Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is tightening controls over capital improvement financing by requiring that local governments, school districts and others in New Mexico have a current audit before state money is released for a project
Martinez issued an executive order on Thursday to ensure that capital project financing goes only to governmental organizations that have completed their annual audits and corrected any problems identified by auditors.
New Mexico State University's next president is set to be announced next week.
The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/103TdSn ) reports regents plan tentatively to reveal their pick on Monday.
Finalists include NMSU business dean and former Gov. Garrey Carruthers, former Texas Tech University president Guy Bailey, former University of Nevada, Las Vegas president David Ashley, former Texas A&M University president Elsa Murano and University of Colorado Denver Dean Daniel Howard.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is expected to bring in much needed dollars to the chronically underfunded Indian Health Service or IHS. But tribal health experts say the main game changer in Indian country will be new health insurance exchanges. For the first time ever, the IHS, a system traditionally open only to Native Americans, will be competing for non-Indian patients in order to survive. KUNM’s Tristan Ahtone reports.
Two small wildfires in California's wine country this week could be a harbinger of a nasty summer fire season across the West.
Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday a dry winter and predicted warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal in the West Coast states, the Southwest, and portions of Idaho and Montana.
The national fire agency in Boise, Idaho, issued its first 2013 fire outlook extending through the summer months.
Three congressmen are proposing legislation on the eve of the Kentucky Derby that would crack down on doping in horse racing.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, and Republican House members Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. The bill would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency authority to enforce standards in races with simulcast wagering.
A message was left with USADA, the official anti-doping agency for the U.S. Olympics.
Gov. Susana Martinez says she's forming a group to recommend improvements in New Mexico's child abuse laws.
The Republican governor, who is a former prosecutor, made the announcement Wednesday to mark the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Martinez said law enforcement, child advocacy representatives and officials with the Children, Youth and Families Department will serve on the group that will consider how to strengthen state laws protecting children.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Taos restaurant is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it overserved a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup.
The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/ZlwD8I) reports Julian Varela had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving when he left the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Dec. 29, 2011.
He was killed by a teen driver who wasn't cited in the incident.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for immigration reform are holding rallies and prayer events across New Mexico in an effort to push a federal immigration proposal.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based advocacy group, has scheduled a May Day rally in Santa Fe and a prayer vigil in Gallup "to call on Congress to pass a common sense immigration reform."
In Albuquerque, the group El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos (EE-gual-DAHD' EE deh-REH-CHOHS) are slated to hold a march and interfaith prayer service at a park. Activists also plan to march through Old Town Albuquerque.
TULAROSA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they're investigating after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers at a southern New Mexico elementary school.
Authorities say the shooting happened outside the Tularosa Elementary School Tuesday night, but had nothing to do with the school. They say because of the investigation, the school will be closed Wednesday.
Police say several rounds were fired during the altercation with Jesse Vigil of Tularosa and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Communities across the nation have imposed moratoriums on oil and natural gas drilling and some have banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing, but one northern New Mexico county has gone a step further.
The Mora County Commission has voted 2-1 in favor of an ordinance that makes it unlawful for any corporation to extract oil and natural gas within the sparsely populated county.
Former Senate President Tim Jennings has been appointed to a board that oversees state investments and New Mexico's permanent funds.
The Roswell Democrat was named Tuesday to the 11-member State Investment Council. He fills a vacancy created by last year's resignation of Lordsburg banker Michael Martin.
Jennings is a rancher who served in the Senate for 34 years. He lost a re-election bid in 2012, and was targeted in the campaign by a political committee formed by supporters of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, David Hayes, announced his resignation today.
Hayes will be leaving the department at the end of June after serving in the position for the Obama Administration for more than 4 years.
Jared King is the communications director for the Navajo Nation’s Washington office. He says, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly thanked Deputy Secretary Hayes for his leadership and insight. Adding that Hayes was a friend to the Navajo Nation.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled against a government licensing board for penalizing an outspoken Albuquerque hydrologist, who criticized operations of a Rio Grande irrigation group.
The court said former Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District board member Bill Turner's constitutional free speech rights were violated by the state Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, which fined Turner in 2009 for practicing engineering without a license.
New Mexico's highest court is allowing the state's top water manager to decide proposed water rights transfers to increase flows in the drought-stricken Pecos River.
The state Supreme Court ruled Monday the state engineer's office can move ahead with an administrative hearing on a proposal to transfer water rights to allow more pumping of groundwater near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. The water will go by pipeline into a reservoir to boost river flows.
The nations largest powwow, Gathering of Nations, is in full swing in Albuquerque, New Mexico this weekend. KUNM's Christine Trudeau reports the event is a time for celebration, but also security and surveillance for black market goods.
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New Mexico's highest court is refereeing a dispute over whether the state's top water manager can decide proposed water rights transfers to increase flows in the drought-stricken Pecos River.
The state Supreme Court is scheduled Monday to hear arguments from lawyers over a state plan to transfer water rights to allow more pumping of groundwater near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. The water will go by pipeline into a reservoir to boost river flows.
An Albuquerque lawyer has been elected as the new chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
Members of the party's central committee cast votes during a meeting Saturday in Las Cruces. Party officials say Sam Bregman won with just over 66 percent of the vote. Challenger Roxanne Lara finished with more than 33 percent.
Bregman replaces Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe, who is stepping down after nearly four years of leading the party.