The Democratic primary for governor is coming into (slightly) more relief.
NM Telegram wrote about candidates who are either saying they are running or who are considering runs -- Attorney General Gary King is already in the race and State Sen. Linda Lopez is all-but in the race.
Meanwhile, Peter St. Cyr wrote for NM Telegram about the Albuquerque mayoral campaign finance reports
. The highlights are a quarter of a million dollars for incumbent mayor Richard Berry.
Pete Dinelli received more money -- but it was public financing money.
One challenger -- Paul Heh -- hasn't raised any money ad says he will not until he qualifies for the ballot.
On to the Word:
- Want to see why no top-tier Republican wants to take on Tom Udall? Well, in addition to being very popular in the state, he already has a nearly $1 million war chest according to the AP. Steve Pearce has more than $600,000 to keep his safe Republican seat while Michelle Lujan Grisham boasts $213,000 and Ben Ray Lujan has $386,000 cash on hand.
- There will be upped security at the Sunport following the attack in Boston.
- Because of no Monday edition of the Word, this wasn't posted before, but documents show that a hunting trip by First Gentleman Chuck Franco cost the state thousands of dollars in security costs from state police salary and overtime. What makes this a bigger story is the refusal of the administration to release the documents.
The documents were part of a public information request originally made 10 months ago by Independent Source PAC, a liberal political group that has been critical of the Martinez administration. Media organizations, including The New Mexican, later joined the records request.
- New Mexico Compass looks at the messages from Albuquerque mayoral candidates.
- The Journal North reports on the lack of trash collection in Pecos because of budget cuts.
- Energy was the focus of Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley's State of the Nation address, the Farmington Daily-News reported.
- There will be no gun buyback program from the city of Albuquerque as there has been in the city of Santa Fe and Bernalillo County.
- Do you have overdue bills? Well, at least you're not the Village of Angel Fire. The Taos News:
The Village of Angel Fire owes Kit Carson Electric Cooperative $51,772.53 for past-due electricity charges and late fees, according to municipal documents dated March 18.
The outstanding balance includes $48,359.82 in unpaid service charges and $3,412.71 in late fees, the documents state.
- Los Alamos County is grappling with reduced services because of reduced revenues.
A 19 percent reduction in gross receipts tax revenues has resulted in a 13 percent decrease in the general fund and hit some programs even harder.
Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan will be returning to council on April 30 to talk about the impact on the healthcare assistance program (the indigent fund), which is largely funded through GRT. A $394,000 — or 19 percent reduction —in revenue is projected just as demands are higher than ever.
- The Raton Range reports on the dispute over electric rate changes from a wholesaler to some electric cooperatives.
An electricity wholesaler that is proposing to change its rate structure — resulting in a cost increase for some electric cooperatives and their customers in Colfax County and other parts of northeast New Mexico — is seeking approval of the new rate structure from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission while also claiming in federal court that the state agency has no jurisdiction over the rates charged by the Colorado power provider.
- The Mora County Manager is out of a job, the Las Vegas Optic reports:
By a 2-1 vote, the Mora County Commission fired County Manager Thomas Sanchez last week, just four days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed the state capital outlay bill that earmarks $1.85 million for the stalled county complex.
Commission Chairman John P. Olivas and Vice Chairman Alfonso J. Griego voted to terminate Sanchez at last Tuesday’s meeting, while Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the move.
- The Lincoln County Commission approved $4.3 million for work on the county courthouse.
- Daily Drought Digest (thanks to Mark for the suggestion on the name):
V.B. Price examines the potential priority call from the Carlsbad Irrigation District.
Meanwhile, John Fleck reports the Carlsbad Irrigation District is releasing water to farmers.
- Capitol Report New Mexico writes about the impending parking situation at the First Judicial District Courthouse.
- Media News:
New Mexico In Depth has a new website, which I like better than the old site. I am not a fan of sites with rotating stories up top.
- New Mexico Mercury's V.B. Price has another edition of Insight New Mexico, this one with New Mexico Music Commissioner Rick Huff.
- There is an epidemic of copper thefts in Roswell.
- NMSU Presidential candidates will participate in public forums, the AP reports.
- The bomb threat in Deming on Monday originated from out of town, the Deming Headlight reports.
- A murder suspect was denied his Miranda rights by Farmington police officers, the state Supreme Court ruled. NM Capitol Report:
Donovan King was charged with murder in the May 2011 beating death of Kevin Lossiah. King told Detective Paul Martinez he did not want to talk following his arrest. King said he was drunk on vodka, but Martinez persisted, saying at one point, "Well, intoxication isn't one of the reasons you can't talk to us."
- From Milan's Board of Trustees meeting:
From Rio Rancho:
The Board of Trustees discussed prairie dogs and Alka-Seltzer, water issues, and illegal dumping last week.