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New Mexico News Roundup

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Associated Press headlines from around the state

By The Staff

TOP STORIES:

ARTIFACTS LOOTING

SALT LAKE CITY — Trials should be scheduled early next year for nearly two dozen defendants in a major artifacts looting and trafficking case in the Four Corners area, a U.S. Magistrate Samuel Alba told a roomful of defense attorneys Monday.

WHITE PEAK

SANTA FE — Anyone with a few million dollars can bid on 7,000 acres of mountainous state trust land in northeast New Mexico around a popular hunting spot called White Peak. If no one else bids by 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Stanley Ranch likely will get it. Instead of paying cash to the state Land Office, however, the ranch owners will swap 3,300 acres of land they own nearby.

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ROADS: FARMINGTON — A transportation plan for San Juan County recommends that area governments plan to build $136.2 million in new roads by 2035. The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization is recommending new roads for Farmington, Aztec and nearby areas of San Juan County.

HOBBS — The City of Hobbs is cutting projects and leaving vacant positions unfilled as revenues for the year roll in nearly 30 percent lower than expected. City Manager Eric Honeyfield says Hobbs budgeted this year's gross receipts tax revenues at $30 million.

BABY INJURED: ALBUQUERQUE — A Valencia County woman has been arrested after her young child was seriously injured in a crash early Sunday. The sheriff's department said that 31-year-old Hope Gallegos was partying at a relative's house then decided to head home with her 16-month-old baby.