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Sep 29, 2014

Recording Shows Officer Promising To Shoot Suspect - The Associated Press and KOB TV

Two hours before an Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a homeless camper, which sparked violent protest in the city, he was recorded saying he would shoot the suspect in the penis.

A recording broadcast by KOB-TV shows Keith Sandy telling a state police officer that James Boyd was a "lunatic" and he was going to shot the man struggling with mental illness "in the penis with a shotgun here in a second."

The March shooting of 38-year-old Boyd generated violent protests in Albuquerque after video of the hours-long standoff was released. In the video, Boyd appeared to be surrendering from his Sandia foothills campsite when officers opened fire.

An Albuquerque police spokeswoman did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press.

The Department of Justice and Albuquerque are finalizing a police reform plan.

San Juan County Worries Over Federal Funds - The Associated Press and Farmington Daily Times

San Juan County officials say the loss of funding through a federal program that compensates local governments for federal lands they can't tax would be devastating.

Congress has not yet renewed funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT, which expires Sept. 30.

Under PILT, San Juan County would receive $2.1 million grant in June. Only 6.5 percent of the county is made up of private land.

The County Executive Officer tells the Farmington Daily Times that the county budget is already trying to account for a $6 million deficit caused by a new state law mandating they help hospitals with losses from uncompensated health care.

Federal lawmakers may reauthorize the funding when they return to Congress in November.

Albuquerque High Snaps 43-Game Losing StreakThe Associated Press

The 43-game losing streak of Albuquerque High School's football team is over.

The state-record streak ended after four years of losses for the one-and-four Bulldogs when they beat Highland High 47-8 Friday night.

The team credits its new coach, Curtis Flakes, and extra practice for the long-sought win.

Albuquerque got off to a good start Friday night, scoring on a seven-play drive after getting the ball on an interception in the game's opening play from scrimmage.

Before Friday night, Albuquerque High's last win was in 2010, a 41-19 victory over Atrisco Heritage.

Albuquerque Center For Troubled Youth Expanding - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal

A facility that is New Mexico's largest center for troubled youth is expanding.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the 100-bed Desert Hills of New Mexico is adding 20 beds, expanding classrooms and other space as parts of a three-year $20 million expansion and renovation project.

The center owned by Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare Corp. and is located on a six-acre campus in northwest Albuquerque.

Weather Endangers New Mexico Green Chile Crop - The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico's green chile crop in danger.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a hail storm on Thursday was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in Dona Ana County.

Farmers say the rain is delaying some harvests as well as increasing the chances of a chile-plant disease.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report issued last week says about 75 percent of the state's green chile crop has been harvested.

About 92 percent of the crop was harvested around the same time a year ago.

New Mexico To Spend $1M On Rail Crossing Safety - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico transportation officials are channeling nearly $1 million toward safety measures to protect bicyclists and pedestrians at train crossings.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports crews began installing new equipment earlier this month at crossings used by Rail Runner trains.

The boost in spending comes in the wake of two cyclists who were struck and killed by trains earlier this year.

Crossings will have more safety gates, flashing lights and other improvements.

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District, which oversees the Rail Runner, estimates workers will complete installations in 45 days.

The Federal Highway Administration is funding the $975,000  construction cost.

Cibola County Judgeship Becoming Vacant - The Associated Press

An independent commission will meet in December to recommend candidates for possible appointment to a judgeship that's becoming vacant.

District Judge Camille Martinez-Olguin is not seeking retention in the general election. The judgeship in Grants becomes vacant on Jan. 1 because her term expires at the end of the year.

The nominating commission is to meet Dec. 12 at the Cibola County Courthouse in Grants to interview applicants and recommend candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez, who will fill the vacancy.

Lawyers seeking the judgeship must submit applications to the commission by Dec. 5.

'Bachelor' Santa Fe Episode To Air In February - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican

The Santa Fe episode of ABC's "The Bachelor" will air in February.

That news from the Santa Fe New Mexican citing the city’s tourism director who says the reality TV show promises to give an "authentic representation" of Santa Fe.

The show is scheduled to film in the area later this fall.

The City Council in July approved spending between $50,000 and $100,000 to offset "Bachelor" production costs.

The money will come from the state tourism department and the state Lodger's Tax, which applies to hotel guests.

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