New Mexico House Committee Votes In Favor Of Abortion Bills – The Associated Press
A New Mexico legislative committee has voted along party lines on a second abortion-related bill, this one requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.
The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 Friday, with Republicans in the majority. More than an hour earlier in an identical vote after a five-hour hearing, the panel approved a bill banning late-term abortions.
Albuquerque Police Sued Over Encrypted CDs In Shooting – The Associated Press
An Albuquerque law firm is suing the Albuquerque Police Department over what it say is encrypted records from a police shooting probe.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Kennedy Kennedy & Ives Law Practice recently filed the lawsuit in connection with records related to the shooting death of Armand Martin. Authorities say the 50-year-old Air Force veteran was shot by police during a standoff in May.
Vandalism Found In Petroglyph National Monument – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Graffiti and other vandalism have been found in a section of the Petroglyph National Monument in west Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that monument Superintendent Dennis Vásquez was exploring a section of the monument last week when he found debris, evidence of campfires, motorcycle tracks and graffiti.
New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On Lobbyists – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.
Public art projects such as this downtown Albuquerque mural are popular ways to connect with our heritage. Bernalillo County and local artists hope to welcome visitors to the South Valley with a Latino themed installation.
Obama Budget Would Reduce Funding For New Mexico Nuke Dump – The Associated Press
President Barack Obama's proposed budget would provide less money for the nation's underground nuclear waste repository but relatively stable funding for New Mexico’s two major Energy Department weapons labs.
Funding for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad would be cut $76.3 million. The facility is currently closed because of a radiation leak.
Pilots In Helium-Filled Balloon Land Safely In Mexico - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico on Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean.
The pilots landed off Baja California about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.
Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways –Associated Press
Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.
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.