Albuquerque's northern outskirts. Sheriff's Deputy Felicia Romero says deputies responding to reports of shots fired Tuesday night found 61-year-old Charles Ulery dead at the scene. Romero says one person is in custody. Other details were not immediately released.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates are using memes and social media posts to help spread the message among teenagers about the dangers of drunken driving. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2i771gv) that the most recent risk study for the area found that one in five Santa Fe students in grades 9-12 reported being in a car at least once in the previous year with a driver who had been drinking. While that percentage has been dropping, advocates say it's still too high.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Officials say construction of a southern road to Spaceport America could begin in late spring or early summer. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/2j5EvQb) that improving the southern route to the remote desert outpost would dramatically cut travel time from Las Cruces, the nearest large city. The existing dirt route crosses a combination of state, federal and private land.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent. Dora Romero is suing the Mora Independent School District and board member George Trujillo over allegations she was let go because of her gender and because Trujillo wanted to give his nephew a job. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says the board, led by Trujillo, fired Romero so the board could hire Charles Trujillo.

LA MESA, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the search for a New Mexico father who abducted his son (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Authorities say a 23-year-old father who was wanted after abducting his 2-year-old son has surrendered. Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies say Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez turned himself in at the main station Tuesday afternoon. He was accompanied by his attorney, and authorities said he was cooperating with investigators. Authorities planned to book him on charges of arson, aggravated burglary, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, child abuse and battery.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of starting a fire inside an Old Navy store in Albuquerque in November has pleaded not guilty in the case. KOB-TV reports that David Hickman entered his plea in court Tuesday. He remains in federal custody and prosecutors say Hickman could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. A federal grand jury indicted the 28-year-old Hickman last month. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque says the indictment alleges Hickman used fire in an attempt to maliciously damage the store. Hickman was arrested on Nov. 28, two days after the fire.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Farmington man accused of assaulting his roommate with a baseball bat has been arrested after a confrontation with city police. Farmington police say 33-year-old Jeffery John allegedly struck an officer in the face multiple times during a struggle before he was taken into custody Monday afternoon. They say John is being held on suspicion of one count of battery on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest. Police say they are seeking a warrant for additional charges of aggravated battery against John in the baseball bat incident.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the number of residents seeking custody of abused and neglected children born to relatives has skyrocketed in the last two years. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2hNBZOE ) that people who work in the state's family courts system say opiate addiction and other substance abuse drove the more than 70 percent increase in kinship guardian cases between 2014 and 2016. They say the number had been steadily growing over the past decade before the recent spike.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A charter school in Santa Fe has abruptly ended its free and reduced-price lunch program due to state education funding cuts. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2j4cj08 ) that Monte del Sol students were informed during the holiday break that the school can no longer afford to contribute about $40,000 from its annual budget to offer federally subsidized lunches to about 80 or 90 students enrolled in the program. Monte del Sol Head Learner Robert Jessen says the school only receives about $3 from the federal government for each free lunch it serves.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — National weather experts say 2016 will go down as one of the warmest years on record in New Mexico. While final data has yet to be tallied by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, no less than six months were in the top 10 warmest on record and three months were in the top three warmest. But forecasters say the warm weather is nothing new. The last time New Mexico experienced a year in which temperatures were below normal was 1992, meaning the state has experienced 24 consecutive years with above normal temperatures.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Funding for public education will get a boost this year from New Mexico's two major sovereign wealth funds thanks to strong investment results. A spokesman for the State Investment Council says disbursements will increase by $60 million to about $896 million during the upcoming fiscal year from New Mexico's Land Grant Permanent Fund and Severance Tax Permanent Fund. Charles Wollmann says the value of the two funds climbed to nearly $20 billion at the end of 2016, with a return on investment of just over 7 percent during 2016.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one hospital in northwestern New Mexico say they're having success with energy efficiency and recycling programs. A decade in the making, San Juan Regional Medical Center's efforts have resulted in an annual reduction of 200 tons of waste being taken to the landfill and a total savings of $2 million to the hospital. The hospital's marketing manager, Roberta Rogers, says the programs have been so effective that San Juan Regional hopes to become a model for other organizations.

LA MESA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old boy who allegedly was abducted by his father from a relative's home in southern New Mexico. Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 23-year-old Sergio Guadalupe Jacquez may be driving a stolen truck and could be headed to either Colorado or Mexico. They say Jacquez went to the home of his son's grandparents in La Mesa about 1 p.m. Monday demanding to take custody of the toddler. Sheriff's officials say the grandfather refused to let the boy go, but Jacquez allegedly forced his way into the home and took the child.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the cause of a fire that charred the southwest part of Albuquerque remains unclear. Albuquerque Fire Department officials say several crews arrived at the Joy Light Church of God in Christ about 2:30 p.m. Monday and saw heavy smoke coming from the church. They say firefighters got control of the fire within minutes and the blaze was contained to the main sanctuary. No one was inside at the time and no injuries have been reported.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Incoming Democratic leaders in the New Mexico House plan to reconfigure the chamber's committee structure by creating new committees and eliminating others. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2iH9dvR) that the Democratic leaders plan to make committee changes just as Republicans did two years ago. Democrats reclaimed control of the House in November. One change would involve creating a House Labor and Economic Development Committee.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled for three children who were fatally shot inside their Albuquerque home in early December as their mom fought to shield them. Services for 5-year-old Elijah Mascarenas, 6-year-old Olivia Mascarenas, and 9-year-old Ian Mascarenas will be held Monday afternoon. The three were killed on Dec. 5 as their mother's ex-boyfriend attacked the family. Police say the former boyfriend, 45-year-old George Daniel Wechsler, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died at the hospital.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new top prosecutor has taken over as district attorney in Bernalillo County for the first time in 16 years. Raul Torrez was sworn in Sunday in a private ceremony at the 2nd Judicial District offices. He replaces Kari Brandenburg, who had been district attorney since 2001 and chose not to seek re-election. The state's most populous county has seen high crime rates, a steep criminal case backlog, and a fractured relationship between the DA and law enforcement. Torrez is a former assistant U.S. attorney, assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque mother who disappeared with her six children after being accused of beating one of her teenage sons has been arrested in Arizona. The woman was arrested by police for the White Mountain Apache Reservation and booked into the Navajo County jail in Holbrook, Arizona. Police say the children are doing well and awaiting their return to Albuquerque. The children range in age from 3 months to 14 years. Investigators say one of her 14-year-old sons, who wasn't among the missing children, showed up at a police station barefoot early Dec. 18.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico allows the FBI to scan its database of driver license photos to see if the pictures match a wanted suspect, one of just 16 states that open their photo vaults to the agency. The state agency overseeing the license database says the federal law enforcement agency tapped into it 240 times in 2016. A recent report from the Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology raised alarm about the practice nationwide. But it had high praise for how the Albuquerque Police Department uses its facial recognition technology.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bad weather dashed the hopes of a New Mexico Jewish group that hoped to win a spot in the record books by creating the world's only menorah made from hot air balloons on New Year's Eve. The event sponsored by Chabad of New Mexico went on anyway, just without the launch of nine balloons that would have created the menorah. KOB-TV reports the balloonists did use burners normally used to inflate their balloons to re-create the nine-candle menorah that is the symbol of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights celebration. Saturday was the last night of Hanukkah.

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