Attorney General Hector Balderas wants all three Catholic dioceses in New Mexico to turn over "all documents and/or data" related to the sexual abuse scandal surrounding priests. The Attorney General says he's considering a lawsuit and is specifically interested in what the Catholic Church is doing to help victims of sexual abuse by clergy and other church members. A local law firm profiled by SFR wrote a letter to Balderas last month urging him to wade into the scandal after a Pennsylvania grand jury issued a scathing report on the Catholic Church there that had worldwide implications.
Albuquerque has fired the police officer who struck a family's car as he sped toward a crime scene along a city street. Jonathan McDonnell was traveling more than 80 miles an hour when he hit the family's vehicle head-on. The impact killed 6-year-old Joel Anthony and caused critical injuries to his sister Ariana. The crash happened in April 2017.
It appears the Doña Ana county clerk resigned after an internal county investigation found he had an "intimate relationship" with a female employee in the office. Others who worked with Scott Krahling say the relationship was a distraction and impacted employee morale. Krahling submitted his resignation the day the report came out. It's effective tomorrow.
The Public Regulation Commission has rejected SunZia's proposed route ($) for a high-voltage transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona. The company has been working on a path for the two 1,500-megawatt lines for a decade, but a PRC hearing officer found that it still wasn't specific enough. The commission unanimously agreed, saying the company hadn't secured easements on two important pieces of land and that its line locations were too vague. SunZia says it will continue to work on an acceptable route
Prosecutors say Jordan Anthony Nuñez may be more to blame for the death of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valenica than they initially suspected. They're trying to convince a judge ($) to hold both Nuñez and the victim's mother, Tracy Ann Peña, in jail until trial. Thomas Wayne Ferguson had been the primary suspect, but he killed himself in jail earlier this year.
Grab your comfortable shoes and some Tums, the New Mexico State Fair is underway. The annual event sports a new contest for unique foods and "Graze Days" where all vendors have a $3 menu item from 11 am-4 pm.
The name alone—Wassa Wassa African Dance and Drum Festival—makes you want to move. And move you can at the fifth annual event that starts this afternoon at the Railyard Performance Center. What's cool is that you can learn to do all this stuff and not feel silly doing it. It's $20 a class and you'll learn from some of the world's best.
The National Weather Service says some parts of southeastern New Mexico got up to 7 inches of rain overnight. That's insane. Santa Fe's big storm was about four inches. Expect a cool day today with more showers on tap.
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