A federal judge has ruled against a New Mexico tribe trying to obtain a new gambling compact from the Interior Department.
U. S. District Judge James Parker on Friday invalidated Interior Department regulations that allow a tribe to go to the agency for a gambling agreement when it's failed to negotiate a compact with the state.
Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera says the tribe is considering an appeal of the decision.
A city councilor in southeastern New Mexico where 500 Central American immigrants are being detained is set to join a forum on the center's conditions.
Officials say Artesia City Councilor Jose Luis Aguilar is set to participate in a forum Sunday in Albuquerque that will also address how the immigrants are struggling to obtain legal representation.
Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, says since the Artesia detention center opened in June, more than 300 immigrants have been processed and deported from facility.
The application process is now open for people who want to serve on Albuquerque’s new Civilian Police Oversight Agency. The independent board will investigate complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department and review APD policy.
New Mexico health officials have screened 56 babies for tuberculosis since an El Paso hospital worker tested positive for the potentially lethal respiratory infection last summer. Now, state health officials say none of the babies living here appear to have contracted the disease.
“So far we haven’t seen any clear evidence of transmission with the babies here in New Mexico, so that’s a very positive thing,” said New Mexico Department of Health Tuberculosis Program Manager Diana Fortune.
Earlier this week, there was a brief Ebola scare at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. A patient was isolated, and though it turned out to be a false alarm, hospital workers are questioning whether the hospital is ready to handle the disease.
Thu. 10/16 7p: The second of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election, candidates for New Mexico's Second District Congressional seat, Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.
This Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from New Mexico's incumbent Democratic Senator Tom Udall and his Republican challenger Allen Weh in a debate hosted by New Mexico PBS.
NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings Act – The Associated Press
The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.
Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe yesterday. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/16 8a: Tucked amid the items on the November 4th general election ballot are 5 proposed constitutional amendments and 3 general obligation bond questions New Mexicans will be asked to vote on statewide.
Mora County Continues Oil And Gas Drilling Ban – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
Mora County commissioners have voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling that has triggered lawsuits from the oil industry but brought out a passionate defense from local residents concerned about pollution.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King returned to the airwaves last week, while a political action committee made a documentary case against GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.
Political advertising in New Mexico topped $9 million in contracts through Oct. 10. Aired back-to-back, those ads would take up nearly 8.5 days of viewing, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows. The analysis is based on contracts filed by TV stations with the Federal Elections Commission. It doesn’t include cable or satellite TV buys or radio advertising.
The federal government has tightened restrictions on prescription hydrocodone combo drugs to try to reduce overdoses. That could be good news for New Mexico, which has the second highest opioid overdose rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Drug Enforcement Agenct now considers the highly addictive pain medication a Schedule II drug alongside oxycodone and methamphetamine.
Artesia Mayor: Dozens Freed From Immigrant Center – The Associated Press
The mayor of a New Mexico city where immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says dozens of immigrants have been released.
Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press that 68 detainees were released and around 14 were deported last week. He says federal immigration officials reported around 479 detainees remain at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia and more expected to arrive in the coming days.
Mora County Eyes Drilling Ban Repeal – The Associated Press
A northern New Mexico county is considering repealing an ordinance that made it the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.
The Las Vegas Optic reports Mora County commissioners last month began laying the groundwork to repeal the ordinance that drew national and international attention and sparked two federal civil rights lawsuits.
A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week.
Thu. 10/9 7p: The first of three congressional debates KUNM will broadcast before the November 4th election.
Candidates for New Mexico's First District Congressional seat, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, the incumbent, and her Republican challenger Mike Frese debated. It was taped Wednesday in Albuquerque by our media partner New Mexico PBS.
Next Thursday night at 7, we’ll hear from Second District Representative Republican Steve Pearce and his Democratic competition, attorney Roxanne “Rocky” Lara in a debate hosted by KRWG public radio in Las Cruces.
A nonpartisan think tank in New Mexico released a report on health care costs this week suggesting that providers should be more transparent about the price of procedures up front.
Fred Nathan is the founder and executive director of Think New Mexico. The group’s report says New Mexicans are spending more out of their pockets for health care than ever before, and most of that extra money is going to administrative costs—not to doctors’ salaries or improved care for patients.
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has received more than $15 million in federal money to expand a statewide telehealth program. The program aims to provide rural hospital patients with emergency video consultations.
Ex-campaign Manager Sentenced In Email Case – The Associated Press
A federal judge has sentenced a former campaign manager for Gov. Susana Martinez to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing the governor's email and lying about it.
U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson sentenced Jamie Estrada on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in June to charges of unlawful interception of electronic communication and lying to FBI agents.
Estrada's family cried when the sentence was read.
Farmington city officials voted Tuesday to continue funding the area’s only existing detox facility until a new center is up and running.
Four Winds Recovery Center gets intoxicated people off the street by providing a bed to and a place to sober up and begin treatment programs. But the Center’s administrators say they don’t have enough money to keep housing intoxicated residents until their contract ends next June.
KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding. Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it? Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate? Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico.
The national unemployment rate has dropped to 5.9 percent, but that doesn’t mean that there are more teens and young adults in the New Mexico workforce. In fact, that number has been dropping for decades, according to a recent report.
Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday In New Mexico – The Associated Press
New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.
Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.