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.
VA Officials Address Wait Times For NM Veterans - The Associated Press
Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico say they have identified at least 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor amid an investigation into lapses in care.
Authorities have not determined whether any of the deaths were related to a lack of care. They said Tuesday during a news conference that each case is being reviewed in detail to determine the circumstances.
State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager – The Associated Press
A fatal shooting of an armed teenager by an Española police officer is under investigation by New Mexico State Police.
Authorities say two Española officers on Sunday responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with a person identified as 16-year-old Victor Vialpando of Española.
Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated - The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press
The driving force behind an ordinance that made a northern New Mexico county the first in the country to ban fracking lost his seat in this week's primary, raising new questions about the future of the ordinance.
General Election Race For Governor Under Way – The Associated Press
Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.
King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.
New Mexico Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial Nominee – The Associated Press
New Mexico Democrats choose among five candidates for governor in a primary election to decide who will challenge Republican incumbent Susana Martinez, a rising star in GOP circles as the nation's first Hispanic female governor.
Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque Police - The Associated Press
Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.
About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.