In Brief - New Mexico News - June 28, 2013

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From The Associated Press

Low reservoir levels in Santa Fe

SANTA FE — Municipal reservoirs in Santa Fe are only around one-third full, and officials say they may run dry in three months.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the city this weekend will start tapping stored water to meet summer demand amid the state’s worst drought in decades.
Water resources and conservation manager Rick Carpenter says Santa Fe will begin drawing from the McClure and Nichols reservoirs June 30 or July 1 to help maintain water pressure during peak demand times.
Carpenter says the city usually tries to save about 25 percent to 30 percent of the reservoirs’ capacity for the following year. But if conditions remain dry, he says Santa Fe city may head into the summer of 2014 with no water reserves in the canyon.

Police: Child hit by stray bullet

ALBUQUERQUE — Police say a 2-year-old Albuquerque girl is recovering after being shot in the leg by a stray bullet outside of a housing complex.
Samantha Montoya was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting, and authorities say they are looking for two more suspects.
According to police, Montoya and the other two were involved in a dispute at the complex and were asked to leave. That’s when someone opened fire.
Police say the bullet struck the girl while she was in a parking lot with her father.
The girl was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she is reportedly in stable condition.
Authorities say she did not suffer major internal injuries and is expected to survive.

Powell supports more protections

SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell says he’s supporting a proposal to expand federal protections for chimpanzees in captivity by declaring them an endangered species.
Powell, who is a veterinarian, said Wednesday that he had written a letter to federal officials in support of the proposal announced earlier this month by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Primatologist Jane Goodall advocated the change.
Chimpanzees in the wild are listed as endangered species but those in captivity are considered threatened, which offers less protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.