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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Federal land managers are drafting a plan that will guide the management of resources and potential energy development in an area of southern New Mexico where environmentalists have sought protections for decades. The Alamogordo Daily News reports the Bureau of Land Management is expected to have a draft plan for the Otero Mesa area ready for public comment next spring.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say three Santa Fe High School students have been arrested for a letter that described plans for a school shooting. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the students told Santa Fe police that the letter as a joke. Santa Fe Public Schools spokesman Jeff Gephart says students found the letter Tuesday and notified school officials.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — For the first time, the Sabinoso Wilderness in northeastern New Mexico is accessible to the general public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. The 16,000-acre area contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife. It was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the public. However, a donation of about 3,600 acres formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness was accepted by Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are drafting legislation that would restrict public access to video recordings from police lapel cameras of people with mental illnesses. Rep. Gail Chasey of Albuquerque said Thursday that the public availability of video recordings taken by police can discourage people from calling emergency services or interfere with the work of mental health crisis teams as frightened patients hold back information.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico's largest city are excited about a new program announced by social media giant Facebook to help small businesses grow. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Thursday he's hopeful the initiative will allow residents to gain more technical skills that will help them thrive in a digital world. He's also hopeful the Community Boost program will lead to better job opportunities. Officials say Albuquerque will be one of the first cities to participate in the program next year.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists say methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico are higher than what state and federal regulators have measured. The Environmental Defense Fund released a report Thursday that aims to quantify the amount of methane intentionally released through venting or flaring processes as well as gas lost through unintentional leaks.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are appealing a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit aimed at shutting down a coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine near the Arizona-New Mexico border. The coalition said Thursday attorneys filed with the 9th Circuit appeals court, continuing their challenge of the 2015 approval of a lease extension for the Navajo Mine and the Four Corners Power Plant. A judge tossed the case in September, citing tribal sovereignty. The judge argued the mine is owned by a corporation created by the Navajo Nation, making it immune to legal challenges.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Another Las Vegas elected official is facing a recall petition. The Las Vegas Optics reports a recall effort has begun in an attempt to oust Las Vegas City Councilor Barbara Perea-Casey. Resident Lorenzo Flores says interference with city workers, speaking publicly about topics discussed in executive sessions and rising city debt are the main reasons for the recall. It's the fourth recall attempt within the past five years involving Las Vegas elected officials. A 2013 recall effort against then-mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Telemundo affiliate in Albuquerque has announced it will include the boundaries of American Indian tribes and pueblos on its weather maps. KASA-TV General Manager Marina LaVoie said last week the decision to include the Native American nations in weather maps was an easy one and encourage other stations to follow. The station says the maps of American Indian tribes and pueblos will be shown when forecasters zoom in to discuss the weather in a particular location.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with Virgin Galactic says the company is planning to move more of its operations to New Mexico next year as it prepares for commercial flights from Spaceport America. The company's vice president for business development and government affairs, Richard DalBello, provided an update to a panel of New Mexico lawmakers during a meeting Wednesday. DalBello said another unpowered test flight of its space tourism spacecraft is planned soon over the Southern California desert.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The former top-ranked lawmaker in the New Mexico House of Representatives says he was confronted in his state Capitol office in 2014 by a senator for interfering with the sale of a state-owned building. Court testimony on Wednesday by former House Speaker Ken Martinez provided a glimpse of backroom dealings in the Legislature as then-Sen. Phil Griego helped usher the sale of a state-owned building through approvals. Griego is accused of using his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of the building in downtown Santa Fe.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has proclaimed Nov. 9th as a day to honor two Houston Astros from New Mexico who helped the Astros win its first World Series. Martinez said Wednesday that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and pitcher Ken Giles made significant contributions to the Houston Astros' 2017 World Series Championship-winning season and deserved to be recognized. Bregman attended Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He later played baseball at LSU before the Astros drafted him in 2015.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico group that erected a monument on city-owned property honoring the Ten Commandments will move it to church property. The city of Bloomfield and the organization must move the monument after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving whether it could be displayed on public property, the Daily Times of Farmington reported . The monument was placed on the lawn of City Hall in 2011 and was challenged a year later by the American Civil Liberties Union. Lower courts concluded it violated the U.S.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of Sandia National Laboratories says the research facility has recently made changes aimed at bolstering recruitment and diversifying the workforce. Lab director Stephen Younger told members of a state legislative committee on Wednesday that Sandia has dropped its grade point average requirement for non-intern positions. Younger says the change adopted in August is part of an effort to look at the whole person, rather than just transcripts or what kind of degree a person might have.

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is teaming up with El Paso Electric to build a new solar farm that will serve Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Officials announced the start of construction Wednesday, saying the 5-megawatt plant will be the utility's first renewable energy project built to serve a military installation. The new facility will be made up of almost 56,000 thin-film modules and will generate enough electricity to power more than 1,700 homes annually. M+W Energy, Inc. will build the plant.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — State Rep. Dennis Roch says he will step down from the New Mexico Legislature after 10 years. The Eastern New Mexico News reports the Logan Republican announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election when his term expires on Dec. 31. He said his chief reason for leaving state politics is the imminent birth of his fourth child. Roch says he's also facing difficulty in balancing his political career with his duties as superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of state's congressional delegation say more than $32 million in rural development loans will help increase access to affordable electricity in parts of eastern and northern New Mexico. The loans are being offered through the U.S. Agriculture Department. The Jemez Mountains Electric Coop will receive $18.3 million to build 58 new miles of power line and improve another 28 miles of line. The coop will also make other improvements and invest in smart grid projects. The Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has hired Patrick Gallagher as its new police chief. City Manager Stuart Ed announced the hiring Tuesday. Gallagher has been the police chief in Santa Fe. He will succeed Las Cruces police chief Jaime Montoya, who is retiring at the end of this year. Gallagher has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. He previously was police chief in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and also worked with the New York City Police Department as deputy inspector and captain/internal affairs bureau division commander.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge is limiting testimony about a 2014 meeting between New Mexico's attorney general and a former state senator being prosecuted on corruption charges to the defendant's own words if he chooses to testify. District Court Judge Brett Loveless on Tuesday ruled against allowing testimony from an attorney who previously represented ex-Sen. Phil Griego about his knowledge of the conversation in June 2014 between Griego and Hector Balderas.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council is prohibiting panhandlers from soliciting motorists at medians and sidewalks and making it illegal for motorists to physically interact with them. An ordinance approved Monday night also bars so-called boot brigades that firefighters sometimes engage in to raise money from motorists, a Brownie trying to sell cookies to motorists or any other activity when drivers are being asked to interact with a pedestrian. It won't apply in instances where motorists can pull over into street side parking.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico man is suing Walgreens over claims a pharmacist erroneously filled a prescription for him, and that anti-anxiety drug led to a suicide attempt. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an attorney for Anthony Gonzales filed a lawsuit last week in New Mexico state district court stemming from an alleged mix up from 2014. According to the lawsuit, Gonzales was attempting to fill prescriptions for a muscle relaxant filled at a Walgreens in Espanola, New Mexico. Court papers say the drugs were prescribed to treat injuries from an auto accident.

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Navajo Nation education agency wants to remove a school board member after claims she failed to list two alcohol-related convictions on her candidacy paperwork. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Department of Diné Education has filed a complaint with the Navajo Election Administration to remove Sanostee Day School board member Temara Lewis-Emerson. Court records show Lewis-Emerson was convicted in Farmington Magistrate Court in April 2013 of a misdemeanor count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A prominent Democratic candidate for New Mexico governor is outlining her economic agenda for the state. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday announced a plan designed to foster sustained job creation, attract millennial-generation workers and stop the "brain drain" of talented professionals exiting the state. As she runs for governor, Lujan Grisham says she wants assemble industry leaders and entrepreneurs to address the state's economic difficulties, and for state universities to help more.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether 10 bills vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez deserved to be invalidated because the governor allegedly failed to explain her decisions. Supreme Court justices on Monday unanimously agreed to wade into the dispute between the governor's office and lawmakers who say Martinez never offered a reason for her vetoes and missed veto deadlines.

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she has called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to express her sympathies for the victims of the church shooting near San Antonio that killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others. Martinez says in a statement that only a coward would attack people while at a place of worship. Authorities didn't identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday. But two other officials identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

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