that will have a small team of reporters to cover New Mexico news and politics. It is a great opportunity and one that I would not have been able to do without my experience at NM Telegram. And I would not have been able to keep NM Telegram running without all of you readers.
After this Wednesday, I won't be writing Morning Word, but you'll still read it on The Santa Fe Reporter on December 1. Yes, that soon. Friend of the blog Peter St. Cyr has signed on to take over for me, and I'm sure he will do a great job.
reporter Barry Massey is also leaving for a new position. Massey
. The commission took the action on the controversial issue on Monday after a series of delays. This doesn't mean that construction will start right away — or possibly ever.
The decision frees up $62 million in federal money for the project, though state officials acknowledged it could take decades before anything is built. The decision launches a major federal review, which will include analyses under the federal Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. No formal federal decision is likely until at least 2019, state staff told the commission.
Brad Udall, a water policy scholar at Colorado State University, describes the West’s water problems as a collision among 19th century law, 20th century engineering and 21st century realities. The Augustin Plains Ranch questions are a great example.
. The grievance said that Begaye did not have "unswerving loyalty" to the tribe because of his work as a shareholder representative for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Co. It will be appealed the state Supreme Court.
Gaming compacts could very well be a theme of this year's legislative session. The state legislature
The Acoma and Pojoaque pueblos and the Navajo, Mescalero and Jicarilla tribes are seeking to renew their compacts while the Zuni and Jemez pueblos, which do not currently have gaming, are looking for new compacts to allow gaming on their lands.
At least it's a 60-day session.
Harvey Yates Jr., a former Republican Party of New Mexico head,
over campaign finance laws passed recently. He says they helped Susana Martinez in two ways: allowing Gary King to win the Democratic primary because of name recognition and allowing Susana Martinez to raise more money because of the same reason.
. The situation between the Republican mayor and the new Democratic majority isn't as cozy as when Republicans had a majority. An override of any of the legislation seems unlikely, as a Republican would need to change their mind from their original votes.
. Voters decided not to retain Raphaelson, who was appointed in 2009, but Raphaelson says that she should not have been on the ballot but put her name on the ballot anyway.
Assistant Attorney General Scott Fuqua wrote in writ of quo warranto filed Friday with the Supreme Court that Raphaelson “miscalculated the length of her term. Because she inherited a six-year term two years after it had begun, she was properly subject to retention in the 2014 general election. But even if her retention election was held two years early, [Raphaelson] voluntarily subjected herself to that election and is bound by its results.”
. Arguments for the use of body cameras on police officers throughout the country have become more prominent following a series of high profile incidents involving police, including one in Albuquerque earlier this year.
at a city council meeting after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Mayor Pro Tem Greg Smith said he'd like more-solid information about how many businesses would be affected by the exemptions and how many businesses earn less than $500,000 per year, one of the proposed exemptions. He noted the city doesn't have access to state or federal tax data.
Incoming Minority Leader Brian Egolf is making the media rounds,
Asked if his caucus would look to the old House Republican tactics that included filibusters and other methods to hold up Democratic legislation, Egolf responds that "it’s way too early to say what we’re going to be doing on any particular issue." But he hints at a strategy. He says this of his role as minority leader: "Trying to define as clearly as possible what it means to be Democrat."
“Hospitals in rural areas are very important to the health and safety of New Mexicans, and they play an important role in their communities,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Many of the hospitals take part in very important projects to make improvements in their community.”
A scientist who used to work at Sandia National Labs