We have reported some hopeful signs for the lagging local economy. Oil wells drilled recently in the Lybrook area are showing promising productivity that could inject new life into the oil and gas industry. Encana and WPX Energy have said they intend to invest millions this year that could kick off increased drilling activity in the Mancos Shale formation.
Some are hopeful that this could jump start the local economy. Few expect miracles, but reversing the trend would be welcome.
A federal snowpack report Monday showed that the Upper Rio Grande Basin -- a key water source for the Rio Grande -- sat at about 90 percent of normal for this point in the season.
And while that might seem positive, experts said the figure is on a downward trend.
Now, almost three years later, La Mesa is suing the state's racing commission, and leveling a serious accusation: That La Mesa's plans were "purposefully sabotaged" by a commissioner who was friendly with a rival racetrack and casino operator.
The suit also accuses four other commissioners of letting the clock run out on La Mesa's license.
Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, has introduced a proposal, Senate Bill 1, to the New Mexico Legislature that allocates $250,000 to the state land office in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 in order to assess the feasibility of purchasing lands currently held by the Bureau of Land Management.
Eddy and Lea Counties hold some scattered plots of BLM land that Powell is potentially eyeing as a way to add to the state's portfolio of managed land and designate its profits for use by early childhood education. Of the 9 million acres of surface state trust land, none of the money is designated to fund preschool and kindergarten.
A battle over whether the Sunland Park mayor's seat should appear on an upcoming city ballot has caused the City Council to miss a key election-related filing deadline in December.
That lapse is drawing the attention of state officials, including the secretary of state, and is raising questions about the legal implications for the city.