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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Rio Rancho police say they're investigating the death of a 7-year-old child and that there are circumstances that raise unspecified concerns.The child's gender and cause of death weren't released and Police Chief Ron Vigil says nobody was immediately arrested after police responded to a 911 call at a home Saturday.Vigil says the child and the child's mother were staying at the home and that the mother was cooperating with police as they continued their investigation that included getting a search warrant for the home.No identities were released.re 

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):12:40 p.m.A New Mexico property owner says he told authorities in late spring that he met the father of a missing Georgia boy after he and others arrived in the area where they built a squalid desert compound.Jason Badger said Friday that he doesn't understand why authorities didn't raid the site sooner, given his report about the father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.

 By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressAMALIA, N.M. (AP) — For months, neighbors had been concerned about a squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they had brought their concerns to authorities long before sheriff's officials first found 11 hungry children, and then the remains of a small boy on the lot.Two men and three women also had been living at the compound, and were arrested following a raid Friday that came as officials sought to find a missing Georgia boy with severe medical issues.

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressAMALIA, N.M. (AP) — For months, neighbors had been concerned about a squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they had brought their concerns to authorities long before sheriff's officials first found 11 hungry children, and then the remains of a small boy on the lot.Two men and three women also had been living at the compound, and were arrested following a raid Friday that came as officials sought to find a missing Georgia boy with severe medical issues.

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A message that people were starving, believed to come from someone inside a makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico, led to the discovery of 11 children living in filthy conditions.Taos County Sheriff's officials said Saturday the children ranging in age from 1 to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia — 145 miles (233 kilometers) northeast of Albuquerque and in an isolated high-desert area near the New Mexico-Colorado border. They were then turned over to state child-welfare workers.Two men were arrested during the search.

Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick told The Gallup Independent last week that police Chief Phillip Hart is no longer a Gallup employee but declined to give details.The termination comes as Hart and the city of Gallup have been embroiled in legal disputes for about a year.Hart disputed the city's policy of allowing community service aides to pick up and commit intoxicated residents to the detoxification center.He also said that the city violated the Whistleblower Protection Act by placing him on administrative leave around August and prohibiting him from fulfilling his duties after he sought

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate Gary Johnson received a formal invitation Saturday to run for the U.S. Senate under the Libertarian Party banner.The central committee of New Mexico's Libertarian Party offered Johnson the party's nomination as a replacement to State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, who abandoned his Senate bid earlier in the week.Johnson has two weeks to decide whether to accept. He said in a statement Saturday that he was giving serious consideration to the offer."A major factor is, simply, whether I can win," he said.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a 29-year-old man was killed by a Las Cruces police officer after having injured another officer.The Las Cruces Police Department says police were dispatched to a home about 10:30 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of a disturbance. Police say that shortly after arriving at the home, one of the officers was injured by the 29-year-old man.

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer accused of trying to give methamphetamine to a woman and marijuana to a 16-year-old girl has resigned ahead of hearing over his employment on the force.A state police spokeswoman says 33-year-old Daniel Capehart resigned Friday in a letter to state police.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Special Operations Wing has its first female commander, a colonel who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat rescue helicopter pilot.The Guard announced Friday that Col.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A public relations specialist who used to work as a journalist has been selected as the next executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.The Albuquerque Journal reports Melanie Majors was recently selected to lead the advocacy group that pushes transparency in open government.The 63-year-old Majors was a member of the foundation's board of directors, but stepped down in April to lead FOG as the interim director.

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is accusing an auto group in the U.S. Southwest of using deceptive and unlawful practices to sell vehicles to Navajos.The complaint against Tate's Auto Group, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Arizona, says the company falsified consumers' monthly income and down payments on financing applications and contracts without them knowing. The complaint also says the company used deceptive advertising.It's part of a push by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission to protect Navajo consumers.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chair of a New Mexico legislative committee that monitors radioactive and hazardous materials in the state says he finds it troubling Attorney General Hector Balderas has concluded the state cannot legally stop a New Jersey-based company from the building a nuclear waste storage facility.Sen.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A $6.4 million federal grant for a New Mexico research project will provide funding for work looking at how climate change affects arid land ecosystems.The five-year National Science Foundation grant to the Sevilleta (she-vee-YEH'-ta) Long-Term Ecological Research site located in central New Mexico was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens.

SAN FELIPE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A tribal leader in New Mexico says U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's visit to his community offered a chance to show the Trump administration official the need for funding and services.Carson toured a low-income housing development at San Felipe Pueblo, north of Albuquerque on Tuesday with tribal leaders. The Albuquerque Journal reports the tour was closed to the press.San Felipe Pueblo Gov.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of the annual reenactment of a 17th-century Spanish conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe from Native Americans have issued an apology to Pueblo Indians after ending the annual event.In a statement Tuesday, Santa Fe Fiesta, Inc.

By MARY HUDETZ, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

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