One Tuesday members from Albuquerque's South Valley Mountain View neighborhood association picked up shovels alongside folks from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, and dug into the dirt, breaking ground for a new pre treatment facility.
For years now the the area has been described as a nightmare due to the stench, because literally every time a toilet is flushed in the 300 square mile zone, all the sewage is funneled to this one plant.
A recent study claims that nearly 30-million people on the planet live in slavery- a practice that relies on the trafficking of human beings. The majority of victims are found in places like India, Thailand and Russia. Human trafficking is also a growing problem in the Southwestern United States, and the black market trade is growing in New Mexico.
It was a bad night, and none of the girls had made much cash. The evening's customers were more interested in the Spurs game on television then the strippers. But one of the dancers knew how they could make up for it.
State, Kirtland Begin Fuel Spill Cleanup Test - Associated Press
State environment and Kirtland Air Force Base officials are beginning the first large-scale test of a system for pumping and cleaning up contamination from a huge underground jet fuel spill.
Officials are holding a news conference Wednesday to showcase the system, which will pump 70,000 gallons of contaminated water from the underground aquifer that feeds Albuquerque's water supply . The water will be pumped to nearby mobile tanks for filtering and treatment.
A new federal report ranks New Mexico as the state with the highest percentage of citizens with mental illness. But the 416-page survey also reveals states in the Southwest are above average in many areas like access to mental health services.
The purpose of the Behavioral Health 2012 report is to look at where states stand in relation to national averages. The hope is for policy makers to examine areas of the mental health system that need help.
Five years ago victims of human trafficking had no legal remedies under New Mexico’s laws. But in 2008 a new statute provided prosecutors with tools to help victims and bring the traffickers to justice. And the state was years ahead of 39 other states that only began to pass laws this year, according to the Polaris Project.
The state can withhold an audit of 15 health providers under investigation for potential Medicaid fraud because such secrecy is necessary to protect the criminal probe, the Attorney General’s Office says.
An audit conducted by the Department of Justice says the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs failed to comply with essential grant conditions when handling about $4-million dollars in federal awards over the last six years.
According to the audit by the Office of Inspector General Audit Division (OIG), there were conflicts of interest when hiring; questionable payroll costs; and inadequate monitoring of contracts, sub-grantees and timesheets, to name a few of the findings.
No matter what kind of football helmet you buy for your teenager, the risk of concussion is still the same. That's according to a new study that looked to examine the relationship between concussion risk and equipment used to prevent injury.
The Indian Health Service in Shiprock and the New Mexico Tumor Registry are teaming up to analyze tumor rates in rural areas of New Mexico. The first thing investigators have to do is find where residents, without street addresses, actually live.
When collecting residential data, researchers have traditionally relied on the mailing address provided in a patient’s chart. But in rural New Mexico, this is often just a post office box. Finding an actual home is a bit more challenging.
NM Officials Sued By Man With West Nile Virus - Associated Press
A federal appeals court is allowing a Texas man to sue southern New Mexico officials for not promptly providing him medical care after being arrested for drunken driving although he was suffering from West Nile virus.
The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down a request by Eddy County officials to reject a lawsuit by Irving Marquez of El Paso, who was arrested by a sheriff's deputy in 2009.
The organizers of a local pornographic film festival are celebrating a recent ruling by New Mexico’s highest court. It hasn’t exactly been a day at the movies for Pornotopia’s creators though. They, along with the owner of an Albuquerque movie theater, have been fighting for the festival for more than three years.
On Wednesday the New Mexico Supreme Court spent two hours in front of a full courtroom hearing oral arguments from petitioners that think New Mexico should embrace same-sex marriage and respondents who think that marriage should be a heterosexual affair.
The Courts did not issue a decision, and any decision they do issue is not necessarily final. Lawmakers could pass legislation or put the issue to voters as a constitutional amendment.
Reports Possible Soon On Some Mental Health Fraud - Associated Press
Attorney General Gary King says his office may soon finish investigations into some fraud allegations against more than dozen behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.
New Mexico's highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic case that could decide whether same-sex marriage is legal in all counties across the state. One of the key issues is what the fundamental right to marry consists of.
Justices, and lawyers from both sides, agreed that a fundamental right to marry does exist under state law, but that's where the agreement stopped short.
KUNM Call In Show Thu 10/24 8a: With the government shutdown behind us, how can New Mexico move forward in ways that will strengthen the economy and provide opportunities and well-being for citizens?
We'll talk with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich about his thoughts and actions in support of growing the middle class, college affordability and a federal minimum wage. We'll also discuss how immigration reform and a focus on energy efficiency can benefit New Mexicans.
New Mexico’s teen pregnancy rate is declining – down 41 percent between 1998 and 2011 – but the state still has the second highest rate in the nation behind Mississippi. High poverty and high drop out rates play a big part. But a Santa Fe high school program that’s helping teens earn their diplomas while overcoming the challenges of parenthood is making a dent in the stark statistics.
WAGON MOUND, N.M. — For years now the southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities ran out of water, and now hundreds of vulnerable towns are trying to keep that from ever happening again.
Heavy rainfall in September made that month the wettest in New Mexico history. The prolonged monsoon season pleased residents who've become habituated to drought, winter and its expected low precipitation will be disappointing.
Many pages of the audit released by the state Attorney General's office were partially or fully redacted. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government posted the full document online. http://nmfog.org/uploads/PressRelease/cf6b22f5312b412198762483474b1435/PCG_Redacted_Audit_Report.pdf
A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office with many details blacked out shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.