At the same time that travel around the country is backing up, people in Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Albuquerque are enjoying spring-like weather conditions. The forecast is mostly sunny and warm today with highs in the in the low to mid 60's.
It's Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Two helium balloonists hoping to set distance and endurance records in their Two Eagles craft continue to make their way across the Pacific Ocean this morning.
If you also had plans to touch the clouds today, you better check your flight. More than 7,500 flights have been canceled to the now-downgraded winter storm hitting the Eastern seaboard.
If you missed it yesterday, The New Yorker
magazine has a long story that puts a national spotlight on the Albuquerque Police Department’s deadly use of force.
Jacob Grant, the undercover APD officer shot by a fellow officer on Jan. 9 during a narcotics sting, is making progress. Grant is still listed in critical condition, but doctors have removed him from a ventilator and he’s talking. Investigators will wait to interview Grant about the incident until he is healthier.
City of Santa Fe officials are being urged to investigation allegations that the police union’s president mishandled evidence money and that Police Chief Eric Griego obstructed an investigation into the case to protect his friend.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Martin might have been carrying a small packet of drugs on him when he was shot and killed in a Las Cruces hotel last fall. Lawyers for former Deputy Tai Chan, who is accused of murdering Martin, say the evidence was disclosed in court records they received from prosecutors.
Open government supporters are pushing for more transparency in New Mexico. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, wants more campaign finance reporting to “shine a light” on dark money after New Mexico got an F from the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
KOB TV and the Albuquerque Journal
have joined forces to find out more about what an Albuquerque Public School Board investigation revealed about former Superintendent Winston Brooks before he resigned last August.
The New Mexico Society of Professional Journalists’ board of directors has published an open letter to New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers opposing the school’s proposal to restrict access to public documents.
Justices at the New Mexico Court of Appeals listened to arguments for and against assisted suicide on Monday and expressed concerns about legislating from the bench.
A decision from the same appellate court last week deemed medical marijuana as “reasonable and necessary” to treat pain and injuries could have a big impact on worker compensation laws around the country.
A woman in Alamogordo has been driving a van packed with 13 pounds of marijuana for more than a decade. A friend discovered the old pot in a door panel that he was repairing. Detectives think the van may have been seized years ago, searched for drugs and then sold to a dealer at auction.
State Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Mesilla Park, wants marijuana to be legalized in New Mexico, but Speaker of the House Don Tripp, R-Socorro, has assigned it to five committees, which means it is essentially dead on arrival. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, has also reintroduced a measure to allow voters to amend the state’s constitution and legalize marijuana. A similar joint resolution died in the Senate Rules Committee on a 5-5 vote last year.
New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford said balancing the state’s books could take a few years and cost millions of dollars. Auditors have suggested that more than $100 million is unaccounted for.
Despite falling oil and gas revenue, Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro, says he thinks lawmakers will be able to fund the state’s top priorities without tapping reserves.
Former US Rep. Heather Wilson and state Sen. Peter Wirth's sons have a Quorum. That’s the name of Alex Wirth and Joshua Hone’s new business to track Congressional members.
Quorum will feature interactive visuals and up-to-date statistics for each member of Congress, legislative bill, vote, committee, issue area and congressional district.
Tribal gaming compacts in New Mexico could violate federal law. State government journalist Steve Terrell says it’s because they block the Fort Sill Apache Tribe in Southern New Mexico from opening their own casino.
LoRenzo Bates will be the 23rd Navajo Nation Council Speaker. The speaker, which is basically the CEO of the legislative branch, represents the council as an ambassador for the Navajo Nation and its people.
Speaker Bates already faces an ethics violation complaint.
Bates is accused of compelling the office’s executive director to disclose information about a case involving delegates who were also shareholder representatives for the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company.
With early voting already underway, reporter Joey Peter’s has the latest on Santa Fe Public School Board elections.
We must be getting closer to the premiere of “Better Call Saul.” Show runners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, along with actor Bob Odenkirk, are starting to talk publicly about their “Breaking Bad” prequel on AMC Television.
Sony Pictures utilizes state tax film incentives to offset its production costs. Now, state Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, wants to increase the incentives in order to lure more film and television productions to New Mexico. But Senate Finance Chair John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, is leery about increasing the annual $50 million cap.
If you’re already thinking about where to eat lunch in Santa Fe this afternoon, you might want to try The Pantry. The restaurant was just listed by the Thrillists.com as one of the nation’s best diners.