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By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer for a former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S.

Alaska Airlines pulls 2 Albuquerque flights, adds El Paso

Oct 2, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Alaska Airlines is pulling two non-stop flights for Albuquerque International Sunport while adding two non-stop flights to El Paso.The airline announced last week it was ending its non-stop services from Albuquerque to San Francisco and Orange County because of a lack of demand. The Sunport says flights on the airline to Portland, Seattle and San Diego will remain.Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines says it will add direct daily flights from El Paso to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and San Diego International Airport. 

Lawmakers debate fix after conservation fund lapses

Oct 2, 2018

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills.A Senate panel is set to vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to permanently reauthorize the fund and ensure it is fully paid for.The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is exp

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State judicial branch officials are seeking applications to the state's highest court ahead of January.Sergio Pareja, the chair of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, issued a call in a statement Monday.Officials say the court must fill the positions of Justice Charles Daniels and Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, whose retirements begin Jan. 1.Maes won election to the Supreme Court in 1998. Five years later, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as the court's chief justice.

Santa Fe Community College sees 5 percent enrollment drop

Oct 2, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College is reporting a more than 5 percent drop in enrollment.The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that decrease means the school lost nearly 300 students this semester.The decline in full-time equivalent students at the college this year is even greater, at more than 8 percent.

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated PressAmong the thousands of immigrants who have been coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, many are seeking to escape gang and drug violence raging in their homelands. The weapon of choice used to intimidate them? Often an American-made gun.While the flow of drugs and immigrants into the U.S. has been well-documented for decades and become a regular part of the political debate, what is often overlooked is how gangs and drug cartels exploit weaknesses at the border to smuggle guns from the U.S.

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election officials say Native American interpreters are being trained for a series of official ads that will run ahead of the Nov. 6 election.The Secretary of State's Office says the ads will air on radio stations that cover areas where tribes and pueblos are located.The announcement followed a task force meeting Friday at Laguna Pueblo.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Rosa neared northwest Mexico where its heavy rains were expected to cause flooding and landslides before drenching parts of the U.S. Southwest.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rosa, which was a hurricane until late Sunday, should hit the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state late Monday.It's then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed the bishop emeritus of the Tucson Diocese to temporarily oversee the Diocese of Las Cruces.The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Rev. Gerald Kicanas (kih-KA'-nuhs) was named last week as the administrator for the southern New Mexico diocese until a new bishop is named.Kicanas replaces Bishop Oscar Cantu who was recently reassigned as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San José, California.Kicanas was appointed coadjutor bishop of Tucson on October 2001, installed as bishop of Tucson in March 2003.


By The Associated PressThe Latest on governors and gubernatorial candidates' reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court  confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):___7:40 p.m.In New Mexico, where two members of Congress are running for governor, Republican candidate Steve Pearce said in a statement that "it will be up to the U.S.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison in connection with the death of her infant daughter in 2007.Prosecutors say 36-year-old Sophia Zayas was sentenced Thursday after her conviction on a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.Her husband, Peter Zayas, is scheduled to sentenced Oct.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.Bale Creek Allen says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he had been creating golden-laden tumbleweed sculptures for years and selling them in galleries in Austin, Texas, and Santa Fe when he noticed Kilmer had begun selling "identical" pieces.Before the discovery, Allen says Kilmer had approached him about the sculptures, which the "Batman Forever" and "Tombstone" star ultimately said he could not afford.

Santa Fe police: No arrest so far in homicide

Sep 27, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say no immediate arrest has been made in a homicide on the city's southwest side.Police say officers responding to report of shots fired found the mortally wounded victim Wednesday night near Airport Road and Lucia Lane.The victim's identity wasn't released. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.The tribe filed the lawsuit last December in federal court in New Mexico. It sought recovery of improper fees, service charges and penalties on unauthorized cards and accounts.Wells Fargo asked a judge to dismiss the case.

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is being sued by single mothers and an advocacy group who claim the state's child welfare agency is using vague regulations to deny child care assistance to thousands of low-income families.The complaint , filed late Tuesday in state district court, comes as New Mexico is struggling with some of the nation's highest poverty and unemployment rates.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Supervision of Holloman Air Force Base and the 49th Wing assigned to the southern New Mexico base is being shifted from one Air Force command to another.Holloman officials say on the base's website that the reassignment from the Air Combat Command to the Air Education and Training Command will take place during a ceremony scheduled Friday morning with the change take effect on Monday.Holloman hosts training units for MQ-9 Reaper drones and for F-16V fighters. 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former senior adviser for President Barack Obama is expected to speak at New Mexico State University next week.The university says its Interdisciplinary Studies Department and Gender Studies Program has tapped Valerie Jarrett to present at the Women's Leadership Salon.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state will receive approximately $760,000 under a $148 million nationwide settlement between 50 states and Uber.The settlement announced Wednesday by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stems from the ride-hailing company's yearlong delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers about the theft of their personal information.Uber learned in November 2016 that hackers had accessed personal data, including driver's license information, for roughly 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S.


 lBy RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse will await trial behind bars, a federal judge decided Tuesday, as his accusers in the audience applauded.Defense attorney Samuel Winder argued in court that Arthur Perrault was not a flight risk as he had no passport, no family and no means of leaving the country.

New Mexico lawmaker found guilty of DWI in Albuquerque

Sep 26, 2018


GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Sisters' Council of the Diocese of Gallup is planning weekly prayer gatherings in response to the ongoing sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church.The sisters in a statement said they will commit themselves to praying the rosary either privately or with community members every Wednesday.The Gallup Independent reports two local prayer gatherings are scheduled this Wednesday.Sister Pat Bietsch, chair of the Sisters' Council, suggested the community prayer gatherings.