A judge ruled that the behavioral health audit will remain under wraps -- at least for now, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. The paper and New Mexico In Depth sued to release the audit.
Here's NM Telegram's take.
- It is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, so virtually every paper in the state has a tribute and remembrance of that tragic day, many with a local angle.
The U.S Senate eliminated filibusters on judicial and executive branch nominations. New Mexico's Tom Udall was one of the biggest proponents of the move in the Senate.
He appeared on CNN to discuss the move.
"Really, this is going to be good for the country. We are going to be able to let the president have his team in place," said Democratic Sen. Tom Udall, of New Mexico. "Any president, Democrat or Republican, is entitled to have their team in place."
- Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera will not campaign for her confirmation. She will (probably) finally get a vote this session.
The people behind the abortion ban are rethinking their tactics after the failure of the ban on Tuesday, the New York Times reported.
“The signs, the graphic pictures, they hurt us much more than they helped us,” Elisa Martinez, executive director of Protect ABQ Women and Children, a local group formed to push for the measure, said in an interview on Wednesday, as she second-guessed some of the tactics used by national anti-abortion groups who joined the fight. “Instead of common-sense regulation, it became about extremism.”
- Gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber spoke to Insigh tNew Mexico, the weekly series from New Mexico Mercury.
- Santa Fe Public School superintendent Joel Boyd went off script in his State of the Schools address.
- NEA protested teacher evaluations in Alamogordo.
Cloudcroft and Alamogordo school districts joined about 30 other districts in voicing their concerns over the teacher evaluations.
He said to do a good job of implementing Common Core, A-F school grading and teacher evaluations is a three- to five-year process, but the district is doing all three within two years.
"There is only so much a small district like us can manage at one time," Dempsey said. "When we make phone calls -- and (Cloudcroft elementary and middle school principal) Robyn (Cook) can attest to this -- she will make phone calls to ask questions to the experts to get a, 'Well, I have to get back with you on that.'"
- State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini says problems with the federal healthcare website is putting 16,000 Presbyterian customers in limbo, Albuquerque Business First reported.
- Pretty awesome from the Rio Grande chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists -- the group is sponsoring a travel scholarship to pay mileage for a story.
- The APS Board voted against extended APS Superintendent Winston Brooks' contract past 2016.
- NM Capitol Report looked at the $114 million in water projects that Gov. Susana Martinez proposed.
- An audit found New Mexico's water project funding is too fragmented and legislative auditors suggest better coordination on water projects.
- Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela says New Mexico's economy is headed in the right direction.
- Former Gov. Bill Richardson is again in contact with North Korea over an American they are holding. I wonder if Dennis Rodman is on his way.
The Town of Taos has paid $165,000 in advertising for a group of radio stations in the past eight years. Which wouldn't be a big deal except the mayor of Taos owns the radio stations.
Payment records show the town was spending around $2,300 a year for ads before Córdova was elected to the council. Records show the ads were to promote high school sports and holiday events. In the following years, the ad budget with DMC increased substantially. The town paid DMC $10,400 for ads in calendar year 2006, then $22,600 in 2007, then $26,200 in 2008. Annual ad purchases have averaged $22,500 each year since.
- KUNM reported that environmentalists and cattle ranchers have some common ground when it comes to the controversial and divisive Mexican Gray Wolf issue -- they all are not happy with the federal government on the issue.
- President Barack Obama nominated Damon Martinez to be the next US Attorney in New Mexico. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich had suggested that Obama nominate Martinez earlier this year. The Senate will vote on his confirmation.
- Rio Arriba County commissioners passed a resolution to keep a tax that funds healthcare for the county's indigent.
- Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry nominated a "serial entrepeneur" as the city's new director of economic development.
- A school board meeting in Espanola pretty much ended before it began.
- August was good for businesses in Santa Fe, which means it was good for the city as money from gross receipts taxes were up 14 percent from August of 2012.
- Plans to open a new college at UNM -- the College for Social Transformation -- are moving forward, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Denise Chavez was not given a Rounders Award because she refused to pick it up at the ceremony that was held at the Governor's Mansion.
To make a long story short, Denise Chávez was never given the award. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe -- a venue that didn't exactly sit well with Denise, who is quite vocal in her opposition to Governor Martinez's anti-immigrant policies.
- A school board member in Pojoaque isn't resigning after he was caught stealing an iguana sculpture at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. He said it was a prank and, of course, that he had been drinking at the time.
- KRQE looks at the price of official headshots for public officials throughout the state.
The president of a union in Las Vegas is being charged with battery after allegedly hitting an activist. The Las Vegas Optic:
Benito Anthony Lujan, 32, who works in the city’s housing department, has been changed with battery, a petty misdemeanor for allegedly punching longtime activist Lorenzo Flores in the face. The charge stems from an Oct. 17 incident outside of KNMX radio station.
Senators Udall and Heinrich are pushing ahead on a bill to designate an area near Taos as a wilderness area.
The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by approximately 650 acres. The proposal would also modify a boundary that creates a loop trail accessible by mountain bikes along the Lost Lake trail from Taos Ski Valley to the East Fork trail to Red River, according to the senators.
The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted to raise electric rates by 8 percent.
The rate increase, along with a proposed six percent increase in FY2015, is designed to cover the costs of a 10-year capital improvements projects plan to replace aging infrastructure and cover rising energy prices and inflationary increases in operations and maintenance costs.
- Lincoln county commissioners debated what needs to be submitted by groups seeking money from lodgers taxes.
- The Warped Tour, an annual traveling concert festival, will stop in Albuquerque instead of Las Cruces next year.
- It's gonna be a cold and snowy weekend, New Mexico. Unless Mark Ronchetti lied to us. Stay safe out there.