Local and State News

State Police ID Man Shot, Killed at Grant County Home HANOVER, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot by a state police officer in a small New Mexico town has died. New Mexico State Police said early Friday that 29-year-old Josh Herrera was killed in the shooting Thursday afternoon in Hanover, a town east of Silver City in Grant County. Herrera was from nearby Vanadium. Authorities say no officers were injured in the confrontation with Herrera.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office is reviewing whether a clinic's transfer of aborted fetuses to the University of New Mexico violated state law. The request for the investigation comes from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican who chairs the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives. She sent a letter to Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday. Southwestern Women's Options, which is a provider of early and late-term abortions, has been providing fetal tissue to UNM for medical research.

NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants living in the U.S. without legal authorization and their advocates are deeply disappointed over a Supreme Court deadlock on an immigration plan that would have kept many from being deported. But they're also resolved that this isn't the end of the fight. The deadlock means a lower court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions remains in effect. The outcome puts even more pressure on the result of the presidential election.

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Utah firefighters are trying to keep a wildfire burning in a forest on the edge of a small mountain town from descending on homes. Officials encouraged residents of about 400 homes in the southwestern Utah town of Pine Valley to leave the area and warned that mandatory evacuations could be ordered if the fire flares up. The lightning-caused blaze was about a mile away from some homes Friday after charring about 1 ½ square miles while burning on a steep canyon slope above the town.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are preparing to take more testimony on a request by the state's largest electric provider to raise customer rates. The Public Regulation Commission called for another hearing after questions were raised about costs incurred by Public Service Co. of New Mexico when the utility purchased rights to more electricity produced by a nuclear power plant in Arizona.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A college in western New Mexico says it will continue to recruit immigrant students living in the country illegally despite Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Western New Mexico University spokesman Abe Villarreal says the school will remain "an open, accepting university" to all students who went to attend the college. The Silver City, New Mexico school has drawn national attention for openly recruiting immigrant students living in the country illegally known as DREAMers.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three people convicted in the 2013 killing of a Navajo woman have been sentenced. A federal judge in Santa Fe issued sentences this week to Scott Thompson, Justin Benally and Patrick Benally, who are all age 28. Thompson, of Farmington, was sentenced to 23 years. Justin Benally, also of Farmington, was ordered to serve 22 years. Patrick Benally, of Kirtland, received 18 years. According to release issued Thursday by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, they and two female co-defendants pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

(Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com) FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Police in Farmington have identified a UPS driver who was stabbed while making deliveries. Authorities say 25-year-old Colton Kennedy was dropping off packages in a mobile home park Wednesday morning when a suspect repeatedly stabbed him. Kennedy was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center. But his injuries were deemed non-life-threatening. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Werbner told The Daily Times that Kennedy was released by the afternoon.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A former pastor of a Los Alamos church is facing allegations of distributing and owning child pornography. Los Alamos police arrested 54-year-old Paul Cunningham this week on two counts of sexual exploitation of children. Authorities received a tip in February when a suspect in a Colorado child pornography case appeared to have received a video from an IP address in New Mexico. That led to investigators serving a search warrant on Cunningham's home in March. Officers seized two laptops and other electronics.

PHOENIX (AP) — For a second day, Las Vegas set a record daytime high temperature on Tuesday, reaching 113 degrees. National Weather Service meteorologist Barry Pierce says that tops the old mark of 111 degrees for the date set in 1954. It follows Monday's 115, which broke the record of 113 set in 2015. Pierce says overnight low temperatures are also setting records. The overnight low of 91 degrees on Tuesday beat the record of 87 set in in 2015, and marked the earliest date that the nighttime temperature remained above 90 degrees.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report examining child well-being among states shows New Mexico stuck near the bottom of the list for a third year in a row. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count assessment released Tuesday says New Mexico ranks 49th. The state has held the spot since 2014, with only Mississippi ranking lower overall. The report measures child well-being on a variety of indicators, including health, education, and the economy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moisture has moved in along much of the Southern California coast, and most mandatory evacuation areas near a wildfire in Santa Barbara County have been lifted. Fog arrived overnight on the rugged coast west of Santa Barbara, where a fire of more than 12 square miles is nearly entirely contained Wednesday morning. As planned, mandatory evacuation orders for many areas were reduced to warnings at 5 a.m., allowing residents to return. All orders are expected to be lifted by the weekend.

(Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Payment for an attorney representing Albuquerque in negotiations with the U.S. Justice Department over police reforms could hit $1 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the mayor's office has asked the City Council to approve an additional $250,000 for attorney Scott Greenwood. That would bring the Ohio-based lawyer's contract to $1 million. Greenwood has negotiated on behalf of the city in meetings on a settlement agreement that includes a series of reforms in the police department.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they are searching for a jail inmate who escaped from the back of a transport van in Albuquerque. Deputy Felicia Romero, a spokeswoman with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, tells the Albuquerque Journal that the inmate was last seen in a white T-shirt without handcuffs. Authorities say the inmate smashed the back of a van window to escape. Before the escape, the inmate was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a Bernalillo County facility that is one of the largest jails in the country.

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters assigned to a blaze that has destroyed two dozen homes and charred 28 square miles in central New Mexico are making progress with more favorable weather. Crews were helped Monday by double-digit humidity levels, cooler temperatures and cloud cover. They have established at least some kind of line all the way around the fire burning in the Manzano Mountains using bulldozers, natural features in the terrain and hand-clearing by firefighters over the last few days.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A marathon runner is recovering after a bear attacked her roughly 2 miles from the finish line of a race in New Mexico's Jemez Mountains. Wildlife officials say a female black bear mauled the woman Saturday after she unknowingly surprised one of its cubs in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos. The woman was taking part in an annual race. She went to a hospital with injuries to her head, neck and upper body and was released Sunday.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A contemporary sculpture of an indigenous deity with origins from central Mexico is being displayed at the University of New Mexico. "Xolotl: Dios Perro," (SZOH'-loht-ul DEE'-ohs PEH'-doh), or Dog Diety, is in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts building thanks to a loan from the Mexican Cultural Center through the Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque. Xolotl is a representation of the Aztec God who was Lord of the underworld, and brother of Quetzalcoatl (KUET-zahl-COHT-ul), the feathered serpent.

Medical Marijuana Expo Planned for Southern New Mexico (Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com) LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An expo in southern New Mexico aims to help marijuana producers and lawmakers improve the state's growing medical marijuana industry. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the use of medical marijuana will be featured at the 2016 Southern New Mexico Cannabis Expo at Hotel Encanto this weekend in Las Cruces.

CORRECTION for TONIGHT'S MEETING:

6/20 at 7 PM    Moriarty Civic Center

202 South Broadway, Moriarty Civic Center

(The change in location is to better accommodate a larger audiance)

UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETINGS

TUESDAY (6/21/2016) Roosevelt Middle School 11799 South Highway 14, Tijeras, NM starting at 4:30 p.m.

Fire Information: 855-585-5546, 855-585-5547, 855-581-3861, 855-581-3862 (8am – 8pm) Evacuation / Road Info: 855-620-1747, 855-620-1746, 855-615-5195, 855-615-5196, 888-308-3120 (24 hr.)

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters assigned to a blaze that has destroyed two dozen homes and charred 28 square miles in central New Mexico are making progress with more favorable weather. Crews were helped Monday by double-digit humidity levels, cooler temperatures and cloud cover. They have established at least some kind of line all the way around the fire burning in the Manzano Mountains using bulldozers, natural features in the terrain and hand-clearing by firefighters over the last few days.

Eddy County Officials Investigate Illegal Cow Killings (Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/) CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine who illegally shot and killed two cows belonging to Eddy County cattle owners. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the killing has elicited a $1,000 reward from the Eddy County Cattle Growers, an organization devoted to issues affecting ranchers. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded June 11 to find the abandoned cows.

(Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer made a traffic stop she likely won't forget anytime soon. KOB-TV reports that Lt. Ferris Simmons responded to a 911 call from a woman in labor in her car on I-25 early Saturday. Authorities say the mother was driving to the hospital with her two young sons in the car when she had to pull over and call 911. Simmons arrived and had to run across the highway to get to the vehicle. The officer delivered the baby boy within minutes around 3:30 a.m.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife officials have euthanized a black bear that attacked a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says conservation officers tracked the female bear down on Sunday and will be tested for rabies, as a required by state law. Results from the necropsy are not yet available. The woman was racing Saturday afternoon when a female black bear confronted her in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Officers say the victim surprised the bear after her cub had run up a nearby tree.

Phone lines for fire information: 855-585-5547, 855-585-5546, 855-581-3862, 855-581-3861

Evacuations: Bernalillo County: Mandatory evacuations are from the junction of Anaya Rd and 337 southward to the Torrance county line including the communities of Chilili, Escabosa, Los Seis Hermanos Estates, Marianette Ranch Estates, Llano del Sol, Tierra de Los Suenos, Ponderosa Estates, Capital Estates, Yrisarri, and Ponderosa Pines.

(Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com) ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family are scheduled to fly into Roswell before their upcoming visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Roswell Daily record reports that the Obamas will land in Roswell Friday afternoon. Obama was last in the New Mexico city in March 2012, when he was on his way to an energy junket. Mayor Dennis Kintigh says Obama went to the oil patch during that visit, but is passing through this time as a tourist.

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