Monday News Roundup: Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills

Mar 17, 2014

Albuquerque Police Fatally Shoot Man In Foothills - The Associated Press

Police say a man shot by an Albuquerque officer during a confrontation in the foothills has died.

Albuquerque police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said the man died Monday morning.

Police Chief Gordon Eden told reporters the man was shot Sunday night and was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

According to Eden, officers arrived at the foothills after receiving a suspicious person call. He says when officers arrived, the man, who has not been named, threatened the officers' lives.

Eden says "less-than-lethal force" was used to calm the man but an officer eventually fired one shot.

The name of the officer in the shooting has not been released.

The shooting comes as Albuquerque police is under a U.S. Justice Department investigation over allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings since 2010.

States, Tribes Team Up To Conserve Trout - The Associated Press

New Mexico and Colorado have teamed up with Native American tribes and several federal agencies to conserve the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

Officials signed an updated conservation agreement earlier this month. Managers hope the 10-year agreement will prevent the need for protection of the fish under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to make a decision in September on whether to list the species.

The trout has been a candidate for listing since 2008. Biologists say threats facing the trout include competition from nonnative fish, drought, fire and climate change.

The agreement calls for the partners to maintain a brood of cutthroat trout for stocking. Streams will also be surveyed and barriers will be built to keep nonnative fish out of conservation waters.

Free St. Patrick's Day Taxis In Bernalillo County - The Associated Press

Bernalillo County residents celebrating St. Patrick's Day by going out drinking have a way to get home safely at no cost.

Patrons out at bars or restaurants can reserve a ride through the countywide Tavern Taxi program on Monday.

The program allows residents to reserve a taxi by calling 505-999-1400. Servers or bartenders then call the taxi when a customer is ready to go home.

Taxi Tavern is a joint effort from the Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse and the New Mexico Hospitality Retailers Association.

Katrina Hotrum, Department of Substance Abuse's program director, says nothing is worth driving impaired.

She says the program has hopefully contributed to the decline in DWI accidents since the program began.

Los Alamos Historical Society To Hold Trinity Tour - The Associated Press

The Los Alamos Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the site of the first man-made nuclear explosion.

The group is selling $150 tickets for a visit to the Trinity site in southern New Mexico scheduled for April 5.

As part of the tour, visitors will see a restored house where nuclear core was assembled and visit the spot where the bomb was detonated.

The Manhattan Project exploded an atomic bomb around 30 miles southeast of Socorro, N.M., on July 16, 1945. Research around the bomb took place under top secret at Los Alamos, then an unknown town in northern New Mexico.

The bomb's creation was part of the WWII effort and the U.S later dropped similar bombs over Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

2 New Mexico Tribes Considering Opening Casinos - The Albuquerque Journal

Two New Mexico tribes have approached the governor about gambling compacts, making for a crowded field in the world of Native American gambling operations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials with Zuni Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo said Friday that fewer federal and state funds and the economy's downturn factored into their decision.

Both tribes sent letters to Gov. Susana Martinez in January expressing their interest.

According to New Mexico law, the state must negotiate gambling compacts with every tribe that requests it.

While there is no limit to the number of casinos, the resulting negotiations must be approved by the Legislature.

Lawmakers last month rejected a gambling compact that would have allowed the Navajo Nation to open three additional casinos over 15 years.

Report: New Mexico Leans On Oil, Gas Revenue - The Santa Fe New Mexican

A new report detailing New Mexico's reliance on oil and gas shows diversifying the state's economy could prove challenging.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Tax Research Institute found even counties where there is little oil and gas development have benefited from those industries.

According to the institute, $1.7 billion of $5.5 billion of the state's general fund last year was from oil and gas revenues.

Much of the funding helps support schools and colleges.

The tax report was partially funded by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

Officials say it includes data from the state Taxation and Revenue Department, the State Land Office, the Board of Finance and other agencies.

5 States' Attorneys General Plan Trip To Mexico - The Associated Press

Attorneys general from five U.S. states plan to visit Mexico for three days starting March 24 to discuss cross-border crimes.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris' office said Sunday that she will be joined by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.

They and Mexican authorities plan to discuss what joint actions they can take to fight international money laundering.

Other topics include the growing involvement of transnational gangs in stealing intellectual property and distributing counterfeit goods, as well as using technology to fight human trafficking, cybercrime and child pornography.

Meetings are planned with Mexico Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam and state attorneys general from Baja California, Campeche, Chihuahua, Sonora and Zacatecas.