Vandalism Found In Petroglyph National Monument – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Graffiti and other vandalism have been found in a section of the Petroglyph National Monument in west Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that monument Superintendent Dennis Vásquez was exploring a section of the monument last week when he found debris, evidence of campfires, motorcycle tracks and graffiti.
New Mexico Website Drops Easy Scanning Feature On Lobbyists – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico's online system for tracking lobbyists' spending on legislators is not as transparent as it used to be.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a recent change in the website operated by the Secretary of State's Office no longer makes it easy to scan reports in which lobbyists must report expenditures larger than $500 within 48 hours.
Pilots In Helium-Filled Balloon Land Safely In Mexico - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press
Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico on Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean.
The pilots landed off Baja California about 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, greeted by a team of balloon enthusiasts who assisted with the landing. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.
Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways –Associated Press
Forecasters predict heavy snow in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations as a winter storm moves across northern and central New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation reported difficult driving conditions Friday morning on some highways, including Interstate 25 between Rowe and Watrous. That stretch of I-25 is wet, snow-packed and icy in spots, and crews are out plowing, salting and cindering.
New Mexico Land Commissioner Puts The Brakes On SunZia –Associated Press
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.
Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. He says that will give his office time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands.
Lawmakers Concerned About New Mexico's Unbalanced Books – The Associated Press
New Mexico's top finance officials say the state's checkbook is out of balance to the tune of $100 million.
Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Monday. He says that amount is his agency's best guess at the discrepancy between the state's general cash ledger and what it actually has in the bank.
Difficult Conditions Reported On Some New Mexico Highways – The Associated Press
Snowplows have been working to clear northern New Mexico highways of snow and ice from a major winter storm.
Difficult driving conditions are reported in much of northeast New Mexico and along I-40 east to the Texas line. Severe driving conditions are reported in the southeast. See NMRoads.com or call 5-1-1 for the latest information.
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.