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  • AG sets goals for law enforcement board

    ESPANOLA — The state attorney general stopped an attempt to limit public comments during New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board meetings and instead asked the board to review its training for officers and to make sure it remains transparent.

    Hector Balderas, who chairs the eight-member board that oversees the academy, said Tuesday the move was to reassure the public that law enforcement officers are prepared and the board should focus on that.

  • In Brief - News - June 12, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Gambling compacts get OK

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gambling compacts that allow a handful of American Indian tribes to operate their casinos for another two decades received final approval following a review by the U.S. Interior Department.

    It was the last hurdle for the deals, which stemmed from years of negotiations between New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office and tribal leaders.

  • AG looks to speed up investigation

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — The New Mexico attorney general’s office is seeking forensic auditors to help with the investigation into allegations of fraud and abuse involving nonprofits that provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he has issued a request for proposals to bring more resources on board and speed up the investigation.

  • Area to receive $20.3M

    The capital outlay bill that lawmakers signed off on Monday contains more than $20.3 million in funding for projects in San Miguel County, which is just $800,800 less than what had been earmarked for county entities in the bill that died in the regular session in March.

  • Lawmakers OK compromise deal swiftly

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — After months of backroom negotiations and public finger-pointing, New Mexico lawmakers came back to Santa Fe and resolved partisan bickering over a $295 million capital projects bill and a package of tax incentives.

  • New CYFD head lands ‘dream job’

    State Children, Youth, and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson has a plan for the department.

    Her position at the highly criticized department did not come without many raising their eyebrows wondering if she had the skills, experience and knowledge to revamp the department, as she was previously secretary for the state’s tourism department.

    Jacobson was confirmed as the department’s secretary in March by the state legislature.

  • Stepping into retirement - HU president set to pass on reins

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    When Highlands President Jim Fries took the helm in January 2007, the university was embroiled in turmoil that attracted national attention. He is credited with restoring stability to Highlands and reclaiming its reputation as a leading New Mexico university.

    Fries also served as interim president in 2001-02 during a period of fiscal challenges. He steps down June 30 to retire.

    Regents are planning to vote on a replacement for Fries during a special meeting at 10 a.m. on June 29 at Kennedy Hall.

  • EPA: Fracking safeguards needed

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a report that also warned of potential contamination of water supplies if safeguards are not maintained.

  • Looking Back - June 10, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, June 10 — The garage and automobile salesroom of Sandoval Sales and Service at the corner of 12th and National, were completely gutted by fire last night. The fire was first spotted by Mrs. Evangeline Romero, whose residence is adjacent to the car lot on 12th. Mrs. Romero told her nephew, who in turned called the fire department and Sandoval. Coincidentally, a passing, unidentified  motorist saw the blaze and called the fire department at about the same time.