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.
Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off At Forum – The Associated Press
Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King disagreed over the economy and schools in their first appearance together at a candidate forum in New Mexico's race for governor.
King criticized Martinez for presiding over the "worst economy in the country," and said New Mexico has lagged behind other states in job growth.
Martinez jabbed at King for supporting tax increases to balance the budget two decades when he served in the Legislature.
Marijuana Ballot Dispute Before Federal Court – The Associated Press
A federal court is to consider whether it will referee a legal fight over New Mexico's largest county trying to place nonbinding questions over marijuana and taxes on the November general election ballot.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Molzen has scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon in a dispute between Bernalillo County and Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
Group Levels Abuse Allegations Against NM Dairy – The Associated Press
Undercover video showing workers at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals, has led to a state investigation into possible animal cruelty violations.
The New Mexico Livestock Board confirms it has launched an investigation into the practices at the Winchester Dairy near Dexter.
New Mexico Vets' Personal Information Compromised – The Associated Press
Officials with the New Mexico VA Health Care System say the personal identifying information of thousands of veterans may have been compromised.
The agency says it is notifying more than 2-thousand 600 veterans that a folder with their names and Social Security numbers was found in a women's restroom on July 30th at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.
State Workers Face Delay In Court-Ordered Back Pay – The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
Gov. Susana Martinez says thousands of state workers owed back pay to resolve a union contract dispute are finally about to get their money.
The state Supreme Court ruled last year that 10,000 current or former employees are entitled to retroactive pay increases because former Gov. Bill Richardson's administration didn't follow union contracts in distributing 2008 salary money.
APD Chief Says City Stuck With Bad Officers – USA Today
Albuquerque’s Chief of Police Gorden Eden told the national newspaper USA Today that it will be difficult to reform the Albuquerque Police Department because it is stuck with officers who shouldn't be on the force.
Albuquerque Police Shooting Contest To Draw Rally – The Associated Press
Activists say they will protest a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque — with water guns.
A coalition of groups has scheduled a march and rally Sunday where advocates are slated to shoot mock targets with water guns and Nerf darts.
The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."
Governor: New Mexico Competitive For Tesla Plant – The Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to electric car maker Tesla Motors but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla's headquarters in California.
There was no reporting on why the Governor had not been notified of the decision by Tesla as it was being widely reported in advance of the official announcement.
Albuquerque Council Proposes New Ballot Package – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The Albuquerque City Council now wants voters to decide three ballot questions in November, but they won't include reducing penalties for possessing marijuana or imposing a tax increase for social services.
Mayor Richard Berry last week vetoed a package of measures that included the marijuana and tax questions, and the council late Wednesday adopted a new resolution that includes three less-controversial items.