Commission To Select NM Chief Public Defender - Associated Press
An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state's chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer.
The commission meets Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.
NM Not Offering Aid To Reopen Federal Parks - Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez's administration isn't considering offering state money to try to reopen popular tourism stops in the national park system closed because of the federal government shutdown.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said in a statement that national parks are a federal responsibility and the failure "to perform even basic functions like funding government operations is a sign of the terrible dysfunction and inability to work together in Washington."
Heinrich Proposal To Expand Access To Public Lands - Associated Press
New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich is proposing legislation to expand access to federal lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation.
Heinrich introduced the measure last week in Washington, D.C., and said it will require federal agencies to identify lands they manage that lack routes for public access. The agencies will have to develop a plan for access to those lands with a significant recreational potential.
King Disagrees With Governor On Same-sex Marriage - The Associated Press
Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
King, who's running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it's a civil right issue.
NM Regulators Approve Water Protection Rules - Associated Press
New Mexico regulators have approved a proposed set of rules aimed at protecting groundwater at copper mines despite claims by the attorney general's office that the proposal contradicts existing state law.
Tuesday's hearing before the state Water Quality Control Commission marked the culmination of months of wrangling over how best to deal with potential contamination at mining sites.
Duncan To Tout New Preschool Plan During NM Visit - Associated Press
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to tout the Obama administration's new preschool plan during his visit to New Mexico.
On Monday, Duncan is traveling to Santa Fe as part of his back-to-school bus tour. One of his topics will be the president's proposal to spend $75 billion over 10 years to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds in the U.S.
Court Upholds PRC's Energy Efficiency Decision - Associated Press
The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding a decision by state regulators to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to earn a profit on operating expenses related to the utility's energy conservation programs.
The court issued its ruling Thursday, saying the decision by the Public Regulation Commission was consistent with state law.
NM County Prepares For Same-sex Marriages Hearing - The Associated Press
The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.