Morning Word: Roswell school shooting rocks the state
And the rest of New Mexico's news...
January 15, 2014, 8:00 am
- The big story of the day in the state was a school shooting in Roswell where a student shot and injured two students and a school employee. The students were transported to a hospital in Lubbock while the employee suffered only minor injuries and refused treatment.
- Here is the Albuquerque Journal story.
State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said at an evening news conference that the suspect allegedly sawed off the gun’s wood stock, put it in a bag and smuggled it into the school. He said he didn’t know where the gun came from, but added that it was “definitely concealed and covertly smuggled into that school.”
Kassetas also said police had “preliminary information” that the suspect had warned several students not to go to school on Tuesday.
- New Mexico Telegram looked at responses from elected officials and school union heads and spoke to a former CYFD employee -- on the condition on anonymity.
Although the governor insisted nobody could have prevented the boy’s death, the former CYFD worker disagrees. CYFD had options, he says, and he doesn’t understand why they were not utilized. He said there needs to be a full investigation of this failure.
“I don’t think the system is working the way it should,” he concludes. “I saw the system work for six years, and then not work for 2 1/2 years. The difference was management and how they care about their employees. Upper management doesn’t seem to care about that.”
- New Mexico Mercury is the latest to look at the death of Omaree Varela and the CYFD may have played in it.
- Rep. Zach Cook, R-Ruidoso, will be getting a primary opponent according to the Ruidoso News.
But the biggest bombshell was the decision of the Party Chairman Jim Lowrance, 54, to step down from that position and to seek the party nomination in the June primary for state representative from District 56, currently filled by attorney Zach Cook, a Republican who is seeking his third two-year term.
- Good news for coverage of the legislative session: The Santa Fe Reporter has beefed up its legislative reporting. Steve Terrell will be there, of course. He writes:
Milan Simonich and I have been office-mates at the Capitol for about two years. He was the Roundhouse reporter for the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers chain during that time, but now he's working for us. He's started a new blog called Ringside Seat, which I recommend you follow.
Staci Matlock and Robert Nott will join in when needed as well.
Also joining us here is Patrick Malone, who has covered the Colorado state Legislature for several years before coming to The New Mexican.
- A poll for Common Cause New Mexico shows that the public sees a problem with big money in politics, including:
80 percent of New Mexico voters statewide believe the influence that large campaign donors have on politicians is either a very serious problem or somewhat serious problem.
- Capitol Report New Mexico looks at the debate over how to save the New Mexico lottery program.
- Young people in New Mexico are signing up for health care at a lower rate than most of the nation.
- The Santa Fe Reporter has the full video of the second Santa Fe mayoral debate.
- A bill to name a replacement for the Navajo Nation council Speaker is removed from office has been filed. Speaker Johnny Naize is facing charges of conspiracy and bribery.
- Lawsuits to stop a horse slaughterhouse may not matter. A proposed Congressional budget would effectively ban horse slaughterhouses.
The spending bill released Monday night would effectively reinstate a federal ban on horse slaughter by cutting funding for inspections at equine facilities.
- The national labs and military installations in the state would get a big boost from the same budget.
- The Santa Fe ordinance to ban plastic bags is facing changes and delays before it goes into effect.
- City of Tucumcari officials moved back a meeting to decide on a replacement for an ousted city commissioner to Friday.
- There is a proposed geothermal plant touted for southern New Mexico.
- Voters in Aztec will decide whether or not to use gross receipts funds to go towards promoting economic development.
- There are layoffs and furloughs at Emcore in Albuquerque.
- Environmental groups ranked the legislators.