Finances Favor Native American Congressional Candidate – The Associated Press
A Native American candidate for an open Congressional seat in central New Mexico has widened her financial advantage over a crowded field of candidates for the Democratic nomination.
Laguna Pueblo member of former state Democratic Party chairwoman Debra Haaland has raised about $298,000 during the first three months of the year. Campaign finance statements filed on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission show that Haaland's campaign has a $684,000 cash balance.
Former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez's campaign says it raised $145,000 in the first financial quarter and has stockpiled $456,000 ahead of the state's June 5 primary.
Janice Arnold-Jones is running unopposed for the Republican nomination and raised $32,000.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is campaigning for governor and will not seek re-election to the first congressional district that encompasses Albuquerque.
UNM Dermatology Department Regains Accreditation –The Albuquerque Journal
The University of New Mexico medical school will soon be able to train dermatologists again.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the dermatology department regained accreditation as of last week, which means it will be able to restart its residency program.
The department lost its accreditation in 2016 after all but one full-time faculty retired or left. It’s now back up to seven faculty members.
UNM is the only dermatology program in a state with what the department chair called a “tremendous shortage” of dermatologists.
Film Industry Officials Hope New Governor Boosts Business – The Associated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Officials in New Mexico's film and television industry say a new governor may help boost business for film production in the state.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports there is a sense within the industry that the changeover promised by the November election is to buoy the business of film and television work in New Mexico.
Gubernatorial hopefuls seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Susana Martinez say some potentially consequential tweaks to the state's film and television tax incentive program could round out this increasingly prominent piece of the state economy.
Some candidates are proposing removing or raising the payout cap for productions some view as an impediment to future growth.
Albuquerque Police Investigating Fatal Shooting On NW Side – The Associated Press
Police in Albuquerque say they're investigating a deadly shooting on the city's northwest side.
Officers were called to the Laundry Quarters at about 2 p.m. Saturday about reports of shots fired.
They say a man died after he was shot at least once.
Police say the victim has been identified as 24-year-old Cody Fair.
They say he died from his injuries about an hour after the shooting.
Detectives say a car was parked in front of the Laundry Quarters with what appeared to be at least two bullet holes through the front windshield.
Police say witnesses have been questioned and evidence taken from the scene, but there's no word yet on any suspects in the case or a possible motive for the shooting.
Crews Report Progress On Two Wildfires Near Grants – The Associated Press
Firefighters report making progress on wildfires burning near Grants in northwestern New Mexico in advance of expected windy conditions Monday.
The fires are burning on a mountain and a mesa about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Grants.
They started Thursday, one from an abandoned campfire and the other from an unknown cause.
As of Sunday, authorities say one wildfire has charred about 9.5 square miles (2,741 hectares) while the other wildfire some four miles to the north has burned nearly 4 square miles (1,024 hectares).
Firefighters took advantage of lighter winds Saturday to do some burnout operations with more done on Sunday.
Residents of several subdivisions in the Zuni Mountains remain under a pre-evacuation notice.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says this may be a very difficult fire season.