SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An oil and gas industry executive says opposition to fracking is threatening the political viability of the oil industry in New Mexico. The Roswell Daily Record reports (https://goo.gl/uZtJCU) Mack Energy of Artesia government affairs director Claire Chase told lawmakers last week that New Mexico is the most vulnerable state in the nation to increasing opposition to fracking and fossil fuels in general.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city in the heart of oil and gas country is refusing to light up for recreational marijuana. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Hobbs City Commissioners—who, judging by their pictures on the official city website are rather elderly--this week endorsed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New Mexico. City Manager J.J. Murphy presented the commission with a resolution and says recreational marijuana would be a detriment to Hobbs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation under consideration at the State Capitol would give the New Mexico Attorney General's Office more authority to investigate police shootings. The measure sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero also would force prosecutors to present evidence in open court instead of to a grand jury behind closed doors. The Albuquerque Democrat's proposal comes as the city of Albuquerque is going through court-ordered reforms into its police department over excessive force cases.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of people remembered a New Mexico police officer who was shot and killed last week. Gov. Susana Martinez and Congressman Steve Pearce were among those who spoke of Officer Clint Corvinus during a funeral service Saturday morning at the Tays Center on the New Mexico State University-Alamogordo campus. Martinez, who was speaking at an officer funeral for the second time in less than a month, says Corvinus donned the uniform because there were people in the world who did not respect it.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Residents in Ruidoso are outraged after they say the state rounded up a dozen horses without any notice. KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/2bKCce9) that the state's Livestock Board has had them since Friday after someone registered a complaint. Ruidoso's tourism director, Gina Kelley, says the horses are a staple of the area and have moved freely near the village for years. She says residents volunteer to provide food and look after them. Representatives from the Livestock Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.