Matthew Reichbach reports that US Sen. Martin Heinrich put a hold on the Intelligence Authorization Act over what his office calls a “massive expansion of government surveillance.”
Inmate Lawsuit Settlements Revealed
The firm that had been managing health care services for the New Mexico Corrections Department paid out more than $4.5 million to settle inmate lawsuits since 2007.
Corizon faced more than 150 lawsuits filed by some 200 inmates in the nine years it had the contract, a sharp increase in the rate of inmate filings during the 2004-07 tenure of the previous provider, Wexford Health Sources, which the state fired over concerns about the quality of its medical care.Former APS Superintendent Found Not Guilty
Yesterday, a jury in Denver found Jason Martinez, a controversial former Albuquerque Public Schools deputy superintendent, not guilty on child sexual assault charges. Martinez resigned after it was discovered he never underwent a background check at APS and left Colorado in violation of his release conditions.
Santa Fe County Budget Approved
Justin Horwath reports, “Santa Fe County commissioners unanimously approved a $338.6 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a meeting Tuesday.”
County Manager Katherine Miller told commissioners that the county’s reserves were healthy and would help cushion it against emergencies such as natural disasters, economic downturns or less help from the state, which is going through a budget crunch. She credited the board’s reserve policy, which calls for savings above state requirements, and said that one result has been better ratings from bond agencies.Opera Has Rich History
Santa Fe Opera hits a big milestone. SFR's John Stege reports it’s turning 60 this year.
Swim, Run, Bike and Fish. Go Outside with SFR
If you’re into the outdoors, you’ll want to check out SFR’s Outdoor Issue this week. Check out some cool place to go play over the 4th of July weekend.
Bear Attack Victim Wants Law Changed
Speaking of the outdoors, a woman runner mauled by a black bear in the Valles Calderas a couple of weeks ago wants to help change the law the forces officials kill to animals who attack people in some situations.
Groups Want Trapping Expansion Haulted
Meanwhile, Deborah Baker reports, “Animal protection groups are suing the state in federal court, trying to block a major expansion of cougar trapping they say would also illegally snag endangered Mexican wolves and jaguars.”