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  • Marijuana farms may be straining New Mexico water supplies

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More medical marijuana plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever and the crop could be straining local water supplies. The Albuquerque Journal reports two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies. And they say they have been left powerless to stop it.

  • CANNABIS PRODUCER LAWSUIT-SETTLEMENT

New Mexico settles 2017 medical cannabis lawsuit for $69KSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at a New Mexico event venue have agreed to settle a lawsuit with a medical cannabis producer over what type of products could be displayed at the state fair. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that Expo New Mexico officials agreed to drop a pending appeal and pay $69,600 to Ultra Health LLC to avoid further legal expenses.

  • ENERGY FUTURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for utility customers urged the New Mexico Supreme Court  to allow state utility regulators more time to vet a proposal to close a major coal-fired power plant and divvy up shutdown costs. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and leading state legislators have urged the state's top court to intervene quickly in utility proceedings to ensure implementation of the so-called Energy Transition Act that puts New Mexico on a mandated path toward zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

  • ENERGY FUTURE-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for utility customers urged the New Mexico Supreme Court  to allow state utility regulators more time to vet a proposal to close a major coal-fired power plant and divvy up shutdown costs. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and leading state legislators have urged the state's top court to intervene quickly in utility proceedings to ensure implementation of the so-called Energy Transition Act that puts New Mexico on a mandated path toward zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

Today in History

Jan 4, 2020

 Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2020. There are 362 days left in the year.

  • BORDER-ARMED GROUP-PLEA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a firearms charge. Larry Mitchell Hopkins pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction stems from a 2017 visit by an FBI agent to Hopkins' home. Hopkins was arrested April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near the U.S. border with Mexico where his group has been stopping migrants and ordering them to wait as they alerted Border Patrol.

Today in History

Jan 3, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Friday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2020. There are 363 days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.

  • Leader of armed border group pleads guilty to gun charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a firearms charge. Larry Mitchell Hopkins pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction stems from a 2017 visit by an FBI agent to Hopkins' home. Hopkins was arrested April 20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near the U.S.

  • NEW MEXICO ENERGY FUTURE

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Residents in northwestern New Mexico will have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of a coal-fired power plant slated for closure in 2022. Public Regulation Commission Chairwoman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar has scheduled a hearing Monday in Farmington. The commission is considering Public Service Co. of New Mexico's application to shutter the plant and replace the lost capacity with a mix of natural gas, renewables and battery storage.

Richard Washington's seventh 3-pointer gave San Jose State the lead with 5.8 seconds left and he scored 25 points to lead the Spartans to an 88-85 upset of New Mexicot. Zane Martin's 3-point play with 14.4 seconds to go capped an 11-0 Lobo run for an 85-84 lead. Zach Chappell drove to the basket before finding Washington near the right corner. Washington pumped faked as a defender flew past him, dribbled once to move to his left and drilled the dumper.

Ken Sanchez, a four-term member of the Albuquerque City Council, has died at age 63. Cause of death wasn't released but Mayor Tim Keller's announcement said Sanchez hadn't returned to his council duties since having what Keller described as "medical emergency"in November. Sanchez had been a councilor since 2005. He served as council president for three times during that span, and Keller said Sanchez was a "legendary public servant"who put "policy before partisanship and people before politics." Officials said memorial services for Sanchez will be announced this week.

  • Santa Fe Chicano mural slated for destruction for new museum

An iconic Chicano mural in Santa Fe painted by Mexican American artists is scheduled for destruction to make way for a new contemporary museum. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs said last month state officials have determined the mural is "unstable with extensive cracking" and, therefore, beyond repair.

A New Mexico state senator who last month was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving will face a primary challenge. Rio Arriba County Commissioner Leo Jaramillo says he will seek to unseat embattled state Sen. Richard Martinez in the Democratic primary. Jaramillo is a former journalist and public school teacher. The 43-year-old says he is running to "restore credibility" to the northern New Mexico seat. Martinez was found guilty of aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving in connection with a June car crash.

Today in History

Jan 2, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2020. There are 364 days left in the year.

  • Santa Fe Chicano mural slated for destruction for new museum

An iconic Chicano mural in Santa Fe painted by Mexican American artists is scheduled for destruction to make way for a new contemporary museum. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs said last month state officials have determined the mural is "unstable with extensive cracking" and, therefore, beyond repair.

  • TAX LAWSUIT-NEW MEXICO

More cities, counties join lawsuit over New Mexico taxesALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico cities and counties are claiming that the state tax agency has failed to accurately collect and distribute tax revenue. The Albuquerque Journal reports that 44 municipalities, counties and other local agencies have signed on to a lawsuit that began with just a few local governments a year ago. The complaint alleges violations in the state's handling of potentially tens of millions of dollars in gross receipts tax revenue.

  • TAX LAWSUIT-NEW MEXICO

More cities, counties join lawsuit over New Mexico taxesALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More New Mexico cities and counties are claiming that the state tax agency has failed to accurately collect and distribute tax revenue. The Albuquerque Journal reports that 44 municipalities, counties and other local agencies have signed on to a lawsuit that began with just a few local governments a year ago. The complaint alleges violations in the state's handling of potentially tens of millions of dollars in gross receipts tax revenue.

Today in History

Jan 1, 2020

  • Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 1, the first day of leap year 2020. There are 365 days left in the year.

  • New Mexico now considering energy efficiency of office space

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico says it's now considering the energy efficiency of buildings when leasing office space. The state General Services Department made the announcement Tuesday, saying it also will take into account other measures by building owners to reduce environmental effects, such as recycling programs, eco-friendly cleaning products or the installation of solar power.

  • WHITE SANDS-FEE INCREASE

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Officials at White Sands National Park say entrance fees will be increasing with the start of the new year. The increase isn't related to the change in designation from a national monument to a national park but because of plans by the National Park Service to increase fees nationwide. Officials say the fee hike will mean more revenue that can be used for infrastructure and maintenance at the New Mexico park. They say the improvements will enhance the visitor experience.

Officials at White Sands National Park say entrance fees will be increasing with the start of the new year. The increase isn't related to the change in designation from a national monument to a national park but because of plans by the National Park Service to increase fees nationwide. Officials say the fee hike will mean more revenue that can be used for infrastructure and maintenance at the New Mexico park. They say the improvements will enhance the visitor experience. Of the new revenue raised at White Sands, officials say 80 percent will remain there. 

  • DEPUTY-STUN GUN-LAWSUIT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico man says Eddy County Sheriff's detectives illegally searched his home and used a stun gun on him seconds after making contact. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports a lawsuit filed by Brandon Chandler says the detectives used excessive force. According to court records, detectives came to Chandler's home after a woman called authorities to report she was being held captive. The woman later told authorities she had taken drugs and wasn't being held.

Today in History

Dec 31, 2019

  • Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019.

  • Lawsuit: Eddy County detective used excessive force

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico man says Eddy County Sheriff's detectives illegally searched his home and used a stun gun on him seconds after making contact. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports a lawsuit filed by Brandon Chandler says the detectives used excessive force. According to court records, detectives came to Chandler's home after a woman called authorities to report she was being held captive. The woman later told authorities she had taken drugs and wasn't being held.

  • DRY SOUTHWEST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought has yet to give up its hold over parts of the southwestern United States despite a series of storms that have brought rain and snow to the region in recent weeks. The latest federal map shows a pocket of moderate and severe drought centered over the Four Corners region _ where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. Despite the continued dry conditions, forecasters say things are better than they were last year at this time when exceptional and extreme drought _ the worst categories _ had set in.

Trevelin Queen totaled 17 points, eight assists and a career-high seven steals and New Mexico State drubbed NAIA-member Northern New Mexico 104-30. Queen sank 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 3 of 3 from inside the arc for the Aggies (9-6). Johnny McCants and Evan Gilyard added 12 points apiece as New Mexico State shot 59% from the floor and 51% from distance (20 of 39).  

  • COLD CASE-KILLING

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A district attorney in northern New Mexico says he is waiting on additional information in a nearly two-year-old  cold case killing. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores told the Las Vegas Optic last week police in Las Vegas, New Mexico, have turned over evidence in the fatal shooting of Jeromy Vasquez. On Jan. 21, 2018, the 36-year-old was gunned down in the northern New Mexico city, but no charges were ever filed. Flores says his office was told more information in the case was coming.

Today in History

Dec 30, 2019

  • Today in History

Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2019. There is one day left in the year.

  • Prosecutor seeks information in New Mexico cold case killing

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A district attorney in northern New Mexico says he is waiting on additional information in a nearly two-year-old  cold case killing. Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores told the Las Vegas Optic last week police in Las Vegas, New Mexico, have turned over evidence in the fatal shooting of Jeromy Vasquez. On Jan. 21, 2018, the 36-year-old was gunned down in the northern New Mexico city, but no charges were ever filed.

Today in History

Dec 29, 2019

  • Today in History

Today is Sunday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2019. There are two days left in the year.

  • Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 29, 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state.

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