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.
Mary Han's Family Appeals Over Her 2010 Death – The Associated Press
The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney found dead in her garage is appealing a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit that accused police and city officials of mishandling the probe of her death.
An attorney for the daughter and sister of Mary Han yesterday filed a notice of appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
UNM To Use Grant To Help Student Journalists – The Associated Press and Daily Lobo
University of New Mexico will use a $35,000 grant to help student journalists get their work published and read throughout the state.
The Daily Lobo reports the school's Communication and Journalism Department recently received the Online News Association grant and have used it to build an online news portal called New Mexico News Port.
Audit: NM Agencies Have $10M In Military Gear – The Associated Press
Records show a U.S. Defense Department program which loans local law enforcement agencies surplus military gear has sent over 10-million dollars worth of weapons, helicopters and armored vehicles to New Mexico.
Documents show the Defense Department's "1033 program" has sent Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to small agencies like Clovis police and New Mexico State University Police.
Albuquerque Mayor Considers Veto On Pot Measure – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry reportedly is seriously considering a veto of at least part of a package of city ballot measures that include a marijuana decriminalization proposal and a tax measure that Berry opposes.
Berry has 10 days to act from when he formally receives the resolution that the City Council approved Monday night to put five proposals on the ballot.
Bishops Criticize New Mexico Plan On Food Stamps - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
Roman Catholic bishops are criticizing the plan of Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to again impose work-related requirements on some low-income New Mexicans trying to qualify for food stamps.
Bishops Sheehan of the Santa Fe Diocese, James Wall of the Gallup Diocese and Oscar Cantu of the Las Cruces Diocese say the plan might be defensible when the economy is strong but that they say it's unconscionable during the current weak economy.
Nuke Dump Worker Sues Over Smoke Inhalation – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
A worker at the troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico is suing over smoke inhalation injuries from an underground fire in the storage facility.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that William Utter filed the lawsuit in May, three months after the Feb. 5 incident in which a salt-hauling truck caught fire below the surface at the now-shuttered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Delay Urged On Medical Marijuana Program Changes - The Associated Press and Santa Fe New Mexican
A state hearing officer says New Mexico should delay making changes to its medical marijuana program.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that hearing officer Susan Hapka recommends that current rules remain unchanged until an advisory board makes its own recommendations and another public hearing is held.
Energy Secretary To Visit Troubled Nuke Dump - The Associated Press
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling to southeastern New Mexico to visit the government's troubled nuclear waste dump.
Moniz is scheduled to arrive in Carlsbad this evening, where he will participate in a town hall meeting to talk with residents about the radiation leak and a truck fire that have shuttered the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant since February.
Test Scores In New Mexico Lower Than 5 Years Ago – The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was five years ago.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That's down 4 percentage points since 2010.