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In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 16, 2013

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The Associated Press

Water study criticized

The state of New Mexico is reviving its effort to calculate the gaps between its finite water supplies and the needs of a growing population so that it can help prioritize state projects and policies to deal with the gaps.
But the Albuquerque Journal reports that critics believe that the state’s top-down approach in its water planning is bypassing the voices of local water users.
A similar planning process was launched more than a decade ago, but efforts to complete the project faltered.
The planning process has revived a conflict between community leaders and state government over who will control the numbers.
In the past, communities developed their own supply and demand projections.
This time around, the state says it will calculate the numbers for each region.

Woman killed by pit bull
Authorities say a Valencia County woman is dead after being attacked by a pit bull.
KOB-TV reports that the incident occurred Friday just south of Belen.
According to the county Sheriff’s Department, the woman’s son killed the dog immediately after the attack.
The woman’s name hasn’t been released yet and additional details of the incident aren’t immediately available.