Albuquerque City Council Oks Police Agreement – The Associated Press
The Albuquerque City Council has endorsed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department aimed at overhauling the troubled police department of New Mexico's most populous city amid accusations of excessive force.
The council approved the plan on an 8-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday evening. City officials are to sign it next week.
Judge Orders Fast Track For NM Water Panel Dispute - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
A judge yesterday ordered a fast-track process for determining whether a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission subcommittee violated the state Open Meetings Act regarding the future of the Gila River.
A week ago, state District Judge Raymond Ortiz issued a temporary restraining order preventing the commission from taking any action on the Gila River projects.
Deputy Accused In Fatal Shooting Expected In Court – The Associated Press
Court documents say a New Mexico sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy told police, "I shot the guy" after officers arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel.
Records and 911 recordings released yesterday revealed new details about the shooting. Authorities allege Santa Fe County Deputy Tai Chan fatally shot fellow Deputy Jeremy Martin after a night of drinking and arguing.
Navajo High Court Orders Election Postponed – The Associated Press
The Navajo Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the tribe's presidential election and an immediate reprint of ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.
The decision Thursday came as a result of a petition to enforce a disqualification order against Chris Deschene.
Albuquerque Mayor Wants Action To Keep Officers - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants the city and the state to take action to prevent the loss of more than a fifth of the city's police force to retirements over the next two years.
Berry told the Albuquerque Journal during an interview that the city stands to lose 200 officers and still see at least 100 of them retire even if the financial incentives for them to stay are provided.
NM Water Panel Accused Of Violating Meetings Act – The Associated Press
The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.
Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe yesterday. He's seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.
Mora County Continues Oil And Gas Drilling Ban – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
Mora County commissioners have voted to continue a ban on oil and gas drilling that has triggered lawsuits from the oil industry but brought out a passionate defense from local residents concerned about pollution.
Artesia Mayor: Dozens Freed From Immigrant Center – The Associated Press
The mayor of a New Mexico city where immigration authorities are holding nearly 500 detainees says dozens of immigrants have been released.
Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch told The Associated Press that 68 detainees were released and around 14 were deported last week. He says federal immigration officials reported around 479 detainees remain at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia and more expected to arrive in the coming days.
Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday In New Mexico – The Associated Press
New Mexicans can start casting ballots in general election races although Election Day remains several weeks away.
Voters can go to their county clerk's office starting Tuesday to cast ballots. That's also the final day for New Mexicans to register to vote and clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots requested by voters.
Yesterday’s mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons was called off due to wind. More than 100 balloons had already been inflated when officials called it. Those balloons became part of an impromptu static display.
About 550 pilots are taking part in this year's Balloon Fiesta, which runs until October 12th.
Recording Shows Officer Promising To Shoot Suspect - The Associated Press and KOB TV
Two hours before an Albuquerque police officer fatally shot a homeless camper, which sparked violent protest in the city, he was recorded saying he would shoot the suspect in the penis.
A recording broadcast by KOB-TV shows Keith Sandy telling a state police officer that James Boyd was a "lunatic" and he was going to shot the man struggling with mental illness "in the penis with a shotgun here in a second."
Food Stamp Changes Exclude Some Counties, Tribes – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
A state agency for now is exempting several New Mexico counties and about a dozen Native American tribes and pueblos from new work-related rules for participation in the food stamp nutrition-assistance program.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that counties being excluded from the rules include Luna, McKinley and Mora and that the tribes and pueblos being exempted include the Navajo Nation.
Rains Ease New Mexico's Short-Term Drought – The Associated Press
Heavy rain and flooding have hammered parts of New Mexico over the past week, but all the moisture hasn't been enough to scare the drought away.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say the southern third of New Mexico has seen 200 percent or more of its average rainfall so far this month, but nearly 70 percent of the state is still dealing with some degree of drought.