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November 5, 2013, 8:00 am
By Matthew Reichbach
  • Two behavioral health providers agreed to pay back $4.2 million in over-payments to the state.
  • While campaigning for Chris Christie in New Jersey, Gov. Susana Martinez said that the United States is overdue for a female President.
    Martinez has echoed this line of thought previously when explaining why she won’t run for president, but in Monday’s interview she did not answer directly when asked if she would consider being the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee. br>
    “I’m so focused on New Mexico,” she replied.
    And that's how national speculation begins.
  • New Mexico In Depth writes about the Navajo Nation taking a chance on coal with the purchase of a coal mine near Farmington.

  • Meanwhile the Navajo Nation is hoping to place an additional tax on junk food.
    According to the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, there are approximately 25,000 Navajos who are diabetic and approximately 75,000 who are pre-diabetic. br>
    Those numbers, along with the potential for it to increase, has resulted in the bills that currently are making their way through the legislative process.
  • New Mexico Compass has an FAQ on the Albuquerque special election on the abortion issue as well as the runoff election in city council district 7.
  • KOAT looks at the ads in the late-term abortion vote from both sides.
  • The Bernalillo County Commission had a vote of no confidence against county treasurer Manny Ortiz. The county had to sell some investments at a loss because they were too long term.
  • Bernalillo County is putting its plans to consolidate offices into a single, central location on hold because of, at least in part, the investment problems at the county.
  • The police union that represents Albuquerque police officers thinks cadets should be trained to use rifles.
    Interim Police Chief Allen Banks says his department is one of the best equipped departments in the nation.

    “What [Lopez] didn't realize until our conversation this weekend is that our officers have the eligibility to qualify and be certified to carry rifles while they're on patrol,” said Banks. “You have to have years of experience on the department per SOP and you have to qualify certain percentage at the range to be able to carry a rifle.”
  • Alamogordo officials are looking at how to deal with the loss of funds due to the end of the hold harmless provision for municipalities.
  • Santa Fe city councilors are reluctant to raise the GRT because of the loss of the hold harmless provision.
  • The horse slaughter plant in Roswell is off again thanks to an injunction by a federal appeals court. We'll see where this goes after the temporary injunction.
  • The owner of the horse slaughter plant says he is receiving death threats.
  • The military wants to extend training on public lands in New Mexico.
  • Some are protesting the idea.
  • Senator Tom Udall and his cousin Mark Udall, of Colorado, introduced a bill for a nationwide renewable energy standard. The legislation would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Even if it could survive a filibuster in the Senate, the House would almost surely not even bring it up for a vote.
  • The Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau didn't recover very much money from embezzlement. The bureau asked for those who unknowingly benefited from the embezzlement to return the money. Just $1,300 was returned.
  • Stella Davis retired from the Carlsbad Current-Argus after 33 years of reporting. The Current-Argus has a pretty good look back at her career.
  • The Alamogordo City Commission is going to review the city manager's contract.
  • New Mexico had $1.2 billion in gaming revenue in 2011.
  • Carlsbad farmers said it was a good year for cotton.

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