ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The past ties of one of New Mexico's Democratic gubernatorial candidates to a consulting company that repeatedly landed contracts to help run a state high-risk insurance pool are drawing criticism from her opponents. U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and her campaign treasurer, state Rep. Deborah Armstrong, co-founded Delta Consulting in 2008. Lujan Grisham divested herself from the company last year but Armstrong is still an owner.
AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - San Juan County authorities say a wildfire near Navajo Lake in northwestern New Mexico burned 180 acres (73 hectares) and forced the evacuation of approximately 15 people before firefighters encircled it Friday night. County spokeswoman Susan Hakanson says there were no immediate reports of structures being lost due to the fire that was reported Friday afternoon after apparently being started by lightning.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Jerry Gonzales finally got a high school diploma this year, and now he's running to be a magistrate judge for Santa Fe County. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the 44-year-old Gonzales dropped out of high school in 1991 midway through his senior year and took online classes to get his diploma in February.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Many part of the West are dealing with drought. But nowhere else has more state and federal land been closed to recreation than in Arizona where conditions are ripe for massive wildfires. The partial closures in some of Arizona's national forests represent a small percentage of the land overall, but they're putting a damper on camping, hiking, fishing and mountain biking in popular recreation areas.
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