An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered.
Police Chief Ray Schultz said Thursday the charges were filed after investigators reviewed video from the lapel cameras of officers involved in a May 31 drug bust. He announced the charges the same time he publicly released the video.
Albuquerque police say efforts to solve the 2009 West Mesa serial killings are helping police find evidence in other serious cold cases.
KRQE-TV reports that police say calls to a tip line about the mystery are encouraging people to provide new information.
For example, thanks to new tips investigators have linked a slew of rape test kits to the same serial rapist who preyed on Albuquerque women in the 1990s. Police do not know who he is, but now his DNA profile is in a national database.
By The Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican
Gov. Susana Martinez has begun posting the names and salaries of classified state employees at a new online location after a judge ruled last month that she remove the names from the online New Mexico Sunshine Portal.
Martinez added the names of classified workers, their titles and salaries to the Sunshine Portal last year. That added to a previously available list of employees exempt from civil service protection.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — City commissioners in the southeastern New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences have approved a year-long moratorium on well drilling while experts study whether an increase in wells is causing the town's famed hot springs to dry up.
State officials say they are complying with the National Voter Registration Act with recent mailings sent by the Secretary of State's office to over 177,000 registered voters in New Mexico. The federal law requires states to maintain voter registration information. Critics are calling it voter suppression.
The Executive Director for New Mexico County Clerks, Daniel Ivey-Soto, says mailings like these are done as a normal course of business for Secretaries of State across the country.
Although the wind energy industry in the United States is below the peak it hit three years ago, 2011 was still a pretty good year.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual market report, last year, wind power accounted for about one-third of the nation’s new sources of electricity. And much of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year came from domestic factories.
Almost three-quarters of the wind turbines, towers, blades, and generators were made within the U.S. That number is double what it was in 2005.
Rio Rancho officials will be looking to a new bulk water filling station to cut down on water thefts from hydrants.
The filling station is also aimed at providing a more convenient source of water for residents who live in neighborhoods without water lines and regular service. The filling station will open Monday. The cost: $10 for 1,000 gallons.
The land of enchantment is rich in many natural resources. Water, however, isn't one of them. And while higher prices have a way of persuading people to consume less, would raising water rates cause New Mexicans to turn off their spigots?
By The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press
A few Democrats serving in the New Mexico Senate have launched political action committees to counter Gov. Susana Martinez's financial clout.
Democratic Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque tells The Albuquerque Journal that PACs were created after Democrats saw the amount of cash raised this year by a pair of groups headed by Martinez's political adviser, Jay McCleskey.
At least four organizations were created in recent months by Senate Democrats who are unopposed in the November election.
KUNM Call In Show 8/16 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran is following through on a U.S. Department of Justice letter calling for New Mexico's record of registered voters to be cleaned up for the first time since 2005. But critics are accusing her of voter suppression. Why the voter roll "purge" now? And what does it mean for New Mexico voters? Secretary Duran will join our panel live in the studio for the show.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rescinded its lethal removal order for AF1188. The agency has agreed to allow the Arizona-based Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to provide permanent sanctuary to the female wolf.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Albuquerque ordered the killing of a Mexican Gray Wolf whose pack is responsible for the killing of four head of cattle within the past year.
Navajo Nation officials say the tribal budget will be strained further if three units of a northwestern New Mexico coal plant close sooner than 2014.
Tribal spokesman Erny Zah says the tribe had been prepared for the units at the Four Corners Power Plant to close in two years. But the plant's operator says decommissioning will start once it acquires ownership of the other two units, which is expected later this year.
Zah says that would mean a $9 million annual loss from coal royalties.
A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive. The move is raising questions about the criteria being used by Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran as she begins a cleanup of voter rolls three months before the presidential elections.
The state Court of Appeals has ruled about 11,000 state workers are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Governor Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing money provided by the Legislature for employee compensation in 2009.
Governor Susana Martinez's administration plans to appeal this week's ruling and says it could cost the state $20 million for back pay to workers covered by union contracts. A union lawyer estimates a lower cost.
The Albuquerque Public Schools district is covering the cost of meals this year for students who qualify for reduced rates. District spokesman John Miller says a decision to start charging food providers for things like utilities has made money available for the meals.
About 7,000 students qualify for the reduced meals, which cost 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. Miller says the district expects to spend between $300,000 and $400,000 to pay for the lunches.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the most iconic sites in New Mexico. It’s a sweeping landscape of meadows and forests that sits in the massive crater of a collapsed volcano. Congress bought the former ranch in 2000 and created the preserve with a special mandate: Become financially self-sufficient by 2015.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/9 8a: President Obama signed the HEARTH Act into law this month. The law provides for tribal authority over leasing of tribal lands for housing and commercial uses. Will buying a home on pueblo land become easier? What about business development for tribes? We'd like to hear from you! Email email@example.com, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
Credit New Mexico State Forestry Division / NMEMRD
Dr. Ed Smith and Smokey Bear in 1950. Briefly named “Hotfoot Teddy” this five-pound bear with burned paws was found clinging to a charred tree during a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. He became the "living symbol" of Smokey Bear.
This week, an American icon celebrates his birthday: Smokey Bear is turning 68.
He’s still a spry old guy, kept alive by the Ad Council and the US Forest Service. It’s New Mexico’s forests that have been taking a hammering. In 2011, the Las Conchas Fire was the largest in state history. Then this year, the Whitewater-Baldy Fire in the Gila National Forest doubled its record. This summer also saw the state’s most destructive wildfire, the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney's short list of potential running mates.
Martinez said, "The veep rumor is over. I've said it over and over and over and over, I don't have any interest in being the vice president. I have every interest in the world of staying in New Mexico and taking care of New Mexico business."
A New Mexico man is in federal custody after authorities seized more than 65,000 rounds of ammunition from his home. Authorities say 25-year-old Carlos Guadalupe Morales allegedly was buying large amounts of ammunition and shipping them to Mexican drug cartels.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested Morales after executing a search warrant Tuesday at his apartment in Anthony. Agents reported finding 65,195 rounds of ammo, two ballistic vests and three Kevlar military helmets plus a semi-automatic rifle and pistol.
The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.
State Land Commissioner Ray Powell attributes the record-setting revenue to higher oil prices and a thoughtful selection of tracts for lease. He says advances in technology have allowed larger volumes of oil to be produced from existing wells.
Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and commercial leases also contributed to the earnings.
The New Mexico Horse Council has sent Gov. Susana Martinez a letter urging her to support a proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, saying the closing of domestic facilities five years ago has caused "needless suffering under the cruelest of conditions."
The council, which represents more than 200 horse owners and 30 horse clubs, said an informal survey of its members showed 94 percent favor humane slaughter to help with an overpopulation crisis that has left many horses starving and abandoned.