Federal land managers have proposed limiting the number of parcels to be leased for oil and natural gas development near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.
The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday released its environmental assessment for the lease sale that will take place in January. The agency has proposed cutting the number of available parcels to just four.
The industry initially nominated 38 parcels totaling more than 19,000 acres. One of those was less than a quarter-mile from the park's boundary.
The Santa Fe Reporter has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Susana Martinez, alleging violations of the state's open records laws as well as retaliation by her office against the alternative weekly.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state district court. It alleges seven instances where the governor's office failed to produce calendars, emails, documents about pardons and other material sought by the Reporter under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act.
Protestors gathered at the state capital in Santa Fe today, pleading with Governor Susana Martinez to change course and end the chaos now hampering New Mexico’s behavioral health system. Front-line workers who treat extreme cases of the mentally ill reported losing touch with their clients after five Arizona firms took over operations at 12 local providers.
Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision - Associated Press
The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility's energy conservation programs.
The court issued its ruling Thursday, saying the decision by the Public Regulation Commission was consistent with state law.
Governor Susanna Martinez announced a new program yesterday offering some New Mexico teachers an extra $5,000 if they agree to work in a struggling school or increase the number of students passing advanced placement courses.
The stipends will be awarded to about 100 teachers who agree to move from a school with an A or B grade to one with a D or F. An additional 300 teachers instructing Advanced Placement classes will also be eligible for the incentive.
Formal opposition to the same-sex marriage movement in New Mexico is beginning to take shape. A group of Republican state lawmakers is now planning a lawsuit to stop six county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Several county clerks have taken it upon themselves to issue same-sex marriage licenses- they say the state constitution does not expressly prohibit it. Two district court judges have ordered several other county clerks to issue the licenses to same-sex couples.
Federal authorities heard directly Wednesday from more than two dozen behavioral health clients concerned about the continuing disruptions of services in New Mexico. Callers were highly critical of the state's move to freeze Medicaid funding for providers suspected of fraud. One after another, men and women, adult patients and parents of children recounted problems getting services.
In what's being called the largest wedding New Mexico has ever seen, same sex couples gathered in Albuquerque's Civic plaza Tuesday, after the Bernalillo County Clerk received a court order stating that it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses based on gender discrimination.
By high noon, over eighty same sex marriage licenses had been issued and many of those couples made their way out onto the Civic plaza to wed. Officiates from a slew of faiths joined a metropolitan judge to do the honors.
This week marks the beginning of new management for another one of the New Mexico's nonprofits under investigation for alleged Medicaid fraud. Three out of four of the counselors who treated patients at Valencia Counseling Services in Los Lunas are no longer working there, and that has the new management team on edge.
NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing - The Associated Press
The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.
UPDATE 8/27 12p: Two more New Mexico counties say they'll begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The clerks in San Miguel and Valencia counties say they've ordered gender-neutral forms so they can follow the state's three population centers in recognizing gay and lesbian marriages.
The decisions come a day after a state district judge in Albuquerque declared gay marriage legal, and ordered the Bernalillo County clerk to join Santa Fe and Dona Ana counties in issuing the licenses.
UPDATE 8/27 12p: Signatures on a petition to put a measure banning abortions after 20 weeks in Albuquerque have been verified.
According to KOB.com, the required 12,261 signatures were verified and now the measure will go before the City Council. Councilors will either adopt the measure outright or put it on a city-wide ballot.
The hit show “Breaking Bad” launched its final episodes recently on AMC. The series is set and filmed in Albuquerque and focuses on chemistry teacher Walter White. He turns to cooking methamphetamine to provide for his family after he is diagnosed with cancer.
Often, redacted documents might look like this, with blurred or darkly marked segments. But according to The Albuquerque Journal, the redacted Audit Protocol documents they received were so heavily redacted that 8 of 13 pages were entirely blank.
Governor Susana Martinez’s administration is moving ahead - despite objections from state legislators - with plans to use more than 10-million dollars from the Human Services Department to pay Arizona contractors that are taking over New Mexico’s Medicaid-funded behavioral health operations. The Legislative Finance Committee voted 15 to 1 on Wednesday to reject the budget transfer.
More than 200 people gathered in downtown Albuquerque yesterday to denounce the tactics used by anti abortion rights groups recently.
The rally was held in response to an anti-abortion protest that took place earlier this month where advocates staged demonstrations in locations across the city, holding signs with pictures of bloody fetuses and messages comparing abortion in Albuquerque to the Jewish Holocaust.