Lawmakers Concerned About New Mexico's Unbalanced Books – The Associated Press
New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.
Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.
Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways – The Associated Press
Snowplows have been working to clear northern New Mexico highways of snow and ice from a major winter storm.
Difficult driving conditions are reported in much of northeast New Mexico and along I-40 east to the Texas line. Severe driving conditions are reported in the southeast. See NMRoads.com or call 5-1-1 for the latest information.
College President Warns Budget Problems May Force Cuts – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The president of the community college serving the Albuquerque area says fiscal belt-tightening might have to include cuts of low-enrollment classes.
Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd told employees and staff that she believes proposed increases in state funding are optimistic and that higher education could actually face funding cuts.
As part of KUNM's commitment to ongoing coverage of the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, we included a short series of stories on the regulation of this industry from reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe who reports from El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, for the Fronteras Desk.
Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press
Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.
Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.
US Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuclear Dump – The Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.
Police: Albuquerque Cop Shot During Traffic Stop – The Associated Press
Albuquerque police say an officer was shot as he was attempting to conduct an overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.
Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the driver of a car that was being pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer. Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. He is expected to survive. It's not known if the gunman was struck.
Martinez To Start 2nd Term As New Mexico Governor – The Associated Press
A public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Susan Martinez is planned New Year's Day at the State Capitol.
This time, she's taking the show inside.
The Republican is scheduled to take the oath of office for her second term inside the House chamber while Santa Fe battles freezing temperatures. Martinez held her first inauguration ceremony four years ago outside in frigid weather.
Fort Union Monument To Get Resident Artist – The Associated Press
Officials at Fort Union National Monument have teamed up the National Parks Arts Foundation as the nonprofit group works to expand its artist-in-residence program to parks and monuments across the country.
The application process started Friday. It will be up to a group of curators and advisers to choose the artist for Fort Union.