Project Protects NM Forested Land From Development – The Associated Press
More than 11,000 acres that adjoin the Carson National Forest have been permanently protected from development through a conservation easement.
A conservation effort on the Upper Rio Chama River property in northern New Mexico began in 2009. The final and largest piece of the nearly 12-thousand-acre property became part of the easement Monday.
LANL Cuts Corners On WIPP Waste - The Santa Fe New Mexican
Los Alamos National Laboratory officials took shortcuts when preparing nuclear waste for shipment to the nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage facility. That’s according to an investigation by The Santa Fe New Mexican.
The paper reported this weekend that changes in the treatment of waste went undocumented and resulted in an explosive combination of toxic materials.
Backlogged Immigration Courts Face New Deluge - Associated Press
The country's backlogged immigration courts are bracing for a deluge of cases after tens of thousands of Central American children began arriving on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Lauren Alder Reid, counsel for legislative and public affairs at the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, says the courts have temporarily reassigned judges to hear cases in southern Texas and at a New Mexico detention facility via teleconferencing since the influx.
NM Among Leading Oil Producing States – The Associated Press
Federal statistics are showing what many people in New Mexico already know: The state is in the midst of an oil boom.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released figures yesterday that show behind the Gulf of Mexico, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming were the largest crude oil producers on federal and tribal land during the 2013 fiscal year.
And despite steady decreases since 2003, New Mexico remained among the top producers of natural gas.
New Mexico Independent Challenges Ballot Access - The Associated Press
A Public Education Commission member has filed a lawsuit challenging New Mexico's requirements for independent candidates to secure a place on the ballot.
Tyson Parker of Corrales brought the lawsuit in federal district court last week, contending the state's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.
Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson Named Pot Company CEO - Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has been named the CEO of a Nevada-based company that hopes to make medical and recreational marijuana products.
Johnson said Tuesday he was recently named CEO and president of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.
Santa Fe Archbishop Says Police Reforms Needed – The Associated Press
Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan says the fatal police shooting of a man struggling with schizophrenia convinced him that the Albuquerque police need drastic reforms.
Sheehan told The Associated Press yesterday that before the 2011 shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres, he generally supported the embattled Albuquerque Police Department. But Sheehan says after that shooting, he began to have serious doubts the agency could change without federal intervention.
State Police: Teen Had Cap Gun When Fatally Shot - The Associated Press
New Mexico State Police say a teenager was armed with a cap gun when he was fatally shot by Espanola police earlier this month.
State Police officials said Monday that their investigation into the June 8 shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando will be presented to the 1st Judicial District's Attorney's Office when it's completed.
They say the two Espanola police officers involved have been interviewed by State Police investigators.
Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide - The Associated Press & The Daily Times
The death of a driver who was shot by a federal officer in Farmington in March has been ruled a homicide. The Daily Times reports that the Office of the Medical Investigator says John Marszalek died from the gunshot and multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the throat.
Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs - The Associated Press
A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.