Morning Word: Roswell shooting may lead to law changes
And the rest of New Mexico's news...
January 16, 2014, 8:00 am
- KRQE looks at legislation that may come following the tragic shooting in Roswell -- a proposal to allow up to three employees have guns in schools.
- State Rep. Sandra Jeff, D-Crownpoint, will introduce legislation to beef up security at schools. A similar bill did not clear the committee process last year.
- A consulting company thinks the state should pay for safety evaluations.
- The lawyer for a company that wants to open a horse slaughterhouse says the office of the Attorney General is letting a private attorney run its case.
"After a blatant lie by the AG's office directly to the judge that they would not be communicating with the HSUS attorney sitting behind them," Wagman passed notes to King's staff, Dunn said.
Dunn says Wagman also schooled the state lawyers on what questions to ask witnesses.
- New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall criticized a Republican filibuster of an extension of unemployment benefits.
- The Santa Fe New Mexican looked at a poll that showed the approval ratings of Gov. Susana Martinez slipping and spoke to the pollster behind the poll, Brian Sanderoff.
He pointed out that the poll was taken of registered voters, while most of the previous polls about Martinez’s job performance, including the SurveyUSA poll, were of “likely” voters. The difference? “Likely” voters tend to skew more toward Republicans, Sanderoff said. Typically, a poll of “likely” voters will have about 3 percent more Republicans participating, he said.
- Martinez visited Alamogordo on Wednesday for the groundbreaking of a desalination project.
- Leslie Linthicum takes another look at the problems with the Children, Youth and Families Department.
A week ago, I asked for an interview with CYFD Secretary Yolanda Deines to ask why she returned so much of her budget unspent – and a host of other questions – but wasn’t given one. I followed up with written questions, which weren’t answered.
Despite the agency giving back millions, Martinez is now asking for $600,000 in additional funding to add 10 new social workers.
- The loss of residents to other states probably means bad things for the state's economy.
Jack Baker, a senior research scientist with the bureau, said that while migration decisions are complicated and personal, the loss of people to other states and the failure to attract migrants can mean two things, neither of them positive for the economy.
It is possible out-of-state people don’t see enough job opportunities in New Mexico, he said, and it is possible that better job opportunities out of state are draining New Mexico of scarce human capital.
- Rio Rancho candidates for different positions including mayor participated in a forum where the economy was the top issue.
- A youth ranch that made national news for allegations of abuse is suing the state Children, Youth and Families Department.
Now the attorney representing Tierra Blanca Ranch says they hope Chandler and the youth program be found in the right for their actions last fall, and that by letting the case fester has harmed the boys and program they say help them.
"Once these children are out of our program for four months or six months, or eight months, one's already been arrested, all of them have lost ground in school. So there is irreparable harm by a delay in this matter," said Pete Domenici Jr., attorney for the ranch.
- Media News:
Big news for Albuquerque -- a new weekly paper with some significant funding is coming to the city. Albuquerque Business First reports that ABQ Free Press will launch in late April or early May.
- A report by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty says alleviating poverty will help improve education in the state.
The study recommends raising the states minimum wage and ensuring that people who qualify for safety net programs like medicaid and food stamps are taking advantage of those services. It also recommends that schools with high levels of poverty get sufficient additional funding to target those children and eliminate the achievement gap.
- School officials from Los Alamos met with officials from the state Public Education Department and it apparently went well.
The meeting took place in early January. School officials requested the meeting, The purpose was to gain concessions from the NMPED regarding the state’s teacher evaluation process and the state’s version of the end-of-course exams.
- An audit for Bloomfield School District showed a big improvement from the previous audit.
- The Clovis News Journal takes a look at the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.
- Two former and one current police officers are suing Los Alamos County.
The Los Alamos Daily Post:
Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and one current detective filed a lawsuit today against Los Alamos County, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.
- Sure it's January, but fire danger is high in parts of New Mexico.
- New Mexico Mercury looks at how a water dialogue should happen.
- A diversion of the Gila River is under discussion.
What is at stake is whether the commission will recommend to the Bureau of Reclamation in November that a diversion project should go forward. If it gives the nod to diverting the Gila River, the Bureau of Reclamation will then inform the Secretary of Interior. The commission is made up of members appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.
- A report from the libertarian Mercatus Center puts New Mexico in the middle of states when it comes to fiscal solvency.
- Former Gov. Bill Richardson will be on Report from Santa Fe on Sunday to discuss his new book and -- presumably -- other issues.
- Rare bad news for the job market in southeastern New Mexico; a major employer is laying off seven percent of its workforce.
- There is a problem with a Mid Region Council of Governments traffic survey where the council gave 650 people GPS units. Just more than half have been returned.
- Residents of the village of Lamy are opposd to an oil shipping company building an oil terminal in the tiny village.