Farmington Deputy Shooting Ruled Homicide - The Associated Press & The Daily Times
The death of a driver who was shot by a federal officer in Farmington in March has been ruled a homicide. The Daily Times reports that the Office of the Medical Investigator says John Marszalek died from the gunshot and multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to the throat.
Report: New Mexico Prisons Need $277M In Repairs - The Associated Press
A new legislative report says New Mexico's state-run prison system has a $277 million backlog of needed infrastructure repairs.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Legislative Finance Committee report released Thursday says prisons have holes in cell walls and floors, and flawed electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. The report says some of the problems could pose security threats to both inmates and correctional officers.
VA Officials Address Wait Times For NM Veterans - The Associated Press
Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico say they have identified at least 21 people who died while waiting to see a doctor amid an investigation into lapses in care.
Authorities have not determined whether any of the deaths were related to a lack of care. They said Tuesday during a news conference that each case is being reviewed in detail to determine the circumstances.
State Police: Española Officer Shoots Teenager – The Associated Press
A fatal shooting of an armed teenager by an Española police officer is under investigation by New Mexico State Police.
Authorities say two Española officers on Sunday responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with a person identified as 16-year-old Victor Vialpando of Española.
Mora Commissioner Behind Fracking Ban Defeated - The Albuquerque Journal and The Associated Press
The driving force behind an ordinance that made a northern New Mexico county the first in the country to ban fracking lost his seat in this week's primary, raising new questions about the future of the ordinance.
General Election Race For Governor Under Way – The Associated Press
Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.
King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.
New Mexico Democrats To Pick Gubernatorial Nominee – The Associated Press
New Mexico Democrats choose among five candidates for governor in a primary election to decide who will challenge Republican incumbent Susana Martinez, a rising star in GOP circles as the nation's first Hispanic female governor.
Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque Police - The Associated Press
Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.
About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.
Feds Say It Could Take 2 Years To Seal Nuke Dump - The Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Energy says it could take two years or more to meet a state order to seal off potentially dangerous containers at its troubled underground nuclear waste dump.
In a filing with the New Mexico Energy Department on Friday, officials detailed the work and gave broad ranges that indicate it could take a minimum of about 100 work weeks — and possibly twice that long — to secure the rooms at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
Marijuana Changes Pushed In Santa Fe, Albuquerque – The Associated Press
Two groups have started petition drives aimed at putting measures that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in New Mexico's two largest cities before voters.
The Drug Policy Alliance and Progress Now New Mexico say they have filed petitions with the city clerks in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and plan to collect the required signatures to have the measures considered.
New Mexico Says 57 Nuke Containers Could Be Threat - The Associated Press
The New Mexico Environment Department says Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 containers of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter thought to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled repository.
Department Secretary Ryan Flynn on Monday gave the lab two days to submit a plan for fixing the problem, saying the barrels may "present an imminent and substantial threat" to public health and the environment.
Police Promote Commander In 'Excessive Force' Case - The Associated Press
Albuquerque police have promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man's ear with a stun gun.
Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden announced Thursday he was promoting two Albuquerque commanders to the newly created rank of major in response to a harsh U.S. Justice Department report critical of Albuquerque police's use of force.
WIPP Investigators Find Melted Plastic, Rubber – The Associated Press, Carlsbad Current Argus
UPDATE: A mysterious radiation release that has indefinitely shuttered the federal government's only permanent nuclear waste dump may have been caused by a switch in the type of kitty litter that is mixed with the toxic waste.
That's one of the theories that officials are exploring.
Court Overturns Mentally Disabled Man's Conviction - The Associated Press
A federal appeals court has overturned a Navajo Nation resident's conviction in a sex-crime case, ruling that his confession to law enforcement agents was involuntary and shouldn't have been used during his trial.