BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members reassigned, rules governing industry shelved and complaints its leaders are ignoring public input. The evolving status quo at the agency has met with praise from energy and mining companies and congressional Republicans. Others say the changes have curbed outside input and elevated corporate desires above the government's duty to safeguard public lands and resources.
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say they're still searching for the seventh and final suspect in a robbery killing of an attendant at an Edgewood gas station along Interstate 40. New Mexico State Police arrested a sixth person in connection with the case Saturday. Five others were arrested previously in the Feb. 11 shooting of 62-year-old Michael Pelkey at a Smith's Fuel Center. State Police say the lone remaining suspect is a 30-year-old man who remains at large.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico community is considering using online fundraising to pay the $700,000 it owes from a lawsuit that stemmed from a dispute over a Ten Commandments monument outside of Bloomfield City Hal that a court ordered to be taken down, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution and represented a government endorsement of religion. The Farmington Daily Times reports Bloomfield City Manager Eric Strahl says the city has until June 30, 2021 to pay for the American Civil Liberties Union's legal fees.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting involving a homicide suspect in Las Cruces. Police were looking for 23-year-old Nathaniel Montoya in connection to the death of a 29-year-old man found unconscious Friday night. Police spotted the suspect's vehicle Saturday and they say Montoya failed to stop. A high-speed chase ensued until police say Montoya crashed his van into vehicles at a gas station. At least one officer fired several rounds and Montoya died at the scene.
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