Reports Possible Soon On Some Mental Health Fraud - Associated Press
Attorney General Gary King says his office may soon finish investigations into some fraud allegations against more than dozen behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration.
Democrats Assail GOP Governor Over Chopper Flight - The Associated Press
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing fire from Democratic campaign challengers for using a state helicopter to fly to Albuquerque so she wouldn't miss a commercial flight to Texas to attend political fundraisers.
2 Hurt When Balloon Hits Power Line In New Mexico - Associated Press
Officials have identified the two men hospitalized with burns and injuries after a balloon in Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta hit a power line yesterday morning. Police in Rio Rancho say 59-year-old Mark Kilgore, of Albuquerque, was the pilot. They say 66-year-old Daniel Lovato, a passenger, was shocked when he reached out to free the gondola from power lines.
NM AG Says Abortion Ban Unenforceable - Associated Press
Nuclear Labs In New Mexico Prepare For Shutdown - Associated Press, The Albuquerque Journal, and The Los Alamos Monitor
Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government's partial shutdown.
RNC Hires Hispanic Director For NM - Associated Press
As part of its ongoing effort to woo more Latinos, the Republican National Committee is building a permanent ground operation in New Mexico.
The RNC, along with the Republican Party of New Mexico, says it has hired Jose Orozco as New Mexico Hispanic Engagement Director. Orozco's job, the GOP says, will be to "work in partnership with the RNC to ensure a year-round presence in Hispanic neighborhoods" in advance of next year's gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Commission To Select NM Chief Public Defender - Associated Press
An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state's chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer.
The commission meets Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.
NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."
Heinrich Proposal To Expand Access To Public Lands - Associated Press
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich is proposing legislation to expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation.
Heinrich introduced the measure last week in Washington, D.C., and said it will require federal agencies to identify lands they manage that lack routes for public access. The agencies will have to develop a plan for access to those lands with a significant recreational potential.
GOP Lawmakers Oppose Gay Marriage In Court Filing Associated Press
Nearly two dozen current and former Republican legislators are urging New Mexico's highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage.
The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the legislators with the state Supreme Court in a case that could resolve whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.
Gay marriage supporters also filed written arguments with the court on Monday.
King Disagrees With Governor On Same-sex Marriage - The Associated Press
Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
King, who's running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it's a civil right issue.
Census: NM Poverty Rate Rose Between 2000 to 2012 - Associated Press
The federal government has pledged to work with American Indian tribes in the Colorado River basin to address projected shortages of water.
A group of 10 tribes from around the West and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed an agreement Wednesday to study tribal water resources. The agency provided $100,000 to initiate the study that is expected to be complete by December 2015.
UPDATE 12p: A planned emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies for a tiny New Mexico town isolated after weekend flooding has been called off.
New Mexico Department of Homeland Security spokesman Estevan Lujan said Tuesday that state authorities and the National Guard will deliver supplies by foot to residents of the privately run ghost town of Mogollon. Lujan says there was not enough space to land a helicopter.
NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules - Associated Press
New Mexico regulators have approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.
Tuesday's hearing before the state Water Quality Control Commission marked the culmination of months of wrangling over how best to deal with potential contamination at mining sites.