College President Warns Budget Problems May Force Cuts – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The president of the community college serving the Albuquerque area says fiscal belt-tightening might have to include cuts of low-enrollment classes.
Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd told employees and staff that she believes proposed increases in state funding are optimistic and that higher education could actually face funding cuts.
Police: Another Albuquerque Officer Involved In Shooting - The Associated Press
Police say an Albuquerque officer has fatally shot a man who had just fired at officers.
Tuesday's shooting marks the department's third this year and comes a day after Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced she was seeking murder charges against two officers for the March shooting of a homeless man.
US Calls For Improved Ventilation At Troubled Nuclear Dump – The Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Energy says more needs to be done to improve ventilation for workers at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
The contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has already acknowledged that air filters used to remove particles following a radiation leak in February have restricted the airflow in the underground working area.
Police: Albuquerque Cop Shot During Traffic Stop – The Associated Press
Albuquerque police say an officer was shot as he was attempting to conduct an overnight traffic stop, and a search is underway for the gunman.
Police spokesman Tanner Tixier says the driver of a car that was being pulled over at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officer. Tixier says the officer was shot twice but was able to return fire. He is expected to survive. It's not known if the gunman was struck.
Martinez To Start 2nd Term As New Mexico Governor – The Associated Press
A public inauguration ceremony for Gov. Susan Martinez is planned New Year's Day at the State Capitol.
This time, she's taking the show inside.
The Republican is scheduled to take the oath of office for her second term inside the House chamber while Santa Fe battles freezing temperatures. Martinez held her first inauguration ceremony four years ago outside in frigid weather.
Fort Union Monument To Get Resident Artist – The Associated Press
Officials at Fort Union National Monument have teamed up the National Parks Arts Foundation as the nonprofit group works to expand its artist-in-residence program to parks and monuments across the country.
The application process started Friday. It will be up to a group of curators and advisers to choose the artist for Fort Union.
Winter Weather Advisory For Snow – National Weather Service
A winter weather advisory for snow remains in effect until 6 pm MST. 1 to 2 inches of additional snow over the Santa Fe Metro Area and surrounding high country and over the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Up to an inch of additional snow over the western and southwestern high country.
Areas of snow, heavy at times, will continue through the morning before tapering off around noon. Snow impacts this afternoon will be primarily limited to higher
Water Table Drops As Drought Forces More Pumping – The Associated Press
The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain.
Experts tell the El Paso Times that has resulted in the groundwater levels dropping in the region as much as 200 feet in the past 10 years.
Police Shootings, Politics Top NM Headlines – The Associated Press
Officers surrounded James Boyd as they tried to talk him into surrendering from his campsite in the Sandia foothills. He told officers he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him.
The standoff dragged on for hours, with Boyd threatening to kill officers at one point. Video from a helmet camera shows him gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.
Man Killed In Las Cruces Police Shooting – The Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun-News
Authorities say police shot and killed a man after an hourslong manhunt and standoff in Las Cruces.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that police spokesman Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez says officers were called to a fight around noon Monday on La Fonda Street. A man fled in a stolen Ford pickup. Police say they believe he was armed.
New Mexico Lawmakers Propose Minimum Wage Hike – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
New Mexico legislators are again proposing increases in the state's minimum wage.
Democratic Sen. Clemente Sanchez has introduced a bill to raise the current hourly minimum wage of $7.50 to $8.30. Democratic Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela of Santa Fe has one to raise the minimum to $10.10.
Another NM Immigrant Licenses Repeal Effort Begins – The Associated Press
Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.
Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal yesterday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.
14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants - The Associated Press
Fourteen cities ranging from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jerusalem are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues.
New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday. They'll receive from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years.