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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Records show a Democrat in a closely watched race for an open congressional seat along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico has almost five times more cash than her GOP opponent. Federal Election Commission filings show Xochitl Torres Small had $495,980 cash on hand for the second quarter. Meanwhile, records show that Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell only had $100,294 cash on hand.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them. Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada. And volunteers in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food for wild horses on remote grazing grounds.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Cities, water managers and a key irrigation district along the Rio Grande have agreed to sell water they don't immediately need to help boost flows along a stretch of the river in central New Mexico to deal with extremely dry conditions and benefit endangered species. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the environmental group Audubon New Mexico says it helped to initiate the agreements, which will amount to more than 320 million gallons being released over a nearly two-month period.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a lightning-caused fire in the Santa Fe National Forest has grown to 250 acres and is sending smoke over Albuquerque. Some forest roads are closed because of the fire, which started Friday and still is zero percent contained. The fire currently is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the forest, shutting down Forest Road 376 from Gilman Tunnels to the intersection of Forest Roads 488 and 376. Hotshot crews from Santa Fe and Arizona are battling the fire.

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