Albuquerque Agrees To Oversight Of Police – The Associated Press
The city of Albuquerque has agreed to submit to independent oversight of federally mandated reforms to its troubled police department.
Under an agreement announced yesterday by the Department of Justice, the city signed off on a framework for addressing eight problem areas Justice officials identified in a scathing report on police practices earlier this year.
Sick Immigrant Kids Reportedly Not Getting Meds - The Associated Press
Immigration advocates who were allowed to visit a New Mexico detention center say women there are complaining that children aren't getting proper medical care and people are being deported before they can see a lawyer.
Southwest Retains Low Rankings In Child Welfare – The Associated Press
The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being, with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada ranking in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.
New Mexico, which last year was in last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.
New Mexico Scaling Back Marijuana Program Changes – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is scaling back possible changes for New Mexico's medical marijuana program.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Department of Health official told legislators during a Thursday hearing in Taos Pueblo that the agency will scrap two proposals that had come under fire from pot producers and users.
New Mexico Incumbents Hold Campaign Cash Edge – The Associated Press
New campaign finance reports show that Democratic challenger Roxanne "Rocky" Lara has raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.
However, Pearce still maintains an overall campaign cash advantage.
Pearce reported cash-on-hand of nearly $1.5 million at the end of last month and Lara had almost $712,000.
Santa Fe Vote Sought On Pot Decriminalization – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
Activists have submitted thousands of petition signatures to try to force a November vote in Santa Fe on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
ProgressNow New Mexico and Drug Policy Action on Tuesday submitted petitions bearing more than 7,100 signatures. They need at least 5,763 valid signatures from registered city voters to force a vote on their proposal.
Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New Deluge - Associated Press
The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.
NM Among Leading Oil Producing States – The Associated Press
Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures yesterday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.
And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.
New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access - The Associated Press
A Public Education Commission member has filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico's requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.
Tyson Parker of Corrales brought the lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending the state's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.
Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson Named Pot Company CEO - Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.
Johnson said Tuesday he was recently named CEO and president of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.
Santa Fe Archbishop Says Police Reforms Needed – The Associated Press
Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan says the fatal police shooting of a man struggling with schizophrenia convinced him that the Albuquerque police need drastic reforms.
Sheehan told The Associated Press yesterday that before the 2011 shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres, he generally supported the embattled Albuquerque Police Department. But Sheehan says after that shooting, he began to have serious doubts the agency could change without federal intervention.
State Police: Teen Had Cap Gun When Fatally Shot - The Associated Press
New Mexico State Police say a teenager was armed with a cap gun when he was fatally shot by Espanola police earlier this month.
State Police officials said Monday that their investigation into the June 8 shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando will be presented to the 1st Judicial District's Attorney's Office when it's completed.
They say the two Espanola police officers involved have been interviewed by State Police investigators.
Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide - The Associated Press & The Daily Times
The death of a driver who was shot by a federal officer in Farmington in March has been ruled a homicide. The Daily Times reports that the Office of the Medical Investigator says John Marszalek died from the gunshot and multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the throat.
Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs - The Associated Press
A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.