- Former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman was honored for his decades of service as a U.S. Senator.
- Steve Terrell writes about the governor's office refusing to release public information on pay for state police related to a hunting trip by First Gentleman Chuck Franco.
Asked specifically if Franco’s hosts were connected with The Downs, Martinez spokesman Knell said no. I tend to believe him — if it’s not true, it would be incredibly damaging to Martinez when the names of these mysterious hosts finally are known. And I believe that eventually, one way or another, those names will be known.
Of course, I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that there is no connection between the hunting trip and The Downs, because state officials won’t reveal the names.
- Heath Haussamen says the Health Exchange Board needs to be more transparent. This comes after New Mexico In Depth reported on some of the problems getting public records from the newly-created health exchange board.
- The Rio Rancho Governing Body will vote on pay raises for Rio Rancho city workers. This is to bring the pay in line with the current job market.
- Milan Simonich says that John Franchini does not deserve another term heading up the department that regulates health insurance.
- New America Media looks at who profits from border security funds.
“The ultimate question here is whether the return on investment for that continued build-up is necessary,” said Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. “I think as you can you see, it’s politically necessary,” she added, placing emphasis on “politically.”
The financial payoff of border security will potentially enrich a wide-range of interests — from defense contractors, to private prison companies, to the towns and cities that house them. Indirect beneficiaries include organized crime groups such as Los Zetas who have come to dominate the human trafficking market.
- The Daily Drought and Fire Digest:
The Silver Fire is growing ever larger.
Gov. Susana Martinez wants New Mexico residents to stick to public fireworks show and not have their own private fireworks shows at home.
Martinez says the water well in Magdalena was not serviced for 45 years.
Protesters don't like that a company wants to pump thousands of gallons of water from the Sandia Basin.
Can you believe it has been ten years since a fire struck the bosque in Albuquerque? John Fleck looks at the area, ten years later.
- Gov. Martinez wants the US government to approve natural gas imports to Japan, Capitol Report New Mexico reprots. Japan is seeking new energy sources after transitioning away from nuclear power.
- Organizers in Las Vegas say they have enough signatures for a recall election against the mayor.
The Committee for Honest Government said in a news release Friday that it submitted 90 pages of petitions containing 1,557 signatures from people supporting the recall effort.
“The number is well in excess of the 937 needed to trigger a recall election and is also more than the number of votes cast for Ortiz during the last election,” the news release states.
- NM Capitol Report says Audobon New Mexico disagrees with the Martinez administration's stance on the lesser prairie chicken.
"Last week it was widely reported that Martinez's administration said the lesser prairie chicken population has stabilized, so there is no need for the bird to receive protection from the federal government. Audubon is not aware of any science that would support the conclusion that LPC populations are stable, particularly in New Mexico," the organization said in a statement Thursday.
Unrelenting drought is having detrimental effects on LPC populations, Audubon said.
- A Taos hotel owner is being protested after paying employees their last paychecks in pennies.
Mills said she told Whitten he was rude and quit her job. Mills said she felt insulted when it was time to collect her last check.
“He paid me $200 in pennies,” she said.
Mills’ daughter, Heather Switzer, said she worked for Whitten for eight months. She said Whitten paid her last check of $300 in pennies, as well.
- More people in New Mexico are seeking concealed-carry licenses.
The apparent reasons for the spike include the school shooting in December in Newtown, Conn., and the resulting push by the Obama administration and others for additional gun-control laws.
New Mexico firearms dealers, like their counterparts nationwide, have also seen a run on guns and ammunition since Newtown.
- Did you miss last week's Weekly Word podcast? Local amateur MMA fighter Andrew Tenneson was our guest.
- The Rio Rancho Observer has the latest on a possible large increase in taxes for residents of a subdivision in Rio Rancho.
- New Mexico leads the country in the percentage of businesses that are owned by Hispanics.
- A Las Cruces man is among the plaintiffs in an ACLU lawsuit challenging the federal "no-fly" list.
- The Luna Community College Board of Trustees isn't exactly all on the same page.
Tension among board members was evident at several points during Wednesday’s board meeting, but they boiled over toward the end of the three-hour meeting as the board was deciding whether the college should move forward with hiring a vice president of student services — a position that has been vacant for years — and whether the college should fill its human resources director position, which recently became vacant with the resignation of Lawrence Quintana.
After a heated discussion, the board voted 4-3 to move forward with the hiring of those two positions. Board members David Gutierrez, Daniel Romero, Kenneth Medina and Ernie Chavez voted to move forward with the hiring while Montoya and board members Tony Valdez and Frankie Tenorio voted against it.
- Feral hogs may be eliminated from Curry and Roosevelt Counties soon.
- A Las Cruces City Council work session will focus on job creation.
- The amount of cuts to food stamps was at issue when a farm bill failed in Congress.
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