- Welcome to 2014! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve. Me, I stayed home and enjoyed the fireworks (and lots and lots of guns fired into the air) from around the city.
- It is unclear how many New Mexicans enrolled in health care through the Affordable Care Act.
- The Farmington Daily-Times looks forward to 2014.
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.
- KRQE looks at Innovate ABQ.
- Farmers want more snow this winter. After a promising beginning, this winter has been "mediocre" for snow.
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.
- Santa Fe mayoral candidates have differing views on how minimum wage increases are calculated.
- New Mexico job growth is "barely registering" according to the Albuquerque Journal.
- The lawyer for the owners of a horse slaughter plant says AG Gary King is just grandstanding when it comes to his lawsuit seeking to stop the controversial plant from opening.
- A lawsuit from those behind a scuttled racino in Raton are blaming the racing commission of "sabotage."
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.
- The lawyer says the plant could open as early as Tuesday.
- An overhaul of the state GED test will be unveiled today.
- The Carlsbad Current-Argus looks at the possibility that the State Land Office could purchase land from the Bureau of Land Management.
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.
- The State Land Commissioner supports a proposed national monument around the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall introduced legislation to designate the area as a national monument. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents the area, does not support the designation.
- Another big settlement for Albuquerque Police Department. This one is over a "secret" arrest where they did not even file a police report.
- Good job, Sunland Park.
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.
- The fired president of Santa Fe Community College cited the Whistleblower Act as she seeks to get her job back.
- Despite high profile homicides, murders were actually down in 2013 in Albuquerque.
- Was your inbox inundated with requests for donations from politicians and other groups? Steve Terrell's was too.
- The state's JTIP program approved nearly $400,000 for 24 new jobs and training.
- The Los Alamos Daily Post wrote about the news highlights of 2013 in Los Alamos.
- The Los Alamos Monitor recapped the top public safety stories of 2013.
- The Deming Headlight finished up their year-in-review with a look at the stories from September through December.
- The top news story of 2013 for eastern New Mexico was the closing of Sunland, Inc. according to the Portales News-Tribune.
- The Cibola Beacon looks back at 2013.
- The Santa Fe Reporter looks at the plastic bag ban in Santa Fe and how questions about enforcement remain.
- The village of Questa's entire police force is retiring. Of course, it's only one man. The village is looking for a replacement.
- New Mexico will be a category on Jeopardy tomorrow.
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